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
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.
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).
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
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
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, PT, DPT, OCS
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
Raegen is originally from Roscoe, Illinois. In 2018, she graduated from Hononegah High School and Rock Valley College with an Associate of Arts degree. Raegen is currently attending Upper Iowa University virtually and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing in the near future. She has an outgoing personality and is very excited to be part of the Point Forward team. Raegen enjoys camping, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. She is eager to be a part of our patient's wellness journey.
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