About Us: InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center
Going Beyond the Shoe
InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center was founded in 2003 by Tom Labisch and Bob Corby, both physical therapists, and John Ochsenwald, an athletic trainer. Their goal was to create a place where both athletes and non-athletes alike could come for physical therapy, injury treatment, rehabilitation, biomechanical evaluations, massage therapy, and custom orthotics; as well as a specialty running store where runners and walkers could be properly outfitted with the correct running shoes, walking shoes, fitness apparel, and accessories.
InStep's first store, in Mequon, Wisconsin, quickly gained a reputation in the Milwaukee area as the "place to go" for full-service physical therapy, expert advice on athletic injury rehabilitation and prevention, and the best-fitting running shoes and walking shoes.
Three years later, the partners opened InStep Physical Therapy & Running Center stores in the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee, downtown Delafield, and Hales Corners, Wisconsin. The InStep philosophy and mission is the driving force at each location – to provide people of all ages and abilities with the tools and knowledge they need to stay injury-free and function at their highest levels. InStep also helps enhance the local running community through event sponsorship and organization, and educational seminars and clinics.
Meet The Staff
TOM LABISCH, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCSTom is a doctor of physical therapy, licensed and certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist and has been in practice since 1987. Tom received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his physical therapy degree from the Northwestern University Medical School, and his doctor of physical therapy degree from Creighton University. Tom has advanced training in orthopedic physical therapy, sports medicine, manual therapy and biomechanics. He has an extensive background in the biomechanics of injury, and special interest in the pathomechanics of overuse injuries and the application of orthotics. He was part of the medical staff for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and was on the Sports Medicine staff at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Tom is an avid runner, cyclist and cross-country skier and enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and two sons.
BOB CORBY, PTBob received his physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. He has advanced training in spine care and an extensive background treating orthopedic patients, evaluating biomechanical problems and fitting orthotics. Bob's background in sports medicine includes coaching the U.S. Speed Skating Team from 1980 to 1984, the Olympic Speed Skating Team in 1984, and serving as conditioning coach for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1990 and 1991. Bob enjoys mountain biking and cross country skiing with his family.
JOHN OCHSENWALD, LAT, MSJohn is a state licensed, nationally certified athletic trainer and has been practicing since 1980. He received his undergraduate degree in health Education from Ohio State University and his Masters Degree in Kinesiology-Sports Medicine from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. John was the assistant athletic trainer for the University of Illinois' football, wrestling and baseball programs for 10 years. He is now the Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer/Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As the Head Athletic Trainer at UW-Milwaukee, John works with all athletic teams, and most directly with men's soccer and men's and women's swimming and diving. John enjoys running and golfing. He is married and has two daughters.
GINESA S. SCHLEUSE, MPT, CSCSGinesa has been in physical therapy practice since 2001 and is particularly interested in the shoulder and knee, and how those joints are affected by running and other sports. She is a 2001 physical therapy graduate of Marquette University and has advanced training in Active Release Techniques (ART) and Mobilization of Soft Tissue and Spine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, competing in running events and triathlons, and traveling.
MARY HANNEKEN, PT, RYTMary graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1984 and has extensive experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic patients. She has advanced physical therapy training in manual therapy, including joint and soft tissue mobilization, spinal muscle energy techniques, and cranio-sacral therapy. In 2006, she completed a certified yoga teacher training program which allows her to combine her knowledge of physical medicine with the therapeutic benefits of yoga. Mary teaches several weekly yoga classes at the Hales Corners InStep location. In addition to yoga, Mary enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.
JAN OCHSENWALD, LAT, RNJan is a registered nurse and certified athletic trainer and has been practicing since 1982. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Minnesota and went on to receive her Master of Science degree in kinesiology-sports medicine from the University of Illinois. For eight years, Jan was assistant athletic trainer at University of Illinois being responsible for the women's volleyball, men's and women's gymnastics teams and sport camps. Since 1992, she has worked in the physical therapy setting as well as being the clinic manager within the centers. Through her years of education and experience Jan has a solid foundation in evaluation, treatment, and rehab of injuries. At InStep, she is involved with the daily operations including office manager, patient care, and retail sales. Jan enjoys exercise, golfing, community involvement, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
RYAN JOHNSONRyan has a B.S. in Exercise & Sport Science with a Sports Management Emphasis from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The manager of three InStep locations, Ryan is able to draw upon a background that includes event and facility management, operations management, and several years working at and managing running shoe stores in North Carolina and Wisconsin. In his free time, Ryan likes to stay active, running half and full marathons, playing tennis during the warmer months, and pick-up basketball during the colder months.
MEAGHAN HAYWARDMeaghan is an avid runner and recreational triathlete. She says working at the Delafield location is "her ideal job" because she gets to spend the day talking about an activity she loves. Meaghan holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys training with the Tribabes, teaching Spanish part-time, and spending time with her husband and three children.