Dr. Kelly Djernes, PT

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Director of Physical Therapy


Dr. Kelly Djernes has always been fascinated by the awe-inspiring complexity of human anatomy. She believes our bodies are designed to move and have an amazing capacity to heal themselves when trained to move properly. Dr. Djernes earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has been practicing outpatient physical therapy in the Omaha area since 2012. She enjoys helping people regain their prior level of function and return to the activities they love.

During her pregnancy and postpartum phase with her first daughter, Dr. Djernes felt a calling to help other women navigate the unique physical challenges that accompany motherhood. She went on to complete specialized training in the evaluation and treatments of pelvic floor conditions through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and is currently pursuing an additional certification in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Djernes believes that mothers have miraculous, life-giving bodies that are often neglected due to the demands of parenting. It is her mission to educate and empower pregnant and postpartum women to rediscover fitness and strength in their new bodies.

Dr. Djernes has been blessed with a loving husband, Nick, and their rambunctious daughters, Brenna and Adelynn. Together they enjoy exploring the great outdoors, reading storybooks (but mostly just ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ over and over again), making messes, and performing musical numbers to an audience of stuffed animals.


Catherine Wright, PTA

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Physical Therapy Assistant

Catherine joined the Essentials team in October 2016 as a physical therapist assistant and yoga instructor. She has been a physical therapist assistant since 2002, and a yoga instructor since 2010. She received additional training from Matthew Sanford at Mind Body Solutions in Minnetonka, MN. In 2018, she became Essentials' Yoga Director. The blend of these two backgrounds can be very complimentary and she is a tremendous asset to the Essentials Physical Therapy and Yoga teams.