Our Team

Our team is made of rare individuals who have chosen to make a difference by helping others. Love that.

Our activity based trainers (ABTs) are certified through the NeuroRecovery Training Institute (www.neurorti.com) and have received extensive training through the NeuroRecovery Network and Dr. Susan Harkema, the world’s leading expert in Neurological Rehab. You will not find a better staff in the world, you are in great hands!



I have always been fortunate enough to be able to accept life’s challenges, and make the best of any situation. Understanding that, change is inevitable and growth is optional. On June 21st, 2005, I was given the opportunity to prove that statement to be true. That morning, I left my house walking, and by that afternoon I was paralyzed from the waist down. My injury led me to open a Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center to meet the needs of everyone with a spinal cord injury. If your desire is to improve your chance for recovery, then NextStep Kansas City is the place for you. We promise to do everything possible to make any goal you set, become a reality.



Chris graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Kinesiology. He is certified through NSCA as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning specialist. He has been a spinal cord injury recovery specialist since 2008, and was a personal trainer working with a variety of age groups and populations prior to that. Chris is committed to helping others improve their lives through exercise and increased physical activity. He feels that continued education with respect to any aspect of life, and a positive outlook, can help anyone achieve anything they set their minds to.

Favorite quote: What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve."




Colby is a graduate from Avila University with a BS in Sports Medicine. He is a certified personal trainer through NSCA. After an internship, he has worked his way up to being a specialist at NextStep Kansas City. Colby enjoys being able to work with highly motivated individuals every day to help them regain their independence through exercise.  He looks forward to pushing his clients everyday and helping them achieve their goals.


Katie Johnson

Activity-based Trainer 

Katie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a BA in Psychology. She believes that all those living with a spinal cord injury deserve an energetic and uplifting community of people who want to work hard and gain independence in their everyday life.  Katie is more than excited to begin her journey here in Kansas City!