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Meet Our Staff

Our therapists are highly trained in treating the whole person utilizing research based methods. We also prioritize the education of our patients on the fastest way to return to the activities they enjoy.


We accept all insurance plans and private pay sessions are available. While we accept all referrals from various health care providers, a referral is not required to see a physical therapist in Wisconsin. However, if your insurance company requires a referral, Point Forward can assist you in obtaining an appropriate referral to satisfy their requirements

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John Jaeger MPT

After graduating from Stevens Point Area Senior High in 1990, John enrolled at Marquette University where he completed both his bachelor’s in Biology and his Masters in Physical Therapy. Upon graduation in 1997, he began his career as a traveling physical therapist working all over the country in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient hospital care, inpatient rehab, and long term care. In 1999, he returned to Central Wisconsin, working as a staff physical therapist at Saint Michael’s Hospital where he would become the Coordinator of Rehab Services, for the Saint Michael’s Plover location. 


In the spring of 2007, John founded Point Forward Physical Therapy Ltd. and has enjoyed growing his own physical therapy practice since.  In addition to his past 20 plus years of practice, John feels his patients directly benefit from the many great experiences he has had.  John has also been privileged to serve as adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and has attended continuing education courses including treatment techniques for the foot, ankle, knee, hip, low back, thoracic spine, shoulder, and elbow. For his course work focusing on lower extremity biomechanics, John is recognized as a preferred provider for the Movement Performance Institute of Los Angeles. 


All of these experiences plus 20 years of practice have convinced John that treatment heavily based on the most current research is the best treatment for patients needing physical therapy. John loves the autonomy he has to train himself and his staff ensuring Point Forward provides treatment options that combine both years of experience and the latest research. 


John is passionate about serving at his church and especially loves participating as a leader for youth mission trips. He also works closely with the Wisconsin High School Cycling League where he serves as a course setter for competitive mountain bike races. In his free time, John and his family enjoy camping, especially in the National Parks, biking, and all kinds of skiing.

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Damon Kozicki, PT

Damon grew up near Wisconsin Rapids, WI and graduated from Assumption High School.  He subsequently attended Marquette University’s Program in Physical Therapy, earning his Degree in 1994.  After graduating from Marquette, Damon worked as an outpatient physical therapist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Stevens Point for 14 years.  During his time at St. Michael’s Hospital, Damon received Ministry Health Care’s Circle of Excellence Award for his work in developing a specialized program for rehabilitation of the foot and ankle. 

In 2009, Damon joined Point Forward Physical Therapy as an outpatient physical therapist. Throughout his career, Damon has accumulated a significant resume of continuing education. In addition to the intensive study of foot and ankle rehabilitation, he has attended advanced coursework of Movement Impairment Syndromes at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is also certified by the Movement Performance Institute in Los Angeles for the assessment and treatment of gait, running, and lower extremity mechanics. In addition, Damon has attended advanced studies in the following areas: neck, shoulder, thoracic spine, lumbar spine, pelvis/SI joint, hip, knee, elbow, manual therapy techniques, surface EMG, modalities, clinical diagnostic imaging, temporomandibular disorders, and neuromuscular re-education.  He has performed lectures for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the areas of gait and foot/ankle evaluation and treatment.

Damon enjoys treating orthopedic, neuromuscular, and sports-related injuries. In his free time, Damon enjoys spending time with his family, boating, biking, downhill skiing, and watching the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Wisconsin Badgers (in that order).


Jackie is originally from Neenah, WI. She attended the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse for a dual degree of a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduation in 2011, Stevens Point became her home when joining Ministry St. Michael's Hospital, transitioning to Ascension St. Michael's Hospital and finally Aspirus Stevens Point Clinic at the Hoover Road location. In 2021, she earned the High Five Award, being recognized as an associate for demonstrating healthcare that works, healthcare that is safe, and healthcare that leaves no one behind, for life. She furthered her physical therapy training with attending Specialized Physical Therapy Education's residency program to become a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2016. Other skills and interests include certification in dry needling, advanced training in vestibular disorders and management of concussions, chronic pain science, and continuing education courses in manual therapy, kinesiotaping, and treatment techniques for the neck, shoulder, back, SI joint, hip, knee and ankle. She currently serves on the Opioid Task Force of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the planning committee for the association's annual Pain Conference. Jackie and her family enjoy spending time up north, traveling, fishing, golfing, attending the kids' sporting events, and being fans of the Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Bucks. 

Jackie Ritchay,

Being an athlete with a heart for helping others, it was only natural that Kendra would pursue a career in physical therapy. In 2003, she graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Kendra received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Marquette University in May 2006.  She also holds certifications as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT).  

Since becoming a Physical Therapist, Kendra has become interested in the complexity of treating patients with spinal pathologies and in the field of Pelvic Health disorders including; incontinence, pelvic pain, and low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy and postpartum.  She has completed a 3-level pelvic physical therapy curriculum through the American Physical Therapy Association’s section on Women’s Health.  She has taken further continuing education in Myofascial Release, spinal manipulation, treatment of vertigo, and concussions.  Kendra holds strong values in continuing education to constantly build skills to better serve her patients.  

Kendra believes that listening to the patient to discover what their motivation is, and gearing the treatment toward their goals, is what will keep the patient involved in their own treatment and help achieve the greatest results.   

Kendra enjoys playing softball, volleyball, running, biking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. She thrives on helping guide others toward optimal health.  She and her husband live in Waupaca with their three children, 2 dogs, and a cat.  

Kendra Cichy,
Kavana Price,
Lead Administrator

Kavana grew up in Milwaukee WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. Double majoring in Sociology and Psychology, with a minor in Urban Planning. Growing up in Milwaukee, Kavana was always use to the daily hustle and bustle that came with living in a bigger city, it wasn’t until moving to Stevens Point, she recognized the luxury of living in a smaller area. “You can actually think, reflect, sit with your thoughts a lot easier here and in doing just that is when and where I found my interest in wellness and self-care.” – Kavana. As she began to gain more interest in the various dimensions of wellness, she started looking at different therapy methods and their importance. She took to aromatherapy immediately as she had a growing interest in botany and herbs, she then went on to become a certified aromatherapist and opened her own e-commerce store online that provides aromatherapy products all while furthering her professional career in the clerical and office realm. When the opportunity to join the Point Forward team presented itself, it was a no-brainer! The opportunity to utilize skills she already had in an environment she wanted to learn more about. All the while being around individuals that have wellness and self-care at the center of both their professional and personal lives, the fit just made sense for both sides. In addition to candle-making, she enjoys spontaneous hangouts with her family and friends, yoga, farmers markets, plant shopping, meditating and being outside under the sun.

Vanessa is from Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and attends the University of Wisconsin of Stevens Point where she is studying physical therapy. She will graduate in 2026 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She fell in love with the profession when diagnosed with a headache coma and was shown dry needling for the cure. Since then, her passion for physical therapy has grown, and being an only child her whole life has made her always want to help others. She played volleyball in high school and also did gymnastics when she was younger. Vanessa also works for her family landscaping business called Sara's Garden.

Vanessa Ciesielski,
Administrative Assistant
Physical Therapy Aid

Shelly grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, and graduated from York Community High School where she competed in a wide variety of sports including water polo, volleyball, bowling, diving, and travel softball.  She was looking for a college to play sports and attend a top-tier athletic training program which led her to UW-Stevens Point. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Athletic Training and competed on the track and field team for 4 years.  Upon graduation, she worked in a variety of settings including orthopedics, high school and college athletics, walk-in clinic, industrial and factory evaluation, and rehab. She worked the majority of her early career with orthopedic surgeons seeing patients in the clinic and assisting in the operating room.  This has provided her with extensive knowledge of surgical processes and gives her unique insight into post-surgical rehabilitation. She also worked with concussion management and motion analysis. Working at Point Forward has allowed her to combine her knowledge of sports medicine with her passion for sports and fitness.  She is an RRCA certified Run Coach which allows her to help coach runners of all ages and abilities to reach their running-related goals.  Her athletic training and biomechanical knowledge make her a uniquely well-rounded coach. Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband Noah and 4 daughters, Faith, Lily, Eva, and Chloe. In addition to spending time with her family, Shelly enjoys competing in triathlons and running races, being outside,  kayaking, biking, hiking, cooking, reading, and crafts.

Shelly Utecht LAT/ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer
RRCA Run Coach
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