Frenchtown Physical Therapy

Frenchtown Physical Therapy


We had a wonderful time Friday celebrating our outstanding team! They are simply the best staff we could ask for and we appreciate all they do. Each one works hard and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. We were happy we got to spend the afternoon with them enjoying a company picnic while small groups had fun breaking out of escape rooms. So thankful to call this group of people our amazing team!
Thank you to everyone at Frenchtown Physical Therapy! You guys do a wonderful job. I came out stronger and smarter......Thank you Kylie and Cal for tolerating me and helping me bring my shoulder back to life.
Everyone at Frenchtown Physical therapy is wonderful. 👍👍

Frenchtown Physical Therapy is a privately owned, independent, out-patient physical therapy practice. Hamilton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitaion Center was founded in 1998.

Our company is a privately owned, independent, out-patient physical therapy practice. We have expanded and opened clinics in Darby (2003), Coravllis (2007) and our second Hamilton location within the Canyons Athletic Club in 2009. We have recently completed sate-of-the art facilities in Hamilton (2006) and Corvallis (2009). Our company has experienced significant growth because of our philosophy t

Operating as usual

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post 04/05/2022

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post


A few of of our therapist and staff members hosted a senior luncheon with Granite Pharmacy in Frenchtown. They provided and served lunch to those who attended, as well as discussed services that Frenchtown Physical Therapy has to offer!


It may not be Election Day quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t partake in Bitterroots Best!

Help us nominate Ivan Peterson as Bitterroots Best Physical Therapy!

Ivan has been helping the community with Hamilton Physical Therapy and Stevensville Physical Therapy since 2015. Ivan is Board Certified in Manual Therapy and Orthopedics.

There are two ways you can vote:

Option 1:

Step 1: Open your phone camera, and put the QR code in your camera's line of sight, attached below.
Step 2: Tap the yellow/gold second street link that populates on your screen.
Step 3: Find “Best Physical Therapist” and vote for Ivan Peterson, PT.

Option 2:

Step 1: Follow the link below:
Step 2: Scroll down to “Health & Wellness.”
Step 3: Scroll down to “Best Physical Therapist.”
Step 4: Click “nominate” and vote for Ivan Peterson, PT.

Please submit your nominations by March 30th, 2022.


Our company took time off from treating patients to partake in a vestibular (aka balance and dizziness) course! We continue to expand our knowledge as we are truly invested in restoring function, relieving pain, and renew hope!


Hamilton Physical Therapy and associated clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving, as we give thanks for all of our blessings. We all wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

We will reopen on November 26th at 8:30 am.

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post 11/24/2021

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post


Hamilton Physical Therapy wants to thank those who have and are currently serving. To those who have served their selfless service, bravery and sacrifice.

Patient Story | Wounded Warrior Looks to Motivate Others through Recovery 11/04/2021

Patient Story | Wounded Warrior Looks to Motivate Others through Recovery

Patient Story | Wounded Warrior Looks to Motivate Others through Recovery David was a 20-year-old Army cavalry scout when he was shot by a sniper in both legs while serving as the lead driver for his platoon.

Physical Therapist specializing in cardio pulmonary gives patients confidence 11/01/2021

Physical Therapist specializing in cardio pulmonary gives patients confidence

Physical Therapist specializing in cardio pulmonary gives patients confidence A Physical Therapist specializing in Cardio Pulmonary gives patients confidence.

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post 10/15/2021

Photos from Hamilton Physical Therapy P.C.'s post


Christopher and Melissa


Physical therapy can be an effective option to surgery and prescription medications for numerous medical conditions. We offer some unique and specialized services to help everything from pre and post-operative care to chronic conditions and everything in-between. We want to help achieve your goals and get you back on the right path when you veer off course by creating an individual plan tailored to your specific needs.

(Pictured: Bryce Yasenak, DPT, OCS, CMPT currently at our Stevenville Physical Therapy location)


October is National Physical Therapy month. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of patients and reach out to the community by educating the importance and possible benefits of physical therapy. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates 100 years as an association for physical therapist and physical therapist assistants. For the month of October, the organization uses the hashtag to help encourage people to learn about the benefits of physical therapy. This is also a time to celebrate our physical therapist and physical therapist assistants who improve lives.

Physical therapists can help assist individuals of all ages and conditions. These professionals aid in evaluating and diagnosing patients, and come up with a treatment plan to help improve movement and manage pain.

If your quality of life is being affected by physical limitations, find a physical therapist to help you today.

(Pictured: Kylie France, DPT, CMPT at our Frenchtown Physical Therapy location)


We will be closed until Monday, December 28th. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas!



We see it in the trees and on the ground. We smell it in the air and feel the temperature changes. Raking leaves is not only a chore but a workout. Make sure you are listening to your body and take extra precautions not to injure yourself during this chore. Make sure your rake isn’t too short or too heavy. These characteristics can contribute to back and neck pain.


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Post Surgical Rehabilitation (Post Op / Post Operative Care)

We work closely with your doctors to provide care that will gently and progressively help you recover from your surgery. Our therapists will follow establish protocols from your surgeon to ensure consistent therapy every visit. Common surgeries that we treat are: ACL Reconstruction, knee arthroscopy’s, rotator cuff repair, total hip replacements, total knee replacements, spine surgeries, foot and ankle surgeries, elbow and hand surgeries.


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Functional Dry Needling (FDN) / Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)

“Dry needling is a skilled technique performed by a physical therapist using filiform needles to penetrate the skin and/or underlying tissues to affect change in body structures and functions for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, movement
impairments, and disability.” (Caramagno, J., Adrian, L., Mueller, L., Purl, J. (2015, July 10). Analysis of Competencies for Dry Needling by Physical Therapists Final Report. Retrieved October 06, 2020, from
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Functional Dry Needling is a great modality that can help to relieve pain and get patients back to performing functional activities that they were previously limited with. It incorporates many philosophies to best serve the patient including treatment of trigger points, or radicular pain coming from the spine or peripheral nerves. In their assessment, the physical therapist will determine what they believe to be the root cause of the pain and dysfunction, and then treat the musculature accordingly. Following this treatment, the therapist will provide exercises, stretches, manual therapy, or other modalities to continue to progress the patient’s overall functioning.

Before performing this treatment, the therapist will review any contraindications and precautions with the patient to make sure that this technique is appropriate based on each individual’s medical and personal background.

Dry Needling is performed at:
Corvallis Physical Therapy
1050 Eastside Highway
Corvallis, MT 59828
Phone Number: (406) 961-3914
By: Christopher Anderson, MPT, OCS, CMPT

Hamilton Physical Therapy at The Canyons Athletic Club
472 Tammany Lane
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone Number: (406) 363-7206
By: Shannon Calenberg, DPT, OCS, CMPT

Drummond Physical Therapy
512 East Front Street
Drummond, MT 59832
Phone Number: (406) 288-0980
By: Jake Capko, ATC, DPT

Frenchtown Physical Therapy
16400 Frenchtown Frontage Road
Frenchtown, MT 59834
Phone Number: (406) 626-0026
By: Jake Capko, ATC, DPT

Darby Physical Therapy
501 North Main Street
Darby, MT 59829
Phone Number: (406) 821-2021
By: Jennifer Schmit, DPT


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Why would you recommend PT to a prospective patient?

Physical Therapy is a patient driven form of healthcare which is meant to help improve motion and lifestyle. We treat all manner of conditions ranging from post-operative to chronic neurological. We assist in decreasing pain, improving motion and strength and helping the patient regain their normal function and return to their life.

- Jake Capko, ATC, DPT
Drummond Physical Therapy
(Pictured: Ivan Peterson, DPT, OCS, CMPT at our Stevensville Physical Therapy location)


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Graston Technique (IASTM)

What is Graston Technique?
Graston Technique (GT) is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. GT uses specially designed stainless instruments with unique treatment edges and angles to deliver an effective means of manual therapy. The use of GT instruments, when combined with appropriate therapeutic exercise, leads to the restoration of pain-free movement and function.
Why is scar tissue a problem?
When viewed under a microscope, normal tissue can be organized in a couple different fashions: dense, regular elongated fibers running in the same direction, such as tendons and ligaments; or dense and loose, irregular with fibers running in multiple directions. In either instance, when tissue is damaged, it will often heal in a fibrotic, haphazard manner and may appear radio-dense under diagnostic ultrasound. As a result, scar tissue often restricts range of motion causing pain and functional limitations. Scar tissue also has a negative impact on sensory motor firing rates and frequencies.
What conditions can be treated with Graston Technique?
Graston Technique can be used to treat any movement system dysfunction that has been determined to have soft tissue component.
A few examples are:
Achilles tendonitis
Tennis elbow
Plantar fasciitis
Shin splints
Post surgery such as joint replacements and rotator cuff repairs
Scar tissue following injury or surgery
Patient success story: “The deep tissue therapy offered at Darby Physical Therapy has given my left hand injury much improved flexibility and range of motion. Before work at Darby PT, I did 6 months of standard therapy and the intensive scarringof my left hand had left it inflexible and weak. The deep tissue work was the missing part of my PT plan.”


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Board Certified Neurology Specialist

NATIONAL PT MONTH: Board Certified Neurology Specialist

We at Hamilton Physical Therapy and our associated clinics offer a variety of specialties and programs to fit the specific needs of our patients. One of our specialties is neurology and we are very fortunate to employ Jackie Day, DPT, NCS, CMPT, the only Board Certified Neurology Specialist in the Bitterroot Valley, although our comprehensive team of physical therapists can address impairments due to disease or injury of the nervous system.

A few of our therapists have worked collaboratively with Von, a patient who suffered from a stroke in October 2019. Our therapists have focused on Von’s specific needs and goals to help restore him to his highest level of function, and to improve his overall quality of life.

A stroke often causes weakness on one side of the body making it difficult to balance. Balance is very complex, involving ears, eyes, and sensory nerves in the muscles. Because balance involves the coordination and stability of our bodies in our surroundings, a stroke can disrupt most day-to-day activities and can greatly affect quality of life. A stroke often causes loss of sensation on the affected side, particularly the legs. A stroke can cause lack feeling as to where their leg and foot are, and balance becomes a huge issue. It becomes very difficult for a stroke patient to know how to move when feeling in their leg and foot is compromised. Vision is also a very important aspect of balance. Visual problems are quite common after a stroke, making it much more difficult to balance. Moving and maintaining balance after a stroke now requires more concentration, which is hard work and can be very frustrating and tiring.

Exercise and balance retraining are very effective ways to treat balance problems. For the therapy to be effective the exercises need to be intensive, requiring the patient to do as much as they can, as often as they can, continually working on the things that are difficult. Our therapists work progressively with patients who have neurological impairments to guide them through more challenging activities. Von has been a great example as he is very proactive in his physical therapy, continually challenging himself and showing great improvement.


NATIONAL PT MONTH: Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)

A Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a process of assessing an individual’s physical capacities and functional abilities. A therapist will perform the evaluation and analyze the physical abilities and restrictions of each client. The FCE matches physical performance levels to the demands of a specific job, work activity, occupation. The FCE establishes the physical level of work an individual can perform. The FCE is useful in determining job placement, job modifications, or return to work after injury or illness. FCEs can provide information regarding functional work ability in the determination of occupational disability status.

The purpose of an FCE / Referral Source Goals:
1. Is client able to return to target job?
2. Did client exhibit full physical effort?
3. Are client's reports of pain an disability reliable?
4. Can client return to work in modified capacity?
5. What are client's baseline physical tolerances?
6. Provide recommendations for work restrictions, rehabilitation, and reasonable accommodation.

FCE's are performed using the Matheson Technique at:
Hamilton Physical Therapy
336 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, MT 59840
Ph.: 406-375-0980
by Heidi Martin, MPT, OCS, CMPT

Frenchtown Physical Therapy
16400 Frenchtown Frontage Rd.
Frenchtown, MT 59834
Ph.: 406-626-0026
by Douglas Martin, MPT, SCS, CMPT, SCSC


Did you know October is National PT Month? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) uses hashtag to help encourage people to learn about the benefits of physical therapy.

Physical therapy can assist with pain relief minimizing or eliminating the use of opioids. Physical therapy can also help you avoid surgery depending on your diagnosis or even get you up and moving safely again.

At Hamilton Physical Therapy & Associated Clinics, we know you want to enjoy a full life. In order to do that, you need help with physical obstacles. The problem is you don't know where to turn which makes you feel frustrated. We believe you shouldn't have to live with physical limitations. We understand your discomfort which is why we provide easy access to specialized physical therapists.

How to start your journey:
Step 1: Schedule an appointment:
Step 2: Complete your individualized treatment plan
Step 3: Enjoy life

Call us today ( so you can improve your quality of life and learn more about how PT can help you!

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NATIONAL PT MONTH: Board Certified Neurology Specialist
Merry Christmas from Frenchtown Physical Therapy!



16400 Frenchtown Frontage Rd
Frenchtown, MT

General information

Montana law requires physical therapists to complete 10 hours of continuing education every year. The therapists of Frenchtown Physical Therapy typically complete 20 to 50 hours every year. We have focused our training on hands-on manual therapy, advanced therapeutic exercise and pain relief.

Visit Frenchtown Physical Therapy at:
16400 Frontage Rd; P.O. Box 767
Frenchtown, MT 59834

Call: (406) 626-0026
Fax: (406) 626-1780

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Opening Hours

Monday 7:30am - 6pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 6pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 6pm
Thursday 7:30am - 6pm
Friday 7:30am - 6pm

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