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Welcome to Allied Physical & Hand Therapy


Allied Physical Therapy was born in 2011 out of necessity for specialized physical therapy services. We are a small group of therapists and staff who are dedicated to assuring you leave our clinic better than when you arrived.  We offer a variety of specialties not found in every physical therapy clinic. We do this with a small caseload and personal service each day of treatment.

Our therapists maintain core values of respect, compassion, excellence, and stewardship. Our size is our advantage. Because our staff is small, we provide an intimate experience acknowledging that you are valued person, not a number.

Our mission statement: We will serve our clients by providing the best quality care in physical and hand therapy in an environment that is supportive and nurturing to improve their overall health and wellbeing.  

Amy McMahon
amy small Amy McMahon, OTR, CHT, CLT is a Hoosier at heart, graduating from IU Bloomington in 2000. She gained a taste of the city life completing her masters in Occupational Therapy in 2002 from Midwestern University. After several years of travel and varied therapy experience, she gained appreciation for the country life and has returned home to Indiana where she has been serving hand therapy patients since 2005. Amy earned her CHT (certified hand therapist) credentials in 2008 and her CLT (certified lymphedema therapist) certification in 2014. Understanding that your hands are a valued tool for both work and play, it is her greatest passion to work with clients with debilitating hand injuries and celebrates their success upon discharge.


Raymond Rene L. Canda
Raymod small Raymond Rene L. Canda, RPT brings his 24 years of clinical expertise as a Physical Therapist in our new and state of the art Outpatient Physical Therapy clinic.
Raymond had completed his clinical training in Myofascial Release, a manual therapy technique for use in the treatment of pain syndromes, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions. He also achieved and accomplished advanced training in the age-specific evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions, neuro-muscular deficits, musculoskeletal issues, pain management, industrial medicine-workman's compensation, repetitive motion injuries and athletic related injuries. Raymond is also Certified in Neuro-developmental Techniques (NDT) in Pediatrics.
To assist our area employers and case managers in keeping their workforce healthy and working at their optimum, Raymond has completed his certification in the performance of Functional Capacity Evaluations. This certification allows for an objective evaluation of the "industrial athlete" and provides information that allows a physician, case manager, therapist or labor law judge to make case resolution-oriented decisions. Raymond also has extensive experience in work-hardening, work-conditioning and work-simulation in the rehabilitation of the "industrial athlete".

Melissa Gutierrez
Melissa small Melissa Gutierrez, PT, DPT, CLT has 15 years of physical therapy experience with special focus in women’s health and orthopedics. She completed her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her doctorate in physical therapy from Northeastern University.
In 2004, she began studying with the APTA section on Women's Health and the Herman and Wallace Institute focusing her continuing education with managing pelvic floor conditions such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction associated with pregnancy. Helping women and men navigate through pelvic pain and incontinence is an extraordinary experience and she is grateful to bring this service to the greater Michiana area. 

Kate Werda
Kate small Kate Werda, DPT, began her physical therapy career in 2002 after graduating from Northeastern University with her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. For 12 years, she worked at a busy outpatient orthopedic clinic in the greater Boston area. She became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2006 and was awarded her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2009. For the first 3 years after her family relocated to the Michiana area, she practiced in the homecare setting. Prior to having a family, she was an avid triathlete and now incorporates many forms of exercise into her daily life. She is enthusiastic to return to her love of orthopedics to assist patients in their return to healthy lifestyles after injury.”

Mary Jo Nelson
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Mary Jo brings a background of CNA experience and business to her role as front desk receptionist. She received her undergraduate degree from Davenport University in 2009 and her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Her favorite part of her job is helping people. While away from the office, you’ll find her enjoying the great outdoors and spending time with her 3 kids and boyfriend at the lake.