Meet the Team

Katie Heylmun

Office Manager/Front Desk

Katie holds the fort down and keeps us all in order here at Ames Spine & Sport.  She is the friendly face at the front desk for check in / check out, scheduling, insurance, and answering the phone.  She is a Texas girl who decided to brave Iowa winters. She moved to Ames to study Meteorology at Iowa State. Being the professional dabbler that she is, she went back and got another Bachelor's in Mathematics with minors in Statistics and Horticulture. Katie joined the Ames Spine & Sport team in February of 2020. Katie lives with her husband Jeff, and their two fur babies – Louey (a black cat) and Ziggy (a mini/toy Aussie). She enjoys reading, playing soccer, movie nights, and trying different ice cream shops.


Kristen Rapp

Licensed Massage Therapist


Elizabeth Gant

Licensed Massage Therapist

Elizabeth completed her massage therapy education at Capri College (Davenport, IA) and became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2017. She has been working at Ames Spine and Sport since 2019. 

Elizabeth’s massage education was just the foundation for her journey into the holistic wellness world. Through giving and receiving massage she began to notice the connection between the body and mind. Seeking a better understanding of the mind-body connection, Elizabeth began practicing yoga. Through practicing yoga and receiving regular bodywork, she noticed an increase in body awareness, decreased pain, and a better sense of well-being.

During her own self-care and wellness journey, Elizabeth found a passion for sharing what she learns with others. Elizabeth is always looking to read new books, and learn new modalities to share with her family, friends, and clients. She recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training, with a focus on integrative yoga therapy. Through massage and yoga, Elizabeth loves to help people move better and feel better in their bodies!

When she's not at work, Elizabeth enjoys: spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, traveling, practicing yoga, dancing, listening to music, and perusing the shelves at a bookstore. She lives in Des Moines with her partner, Sean and their fur baby, Meesha (dog).


Renee Kerr

Chiropractic Assistant