"I am so grateful for the overwhelming support the Ankeny, and surrounding, community has shown Luke Carlson Physical Therapy and Sports  Medicine over the years.  I am very excited to share that I have added a Physical Therapist, Kate Novak, to the team of practicing therapists at the clinic.  Kate brings a great outlook on therapy and a specialty in Orthopaedic Therapy.  We continue to build our passion and vast array of innovative physical therapy techniques.   Most recently we have added a Whole Body Vibration Plate and Cupping Therapy to our daily practices.  Kate and I continue to develop our understanding of Postural Restorative Institute approaches and the area of Applied Functional Science, allowing us to provide our fellow Ankeny residents the highest quality of care they deserve ”

 Luke Carlson, DPT 

Luke Carlson Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine is a locally owned and operated, full-service, outpatient orthopaedic clinic offering a wide variety of services for people in need of help getting back to feeling like themselves. To accomplish that goal, Luke Carlson Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine has a number of different services offered to assist you with a healthy recovery.  Luke Carlson has helped residents heal and recover from injury in Ankeny since 1994. With almost 20 years of working directly with Ankeny high school athletes, he is also one of the most experienced and respected sports medicine providers around.

Our Therapists


 Luke received the Sport Medicine Provider award (shown in the photo above with his family) on March 11, 2011 by the Iowa High School Athletic Association in recognition of the service and care he gave to high school athletes. Luke is a lifelong resident of Ankeny and was influenced towards healthcare by his dad  (Dr. Rodney R. Carlson) who was a long-time and highly respected family physician in Ankeny. Luke went to UNI and played football and after graduating was accepted into Des Moines University for physical therapy. He graduated from PT school in 1991, worked at Mercy hospital for 3 years, and then opened Ankeny Physical and Sports Therapy in Ankeny. 



 Kate has lived and worked in Ankeny since 2012. She is originally from DeWitt, IA. She attended Coe  College, where she ran track, and graduated in 2006. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from  The University of Iowa in 2008. In 2015, she earned her board certification in orthopedic physical therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She joined Luke Carlson Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in October 2016.  Kate is the sprints coach for the Ankeny Track Club and also enjoys playing kickball and trivia and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog. ​

Drew is a lifelong resident of Ankeny.  He attended Ankeny High School where he played football, basketball and ran hurdles in track.  He graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's of science degree in Kinesiology and Health and went on to get his doctorate in Physical Therapy from Briar Cliff University.  Drew enjoys staying active outside by biking, boating, hiking, fishing and anything else sports related.  


Our Physical Therapy Assistant

Austin received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Indian Hills Community College in 2015.  He lives in Kellogg, Iowa, and has been working for Luke Carlson Physical Therapy since September 2017.  When Austin is not in the clinic working with patients, he is working as a Personal Trainer and Running coach.  Austin loves Running and enjoys hunting,  fishing and spending time with his friends and family.

Our Athletic Trainer

Seth received his bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning from Coe College.  Seth has been with Luke Carlson Physical Therapy since October 2016; during this time, he has also been working towards becoming a Physicians Assistant.  When Seth is not working or going to school, he enjoys hunting and working on the family farm, archery 3D shoots and spending time with family and friends.   


Our Office Manager


 Jami has been a Physical Therapy clinic Front Office Manager in Ankeny since 2003.  She was welcomed to the Luke Carlson Physical Therapy team in July 2016.  When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, roller skating, going to flea markets, and with her 4 fur babies.  Jami is a lifelong resident of Ankeny, so you will be welcomed into the clinic by a smiling, familiar face.                                   


At Luke Carlson Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we use the newest techniques from the Gary Gray Institute as well as from the Postural Restoration Institute to maximize your healing and rehabilitative potential.  As the only locally owned PT clinic in Ankeny, we are very proud to have been serving Ankeny residents since 1994. We realize that you have the option to choose where you go for physical therapy and we want to thank you for choosing us. It will be our pleasure to serve you and help you get back to living life to the fullest.