Gina Vanderheiden, Co-Owner, PT, DPT
With a dream to create an atmosphere where patients feel welcome and at ease, Gina Vanderheiden, PT, DPT, started GinaV Physical Therapy in her home town of Papillion to keep that “small town” feeling alive.
Degrees in both physical therapy and athletic training uniquely equip Gina to handle medical ailments ranging from sports injuries, back and neck pain, and orthopedic care. Gina is also one of the few physical therapists in the metro area that is certified to perform Functional Dry Needling® (FDN) which is an innovative treatment focusing on certain trigger points in the body to relieve acute and chronic pain. FDN has been show to also play a role in accelerating an individual’s rehabilitation progress.
Gina leads by example through recognition that patient care is an ever evolving field requiring a commitment to lifelong learning. She continues her education and training to remain current on new methodologies and treatments that will benefit her patients.
Mark Vanderheiden, Co-Owner & Billing
Mark Vanderheiden, Co-Owner of GinaV Physical Therapy, is Gina’s husband and ensures the smooth operation of business. He oversees financials, marketing, advertising, and the maintenance of the clinic. Mark received his Bachelors in business management from Bellevue University in 2011. Mark proudly served 21 years in the Army National Guard, having retired in November 2017. He is active in the Papillion Community in a variety of roles such as being a long-time member of the American Legion and the Lions Club, Papillion Community Foundation Board Member, Papillion Jr. Titan Football Board member, and Papillion Jr. Titan football coach. In his free time, he loves to golf, travel, and race dirt sprint cars.
Mark and Gina are proud parents of Cole and Brynn and when they aren’t working with patients, they are out in the community supporting their children’s sporting events.
Alexis Nelson, Office Manager
Alexis “Lexie” Nelson is the Front Office Manager for Gina V Physical Therapy. She joined the team as a physical therapy tech in December 2018 and became full time in February 2019. Prior to working here, Lexie played volleyball at Northern Michigan University and has lived in Arizona, Michigan and Washington prior to moving back home to Nebraska in the Fall of 2018. In her free time, Lexie loves hanging out with her dog, playing volleyball and watching figure 8 races.
Alisia Rivera, DPT & APTA member.
Alisia Rivera grew up in Grand Island, NE and in 2011, moved to Omaha to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Creighton University. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Creighton in 2018. Since graduating she has gained experience in the acute, skilled nursing and home health settings. She is excited to move into the outpatient orthopedic setting and to continue to help all her patients progress and achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with family and friends.
Paige Ahlers, DPT & APTA member.
Paige Ahlers, PT, DPT is originally from Omaha and went to Creighton University to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. She is passionate about helping people return to their recreational activities and prior level of function to enjoy the things that they love. Paige is the youngest of three girls and has 5 beautiful nieces and nephews who she enjoys playing with. Paige is a dog mom to 2 fur babies, Harley and Callie who keep her busy and outdoors. She enjoys traveling, hanging with friends, and exploring the unknown in her free time. Paige enjoys performing vestibular rehab, cancer rehab, and soon to perform women’s health.
Ashley Rivera, PTA & APTA member.
Ashley Rivera, PTA, grew up in Omaha, NE and went to University of Nebraska-Lincoln to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition science and a minor in psychology. She then went on to Nebraska Methodist College to earn her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Ashley is passionate about helping athletes return to their maximal potential, performing manual therapy techniques, aquatic therapy, and cupping to help patient’s return to their peak performance. Ashley enjoys going to Nebraska football games, reading books, and kickboxing.