Meet The Staff

Michele Simard, MPT & Owner


  Michele received her BA at University of Utah in Speech Communication & Spanish in 1990, she then received her Masters of Physical Therapy at Northwestern University in 1994. She has owned & operated Alta Physical Therapy since 1997. 

Michele has had knee and back injuries so she has a great empathy for her patients. She is motivated to get her patients back to their maximal potential, even better than before their injury. She truly loves being a physical therapist. She also enjoys skiing with her family.

Mark Bittinger, DPT


 Mark has been practicing Physical Therapy in the Bozeman area for over 5 years now and joined the Alta crew in 2018. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Winston Salem State University in 2014. He treats all body parts and patients of all ages. Mark enjoys educating his patients about their anatomy and biomechanics though their rehabilitation. He enjoys helping patients reach their individual goals; whether that be summiting mountains or walking around the block pain free. 

In his free time, Mark enjoys playing ice hockey, skiing, backpacking and hiking with his black lab, Tuuka.

Hillary Smith, Office Manager


 Hillary joined Alta in 2017, she graduated from Northern Michigan University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Marketing and Communications. Prior to joining the Alta team she worked for the Northern Michigan Wildcat football and hockey teams. She moved to Bozeman in early 2017 to pursue her passion of sports and fitness from Marquette, Michigan.

 Outside of Alta, Hillary is an avid sports fan that loves to hike, spend time on the water, volunteer,  travel and attend concerts.  

Mahri Hafla, Gym Attendant


  Mahri is a Gallatin valley native and joined Alta in 2018. Currently she is attending Montana state University majoring in  Exercise Science with a Certificate in Gerontology. 

Outside of work Mahri loves hiking, skiing, hunting, painting, watching football games, swimming and volunteering. 

Max Shaw, Gym Attendant


 Max is a student at Montana State University, studying Kinesiology, he moved to Bozeman in 2016 from his hometown of Boulder, Colorado. Max joined the Alta crew in 2018. 

In his free time he enjoys snow and water skiing, fishing, golfing, going to concerts, and lifting weights.    

Alex Colby, Gym Attendant


 Alex joined Alta's crew in 2019. He is a student at Montana State University, studying exercise science. He moved to Bozeman from Mammoth Lakes, California in 2018. 

Alex is a former alpine ski racer and now coach at Bridger Bowl. In his free time he loves to play in the mountains, exercise, and jump out of airplanes. 


All staff members have active CPR/AED certified, employee's have also been trained to take vital signs and to monitor your exercise program.