Ski Season Injury Prevention

Regardless of if you are a beginner or an advanced skier the thought has probably crossed your mind on how or even if you would like to start preparing your body for the wonderful ski season ahead.

Ski injuries occur at a rate of 2.5 injuries per 1000 ski days and ACL tears constitute 16% of those ski related injuries (Hunter, R. E. (1999)). With this information in mind, it is a good idea to start training your legs to be able to navigate the slopes, from green runs to double blacks!

Ideally training should begin a minimum of 6-8 weeks prior to hitting the slopes. Starting with a lower body strength program can help prepare the body for the increased load and activity the body feels during 4-6 hours of skiing. This can help reduce the risk of injury.

Below we have provided 5 exercises that can be done at home. Completing the exercises 3 to 4 times a week can assist in preparing your body to hit the slopes. The program below should take about 20 to 30 minutes, don’t forget to rest and drink plenty of water.

Ski prep exercise program

    

Squats:  Skiers and boarders alike maintain a modified squat position constantly making this an effective exercise to improve control and endurance. Gradually increase repetitions from 3 sets of 10 to 3 sets of 20 or add weight in 10lb increments.

  

Walking Lunges:  Helps build the glutes and core for a stable base. Gradually increase repetitions from 3 sets of 10 to 3 sets of 20 or add weight in 5lb increments.

 

  

Lateral Lunges:  Helps improve lateral control and balance. Gradually increase repetitions from 3 sets of 10 to 3 sets of 20 or add weight in 5lb increments.

 

  

Split Lunge Jumps: Prepares the legs for controlled impact when skiing or boarding over bumps. Gradually increase repetitions from 1 set of 15 to 3 sets of 20. Be sure to alternate legs when jumping.

 

  

Skater Hops:  Helps load the tissue laterally in preparation for moguls and sharp turns. Gradually increase repetitions from 1 set of 15 to 3 sets of 20.

 

 

Please call any of the ProActive Physical Therapy clinics to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist if you feel any pain or discomfort at any point during this program, or if you have any current or past injuries you would like to address before ski season is upon us.

Written by Ricky Huber PT, DPT

Hunter, R. E. (1999). Skiing Injuries. The American Journal of Sports Medicine27(3), 381–389. https://doi.org/10.1177/03635465990270032101

Aurora-Southlands

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Rehab
  • Pre & Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • Total Joint Rehab
  • Functional Movement Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
  • Work Injury Rehab
 

  • Spine Rehab
  • “Bumps and Bruises” Program
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Graston Technique
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Headaches/Migraines and Dizziness
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training

Wes Riggs, PT, DPT
Owner/Director Pro Active Physical Therapy Aurora-Southlands
Certified Active Release Technique
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling
Certified Graston Provider

Wes has been practicing physical therapy for over 12 years in the outpatient orthopedic setting. He founded the Aurora-Southlands branch of Pro Active Physical Therapy in 2009. Wes received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001. While at Ohio Wesleyan he also pitched for the varsity baseball team. He obtained a clinical doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2005.

Wes has advanced certifications in Functional Trigger Point Dry Needling, Active Release Technique and Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization. He has extensive experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries (youth to professional/Olympic) and neuromuscular impairments across age groups and ability levels.

Wes’ clinical interests include, injury rehabilitation and prevention in athletes, overuse injuries in youth athletes and treating sub occipital headache pain. Wes also volunteers his time working with the Colorado Avalanche as well as the Grandview High School and Cherokee Trail High School sports teams.

Outside of work Wes enjoys spending time with his wife Lyndsie, daughter Harper and all varieties of sports.

Andrea Becker, PT, DPT, ATC

Andrea entered the Physical Therapy Profession in 2005, after graduating from Regis University with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Previous to completing her PT degree she earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Biology and HPER with an Athletic Training emphasis. Andrea has worked in an outpatient orthopedics setting for the past 12 years. Where she has been able to utilize her additional trainings and certifications in Dry needling, ATC (certified Athletic Trainer), and manual therapy skills, including joint manipulations, and soft tissue mobilizations. Andrea and her husband Eric have 3 daughters and enjoy camping together. In her spare time Andrea spends time coaching her daughters in softball and volleyball as well as cheering them on in soccer and karate with her husband.

Taya Skarda, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT

Taya is a North Carolina native with a passion for any outdoor activity and enjoys working with all age groups of athletes and weekend warriors. Taya has received her doctorate in physical therapy at Regis University and has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 10 years. She takes pride in continued education receiving certifications in dry needling, strength and conditioning, and orthopedic manual therapy. Her current interests are with cervical spine dysfunction and its impact on vestibular symptoms as well as post-concussion syndrome. Outside of work Taya enjoys hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and traveling with her husband and 5-year-old son. Go TAR HEELS and Broncos!

Erin Wood, PT, DPT, CSCS, ATC

Dr. Erin Wood graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL in 2015. Prior to that, she worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Mississippi, working primarily with the cross country, women’s golf, and women’s tennis teams. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Kansas State University. Dr. Wood is currently preparing to take her board specialty examination in orthopedics in 2019, and she enjoys working with patients with all types of orthopedic injuries. She utilizes a combined approach of manual therapy, exercise, and patient education to help her patients achieve their goals, and her clinical interests also include women’s health and pain science education. While at home, Erin enjoys spending time with her infant son, her husband, and their German Shepherd, and as new Denver residents, they are looking forward to exploring all the city has to offer.

Kristin Bibbins

Kristin Bibbins is our Front Desk Administrator and has been with Pro Active for two years. She is in charge of scheduling patients, working directly with insurance companies and taking care of the needs of the clinic. Kristin is also a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the Cotiva Institute of Massage Therapy in Arizona in 2014. She massages on Saturday mornings at the clinic, specializing in deep tissue and neuromuscular therapy. When not at work she enjoys yoga, hiking and spending time with her son and husband.

 

Strasburg

Hours:
Monday/Wednesday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday/Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 12:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • Spine Rehab & Manipulation
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • “Bumps & Bruises” Program
  • Headaches/Concussion Management
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Hand Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Active Release Techniques (ART)
  • Fall Risk/Balance Assessment

Brock Hulsey, Clinic Director

Bio coming soon!

 

 

 

Charlotte Robinson, PT, DPT

Charlotte is originally from Orlando, FL and moved out to Colorado to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado. She graduated in December of 2018 and is excited to start her career with Proactive Physical Therapy. Charlotte is a big proponent of evidence-based therapy and enjoys working with recreational and adolescent athletes. In her free time she likes to snowboard and rock climb as well as spend time with her cats Dewey and Kitten and golden retriever puppy Archie.

 

 

 

Eaton

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Functional Return to Work Programs
  • Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Management
 

  • Work Conditioning
  • Fitness Programs
  • Worksite Consultations
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Active Release Techniques (ART®)
  • Athletic Training Services

Kate Farner, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. VRS
Physical Therapist/ Certified Athletic Trainer
Certified Active Release Technique Provider
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling Provider
Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
Co-Owner/ Director- Eaton Center

A native of the California desert, Kate moved to northern Colorado in 2003 and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (Athletic Training) from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006. She earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2011. Kate is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. She has been working with the Justin Sportsmedicine Team for the past 12 years, treating acute and chronic injuries for professional rodeo athletes in the Rocky Mountain region. Kate is Full Body Certified in Active Release Techniques and is a Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling Provider. She also works closely with area doctors and schools to manage athlete and adult concussions and has become a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist. Kate is a preceptor for the UNC Athletic Training Program, mentoring future certified athletic trainers. She specializes in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, occupational injuries, concussions and vestibular disorders. Kate is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association- Colorado Chapter, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association. She enjoys the Colorado outdoors, riding horses, snow skiing and spending time with her family and friends.

Dan Goss, OTR, CHT
Occupational Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1993.  He began his career in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where he specialized in hand therapy.  In 1999, he joined the United States Navy as a Medical Service Core officer focusing in hand therapy.  He spent the next 11 years as a hand therapist, working side by side with 9 board certified hand surgeons.  His last duty station was in Washington D/C, where he was in charge of the Occupational Therapy Department at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  While there he also was assigned head of the Outpatient hand therapy program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D/C.  During the 4 years of his assignment in Washington D/C, he had the opportunity to work with Senator’s, Congressmen, military personnel, their families and military personnel who were injured in the Iraq or Afghanistan war. Dan has been a hand therapist for over 19 years. During that time, he has made over 5000 custom splints and treated everything from tendonitis, carpal tunnel, upper extremity fractures to burns, gun shoot wounds, IED blast injuries and poly trauma. Dan is a native of Colorado and has returned home to Northern Colorado with his wife and 2 kids.In January 2013, Dan joined the outstanding team at Pro Active Physical Therapy where his 19 years of hand therapy experience are at work.

Alan Parker, MS, ATC
Certified Athletic Trainer

Alan Parker is a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer who works with athletes to prevent, evaluate, and rehab injuries and medical conditions. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Colorado State University-Pueblo as well as a Master’s Degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Indiana Wesleyan University. Alan has worked in the high school, university, and clinical setting in his time as a professional ATC. He believes attitude and a positive mindset are key values that go hand-in-hand with traditional medicine and are important in the maintenance of healthy athletes. Alan strives to create lasting relationships, which he finds is vital to patient recovery and well-being. In his free time, Alan enjoys reading comics, playing video games, and watching football. Go Broncos!!

Troy Klaassen, PT, DPT

Troy is licensed physical therapist who obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology from Kansas State University in 2014. He went on to graduate with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Saint Mary in 2018. He served as a student intern within the Pro Active network and has been working at our Eaton location since June 2018. Troy has experience in treating a variety of orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions across multiple age groups and all skill levels. He has special interests in treating sports and recreational injuries, post-operative care and chronic pain management. As a true believer in the effects of physical rehabilitation, he strives to unlock your full potential, from daily function and mobility to athletic performance. He is a member of the Colorado chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association and is active in continuing education to help refine and develop his skill levels to better serve the needs of each of his patients. When he’s not at the clinic, Troy can be found hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing and exploring in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Kaitlyn Layton

Front Office Manager

Greeley

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Certified Manual Therapy
  • Functional Return to Work Programs
  • Ergonomic Evaluations
  • Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
 

  • Work Conditioning
  • Fitness Programs
  • Worksite Consultations
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Muscle Activiation Technique
  • Active Release Techniques (ART®)
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations

Darrel Martin, MSPT, ATC
Physical Therapist /Certified Athletic Trainer
Certified Active Release Technique Provider
Certified Muscle Activation Technique Provider
Trigger Point Dry Needling Certified Provider
Co-Owner Greeley/Eaton
Co-Director Greeley

Darrel received his undergraduate degree from University of Northern Colorado in Kinesiology (Athletic Training) and minor in Biological Science in 1996. He received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Colorado Health Science Center in 1998. Darrel is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer. Darrel has been treating athletes of all ages in Northern Colorado as well as the Denver Broncos (1995-2004). He holds manual therapy certifications in Active Release Techniques (ART), Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), and Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) . Darrel specializes in treatment of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, and occupational injuries. Darrel has been treating patients in Greeley and surrounding areas for 20 years. He and his wife Sara have two children, Walker and Rylee. He enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, golf, coaching and chasing his kids in all their sporting events.

Todd Smith, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist
Certified Active Release Technique Provider
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Provider Trigger Point Dry Needling
Co-Owner- Greeley/Eaton
Co-Director- Greeley

Todd received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Human Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in Human Anatomy and Neurobiology in 1996. He received a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy (1998) and later completed his transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2008) from Regis University. He has over 20 years of Clinical Outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Medicine experience. He has served as affiliate faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy program at Regis University. Todd has successfully passed the Orthopedic Specialty Examination through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been certified as an Active Release Technique (ART) provider. He has extensive experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries (amateur to professional levels) and occupational injuries. Todd’s passion is to further develop his skills as a manual-based orthopedic Physical Therapist through a commitment to life-long learning. He enjoys time with his wife Stacy, son Tate and daughter Madeline.

Jackie Smith, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Certified Active Release Technique Provider

Jackie is a Licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Active Release Technique Provider. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia in 2012. Jackie then moved to Florida to attend The University of St. Augustine and she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2015. Since then, she has been exposed to a variety of injuries and populations, and has earned certification in Active Release Technique (ART) as a provider to improve her manual therapy skills. When she is not working, Jackie enjoys tennis, skiing, and exploring Colorado!

Dan Goss, OTR, CHT
Occupational Therapist
Certified Hand Therapist

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1993.  He began his career in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where he specialized in hand therapy.  In 1999, he joined the United States Navy as a Medical Service Core officer focusing in hand therapy.  He spent the next 11 years as a hand therapist, working side by side with 9 board certified hand surgeons.  His last duty station was in Washington D/C, where he was in charge of the Occupational Therapy Department at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  While there he also was assigned head of the Outpatient hand therapy program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D/C.  During the 4 years of his assignment in Washington D/C, he had the opportunity to work with Senator’s, Congressmen, military personnel, their families and military personnel who were injured in the Iraq or Afghanistan war. Dan has been a hand therapist for over 19 years. During that time, he has made over 5000 custom splints and treated everything from tendonitis, carpal tunnel, upper extremity fractures to burns, gun shoot wounds, IED blast injuries and poly trauma. Dan is a native of Colorado and has returned home to Northern Colorado with his wife and 2 kids. In January 2013, Dan joined the outstanding team at Pro Active Physical Therapy where his 19 years of hand therapy experience are at work.

Colten Foster, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist
Certified Active Release Technique Provider

Colten is a licensed Physical Therapist and has a manual therapy certification in Active Release Techniques (ART). Before beginning his physical therapy school journey, Colten, a Greeley native, was a patient and high school intern at the clinic. While attending the University of Northern Colorado for his undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Science, he worked as an aide and completed his college internship at ProActive as well. He received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas in 2018 and returned to ProActive again as a therapist following graduation. Colten enjoys treating numerous orthopedic injuries and conditions and working with athletes of all ages. Colten and his wife Devin will soon add their first addition to their family in June 2019. He enjoys working out, golf, hockey, adult league softball, fishing and spending time with family.

Rachel Lehman, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Rachel is a Physical Therapist Assistant from Ames, Iowa. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Iowa State University, and continued on to become a PTA at Mercy College of Health Science. When Rachel is not at the clinic she loves spending time with her husband, hiking, playing volleyball, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.

Kelsey Paul (Aide)
Alley Craul (Aide)
Ashley Williamson (Front Office Manager)
Amber McIvor (Front Office)

Highlands Ranch

Hours:
Monday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:30 pm

Services

  • Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • ACL Prevention Jump Program
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
  • Spine Rehabilitation

 

  • Headaches / TMJ Dysfunction
  • Myofascial Release
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Total Joint Rehabilitation
  • Rock Tape Certified Provider
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dennis Martin, PT, ATC, Cert. ART, Cert. DN
Owner/Director

Dennis is a dual credentialed provider who has more than 20 years of clinical and field experience in athletic training and physical therapy. Dennis earned his degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training at the University of Northern Colorado in 1995. He finished his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 1998, where he was honored with a clinical achievement award and excellence in research. Dennis worked at the Steadman Hawkins clinic for six years, where he experienced countless hours of surgical observation and worked three seasons assisting the Denver Broncos during training camp and game coverage. Dennis is the co-founder of Pro Active Physical Therapy, which has been in business since 2006. Beyond his extensive clinical experience, Dennis has completed hundreds of hours of clinical education with emphasis in Active Release Techniques, spinal manipulation, trigger point dry needling and concussion evaluation and management. Clinically, Dennis has a special interest in postoperative management of the extremities, acute injury evaluation, management of spinal dysfunction and headaches. When Dennis isn’t working he spends his time with his three son, Mitch 20, Conner 18, and Landen 12.

Matt Franzino, PTA

A native of Long Island, NY, Matt has worked with Pro Active Physical Therapy for over 5 years. Starting as a Physical Therapy Aide, Matt has since continued his education at Pima Medical Institute in Denver, CO, where he received his license as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2016.

Matt has experience in both inpatient and outpatient therapy, having strong interests in manual therapy and orthopedics, while aspiring to be an Active Release Technique (ART) provider in the near future. Clinically, Matt believes therapy should be safe, effective, and efficient, but puts a huge emphasis on educating and building a rapport with his patients.

In 2015, Matt and his wife gave birth to their first child, who he loves spending time with, in addition to exploring Colorado, including both the outdoors and the restaurant scene. Matt also has a passion for golf, and watching his favorite sports teams play.

Centennial-Southglenn

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: By appointment only

Services

  • Pre & Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Therapy
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • ACL Prevention Jump Program
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN)
  • Complex Spin Rehab/Advanced Spinal Manipulation
  • Headaches / Dizziness
  • TMJ Dysfunction
 

  • Myofascial Release
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Adolescent Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Functional Movement Screenings
  • Balance & Strength Training
  • Total Joint Rehabilitation
  • Graston Technique
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling

Dr. Tyler Pollock, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Tyler is originally from Grand Junction, CO and obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2017. Tyler graduated from Colorado Mesa University with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2015 and became interested in physical therapy after recovering from several injuries he sustained while playing baseball in high school and college. It is from this experience that he became fascinated with how movement impacted function in everyday life and the difference the right physical therapist could make in the recovery process. With Tyler’s background in baseball, he developed a passion for working with overhead and throwing athletes. He is also heavily interested in advanced manual therapy techniques and biomechanical analysis of overhead movements and has plans to continue developing in these areas of practice. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys the numerous outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, along with being a member of the CrossFit community, and is an avid sports fan for the local Colorado teams.

 

Dr. Derrick L. Leeper, PT, DPT

Dr. Derrick Leeper obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saint Mary in 2019. Derrick is originally from Kingston, MO, a small community one-hour northeast of Kansas City. Raised as the youngest child on a cattle and row crop farm where his parents still reside today, he enjoyed the honest, hard-working, caring environment that that community provides and strives to incorporate these values into his professional career. Derrick graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Missouri Valley College where he played collegiate baseball. While playing baseball he took interest in physical therapy and return to sport rehabilitation after witnessing the recovery process of teammates who were injured.  His background in baseball provides him with unique perspectives on diagnoses, recoveries, and movement patterns associated with sporting injuries. Derrick’s interests within the profession include advanced spinal and extremity mobilization/manipulation, manual therapy, dry needling, and sports medicine. He looks to continue to develop in these treatment strategies within the profession. Outside of the clinic Derrick enjoys outdoor activities such as dirt bike riding, golfing, hiking, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Derrick can also be found supporting local sport teams and working on advocating for the fitness community.

South Broadway

Hours:
Monday, Wednesday: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 6:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services:

 

Ricky Huber, PT, DPT
Owner/Director Pro Active PT – South Broadway
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling

Ricky has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2015, certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and trained in Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). He has experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries (youth to professional) and neuromuscular impairments across different age groups and ability levels. Clinically, Ricky has a special interest in orthopedic postoperative management , SI joint dysfunction, and tendinopathy of the extremities. For his undergraduate degree he studied at Georgia Tech, achieving a BS in Biomedical Engineering, and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Florida International University. Ricky has a passion for serving others and strives to help his patients regain their strength and confidence needed to be the best version of themselves. When he is not in the clinic, Ricky enjoys snowboarding, soccer and exploring the great outdoors with his fiancé, Brittany.

 

Dr. Derrick L. Leeper, PT, DPT

Dr. Derrick Leeper obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Saint Mary in 2019. Derrick is originally from Kingston, MO, a small community one-hour northeast of Kansas City. Raised as the youngest child on a cattle and row crop farm where his parents still reside today, he enjoyed the honest, hard-working, caring environment that that community provides and strives to incorporate these values into his professional career. Derrick graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Missouri Valley College where he played collegiate baseball. While playing baseball he took interest in physical therapy and return to sport rehabilitation after witnessing the recovery process of teammates who were injured.  His background in baseball provides him with unique perspectives on diagnoses, recoveries, and movement patterns associated with sporting injuries. Derrick’s interests within the profession include advanced spinal and extremity mobilization/manipulation, manual therapy, dry needling, and sports medicine. He looks to continue to develop in these treatment strategies within the profession. Outside of the clinic Derrick enjoys outdoor activities such as dirt bike riding, golfing, hiking, snowboarding, and mountain biking. Derrick can also be found supporting local sport teams and working on advocating for the fitness community.

 

At Club Greenwood

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 7:00 am – 1:30 pm
Onsite Parking Available

Services

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Sports Performance/Development Programs
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Dry Needling
  • Vestibular Rehab
  • Sports Medicine
 

  • Hand Therapy
  • Pre & Post-Operative Care
  • Spine Care/Headaches/TDM
  • Biomechanical Movement Analysis
  • Workers’ Compensation

Dr. Tyler J. Ready

PT, DPT, Dip. Osteopractic, Cert VRS, Graston Certified, Clinic Owner/Director

Dr. Tyler Ready is in his 8th year of practice after receiving his Clinical Doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He has gone on to complete his diploma in Osteopractic Physical Therapy through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. This is a prestigious diploma that less than 100 Physical Therapists hold throughout the world. This advanced post-doctoral diploma has been a culmination of 5 years of continuing coursework in advanced Spinal and Extremity Manipulation (Cert-SMT), Dry Needling (Cert-DN), differential diagnosis, and treatment for patients with complex spine and extremity conditions. Tyler obtained a certification as a Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist (VSR) and is a certified Graston provider. Although his clinical interests are broad, he most enjoys treating patients suffering from chronic headaches, complex spine pathologies, and sports and overuse injuries. Tyler is passionate about teaching, and mentors numerous clinical doctorate students each year. That passion has led to speaking engagements to doctoral students on the topic of business entrepreneurship in private practice and leadership in our profession. Outside of the clinic he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young daughters, staying involved in the fitness community, and enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Michael Keirns

PT, DPT, PhD, SCS, ATC, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Michael has been practicing physical therapy for 39 years with specialization in Orthopedics and manual therapy with an expertise in sports injury rehabilitation and exercise prescription. Along with being the owner of the Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club Physical Therapy, Michael has been responsible for the injury evaluation and rehabilitation for professional (Phoenix Suns, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets), collegiate (University of Michigan, Denver University, Western Arizona), high school and recreational athletes throughout his career. Michael is a Professor Emeritus from Regis University where he founded the Doctoral of Physical Therapy Program. He worked for 20 years as professor at Regis teaching Biomechanics, Manual Therapy, Musculoskeletal Management and Business Management

Along with his Physical Therapy Degree from University of Michigan and Doctoral Physical Therapy from Regis University, he is a Fellow of American Academy Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Certified Sports Specialist by the APTA, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, a Certified Athletic Trainer through the NATA, Certified Vestibular Specialist, Certified through the Titlist Performance Institute and a Certified Intramuscular Stimulation Instructor. He has a Ph.D. with a cognate in biomechanics with his dissertation titled “Instructional strategies for prevention of shoulder injuries associated with baseball pitching.” He has given more than 170 professional presentations nationally, have taken more than 90 continuing education courses, and have numerous publications pertaining to the biomechanics of orthopedic dysfunction and exercise programs.

Michael has been a recognized leader as being elected as President of the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association, Vice President of the Colorado Chapter of APTA, and has served on numerous national professional committees along serving chairs of multiple Colorado APTA Chapter committees. He is a two time recipient of the Bob Doctor Service Award from the Colorado Chapter of APTA for his outstanding service to the clinical community. Michael has also received prestigious inductions into Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society and Cherry Creek High School’s Baseball Hall of Fame.

Finally, Michael also models an active life filled with his passions as a sports enthusiast. He plays competitive tennis, golf and enjoys skiing, fly fishing and hiking with Janet, his wife of 33 years. He is the proud father of a 30-year-old. son Sean (A Gonzaga Graduate who teaches French and coaches high school tennis) and a 28-year-old. daughter Jenna (A Colorado State Graduate who is teaching Social Studies and Spanish along with coaching at Powel Middle School in Littleton, CO.) He has worked as a handicapped ski instructor, a sports coach in various areas including golf coach for 15 years at Meadow Hills Golf Club, a baseball pitching instructor and as a wellness instructor for numerous groups.

Alyson Furr

PT, DPT

Alyson graduated in 2009 from Loma Linda University in Southern California with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduating, she became certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with an interest in kettlebells. With 8 years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedic settings, she has treated a wide range of conditions from sports injuries and everyday impairments to post-operative rehabilitation. Alyson helps her clients attain their goals through a variety of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercises to address dysfunctional movement patterns that contribute to pain and impairments. She seeks to empower her clients to be active and strong even after they move on from physical therapy. Alyson was raised in Colorado and comes from a sports background. She enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and cheering on Colorado’s professional sports teams.

Chris Whitmore

ATC, PTA

A native to Colorado, Chris graduated from Barry University in Miami, Florida in 2010 and spent a couple years working with high school and collegiate athletes in Miami, before moving back to Colorado, when he made the switch from working in athletics to physical therapy. In 2016 Chris graduated with his associates in physical therapy assistant. Chris enjoys using the combination of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and patient education to help his patients reach their goals. In an ongoing desire to improve his skills as a clinician Chris is currently studying functional physical therapy. As a native Chris enjoys being outdoors; hiking, camping, trail running and playing soccer.

 

Aurora – Central

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Services

  • One on One Care & Attention with a licensed Physical Therapist
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post- Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Complex Spine Rehabilitation
  • Spine Instability – Prior Failed Rehab

  • (TDN) Trigger Point Dry Needling Cervicogenic & Tension Headaches
  • Joint injury, trauma and arthritic conditions
  • Physical Therapy for Aging Adults
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehab & Return to Sports

Wes Riggs, PT, DPT, Owner/Director
Certified Active Release Technique
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling
Certified Graston Provider

Wes has been practicing physical therapy for over 12 years in the outpatient orthopedic setting. He founded the Aurora-Southlands branch of Pro Active Physical Therapy in 2009. Wes received his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2001. While at Ohio Wesleyan he also pitched for the varsity baseball team. He obtained a clinical doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2005. Wes has advanced certifications in Functional Trigger Point Dry Needling, Active Release Technique and Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization. He has extensive experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries (youth to professional/Olympic) and neuromuscular impairments across age groups and ability levels. Wes’ clinical interests include, injury rehabilitation and prevention in athletes, overuse injuries in youth athletes and treating sub occipital headache pain. Wes also volunteers his time working with the Colorado Avalanche as well as the Grandview High School and Cherokee Trail High School sports teams. Outside of work, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife Lyndsie, daughter Harper and all varieties of sports.

Taya Skarda, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT

Taya is a North Carolina native with a passion for any outdoor activity and enjoys working with all age groups of athletes and weekend warriors. Taya has received her doctorate in physical therapy at Regis University and has worked in outpatient orthopedics for 10 years. She takes pride in continued education receiving certifications in dry needling, strength and conditioning, and orthopedic manual therapy. Her current interests are with cervical spine dysfunction and its impact on vestibular symptoms as well as post-concussion syndrome. Outside of work Taya enjoys hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and traveling with her husband and 5-year-old son. Go TAR HEELS and Broncos!

Meaghan O’Donnell, PT, DPT

Meaghan has been practicing PT for 4 years in both the outpatient and pediatrics settings. She achieved an accelerated undergraduate degree and then her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in only 6 years at Ithaca College.  While at Ithaca, Meaghan raced on the ski team and coached ski racing while in grad school. She enjoys working with people of all ages to help them achieve their full potential and return to a life of movement. Meaghan is originally from Massachusetts and enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer including skiing and camping.

Castle Rock

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 6:30 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Services

  • One-on-One Care With a Licensed Physical Therapist
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post- Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy and Spinal Manipulation
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Prior Failed Rehab
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • (TDN) Trigger Point Dry Needlingc
  • Joint over-use, trauma and arthritic conditions
  • Physical Therapy for Aging Adults
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Tension/ Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Treatment of Neurological Diseases
  • Performing Arts Medicine
  • Vestibular Therapy

Chad Hancock Director, PT, MSPT, CSCS, Cert. DN

Certified Dry Needling
Chad has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years in an outpatient orthopedic sports medicine setting. He graduated from the University of Evansville, IN with a Master’s degree in physical therapy and has obtained through continuing education certifications in Trigger Point Dry Needling, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and selective functional movement assessment. He recently has been promoted to clinic director at the Castle Rock location and has a long history of working with sports-related injuries of all ages. Playing collegiate basketball, Chad really feels passionate about injury prevention and educating the youth on proper mechanic/movement patterns important to keeping athletes healthy. In his spare time, Chad enjoys hiking, mountain biking and spending time with his wife and two kids.

Andrew Trevino PT, DPT

Andrew is originally from El Paso, Texas but moved to Colorado at a young age and has never left! After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine and a Master’s degree in Human Anatomy and Physiology from Colorado State University, Andrew decided to pursue physical therapy. He recently graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. He enjoys treating various orthopedic and sports related injuries, as well as helping people of all ages. Andrew has special interests in treating overhead athletes and golfers. In his free time, Andrew enjoys weight training, playing sports, spending time with his wife and dogs, and exploring the Colorado craft beer scene.

Jennifer Molner PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Jennifer has been a Castle Rock resident since 1999 and loves the small town feel of the growing city. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine at Colorado State University and continued on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013. She has also obtained certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling through continuing education. Jennifer is passionate about prevention of sports and working-related injuries. She enjoys treating various orthopedic injuries, rehabilitating individuals following orthopedic surgeries, and has a long history of treating lower extremity injuries. In her free time, she enjoys training in various forms of martial arts, mountain biking, off-roading in the Rockies, playing piano, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Downtown

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Services

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pre & Post- Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Complex Spine Rehabilitation/Spine Instability
  • Prior Failed Rehab
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports
  • Joint over-use, trauma and arthritic conditions
  • Balance and Gait Training
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Tension/ Cervicogenic Headaches
  • Cupping
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling

Aaron Castonguay, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Cert. DN, Medical Bike Fitter

Aaron has worked in outpatient orthopedics since he began as a physical therapist in 2013. Originally, he grew up in New England where he was an avid skier, biker, and traditional sport athlete. He received his undergraduate and doctoral graduate degrees in upstate New York, at Ithaca College, where he also competed in collegiate football and track & field. He moved to Colorado in 2014 for the mountains and sunshine. Aaron brings an eclectic treatment approach through his array of educations. These include a functional exercise and manual approach from the Gray Institute’s applied functional science certification in 2014, qualifying to be a strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA in 2015, training and treating as a medical bike fitter from Specialized and RETUL trainings since 2016, earning his Level 2 dry-needling from Kietacore in 2017, and studied up on current clinical research through the APTA to be a certified orthopedic specialist in 2018.

Erika Jacob PT, MTC, Cert. DN

Erika has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years, all in outpatient orthopedics. She graduated from Ithaca College, and went on to obtain certifications in manual therapy and trigger point dry needling. Erika loves to educate her patients about their injuries and their role in the rehabilitation process. Empowering patients to take care of themselves is one of the most rewarding parts of the job for her. She is a true believer in the importance of continuing education in order to have a varied skill set to treat each patient individually, and to stay up on current concepts in the field.

Eric Skarda PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, Cert. DN

Eric Skarda has been practicing physical therapy in an orthopedic setting for the last ten years. He has developed a focus on spine rehab as well as chronic overuse injuries, but enjoys treating the entire spectrum of orthopedic conditions. Eric graduated from Regis University in 2008, then complete manual therapy certifications in both 2010 and 2011 with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), as well as receiving his Specialist Certification in Orthopedics (OCS) through the APTA in 2011. In 2012 he graduated from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program and at the time was the youngest manual therapy fellow in the country. Currently, he serves as teaching faculty with the Institute of Manual Physiotherapy and Clinical Training (IMPACT), as well as acting as a clinical fellowship instructor and examiner for the IMPACT certification programs.

Lakewood

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

 

Jeff Lipkin, PT, DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Partner/Owner

Specialties: Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, Trigger Point Dry Needling Practitioner, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Treatment Philosophy: I like to see patients return to their personal goals and activities without pain. I enjoy treating patients in a relaxed and comfortable setting. I am very passionate about the PT profession and want to see physical therapists meet the needs of patient’s musculoskeletal problems.

Education: Jeff received his B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Delaware. He then received his doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. He has stayed updated with his education through advanced manual therapy courses and exercise prescription continuing education.

For Fun: Jeff enjoys keeping himself healthy to set a good example for his patients. His summer activities include mountain biking and charity road bike rides. During the winter, he can be found skiing at Copper Mountain or snowshoeing.

Stefan Riemens, PT, DPT

Specialties: Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy

Treatment Philosophy: Manual therapy combined with targeted exercise encompasses the majority of my treatment style. Evidence-based practice remains my pursuit as I work together with patients of all ages in finding a plan of care that produces the greatest functional outcomes and results. In order to make incremental progress, we’ll work as a team to empower you to take control of your health and well-being on the road to recovery.

Education: I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from the University of Montana – Missoula in 2016 and pursued my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus immediately afterwards. I graduated in 2018 and hope to continue specializations in Orthopedic and Sports-related pathologies within the next three years. I will also be working on becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in the near future.

For Fun: I enjoy all the outdoor activity opportunities Denver and Colorado have to offer. That’s what makes it such a joy to live here. Hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, fishing, game nights with friends and weightlifting are all valuable pass-times on the weekends. A good brew or some red wine are always great additions to a non-fiction novel. It’s just about finding the work-life balance we all seek.

Luke Sugg, PTA, Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant

Specialties: Functional Manual Therapy, Core first strategies

Treatment Philosophy: Luke thoroughly enjoys Physical Therapy and having the opportunity to heal patients ailments. He has first hand knowledge recovering from an injury with the help from Physical Therapy. Connecting with each individual, and promoting the highest human performance and enhancing overall body mobility, retraining movements to the entire body helping each patient get their quality of life back.

Education: Luke received his Associate’s of Occupational Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2012 at PIMA Medical Institute in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys growing as a manual therapist through manual therapy courses through the Institute of Physical Art, looking towards pursuing FOC certification.

For Fun: Luke being a Colorado native from Boulder enjoys being outside and being involved in activities whether on water or land. He has a passion for baseball and all sports, loves being around the atmosphere that games have to offer. Go Buffs!

Kodi Barker, MT, Certified Therapeutic Massage Therapist

Specialties: Registered Massage Therapist with certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Pre-natal and Post-natal massage, Trigger point Therapy, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage

Treatment Philosophy: I believe that massage therapy can help improve overall wellness by relieving pain, improving ease of movement and relieving emotional stress. I create a personalized session for each individual, drawing from many different modalities of massage.

Education: My passion for improving wellness began with my own experiences dealing with the chronic pain of scoliosis as a teenager. Massage and physical therapy helped me avoid corrective surgery on my spine. After 10 years of working in the medical field, I realized my true passion was a more hands-on approach to wellness in the form of massage therapy. I received my Associates of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy in 2012 from the Colorado School of Healing Arts. I am certified in neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, Cranial- sacral, lymphatic drainage, pre and postnatal massage. I have focused my continuing education on sports massage and structural integration.

For Fun: When not doing massage, I enjoy spending time with my daughter Paris and my family. My favorite pastimes are trail running, rollerblading, dancing and yoga. I enjoy trying new activities to challenge my mind and body, currently I am learning kickboxing and will be trying roller derby soon.

Christopher Snook, PT, DPT

Specialties: Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, Sports, Orthopedic and Post-Op Rehabilitation

Treatment Philosophy: Your body is capable of incredible things, including recovery. With the right stimuli, often a little time and guided work, we can get you back to doing what you love. Christopher is passionate about finding ways to build up his patients’ functional capacity and develop patient independence.

Education: Christopher attended The College of William and Mary in Virginia where he studied Kinesiology and Health Sciences and graduated in 2015. Afterwards he attended the University of North Florida to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. Since then he has been practicing physical therapy in Colorado, treating various orthopedic conditions and sports related injuries.

For Fun: You can often find Christopher hiking or skiing on the weekends while competing in various recreational sports throughout the week.

Longmont

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Services

  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Pre- & Post-Operative Care
  • Dry Needling
  • Golf Swing Analysis
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Whole Body Vibration
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation

Brad Grgurich, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

A native of Pennsylvania, Brad has been living and working in Colorado since 2011. After receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine, Brad has been striving to further his education in the areas of manual therapies including spinal manipulation, functional dry needling, functional movement assessments, golf rehabilitation and the use of blood flow restriction to aid his patient’s in their quest for improved quality of life. As an avid golfer, runner and a person who loves to be active, Brad understands how movement can positively impact a person’s well-being and looks forward to working with you to get back to doing what you love.

Westminster

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am-6:00 pm

Alex Ashworth, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN

Why am I a PT?

Alex has always enjoyed the many roles that a physical therapist gets to play in the rehabilitative process. “I believe that we have a unique opportunity to help those hurting, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.” As your therapist Alex prides himself on treating you as a person, and not just an injury. “I think as a healthcare provider I have a duty to help the patient to do or be whatever they want to be, not to set limitations or discourage them from their goals.”

Continuing Education Commitment

Alex currently holds the Certification in Dry Needling from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He plans to continue with the AAMT to obtain the Certification in Spinal and extremity Manipulation. Alex believes that the more advanced education your providers can practice, the better it will serve the patient. Look for him to constantly evaluate the need of the community he serves to provide the best care.

Professional and Community Activities

Alex is active in the physical therapy community as Clinical Instructor to students from Physical Therapy programs all across the country. He also works as a lab instructor for Dry Needling courses. Locally he is working to get more involved in community outreach and providing education and Physical Therapy consultations/services at local athletic events.

About Alex

Alex is originally from the Atlanta, GA area, but went to school in southeast Georgia. He moved to North Carolina for Physical Therapy School in 2011. He was able to use his clinical rotations to see new areas of the Southeast, including Wilmington, NC and Nashville, TN. Finally, he landed in the Denver area for his final internship of school where he fell in love with two things. Colorado and his now wife, Ashley. He and Ashley live in Arvada with their two dogs, Hank and Ernie, with a baby boy arriving November of 2017. Alex has learned to snowboard during his time here and has been able to hike a few 14ers. As an avid craft beer drinker, he fits right in here in Colorado!

Linda Kinzeler, PT

Why am I a PT?

Linda has enjoyed a life time of dedication to her professional role as a PT. Her initial interest in PT began as a basic desire to improve the quality of life of others. As her career has progressed and developed through the years, her professional and personal life experiences have created a genuine insight into a balance of age appropriate treatment of physical dysfunction and the emotional needs of her clients.

Continuing Education Commitment

Linda has an extension resume of yearly continuing education classes encompassing a variety of treatment techniques and approaches. Her areas of expertise are feet/orthotics and dry needling.

About Linda

Linda has been practicing as a licensed PT for over 40 years primarily in an outpatient orthopedic setting. After graduating from the University of Illinois Medical School, she worked in a hospital setting for a few years in her home town of Elgin, Illinois. During a trip to Colorado, the mountains and life style enticed her to extend her vacation and that was 40 years ago. It has been a rather long vacation! Linda is an avid hiker, biker, cross country skier, kayaker and camper. Her other interests include yoga and reading.