About Us

History

  Catalyst Sports Medicine began on January 1st of 2013 when then General Manager John Knutson and Clinic Director J.W. Matheson purchased the business entity from Rich Larsen, who previously owned Larsen Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy. The 7,200-square-foot clinic, located at 2305 Willis Miller Drive in Hudson’s Industrial Park, was quickly becoming too small and congested as services were added and the business grew. Knutson and Matheson always had a goal of transforming the physical therapy clinic into a sports medicine practice. While specializing in physical therapy, athletic training, industrial medicine, orthopaedic massage services and performance training for athletes were added. As all areas of the practice were growing, the need for more space was imminent. Matheson and Knutson purchased the old “Skatery” building on the corner of Hanley & O’Keefe Roads in January of 2015 and began an extensive renovation for the sports medicine practice. On September 1st of 2015, Catalyst opened the doors to the newly renovated 22,000-square-foot facility located on 2.5 acres of land. It included an expanded PT clinic and performance training center and also a new 10,300-square-foot indoor turf training center which sets Catalyst apart from all other therapy clinics and gyms in the region. Today, Catalyst employs 20 people including physical therapists, PTAs, athletic trainers, massage therapists, strength coaches and administrative and customer service personnel.

Mission & Vision

 
MISSION
To always exceed the expectations of our clients.
VISION
To be considered the premier provider of services by our clients and industry peers in the areas of Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, Industrial Medicine and Wellness Programs.

Staff

 

Ownership

John Knutson: Owner & CEO

jknutson@catalystsportsmedicine.com
John Knutson received an associate degree in commercial art from Western Wisconsin Technical Institute in 1979. John worked as a graphic designer for two years at Mound Graphic in Elk Mound, WI before buying that business and operating Star Graphics from 1981-1984. After selling Star Graphics, John became the Art Director, Production Manager and Plant Manager of All American Manufacturing of Menomonie, then Boyceville, WI from 1984-1988. In the fall of 1988, John partnered with Eric Strand to start the graphic design and printing firm RPG in Hudson. He managed RPG until 2008 when RPG merged with Digital Dynamics of River Falls and The Resco Company of Hudson. John served as President of RESCO from January of 2008 to August of 2011 when he sold his interest to his business partner. John then started working in the area of business development at LSMPT, a Hudson physical therapy clinic in October, 2011 and was named General Manager in January of 2012. In January of 2013 John and J.W. Matheson purchased the company, and changed the name to Catalyst Sports Medicine. As co-owner and CEO at Catalyst, John oversees and directs business management and operations including strategic planning, finance, HR, marketing and business development. In addition to running the Catalyst Sports Medicine business operations, John is involved in numerous community and civic organizations including the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Daybreak Rotary, Junior Achievement, United Way, Knights of Columbus, Hudson Community Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hudson Booster Club and more. John was one of the founders of the Hudson Hot Air Affair, which is still running strong since its inception in 1990. John was one of five individuals who started the Junior Achievement program in Hudson in 1992. John also started the Chamber Manufacturer’s Council in 1992, which is now called the Chamber Manufacturer’s Roundtable. John also coaches the Hudson High School Girl’s (Fall) and Boy’s (Spring) Tennis team. His involvement with local groups and organizations keeps Catalyst Sports Medicine connected to what really matters to people in the Hudson community.

J.W. Matheson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS: Owner & Clinic Director

jwmatheson@catalystsportsmedicine.com
J.W. Matheson is a 1996 graduate of the Mayo Clinic of Health Sciences and a 2001 graduate of the first public APTA credentialed Sports Physical Therapy residency at Gundersen-Lutheran Sports Medicine in Onalaska, WI. He is both a board certified specialist in sports physical therapy and a board certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. J.W. completed his transitional DPT degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2005. He has also maintained his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist since 2000. Dr. Matheson is a respected author and clinical researcher and has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed research articles on specific exercises for the spine, knee, and shoulder. J.W. integrates clinical outcomes and functional measurements into his daily clinical practice and is currently working with several partners on different models of reimbursement based on rehabilitation outcomes. He has presented at national conferences on the integration of patient reported and functional outcomes into clinical practice. Dr. Matheson is co-owner and clinic director of Catalyst Sports Medicine. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and serves on several legislative and research committees locally and nationally. J.W. is a strong advocate for science-based medicine and cost-effective solutions to treating common musculoskeletal conditions. He is committed and passionate about doing all he can to help individuals of all ages return to the sports and recreational activities they love.

Physical Therapy

J.W. Matheson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS: Owner & Clinic Director

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Scott Peterson, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

speterson@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Scott Peterson received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Prior to his DPT, he earned a B.S. in exercise science: movement science from Winona State University in Winona, MN in 2007.  He has been a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2007. Scott is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the sports section of the APTA. He enjoys participating in continued education to improve his knowledge and skills as a practitioner to better treat his patients. Scott has been an active athlete throughout his life and played collegiate football while at Winona State. He has a strong interest in sports medicine and the general orthopaedics field of PT. He enjoys spending time with his family and being active indoors and outdoors. Scott uses a variety of treatment techniques, focusing on individualized exercises to obtain optimal results. As a physical therapist, Scott enjoys helping people get back to the things they love to do.

Heidi Schulz, PT, OCS, SCS, LAT

hschulz@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Heidi Schulz received her degrees in athletic training and physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her high achievements were honored with the Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer Award and a physical therapy student scholarship two years in a row at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined Catalyst Sports Medicine in January, 2007 as a physical therapist and as one of the athletic trainers at Hudson High School. Heidi’s board certification as a specialist in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy pertains to treating a wide variety of conditions, including those involving the spine, hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, and elbow. She specializes in sports medicine and return-to-sports rehabilitation. Heidi has extensive experience in covering athletic events for youth, high school, and Division I college levels. Heidi is a Hudson High School graduate, and she currently resides with her husband and two sons in Hudson, WI. Her love for assisting athletes and patients of all kinds maintain physical health drives her to provide the best quality care.

Brenda Randleman, PTA, CEAS

brandleman@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Brenda Randleman received her Associate of Applied Science as a physical therapist assistant from St. Catherine’s University. She specializes in spine therapy (neck and back) and is an integral contributor to the Catalyst Back and Neck Pain program. She spends her free time hiking and camping with her husband, Chad and two daughters. She also runs 5k and 10k races. Brenda resides with her family in River Falls, WI. Her natural ability to connect with her patients helps to make them feel comfortable and involved in their treatment.

Erin Babineau, PT, DPT

ebabineau@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Erin Babineau graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Program in Physical Therapy and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in June, 2016. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bemidji State and at Amherst College and became a part of the Catalyst team in August, 2016. Erin is a life-long hockey enthusiast, playing youth hockey in Roseville, MN and then collegiate hockey in both Minnesota and Massachusetts. As a physical therapy student, Erin had clinical rotations at the new Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis and also in Tanzania, Africa, where she provided physical therapy to young patients with disabilities. She is dedicated to offering not only an expert level of knowledge, but also a supportive partnership to enhance the recovery of her patients.

Robyn Wells-Mangold, PT, DPT

rwellsmangold@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Robyn Wells-Mangold graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in December 2008. She spent her undergraduate time at the University of Iowa receiving a Bachelors degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. Robyn has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including transitional, acute, skilled nursing, and outpatient care. She has a passion for treatment of orthopedic injuries and women’s health issues. Her goal is to help people of all ages participate in a healthy and active lifestyle.

Athletic Training

Michael Renfro, ATC, LAT: Head Athletic Trainer

mrenfro@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Michael Renfro graduated from Emporia State University in the spring of 2011, earning his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a minor in health. He later passed his board certification exam and attended the University of South Dakota from 2011-2013. There, he earned his master’s degree in kinesiology with a specialization in exercise physiology. During his two years in South Dakota, Michael also served as the head athletic trainer for the Sioux City Explorers, a professional independent baseball team located in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduate school he began working with the men’s basketball program at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. After two seasons with the Buccaneers, one conference title and a trip to the NIT basketball tournament, Michael began working at Catalyst Sports Medicine in the spring of 2015. He is now the head athletic trainer for Catalyst and contracts to Hudson High School’s athletics department. As the head of the industrial medicine department at Catalyst, he is certified through Occupro Training for level BTE Eval tech equipment, and as a certified BTE POET technician. Michael’s training allows him to perform functional capacity evaluations, implement hardening and conditioning programs, conduct on-site interventions, develop and implement wellness programs along with other services to help increase the health and wellness of industrial clientele in the Hudson area. Michael enjoys outdoor activities, weight training and biking. His passion for physical activity and sports medicine makes him an integral member of the Catalyst team.

Heidi Schulz, PT, OCS, SCS, LAT

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Strength & Conditioning

Chase Madison, MS, CSCS, Director of Strength and Conditioning

cmadison@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Chase Madison is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Catalyst Sports Medicine. Prior to Catalyst, Chase served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at D1 Sports Training in Waukee, IA. Before his time at D1, he volunteered as a strength coach for the University of Alabama and University of Iowa. While there, he worked directly with baseball and track and field, among observing numerous other sports. During his time as a strength coach, he has competed at the professional level in the sport of track and field. He was ranked #2 in the US and #19 in the world in the discus in 2015. His career highlights include winning the SEC Championship in the discus at the University of Kentucky, earning All-American status three times, competing at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Trials, and being an alternate for the World Championship team in 2015. Prior to his time as a certified strength coach, Chase worked as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning for Illinois State University while earning his Master’s degree in sport psychology. While there, he worked directly with football, gymnastics, track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball. One of his most notable athletes, Tim Glover, improved from being a walk-on javelin thrower to a two-time National Champion under Chase’s tutelage in the weight room.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • USATF Level 1 Sport Coach
  • Master’s degree – Sport Psychology (Illinois State University)
  • Bachelor’s degree – Kinesiology (University of Kentucky)
  • Three-time Olympic Trials competitor
  • Three-time All American (discus, shot put)
  • Southeastern Conference Champion (discus)
  • #1 ranked thrower in Iowa high school history in combined throwing events (discus – 206’9, shot put – 66′.5)

Ashley Iverson: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

aiverson@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Ashley Iverson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a degree in human performance in 2014. While at UWEC, Ashley interned at several fitness centers and led weight lifting classes. She started her career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Catalyst Sports Medicine in June, 2015. Being a certified Coerver soccer coach, she is currently utilizing her skills as the assistant soccer coach for Hudson High School. Ashley is a Hudson High School alumnus who participated in many high school sports including soccer, track, and cross-country. She is currently working toward her CSCS certification. As a sports and fitness enthusiast herself, she is committed to help athletes and teams become more successful.

Tyler Havel, CSCS, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

thavel@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Tyler Havel graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in exercise science. He has previously worked at the rec center on the UW-L campus, teaching tabata style exercise classes and supervising the weight room facility. Tyler has had experience in athletics as a strength and conditioning coach for Holmen High School’s summer program and more recently with Division 1 through interning at the University of Minnesota for strength and conditioning. While at Minnesota, he coached athletes from a multitude of sports. Tyler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ultimately, he loves to help others around him excel, encouraging them to become stronger mentally and physically through training, and to strive to take a step toward one’s goals every day.

Derek Nieland, CSCS, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

dnieland@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Derek Nieland is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Catalyst Sports Medicine. Prior to Catalyst, he served as an intern strength and conditioning coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Iowa. While there, he coached a wide variety of sports including baseball, volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and track and field. As part of his internship, Derek was exposed to many performance monitoring technologies that were utilized in the weight room. Derek earned his Bacheror’s degree in kinesiology-exercise science at Iowa State University and is a CSCS certified strength coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Industrial Medicine

JW Matheson, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, SCS, CSCS: Owner & Clinic Director

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Michael Renfro, ATC, LAT: Head Athletic Trainer

See Athletic Training


Brenda Randleman, PTA, CEAS

See Physical Therapy


Massage Therapy

Janelle Debold, Certified Massage Therapist

jdebold@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Janelle Debold went to Saint Paul College and obtained her Clinical Sports Massage AAS degree in 2014 and has been a licensed massage therapist since that time. Janelle has experienced working with a wide range of ages including clients 6 to 92 years old. She has worked with clients injured in motor vehicle accidents, sports and non-sports related injuries whether recent or older injuries. Janelle has also worked on athletes pre/post game or event to prevent possible injuries. She has also worked with those that have physical disabilities including: fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease and many others. She also does prenatal massages for expecting mothers. Janelle’s goals are to help her client’s get back to being able to do what they love with their lives.

 

Administration

Kasha Jacks: Office Manager, Insurance Specialist

kjacks@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Kasha Jacks graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in business administration – management in 2009. She also earned an associate’s degree from the medical administrative specialist program at WITC-New Richmond in 2010. Kasha joined Catalyst Sports Medicine in the fall of 2011 and works as the lead patient care coordinator and insurance specialist. Kasha resides in Hammond, WI with her husband, Jason and son, Tyler and enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with family. She is committed to providing clients with a professional level of knowledge and exceptional level of care.

Jess Williams: Medical Billing Lead

jwilliams@catalystsportsmedicine.com
Jess works at Catalyst Sports Medicine as the medical billing lead. She has been employed at Catalyst Sports Medicine since March, 2014. Jess received her associate’s degree in the medical administrative specialist program from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in New Richmond, WI in May, 2014. She specializes in insurance claims/denials, credentialing providers, and insurance contracting. Jess resides in Amery, WI with her husband, Eon and enjoys camping, reading, and spending time with her family. Her credentials along with her caring attitude help patients receive the best care.