Our Story


Elizabeth Wergin

Elizabeth has been passionate about human anatomy and personal fitness as long as she can remember. She is a Manitowoc native who loves to think outside the box, especially when it comes to learning new things and overall health. Elizabeth strives to take good care of herself, her two teenage daughters and her husband.  She enjoys running, strength training, cooking, hydroponic gardening, traveling, and spending as much time outdoors as possible. Elizabeth is the owner of Juniper and has 20 years of clinical experience.

Elizabeth obtained a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Montana, a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science at Saint Louis University. Elizabeth is a Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) and specializes in running. 

Meet Stacey Eck

Stacey grew up in Tomah, WI, and moved to Manitowoc in 2005. She is married and has 2 young daughters that keep her very busy. In her free time, she enjoys golf, being active outside, listening to music, cooking, and spending time with her family. Stacey’s goal as a Physical Therapist is to help people have less pain and return to what they love to do in life. Each of us should have the privilege to feel strong and able-bodied as we age and Stacey wants to help as many people as she can achieve that goal. Whether you want to sit without pain, golf 18 holes, or walk a mile, Stacey can listen to your specific concerns and create a goal-oriented plan to help you get back to living your best life possible.

Stacey obtained a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. She specializes in custom orthotics, multiple soft tissue mobilization techniques, kinesiotaping, and dry needling. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics for over 13 years and has taken a special interest in foot and ankle rehabilitation and how it affects lower extremity biomechanics. Stacey is also Titleist Performance Institute Certified to perform golf specific movement screens.


Juniper is simply named after a family dog that is named after a tree.  


There’s more to the story...

Elizabeth Wergin was approaching her 15th year as a physical therapist. She was growing tired of the traditional model of Physical Therapy and was searching for a better way.  A better program, a better conversation & a better solution for the problems active people were having.  She had ideas but was struggling to give herself permission to leave the security she had become accustomed to.  


In September of 2016, her youngest of 5 sisters, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 32.  Her name was Alyssa. Alyssa was an organic farmer who lived in northern California with her amazing dog Juniper.  She was a kind soul with a passion for our earth. She was a farmer, a beekeeper, a producer of redwood cribbage boards, a rock collector, and a photographer. 


Her death and her spirit gave Elizabeth permission to move on to pursue her own passion of helping others be fit and active in a way that was more meaningful and effective. Her concept became more clear.  A plan for an easily accessible, progressive, and supportive physical therapy clinic was formulated. 


Feeling the need to weave Alyssa's naturally healing spirit into the fabric of her new pursuit, it became clear that “Juniper” was the right name for her new clinic.  The Juniper tree was one of Alyssa’s favorite trees.  So much so that she not only named her cherished dog after one, but she also had a beautiful tattoo of a juniper branch on her forearm. This tattoo has become the artwork in Juniper’s logo.


Elizabeth later learned that the Juniper tree has further significance solidifying it as the perfect choice for a name. This unique tree has a twisty trunk that gets more beautiful as it ages.  It’s needles become softer and it produces berries (that can be used for muscle and joint pain) as it matures.  


Like the tree, Elizabeth strives to become softer, more productive, and giving with age.  She would like to help you be more comfortably active so you can enjoy your best life as you grow older and age with grace.


In honor of Alyssa’s kind spirit, Elizabeth would like to dedicate “Juniper” to the pursuit of kindness. Kindness to our earth and kindness to one another. 


May Alyssa’s kindness and love for all living creatures flow through you in the way you treat those around you each day. May her story go on.


Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here.

Hold on to your life, even if it is easier to let go.

Hold on to my hand, even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.

-A Pueblo Indian Prayer