Our Team

Our professional staff of physical therapists, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and office personnel will make your experience with Excel Sports & Physical Therapy a positive one. Feel free to explore our staff listings to find a qualified professional in the service you are looking for.

Chuck McDonnell, PT, CHT, EMT
Saint Peters Piper Hill Director, Partner, Hand Therapist

Chuck is a 1979 graduate from the University of Missouri where he earned his Bachelor of Health Science in Physical Therapy. He went into private practice in 1984 after five years of experience in neurological, general, and orthopedic physical therapy. In 2002, he joined Excel as a partner, and currently practices in our Saint Peters Piper Hill location…

Steve Thro PT, EMT
Winghaven Director, Partner

Steve is a 1987 graduate of the University of Missouri. He has a strong background in the treatment of extremity injuries, with specific interest in shoulder pathologies. He has been treating injured throwers from T-ballers to major league players for over 25 years, and has developed techniques to correct the improper throwing…

David Meers, PT, CSCS
O’Fallon Director, Partner

Dave is a 1991 graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and also played collegiate basketball and baseball. He has been working in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy for over 20 years. He founded Excel along with Tom Williams in 1998, at the O’Fallon clinic location…

Julie Kellogg, PT, CHT
Wentzville Director, Partner, Hand Therapist

Julie graduated in 1987 from Maryville College in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, cum laude, where she played collegiate basketball. She has been an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist since 1991 and became a certified hand therapist in 1996. In 2001, she joined Excel as a partner, later opening our Wentzville clinic in 2005…

Tom Williams, MSE, CSCS, EMT
Partner, Business Development

Tom graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a BSE in Exercise Science and Special Education and a MSE in Secondary School Administration. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and has worked with all levels of athletes. He has coached football and baseball at both the high school and collegiate levels…

Paul Hallemann, PT
Ellisville Director

Paul joined Excel in 2003 and opened the location in Ellisville in 2012. He is a 1994 graduate of Maryville University in St. Louis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He has an extensive background and expertise in spinal rehabilitation, and sport specific physical therapy, including baseball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball, gymnastics and running…

Shawn Heck, PT, CHT
Saint Peters Director, Hand Therapist

Shawn joined Excel in 2004 and is the clinic director and physical therapist at the Saint Peters location. He was born and raised in Hermann, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1999, with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Physical Therapy. Shawn specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation as well as hand therapy…

Brian Manning, MPT, CSCS, EMT
North O’Fallon Director

Brian graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2000. He has extensive training in orthopedic manual therapy techniques and Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progressions (STEP). He holds a special interest in spine, shoulder, and knee related pathologies as well as treating pediatric patients and chronic pain patients. Over the past few years…

Emily Weber, DPT, EMT
Saint Charles Director, Vestibular Program

Emily attended the University of Missouri and received her Master of Physical Therapy in 2006. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University in 2007 and her EMT license in 2009. Emily has an interest in vestibular and balance therapy and co-developed the vestibular rehabilitation program at Excel…

Nick Weber, MPT, EMT
Regional Director of Operations 

Nick is a graduate of Rockhurst University in Kansas City where he earned his degrees, a Bachelor of Psychology in 2003 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2005. Nick joined Excel in 2005 and opened the St. Peters Piper Hill clinic in 2011. He now serves as the Regional Director of Operations and works with the clinic directors to manage each location…

Nathan Wilmes, MEd, ATC, LAT, EMT-B, CSCS
Athletic Training Program

Nate is a 1995 graduate of Lindenwood University, where he earned a Bachelor of Human Services and Athletic Training while also competing in Track and Field. He continued his studies at UM-St. Louis to earn a Master of Education. His credentials include an internship with the St. Louis Rams athletic training and strength…

Jennifer Rutkowski, MPT
Creve Coeur Clinic Director and Women’s Health Program

Jennifer attended Saint Louis University and earned a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 1998 and a Master of Physical Therapy in 2000. In addition to treating general orthopedic conditions, she has strong interest in women’s health, pediatric incontinence, and pregnancy and postpartum therapies. She has a Certificate of Achievement…

Joe Schmersahl, PT, MTC
Warrenton Director

Joe earned his Bachelor of Exercise Science and his Master of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. He joined Excel Sports and Physical Therapy in 2006, and is currently the director at the Warrenton clinic. He has a special interest in manual therapy techniques and is currently pursuing his manual therapy certification…