Our Therapists & Staff

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AVON/BEAVER CREEK THERAPISTS & STAFF

Amy Potter, PT, DPT, Pilates Instructor
Amy grew up in Colorado and has been interested in health and wellness since she was young. She received her bachelor of arts in kinesiology from the University of Colorado in 2002 and a doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University in 2007. Amy has worked in various physical therapy settings in Colorado and California and is passionate about helping others. Her clinical interests include orthopaedic impairments; geriatric, spinal, post-surgical, and athletic injury rehabilitation; myofascial release; women’s health; and ACL injury prevention.

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Julie RobisonPatient Representative
Julie was born in Michigan, where she completed a computer degree. She followed her sister Anne to Vail for one ski season and has stayed for 30!  Julie has worked at The Steadman Clinic, the Steadman Foundation, Vail Valley Medical Center, and Howard Head Sports Medicine.

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Todd Ward – Physical Therapist 
Todd manages the Howard Head Sports Medicine locations in Edwards, Avon and Beaver Creek. He has been practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with an emphasis in sports medicine for 16+ years. Todd graduated from the University of North Florida and spent several years with HealthSouth prior to working for Virginia Mason Sports Medicine in Seattle, where he also served as the PT for the Seattle Storm and David Elaimy Golf. Todd owned/operated his own private practice specializing in golf and endurance athletes. He is a manual therapist and has been a certified dry needling practitioner for over two years and ASTYM for 9 years. In addition to golfers, Todd enjoys working with runners, cyclists and triathletes. 

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Colleen Van Tiem – Physical Therapist
Colleen grew up in Detroit, MI. She received her undergraduate degree in pre-physical therapy from the University of Dayton, where she founded and played on the women’s lacrosse team. Colleen earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Northwestern University. Following graduate school, she moved to Santa Cruz, CA for an opportunity to work in a large outpatient, orthopaedic setting. She then returned to her home state to work in a sports medicine clinic focusing on the treatment of high school and collegiate athletes. Colleen’s areas of clinical interest include treatment of the injured runner and Pilates-based rehabilitation.

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Rebecca White - Physical Therapist
Rebecca graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and certification in physical therapy from Cleveland State University. She is currently a member of the orthopedic and sports physical therapy sections of the american physical therapy association, american college of sports medicine and obtained her certificate in applied functional science from Gary Gray in 2014. Rebecca is a certified bike fit specialist with certification through BikePT and BikeFit. She enjoys treating individuals/athletes of all ages/levels recovering from sports related injuries or surgeries especially ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders.  

 

EAGLE THERAPISTS & STAFF

Carly BakerOccupational Therapist
Carly received her occupational therapy degree from Colorado State University. She began working at Howard Head Sports Medicine in 2000. Carly specializes in the treatment of upper extremity conditions. She received her advanced credentials in hand therapy in 2010 and recently completed her certification in ergonomic assessment.
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Doug EmersonPhysical Therapist, Clinic Director
Doug received his master’s in physical therapy from Husson College in Bangor, Maine. He went on to gain his doctorate in 2007. Doug is an orthopaedic certified specialist and a certified mulligan practitioner. He enjoys treating his patients with a combination of manual therapy, exercise and functional movement patterns.
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Shayna GrahamPhysical Therapist
Shayna joined the Howard Head Sports Medicine team from Canajoharie, NY, by way of Simmons College, where she earned her doctorate of physical therapy. Certified as a clinical instructor, Shayna specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and neurology. She is fluent in Spanish.
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Jesse HortonPhysical Therapist
Jesse studied exercise science at the University of North Florida and worked as a personal trainer until 2008, when he returned to the University of North Florida to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. After graduating, he worked for an outpatient sports medicine clinic in Jacksonville, FL.
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Erica Ross – Patient Representative
Before coming to work at the Howard Head Sports Medicine clinic in Eagle, Erica worked for Vail Valley Medical Center for six years at the Eagle Care Clinic in Edwards. A native of Peru, she is fluent in Spanish.
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EDWARDS THERAPISTS & STAFF

Kelly Dantas – Physician Liaison & Marketing
Kelly received her BS in aviation management and French from the University of North Dakota and the Sorbonne in Paris. She moved to Vail soon after graduation and started working as the assistant manager of one of Vail’s on-mountain restaurants for Vail Resorts. This position evolved over the next 15 years to the group sales and services manager for Beaver Creek Resort. Over the past few years, Kelly managed the logistics for the Colorado Suzuki Music Institute Chamber Music program in Beaver Creek and worked in sales and event planning before joining the Howard Head team. Kelly has her pilot’s license, and in her free time enjoys traveling, mountain biking, skiing and participating in any activity with her children.
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Stephanie Drew – Physical Therapist
Stephanie earned her master’s in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in California and went on to complete her doctorate. Simultaneously, she completed a year-long manual therapy residency. Stephanie has a strong background in Pilates and Maitland Therapy, successfully treating a broad spectrum of diagnoses. Her newest passion is women’s health.

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Gretchen EbbesonBusiness Development Analyst
Gretchen was raised and attended school in New Hampshire. She moved to the Gulf Coast of Florida and eventually worked her way to the Colorado mountains, where she has been living for over a decade.
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Philip Galloway – Physical Therapist
Philip received his undergraduate degree in exercise science from Florida State University in 2006. He completed his doctorate of physical therapy at the University of North Florida in 2010 and upon completing an optional sports residency in South Carolina, he received sports certified specialist credentialing. He moved to the Vail Valley in 2012. Philip's specialties include shoulder and knee pathologies, as well as running and returning athletes to individualized sports. He is also certified in therapeutic dry needling and functional movement screening. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking and running.

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Christine Hasselbach – Physical Therapist
Christine Hasselbach attended the University of Colorado for her undergraduate degree as well as her master’s and clinical doctorate in physical therapy. She has worked as a physical therapist since 2004 and moved to the Vail Valley in 2007 to work with orthopaedic patients at Howard Head Sports Medicine and oncology patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center. She is certified in lymphedema management and is a specialist in oncology therapy.

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Brittney Huntimer – Physical Therapist
Brittney came to Howard Head through our sports physical therapy residency program. Originally from South Dakota, Brittney became interested in physical therapy while completing her undergraduate degree as a certified athletic trainer at Iowa State University, where she worked with Division I football and softball athletes. Brittney completed her doctorate in physical therapy at Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center. She is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and has a strong background in Pilates. Brittney is currently training to become a Fellow in the Orhopaedic Academy of Manual Physical Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of the spine, upper and lower extremity injuries, as well as concussion and return-to-sport treatment and management.  

 

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Andrea Sauer – Occupational Therapist
Andrea joins our outpatient occupational therapy team from Newburgh, Indiana. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 and her occupational therapy degree in 2004 from Indiana University. Andrea achieved her certification in hand therapy in 2010, joining a prestigious group of therapists with advanced credentials in the treatment of hand and upper extremity injuries. Most recently, she attained a certification in manual lymph drainage and works with post-operative swelling in both orthopaedic and cancer patients.

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Todd Ward – Physical Therapist
Todd manages the Howard Head Sports Medicine locations in Edwards, Avon and Beaver Creek. He has been practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist with an emphasis in sports medicine for 16+ years. Todd graduated from the University of North Florida and spent several years with HealthSouth prior to working for Virginia Mason Sports Medicine in Seattle, where he also served as the PT for the Seattle Storm and David Elaimy Golf. Todd owned/operated his own private practice specializing in golf and endurance athletes. He is a manual therapist and has been a certified dry needling practitioner for over two years and ASTYM for 9 years. In addition to golfers, Todd enjoys working with runners, cyclists and triathletes.

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FRISCO THERAPISTS & STAFF

Will Kruger – Physical Therapy Assistant
Will has been with Howard Head Sports Medicine since 2009, and is the office coordinator and a PTA in Summit County.

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Mary Leone – Occupational Therapist
A Minnesota native, Mary received her occupational therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She became a certified hand therapist in 2002 and has spent much of her career working in a rural orthopaedic practice. Mary has developed many diverse practice skills in areas of hand therapy, spinal cord and head injury rehabilitation, and pediatric rehabilitation.

 

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Maura McQuillen – Physical Therapist
Maura grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire and graduated from Notre Dame College with a master of physical therapy degree. Maura has spent her career in physical therapy, concentrating on orthopaedics and sports medicine injuries. Although her focus in spine injuries is one of her passions, she enjoys treating a wide variety of patients including post-operative patients, athletic injuries, and peripheral vestibular disorders.

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Kathi Thomson – Occupational Therapist
Kathi received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in applied physiology from Columbia University in New York. A certified hand therapist, Kathi has specialized in hand and upper extremity rehab at Howard Head Sports Medicine since 2000. Her experience as a personal trainer and health and fitness instructor complement a well-rounded approach to both post-operative and non-operative patients.

 

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Lori Walter – Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Lori received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University. After working in a large medical center in the Chicago area, she joined a prestigious private practice in Boulder, Colorado in 2000, where she teamed with doctors and therapists to deliver exceptional care. After seven years in private practice, Lori moved to Germany to work with service members stationed abroad as a manager and primary therapist of Katterbach Physical Therapy Health Clinic. When she returned to Colorado, Lori launched a Boulder-based private practice and served active, busy clients in the convenience of their homes. Now living in Summit County, Lori has enhanced the Howard Head Sports Medicine team with expertise in manual therapy, functional therapeutic exercise, joint mobilization, and dry needling. 

 

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SILVERTHORNE THERAPISTS & STAFF

Eric Dube – Physical Therapist
Originally from Western Massachusetts, Eric attended American International College, where he earned his doctorate in physical therapy with valedictorian and summa cum laude honors. He has been part of the Howard Head team since 2011, working closely with the local surgical and primary care medical groups in Summit County. Eric works with the US Snowboardcross Team, covering World Cup and World Championship events internationally. Eric is board certified as an orthopaedic clinical specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. His expertise includes functional manual therapy, sports rehabilitation, and soft tissue interventions, including functional dry needling and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.                 

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Emma Kellner – Physical Therapist
A Montana native, Emma Kellner completed her undergraduate work at Pacific University in Oregon. She returned to the mountains to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Regis University in Denver. 

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Jill Sorensen – Physical Therapist
Jill graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a major in kinesiology and a minor in biology. She went on to receive her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Montana. Jill found her way back to Colorado to join the Howard Head team at the Silverthorne clinic, where patients appreciate not only her clinical skills, but high energy and positive attitude as well.
    

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Lori Walter – Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Lori received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University. After working in a large medical center in the Chicago area, she joined a prestigious private practice in Boulder, Colorado in 2000, where she teamed with doctors and therapists to deliver exceptional care. After seven years in private practice, Lori moved to Germany to work with service members stationed abroad as a manager and primary therapist of Katterbach Physical Therapy Health Clinic. When she returned to Colorado, Lori launched a Boulder-based private practice and served active, busy clients in the convenience of their homes. Now living in Summit County, Lori has enhanced the Howard Head Sports Medicine team with expertise in manual therapy, functional therapeutic exercise, joint mobilization, and dry needling.  

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VAIL CLINIC - US BANK BUILDING THERAPISTS & STAFF

Anna Giguere – Physical Therapist
Anna earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in kinesiology and completed her graduate work at Regis University, earning her doctorate in physical therapy. Anna recently became a certified trigger point dry needling specialist, which complements her skills in orthopaedic manual therapy.

 

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Michael Granzin – Physical Therapist
Originally from Rochester, NY, Mike earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College, where he was a member of the Alpine Race Team. He is a McKenzie certified therapist - an advanced certification in the treatment of back and neck problems.

 

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Matt Mymern – Physical Therapist
A Colorado native, Matt grew up in Pagosa Springs, CO, spending winters learning to ski at Wolf Creek. After completing his undergraduate degree at Colorado State University and earning his doctorate in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Matt was a pioneer of the Howard Head Sport Medicine sports residency program before taking a full-time position as Dr. Sterett’s team leader. Matt spends roughly three months/year on the road as the team physical therapist for the US Women’s World Cup Team. He specializes in ski and snowboard injury rehabilitation, as well as injury prevention techniques. Matt has lectured nationally and locally on topics related to knee injuries.

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Ana Robinson – Physical Therapist
Born a proud Minnesotan, Ana attended undergraduate and graduate school at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN earning her masters in physical therapy. Her interest in sports medicine brought her to Vail, where she started her career at Howard Head Sports Medicine in 2006. Ana completed her orthopaedic residency and earned her transitional doctor of physical therapy degree at Regis University. As an orthopaedic specialist, Ana works closely with physicians and surgeons with an emphasis in lower extremity injuries and the foot and ankle. She has presented and published on the topic "return to sport" considerations for foot and ankle both locally and nationally. Ana has developed a great working relationship with the US Cross Country National Team. She traveled with them to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in 2014 and the World Championships in Falun Sweden in 2015. When not working, Ana enjoys cross country and alpine skiing, hiking, biking, and fishing with her friends, family, and husband.

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Nora Wallence Patient Representative
Nora was born and raised in Harlingen, TX. After meeting her husband, she moved to San Antonio to raise their family. She is a certified phlebotomist and also holds a radiology technologist degree.  In 2005, during a trip to Pagosa Springs, CO she and her family discovered their love of the mountains and snow sports. After years of only vacationing in Colorado, they moved to Vail in the summer of 2011. 

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VAIL CLINIC - VVMC THERAPISTS & STAFF

Andy Almonte – Physical Therapist
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Andy received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1998 and his master’s in physical therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences in 2003. As part of the inpatient team, Andy enjoys treating a variety of injuries and helping post-op patients get back on their feet.
 

 

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Kristen Ashbaugh – Physical Therapist
Kristen received her undergraduate degree in pre-physical therapy from Florida State University with a minor in Spanish and played on the FSU water polo team. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain and Costa Rica before admission to the University of Miami, where she was awarded her doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors. In her final year, Kristen was a presenter at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting for Research on lower extremity lymphedema in New Orleans. After graduate school, she volunteered at the Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, working with patients with spinal cord injuries.

 

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Jake Bagley - Physical Therapist
Jake completed his undergraduate degree in exercise science at the University of Montana and continued his post graduate education in Queensland, Australia, earning a doctor of physical therapy in 2012. After working on the Gold Coast in Australia treating primarily rugby, and spinal pain clients, Jake pursued a temporary position in Wanaka, New Zealand to treat acute ski/ snowboard injuries as well as work with Olympic- hopeful snow sport athletes in preparation for the 2014 Sochi games.  After completing his contract there, Jake returned state- side to continue his career with Howard Head. He is very excited to continue to help community members and elite athletes alike achieve their sporting goals. 

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Chris Beatton - Physical Therapist
Chris received his bachelor of exercise science and master of physical therapy from Griffith University in Queensland Australia in 2007. Since graduating, Chris has worked with recreational athletes as well as elite, professional and Olympic level athletes. He has also worked with a number of professional sporting organizations including the Australian Baseball League (ABL), the National Rugby League (NRL), the Australia Basketball League (SE-ABL), the Queensland Academy of Sport and Australian Water-polo. Chris assisted Australian athletes in Olympic preparations for both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic games. After moving to the United States in 2013 Chris held a lecturing position in Sacramento State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Chris is excited to grow his professional career in Vail with Howard Head Sports Medicine. 

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Helen Bradley – Physical Therapist, Sports Clinical Specialist
Helen is a qualified sport and exercise scientist and physiotherapist. She graduated from Sheffield Hallam University then Cardiff University in Wales. She has over eight years experience working in the health industry, both in the UK and the USA. She worked for the National Health Service in England for three years, specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. She also worked as a sports physiotherapist for Lincoln Rugby Club and was an integral part of the medical team for the Royal Navy Cricket Team. Her interest in sports physiotherapy led her to pursue a master's in sport and exercise medicine.

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Nicholas Brown – Physical Therapist, V.P. Therapy Operations
Nico joined Howard Head Sports Medicine in December 2007 as a seasonal physical therapist whose primary responsibility was to provide care for injured skiers once they were cleared by the Emergency Department. He then continued working as a staff therapist in the Vail office until February of 2009, when he was promoted to clinic director of the Edwards office. In the fall 2012, Nico became one of two vice presidents leading the organization’s nine clinics.
 
Nico received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his master's in physical therapy from Georgia State University. 

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Sofija Phillips – Physical Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Originally from the “Windy City” of Chicago, Sofija is a physical therapist, certified hand therapist, and director of elbow, wrist and hand therapy at Howard Head Sports Medicine. She received her master of physical therapy from Marquette University in 1999 and went on to specialize in the treatment of the upper extremity. She completed her certification in hand therapy in 2005. She then completed her certification in manual therapy through IAOM-US in 2013. Her passion is the treatment of upper extremity disorders using a manual therapy approach. Sofija has also been a teaching assistant in the physical therapy programs at both the University of Wisconsin and University of Colorado. Most recently, Sofija completed her certification in ergonomic assessment.

Dave Cimino – Physical Therapist, Certified in Active Release Technique
Originally from Long Island, NY, Dave interned at Howard Head Sports Medicine prior to receiving his doctorate at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He returned to Vail to complete a sports clinical specialty residency at HHSM and continues to be a part of the team. He loves to treat athletes of all levels and strives to get his patients to achieve their goals.

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Meghan Curley – Physical Therapist
Meghan joined the Howard Head team in 2007 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in health studies and a master’s in physical therapy. Meghan became a sport certified specialist in 2009 and a performance enhancement specialist in 2010. She has focused on the treatment of lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the hip and knee. She specializes in orthopaedics and sports medicine and has treated a wide range of athletes from the recreational to professional level.
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Ashley Dentler – Inpatient Therapy Manager, Physical Therapist
Ashley received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. While in school, she became a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She has had training in outpatient orthopaedics, neuromuscular rehabilitation, functional movement therapy, and manual lymphatic drainage. Ashley is responsible for treating patients on the patient care unit as well as all post-operative patients with both medical and orthopaedic diagnoses.

 

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Zack DiCristino, MSPT, OCS
Zack grew up in North Carolina where he completed his bachelor’s degree in exercise science at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill in 1998. He went from the Appalachian mountains to the Rockies to complete his masters of science in physical therapy degree at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2003. After beginning his career at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Vail, Zack took his wealth of experience and helped start and develop the Outpatient Orthopaedics and Sport Medicine Rehabilitation Department at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. He was then recruited to work at Stanford University Athletics where he worked with Division I student athletes from 36 athletic teams. Eventually, the calling of the mountains and its contagious culture drew Zack back to Vail and Howard Head where he started his career. His special interests are in manual therapy, return to sport/activity-integration therapy progressions, the running and rock-climbing athletes.  

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Pat Donnellan - Physical Therapist
Patrick was born and raised in New Hampshire and attended Northeastern University in Boston where he received his bachelors in rehabilitation science. He continued at Northeastern to get his doctorate in physical therapy. His clinical interests include diagnosis and treatment of movement impairment syndromes, post-surgical rehabilitation, treatment of spinal conditions and neuro-orthopedics and the study of pain science. Patrick is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist.  

 

Melissa Gordon – Occupational Therapist
Originaly from Kentucky, Melissa received her undergraduate degree in communications from University of Louisville in 2007. After moving to Florida, she pursed her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. She has since moved to Colorado and pursued training in Kinesio tape certification, neurological deficits and dementia. Melissa works passionately in assisting patients with both medical and orthopedic diagnoses in regaining functional independence with self-care activities following illness or injury.

 

Andrea Strubel – Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, and Certified in Comprehensive Lymphatic Therapy
Andrea received a bachelor's degree from Montana State University while competing on the NCAA university ski team. She pursued her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of New England.  Andrea has worked in out-patient physical therapy clinics in Durango and New Mexico prior to moving to Vail. She utilizes her training in massage therapy, dry needling, and therapeutic techniques to support and promote healing in individuals with injuries or chronic pain. Having grown up in Telluride, CO, Andrea enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, such as skiing, mountain biking, running, rafting, and hiking. 

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Amanda Mascarenas – Patient Representative
A native of Colorado, Amanda was born and raised in Leadville, recently listed as the “Trailway to Heaven” by Runner’s World magazine. She recently welcomed her second baby boy and enjoys spending time with her new family or cheering on the Broncos.

                                       

Laurie Griffin – Physical Therapist
Laurie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s in physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In 2010, she earned her doctorate of physical therapy and completed her orthopaedic residency. In 2011, she received her orthopaedic certified specialist certification. She is the team leader for Dr. LaPrade of The Steadman Clinic and specializes in complex knee injuries. She also works closely with hip arthroscopy patients of Dr. Phillippon of The Steadman Clinic.

 

 

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Erin Harding – Physical Therapist Aide
Erin earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and elementary education from Washington College, where she played soccer and solidified her love of sports. She then moved to Colorado to complete her Master of Arts in sport and performance psychology at the University of Denver in 2010. She splits her time between Howard Head and Ski Club Vail.

 

Jenna Hodge – Physical Therapist
Jenna completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Miami in Ohio. She earned her master’s in physical therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center after completing her last clinical rotation with HHSM Vail’s inpatient rehab team.

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Dirk Kokmeyer – Physical Therapist
Dirk is originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  After serving in the United States Army for four years, Dirk attended the Hogelschool van Utrecht School of Physical Therapy in the Netherlands, and graduated Cum Laude.  In 2012, he obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah and is currently working on his PhD in orthopaedic and sports sciences. Dirk has worked at HHSM since 2000 and is a board certified sports specialist (SCS) and  certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). He specializes in orthopaedics and sports medicine and has treated a wide range of athletes from the recreational to the professional level. Dirk has lectured on various rehabilitation topics and has published on rehabilitation after rotator cuff repair surgery, rehabilitation considerations in throwing athletes, functional rehabilitation after ACL surgery in alpine skiers, sacroiliac joint testing and rehab following complicated surgical procedures. He serves as an assistant instructor at the University of Colorado School of Physical Therapy and has developed several of the post-operative protocols used by our referring orthopaedic surgeons.

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Brooke Magstadt DelVecchio – Physical Therapist
Brooke was born and raised on a cattle ranch in North Dakota. She received her bachelor of arts in biology from Minnesota State University—Moorhead and moved to Colorado soon after finishing her undergraduate work. She spent five years in Colorado, whitewater guiding and skiing before returning to the Dakotas to attend physical therapy school. Brooke obtained her doctor of physical therapy from The University of South Dakota and specializes in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy.

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Emily Micho – Occupational Therapist
Originally from upstate NY, Emily received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Ithaca College. After moving to Colorado, she earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Colorado State University in 2011. After completing internships at Denver Health and Howard Head Sports Medicine, Emily began working as an inpatient occupational therapist at VVMC in 2012.  She has since pursued training in dysphagia assessment, upper extremity splinting, and dementia care. Emily works passionately in assisting patients with both medical and orthopaedic diagnoses in regaining functional independence with self-care activities following illness or injury.

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Luke O’Brien – Physical Therapist, V.P. Therapy Operations
Luke is the vice president of clinical physical therapy in Vail and the rehabilitation coordinator for Dr. Richard Steadman. Since joining Howard Head Sports Medicine as a physical therapist in 2002, he has focused on the treatment of lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders with a specialization in the treatment of the knee. Luke has served as an assistant physical therapist for the US Ski Team, and as a consultant to many athletes, including those of Manchester United and Barcelona football clubs, the New York Mets, and the Portland Trail Blazers. Luke has also published numerous articles and text book chapters and has an adjunct faculty position at the University of Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a Master of Sports Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University.  Luke is also a sports certified specialist as recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association. 

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Laura Olderog – Physical Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist
Laura received a degree in music from the University of Northern Iowa. She left the Midwest in 2006 to pursue her master of science in occupational therapy from Colorado State University. Laura spent four years working in the border town of Yuma, AZ  with a diverse group of patients (English and Spanish speaking). She has specialized in neurological rehab and treatment of lymphatic disorders and lymphedema treatment, earning her Clinical Laboratory Technician degree in 2008.

                      

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Thomas Olson – Physical Therapist
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with bachelor's degrees in both zoology and history, Thomas moved to Vail to ski and work as a whitewater raft guide. As a member of the U.S. Men’s National Whitewater Raft Team, Thomas worked closely with HHSM staff to develop the team’s performance enhancement program. This experience sparked his interest in sports medicine and led him to pursue his doctorate of physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He then went on to complete a post-graduate sports residency at Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine, earning his sports certified specialist designation in 2010. In addition to focusing on patient recovery from shoulder and knee injuries, Thomas’s commitment to continuing education has inspired him to present and publish at the local and national level.

                         

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Joe Pharez – Physical Therapist
Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his doctorate in physical therapy from Alabama State University in 2008. Joe completed the HHSM residency program in 2009 and became a sports certified specialist in 2010.

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Will Place – Vail Clinic Manager
Born in Madrid, Spain, Will was raised in Austin, Texas. He served in the Navy from 1994-1998 and then attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Will and his family moved to Eagle, CO in December 2007 when he began working for Vail Valley Medical Center as an admissions representative. He soon became the training coordinator for admissions, and in 2009, he was promoted to admissions coordinator. Will accepted a position with Howard Head as the Vail clinic office manager in 2012.

                             

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Kelly Platt – Occupational Therapist
Kelly graduated in 1998 with her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Saint Louis University and became a certified hand therapist in 2003. Specializing in post-operative static and dynamic splinting, Kelly joined HHSM in 2005 and has played an integral part in building the occupational therapy team. Her determination to help patients return to the sports they love is sparked by her own passion for athletics.

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Becky Rosser – Physical Therapist
Originally from northeast Tennessee, Becky received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010. She worked for over two years in New Mexico, treating veterans and providing diabetic education to both patients and providers. She moved to Colorado in November of 2012, fulfilling a childhood dream of living in the Rocky Mountains. When not working, she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and rock climbing with her husband Brian. She recently became certified in manual lymphatic drainage to help manage post-operative swelling. 

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Tricia Rieger – Physical Therapy Aide
Originally from Colorado Springs, Tricia spent most of her youth in Indianapolis, IN. She received her BS in biology from Purdue University in 2012 where she participated in rowing crew and equestrian competitions while cheering on her dear Boilermakers. Tricia has always had a passion for sports and pediatric therapy and will pursue her doctorate of physical therapy in 2015. She eventually would like to practice in Australia or New Zealand and hopes to continue volunteer work in Nicaragua. When she’s not working at Howard Head, Tricia enjoys hiking any trail she can find and traveling to World Heritage Sites.

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Mark Ryan – Athletic Trainer
Mark received his bachelor’s degree in exercise & sports science from Colorado State University and his master’s degree in athletic training from Illinois State University before working in professional baseball for eight years. Working for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox organizations, Mark specialized in the treatment of various complex injuries. As a certified athletic trainer, strength & conditioning specialist, and ACSM health fitness instructor, Mark enjoys helping enhance patients’ athletic performance and specializes in return to sport training.

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Erin Schmitt – Physical Therapist
Erin grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Ohio State University in 2006. Her love of the mountains inspired her to attend Regis University in Denver to earn her doctorate in physical therapy.
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Kristen Stangel  – Physical Therapist
Kristen interned at HHSM before receiving her doctorate at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She began working at Sister Kenny Sports and Physical Therapy Center in Minneapolis, MN, but it wasn’t long before the mountains called her back to the Vail area once again. Kristen played four years of college soccer and has a passion for orthopaedics and sports medicine.                    

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Melissa Strzelinski, PT, MPT
Melissa joined HHSM after nearly 6 years of clinical practice as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist in her hometown of Chicago, Ilinois. Melissa earned bachelor of science degrees in journalism and dance as well as a graduate degree in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin. Melissa’s clinical expertise in dance medicine afforded her the role of staff physical therapist to the Joffrey Ballet, Joffrey Academy of Dance, and River North Dance Chicago. Melissa provided injury screenings and clinical care to numerous educational institutions.  Melissa is currently pursuing her PhD in orthopaedic and sport science through Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Melissa has presented a case study of a young dancer’s hip injury at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science annual conference in Basel, Switzerland and recently published a clinical commentary regarding gait considerations after hip arthroscopy. Melissa is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

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Doug Emerson – Physical Therapist, Clinic Director
Doug received his master’s in physical therapy from Husson College in Bangor, Maine. He went on to gain his doctorate in 2007. Doug is an orthopaedic certified specialist and a certified Mulligan practitioner. He enjoys treating his patients with a combination of manual therapy, exercise and functional movement patterns.

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The therapists and staff at Howard Head are dedicated to helping patients rebuild and return to the things they love to do.

Howard Head Sports Medicine is an outpatient department of Vail Valley Medical Center.

Howard Head Sports Medicine™ is an official medical provider for the U.S. Ski, Freeskiing, and Snowboarding teams.

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