We are healers and we are first responders

Our Ready Rebound team of sports medicine trained therapists, experienced first responders and caring advocates uniquely understand the challenges you face, and we are ready to help. 

100+ Years in Sports Medicine

After working for decades with pro baseball, football and golf athletes, Luis Rivera, founder of Ready Rebound realized the principles of sports medicine could help public safety workers heal faster. If a professional quarterback can get a fast diagnosis, so should a firefighter or any essential worker. Expedited tests, procedures, therapy with our partners and personal support from our team make the difference for essential employees. 

90+ Years in public safety

Our team includes former chiefs, police officers, firefighters, and educators who truly understand the physical demands of public safety employees. They have a deep understanding of the impact of injuries on a department roster and budget, as well as the positive effect that occurs when an employee returns to work 100% ready.

Exclusive provider access

We have built an exclusive network of the top providers across the country – many of which serve professional athletes. They are specifically trained to understand the demands of public safety workers. 

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Leadership Team

“I started Ready Rebound because we wanted to get people back to their jobs as quickly as possible; to their families as quick as possible; and back to their lives as quick as possible.”

– Luis Rivera, Founder 

Rebound Founder

Luis Rivera


Luis launched Ready Rebound in 2015 when he was struck by the reality that firefighters, police and other public safety workers face rigorous physical challenges on the job yet inefficient rehabilitation when injured. This observation came about because Luis spent the bulk of his career as a Sports Medicine trained Physical Therapist, specializing in rehabilitation at Arizona State University and his own clinics, treating pro athletes in football, baseball and golf.

Previously, Luis was the Director of Workers Compensation Business Development at Athletico in Milwaukee, Director of Physical Therapy at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta, Clinic Director and Partner at Athletico in Milwaukee and Group Director at Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, AZ. 

Luis is a recipient of the Ideadvance Grant of the Center for Technology Commercialization of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin System. He also is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Luis received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Marquette University. He also holds the following designations: Athletic Trainer, Certified (ATC); Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT); and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).

Luis lives in Mequon with his wife, Michelle, and children. Little known fact: Luis is an avid “Star Wars” fan.

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Tim Sharpee

Chief Business Development Officer

Tim joined Ready Rebound after a 30-year career in corrections and law enforcement, retiring as Captain in the Wauwatosa Police Department. Having led Rebound Police Officer for a Day training sessions for his department, Tim joined the company after retirement because he saw firsthand the positive impact it had on his police officers and their families and he wanted to give back to an organization that was improving the lives of first responders. Tim was the former Director of Training and Personnel, the department’s Range Master and Lead Firearms Instructor. As a 20-year veteran of the department’s Special Response Team (SWAT), he served as an Operator, Team Leader, and Team Commander. Tim held a certified firearms instructor certification from the State of Wisconsin and has taught use of force, advanced firearms classes, active shooter response tactics, workplace violence preparedness, and tactical operations courses, including presentations at multiple domestic and international SWAT and Use of Force conferences.

In 2013 and 2015, under the direction of the U.S. State Department, Tim implemented a multi-faceted police tactical training program for the Police Department in Chisinau, Moldova. The goal was to establish an international standard of policing within the Republic of Moldova.

Tim continues to instruct for Team One Network, General Dynamics in their Ordnance and Tactical System Division and teaches in the Criminal Justice Associates Degree Program at Waukesha County Technical College.

Tim received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Minnesota State University at Mankato and has received a Certified Public Manager certification through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tim lives in Pewaukee with his family and enjoys the outdoor pursuits of golf, hunting and fishing.

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Trent Nessler Rebound President of Vitality

Dr. Trent Nessler

Vitality President

Trent Nessler brings a wealth of physical therapy and academic research to his role as President of Ready Rebound Vitality. Trent is the founder and developer of the ViPerform AMI™ & ViPerform AMI™ RTSport, ACL Play It Safe and Run Safe.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, a master’s in physical therapy, and a doctorate with a focus in biomechanics and motor learning.  Dr. Nessler has been a sports medicine physical therapist for 23+ years and is co-developer of a 3D movement assessment that is used by more than 400 pro teams, colleges and organizations and which has been used to assess over 20,000 athletes in the U.S.  A published researcher and college textbook author, Trent speaks internationally on the topic of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and injury prevention and serves as a consultant for professional teams and organizations.  As a sports physical therapist, avid weight lifter for more than 40 years and competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt, Dr. Nessler is always looking for ways to apply the latest science to optimize outcomes and enhance athletic performance. 

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Bryce Nalepa

Bryce Nalepa

Recover President

Bryce brings the best of two worlds to Ready Rebound – exceptional leadership savvy and first-rate sports medicine experience. As Recover President, Bryce leads the building of Ready Rebound’s healthcare provider network across the nation, nourishing relationships with clinicians who have the expertise to diagnose and treat patients quickly, and most importantly, accurately. Creating a solid network to ensure Ready Rebound’s members find the best care easily without having to navigate the healthcare system alone is Bryce’s primary mission. Before joining the team, Bryce led rehabilitation services at a concussion and sports medicine practice after nearly a decade as an athletic trainer working with elite professional and college athletes at Arizona State and Stanford universities. Bryce received his master’s higher education and postsecondary education administration at Arizona State University and his bachelor of science with a degree in athletic training at West Virginia University. He currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ, and is an avid golfer and runner.

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Michelle Rivera Director of Special Services

Michelle Rivera

of Operations

Michelle keeps the heart of Ready Rebound beating as the President of Operations, leading the company’s efforts in administrative services, marketing, accounting, and HR.  Empathy, communication and problem-solving skills are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Michelle’s many skills, which she honed as a speech-language pathologist in public schools and private enterprises for nearly 20 years. Keeping the administrative wing of Ready Rebound running smoothly through leadership, assessment, negotiation and analysis means our clients and members have a seamless experience. Michelle received her bachelor of science in speech-language pathology and audiology as well as a master of science in speech-language pathology from Marquette University. Michelle has great affinity and empathy for public safety workers with several extended family members in law enforcement, fire and education. In addition to wrangling the ever-changing world of Ready Rebound, Michelle stays equally busy with the family’s three children. 

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Pete Stevens

of Navigators

Pete joined the Ready Rebound family in 2017 after stints as Head Athletic Trainer for the Arizona Rattlers, an Arena Football League team, and as an Athletic Trainer/Golf Fitness Specialist for the PGA Tour. He first met and worked with Luis Rivera at Arizona State University while studying for his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training where he also served as Athletic Trainer to ASU’s wrestling team. 

During undergraduate and graduate years, Pete also worked with the football and women’s basketball teams.  He also completed two NFL internships with the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks. Between his time in college and pro football jobs, Pete worked with Luis in an orthopedic outpatient clinic for two years. 

Pete earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at Boise State University. 

Originally from suburban Chicago, Pete’s family settled in Idaho, where he spent most of his youth exploring its wilderness, as well as fishing, camping and snowboarding.

Currently a resident of Arizona, Pete enjoys spending time with family and friends and getting outdoors in the state’s 300-plus days of sunshine.  

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Sarah Thomas

of Advocates

Sarah became Ready Rebound’s first advocate in 2016 and she now leads the department. In this role, Sarah helps hire and train new advocates who guide Rebound members through their entire injury recovery journey. Sarah continues to help clients as well, and she relishes her role as an advocate for injured first responders. Sarah brings years of medical experience to the job, including a degree in Health Information Technology. While working at Athletico with Luis Rivera and wading through red tape in workers compensation cases, Sarah has great understanding of the challenges in the workers’ compensation world. Sarah is a true advocate for changing the traditional health care model because she believes that an injury shouldn’t devastate someone’s life. When Sarah isn’t adding a personal touch when speaking with Ready Rebound members or her team, she and her family enjoy the great outdoors in Fond Du Lac, where they have a seasonal campsite. 

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Bryant Baugh Rebound Director of Of Provider Network

Bryant Baugh

of High Performance Provider Network

As an athletic trainer in professional sports, Bryant has seen the gold standard in healthcare, and he joined Ready Rebound because he believes public safety employees deserve access to the same level of service. For the past eight years, Bryant was the manager of the DME Department for Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta, Ga., and was responsible for the coordination, facilitation and billing of custom medical equipment for the 30-plus providers in the practice. Previously, Bryant spent eight years as an assistant athletic trainer with the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts. Bryant attended the University of Georgia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree and worked with the university’s football team and several others.  He completed a graduate assistantship with the University of Florida football and golf teams while earning his master’s degree. Bryant currently resides in Hampton, Ga., and enjoys sports and spending time with his family.

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We protect those who protect us

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Ready Rebound does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.