Staff

We all work together as a unit for the best interests of our patients, providing high quality care that isn’t “cookie cutter.” We have one of the most experienced therapy staffs in the area and believe in patient-centered treatment.

Jon Hitt, MPT, graduated from the Missouri PT program in 2008. Prior to that, he was a PTA for 17 years and worked in all settings with the exception of pediatrics. Jon and his wife have lived in Columbia for 22 years and have 3 children and one granddaughter.
Angela Connell, DPT, has been practicing for 16 years in outpatient orthopedic and acute care settings, since graduating from Rockhurst University. She received her post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Washington University. In addition to working at Renaissance, she is also a community faculty member at the University of Missouri Physical Therapy Education Program and works at the VA Hospital on the weekends. She loves the challenge of evaluating a patient and determining the best course of treatment to address pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling to her kids’ sporting activities.
Colleen Nelson, PT, has been practicing physical therapy since 1997 after graduating from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with MPT. Over the years, she has worked in all settings including outpatient clinics, acute care, home care, pediatrics, and geriatrics. Colleen resides in Fayette, MO with her husband and 2 daughters. She enjoys watching her girls play sports, watching her husband coach track, and cheering on her Chicago Cubs and Bears.
Gwen Langland, PTA, is a physical therapist assistant and personal trainer and also leads small group classes at Renaissance. Physical therapy is her second career, having spent her earlier years doing theatre in New York City.
Kirsten Simms, OTR/L, graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy and Minor in Psychology in 2001. Following graduation, she went on to focus on a career in geriatrics working in many LTC facilities around Missouri. Kirsten also has gained experience in inpatient rehab, home health, and OP clinics throughout her 15 years of practice. She is a member of NBCOT and has during her time as a geriatric Occupational Therapist, she has taken a special interest in the dementia process and what Occupational Therapy can do to make a difference in quality of life for these residents. Kirsten currently holds the title of Area Director of Operations for Physical Performance Systems and practices as the lead supervising OTR/L at The Bluffs in Columbia, MO. When not working, Kirsten enjoys traveling, volunteering for local charities, and spending time with her husband Jewell and their two dogs Prince and Jackson.