Fischer Physical Therapy was created in 2004 with Matthew Fischer’s vision of providing exceptional physical therapy service in a supportive setting. Since opening in the Power Block Building, the size of both staff and space has doubled to better meet the needs of the Helena community.
Introductions are now in order for the amazing staff assembled at Fischer Physical Therapy. We thank God for the unique synergy of gifts in this “second family” which comprise the heart of our service.
Matthew S. Fischer, MSPT
Matthew S. Fischer, MSPT, received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000 from the University of Montana. He has practiced in Helena since that time in outpatient orthopedic settings exclusively. In 2004, Matthew set out to establish Fischer Physical Therapy with emphasis on quality care and superior results. Matthew’s approach is biased toward specialized hands-on techniques, while progressing each client toward independent management with gentle exercise. In 2005, Matthew became 1 of 50 therapists in the U.S. to complete advanced training in Primal Reflex Release Technique.
Shortly thereafter, he qualified to become an instructor for this approach to healing and has taught courses throughout the Northwest. Matthew emphasizes a whole body approach to healing that integrates many types of therapeutic interventions. He continues to develop many innovative applications using both manual techniques and exercise. Chronic pain related to the spine and muscles/joints are his greatest interest. Matthew finds great fulfillment with his faith, family, and an active lifestyle on a small farm outside Helena and the great outdoors.
Bobbie Bliss Rasmann, MSPT
Bobbie Bliss Rasmann, MSPT, received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1993 from Texas Woman’s University. Bobbie practiced in the Phoenix metro area for 13 years before moving to Helena with her husband and two children in 2006, at which time she joined Fischer Physical Therapy. Most of her clinical focus has been in outpatient orthopedics, emphasizing hands-on treatments which help restore normal neuromotor function and structure mobility. Patient education is also an important component of her approach to promote long term success and prevention of re-injury after the rehabilitation treatment process.
Areas of specialty include shoulder rehabilitation, SIJ dysfunction, cervical pain and headache treatment. Bobbie also has extensive experience in treating patients following shoulder, knee, hip or ankle surgery as well as individuals with recreational or sports injuries that do not require surgical intervention. Proactive patient involvement in the therapy plan of care is strongly encouraged to optimize positive outcomes. When not caring for patients in the clinic, Bobbie enjoys spending time with her family doing activities in the great outdoors playground of Montana.
Chelsea M. Harper, DPT
Chelsea M. Harper, DPT graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2015. Prior to that, she earned a BA in Health Sciences at Carroll College. She is thrilled to be back in the Helena community, and to be part of the Fischer Physical Therapy family.
Chelsea enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic conditions, and approaches each person through a holistic, whole body lens. She utilizes specialized hands-on techniques, gentle, progressive exercise with emphasis on neuromotor control/integration, patient education to prevent reinjury, and encourages patient involvement to facilitate long term results. She enjoys working with a wide range of people, from the young athlete to the active retiree. Chelsea looks forward to continually advancing her skills in the orthopedic outpatient setting and serving the people of Helena!
Outside of the clinic, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Carley Lohof, PTA
Carley is an Air Force veteran who is also a 2013 graduate of great falls college with a physical therapist assistant A.A.S. Degree. She joined FPT in the summer of 2013 and performs therapy under the supervision of Matthew, Bobbie, and Chelsea.
Carley enjoys getting to know and work closely with people and helping reach their various health goals.
She is mom to son Noah and mini Aussie Ranger. In her down time, she enjoys a healthy pursuit of trail running, spending time outdoors, and exploring fun, nutritional recipes to help fuel an active Montana lifestyle.
Bri Sweningson, Office Manager
Bri Sweningson is a native Montanan that attended school in Denver Colorado, moved to Austin Texas and then traveled through South America.
After being gone for 10 years she decided it was time to return to the mountains and to her original home.She enjoys anything and everything outdoors. When she isn’t working she’ll be fishing with her golden retriever or hiking a new trail.
Bri loves getting to know everyone she encounters and is excited to be part of the Fischer Physical Therapy team!
Kelly Fischer, Billing Specialist
Kelly has been with the clinic since it’s infancy! She has been managing the accounting aspect of the clinic and now is handling billing and patient statements. She enjoys being apart of her husbands mission and looks forward to their partnership in life.
Matthew and Kelly have 5 children and when she is not at Fischer Physical Therapy, she is running her children all over town. When she gets a chance, she does enjoy gardening and time outdoors in the sun!