Specializing in getting you back to your strength routine
Total Balance Physical Therapy and Fitness is a combination out-patient physical therapy clinic and fitness center in the FM Area. We specialize in getting you back to doing the things you love! Our goal is to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and wellness.
At Total Balance we offer out-patient physical therapy, nutrition therapy, personal training, group fitness classes, body screening, a fully stocked fitness center, and much more! Check out our facilities today!
Meet Our Team
Daniel Johnson PT, DPT
Graduate of the University of North Dakota's DPT program. Dan worked at a skilled nursing facility in Fargo and then at an outpatient PT clinic in Wahpeton, ND prior to taking over Total Balance Fitness and Nutrition in 2017, to add high quality physical therapy services to the north Fargo community. Dan has over 200 hours of continuing education hours and has taken courses on how to manage everything from seniors to athletes. He is also SFMA and dry needling certified. He recently became one of the few therapists in the area who is certified in blood flow restriction (BFR) training. Dan has a true love of learning, fitness, philosophy and football. Dan and his wife, live in Fargo with their two kids.
Mark Laraway PT, DPT
Mark is a graduate of the DPT program at the University of North Dakota. Following graduation, Mark worked for a contract company in Omaha, NE and then at a private practice clinic in Breckenridge, MN. He joined Total Balance in December, 2017, specializes in the treatment of post surgical rehabilitation, and is certified in blood flow restriction training. Mark enjoys all sports, but especially hockey and soccer. He rarely misses a home hockey game at his Alma mater, UND. Mark is an avid weight lifter and loves working out on a daily basis. He currently lives in West Fargo.
Casey Sailer PT, DPT
Casey graduated from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND with his Bachelors in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the staff at Total Balance Physical Therapy and Fitness, he worked at a Long-Term Acute Care facility in Fargo. Casey specializes in back pain, neck pain, falls prevention, and treatment of athletic injuries. Casey is also a Certified Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Athlete Weightlifting Coach, and has specialized training in Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization that helps him treat his patients. Casey loves to lift weights, try out new workouts, and spend time with his wife, family, and friends.
Sam Spaeth PT, DPT
Sam graduated from North Dakota State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology followed by the University of Jamestown with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined Total Balance in November 2019. Sam specializes in the treatment of post-surgical rehabilitation, general orthopedics, and sports medicine. Sam enjoys working with individuals of all ages looking to return to an active and healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys spending time at the lake and being with friends and family.
Leah Roethel RDN, LRD
Leah is a Registered Dietitian, having obtained her registration through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. Leah works with adults of all ages in a variety of settings and recognizes there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Her passion is to guide people toward making positive changes in their weight and overall health by eliminating quick fixes. She focuses on lifestyle changes for sustainable results through a non-diet approach. One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is seeing improvement to her clients’ overall health and emotional well-being as they improve their relationship with food and their bodies.
Alex Wohl PT, DPT
Graduate of the University of North Dakota’s DPT program. Alex worked primarily in the home health setting for a contract company before becoming Director of Rehab of Home Health covering contracts from Fargo to Alexandria, MN. In 2019 he switched roles back to being a treating Physical Therapist in the FM area to work closer to his home in Fargo. He joined Total Balance in March 2021 and specializes in in-home rehabilitation including neurological disease management, fall prevention, home modification, community reintegration, and custom wheelchair evaluations. Alex enjoys being outdoors at the lake with his wife and son.
Tyler Groth PT, DPT
Tyler grew up in Fargo, ND where he graduated from Fargo South High School in 2008. Tyler attended NDSU and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences. He went on to graduate from the University of Jamestown in May, 2017 as a Doctor of Physical therapy. Tyler enjoys treating in the orthopedic setting, working with people of all ages, and has special interests in neurological and sports rehab. He is certified in the LSVT BIG program, a specialty program for Parkinson’s disease and other neurological impairments. He is also certified in Clinical Weightlifting through ClinicalAthlete and Dry Needling through the Hobbs Masters Needling Series. Away from the clinic, Tyler enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially at the lakes during the summertime. Before beginning his college education, Tyler spent 2 years playing Junior A hockey in Canada and the US. He participates in adult sports leagues including hockey and softball. Other hobbies include golf, fishing, and weight lifting.
Anthony Charbonneau PT, DPT, OCS
Graduated from the University of North Dakota’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2016. Following graduation, Anthony got accepted into Sanford Health’s Orthopedic Residency Program. After successful completion of the residency he was eligible to sit for his exam to earn his credential as a Board-Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist (OCS). He successfully passed this to become 1 of 31 orthopedic-certified PTs in the state of ND. Anthony specializes in orthopedics from the top of the head to the bottom of the foot utilizing advanced manual therapy skills coupled with high-level clinical reasoning for therapeutic exercise selection. He also offers treatments for more niche populations including return to sport, TMD (jaw pain), pelvic floor dysfunction, post-surgical, and vestibular dysfunction.
James Muir, PT, DPT Cert MDT
James is a graduate of the DPT program at the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining the staff at Total Balance, he worked as a Rehab Director for a private practice in Idaho. James specializes in back pain, neck pain, and also has experience with post-surgical rehabilitation, general orthopedics, and sports medicine. James is also a Certified McKenzie Therapist. James grew up familiar with the Physical Therapy profession as both his mother and sister are Physical Therapists. James is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), which is also known as the McKenzie method. This is a system of evaluating and treating spinal disorders as well as problems with the joints or muscles of the arms or legs. James enjoys learning and listening to podcasts on different Physical Therapy topics as well as on nutrition. He also enjoys CrossFit, hunting, fishing, golfing, spending time at the lake, and spending time with his family and friends.
Mikaela Dick, PT, DPT
Mikaela is a 2018 graduate from the University of North Dakota's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Following graduation, Mikaela worked at an outpatient Physical Therapy clinic in Littleton, Colorado. She then joined the Total Balance team in 2020 when she moved back to North Dakota, where she is originally from. Mikaela has completed continuing education courses since graduating, including Dry Needling, Pelvic Floor dysfunction, and Rock Tape, among others. In her free time, Mikaela enjoys being with family and friends, being active with activities such as hiking, running, and skiing, and trying new things. Mikaela loves treating a variety of patients and athletes of all ages!
Morgan Gunderson PT, DPT
Physical Therapy Assistant
Amber Richards, PTA
Amber grew up in Moorhead, MN graduating from Moorhead High school. She then attended massage therapy school at The Salon Professional Academy in 2010 and has 10+ years of massage experience. Amber went on to continue her education at Northland Community and Technical College earning her Associates of Applied Science degree graduating with honors as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2018. Since then, she has been practicing Physical therapy and becoming certified in SFMA and is very familiar with the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie method). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, photography, lake life, and loves new adventures. Amber is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently is the PTA delegate for the North Dakota Chapter (2019).
Connor Teske, PT, DPT
Connor graduated from the University of Mary Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2020. Prior to starting at Total Balance in 2021, he worked in an outpatient physical therapy practice in Valley City, ND. Connor enjoys treating in the orthopedic setting, and working with patients of all ages. To assist in a detailed approach to treatment and assessment, Connor has received certifications in SFMA, Graston Technique, LSVT, and Dry Needling through the Spinal Manipulation Institute. Outside of the clinic, Connor and his wife live in Fargo with their rescue dog. They enjoy getaways to the lake and spending time together with friends and family