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Dr. Sachtler

Dr. Kirk Sachtler

Dr. Sachtler is one of the highest credentialed physical therapists in Nevada and has been at the cutting edge of physical therapy and natural therapies ever since graduating from Boston University 26 years ago. During that time, he has completed manual therapy programs at the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and the URSA Foundation of Osteopathic Manual Practice. He is a certified orthopedic specialist (twice), a certified manual therapist, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. In 2005, he completed his doctorate in physical therapy from A.T. Still University, the first osteopathic university in the country. He is also a certified practitioner of dry needling, an evidence-based form of acupuncture.

Dr. Sachtler studies and uses numerous hands-on therapies in his practice, including evidence-based joint manipulation (including spinal JTS), myofascial release and stretching techniques, advanced exercise and movement training, dry needling, orthotic fabrication, and cold laser. He is the only primal reflex release practitioner in Reno and one of the few certified dry needling practitioners in the Reno/Tahoe region. He has also pioneered a unique whole-body approach to patient care, which has helped countless patients with chronic pain and other seemingly insurmountable problems return to happy and productive lives.

An experienced athlete, he won several varsity letters in NCAA tennis and competed at the semipro level, he raced on his college ski team, and he has run the Boston Marathon. A longtime adventurer, he has ridden the Markleeville Deathride numerous times, run around Lake Tahoe, climbed many big mountains such as Whitney and Shasta, learned how to fly gliders and small planes, and earned a 2nd degree Black Belt in jujitsu. He has also been a volunteer ski patrol at Alpine Meadows for 25 years. No stranger to mishaps, Dr. Sachtler also has had to deal with numerous injuries and surgeries, which have given him an empathetic insight into the pain and disability that patients often experience.

Dr. Sachtler's experience spans nearly every field of physical therapy. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Orthopedic Section for over 25 years, and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy since its inception in 1992.

Dr. Manning

Dr. Katie Manning, PT, DPT

Dr. Manning believes in a hands-on approach to physical therapy and continues to expand her manual skills knowledge base. She is passionate about giving her patients the tools to maintain all gains made during her care and always provides them with a detailed home treatment program. Dr. Manning enjoys working with clients of all varieties, from all age groups to different body regions and pathologies. Athletics is a strong background for Katie as she played collegiate softball and basketball during her undergraduate studies. She has coached women's softball and basketball at the high school level and has an aptitude for treating sports-related injuries.

Dr. Manning utilizes a well-rounded approach for her clients, including:

  • McKenzie Treatment Philosophy for the Spine
  • Maitland Manual Skills for Peripheral and Spinal Joints
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Strain-Counterstrain and Trigger Point Release
  • Kinesio Taping
  • McConnell and Athletic Taping Techniques
  • Dry Needling

Since graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Dr. Manning has been in practice for eight years. She is currently board eligible for a specialty in orthopedics and is also a certified clinical instructor, taking on physical therapy students during their clinical affiliations.

Dr. Manning has called Reno her home for the past five years and continues to love all of the outdoor activities the Sierras have to offer. In her off time, she enjoys wakeboarding, skiing and boating in the summer, camping and hiking in the fall, and snowboarding in the winter. Her husband is a local native and career Nevada Air National Guard pilot, and they just welcomed their first child, Lanie, earlier this year.

Dr. Kuhns

Dr. Kevin Kuhns, PT, DPT

Dr. Kuhns earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana in 2015 and since then has focused on the study and practice of advanced manual therapy techniques, particularly those from osteopathic manual medicine.

Dr. Kuhns brings a varied background to the clinic. He is an accomplished big wall rock climber, a paraglider, a musician, and a certified ski instructor for both able-bodied and those with impairments. These activities, which require a very high level of skill and calm under pressure, have given Dr. Kuhns the ability to think outside the box and develop unique problem-solving skills. When not helping his patients or adventuring, Dr. Kuhns likes to spend time with his family, trying to keep up with his wife Amy and their daughter Elwin.

Dr. Kuhns has a passion for helping his patients return to the lifestyle they're accustomed to, and at a far better level than even they expected.