Our Physical Therapy Team

Mat Haager

Mat Haager, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists
  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Dry Needling certification

Affiliate faculty: Regis University Physical Therapy program

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Regis University, 2014
  • Bachelors of Arts, Biology - Wartburg College, 2010

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Fly fishing, running, cycling, spending time with my wife and dog

Special clinical interest: Orthotic fabrication, foot/ankle, ACL rehabilitation

Patrick Septon, PT, DPT

Primary Specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:
  • Dry Needling certification
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certified Specialist

EducationDoctor of Physical Therapy - University of North Dakota, 2006

Clinic Location: OMC/Main campus

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, skiing, weightlifting

Special clinical interest: Chronic pain, vestibular rehabilitation

Megan Smith

Megan Smith, PT, DPT, OCS

Primary specialty: Orthopedics, Neurological, Vestibular

Certifications:

  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Dry Needling certification
  • Certified Vestibular Rehab Specialist

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2016
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Spanish minor - College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University, 2013

Clinic Location: OMC/Main campus

Hobbies/interests: Competitive distance runner, hiking, camping, traveling, climbing 14ers, paddling, skiing (downhill and cross-country)

Special clinical interest: Lower extremity injuries (foot/ankle, knee, hip), athletes/runners, acute brain injury/stroke

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? The variety of patients that I get to work with, and collaborating with other outstanding, compassionate providers at Denver Health.

Timothy N. Terry

Timothy N. Terry PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Manual Physical Therapist

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Regis University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biology - Regis University, 2011

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Fly fishing, Triathlons, Rockies Baseball, Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, home improvement projects, gardening

Special clinical interest: A little bit of everything.

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? I truly enjoy my co-workers. The people I work with are passionate about their profession and helping people.

Rachael Maguire

Rachael Maguire PT, DPT, OCS

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Level 1 Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at University of Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry - Villanova University

Clinic Location: Main Campus/OMC

Hobbies/interests: Spending time outdoors hiking and cross-country skiing, spending summers on, in, and around the water, working on balance, stability, mindfulness (and humility) in yoga, following Villanova Basketball, spending time with loved ones (both people and dogs), learning new things through reading, listening to podcasts, and visiting museums, wining and dining around Denver, traveling - it's one of my major life goals to have visited all 50 states (16 to go!)

Special clinical interest: Spine dysfunction, orthopedic trauma, and hypermobility syndromes

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? Being a part of an organization full of people who all share the top priority of providing the best care possible for our patients (and the views from the 6th floor PT gym definitely don't hurt!)

Maegan Olivos

Maegan Olivos PT, DPT, MPH, GCS

Primary specialty: Geriatrics, Neurological, Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • LSVT BIG certified
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certified Specialist

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy - Arcadia University, 2014
  • Master of Public Health - Arcadia University, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies - Middlebury College, 2007

Clinical Location: OMC/Main campus and Bernard F. Gipson Sr. Eastside Family Health Center

Research and Academic Positions: Affiliate Faculty, Regis University, Department of Physical Therapy; Adjunct Faculty, Arcadia University, Department of Physical Therapy; Adjunct Faculty, Arcadia University, Department of Public Health; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (2020-2023)

Special Clinical Interests: Progressive Neurological Disorders, Vestibular/Concussion, Telerehabilitation
  
Hobbies/interests outside of work:
competitive swimming, hiking, spending time with my husband and 2 young children

Laura Dana, PT, MPT

Primary specialty Vestibular, Orthopedics

Certifications: Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Masters of Physical Therapy, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Clinic Location: OMC/Main campus

Hobbies/interests: Spending time enjoying my family and our 3 kids-watching them compete in sports, hiking, reading, spending time with friends and hopefully more traveling once our kids are off on their own!

Special clinical interest: Vestibular rehab, shoulders

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? I love the people here. Both the patients and all the amazing staff that I work with at the OMC. It is truly a special place.

Sara Townsend

Sara Townsend, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Neurological, Vestibular

Certifications:

  • Certified Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation & Concussion Certified Specialist (American Institute of Balance)
  • Dry Needling certification
  • Pelvic Health Physical Therapy certification
  • LSVT BIG certified

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Regis University
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences - University of Virginia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sciences - Vanderbilt University

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Being in the woods (hiking, camping, cross country skiing), exploring other countries through food

Special clinical interest: Brain injury

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? I love Denver Health because I feel like my work really matters. I appreciate getting to work with such a diverse population and see how we can make changes together.

Jessie Cardi, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications: Dry Needling Level 1 certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - George Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts - Ohio University

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my family and friends, reading mysteries and science fiction novels, enjoying nature, walking my dog Roy, and weight lifting

Brady (Chip) Loomis, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications: Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology - Texas A&M University 1998

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Puzzles, adventuring, spending time with my kiddos.

Darin Weltsch PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of St. Augustine: Miami
  • Bachelor of Science - University of Colorado Boulder

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Snowboarding, being around animals, board games, and anything sports related (participating and watching)

Rachel Ganger, PT, DPT, CLT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics and lymph

Certifications: Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT)

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - The Ohio State University, 2020
  • Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology. Dance minor,  Arizona State University

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, martial arts, video games, cross stitching

Chloe Graves

Chloe Graves, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications: Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2021
  • Bachelor of Arts, Exercise Science - Hamline University, 2017

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Special clinical interest: I am passionate about providing best evidence, whole-person, trauma-informed, narrative-based care to historically marginalized and underserved individuals. As we strive to meet the needs of our very pluralistic society, I can foresee our future profession not only participating in secondary and tertiary care, but being vital components in primary, preventative care within our healthcare system.

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with family, eating good food, and traveling the world.

Erin O’Brien, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Pediatrics

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2021
  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science - University at Buffalo, 2018

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, paddleboarding, skiing, camping

Special clinical interest: Developmental milestones

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? I love that I get to make therapy a fun, engaging, and playful experience for my patients!

Charles (Ashton) Burton

Charles (Ashton) Burton, PTA

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Education: Bachelor of Science, Biology - Alcorn State University, 2008 Associate of Occupational Studies – Physical Therapist Assistant, 2016

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Running, reading, the Universe, coffee enthusiast, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? The awesome humans we get the opportunity to work with daily

Lucy Burrage, PT, DPT, NCS

Primary specialty: Neurological

Special Certifications:

  • Board-Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist
  • LSVT BIG certified

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Northeastern University, 2015
  • Bachelor of Science, Rehabilitation Sciences - Northeastern University, 2014

Clinic Location: Eastside Clinic

Hobbies/interests: Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors including skiing, hiking and fly fishing with my husband and dog as well as traveling to spend time with friends and family and explore different areas of the world.

Special clinical interest: I have worked across various settings including acute rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient services with a primary focus in treatment of neurological conditions. I obtained my board certification in Neurological Physical Therapy in 2020 and am passionate about providing care to this patient population.

Christina Kennedy, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics, Neurological

Certifications: Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2023
  • Bachelor of Science, Health and Exercise Science - Regis University, 2018

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Getting outside to run, ski, and camp, and I enjoy traveling as much as possible!

Special clinical interest: Headache management, post-stroke rehab, lower extremity injuries, runners

Jessica Zimonick

Jessica Zimonick, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Dry Needling certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Jamestown, 2021
  • Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science - University of Wisconsin La Crosse, 2017

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy running, hiking, traveling & baking

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? My favorite part about working at Denver Health is being surrounded by so many other talented, intelligent & caring providers. We work as a cohesive team in order to provide patients with the care & resources that they need.

Deborah Currier, MEd, PTA, LMT

Education:

  • Master of Education, Adult Education and Human Resource Development - University of Texas at Austin
  • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant - Fort Morgan Community College

Certifications: Licensed Massage Therapist - Boulder College of Massage Therapy

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Aaron Williams, PTA

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Lebanon Valley College for Business
  • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant - Central Penn College for PT

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Weightlifting, ballroom dancing, greyhounds

Nick Smith, PTA

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • CFSC-Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • PPSC- Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Human Performance and Sport - Metropolitan State University of Denver, 2012
  • Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant - Concorde Career College, 2023

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Exercising, reading, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, watching sports

Kelly L. Kaems, PT, DPT, OCS

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications: Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - City University of New York Graduate Center, 2015
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, French Minor - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2003

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: piano, dance, hiking, running

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? I enjoy the integrated care approach, helping to serve and advocate for underserved populations, and working with such a great team of clinicians.

Lucia Surraco PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics, Pelvic Floor

Certifications: Dry Needling Level I

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - Northeastern University
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science - Northeastern University

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with friends, hanging out with my dog, cooking, hiking, camping, biking, generally being outside!

Jacob Romanuski, PTA

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Education: Associates Degree, Physical Therapist Assistant - Lackawanna College, 2017

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: hiking, rock climbing, traveling.

Special clinical interest: Anything orthopedic

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? The work environment and the patients

Aundrea Lucero

Aundrea Lucero, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Dry Needling certified
  • Spinal manipulation certification

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Psychology, Minor Sociology - University of Colorado-Denver, 2011

Clinic Location: Eastside Clinic

Hobbies/interests: I enjoy crafting, and learning how to play the piano.

Special clinical interest: Chronic low back pain

Rachael Eckert, PT, DPT

Primary specialty: Pelvic Health and Orthopedic

Certifications:

  • Dry Needling certification
  • Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Functional Nutrition for Chronic Pain

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Bachelor of Science, Nutrition (Science and Applied concentration) - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Clinic Location: Main Campus - Pavilion B

Hobbies/interests: Spending time with friends and family; Staying active (yoga, rock climbing, snowboarding, paddleboarding, hiking); Traveling (backpacking, road trips, camping); Art (ceramics, pressing flowers, water colors, listening to music); Reading and relaxing at home.

Nicole Stahel-Ziegler

Nicole Stahel-Ziegler, PT, DPT, PHC

Primary specialty: Pelvic Health and Orthopedics

Certifications:

  • Dry Needling certification
  • Pelvic Health Certification

Education:

  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Evidence in Motion, San Antonio, TX
  • Diploma of Physical Therapy - University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Clinic Location: Main Campus - Women’s Care Clinic, Pavilion C

Hobbies/interests: Hiking, backpacking, salsa dancing, yoga, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends

Ivette Covarrubias, PTA

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy - Universidad La Salle Noroeste
  • Associate of Occupational Studies, Physical Therapist Assistant - Pima Medical Institute

Clinic Location: OMC/Main Campus

Hobbies/interests: Reading, pets and cooking

Alex Hartsell PT, DPT, ATC

Primary specialty: Orthopedics

Certifications: Certified Athletic Trainer

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Clinic Location: OMC/Main campus

Hobbies/interests outside of work: Outdoor activities: hiking, skiing, camping. Being a fan of Carolina sports teams. Attempting to learn to bake

What do you enjoy about working at Denver Health? Working with a diverse patient population and being able to learn from the many great clinicians here.