Our Providers

Nichole Elmendorf, OTR
Occupational Therapist/Owner

I love helping others learn and grow. As a result of my efforts,  I have been able to help many individuals turn the stumbling blocks of their lives into stepping stones. I started Progressive Beginnings in 1999 with my husband John. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, shopping, yoga, and watching my 3 children participate in their various sporting events. 

John Elmendorf, OTR
Occupational Therapist/Owner

We started Progressive Beginnings in 1999 to provide a choice of providers in pediatric care and an opportunity for local residents to receive warm water aquatic therapy.  I have spent my career as an Occupational Therapist working to understand reimbursement, legislative guidelines, and helping others grow their new careers in healthcare. I continue to grow and expand Progressive Beginnings in the areas of management services for long term care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation services. Our newest undertaking has been growing outpatient clinics within Assisted Living Facility communities

Jessica Oakland, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist/Operational Partner

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2010 and then my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2014 both from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I started with Progressive Beginnings in June 2014 and became an operational partner in Nov 2014. I have a passion to work with pediatric patients and a large interest in the neuroscience of pain to educate and engage my patients. My husband and I live in Manitowoc with our daughter and dog. We love to travel, hike, camp, and spend time with our family and friends. 

Sara Ploeger, COTA
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant/ Rehab Manager

I completed my bachelor's degree in psychology in 2012 and graduated as a COTA in May 2017. I started with Progressive Beginnings in November 2017. I have always worked with adults and children with special needs and I thoroughly enjoy helping people achieve their goals. During my free time, I enjoy traveling and learning about new cultures.

Jordan Anderson, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

While completing my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sports Science at UW-La Crosse I was given the opportunity to live and work at an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. It was here that I found my passion for working with children and adults with all abilities. I completed my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS and started working at Progressive Beginnings in June of 2020. My favorite part about being a Physical Therapist is helping others accomplish goals that once seemed impossible. In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and traveling to new places.

Maria Lensmire, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Amanda Murphy, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

I received my bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences from Winona State University in May 2017, and in December 2019, I graduated with my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from UW-Milwaukee with a certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design. My career with Progressive Beginnings began in June 2020. I love building relationships with my patients and learning what motivates them to achieve goals and make positive life changes. I believe the challenges we face help give us our unique perspective on life. My husband and I are passionate about health and enjoy spending time with friends and family, working on home projects, and exploring new places. 

Nina Gutmanis, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist

I graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Sociology in 2007 and worked in a few different fields before decided to go back to school for OT. I graduated with my Masters from UW-Milwaukee in December, 2019 and began my career at Progressive Beginnings at the end of November. I'm looking forward to working with my patients and families to help achieve their goals! In my spare time I enjoy swimming, knitting, and reading and hope to add a dog and/or cat to my family in the new year. If I haven't had a chance to meet you yet, feel free to say hi and introduce yourself!

Tara Meke

In 2016, I graduated from high school and continued my education at LTC for Office Administration.  In 2019, I had the opportunity to follow a passion of mine.  I was one of three picked to travel and live in Spain with World Team Missions.  I enjoyed working with many different people, learned a lot of the Spain Culture, tried many different foods, and learned about many different missions.  I joined Progressive Beginnings in October 2020.  I enjoy the wonderful team here at PB and meeting and getting to know our patients. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.  I also like to read, share my faith, hike, and travel. 

Latest Clinic News:


We're hiring! We are searching for a pediatric OT and SLP to join our Sheboygan team!

Dec 29, 2020


Join our young although experienced and knowledgeable team that offers unlimited opportunity for growth, we could be your perfect fit!

Are you an independent worker that can make decisions and adjust to the many changes that happen in the health care market place? Do you want to dabble in private practice with the support of a group of experienced therapists?

With Progressive Beginnings, LLC you will set your own schedule giving you the flexibility you would like. You will manage your schedule and your day. Be a part of our great team of growing therapy professionals!

Please contact: John Elmendorf at 920-917-7104 or johnot@progbeg.com to inquire about details!


Exercise in water can help reduce chronic pain.

Oct 13, 2019


Exercise in water utilizes several principles and has a number of benefits that will speed recovery, boost your muscle performance, and help to reduce pain. By using equipment such as water paddles or noodles, the therapist can create gentle currents aimed at specific areas of the body, helping to improve problem areas.

Autism in children.

May 7, 2020

Autism is a spectrum of related disorders having a shared core of signs and symptoms. All kids on the spectrum have difficulties with (1) communicating non-verbally and verbally, (2) relating to the world around and to others, (3) behaving and thinking flexibly. Looking for resources? We can help support your family. 


Progressive Beginnings, LLC

2131 S Business Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081

We are searching for therapists to join our team! 
A pediatric OT & SLP for Sheboygan! 
A PT, OT, and SLP for our new Merrill location! 
PRN SLP needed for Delavan!
Contact us for details! 
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