Creve Coeur, MO
Jonty Felsher was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to St. Louis in 1993. He received his Bachelor of Science (with honors) from the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1990. Together with Jonathan Gordon, Jonty established RPI Therapy Services in 1997. Jonty has extensive training and experience in manual therapy techniques including manual intramuscular therapy (Trigger Point Dry Needling); Vestibular Rehabilitation and specializes in spinal, orthopedic and neurological problems. Outside of work, Jonty enjoys family time, jogging, gardening, and travel.
Richmond Heights, MO
Jonathan Gordon was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to St. Louis in 1997. Jonathan graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1987 with his Bachelor of Science specializing in sports injuries and manual therapy. Together with Jonty Felsher, Jonathan established RPI Therapy Services in 1997. Jonathan has extensive post graduate training in manual therapy intramuscular therapy (Trigger Point Dry Needling); specializing in spinal, orthopedic and chronic pain conditions. Outside of work Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and seven children, working out, and participating in community organizations.
Senior Residential Division
Cindy Kempf serves as the Director of Clinical Services for RPI Therapy Services. Cindy graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 1982 and from Webster University in 1989 with a master’s degree in health service management. She has over 28 years experience working with older adults. She has served as adjunct faculty at St. Louis University for the past 12 years and has presented numerous educational courses on local, state, and national levels. Her areas of expertise include wheelchair seating and positioning, administration and management, Medicare reimbursement and dementia management. Cindy has also been active in the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association and is currently serving as Vice President. She enjoys watching and playing sports of all kinds.
Director of Community Outreach
Debra Pierce is from Belleville Illinois. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Western Illinois University. She has worked in the health care field for over 10 years, with her most recent experience as the Outreach Director for a Senior Living Community in the Metro East. She currently sits on the St. Clair County Elder Justice Council; she is also a member of the Leadership Belleville program. Outside of work, Debra enjoys spending time with her daughter, who will receive her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2016. Debra spends the rest of her free time with her animals, exercising at the local health club, and staying very active in the community.
Annie graduated from Saint Louis University with her Doctorate in Physical therapy in May 2015 and is currently working at RPI’s outpatient clinic in Creve Coeur. She enjoys working with diverse patients of all ages and all conditions, including aquatics and post-op. She enjoys encouraging patients and educating them on their own conditions to better understand their rehabilitation journey so that they achieve their goals. Annie was born and raised in Petersburg, Illinois but has been living in the St. Louis area since attending school. In her free time, Annie spends her time with friends and her sisters, running, participating in yoga and belly dancing, as well as cheering on the St. Louis Blues.
Ann started working for RPI in November of 2015 as Director of Operations. She has over 20 years of experience in administration management. Her prior employment includes Senior Scripts Pharmacy, Omnicare Inc., NCS Healthcare and her experience was long-term care pharmacy billing. Outside of work, Ann enjoys spending time with her boys who are highly involved in agriculture and sports.
Jennie joined RPI in July 2013. She has over 10 years of human resources experience including recruiting, performance management, career development, employee relations, benefits and compensation. She has spent the majority of her career working in health care and publishing. She earned her Health Administration degree from Eastern Illinois University and also has her Master’s in Education. In her free time, Jennie volunteers with several animal rescue organizations and works as a glass artist.
Megan received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Fontbonne University in May 2014. She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech- Language Pathology in May 2015. She enjoys working in diverse areas of speech therapy including cognitive-communication, voice, and swallowing. Currently, Megan works at Richmond Heights outpatient facility and our Senior Residential Division. Megan enjoys working with patients and their families, seeking to facilitate individual plans to achieve their goals. Megan enjoys spending time with her family, biking, and playing/coaching volleyball.
Richmond Heights, MO
Michelle Handyside received her associate of applied science degree in Physical Therapy from Belleville Area College in 1988, and holds licensure in Missouri and Illinois. She received extensive training in weight loss management, fitness testing, and manual therapy, with diverse specialty knowledge in wound care, geriatrics, and vestibular education. She is in charge of company-wide education of clinical staff in documentation and billing procedures. She has been with RPI since May of 1999, helping to develop policies, procedures, documentation, and managing our Richmond Heights outpatient clinic. Her goal is patient motivation and education to assist her patients in achieving their rehabilitation goals.In her spare time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, and staying active with outdoor activities.
Creve Coeur, MO
Scott Uelsmann has worked in the Physical Therapy field for 14 years, with two years of contract therapy experience working in various therapy settings such as nursing homes, outpatient facilities, home health, sports medicine clinics, and hospitals. He has been with RPI for 10 years at the Covenant House facility in Creve Coeur. Scott was promoted to clinical manager of the Covenant House facility in 2007. He enjoys hanging out with family and friends, travel, coaching soccer and baseball, and watching sporting events.