Knowing and trusting your therapists can play a big role in achieving the highest outcome in your recovery process. Our team of medical professionals – including physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and social workers – has the expertise and passion to address your specific outpatient rehabilitation needs. Please take a moment to learn about a few of our therapists.
Matt Waffensmith combined his extensive background in physical therapy and program development in 2015 to start Legacy Rehabilitation Group – an outpatient therapy and pain management clinic that encompassed his passion for rehabilitation and transitional care. Along with his training to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS), Matt has experience treating as a therapist as well as program development in a multitude of settings. This includes time spent alongside some of the top neurologists at the forefront of healthcare at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
With the opening of Legacy Rehabilitation Group, Matt assumed the challenging role of Executive Director and Administrator. He continues to treat patients while guiding a team of skilled therapists and overseeing many of the daily business functions.
Outside of work, Matt can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family, from jet-skiing in the summer to snowmobiling during the winter. Matt also has a passion for Minnesota sports and is infamous for his growing collection of game-used memorabilia.
Breanna Carlson received her BS in Applied Health from the College of Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and her MBA with an emphasis in Change Management from the College of St. Scholastica. She is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Breanna has 10 years of health care experience in both administrative and care-giving roles. She began her career in a variety of PTA roles across Minnesota and Illinois, then became the Director of Rehabilitation at Reliant Rehabilitation in Duluth, MN. She has been the Operations Manager of Legacy Rehabilitation Group since June 2019.
When not at work, Breanna enjoys going up north to her family cabin, paddle boarding, traveling, playing trivia and exploring new restaurants with friends.
Casey Payne graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 2011. She started her physical therapy career with NovaCare, where she spent five years as a clinician and eventually became a clinic manager. She then went on to work in home health care with Brookdale, then as a manual therapist with Orthology. She joined Legacy Rehabilitation Group in May 2019 as a clinic therapist as well as a marketing and community liaison. Casey is married with three daughters and spends most of her spare time with her family. She likes to be active and has a huge passion for basketball. She also likes lifting weights, going to art fairs, trying new restaurants and getting on airplanes as often as she can.