Meet The Highly Qualified Therapists Of Physical Therapy Of The Rockies!
Matthew Casseday, PT, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Dip. Osteopractic, CMP
Matt graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sports Science. He later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, AZ in 2006. He has practiced in the outpatient orthopedic setting for his entire career. In 2015, he opened Physical Therapy of the Rockies, starting in Littleton, and expanding to Englewood for practice locations. He holds a certification in Spinal Manipulation (Cert. SMT) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute, as well as Trigger Point Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute and KinetaCore. He recently completed his Diploma in Osteopractic Therapy, earning him the title of Osteopractor. He also recently completed his Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP).
As the owner, Dr. Casseday prides himself and his practice on providing the best possible evidence-based practice for his patients. He provides his staff and clinics with several ‘tools for the treatment toolbox’ to help with patient’s pain and return to normal function. He encourages his staff to take continuing education courses each year, and the practice hosts several courses in clinic.
Matt devotes his spare time to personal and professional development, working out, tennis, hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with his wife and twin daughters.
Alison Charipar, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, CMP
Alison graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2013. She holds a certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling (Cert. DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute, and is a Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP). Alison has a background in gymnastics, and enjoys treating gymnasts and pediatric patients.
Alison believes in a comprehensive rehab approach, using manual therapy techniques in combination with corrective exercises, in order to achieve the greatest results...while still having fun! Her goal is always to get her patients back to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible.
Alison is always on the go, and in her spare time enjoys the outdoors - hiking, skiing, playing volleyball, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and following her favorite collegiate sports teams.
Jessica Bandelier PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert. VRS
Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Movement and Sports Science in 2009 and Master of Science in Motor Development/Motor Control in 2011 from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She was awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2015. Since graduating, Jessica has gained experience working in an outpatient setting with various patient populations, including geriatrics, orthopedics and patients who have neurological or vestibular dysfunctions.
She has received her certifications in functional movement taping techniques from Rock Tape, dry needling from Dry Needling Institute of American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist certification from American Musculoskeletal Institute.
Jessica places an emphasis on treating the whole individual and addressing all facets of movement dysfunction to achieve the best outcomes and improve quality of life for her patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son and stays active by running, hiking and gardening.
Ryan Palkoner, PT, MPT, Cert ART, Cert DN
Mr. Ryan Palkoner is a seasoned Physical Therapist with 20 years of clinical practice since receiving his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Ryan’s background consists of advanced training in joint manipulation and soft-tissue mobilization including various forms of Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) and being certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) which has emerged as the Gold Standard in myofascial release. He is a McKenzie provider and also holds a certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling (Cert DN) from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. As a clinician, Ryan has extensive experience in outpatient orthopedic settings and has utilized Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) and its many tools as well as Kinesiology Taping Techniques for over 18 years.
Ryan is part of the Ironman Provider Network and has been part of the medical staff attending several Ironman Triathlons, the AVP Pro Volleyball Tournament and the Carlsbad Marathon which has given him the opportunity to treat a multitude of injuries in numerous professional and recreational athletes.
In addition to being a Physical Therapist, Ryan lectures around the country teaching practitioners from a variety of disciplines in the areas of manual release techniques, IASTM and Kinesiology taping.
In his free time, Ryan loves exploring and enjoying our great state of Colorado with his wife and 3 children whether it be hiking, skiing, mountain biking, working out or just relaxing in the mountains.
Chris Lowrimore, PT, DPT
Chris grew up in Salt Lake City, UT before graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA with a Bachelor's in Human Physiology in 2015, where he also played collegiate soccer as a goalkeeper. He then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019 from Regis University in Denver, CO.
Chris is dedicated to individualizing patient care to their specific needs, and utilizing a balance of manual therapy and exercise to get patients back to the activities they love to do. He is passionate about leaving a positive influence on every person he comes into contact with. Committed to enhancing the Physical Therapy profession, he is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and actively pursues continuing education opportunities in order to treat with methods backed by research and evidence.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys going on any and all hikes, but especially loves to add to his 14er tally. He also skis, snowshoes, watches and plays a variety of sports, and spends time with friends and family.
Sarina Tamura, PT, DPT, Cert. DN
Sarina is a native to Colorado and earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrative Physiology and Japanese from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. She then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in 2018. Sarina is passionate about continuing education and received a certification in dry needling from the Dry Needling Institute of American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Growing up as a gymnast, dancer, and violinist, Sarina understands what it means to have a passion and to have a body that allows one to pursue their passions. She believes in a holistic approach to physical therapy, combining the latest evidence in manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to get people back to doing the things they love.
Outside of physical therapy, Sarina is a semi-professional dancer and teacher. She teaches acro and tumbling at multiple dance studios across Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and Aurora and frequently travels and competes locally, nationally, and internationally. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, baking, and traveling.
Megan Carr, PTA, CKTP
Megan graduated from Syracuse University in 2013 with a BS in Exercise Science. She then went on to attend Villa Maria College in her native city, Buffalo, NY and graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program before relocating to Denver.
She enjoys working with her patients to help them achieve their goals and return to a pain free lifestyle. Megan also aspires to eventually become a licensed massage therapist to be able to better help individuals both with and without pathological diagnoses.
When she is not at work, Megan enjoys exploring all the beautiful and diverse settings that Colorado has to offer.
Jake Massey, PT Tech
Jake grew up in Castle Rock, CO, and graduated from Colorado State University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. He developed his love for health and exercise while playing lacrosse for CSU, and has experience in rehabilitative exercise, sports performance, and strength and conditioning.
Jake is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and has experience working with athletes from the high school level to the professional level, general populations, and special populations. He enjoys rehabilitative training with a wide variety of populations because he “loves helping people get back to doing the actives they enjoy."
In his free time, Jake enjoys playing sports, skiing, hiking, and spending time with family, friends, and his new puppy.
Joe Brennan, PT Tech
Joe is a Colorado native who grew up in the small mountain town of Durango. He graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science while on a scholarship for baseball. Joe is very passionate about physical therapy and is currently applying to PT school.
He found his passion when he needed elbow surgery and realized what an amazing feeling it would be for a therapist to help a person in need to get back to the activities of daily living.
Joe likes to hike and explore Colorado with his Golden Retriever, Bentlie. He also enjoys working out and playing baseball.
Kelsey Nemechek, PT Tech
Kelsey is a native of California, but grew up locally in Littleton, CO. She is currently working as an exercise tech at the Littleton clinic while she pursues a degree in Integrative Medicine and Psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
She has a background as a RYT 500 certified yoga instructor, specializing in Ashtanga as well as Vinyasa flow styles. Her ultimate goal is to become an equine assisted therapist, a certification she is completing through the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies. She loves learning about all aspects of the human body and mind, as well as the connection between the two.
In her free time she loves horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, and practicing yoga.
Lindsey Barr, PT Tech
Lindsey is a born native from Aurora, CO. She got her bachelors in Sports and Exercise Science from the University of New Mexico in 2013. Following that she received continuing education in Massage Therapy where she was a Soft Tissue Therapist in New Mexico for over 2 years.
She took a break from Physical Therapy to become a Swim Coach. She coached for New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and for Highlands Ranch Aquatics, a USA Swim Team in Highlands Ranch, CO.
When she is not at work, Lindsey enjoys swimming, scuba diving, working out, wake boarding, skiing, and traveling with her Husband, Travis and their two dogs.
Cassie Koerner, Reception
Cassie is a Colorado native, born and raised in Centennial. Before she started working in the physical therapy field, she was working at elementary schools in the Cherry Creek School District for almost 7 years. She was attending UNC to get her degree in Elementary Education but then life got busy and she took a break.
In 2018, Cassie decided to leave the district to do something different and started working at a physical therapy clinic. She quickly realized how much she enjoyed what she was doing and now even has thoughts about joining Nursing school in the future. Cassie joined our team in March of 2019 and is very excited to grow even more as a person and with her career.
In her free time, Cassie enjoys coloring, reading, being outdoors, and taking photos. She also loves going on adventures with her husband such as riding motorcycles, going to the racetrack, and watching all kinds of sports. Cassie is a step mom to two girls and loves getting to be their bonus mom and hanging out with them. Getting to help raise them makes her extremely excited to have kids of her own one day.
Garrison Goodner, Provider Liaison
Garrison is a Colorado native, born and raised in Littleton. Growing up he spent most of his time on the soccer field. His passion for soccer led him out of state to Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ where he majored in business. Upon completing two years there, he was offered the opportunity to pursue soccer professionally. While successful, multiple injuries forced him to transition from playing to coaching.
For the past 8 years he has been the Director of Coaching for youth soccer clubs in the Littleton area. At the start of 2019, Garrison decided he was ready for a change and the opportunity to join the PT of the Rockies team presented itself. With this change, he looks forward to sharing the benefits of physical therapy with the community, which he can personally attest to, and helping PT of the Rockies grow.
He currently lives in Englewood with his wife, Jenna, their daughter, Crosby, and pup, Reggie. Outside of work you can find him golfing, hitting up local breweries, and spending with his family and friends.