Annita Winkels, DPT
Annita Winkels, MA PT, DPT earned her Masters of Arts degree in physical therapy in 1999 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from the College of St. Scholastica. She has practiced in a variety of physical therapy settings with the majority of her time spent in outpatient orthopedics at The Mayo Clinic, The Institute for Athletic Medicine, and Orthopedic and Spine Therapy before opening her own practice, In Motion Therapy in 2007. Annita’s focus in opening her own clinic was and still is based on her desire to deliver the highest level of physical therapy services that gives each and every patient the time and attention that they deserve. Her focus in running the clinic is to create a comfortable and private therapy environment where each and every therapist has the resources and education to practice at their highest level.
Her clinical passion is to restore patients with the highest level of physical function that is not inhibited by pain. Annita has extensive postgraduate training in manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise in treating sports injuries, orthopedic/spinal conditions, neck pain/headaches, and conditions specific to women/men’s health issues. She enjoys working with competitive athletes, which has also been a passion of hers since college where she completed her thesis on Running Analysis utilizing the motor control theory. In 2001 her passion grew into treating pelvic ring dysfunctions to include urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, rectal pain, and bowel dysfunctions.
She aims to be a resource for learning in the physical therapy community, as she commonly lectures at The College of St. Scholastica on Pelvic Ring Dysfunction, Lymphedema, and Private Practice Management. She also serves on the Advisory Board at Lake Superior College PTA program and is credentialed as a Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students and has trained students from Northeastern University in Boston and The College of St. Scholastica.
Her passions do not stop in the clinic. She is happily married to Jeff Winkels and is the mother of three sons, Caleb, Simon, and Levi. Her family leads an active lifestyle with countless hours spent walking or running on the lake walk. Annita has completed four full marathons and countless half marathons. Her family also enjoys camping, local festivals, and just being together enjoying the great outdoors around Duluth.
Sara Chmielewski, PT
Sara Chmielewski earned her degree in physical therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in 1988. She has practiced in a variety of settings and locations including spinal cord rehabilitation in San Jose, CA and outpatient orthopedic clinics in Syracuse, NY, and Two Harbors and Duluth, MN.
She has undergone specialized training in the areas of occupational health. manual therapy, and women’s health/pelvic floor dysfunction. Sara joined In Motion Therapy in 2011 as part of a team committed to providing the highest level of physical therapy services to each client as a unique individual in a comfortable and private setting.
Sara's passion is to help each person understand their body and how it works, and to accomplish their specific goals of therapy.
Sara lives north of Duluth with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, church involvement, scrapbooking, baking, and Nordic skiing.
Jana Whiting, PT
Jana's interest in physical therapy began while she was in high school taking an anatomy and physiology class taught by an inspiring teacher.
She pursued an education in the field, earning degrees from Wartburg College and the Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences, Program in Physical Therapy in 1986. Over the following years she took many continuing education courses emphasizing the fields of orthopedics, women's health and pelvic dysfunction.
Jana has worked throughout her career in a variety of outpatient orthopedic/sports medicine clinics in both St. Paul and Duluth, MN.
Jana's special professional interests include working with women's health issues, chronic pain patients, and pelvis dysfunction diagnoses.
Outside of work, Jana enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She appreciates the beauty of the Duluth area and the opportunities for participating in outdoor activities throughout the year. She also treasures any quiet time she can spend with a good book.
Suzanne Donahue, PT
Suzanne Donahue, Physical Therapist, earned her master's degree in Physical Therapy in 2003 from the College of St. Scholastica. She spent the first eight years of her professional career practicing in a small town rural setting, seeing a variety of different patients both young and old. She has worked in pediatrics and in an outpatient orthopedic setting.
Suzanne joined In Motion in 2012 to provide care that emphasizes the whole patient, and is dedicated to meeting the patient's goals of living life to its fullest potential. In Motion allows her to grow professionally and provide excellent hands-on care.
Suzanne has undergone extensive post graduate training in osteopathic manual therapy techniques for the neck, spine, and extremities as well as pediatrics. Recent classes include neural manipulation, headaches and head trauma, extremity mobilization and fascial release. She is now working towards a certification in functional manual medicine at Michigan State University. Her passion is empowering patients with the tools they need to improve their quality of life and meet their individualized goals. She loves making a positive difference in her patients' lives.
Suzanne lives with her family in Proctor, MN and loves spending time outdoors. Her interests include running, biking, pilates, snowshoeing, scrapbooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Monica Bertani, DPT
Monica joined the In Motion Therapy team in 2014. Prior to accepting the position, Monica trained with the clinical staff at In Motion Therapy and was encouraged to join the team based on her advanced degree, passion for physical therapy and her skill set which blossomed during her internship. She is committed to the clinic’s values of holistic medicine and keeping the patient top priority. She is excited to be part of such a skilled and knowledgeable team to help patients decrease their pain and start living life to its fullest potential.
Monica earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014 from the College of St. Scholastica. Although just starting out in her career, Monica has had extensive experience through internships, as far away as Texas. These internships have provided Monica with exposure to outpatient physical therapy with an emphasis on shoulder rehabilitation, acute care physical therapy at a JACHO stroke-certified hospital, and in-patient rehabilitation with an acquired traumatic brain injury team at a hospital ranked #3 in the nation.
Through the generous continuing education budget provided by In Motion Therapy, Monica is eager to continue advancing her skills by attending classes such as, but not limited to, mechanical evaluation of the spine and the cranio-osteopathic approach. Monica has developed a special interest in patients with headaches and chronic neck pain.
Outside of work, Monica enjoys the natural beauty Duluth has to offer. During the summer she can often be found sailing, boating with her family, hiking, kayaking, or simply sitting by beautiful Lake Superior. During the winter, Monica enjoys ‘fair-weather’ cross country skiing, competing in an alpine racing league at Spirit Mountain, and telling herself that someday she will be a successful snowboarder.