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Physical Therapists

Dr. Zak Hill

PT, DPT, CSMT, COMT

Zak Hill PT, DPT, CSMT, CSCS obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University in 2007. He has worked with a wide variety of patients and clients in his career ranging from general orthopedic problems to sport specific rehabilitation/performance training, pre and post-surgical orthopedic patients and also those with a wide variety of back, neck and nerve pain.

Prior to opening Hill Pro-Motion Physical Therapy in 2012, Zak served as an adjunct faculty member at Rockhurst University for 3 years where he co-taught a course in their physical therapy program “Manual Therapy for the Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Spine”. In addition to teaching at Rockhurst, Zak served as an assistant with the International Spine and Pain Institute which provides continuing education for physical therapists. In addition to teaching, Zak has made presentations before fellow colleagues on various spinal conditions and has co-authored an article in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy on Shoulder Impingement.

In addition to his certification in manual and manipulative therapy, Zak held his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) for 10 years through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Zak grew up in Central Washington State until he moved to Lees Summit in 2001. His greatest joys are his wife Ashley, and sons Brooks, Beckett and Baylor.

Dr. Alexander Ervin

PT, DPT

Dr. Ervin was born and raised in Omaha, NE and is the oldest of three siblings. After a back injury in high school, he was introduced to the world of physical therapy. Dr. Ervin enjoyed his rehabilitation experience and he gained an appreciation for the profession as he was able to recover and return to the field.

He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University. Prior to graduation, Alex received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Rockhurst University. During his final semester in his physical therapy program, Alex completed the Advanced Examination and Treatment of the Spine course. Under the guidance of his instructor, Dr. Deborah Rico, Alex was able to obtain valuable manual therapy treatment skills that he currently utilizes to help his patients achieve their physical therapy goals.

When outside of the clinic, Alex enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Julianna, and their dog, Elin. Alex also enjoys hitting the golf course and cheering on his beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers during the fall.

Dr. Brooke Douglas

PT, DPT

Dr. Douglas obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Douglas was born and raised in Overland Park and is happy to remain close to home. She became inspired to become a physical therapist after her grandfather had a stroke. She was able to spend the summer with him in Florida watching him go through physical therapy. She saw firsthand how much physical therapy can help change someone’s life.

In addition to seeing her grandfather’s recovery she also has a strong interest in sports. Having been an athlete all her life her passion for physical therapy continued to grow. Brooke’s love for soccer took her to southern Iowa to continue her education at Graceland University where she continued to play soccer for four years. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology as well as a Minor in Health and Chemistry.

In her free time, Brooke enjoys hiking with her dog, playing soccer and softball in various leagues, and spending time with her family. She loves cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

Dr. Hannah Bowers

PT, DPT, ATC

Dr. Hannah Bowers PT, DPT, ATC began her journey to becoming a physical therapist at Kansas State University where she obtained her BS in Athletic Training. During her time at K-State she worked with a diverse population of athletes and patients which helped her grow her love of helping people work towards their rehabilitative goals. Following graduating from Kansas State University she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Baylor University. While at Baylor she studied under physical therapists that are certified in Neurodevelopment Treatment, Aquatic Therapy, and Manual Therapy. While in school she received a certificate for dry needling. She had the unique opportunity to study in pediatric and acute care settings as well as was our very own student at Hill Pro-Motion Physical Therapy.

Hannah is very passionate about helping all patients but especially children. As an Athletic Training student at Kansas State University Hannah worked with the Manhattan High School athletic teams, which sparked her interest in working with younger patients. When seeing the difference she could make in children’s and their parents lives as physical therapy student at The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired Hannah’s passion for helping children grew. She is currently studying to obtain her Pediatric Specialist Certification.

While Hannah is a western Kansas girl at heart, she and her husband, Kenner, have set down roots in the Kansas City area with their dog Trooper. She has wholeheartedly embraced the Royals and Chiefs as her favorite teams and looks forward to many years of cheering them on.

Dr. Zachary Hershberger

PT, DPT

Dr. Hershberger decided to become a Physical Therapist in his early high school years. He achieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019 after graduating from Missouri State University. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, he attended Taylor University in Indiana, where he played football and majored in Exercise Science. Zach always has had a strong desire to blend two of his biggest passions, sports and medicine. He uses his knowledge base and personal experience playing a collegiate sport to help his clients meet their rehabilitation goals, molding the plan of care around their specific needs.

Growing up in Eastern Europe for a portion of his teenage life, Zach understands the value of seeing things from a different perspective. He views every person and patient as unique, and their story worth listening to. Zach enjoys treating a wide variety of pathologies, from the pediatric to geriatric population, and has gained experience working with high level athletes, Navy Seals, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, children with disabilities, aquatic therapy, and neuropathological disorders. Dr. Hershberger also published an article in the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine on adhesive capsulitis.

In 2017, Zach married his wife, Maddi, and together they have a son, Jude. One of their biggest passions lies in caring for the many animals that reside on their homestead. Outside of work, you can find Zach spending time with his family, out on the golf course, or cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Physical Therapist Assistants

Darren McConnaughhay

PTA, ST

Darren was born and raised in Belton, MO and is one of four children. He has had a long career in various trades, however mostly notably in the United States Marine Corps, and in his service medically as a surgical assistant for orthopedic and neurosurgical cases.

In 2001, Darren completed Surgical Technologist training through Health Midwest’Anns program, which began a career in surgery for over 20 years assisting in specialties such as, orthopedics, neuro/spine, general, and plastics. Darren continues to work in surgery part-time assisting in orthopedics at University Health Lakewood.

In 2019, he was motivated to serve on the other side of surgery. He decided to return to school, and in 2021 he received his A.A.S. as a physical therapy assistant. He enjoys helping his patients through surgery, as well as assisting them in their rehabilitation journey, so they can return to doing things they were not able to do before surgery.

His surgical background offers a unique advantage on helping his clients through their treatment process as he knows the intricacies of surgical care.

When Darren is not in surgery or the clinic he enjoys playing hockey, cycling, hunting/fishing.

Office Staff

Debbie Korona

Office Manager

As an office manager, Debbie is responsible for the scheduling, insurance verification and chart upkeep of our clients. She also keeps our website up to date and provides customer service to our clients.

Debbie has been a medical administrator/office manager with over 19 years of experience in the medical field.

She recently moved to Lee’s Summit to be closer to her family and care for her parents. She is the proud mother of her two children, Tyler, and Kristen who have both graduated college and are working in the Kansas City area! When she’s not working at Hill Pro-Motion, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, boating, traveling to new places and shopping (of course!).

Michelle Brattin

Patient Care Coordinator

Michelle is a full-time hair stylist. She is self employed at Salon Couture, here on our campus for 7yrs now. She has been an active, licensed hair stylist for 22 yrs and now shares time with Hill Pro-Motion Physical Therapy as a Patient Care Coordinator.

She joined Hill Pro-Motion 2 years ago. She helps out with client records and insurance verifications. She has fun creating the marketing commercials and advertising.

Growing up, she attended Lees Summit schools, along with her 6 siblings. She stayed close to home and now lives in the small town of Pleasant Hill MO. Where she has raised her 3 kids. Loagan, Lee and Willa. Her oldest graduated from UCM with his bachelor’s degree and moved to San Diego, CA. Her younger kids are at home and continuing their education.

Michelle attends church and always seeks to grow in her faith. When time allows, she loves to take road trips and travel to new places. Her goal is to visit every state. She is over halfway there. She and her kids also enjoy camping, kayaking, fire pit nights and their large family gatherings.

Annie Steil

Patient Care Coordinator

Annie was born in Kansas City, MO and grew up in Greenwood and Lee’s Summit. She takes pride in being a mom to her son and daughter. She Enjoys spending time with her kids, family and friends when she has down time. Annie loves working out, the outdoors and anything that is going to benefit her mentally and physically. She is very strong in her faith and God plays a huge role in her life.

COVID-19 and Your Safety

  • Our office is open and accepting appointments to provide essential care to patients. Our clinic is in complete compliance with current CDC protocols.
  • We are screening all patients for possible exposure to COVID-19.
  • Special attention and precautions are given to those over age 65 and those with other conditions that may put them at higher risk.
  • Our staff and patients are wearing masks, gloves when appropriate and washing hands frequently.
  • Commonly accessed areas are cleaned and sanitized frequently.
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