Meet the Team

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Kevin Schmidt – PT, MSPT, CMP, Bike PT

Following an untimely dislocation/fracture of his elbow during a high school basketball game, Kevin experienced Physical Therapy first hand, and after a full recovery, was immediately sold on the career path.  Kevin went on to receive his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) degree from Grand Valley State University (Michigan) before promptly moving to Portland in 2002.

As someone who has experienced numerous cycling-related pains himself, Kevin’s interest in complex cycling injury and bike fitting concepts prompted him to take extensive continuing education in becoming the very first certified Bike PT in Portland, OR.  He founded Pedal PT in August of 2012.

Kevin strives to promote the benefits of Physical Therapy while leading an active, ‘car-less’ lifestyle throughout Portland, and has been featured in BICYCLING MagazinePortland Monthly Magazine, DETAILS Magazine, Bicycle Transportation Alliance,  Bikeportland.org, and Portland Pedal Power, and was an invited speaker at the 2017 American Physical Therapy Association’s national conference.

Outside of the office, Kevin enjoys spending time reading and learning new things, riding his bike, playing guitar, surfing, and spending time with his wife and two kids, ages 10 and 7. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Oregon craft beer scene, and is a Founding Member of the Green Dragon pub in Southeast Portland.

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Istvan Takacs, PT, DPT

Istvan (Ish) was born and raised in Hungary in a small town near Lake Balaton. He and his family moved to the United States in 2000 and settled in Las Vegas, NV where he finished high school. Ish earned his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During this time he was an active intramural athlete playing basketball, soccer and helped to form the UNLV Ultimate Frisbee Team. He also began riding and commuting on his bike which was a bit unorthodox in Las Vegas.

Following his undergraduate studies he started working in the physical therapy field as a PT technician and then as an exercise specialist. After a 2 year exposure to the physical therapy field he returned to UNLV to earn his D.P.T in 2012.

The first 4 years of his professional career Ish spent time treating patients in the Las Vegas hotel and casino industry who dealt with troubling aches and pains of their physical job requirements. He also had prolonged exposure to acute ICU care which gave him a deeper understanding of human physiology and a keener perspective on life and the things we often take for granted. In 2016 he decided to leave the Mojave Desert and head to the Pacific Northwest for a change of scenery and to be closer to family.

Istvan’s clinical interests include general orthopedics, BikeFit, the McKenzie Method, male pelvic health, and functional movement rehab. He is most passionate about the many aspects of cycling which include personalized fitting, preventing and treating overuse injuries, conditioning, and male pelvic dysfunction whether it is cycling related, atraumatic or post-surgical.

During the warmer months Ish enjoys racing his bike at the elite amateur level, travelling to events and soaking up the race excitement and energy. He also has fun cooking, reading, trail running, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Maggie Min, PT, DPT

Maggie originally grew up in Nashville, TN, and received her undergrad degree in Cognitive Science from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. After undergrad, Maggie moved to Philadelphia, immersing herself in bike culture and the vibrant community of West Philly.  She then had the pleasure of exploring the nation (and parts of Mexico) with a cross-country 9-month climbing, biking, and snowboarding road trip (in a vehicle) followed by a 4-month 5,000 mile self-supported bike tour starting in Philadelphia and ending in San Diego. 

In between various trips, Maggie worked as a climbing instructor at the University of Pennsylvania climbing center, guided mountain biking and outdoor climbing trips in the New River Gorge, and was a tour guide for Philly Bike Tour Company. Prior to PT school, Maggie enjoyed participating in alley-cat races, enduro-style mountain bike racing, cyclocross and downhill races. After sustaining more than a few injuries herself, Maggie realized that the ‘vagabond  lifestyle’ was unsustainable, prompting her to return to academia, earning her doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to her love of cycling, Maggie also loves cooking/eating, Judo, music (ukulele and vocals), and plans to develop her skills in the aerial arts here in Portland.

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Nicole D’Amato – Client Experience Coordinator

Nicole is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Immediately after graduating college and being bit by the travel bug, she migrated north to Denali National Park, Alaska for the summer. What was supposed to be one fun summer, turned in to a seasonal lifestyle. For almost ten years, she spent half her time in Portland and the other half in Alaska. Now she has settled full time in Portland as the Client Experience Coordinator at Pedal PT and enjoys participating and working amongst the vibrant cyclist community that is so prevalent here.

At the office, Nicole enjoys greeting and getting to know the variety of patients that are seen at Pedal PT. On her off time, she enjoys biking, cooking, hanging with her cat, Stevens, dancing, catching up with friends, enjoying live music, and of course making her way through all the deliciousness a culinary city like Portland has to offer. She is also an avid supporter, volunteer, and general cheerleader of community radio and hosts a weekly show on 89.1 KMHD called ‘Songs from Cloud 9’ focusing on the genre of Vocal Jazz.

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