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 autologous stem cells. In his free time Dr. Frye enjoys painting and many of his works are displayed throughout the office.
Dani Steffen, DC
Dr. Dani Steffen, a Florida native, 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 on in January 2019. Dani continues to take additional seminars through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, or ICPA and is in the process of earning her Diplomate in Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics, or DACCP, an additional 400 hours of study.
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, traveling, and learning the secrets of having “green thumbs”.
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.
Tracie Nolan, PT, FAAOMPT
Tracie graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences in 2004. In 2005, she received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the same institution. She had a variety of clinical experiences in outpatient and inpatient therapy including training at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She initially started her career in the inpatient rehabilitation setting focusing on neurologic rehab, in addition to post-operative and acute care therapy. She also gained experience in subacute and long-term care facilities during her career. In 2013, Tracie joined the team at The Center for Manual Medicine, and also started a 2 ½ year residency program through the Manual Therapy Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The Residency program is a post-graduate subspecialty in orthopedic manual physical therapy. In 2016, she completed her Fellowship training in Wichita, KS at Mid-America orthopedics after 440 hours of clinical mentoring in a variety of orthopedic conditions. This training allows improved skills in joint mobilizations / manipulations, soft tissue mobilization, treatment of adverse neural tension, evaluation of muscle imbalance, tissue specific exercises and enhanced patient education. This allows better focus on the cause of the problem rather than symptoms to facilitate an effective patient-specific treatment plan. Tracie is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) and a member of the Kansas chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). In her free time, she is an avid exerciser, runner, and enjoys time with family and friends.
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 Stem Cell 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.
Kacie Cope, PTA
Kacie studied the field of Kinesiology and graduated from the physical therapist assistant program in 2015 from Washburn University. She has trained and gained experience in both outpatient orthopedic care and long-term care facilities. Kacie enjoys continuing her education by learning new manual techniques from her fellowship trained physical therapists to ensure her patients are receiving the most appropriate and beneficial care possible. One of her strengths includes modifying and progressing her patients exercise programs by stretching and strengthening appropriately and providing each patient with an individually customized program. Kacie enjoys watching her patients progress and improving their abilities to function in everyday life. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dogs as she is an avid animal lover.
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 Stem Cell injections, 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.
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.
Jessica Escobar, Medical Assistant
She was born and raised in Topeka; she also graduated top of her class at WTI in 2009. Her vibrant personality, quick wit and charm have made her an easy patient favorite. Throughout the years she has become the head assistant at CTRMM, with many skills. The advantage of being a medical assistant has made her a natural with assisting Dr. Frye with procedures. Her superior abilities with the ultra-sound machine have made her Dr. Frye’s right-hand gal with exams and injections. She has also perfected her phlebotomy skills to assist with PRP injections.
Jessica is a major asset to our office and is the “go to” gal for the entire office in everyday operations. She has recently been helping run the new clinic The Center for Regenerative Orthopedics with Dr. Frye. She is hoping to see Regenerative medicine become a new miracle in medicine.
Attended Washburn University where she pursued a degree in nursing. Her warm and winning smile welcomes you when you arrive for your appointments. Her sweet and caring nature coupled with her tireless efforts insure you will have a positive experience. She assists with multiple procedures including ultra sound guidance with Dr. Frye. She exhibits the rare ability to multi-task in a very busy medical office, transitioning from patient care to the more mundane duties. Among her many varied duties she assists with coding and billing.
When not assisting here at the office she cares for her son and enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family.
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.
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.