Meet Our Staff
Doug Frye, MD, MPH, RMSK
Dr. Frye graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School. He also holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Frye is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal problems. He has practiced in the Topeka area for over 27 years, and is a member of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and has extensive training in Regenerative Medicine, such as Prolotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP injections to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain. In 2007 Dr. Frye took his first course in musculoskeletal diagnostic and interventional Ultrasound. In December 2011 Dr. Frye and The Center for Manual Medicine became the first practice in Kansas certified for musculoskeletal ultrasound. Dr. Frye is also one of the first Certified Musculo-Skeletal Sonographers in the United States. Currently his primary interest is using sonography to diagnose and treat with guided injection therapy. He is also a consultant for Kansas State University’s department of molecular and cellular biology regarding the development of Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells. In his free time Dr. Frye enjoys painting and many of his works are displayed throughout the office.
Dani Steffen, DC, MS
Dr. Dani Steffen attended Fort Hays State University where she participated in women’s basketball and track. In 2012, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with concentrations in Health Promotion and Biology. Then in 2014, Dani earned her Master’s Degree from Fort Hays in Health and Human Performance with a focus on Movement Studies.
Following her passion for Chiropractic, she attended Cleveland University – Kansas City and graduated in December of 2018. While in school, Dr. Steffen earned certifications in Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab (FAKTR) Soft Tissue with Instrument Assisted Techniques, FAKTR Taping, Activator Methods, Webster Technique, and Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Dr. Steffen completed internships with the Kansas City Care Clinic, Kansas City VA Hospital, and The Center for Manual Medicine before being hired in January 2019. Dani continues to take additional seminars through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, ICPA, for pediatric care and pre and post-partum care. In addition, she is currently in the 26 month program for DABCI, Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Internists. This will double board certify her as a Chiropractic Internists, as well as, Nutritionist. These studies will enable more services to be provided at CMM such as: food sensitivity testing, hormone testing, thorough blood lab work, neurotransmitter evaluations, urinalysis, stool samples, nutritional counseling, and more.
Having a widespread variety of techniques is important to Dr. Steffen, so she is able to offer and perform the following: Diversified, Sacral-Occipital Technique, Thompson, Activator, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF), Flexion-Distraction, Soft Tissue Work, and Rehabilitation Therapies.
Outside of work, Dr. Steffen excels at multitasking by keeping up with her 2 young children (Weston and Banks) as well supporting her husband Drew at all of his coaching activities. She also enjoys running in 5K’s, cooking, traveling, and gardening.
Matt Elniff, PT, MPT, FAAOMPT
Matt is a Fellow of American Academics of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and graduated from Wichita State University in July of 2006 where he received his Masters of Physical Therapy. Throughout Matt’s coursework he spent time in a variety of Outpatient Orthopedic settings. After graduation Matt attended The Manual Therapy Institute which is a Post-Graduate clinical and didactic education that prepares a clinician in the subspecialty of orthopedic manual physical therapy. Matt completed his residency in Phoenix Arizona after 2.5 years. Matt then completed his fellowship in Wichita, Kansas at Complete Joint and Spine located at the Abay Neuroscience center where he worked for 440 hours with clinical mentoring of a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Matt has a strong passion for the rehabilitation of orthopedic conditions, spine and sports related injuries. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Kansas Physical Therapy Association, and of the Fellowship for American Academics of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). As a Fellow of AAOMPT, Matt incorporates current best evidence with a patho-functional morphological model. This model describes how changes in function, posture, and movement imbalances can lead to restricted movement and complaints of pain. The ability to perform a focused evaluation that identifies the joint movement, nerve mobility, muscle length and function provides for efficient and accurate intervention which will improve the speed of return to activities of daily living/sports without pain. In Matt’s free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Rose, taking his kids to soccer and basketball games, and watching sports on the television.
Courtney Simon, DPT
Courtney attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated in 2012 with her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She then attended Wichita State University for Physical Therapy School and graduated in 2018 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Courtney is currently attending the Manual Therapy Institute in Houston Texas to complete her fellowship program to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist, FAAOMPT. Through this program Courtney is learning how to evaluate postural and movement impairments to best address the patient’s pain and efficiently return them to their previous level of function. In Courtney’s free time she enjoys running barrels with her horses and body building.
Seth Harrison, CSCS
Seth Harrison graduated from Washburn University with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology in 1999. In 2003 he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS, through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, NSCA. Seth became a Certified Strength Training Specialist, STS, through the International Weight Lifting Association, IWA, in 2007 and a Certified Weight Trainer, CWT, in 2012. He has been with The Center for Manual Medicine since 1999 and has accumulated over 300 hours of post graduate training in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. In 2008 Seth became the office manager of The Center for Manual Medicine. With this change, his focus shifted from direct patient care to running and managing the growing practice. In 2016 The Center continued its growth with the addition of Regenerative Orthopedics. Seth trained extensively on Adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma techniques and is the educator of the office for these procedures. In his free time Seth enjoys spending time with his wife Lesley and their 3 kids. They all enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and athletics. When he is not watching his daughters in dance or theater, he is helping coach his son in wrestling.
Dan Stiers, PTA
Dan graduated from Washburn University in 2010 with his Physical Therapy Assistant degree. Prior to that Dan received his BS in Health and Human Performance from Fort Hays State University. He has been a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2007. Dan is a huge sports fan, has been in body building competitions, and competed as a thrower in Track and Field. Dan continues to have a strong passion for exercise, eating healthy, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Phil Alexander, PTA
Phil graduated from Athens Technical College, Athens Georgia in 2005 with his Associates of Applied Science. He relocated to Topeka in 2007 and started working at The Center For Manual Medicine in May of 2019. Phil has attended continuing education in Myofascial Release and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. In his spare time he enjoys going to live sporting events and traveling with his family on spontaneous mini vacations.
Amber Kopp, PTA
Amber graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2018 and received her bachelors in Exercise Physiology in 2019, both from Washburn University. Throughout Amber’s clinical and work experiences, she has practiced in outpatient, inpatient, skilled nursing, and home health settings. Amber enjoys getting to connect with patients and assist them in making progress toward their personal goals. In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending K-State sporting events, baking, and traveling.
Josh McKinsey BSN, ST
Josh McKinsey is a graduate from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Josh worked in surgery for 14 years where he was also trained to be a surgical technician. He worked on the Cardiothoracic surgery team for 12 years where he was a preceptor for new employees. He came to The Center for Regenerative Orthopedics in 2016, some of his responsibilities here are helping Dr. Frye with Adipose Derived Regenerative Cells, PRP, and other injection therapy. Josh enjoys spending time with his family and friends and attending his children’s sporting events in his free time.
Kim Lutz, Medical Assistant
Kim Lutz has been with The Center For Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics since 2020. Her responsibilities consist of customer service and assisting Dr. Steffen and the Physical Therapy Department with patient flow. Kim has worked in the medical field for over 10 years. Kim lives in Meriden with her husband, she has three boys and a grand baby. Kim stays busy outside of work helping her husband on the farm with their large gardening operation and going to farmers markets.
Lauren Caulfield, Medical Assistant
Lauren Caulfield is our well caffeinated and energetic medical assistant and receptionist that has been with The Center For Manual Medicine and Regenerative Orthopedics since 2020. Her responsibilities include assisting Dr. Frye in procedures, taking vitals, assisting with Ultrasound Diagnostics, scheduling patients, ordering radiology, and helping the flow of the office run perfectly. Lauren is a Fort Scott, KS native and moved to Topeka in 2011 and back again in 2018. She received her CNA license in 2010 from Fort Scott Community College. Before coming to CTRMM, she spent time in HR, Oral Surgery, and Dentistry. Outside of work Lauren spends her time trying to keep up with her two children Gwen and Oliver. She enjoys disc golf with her fiancé Brandon, snuggling with her dog Scout, walks with the kids, and family movie nights.
Jennifer English, Receptionist
Jennifer English has been with the CTRMM since 2007. Her responsibilities as the head receptionist consist of customer service, billing and coding and collections Department. She does an amazing job at keeping patients happy and make sure things run smooth for the physical therapist and chiropractors. Before coming to CTRMM she graduated with her CNA licenses from Allen County Community College in 2003, and has been in the medical field the last 15 years.
She is originally from Cheyenne Wyoming and moved here to start her family in 2002. She has 3 amazing kids at home who keep her busy with daily activities. Her favorite thing to do outside the office is watch them play in the sports they love to do.
Doctor Emeritus: Mark Penn, DC
Dr. Penn began his health care career in 1976 as an orderly in Physical Therapy at St. Francis. He went on to earn his Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and worked five years as a dialysis technician helping to care for patients with kidney failure. During those years Dr. Penn also enjoyed spending his time as a Karate instructor and competing in triathlons.
Dr. Penn was introduced to Chiropractic treatment after suffering a sports injury. After experiencing excellent results from the Chiropractic adjustments he began to envision a team of Chiropractic, Medical, and Physical Therapy providers. It was with that goal that Dr. Penn started his Chiropractic education in 1983 at Logan Chiropractic College in St. Louis.
Dr. Penn graduated from Logan College in December 1986. He started Penn Chiropractic Office shortly after. His post graduate education focused on Rehabilitative exercise having completed over 300 hours of training.
In 1993 Dr. Penn was fortunate to meet Dr. Doug Frye who was working at Midwest Occupational Health Services through Cotton O’Neil. They began sharing ideas on patient care and in 2000 formed The Center for Manual Medicine. Dr. Penn continues to focus on Chiropractic care and Rehabilitative exercises and has achieved his goal of working with highly skilled team of Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Exercise Physiologist and Medical Physician. In his free time Dr. Penn enjoys spending time with his wife Jeanine and children, as well as riding bicycles and motorcycles.
Melissa Wallace CMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Master Teacher
Melissa has always wanted to help others from a young age.
She was born and raised here in Kansas. She graduated from Topeka West in 1994. She continued her Education at Washburn University as a vocal performance major.
Melissa attended Kansas Massage Institute in 2003 and graduated in 2004, with over 700 practice hours. She learned Massage and Reflexology at KMI.
She took her first massage therapy job at H2O day spa, while still in school at KMI. She really enjoyed H20 day spa and worked there until her high risk pregnancy put her on bed rest.
Melissa started her own in home practice early 2005 - today.
She often is called Moe, which was a childhood nickname. She worked that into her business name, so people would remember her. Her business name became Moessage.
Over the years Melissa has been offered to take over KMI school by her mentor, June Jones. She really wanted to work doing massage, and so she politely declined. They looked for other buyers. The school ended up closing.
Her other mentor Dr. Bill Thomas offered for her to buy his practice when he retired and relocated.
By that time Melissa was very established in her own practice.
Melissa went to work part time as a private contractor for Midland Hospice right out of school. She started with the employee wellness program. Then saw patients at Hospice house, adult day (PACE), as well as in home visits to patients. Melissa worked for Midland until 2017.
Melissa contracts with Washburn University and Washburn Law School to provide employee wellness services. She also does special events such as massage for students studying for the bar exam.
In 2007 Melissa learned Reiki and started offering that modality. She was a natural at energy healing.
She worked hard and became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2013.
She enjoys teaching and has trained 42 students. She currently is working with a student who is her first apprentice. He is a RN and will graduate the first of the year as her first Master Teacher Student.
Melissa is an outgoing friendly person. In her free time she enjoys hiking, nature, and doing shows at TCT. You may have seen Melissa most recently as the Mom in A Christmas Story.
Melissa is a real life Mom also. She has a 15 yr old daughter who attends Topeka High. She is also a caregiver to her mother.
Melissa is looking forward for the opportunity to be a part of the Center for Manual Medicine Team.