"I was referred to Karen after riding one day and when I couldn't stand up in my stirrups. The pain in my left ankle was too strong and ankle too weak. She quickly responded and started working on strengthening my ankle. I was really surprised at how weak it was, I am an active mother of 2 and hadn't experience pain like this before, except childbirth  :). We worked in the office sessions and she also gave me exercises to do at home, taking great care to make sure I understood how to properly do them. Happy to report that I was back to riding in a couple of weeks, and jumping again not long after that. She helped me with my mobility, flexibility and strength! Her kindness, patience and sense of humor made the sessions that much more enjoyable!
            Barbara Riedel Bessette
 - Equestrian and Mother


Injury Prevention/Ergonomics

​Your car gets a tune up every so many miles. So should you.  We provide annual flexibility and strength screenings, as well as proper set-up of your workstation to minimize the risk of injury.  Learn more....

Featured  Services

Physician referrals are welcome, but not necessary at KEL-PTwell.  Everyone is equally eligible to access our services.  We welcome you in our office in downtown Wayne, Nebraska.  However if you prefer to meet in the comfort or convenience of your home or office, let us know.    

"I am a college athlete who just finished their college career, i suffered an alarming back injury and felt helpless for weeks. I finally sought help and started to work with Karen. The professionalism and dedication she showed to helping me get back to my normal self was amazing. After our first few sessions I could already feel the improvement. I would highly recommend working with her to anyone in the area for any of your physical therapy needs!"

             CJ, Wayne State College student athlete

"The first time I went to Karen I could barely walk with the pain of my arthritis and the compartment shin splints.  Karen was very knowledgeable and explained how everything in my body relates and designed exercises that helped to strengthen my muscles.  She was always encouraging even if I only made a little progress.  If I got discouraged she would remind me of where I was before.  She also helped me get ready for my total knee replacement.  I know I would not be as far along in my recovery if not for Kren.  Thank you Karen."

             Susan Lunsford,  accountant, quilter


I began the year with three problems—hip, back and Achilles heel issues. Karen initially worked on exercises for the hip and back and within a short period of time a pain in the front of my thigh disappeared. She also developed an exercise program for me that helped as well. My immediate goal in March was to photograph the steeplechase races in March, April and the Virginia Gold Cup in May. Covering the races went well and the next goal was fly fishing and wading streams and rivers. I was able to hike up to the first falls of white oak canyon with no problem, even catching a nice brook trout on the way. Karen’s work in developing a program for my problems greatly helped me to accomplish my goals.  With Karen’s program behind me I had confidence in doing these activities!​ 
Douglas Lees – professional photographer, fly fisherman​


Whether you're looking to win in a national tennis tournament, go mountain climbing, or just  play rough, we can help you meet your goals, by training you how to safely achieve the next level of physical success.  Learn more....



"I came to see Karen because I was having hip pain, most noticeably, while playing tennis and running.  At the completion of Karen's initial exam, she realized my hip pain was related to a weakness in my left side.  The focus of each session was on stretching, strengthening and massage.  Karen taught me simple and effective exercises to do between sessions.  In just 3 sessions, I was pain free and back on the court.  Thank you Karen, for your knowledge and expertise!

             MJ Wooldridge.  counselor, tennis player,

"I play competitive tennis and take many precautions to ensure my body is in good health.  I was still experiencing sharp pains in my ankle.  The pain would appear every few weeks and really prohibit my movement on (and off) the court.  I went to Karen, who immediately clearly explained (in terms I could understand), what was wrong and exactly how she would work with me to fix it.  Two weeks later, I was back on the court comfortably playing competitive matches.  Even standing 6-8 hours a day on the court coaching was much more comfortable.  I thank Karen for helping jump start my recovery!!!  

             Patrick Rowzie, tennis professional  

"I was so happy to find Karen when I aggravated an old shoulder injury.  I lost strength and mobility along with waking up with pain that radiated from shoulder to wrist and fingers.  As a yoga practitioner, I was not able to do the poses requiring strength and range of motion of my shoulder.  I had IMMEDIATE relief after my first visit with Karen!  Her hands on therapy and exercises put me on an immediate path to regaining the health of my shoulder.  I am back practicing my regular sequences and have regained range of motion and strength in the injured shoulder.  What sets Karen apart from other physical therapists is her extensive knowledge of our anatomy, the time she spends with her hands on therapy and then making sure you are continuing with the correct exercises that she recommends you do at home.  

             Dana Boltersdorf, yoga practitioner and personal chef  

"I participated in a workshop in an effort to gain insight into continued pain in my left hip.  I was impressed with KEL Physical Therapy and their emphasis on both treatment and prevention leading to  six weeks of physical therapy sessions.  The treatment quickly brought relief to my immediate needs; but more importantly, I learned how to improve flexibility and core strength to prevent future injury.  Needless to say, not only am I able to do some physical tasks that were most difficult, I am looking forward to increased exercise."

                         Alan Gottula, high school coach and school counselor

Hours:  8AM - 5PM M-F   Office Phone: 402-999-4564   Office Fax:  844-641-1859

214 N. Pearl Street, Wayne, NE 68787


"I initially injured my back while performing housework.  I attended 2 kickboxing classes before my back pain got so bad that I couldn't bend over enough to put on my socks and shoes.  I am a physical therapist and attempted some "self treatment" but knew that if I wanted to get better faster and return to kickboxing I would need an assessment and hands on therapy by a skilled therapist.  Karen worked me in quickly and I noticed a considerable difference in my pain level after the first treatment session.  I ended up going to a total of 3 sessions, performed a home exercise program and was essentially pain free after that.  After several more weeks of doing my exercises and allowing the inflammation in my back to subside, I was able to return to kickboxing.  I am now able to attend the classes pain free and I thank karen for that!  From one PHYSICAL THERAPIST to ANOTHER, I would recommend Karen!"

             Sanya Trask, physical therapist and kick boxer

"Thanks for the miracle work on Soleil's ankle.  Her performance as Prince Chup Leak in the dance Roeung Ream Leak Chup Leak  (an excerpt from the Ramayana) was an unqualified success with no sign of her ankle earlier sprain just 4 weeks before.  In one of the scenes, Soleil is "riding" the wild steed she has captured form the monkey king Hanuman.  I am sure this wouldn't have been possible without your help!"

             Pamela B.  mother and exercise enthusiast

"I can't say enough about KEL Physical Therapy.  Karen rehabilitated me through a painful knee and thigh strain as a result

of a combination volleyball and tennis injury.  Her techniques were spot-on and brought me quick relief even after my first session.  Soon after taking me through specific exercise rehab, I was back on both courts and stronger than ever!  I highly recommend KEL Physical Therapy"

             Lynn S., volleyball and tennis player

"Before I came to see Karen I could barely put any weight on my right leg. The pain went from my back all the way down my leg and to the top of my toes. After about 8 weeks of working with Karen, not only was I pain free, I walked over 50 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-day walk to fight breast cancer. There is no way I could have done that without Karen!! She's the best!!"  
            Terri Shaw – mother, health enthusiast


KEL-PT GUARANTEE to all  of our VALUABLE clients: "We PROMISE to do our BEST for YOU in NATURALLY (no medication, no injection, no surgery) meeting YOUR goals of PAIN FREE movement or find someone who can!


"Virtual wellness coaching with Dr. Karen was just what I needed. I wanted to strengthen my core, but really hate going to a gym. By connecting online, I could actually show Karen the equipment and space I had at home. She demonstrated the exercises, watched me do them, and coached me to correct my posture, stance and range of motion. Knowing that motivation is a challenge for me (when it comes to exercise), she gave me the needed encouragement with followup online sessions to give me additional exercises when I was ready. I now have enough options to feel good doing a few exercises on my own and in my own space! Thanks for being at the forefront of your profession, Dr. Karen and helping me at home!

             Amy Gross, executive with Dale Carnegie

"Karen Longe provided excellent therapy on my shoulder.  In the beginning I had very limited movement of my right shoulder.  I was having difficulty putting my arm into a sleeve, reaching up into cabinets, styling my hair, sleeping, etc.  After only a couple of visits with Karen I could see improvement.  When I started my treatment with her I only had about 40% to 50% range of motion.  I had 10 one hour visits with Karen and ended up with 90% to 95% range of motion and no pain.  I highly recommend Karen Longe for shoulder therapy and would not hesitate scheduling with her again, if needed.  Thank You, Karen

             Debbie Elam. mother, administrative senior

"When I started out, I had severe pain in my adductor muscle.  I had been experiencing pain for a while, but it wasn't getting better.  On the very first appointment, the pain and scientific reasons behind it, were immediately pin pointed.  Letting me explain exactly what my problems were, and ask any questions I had, has helped me recover much quicker then I expected!
            Samuel javier Ramey - high school sophomore, gifted soccer player


"I've been to see Karen for physical therapy for two different injuries I sustained while playing tennis in the last 3 years.  Both times she was able to quickly diagnose the problem, pinpointing the cause of the pain and eliminating other areas as potential causes.  With her intimate knowledge of how the body works, she was able to get me back to playing tennis pain free in just a few sessions.  Thoroughly impressed and highly recommend. 5 stars!"

             Aurelio Roca, dentist and tennis player

"I am a highly active mother of two, engaging in strength training, running and horseback riding weekly.   After suffering for several years with chronic hip and lower back pain (that would have deterred most from continuing to be active), I turned to KEL Physical Therapy to solve my problems.  Karen’s thorough approach during my evaluation lead to the discovery of specific areas of weakness in my core and the causes of my chronic pain. Karen explained the importance of balancing the strength training with the activities I love.  I am getting back on track now after carefully following the personalized training schedule Karen created.  I am PAIN-FREE and looking to the future to enjoying the sports I love … " T

             Tara Jelenic, Runner, Equestrian, Exercise enthusiast

KEL Physical Therapy & Wellness

Enhance Your Motion


"After coming in the first appointment feeling out of balance, crooked in my pelvis and living in pain, Karen advised me on the strength exercises and stretches that I need to do everyday.  Karen's plan was simple and not strenuous.  The end result has been a blessing. I have increased movement in my hips for working the horses, and I also have stronger legs for running the hills.  I still stick to Karen's plan to live a Pain Free Active Lifestyle.
Helen Hayn - Professional Equestrian and Endurance Runner


"I came to Karen with moderate pain in my right inside elbow, which I felt most acutely when I lifted the heavy back hatch of my car and lifting my grandchildren, but was also feeling weakness and mild pain on the court. I felt that if I didn't pay attention, it could turn into a full-blown injury that would really interfere with my 2-3 times weekly tennis.  
After a thoughtful and skillful assessment, Karen employed a variety of treatment modalities to rehab my elbow --  deep tissue manipulation, ultrasound, mobilizations, taping -- as well as giving me simple stretching and strengthening exercises to do at home.  
After 5 or 6 weeks, I was pain-free and ready for strengthening and conditioning. I am currently working with Karen on a more limited basis as a training coach to keep me on track in my conditioning program and to help ward off any future injuries.  I actually feel my tennis has improved because I am now stronger!
A few words of praise for Karen Longe.  Karen is an outstanding PT -- highly skilled, intelligent, creative, confident, personable, always encouraging.  I can't recommend her more highly."

             Barbara B..,  tennis player

"After a minor shoulder injury and weeks of pain and limited mobility; including difficulty dressing, lifting, sleeping, etc., it was recommended I see a physical therapist. I chose KEL Physical Therapy. Karen performed a thorough assessment, and we began a treatment plan including ultrasound and exercises. After several weeks,  I am now enjoying normal activities and performing daily tasks pain free!  Thanks go to Karen’s expertise, and compassionate care in my healing process.
I highly recommend KEL Physical Therapy in Wayne."

             Denise Broders, exercise and health enthusiast

"I suffered for over 4 months with an extremely painful shoulder injury. I tried conventional medicine, acupuncture, a cortisone shot and nothing gave me relief. After just 4 sessions of physical therapy with you, Karen, I have complete mobility and full recovery. If ever there is a next time (which I hope there is not), I will start with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

             Ken Shoemaker, golfer

Physical Therapy

​Your treatment will focus on hands on therapy, including soft tissue, joint mobilization and manual strengthening.  Treatments also include a powerful educational component, teaching proper body mechanics, postural awareness and exercises for home.  Learn more...

"After somehow dodging it my whole life, tennis elbow recently attacked and showed me how debilitating it can be.  I’m not sure exactly what caused it, but once it set in, I couldn’t grip anything without pain, let alone play tennis.  After unsuccessfully trying a few “Google” remedies, I booked an appointment with Karen.  Over the span of several weeks, her drug-free and all-natural therapy and exercises have me back playing pain-free.  I look forward to her training to prevent it from recurring.”  

             Alan Batchelder – executive, tennis player