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About Us

Gary McKnight, AuD

Gary McKnight graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center and completed doctoral studies in Audiology at the University of Florida. He has taught at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Known throughout the region as “The Dizzy Doctor,” Gary has specialized in dizziness and balance disorders for 25 years. Gary lives in Valley Falls, KS, with his wife (and office manager) Jan. They have three children and three grandchildren.


Tim Willingham, PT

Tim Willingham was born and raised in Manhattan, KS. He graduated from Kansas State University and received his Master’s Degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis of balance and vestibular disorders. Tim has over 15 years of experience in orthopedic and vestibular physical therapy. When not chasing his young children around, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife Kate, coaching soccer, running, and flyfishing.


Bob Clifton, PT

Bob Clifton is a graduate of the Rockhurst University Physical Therapy Department. He has over 20 years experience in all areas of Physical Therapy and is a recognized authority in orthopedic issues. He has a special interest in bio-mechanics and gait training. His wife Andrea is a nurse, and they have one daughter.


Laina Burdiek

Laina Burdiek graduated from Wichita State University with a doctorate in Audiology. After graduation, she received the Alpha Eta Excellence in Scholarship national award. She has presented her research at the national level and was published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing research. She is a native of Valley Falls, Kansas and currently lives in Topeka with her husband.


Trent Coleman

Trent Coleman is a licensed hearing aid dispenser. He has been fitting hearing aids for 10 years. He is specially trained by the Seimens medical group and has previous background as an electrician. He lives in Valley Falls with his wife, Amber, and three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his boys, hunting and fishing.


Zack Hill

Zack Hill graduated from Washburn University with his associates degree in Physical Therapist Assistant and Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. He has assisted in editing and formatting the proceedings document for the Business and Health Administration Association Conference in Chicago, IL. He was also one of the first PTA students at Washburn to complete a clinical rotation in Savonlinna, Finland. Zack is from Louisburg, Kansas and currently resides in Topeka with his wife, Avery.


Bekah Berkley

Bekah Berkley graduated with a Bachelors degree in physical education and an Associates degree in physical therapist assistant from Washburn University. When not at the office, she enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is a native of Lawrence and currently lives in Topeka with her husband and daughter.

Office Staff

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Our Mission at Tallgrass Balance, Hearing & Physical Therapy Center is to provide exceptional, specialty patient care focusing on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of dizziness and balance disorders. We also offer comprehensive Physical Therapy and hearing/hearing aid services in an integrated environment of friendly professionalism. Our patient-focused health care mission is to provide every patient with individualized care by our compassionate professionals. Our staff and medical professionals have trained and taught at nationally ranked institutions and our Center employs state of the art technology found at only a handful of medical clinics throughout the country.

Our Goal is to establish and continually advance the region’s premier dizziness and balance center by combining the specialties of Audiology and Physical Therapy into one comprehensive diagnostic clinic.