Get To Know Our Team

Honest & Professional Caregivers

When you are dealing with an injury or lasting pain, you need a rehabilitation center that has your best interest in mind.

Nelson Clinic and Rehabilitation Care has been a trusted business since 1984, so it’s no wonder that residents of Willmar, MN, and beyond have relied on us for their healing journeys for more than 30 years.

Our team of chiropractors and physical therapists is committed to practicing hands-on, patient-focused care that you will feel good about. From the moment you step into our office, we will work hard to get to the root cause of your pain rather than a quick fix.

Our Team

Meet Our Trusted Staff

Our Chiropractors

Dr. Jim Nelson

Jim is a 1974 graduate of Pine City, MN. He graduated from Hamline University with majors in Biology, Business Administration, and Environmental Studies. He played football, basketball, and track in high school and continued to play football as a quarterback and basketball as a guard in college.

After graduating from Hamline, Jim graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1984 with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He began practice in Willmar, MN. in 1984 and has been there since. He enjoys treating all types of patients with athletes being of special interest. Above all, Jim loves to further his knowledge base and skill set through new classes each year in course work and study. His mantra is: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

He also enjoys time spent with his wife, Laurie, and their time at the cabin in Tofte, MN. His favorite pastime is playing with his dogs. He has five children and six wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. Tom Nelson

Athletics and spinal mechanics have been at the forefront of Dr. Tom’s clinical focus since beginning practice in 1989. He has been involved with athletics his whole life, whether on the St. Cloud State football field or following his sons, Josh and Casey, at the Minnesota State-Mankato hockey rink and Casey in the AHL/NHL. They continue to follow Josh’s hockey life as he coaches in the USHL system, the top junior ice hockey league sanctioned by USA Hockey.

Peak performance starts with the biomechanics of the body being at their optimal levels and he enjoys helping patients to reach those levels. Dr. Tom enjoys adjusting, soft tissue techniques, and nutrition.

Tom and his wife, Jodi, have two sons, Josh and Casey. The boys are the couple’s passion and they follow their boys’ hockey careers in person when possible, or most often, via computer or TV.

Education/ Memberships:
Graduated from Pine City High School 1980
Graduated from Northwestern College of Chiropractic 1989
Practiced in Lakeland, Minnesota 1989-1996
Practiced in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 1996-2014 (no he’s not a Packer fan!)
NCRC 2014–Present

Physical Therapy Team

Summer Erdmann PT/DPT
Dr. of Physical Therapy

Summer brings almost 20 years of physical therapy experience, spending the entirety of her career in rural central Minnesota treating the whole spectrum of conditions. Her desire is to provide her patients with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to move beyond their limitations. She uses a holistic, evidence-informed approach utilizing various manual therapies, exercise techniques and education.

Summer enjoys the outdoors and spending time on the lake with her husband and daughter. In her spare time you will find her either swimming, biking or running.


New London – Spicer High School graduate 1996
College of St. Scholastica – BA in Biology 2000
University of Minnesota – Doctor of Physical Therapy 2003

Scott Lageson PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant

Scott’s career started over 30 years ago at a large regional hospital on the Orthopedic/Neurological floor practicing inpatient physical therapy for 10 years.  During that time, he treated a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions.  Scott then moved to central Minnesota and has spent the past 23 years practicing in outpatient clinic settings.  He has been with NCRC for the past 6 1/2 years, part time at first.  Scott has been practicing in our clinic on a full time basis now since the fall of 2020.

In his free time Scott enjoys hunting, fishing and watching his children’s sports careers.

Office Manager

Lisa Borning

Lisa has been with us since 2022.  In her job she most enjoys helping patients and our team thus keeping the clinic running smoothly.  She lives in Litchfield with her husband, Chris.  They have three children and two beagles–Stella and Stanley.  Lisa’s hobbies include trips to their family cabin in northern Minnesota, watching her children ride their ATV’s on their home track and taking family vacations.

Clinic Assistants


Lizeth Rios

Lizeth joined our team in 2019.  She loves meeting new patients and greeting the existing patient family.  Lizeth lives in Willmar and is the oldest of seven children.  Her hobbies include reading, writing and watching movies.


Kelly Nichols

Kelly has been a part of our team since 2022. She enjoys talking and interacting with all the patients and getting to know them. She lives in Willmar with her husband, AJ. She has a three-legged Yorkshire Terrier dog named Sophia. Kelly loves boating and being out on the lake with her family and friends, reading books, and traveling.


Sara Rojas

Sara lives in Willmar.  She has two children, two dogs–Sasha and Estrella (Star), and a cat named Cosmo.  Her hobbies include watching TV, spending time with her family and scoping out new cafes and restaurants to try.  She has been a part of NCRC since 2022.




Jan Lambert

Jan has been with us since 2021.   Interacting with patients and co-workers is what Jan values most in her job.  She lives in Willmar with her husband, Randy.  They have one son and daughter-in-law and a husky named Blue.  Jan enjoys camping, fishing and spending time with family and friends.



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