by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Brock and Karin Monger with daughters Isabella, 3, and Sophia, 17 months.

   Brock and Karin Monger have opened APEX Physical Therapy LLC in Madras after purchasing the clinic on Fifth Street from Sam Blackwell, April 2.
   The clinic specializes in orthopedics, muscle strains, joint strains, therapy for auto injuries and work-related injuries, sports medicine and wellness services.
   "Community involvement, education, and individualization are part of our core values at APEX Physical Therapy, we understand the importance of communication with the patients, providers, and community to ensure a positive outcome," Brock said.
   "One aspect of our practice that we are very excited about is that we are currently in discussions with Madras High regarding athletic training services for the sports programs," he added.
   Both Brock and Karin graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., with doctorate of physical therapy degrees. Both are also certified strength and conditioning specialists, and Brock is an athletic trainer as well.
   They met in college, married in 2001, then moved to Salt Lake City to be involved with the 2002 Winter Olympics, and worked there for five years.
   In 2006, they decided to move to Central Oregon to raise a family and subsequently purchased the Madras physical therapy clinic.
   Brock's background includes working as a physical therapist and athletic trainer for professional hockey and soccer teams including the Utah Grizzlies from 2001-06, and Utah Blitzz from 2002-03.
   During the 2002 Olympic Games, he was a volunteer athletic trainer at the hockey venue and the Paralympic Games at the sledge hockey venue. While in college, he worked with the football team for four years, and the 1997 NCCA championship ski team at the University of Utah.
   Karin's experience includes managing a practice focused on work-related injuries. She is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist, mat pilates instructor, and has other certifications related to fitness and wellness.
   APEX Physical Therapy offers comprehensive outpatient physical therapy to patients of all ages, with a focus on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and patient education.
   The Mongers have two daughters, Isabella, 3, and Sophia, 17 months. They are enjoying the outdoor activities Central Oregon offers, including hiking, mountain biking, running and alpine skiing.
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