Our Story

Then Until Now

How We Got Started

Breathe. Physical Therapy & Wellness was founded by two  PT School classmates and friends with a shared vision for a different kind of physical therapy. Molly started school with a goal of opening her own business one day, and Libby never dreamed she’d own her own business.  They took very different paths to get there, but one hot summer afternoon in August 2016, dreams started to become reality, and Breathe. was born.

We are tremendously grateful for all of the voices in our community and support we’ve received along the way. We ask for your continued support as we begin to change the conversation about how physical therapy is delivered.  We are especially grateful to our husbands and families, without whose support this tremendous step would not be possible.  Namaste.

We Practice a holistic approach

A Different Kind of Physical Therapy

When you enter our clinic, you’ll know immediately that this is the place for you, a place unlike any other physical therapy clinic. We want you to feel all the stress and anxiety from your day melt away as soon as you walk through the door. There are no big machines or other equipment that you don’t have at home. We have private treatment rooms, and you spend the entire time one-on-one with your physical therapist. We truly listen to you, and work with you to find solutions to all your concerns. You will leave each session feeling comfortable and confident with something to work on at home.

We Practice a holistic approach

A different Kind of Physical Therapy

When you enter our clinic, you’ll know immediately that this is the place for you, a place unlike any other physical therapy clinic.  There are no big machines, or other equipment that you don’t have at home.  We want you to feel all the stress and anxiety from your day melts away as soon as you walk through the door.  We have private treatment rooms, and you spend the entire time one-on-one with your physical therapist.  We truly listen to you, and work with you to find solutions to all your concerns.  You will leave each session with something to work on at home.

The Team

Dr. Kaylee Carroll

Dr. Kaylee Carroll

PT, DPT

Kaylee has been with Breathe. since June of 2017. She continues to find passion in empowering her clients to understand their bodies better and work together to improve symptoms. She has pursued extensive professional training in women’s health, pelvic floor and core dysfunction, incontinence, pelvic pain, pre-natal and post-natal care, dry needling, and a variety of manual therapy techniques. She loves spending loads of time with her friends and family and snuggling her baby boy.

Dr. Molly Lechtenberg

Dr. Molly Lechtenberg

PT, DPT, CMTPT

Molly has worked with clients through all phases of life for over 10 years, but started focusing on women’s health after years of fertility struggles and the traumatic birth of her first daughter.  She focuses on hands on therapy to ease pain quickly and she is certified in myofascial trigger point dry needling. She also has training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga, and uses that to restore strength & flexibility after the muscle restrictions are released.  She would spend every second with her two girls, if she didn’t love Breathe. so much.

Dr. Mary Hausler

Dr. Mary Hausler

PT, DPT

Mary (she/her) received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa, after identifying a deep desire to support transformation in clients with persistent and complicated pain. She began her career with specialized training in pelvic health and thrives in working with this population. Additionally, one of Mary‘s many passions includes serving the LGBTQIA+ population and she hopes to create a safe space at Breathe. to better serve this group in central Iowa. An undergraduate student of Drake University, Mary is deeply connected to the Des Moines community. She is an avid fan of anything Hawkeye athletics as well as the United States women’s national soccer team.

Reanna Spain

Reanna Spain

Director of Marketing & Relationships

Reanna (she/her) is head over heels about Breathe. Beginning as a patient, turned marketing consultant and now Director of Marketing, Reanna has a deep understanding of the difference in holistic care offered at Breathe. A relationship builder at heart, her foundation is in elevating the stories of others. Using her Master of Arts in Strategic Communication she looks for new and creative ways to connect with Breathe. clients and the women we hope to serve. Find her sharing raspberries on the front lawn with her young son or dancing around the kitchen with her husband when she’s not in the office. 

Mary Wickersham

Mary Wickersham

Receptionist

Mary’s love and care for women and children originated from years at an OBGYN clinic. She brings a service focused approach and first-hand experience as a client of Breathe.’s into every interaction to help women feel hopeful again! She and her husband of 43 years have 3 daughters, 6 grandchildren, one great grand son and another on the way. Her idea of fun includes being outdoors or completing a good puzzle, the harder the better. 

Dr. Liz Lahr (Swartz)

Dr. Liz Lahr (Swartz)

PT, DPT

Liz graduated from Iowa State (but she’s a hawkeye fan through and through) and Des Moines University for her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She discovered yoga while in PT school, and wondered how she went through her whole life without it! Combining the two became a passion of hers. She has continuing education in pelvic health and medical therapeutic yoga and loves using those tools to help women with a wide variety of problems, from bladder leakage to headaches and foot pain to shoulder stiffness and everything in between. 
Dr. Lily Gasway

Dr. Lily Gasway

PT, DPT

Lily is one of those rare gems that went to both Iowa State and The University of Iowa, first as an undergrad and then as a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  She has practiced yoga for years, and was immediately drawn to Breathe. to combine her medical & yogic training.  She has the most contagious smile and jump started her career by completing training in pelvic floor therapy.  She is known around the office for having the best smelling coffee.
Jenn Mavin

Jenn Mavin

Massage Therapist

Jenn received her BS in Exercise Science at Wayne State College in 1998 and is a 2019 graduate of Body Wisdom Massage Therapy School. She has over 20 years of experience working with bodies of all shapes, sizes and ages through movement and self care. Jenn has taught yoga for over 15 years and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in 2010. She is an advocate for a Health at Every Size approach to wellness and aims to help individuals live active, comfortable, holistically healthy lives each and every day!

Deborah English

Deborah English

Receptionist

Debbie’s passion for our clients and her job shines through in her fresh perspectives and welcoming demeanor. She’s the bright light and smile that greets you on the phone or at the door! Debbie is a baby whisper and looks forward to allowing moms their appointment time with attention undivided. Outside of her role in the office, Debbie has flower gardens that she tends to and two granddaughters that she cannot live without.

Madalyn Walker

Madalyn Walker

Receptionist

Madalyn (she/her) is a 2020 graduate of Iowa State University in music performance. Her passion for music, and the people that go along with it, knows no bounds. Some of Madalyn’s favorite activities include smiling, laughing, and singing at the top of her lungs to any 90s country tune. When she is not in the office, she can be found soaking up sunshine in her front lawn with a glass of red wine.

Dr. Kristen Strawhacker-Bonzer

Dr. Kristen Strawhacker-Bonzer

PT, DPT, ATC, LAT

A 2014 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Kristen is trained in Movement System Impairment, Medical Therapeutic Yoga and dry needling.  She combines that with her pelvic and women’s health training to use a truly holistic approach.  As an avid runner, and yearly marathon competitor, her passion lies in assisting female athletes of all ages and abilities with a truly unique approach.  She would love to see female athletes optimize their training and start winning races, traditionally topped by men. When not cross training, she can be found in her garden or cooking.

Dr. Libby Trausch

Dr. Libby Trausch

PT, DPT

After 10 years as a doctor of physical therapy, Libby has created a niche practice in persistent pain, women’s health, and pelvic floor dysfunction. She has had 3 babies and experienced nearly every pelvic floor and low back symptom we treat, in addition to most kinds of birth (C-section, VBAC & almost home birth). She loves putting together the pieces and help people with the most complicated medical histories see a way forward, find relief, and even more importantly, rediscover hope.

Haleigh Kreber

Haleigh Kreber

LMHC

Haleigh received her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling while living in a Colorado, and is now a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Iowa. Haleigh has been trained in multiple evidenced-based practices, including EMDR, CBT and DBT. She was also recently trained in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and is currently working towards getting certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor. Her therapeutic approach focuses on the mind-body connection, combining the evidenced based practices listed above with mindfulness and sometimes even yoga! Haleigh has experience working with all ages, but was drawn to Breathe because of her passion for providing a safe, supportive space for women to process and be heard.  

Naya Thomas

Naya Thomas

Receptionist

Naya (she/her) is a 1st generation Jamaican who is happily returning to Iowa after 8 years in Philadelphia. She is in the process of studying Public Health and Fertility Awareness Education and looks forward to using her experience and knowledge to support people living authentic, healthy lives. She’s excited to be part of the Breathe. Front Desk team and looks forward to meeting you! When she’s not at Breathe., she enjoys dancing, watching Netflix, or curling up for a cat nap in the sun after reading a good book.