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Essentials Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists in Omaha and Papillion each have their own areas of specialization. Conditions they treat include but are not limited to these specific areas.

Kelly Djernes, PT, DPT

Dr. Kelly is one of the state's only providers that is a certified in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions relating to pregnancy and the postpartum period.

She provides recommendations regarding exercising safely in pregnancy, labor and delivery positioning strategies, breastfeeding positioning, and healthy biomechanics for pregnancy and postpartum period.

Conditions she specializes in treating:

  • Low back pain
  • SI joint dysfunction
  • Pubic symphysis dysfunction
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Urinary incontinence / urgency
  • Cesarean / perineal scar management
  • Diastasis recti
  • Abdominal weakness
  • Hip pain
  • Nerve injuries
  • Coccyx (tailbone) pain

To learn more about Dr. Kelly, click here.


Sami Herbster, PT, DPT


Dr. Sami Herbster is a professional and highly skilled Physical Therapist with a passion for health and healing. She brings 19 years of experience in health and wellness and an impressive educational background to her professional work. Dr. Sami is a Postural Restoration specialist.

What is Postural Restoration?

The use of specific exercises to restore postural balance to the right and left side of the body and harmony within all system and movement patterns. When these normal imbalances are not regulated, function of the following can be impacted:

  • Structural weaknesses
  • Core instability
  • Muscle tension
  • Joint stiffness
  • Overuse injuries
  • Joint inflammation
  • Chronic fatigue / Fibromyalgia
  • Blood pressure regulation

To learn more about Dr. Sami, click here.


Jennifer Colgrove, PT, DPT

Dr. Jen has always been interested in how things fit together to work, move, and finding combinations of exercise. She has experience rehab-ing patients to regain functional activities and continue with fall prevention programs. She graduated from Creighton University in 2012.

What is Fall Prevention?

Dr. Jen’s mission is to help patients meet their highest functional potential. She digs deep to create individualized treatment plans and find the source of dysfunction. Dr. Jen will:

  • Evaluate your risk for falling
  • Address work, home, and community environments as they pertain to fall-risk factors
  • Design an individualized treatment plan specific to your needs
  • Provide you with balance training and strengthening exercises
  • Encourage and support you during your physical therapy journey

To learn more about Dr. Jen, click here.