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Ryan Flipse, PT
Clinical Director/Owner

TriCore Physical Therapy was founded by Ryan Flipse, PT.  He, his wife Lisa, and 4 children (Collin, Nolan, Maya and Addelyn) have been residents of Saint John, IN,  since 1999.  Ryan graduated from Midwestern University and completed his Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1998.  From the moment he began his career, Ryan has followed a set of core values that have impacted how he treats his clients and employees. Ryan states, "Every person who walks through our doors has a life story and we now enter into that story.  I think one thing that sets us apart as a medical provider is we don't view our clients as someone merely having a painful or injured body part, they are a human being, with a body, soul and spirit.  If we only treat the body, we miss the great privilege of caring for the whole person, who has a life filled with successes, failures, hobbies, family, and a future, which we get to positively impact."

Ryan has been treating clients this way in NW Indiana and the Chicagoland region since he began his career. He has dedicated his time over those years training in many of the most effective manual therapy and treatment philosophies and techniques which he utilizes to assist his patients in fulfilling their goals and re-writing their stories.

Originally from Wisconsin, Ryan got his physical therapy start after being injured as a former college athlete. His physical therapist at that time had a significant influence on his life and continues to be a friend and peer, years later.  Away from the clinic, Ryan enjoys coaching his children's sports teams, golfing, travel and actively being involved in his church and community with his family.  

Karissa Porter, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Karissa has been lived in "The Region" her entire life.  She has been working side by side with Ryan since she received her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011.

Karissa enjoys spending time with friends and family, biking, exercising, volunteering at her church, playing volleyball and spending time at the lake.

She says, "I consider it a privilege being part of a team that daily is making a difference in people's lives.  I don't consider this a career, it is a passion.  The environment at TriCore sets the tone for helping our clients achieve their goals in a creative, challenging and fun way. People mention all the time that their experience at TriCore was first class.  I am proud to be a part of that."

Lori Groen
Front Office Manager

Lori has been greeting people with a smile at the front desk since TriCore's inception.  Her joyful and empathatic spirit sets the tone for clients as they begin their therapy.  

Lori lives in Cedar Lake, Indiana with her husband, Randy. They have 3 grown children, as well as several beautiful grandchildren.  When not at TriCore, Lori enjoys entertaining guests on their farm, bike riding, baking, reading, kayaking and just enjoying the outdoors.

Lori says, "I consider working at TriCore a true blessing in my life.  I couldn't ask for a better work environment and I get to work with very talented, caring and fun co-workers.  The steady flow of patients I get to meet every day, each having their own goals and stories, are both interesting and inspirational. Being part of a team that helps people reach their full potential after setbacks in life is truly rewarding."

Casey Belford, PT
Physical Therapist

Energizer Bunny.  Caring Soul.  Magic Hands.  These are just a few of the terms used to describe Casey.  We are simply thankful she is part of the TriCore team.  With over 30 years of experience in physical therapy, she offers a plethora of knowledge and expertise patient's love.  

Casey is married to Jim and has three grown children.  Traveling, water sports, serving in an after school program, and spending time with family and friends are what she enjoys in her free time.  

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