At ETC Physical Therapy, we aim to provide the the friendly and professional atmosphere that comes with being locally owned. With great patient to physical therapist ratios, you can be assured you're getting high quality care from people who really care. 

Curious about our team? Check out our staff bios! 

Janet Stone, MPT and Jim Stone




Janet graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University in 1983 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She and her husband, Jim, opened Exercise Therapy Consultants in May of 1998, after seeing a need for personalized physical therapy in the Kansas City area.

Janet has spent most of her years as a physical therapist in the outpatient setting, with extensive training and experience in treating back and neck injuries, TMJ conditions, chronic pain, headaches and sports injuries. 

Janet is also certified by WorkHab to perform functional capacity evaluations.  She is trained in therapeutic exercise, McKenzie’s technique, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, craniosacral therapy, strain/counter strain, muscle energy, spine mobilization and manipulation, extremity mobilization, neural mobilization, lumbar stabilization, PNF, and vestibular rehabilitation.  She has taken numerous classes in advanced treatment techniques.

In her free time, Janet enjoys Zumba, weight training, cardiovascular exercise, playing the piano, and crocheting.  She lives in Belton with her husband and their three dogs.  Janet and Jim’s son, Matthew, recently graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology with a dual degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering. He now works for the government performing research and development on a Naval aircraft.




Kyla Gibson
Director of Benefits and A/P

Christina Layman
Director of Administration

Kyla graduated in 2000 from Park University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Finance. She has over 15 years’ experience in the Mortgage industry and decided a career change was needed, which led to this position with ETC.  She enjoy’s seeing patients meet their goals and feel better.

Kyla enjoys spending free time with her husband and three daughters.  Most of her time outside of work is spent running to various activities for the girls and weekends from April to October are usually spent at the race track watching her husband race.

Christina began working for ETC Physical Therapy in March of 2008, specializing in administrative support, for which she handles all billing and insurance issues.  While extraordinarily busy with the behind the scenes work of the clinic, she is sure to welcome all patients and provides a personable experience at our Business Office.

Christina has lived in the Kansas City area for most of her life.  She has two grown children and in 2014, she married her best friend, Scott. They have five handsome grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter together.

Clinicians & Clinic Support Staff

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Shannon Smith, PTA

Shannon graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead with a Bachelor’s in Biology, Emphasis on Health and Medical Sciences, Pre-PT in 2016, and moved back to Missouri to graduate from State Technical College of Missouri in Linn with an Associates in PTA in 2018. She began working PRN in nursing facilities until she found her passion for the outpatient setting. She loves helping patients improve their quality of life--whether recovering from surgery, simple injury, or major accident; the best part being she is right there with them every step of their recovery journey.

Her hobbies include video games, camping, fishing, being outdoors, and watching a good horror movie. She loves vacationing on the east coast and relaxing on the beach. She has a one-year-old corgi named Koda that enjoys playing outside and going for walks!


Megan Burns, DPT

Megan graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2020 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Prior to that, she graduated from Central Methodist University in May 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training. Before starting at ETC in October 2021, she worked in an outpatient clinic in Knob Noster, seeing mostly Air Force members and their families. Throughout PT school she worked as a licensed Athletic Trainer for several different high school and middle school sport teams and has always had a passion with working with athletes.

Megan enjoys playing soccer and played for her university’s Women’s Soccer team from 2013-2017 as a goal keeper. She currently lives in Grain Valley with her husband, 2 dogs, and is expecting her first child at the end of January.


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Ashley Martin, DPT

Ashley graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a doctorate in physical therapy in May 2020. Before that she graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She became interested in physical therapy because she was active in sports growing up and underwent therapy during college. She hopes to help people stay as active as possible. Ashley has experience working in different settings and enjoys working with a variety of diagnoses. She is passionate about post-partum health and injury prevention in young athletes. 


 In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, spending time with family, and playing sports like volleyball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. 

Chandra Stephens, PTA

Chandra is a weight lifting enthusiast! Powerlifting and olympic-style lifting has been her passion since 2016. She has worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2007, providing skilled assistance in treating musculoskeletal injuries and post-operative orthopedic patients, utilizing skills in corrective exercise techniques, neuromuscular re-education, muscle energy technique, myofascial release and skilled modality application in multiple settings since 2007. She is an active member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and loves to spend her free time at the local gym, checking out the latest on Netflix, or training with her dog.

Sarah Reuther, PCC

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Sarah joined ETC in April 2018. She graduated from Truman State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Sarah has worked in the medical field for over 10 years, including veterinary medicine, laboratory science, and is now making her way into physical therapy. She enjoys learning about and applying information from a wide range of backgrounds to broaden the overall scope of patient health. Sarah’s hobbies include hiking, martial arts, crafting, games, and her pets.


Chris Middlebusher, PT

Jennifer Mattson, MPT

Natasha Johnson, PCC


 Chris graduated in 1991 from Wichita State University with a degree in Physical Therapy. Over the years, she has worked in multiple settings including two years as a traveling PT. She spent the past 20+ years in northwest Missouri working in outpatient, inpatient, and Home Health for a rural hospital.

During her free time, Chris enjoys hiking, traveling, photography, biking, and spending time with family, friends, and her dogs.


Jen has worked with ETC Physical Therapy since August of 2007.  Prior to that, she worked in the inpatient rehabilitation department at North Kansas City Hospital.  Jennifer’s primary location is the Lee’s Summit clinic, where she incorporates a combination of therapeutic and functional exercise with manual therapy techniques to meet each patient’s needs.

Before working in the physical therapy field, Jennifer was a competitive gymnastics coach and continues to enjoy working with young athletes.  While she treats a wide variety of diagnoses, her passion is to treat those dealing with orthopedic injuries. During her free time, Jennifer enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. 

Natasha is a Kansas City native and has worked in the healthcare community around the metro for the last 10 years. She began her career during high school, by obtaining her certification as a nursing assistant and began working in healthcare facilities thereon after. 

Natasha has developed a strong sense of devotion to patient care since day one and continues to empower patients to take the best care of themselves.

In 2014, Natasha began working from home and during this time she has been blessed with three wonderful children. 

Her family loves spending time at the lake every chance they get!


Taylor Ballantyne, DPT, CSCS

Kira Rutherford, PTA


Matt Piontek, DPT


Taylor graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Rockhurst University on 2019. Prior to that, he received his Bachelors in Exercise and Sports Science from Rockhurst University. Taylor enjoys working with athletes and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has experience working with all manners of orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions and specializes in working with conditions of the spine.


Kira joined ETC April 2022. She graduated from Hutchinson Community College with her AAS degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in May of 2021. She got interested in Physical Therapy after watching her older brother go through physical therapy following a sport related injury in his collegiate football career. From that point on, she decided she wanted to be the person that supports others in their journey to get back to being their best selves - not only on the physical level, but also mentally. She is passionate about orthopedics, sport injuries, as well as pediatrics. 


Outside of work, she enjoys being able to spend time with her beautiful wife-to-be, their 6-year-old son, and their 3 rescue pups! She loves anything and everything sports related - specifically regarding the Atlanta Falcons - and playing rugby on the local women's team. She also enjoys being outdoors when she can and exploring local breweries!

Matt graduated from Rockhurst's DPT program in 2022, serving his final clinical rotation with ETC’s own Dr. Taylor Ballantyne in our Independence clinic. Before that, he graduated from UMKC in 2019 with a Bachelors in Health Science and a Minor in Exercise Science, and from UCM in 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology. During the time between his degrees, he was a weather forecaster in the Air Force. Matt grew up playing sports and has a passion for sports/orthopedic physical therapy. Outside of work he still plays competitive ultimate frisbee, he enjoys it so much that he travels around the country for tournaments. He also enjoy staying active by lifting weights or going on walks with his wife and son.