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 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 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).

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Ryan is an outpatient physical therapist at Point Forward Physical Therapy. Ryan is originally from Stevens Point where he attended Pacelli High School. In 2010, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and in May 2014, he graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Concordia University-Wisconsin. Ryan is certified by the Movement Performance Institute in movement and running evaluation and enjoys assisting runners back to their full running and performance potential.  In 2019, Ryan became certified in dry needling as he was looking for more ways to further assist his patients. Ryan enjoys working with all sports and orthopedic injuries but has a strong interest in throwing and golf mechanics. He is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute where he was trained in golf performance and injury prevention. In his free time, Ryan enjoys running, biking, and spending time with his family and dog.

Ryan Flugaur, DPT
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Nathan is an outpatient physical therapist at Point Forward Physical Therapy. Nathan is originally from Sheboygan Falls, WI, and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2013. Following graduation, Nathan married his wife, Jana, and they moved to the east coast while he attended the University of Delaware. He graduated with a master’s degree in Anatomy and Clinical Health Sciences and a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. Since beginning practice, he has dedicated himself to further education and specialization in the physical therapy profession. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and obtained his OCS in 2021. Nathan is also certified by the Movement Performance Institute in movement, gait, and running evaluation and treatment. Nathan enjoys working with all orthopedic and sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in working with runners. Nathan himself is an avid runner who competes in everything from 5Ks to marathons. He is also a Chief Contributor for Doctors of Running (, a group of Doctors of Physical Therapy who produce running shoe reviews and articles on running gait, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. He enjoys delving into the latest evidence-based training techniques to improve running performance and remaining healthy in his spare time. In addition to his expertise in sports injuries, his unique skill set also includes the treatment of vestibular dysfunction and vertigo. Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife Jana, and their sons, Henry and Raymond. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing board games, and watching the Badgers, Bucks, Packers, and Brewers.

Nathan Brown, DPT, MS, OCS

Melissa is originally from Marshfield, WI. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and a certificate in Global Health. Following her undergraduate education, Melissa attended Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2021. Melissa became a physical therapist because she wanted to help others improve their quality of life by staying active. She enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds to promote independence to achieve their personal goals. Melissa is looking forward to working with all sports and orthopedic injuries and collaborating with staff to create an inclusive environment for all patients. Melissa enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, camping, and traveling with friends and family in her free time. She enjoys spending time with her two sisters, exploring local restaurants, and is an avid Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan! She is eager to start her professional career with Point Forward Physical Therapy and get to know each and every one of her patients!

Melissa Brix, PT, DPT
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Elizabeth has been a massage therapist since 2010. She graduated from Madison College of Therapeutic Massage. From there she has worked at spas and chiropractic clinics. She worked alongside chiropractors, other massage therapists, modern and holistic doctors, physical therapists, and personal trainers. In 2014, she began a new journey in her profession by opening her own business. By this time, she added Precision Neuromuscular Massage Therapy and Cupping Therapy in her repertoire. She loves working on specific issues in the body. With her experience, she uses her analytical eye to create a unique and personalized massage for each one of her clients.

Elizabeth Mueller LMT, CCM


Christonna Shafranski

Shelly grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and graduated from York Community High School in 2005 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 in 2010 after competing in track and field for 4 years with a bachelor of science degree in Athletic Training.  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 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 recently became RRCA Run Coach certified which allows her to help coach runners of all ages and abilities reach their running-related goals.  Her unique 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 including gardening, cooking, reading, and crafts.

Shelly Utecht LAT/ATC