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.
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.
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.
Dr. Alex Kruse
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.
Dr. Morgan Gardner
Dr. Morgan Gardner grew up in Tularosa, NM. She obtained her bachelors degree at NMSU and received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2021 from UTEP. Morgan enjoys building relationships with her patients and turning exercise into play with the kiddos. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, riding horses, playing with her puppy, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
Dr. Michael Kolikant
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
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Reyes grew up Roswell, NM. She is currently working on obtaining a degree at NMSU and was a certified massage therapist. She is married with a handsome little boy and enjoys playing with her two golden retrievers. When Jackie is not busy studying or caring for her family, she enjoys going to the gym.
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.
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.