Our People

Our People

Michael Zalman, M.S.P.T, Director and Physical Therapist

Michael grew up on a farm in south central Nebraska, and started his first business in seventh grade. He had a life changing experience as he visited a patient at a burn center and decided physical therapy was the profession he wanted to pursue. After earning degrees in teaching and physical therapy, Michael worked at Lincoln General Hospital, where he developed the rehabilitation portion of the hospital’s Rehab Center, the first of its kind in Lincoln. He used this experience to launch his own facility in 1999—the beginning of Husker Rehabilitation and Wellness Centers. In his work with patients, Michael emphasizes postural restoration and ergonomics, specializing in upper-quadrant shoulder and neck dysfunction. He is also responsible for day-to-day operations of both Husker facilities in Lincoln. He often speaks about physical therapy, and works with staff to offer the Multidisciplinary Pain Symposium, which educates professionals about pain management. Michael and his wife, a doctor of education who teaches school, enjoy supporting their two children in sports, as well as playing games and going to movies. Michael likes to play a game of golf occasionally, when time allows.

  • Originally from Red Cloud, Nebraska
  • Teaching Certificate, Natural Sciences, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy, Kansas University
  • Founding member, North Lincoln Business Association
  • Member, St. Joseph Parish
  • 40 under 40 Young Business Person of the Year 2007
  • Member of Lincoln Chamber, NLBA and LIBA
  • BBB Honor Roll Member
  • Engaged in multiple community activities

Halie Schomaker, PTA

Halie grew up in the small town of Prague, Nebraska.  She went to Prague Public School from kindergarten to senior year.  Her class had 13 students and was the last class to graduate from Prague in 2010.  She was accepted into Clarkson College’s PTA in Omaha, Nebraska to continue her education.  She graduated with her Associates of Applied Science in August 2012 and became a licensed PTA.  She chose the field of physical therapy due to her compassion to help others and personal experiences with physical therapy growing up.  She looks forward to becoming involved with the community activities available in Lincoln, Nebraska.  In her spare time she plays sports, spends time with family and friends, and watches movies.

  • Originally from Prague, Nebraska
  • Graduated from Prague Public School
  • Attended Clarkson College in Omaha
  • Licensed PTA

Brittany Mendoza, Office Manager

IMG_20131002_101418_758Brittany is from a small town, Oshkosh Nebraska about five hours West of Lincoln Nebraska, graduated from Garden County High school in 2009. Moved to Lincoln in July 2009 to attend Southeast Community College, she had to take a year and a half off from school for a family emergency. She started at Husker Rehab as a full time Therapy Technician for a year, and then stepped in to the Office Manager role in Sept. of 2013.  I am continuing to pursue a degree at SCC.  In her spare time she likes to hang out with family and friends. She likes to play volleyball, basketball and go for runs.



Kathleen Zoucha, PTA

Katie was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska and there she attended Gross Catholic High School. She then went on to play volleyball at Hastings College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Strength And Conditioning in 2015. She got her ACSM Exercise Physiologist Certification and worked as a Personal Trainer at Prairie Life and Wellness Coach at Nebraska Medicine for 2 years. She also coached JV and Varsity volleyball at Gross Catholic High School during this time. Katie decided to continue her education and attended Clarkson College in Omaha, NE and became a licensed PTA at the end of 2017.  Katie enjoys participating in and watching sports (especially volleyball), spending time with family and friends, going to the lake, and going to concerts.