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Meet
The
Team

At Back in Action Therapy we take great pride in our team. Please take a minute to get to know a little bit about all of our great team members. 

Las Cruces

Sonoma Ranch

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Dr. Matthew Hoyt

Physical Therapist, Owner

Dr.Matthew Hoyt graduated with his clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2016 from the University of New Mexico. He has worked in a variety of physical therapy settings over the past several years that has allowed him to work with all population types including pediatrics, geriatrics, and everyone in between. Matthew grew up in Alamogordo, and is very proud to be able to help the community. Matthew currently lives in Las Cruces with his wife, two year old daughter, and two Italian Greyhounds. He enjoys exercising and watching sports during his time away from the clinic.

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Derek Halladay

Office Manager, Owner

Derek Halladay, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, is a managing member and office manager at Back in Action Therapy. He was a member of the University of New Mexico Track & Field team from 2008-2013 while completing his bachelors degree in Exercise Science. In 2016, he graduated with his MBA from Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico. Derek enjoys watching sports and playing video games in his free time. 

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Dr. Alex Kruse

Physical Therapist

Dr. Alex Kruse graduated with her clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2012 from Rosalind Franklin University in Illinois. She has extensive experience working in outpatient orthopedic clinics treating patients of all ages with a variety of physical therapy needs. In 2018 she completed a two and a half year manual therapy certification program which has enriched her treatment approach and skill set leading to more efficient and effective patient care. After spending two years as a traveling therapist she decided to take permanent residence in Las Cruces and continue working as part of the Back in Action family. When she is not working she enjoys spending time outdoors mountain biking, rock climbing and traveling.

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Deborah Albo-Madigan

Physical Therapist Assistant

Deborah grew up in Chama, New Mexico. She graduated from NMSU in 2011 with a BS in Biology, BA in psychology, and a Minor in Chemistry. Deborah graduated with a MS in Breathing Sciences in 2016, and received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Western Technical College in 2021. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and three dogs. She also enjoys traveling and seeing new places. 

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Dr. Michael Kolikant

Physical Therapist

Dr. Michael Kolikant grew up in Las Cruces, NM. Prior to obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Biology
from NMSU he served in the Israeli army as an infantry soldier. He worked as a wildland firefighter
before attending physical therapy school. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the
University of New Mexico in 2022. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter more than
anything.

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Zachary Manes

Physical Therapist Assistant

Zach grew up in Lovington, New Mexico. He graduated from NMSU in 2019 with a BS in Kinesiology. Zach obtained his PTA degree from San Juan College in 2022. When not at work, he enjoys exercising, golf, and spending time with his dog. Zach enjoys working with all ages and demographics, promoting a functional lifestyle for everyone.

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Dr. Braiden Burks

Physical Therapist

Bio Coming Soon!

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Margaret Briggs

Physical Therapist

Margaret grew up in South Florida, moving to Las Cruces in 1992. She partnered in opening up a gym, combining her passions of physical therapy, health and fitness. Margaret offers over 30 years of an extensive range of training and experience in orthopedics, neurological involved patients, sports medicine, work conditioning and pediatrics.

 

She first received her physical therapy assistant degree, with her primary goal in mind of becoming a physical therapist. She achieved that in 1989, receiving her degree from Florida International University. Her favorite past time is to spend time with friends and family, particularly her son. Other interest are traveling, working out at the gym, hiking with her dogs and biking.

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Margaret Belanger

Front Desk Coordinator

Margaret moved from El Paso to Las Cruces ten years ago. She attended Mountain View High School and graduated in 1999. Margaret received her certification as a Medical Office Specialist in 2003. She is happily married with two beautiful girls. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family along with reading, organizing, cleaning, decorating, and finding new projects for her home. 

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Jaimie Amerman

Front Desk Coordinator

Jaimie grew up in Grants, New Mexico. She graduated from New Mexico State with Associates of Science and General Studies. She is happily married and has two beautiful children. In her spare time she loves to spend time with family, shopping, exercising and reading. She loves to travel and see new places. 

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Adriana Martinez

Therapy Technician

Adriana is from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her hobbies include exercising, hiking with her dogs, and baking goodies. She is currently a personal training at Ryze gym, and was a former NMSU cheerleader and elementary/middle school cheer coach.

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Lauryn Corrigan

Therapy Technician

Lauryn Corrigan is a committed Physical Therapy Exercise Technician at Back in Action Therapy. Before joining our team, she honed her leadership and adaptability skills as a restaurant manager at Denny's. Now, she's passionately pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, demonstrating her dedication to professional growth and her ambition to become a Physical Therapist.
 

Originally hailing from Farmington, NM, and having resided in the Houston area, Lauryn moved to Cruces in 2021. This geographical journey reflects her adaptability and openness to new experiences. When not assisting our patients or pursuing her studies, Lauryn enjoys reading, traveling, and socializing with friends. With her unique background and determination, Lauryn Corrigan brings a distinctive touch to patient care at Back in Action Therapy.

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Kaitlin Hackworth

Therapy Technician

Kaitlin Hackworth is a dedicated Physical Therapy Exercise Technician at Back in Action Therapy, bringing over five years of experience in the field. Holding a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology, Kaitlin has worked in various clinical settings as a physical therapy and chiropractor technician, making her an invaluable asset to our team. Her caring, funny, and social nature fosters a positive and supportive environment for our patients.

Outside of work, Kaitlin enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking with her dog, and staying active at the gym. She aspires to further her education by attending a PTA program and ultimately working with disabled veterans, demonstrating her commitment to making a difference in the lives of others. Guided by her favorite quote, "Be there for others, but never leave yourself behind," Kaitlin embraces a balanced approach to her personal and professional life. With her unique qualities and experience, Kaitlin Hackworth ensures our patients at Back in Action Therapy receive exceptional care.

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Grace Lewis

Therapy Technician

Grace recently graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelors in Kinesiology exercise science. She plans to attend PT school and is actively applying to programs. Grace grew up in a military family and moved around a lot. She was born in West Point, New York but spent most of her life in El Paso where her dad retired. Outside of work she enjoys exercising, running, and lifting mainly. She also spends her free time painting and playing guitar. She is excited to continue her career in Physical Therapy and eventually earn her DPT license. 

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Sara Salazar

Therapy Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

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Isaiah Mendoza

Therapy Technician

Bio Coming Soon!

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