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 & walking shoes, fitness apparel, and accessories. The best of both worlds, going beyond the shoe. 

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.

Stop into one of our 4 locations today for expert advice and friendly service!

Meet Our Team

InStep's owners have more than 100 combined years of experience in physical therapy, athletic training, coaching, and helping people function at their highest levels. We have the knowledge and expertise to get you moving again. 



Tom 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 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 biking, running, and cross country skiing with his wife and children.



John 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 an athletic trainer for the University of Illinois' football, wrestling, and baseball programs for 10 years, then moved to Milwaukee in 1992. He is now the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine / Head Athletic-Trainer / Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As the director of Sports Medicine at UW-Milwaukee, John oversees the health of all athletic teams, but works directly with men's soccer. John enjoys running, biking, and golfing. He is married and has 2 daughters.



Mary 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.



Katie received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Bradley University in 2001 where she was a Division 1 Cross Country and Track Scholar Athlete. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2013. Katie has had extensive training in the treatment of pregnancy-related pain, pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence. Some of her practice techniques include joint mobilization, visceral mobilization, pelvic floor muscle biofeedback therapy, multi-plane training, running evaluation and gait training, as well as movement analysis for weight-training activities. Katie is an avid runner and Crossfit enthusiast, and has completed Crossfit Level 1 certifications in Mobility and Endurance training. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children.


Samantha Gries PT, DPT, ATC, CMTPT

Samantha graduated from the athletic training program at Concordia University Wisconsin in 2011 with her bachelor of science degree. She worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for UW-La Crosse while she was attending physical therapy school. She graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy in 2014. She has become certified in the use of dry needling and has attended courses on use of muscle energy techniques and additional manual therapy techniques. In addition to working with athletes and runners, she enjoys running and competing in road and trail races.



Jan 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.



Meaghan is the manager of our Delafield store and has been with InStep since 2007. An avid runner and recreational triathlete, Meaghan says working at InStep is her ideal job because she gets to spend the day talking about an activity she loves. Meaghan has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys trail running, reading, and spending time with her husband and three children.



Ryan is the manager of our Milwaukee/Third Ward and Hales Corners stores. He ran his first 10K when he was 8 years old and has been an avid runner ever since. Ryan has a degree in Kinesiology from UW-Milwaukee where he was a Scholar Athlete and earned All-League honors in both Cross Country and Track. He also holds a Masters Degree in Kinesiology/Sport Management. Ryan enjoys teaching strength training classes, traveling with his wife, and cooking.



Kendra has been a Massage Therapist for nearly 18 years and enjoys working with a broad range of clients.  Kendra has had much success working with clients anywhere from triathletes and marathoners to clients with chronic pain, fibromayalgia and Parkinson. Her specialties include deep tissue therapy, MRT (muscle release technique) and prenatal massage. Kendra's experience working in a therapeutic setting in a chiropractic office as well as at InStep has given her a unique ability as a massage therapist to aid in an ideal recovery. Kendra will strive to always give the best care in every clients specific situation. 


Dana Serketich, LMT, CNMT, CPT

Dana is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Neuromuscular Therapist, and Certified Personal Trainer. Her emphasis is on a holistic approach to stimulate the body into healing itself. Dana’s integrative and individualized approach helps improve daily life activities, performance, prevent injury, and improve overall health and vitality.  Dana has experience in treating chronic and acute neck, back, hip, shoulder, and knee pain; restoring postural alignment; treating headaches, TMJ Dysfunction and sciatica; as well as other conditions, including stress related ailments.  To learn more, please visit