About New heights

Philosophy

Our practice integrates PRI concepts into a wellness and fitness program to meet your needs and expectations. Our dedicated and experienced staff has over 20 years of clinical experience and has proudly earned the designation as a Postural Restoration Certified site.

We pride ourselves in assisting you with a full continuum of care from initial injury to return to sport, work and life. Our treatment philosophy is PRI based; we focus on restoring your balance within your system so that you can function without compensation, strain and pain.

We incorporate an exercise program to help you facilitate muscles that may be weak and inhibit those that are overworked and strained. We combine years of clinical experience, manual therapy, neuromuscular retraining, postural education and modalities if needed to help guide you to full restoration.

Staff Bios

Heather Engelbert
Heather Engelbert

MPT, PRC

Heather graduated from the College of St. Catherine with her Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1999. She has had extensive training and advanced education in the areas of hip impingement (FAI), pelvic dysfunction, postural restoration, knee dysfunction, gait analysis, manual therapies and mobilizations. In 2007 Heather earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified Therapist (PRC). Her clinical expertise in PRI techniques has allowed for successful management and treatment of many complex conditions involving the pelvis, spine, hips, knees and ribcage. Heather currently teaches coursework on pelvic and pelvic floor dysfunction. She serves as adjunct facility for the Postural Restoration Institute and a clinical instructor for Physical Therapy students from regional Doctoral programs. She has been a guest lecturer for multiple sports conferences, running groups and works with a wide range of athletes to help them restore proper mechanics and return to sport. She is born and raised in MN and in her free time enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, running, golf and baseball. She is an active member of the MN APTA and is a member and Sports and Orthopedic sections.

Maryann Johnson
Maryann Johnson

PT, Dance Therapist

Maryann Johnson is a specialized Dance Medicine Physical Therapist. She has extensive training in treating dancers, manual therapy, orthopedic conditions and Postural Restoration. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota in Physical Therapy and a classically trained dancer. Dance training includes Classical Ballet Academy under Jo Savino, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School NYC and Pennsylvania Ballet School under Lupe Serrano. She has danced professional with Ballet of the Dolls and other local venues. She currently teaches ballet in the Twin Cities. Maryann is a member of Minnesota Dance Medicine and International Academy of Dance Medicine and Science.

Gayla Pleggenkuhle
Gayla Pleggenkuhle

PT, PRC

Gayla graduated from University of Iowa Physical Therapy program. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics with the last 18 years spent specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction treating both men and women with complex issues of pain. In 2008 she earned her certification in postural restoration and presently works in a PRI certified clinic using this approach to treat pelvic floor dysfunction. Other presentations have been given to the University of Minnesota's Center for Sexual Health, Smiley's Clinic GYN resident physicians, sexual psychology students and Nurse-midwives speaking on pelvic floor topics as they relate to physical therapy. She also teaches a postpartum class on a regular basis a Health Foundations to help new mothers safely exercise to get back in shape. She has co-authorized an article entitled "Pelvic Floor Disorders" that appeared in the February 2009 issue of Minnesota Physician magazine. In her free time she enjoys time with her family, gardening, road biking.

Laurie Xiong
Laurie Xiong

MPT

Laurie Xiong graduated with a Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 1997. She has taken extensive coursework in manual hand on techniques, postural restoration, treatment of runner/running and gait analysis, and women's health physical therapy. For Women's health she specializes in pregnancy, postpartum, pelvic floor pain/dysfunction, and bowel/bladder dysfunction. She also has a personal and professional passion for athletes throughout the lifespan, and particulary runners (from recreational to elite). She has a strong belief in education a client about their condition, and teaching them self care with exercise and daily life to keep aligned, symmetrical, balanced and strong. The client will be treated as a true individual and their self care program will be customized to meet their daily, work and active lives. She also enjoys doing video run analysis and teaching postpartum education classes. She lives in the northern suburbs with her four children and interests include running, gardening, swimming, and rollerblading.

Adrienne Jakubic
Adrienne Jakubic

Receptionist

Adrienne joined the New Heights Performance PT team in April 2010. Adrienne worked as a Patient Coordinator for approximately 6 years prior to joining New Heights. She lives in Eagan with her husband and two young children. Adrienne enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and weekends at the cabin.

Kari
Kari Lind

MPT

Kari Lind graduated from the College of St. Catherine’s Master of Physical Therapy program in 1999. She has spent her career working in outpatient physical therapy clinics specialized in orthopedic and sports medicine. She has extensive training in manual therapy techniques, TMD, sports specific therapy, Postural Restoration and pilates. She enjoys working with individual patients and helping them set and achieve their personal physical therapy goals. In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, reading, playing sports, gardening and spending time outside.

Jason Knopick
Jason Knopick

PTA

Jason graduated from the College of St. Catherines in 1998. Since graduation Jason has been working in outpatient orthopedics treating a variety of injuries and challenges for patients as they try and return to their sport/hobby. He has two children and enjoys watching them play soccer, softball, taking them fishing, or simply playing kickball in the backyard. He enjoys chasing muskies when he can and hopes to pass his love for the outdoors on to his children.

Locations / Contact

New Heights Performance Physical Therapy
Mendota Heights Office Center II
1270 Northland Drive, Suite 175
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Hours
8am-5pm Mon to Fri

Email this location

PH: (651) 905-9000
FX:(651) 454-1603


Conveniently located off of the Pilot Knob Rd/494 intersection. Close to 35E, Hwy 55 and Hwy 13.