Meet Your 2018-19 SAJO Performance Coaches

Matt Yegge, PT, DPT, CSCS, CES, PES

Altius Performance owner Matt Yegge graduated from the University of Colorado in 2008, where he played football and studied Mathematics and Secondary Education.  Matt's  passion to teach, coach and work with others, combined with his love for sports, drove a career in health and fitness.  After a shoulder injury ended his College football career, Matt took a job training at a commercial health club, where he worked to earn club management roles and master trainer certification. Here he found his niche in working with athletes and was inspired to start his own sports performance business.  Altius Performance was established in 2013 when Matt and his family moved to Stillwater, MN with the opportunity for Matt to pursue physical therapy school and be near family.  In May 2018, Matt graduated with A doctorate degree in physical therapy from St. Catherine University. 

Over the last 11 years, Matt has coached, trained and rehabilitated thousands of athletes, including Olympian, professional, collegiate, and youth athletes.  Matt has worked with IAM’s ACL return-to-sport program and has pResented his research on ACL risk factors and Lower extremity movement mechanics.

Outside of the gym, Matt’s time is spent with his wife Danielle, son Cooper (8) and daughter Oakley (4). Matt and his family are actively involved at Eaglebrook Church in Woodbury, MN and Matt serves as a coach for the FCA huddle at SCPA.  

Ashley A. LabORE, PT, DPT, COMT

 Ashley has worked as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the outpatient setting since 2009, after graduating from The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her expertise is on manual therapy, sports rehabilitation and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions. Ashley’s passion for knowledge, advanced training, and additional expertise led to her continued education in the Maitland Australian approach to physical therapy, and she became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) in 2015. Ashley also has garnered experience working with patients in transitional care, long-term care, memory care, and home-health care settings.

In April 2018, Ashley opened a private practice in Stillwater, Minnesota called Pure Strength Physical Therapy and Performance Training. She is co-owner with Suzy Schaak, founder of Pure Yoga. They have developed a unique setting and experience for clients and patients, with a focus on individualized results-driven care in the realm of rehabilitation, wellness, fitness and life-style guidance. Ashley also works as a physical therapy lab assistant/teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota for the Doctor of Physical therapy program.

What she values most about being a Physical Therapist is that it allows her the opportunity to listen, engage, and compassionately interact with patients, thereby forging a trusting relationship. She believes that each person is unique and individual, and should be treated as such.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside hiking and walking her dog, bicycling, practicing yoga, and playing volleyball. Ashley has a unique passion for the game of volleyball and played at The Colorado College at the NCAA Division III Level under Coach Rick Swan. She has led many volleyball trainings for high-level athletes in and around the Twin Cities, as well as continues to participate in the sport with her husband Beau.

Dan Plocker, PT, DPT

Steph Kretlow, Altius Intern

Steph Kretlow is returning for a second SAJO season as an intern at Altius Performance.  Steph is currently a junior at the University of St Thomas, where she is majoring in Biology and competes on the track and field team.  She graduated from Owatonna High School, where she was a three-sport athlete, earning All-State honors in soccer, gymnastics and track.  After suffering and overcoming an ACL injury her junior year of high school, Steph was inspired to pursue a career in the health care field where she can help others recover from injuries and return to their sport even better than they were before.  Steph loves to work and strives to help and encourage younger athletes to get better in anything they do.