About Freedom

Mission Statement:

To bring restoration and increased function to the human body by cultivating belief, encouraging purpose, and achieving goals in and amongst our clients, athletes, and staff; young and old alike.

We are dedicated to your complete recovery

  • The brand of physical therapy you will receive at Freedom PTTC in Kansas City is individualized and proactive. When you come to Freedom PTTC, we treat you, not just your injury.
  • At Freedom PTTC we utilize the latest research and technology and will rehab you in our state-of-the-art facility. We will be with you step-by-step until you return to work, play, or an active life.
  • We believe that complete recovery requires a team effort and focus. We communicate with your doctor, athletic trainer, coach, and parent to provide a complete spectrum of care. Our goal is your recovery.
  • We maximize your potential and provide freedom from pain, doubt and encourage a relentless desire to succeed. We look forward to treating you.

Dr. Don C. Dequine Jr., PT, DPT, TPI Cert.

President/Owner

At the age of 17, Donny was threatened with total paralysis after a snowboarding accident. By God’s grace, emergency surgery, and relentless rehab, he accomplished a successful collegiate soccer career. Due to his past experiences and lessons along the way he is now on to a passionate pursuit of taking YOU to the next level!

Donny (Don) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where he developed his passion for all sports, but found a unique love for the game of soccer. At the age of 17, he had a snowboarding accident that left him nearly paralyzed. Due to emergency surgery, relentless rehab, his amazing family, and God’s grace, Donny was not only able to return to soccer, but received a scholarship to Azusa Pacific University. There he found success on and off the field boasting back-to-back NAIA National Championship Final appearances while graduating cum-laude in 3 years with a degree in Psychology.

His love for sports followed him after graduation as he began training athletes at Performax Training Center while also running the Sports Ministry at his church. During this time, Donny’s passion for helping people greatly surpassed his educational ability to do so and that kept him up at night. This deep longing to know more birthed his 5 year journey of obtaining his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Since, he has spent time in the Kaiser system in Southern California learning Movement Systems Impairments as well as in Northern California at Results Physical Therapy. At Results, he had the luxury of learning from some of the nations brightest physical therapists while treating collegiate and professional athletes from the MLB, MLS, and NFL.

Donny and his wife, Bethany, have recently moved to Kansas City to start Freedom PTTC and bring their experiences and education to a rapidly growing/active community. They also love the idea of starting and raising their family in the Midwest.

What’s the best part of your story so far?

I’d say the whole story! Breaking my neck (literally), college soccer, life at Performax Training Center, Sports Ministry, MARRYING MY WIFE, PT School, moving to KC, and now starting Freedom PTTC.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

Any and all non-profits crushing it with the limited resources they have, and Google. Drastic difference, I know, but Google has not only revolutionized the “search engine” but has cultivated a working environment that inspires their employees to dream and never settle, but be productive at the same time.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I have an old soul. Love front porches, rocking chairs, and early mornings with an inspiring book.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

Absolutely everything. Freedom PTTC is a life long dream and being able to love on people together with my wife brings an unexplainable joy to my heart.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

Combination of having my mind blown while learning of new research in respect to advancements in biomechanics and hosting friends and family at my house for BBQ’s.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

I honestly wouldn’t want to change much, but being a professional baseball player seems like it would be pretty sweet for a few years. Maybe being a farmer would be cool.

  • Assessment and treatment of the injured Runner
  • Assessment and treatment of the injured Golfer (TPI Certified)
  • Assessment and treatment of the injured Gymnast (Professional Member of USA Gymnastics)
  • Ability to utilize the latest technology for movement analysis including, but not limited to: SEMG, Slow Motion Video Capture/Analysis, Pressure Sensitive Treadmill, Advancements in Bio-mechanics.
  • Movement systems impairment (MSI), biomechanics, gait analysis, injury prevention, corrective exercise, return to sport and post-op rehabilitation.
  • The diagnosis and management of movement dysfunction and enhancement of physical and functional abilities through bio-mechanical and gait analysis.
  • The prevention of symptoms, functional limitations, and disability that may result from disease, disorder, conditions, or injuries.
  • Ability to provide optimal physical, wellness, fitness, and quality of life as it pertains to movement and health.

His ability to communicate, teach, and inspire is unmatched. He can take the most complex physiological issues and make them sound unassuming. He is a fearless leader and relentless encourager. He finds the best in every situation and challenges others to achieve their goals. He is a walking example of Freedom’s motto to help others believe they can succeed, return to their functional purpose, and achieve their goals.

With his passion and thirst for knowledge, he will never consider his education complete. He strives to challenge himself with further education and research in order for Freedom PTTC to make a difference in Kansas City. His desire is for people of KC to live free from pain, free from doubt, and with the freedom to succeed!

Bethany Dequine

CFO/Billing

A successful runner and AMAZING wife, Bethany finds joy in the fine details of life. She loves to volunteer her time with young runners and is the glue that holds Freedom PTTC together. 

Bethany is capable. She is a coach. She is approachable. Bethany will find the good in all. Her ability to take a task, break it apart, champion it, and then educate others on the process is unexplainable. The combination of accounting as her background and coaching as her passion depicts the reason she is the glue that holds Freedom PTTC together. When in the presence of Bethany, her attention is all yours. Her grace and execution is stifling. Her love for people is impactful, and her joy for life is infectious.

Bethany was born and raised in Shawnee, Kansas spending most of her time running, playing basketball, or volunteering. For college, she was the first of her family to venture out of state where she attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. To demonstrate her tenacity, Bethany finished a five year degree within three years while still having time to participate in extra curricular activities such as: run a marathon, study abroad, plan a wedding, get married!

After 5 years in Southern California and a year in private accounting, Bethany and her husband decided to move back to Shawnee, Kansas to bring restoration and increased function to a community that is active, vibrant and growing passionately in love with health, fitness, and sport.

What’s the best part of your story so far?

The best part of my story so far is the supporting cast. I have been beyond blessed to have the most amazing support system my whole life. Without my family, I would not be the person I am today. They have loved, disciplined, and challenged me to be a better person. I thank my parents everyday for not taking the easy road when it came to raising me. They spent every waking moment and grain of energy they had to make sure that I grew up knowing right from wrong. My husband has also challenged me beyond words. He has given me a new sense of confidence in myself that I never knew possible. He leads me to be more daring and courageous everyday.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

One organization that inspires me is Lululemon Athletica. The reason I chose them is because, they put a real emphasis on making sure their employees and customers have a balanced life. I think that too often today, people put too much pressure on their employees to make their job their life. Lululemon realizes that there are other aspects of life that should not be ignored. That is why they have each employee fill out a goal sheet. In this goal sheet, the employee will list five fitness, career, and personal goals that they have for themselves. Lulu will then come alongside that employee to help make sure that those goals are achieved. I love that, and in a lot of ways, I want Freedom Physical Therapy to have that same culture for our clients. I want our clients to have the confidence to share their goals and ambitions with us, and then allow us to help them see those through.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

That I am deathly afraid of public speaking. Although, I will give a presentation when necessary. It is very against my nature.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

Lots of people do not see accounting or finance as an exciting or intriguing job. However, when I look at my job, I see endless opportunities to help others be able to afford health care and better their lives. I am able to make sure that Freedom is doing everything necessary to be the best and most affordable Physical Therapy clinic for those who need us, and that excites me.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

I feel the most like myself when I am serving and helping others around me. That can come in many different forms. However, I have recently developed a true passion for coaching. There is just something about being part of a team that is irreplaceable.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

I would have loved to try to be a gymnast. Their dedication and discipline inspires me. However, I am not sure that I could take the constant blisters on my hands.

Proficient in Word, Excel, and Power Point, Quick Books Pro, Practice Perfect, and ZirMed.

Dr. Bret Crossland, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Knowledgeable and eager to help his patients, Bret finds joy in listening to podcasts, reading research articles, and flying coast to coast in order to further his skills in Advanced Biomechanics and Rehabilitation. Bret enjoys grilling, watching football, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Abby.

Bret is laid back, but passionate about what he does. He works hard to achieve goals and finishes what he starts. His ability to relate to others and adopt their goals as his own allows him to help people from all walks of life realize their potential and find success.

Growing up in central Illinois, Bret spent most of his youth playing sports, eventually settling on basketball and football. He had his first experiences with physical therapy during high school after tearing his ACL three different times. Because of these injuries, Bret knew he wanted to help prevent others from experiencing the same pain. He attended Harding University, studying biochemistry with a minor in psychology. Bret met his wife, Abby, toward the end of his time there, so he returned to Harding to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Bret and Abby moved to Kansas City in 2015. He spends his time outside of Freedom playing indoor soccer, grilling delicious food, and learning new things.

What’s the best part of your story so far?

Moving to Kansas City with my wife, not knowing anyone else in the area. Being in an entirely new setting challenged me to grow, to venture outside my comfort zone, and continued to show me how truly great my wife is.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

The Havens in Zambia. It was designed to embrace those most in need, including high risk orphans with advanced medical needs. Those in charge have embraced the Zambian culture and attempt to raise each child in a way that allows integration back into the local social structure at the age of 2. The sacrifice and investment by all involved for the good of the community and the kids they help is incredibly inspirational.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I am deathly afraid of heights. However, I got the foolish idea of facing those fears several years ago, and can say that I have been bungee jumping and skydiving. Still get dizzy any time I look over any high drops.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

Restoring function, especially in young athletes. I loved playing sports when I was younger, but ended up missing almost half my high school career due to repeated injuries. Because of this, I love to restore young athletes to full function to prevent their stories from sounding like mine.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

Grilling food during the fall to watch football with friends.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

Probably aeronautical engineering. Sounds fascinating and extremely challenging.

  • Biomechanics, gait analysis, injury prevention, corrective exercise, return to sport, post-op rehab, barefoot training.
  • Functional movement analysis with biomechanical principles to identify dysfunction and enhance overall movement efficiency.
  • Empowering patients via education to control and direct their own care to achieve their goals.
  • Decreasing pain, symptoms, limitations, and disabilities to return individuals to full participation in life.
  • Integrating functional movement training to daily activities to improve physical wellness, fitness, and quality of life.
  • Dry Needling in congruence with functional integration for optimal movement.

He is capable of translating the intimidating medical jargon into easily understandable concepts, teaching new movement patterns in functional settings, and explaining the reason for each approach to therapy he takes. He relates to each patient, integrating his therapeutic approach into their lives to help them achieve their goals. He expects individual commitment and buy-in from each patient, than walks with them each step of the way to reach the next level in their pursuits.

Dr. Robyn McGrew, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist

With a heart the size of California, Robyn brings her love and compassion for people all the way to Kansas. Don’t let her credentials fool you, she is as relatable and down to earth as they come. The credentials, however, are impressive, seeing that she is one of only a few fellowship trained physical therapists in the entire country, let alone the midwest! 

Robyn is passionate about people. She is determined to use her gifts to maximize her purpose in life and wants to help others do the same. She enjoys adventure and recently traveled out of the country to do healthcare overseas with an international nonprofit organization.

Robyn is originally from Northern California but completed both her undergraduate and graduate schooling in Southern California. She and Donny both studied physical therapy at Azusa Pacific University, which is the connection that ultimately brought her to the Kansas City area.

When she is not at work, Robyn enjoys doing anything and everything outdoors. Most often you will find her running or hiking with her dog. When she is not outdoors, she enjoys studying languages, learning piano, and watching a good movie.

What’s the best part of your story so far?

The best part of my story so far is the incredible people I have had the privilege of getting to know throughout my life. These people include coworkers, patients, mentors, family and friends. As I’ve studied physical therapy, I’ve met some incredible people during PT school as well as during my fellowship training and I am excited to meet more!

What organization or company inspires you and why?

Freedom PTTC inspires me enough to move across the country and be a part of the vision to maximize function, achieve dreams, and change lives while harboring a unifying work environment for employees.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

Most people wouldn’t believe that I was chased by a bear or that I want to adopt as many kids as possible.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

I’m passionate about getting to know the people I am serving – who they are and what they live for.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

Anytime I am laughing or doing something active I feel the most like me.  This includes running, hiking, snowboarding, or playing most any sport. I have never wake boarded or water-skied so those are still on my list to try.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

In an alternate life I’d be a gymnast so I could flip and fly through the air whenever I want to. Otherwise, I would pursue singing and dancing.

  • Utilizing manual skills to assess musculoskeletal impairments of the spine, pelvis, and extremities.
  • Assessing and treating movement dysfunction including analyzing gait and biomechanics of upper and lower extremities in regards to orthopedic and neurologic conditions.
  • Diagnosis and management of movement impairments for injury prevention, post-op rehabilitation, and sport-specific rehabilitation.
  • Ability to optimize the musculoskeletal movement system in order to elicit the highest level of function and increase quality of life

Christa Wessel

Office Manager and Medical Billing Specialist

Christa has spent over 23 years in healthcare, 21 in management. Her track record shows 8+ years in Rural Healthcare, 10 years in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Physical Therapy, with 4+ years in Internal Medicine. She is the newest member of Freedom PTTC and is excited to provide care, comfort and education to each client for all things regarding the scary world of medical billing!

Christa started in a small hospital located in Hoxie, Kansas where she supplied the hospital and long-term care with supplies daily. In 1999, she  began her EMT career helping others in their most vulnerable state while running on ambulances. From there her and her family made a huge leap and moved to the Kansas City area so she could continue her professional career and education. She worked for KU Orthopedics & Sports Medicine for almost 10 years and gained a deeper understanding for how the body works (and doesn’t work).  While she was working at KU she went back to school to obtain not only her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, but also a duel Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Education. After leaving KU, she moved to Quivira Internal Medicine where she used her management skills and passion to encourage over 50+ employees. During this time, she was involved with the intern program through Johnson County Community College which has lead to a teaching career with them. Currently she teaches two classes for the Department of Business Technology.

What’s the best part of your story so far?

My story is a simple one and the best part is being married to my best friend for 25 years. We have enjoyed raising two children together and giving them opportunities to grow as individuals.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

I have two organizations that inspire me. The first is Shriners Hospital for Children. I love their mission of treating children who have not had the best start to life. They are leaders in research to improve therapeutic treatment for children in a family-centered environment.

My second company is Google. Their concepts for treating their employees and helping them to succeed is inspirational. They prove you do not need to be a slave driver to be successful as a company. A happy employee is a productive one. I try to convey this for each organization I work for. Motivation is huge for me in both my professional and personal life.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I want to be an author. I would love to write books for children and teens. However, I always seem to be too busy to start this adventure.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

Teaching. If I have knowledge, I want to share it. I love learning about new technology and research to better myself and my family. I want and need to share with anyone who want to know what I know. To see someone’s face light up with understanding of something new, and knowing I gave them this, is truly a gift.

What are your doing when you feel most like you?

Being creative. I love to cook for others and see what they think of my new creations. I love to craft. Scrapbooking my memories makes me happy inside and out. I also like to make cards and quilts. These things center me and make me appreciate my gift of creativity.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

Travel Documentary. I have always thought it would be cool to travel everywhere and document it for others. Can you image the scrapbook!? I like to give my opinion about locations and businesses. Sharing the beauty of the world is easy but I would want to share all aspects good or bad, happy or sad.

  • Medical Coding and Billing
  • Medical Management and EMR Navigation/Implementation
  • Teaching
  • EMT Certified
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration
  • Masters in Education

Christa has enough personality, spunk and life to fill up Arrowhead Stadium 5 times over! Her zeal for a healthy work place is infectious and her drive to work hard is inspiring. One of Christa’s many passions is to educate on Medical Billing as seen by her day to day life at Freedom PTTC, and also with her night job at JCCC as a professor. To say she is an expert is very much underrated. Her ultimate goal is to carry out one of Freedom’s motto’s of NO SURPRISES! This is done by individually clarifying and simplifying to each patient and client the ins and outs of their Medical Coverage. This is not easy to do in an ever evolving Healthcare Model, but Christa is up to the challenge and will go to bat for you all day every day! (Sometimes it literally takes that long)  

Rebeckah Weddle

Patient Relations/ Front Desk

Rebeckah “Reba” is a former collegiate volleyball stand out at Mid America Nazarene University who is on her way to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her passion, drive, and persistence is like none other. Once she sets her mind on something, there is no looking back. Aside from taking too much Zinc, there is not much that rattles Miss Weddle. Give her a call and find out for yourself!

 

What’s the best part of your story so far?

College has absolutely been the best part of my story. I started out in Iowa for 2 years, and transferred down to MidAmerica Nazarene University for my last two years. I played volleyball in college all 4 years which lead me some of the greatest memories and friendships while traveling around the nation getting to do my favorite thing! I also loved the program I studied which made it very easy to want to learn.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

I really admire the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. They truly change lives by believing every young person has the ability to succeed and thrive in life. They partner youth with adults who provide accountability, education, and encouragement through long-lasting relationships. I love how it draws people of all kinds in to nurture and strengthen our community.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

People are usually shocked when they make a movie reference and I don’t get it. I rarely watch movies. I find them quite boring and I get distracted or fall asleep by the time the opening credits are finished.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

Simply being in this environment where you get to see the fruit of your labor is so encouraging. I admire the therapists’ diligence in helping patients make strides they never thought possible, the patients who work hard each day and overcome obstacles, and the people behind the scenes working to make healthcare affordable. I love being united for a common goal with a team of people who fight for you.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

Anything active! I feel most alive when I am outdoors, working out, and playing or watching almost any sport. In addition, playing with my 11 nieces and nephews is pretty much the best thing in the world.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

I wish I was able to sing better. I grew up with a music background but never took voice lessons, and I admire people who can!

Lizz Pease

Patient Relations/ Front Desk

Lizz is the newest addition to the Freedom Family and has hopes of becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy one day soon. She is originally from Tennessee and graduated from Lipscomb University in 2016. Upon completion, Lizz moved to Kansas City to help start Radiant Church, which is located in Leawood, KS. She also began taking courses to obtain her Masters in Counseling Psychology. Lizz is thoughtful, persistent, and compassionate. She is incredibly qualified and capable of answering any question you may have regarding all things life!

 

What’s the best part of your story so far?

College has definitely been the best part, so far. I served as an intern on our Campus Ministry team, which was an absolute blast, but also challenged me beyond anything I’d experienced before. College was the season where I met some of the most important people in my life and learned what the truest version of myself looked like.

What organization or company inspires you and why?

 REI, the recreational equipment company, inspires me because they encourage people to get out into the world and gain perspective that reminds us we are all part of something bigger. It inspires me to go explore more of the beautiful world that we live in and to get out of my normal life routine.

What is something no one would ever believe to be true about you?

 Most people don’t believe that I’m from Nashville when I tell them, because I have basically no southern accent. But I’m pretty proud of my southern roots and a big part of my heart is still there.

What are you passionate about related to the work you do in serving others?

 I love being part of a team that really cares about each person. I try to remember that we never know what may be going on in someone’s life. Whatever I can do to be a positive part of someone’s day is a huge win for me. I love that I have the opportunity to do that with each patient through interactions that seek to serve patients’ specific needs.

What are you doing when you feel most like you?

Without a doubt, being outdoors is where I feel most like myself. There is something about being outside that gives me perspective and reminds me who I am in the big picture. I love being in nature for leisure and competition. Hiking, Spikeball, and cornhole are among my favorite outdoor activities.

In an alternative life, what would you want to give a try?

I’d really love to be a videographer or photographer. I’m not artistically inclined AT ALL, hence me being so actively inclined. But in an alternate life, I think it would be incredibly fun to travel as a photographer/videographer, as well as be able to capture memories of people’s lives for them.

 

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