Meet The Highly Qualified Therapists Of Physical Therapy Of The Rockies!
Matthew Casseday, PT, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN
“I enjoy the everyday challenge of being a physical therapist”.
Why am I a Physical Therapist?
I could not be more excited about being a doctor of physical therapy. I believe as the experts in the musculoskeletal system, it gives me the best opportunity to help people in a meaningful way, providing permanent solutions for physical impairments of the body. My motivation comes from seeing my clients succeed, return to their normal lives and be able to do the things they love. Professionally, my career as a physical therapist provides me with challenges and stimulating changes. As a clinic director, I get to be responsible for the daily operations and overall functioning of the physical therapy practice, promoting a dynamic and team-oriented atmosphere. I am dedicated to advancing the profession and providing the highest caliber of care to my patients. As an instructor, I enjoy giving back to the profession. It is my responsibility to pass on current evidence-based research and my expertise to fellow physical therapists, and to students that I teach.
Continuing Education Commitment
I am dedicated to providing the best care possible for my patients by staying updated on current literature and physical therapy topics. I look forward to reading the most recent monthly publications of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, as well as other medical research journals. I will continue to practice evidence-based medicine, utilizing interventions that have been proven effective through research. I want to serve as a resource in the health care community and obtain an advanced level of knowledge and skill by specializing. I have plans to complete a specialist certification in orthopedics.
I devote my spare time to personal and professional development, resistance training, running, golfing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with my two daughters and family.
What patients are saying about Matt
"He offers lots of encouragement, which is very necessary, and he's very easy to work with."
"He's really been working with me and he gets me to do what needs to be done, thanks."
"I feel 100% improved since beginning physical therapy. Also, I was impressed by the friendliness and knowledge of my therapist."
Arizona School of Health Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2006
University of Northern Colorado, Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science, 2002
Certified Spinal Manipulative Therapist, Spinal Manipulation Institute, 2012
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling Provider
Samantha Thompson, PT, DPT
Samantha graduated from Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Biology with minor in psychology in 2008 and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015 from Rutgers University. She takes special interest in expanding her knowledge base on multiple areas including orthopedics, taping techniques, pediatrics and vestibular rehabilitation.
“No one should live a life filled with pain or discomfort. I love seeing an individual’s transition to a pain-free life along with functioning with proper movements to prevent future injuries. I have a clinical interest in evidence-based medicine, manual therapy, movement analysis and rehabilitation in individuals of all ages. I find it very rewarding to have a patient return to high-level activities that they loved to do but due to their injury, pain or dysfunction they were not able to participate. I have an experience in collegiate sports, which is where my interest peaked in injuries and rehabilitation.”
Her personal interests include hiking, beaches, climbing fourteeners, animals, lacrosse and finding great views.
Alison Charipar, PT, DPT
Alison graduated from Iowa State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2013, and has been enjoying treating patients with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions since. She holds a level 1 certification in Trigger Point Dry Needling and also has a background in gymnastics, and special interest in treating gymnasts.
Alison says, "I believe in a comprehensive approach, using manual therapy techniques in combination with corrective exercises to achieve the greatest results...while still having fun! My ultimate goal is always to get my patients back to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible."
In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors; hiking, skiing, volleyball, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and following her favorite collegiate sports teams.
Timothy Serrano, PT, DPT, Dip. Osteopractic, CSCS
Timothy was born in Central California and has since lived in 4 different time zones including Costa Rica & Ecuador. He achieved his Undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina. He was awarded his Diploma of Osteopractic from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (AAMT) which includes certifications in spinal manipulation (Cert. SMT), musculoskeletal and peri-neural Dry Needling (Cert. DN) and manipulation of the extremities. In 2013, Timothy became credentialed as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Timothy enjoys treating a wide variety of patients and patient populations. Presently he is a Fellow-in-Training working towards becoming credentialed with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and AAMT and is conducting research on Cervicogenic Headaches and Shoulder Impingement.
Timothy moved from Houston, TX to Colorado and is excited to enjoy everything this area has to offer. When not in the office he enjoys hiking, camping, and playing board games with friends and family, as well as spending quality time with his dog, Rupert.
Jessica Bandelier, Physical Therapist
Jessica earned 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 then graduated from Regis University with her Doctor of Physical therapy 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 is certified in functional movement taping techniques from Rock Tape. 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 stays active by running in local races and cycling.
Alex Cutter, Provider Liaison
As a Colorado native, Alex has a deep appreciation for physical activity and the freedom to use her body for adventuring. Alex Graduated from The University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Psychology in 2013. She has worked in sales and marketing in the Boulder and Denver areas for 3 years and was looking to develop a further knowledge of helping people with injuries. She wanted to execute her her extensive business knowledge while pursuing more clinical experience, and physical therapy was a field of treatment that she always enjoyed learning about and participating in. She has a passion for helping people live healthier, happier lives, and she greatly enjoys being a member of the PTOR team to spread the healing far and wide while also growing a successful business!
Outside of work Alex loves painting, rock-climbing, and spending her time in the Colorado mountains — on trails or on a pair of skis. Traveling, eating, and spending time with loved ones are also in her top favorite activities!
Paula Voorhis PTA, CKTP
Paula is a native of Colorado and has a deep appreciation for the scenic beauty of our wonderful state. She has prior experience in both retail and restaurant management, but the experience of helping in the home care of a terminally ill relative over several years planted a seed that blossomed into a passion for helping people live better, stronger, happier and more pain free lives. She subsequently graduated from the “Physical Therapist Assistant” program at Pima Medical Institute where she earned an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree in 2015. She is passionate about continuing education and is certified Kinesio Tape Practioner.
Paula enjoys an active lifestyle where she and her husband, along with their two boys, enjoy the many amenities of the Denver metro area such as cultural, civic and sporting events. They also enjoy outdoor activities such a hiking, walking their dogs and spending time in the scenic mountain areas of Colorado and neighboring states. Each family member is active in martial arts and each studies one or more of the various different disciplines within that community.
On becoming a member of PT of the Rockies, Paula said, “I am excited to have the opportunity to help clients and patients transition through the healing processes.” Paula has a true passion for people and enjoys meeting and developing positive interpersonal relationships with people of all nationalities, racial, lifestyle, socioeconomic or other groups. She says, “It is our differences that make each of us unique and interesting as individuals.”
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 volunteers at the Dumb Friends League, and enjoys exploring all the beautiful and diverse settings that Colorado has to offer.
Laura Fishlock, Front Desk Receptionist & PT Tech
Laura is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Monument. She graduated from Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor degree in Fitness and Health Promotion and has been a NSCA Certified Personal Trainer since 2015 and says, "I love using my creativity through exercise and fitness to help others achieve their goals." Throughout college she coached gymnastics and kept herself active on the Colorado and Gunnison rivers. She has always lived an active lifestyle between being a gymnast since the age of 4 and trying to keep up with her two brothers. Outside of the office you can find her on the river or in the mountains.
Bethany Langer, Director of Front Desk Operations
Bethany was born and raised in Colorado. She has enjoyed residing in various cities in the Denver metro area throughout her lifetime. Since joining the Physical Therapy of the Rockies team in 2016, Bethany has felt at home. She attributes this to the positive energy that flows freely within the clinics. “We have the best patients and best co-workers around! I truly enjoy each person I work beside and learn so much from them daily.”
Outside of work, Bethany takes joy in spending time with her family. From camping, to watching football, to playing play-doh with her kids, she is always looking for ways to love life.
Katie Hicks, PT Tech
Katie is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina and moved to Colorado in 2017. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science in 2014. After college, she developed an interest in becoming a physical therapist and has been able to learn about the field by working alongside many PTs.
Since moving to Colorado, Katie has been experiencing a lot of new things! She enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, and skiing and looks forward to seeing everything Colorado has to offer.
Jake Massey, PT Tech
Jake grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado, 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.
Jay Elliott, PT Tech
Jay is a Colorado native who graduated from Rockhurst University in Kansas City in May of 2017 with a Bachelors Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He is a certified Exercise Physiologist by the ACSM and is currently working towards furthering his education and becoming a Physical Therapist, and thus is very excited to be a part of our physical therapy clinic. Jay is passionate about sports and coaching, and has coached competitive youth baseball the last four summers. "I love coaching others and watching them achieve their personal goals, and I carry that same passion with me in my work in the clinic." In addition to watching and playing sports, Jay enjoys lifting, taking his dog for a walk, and spending his free time with family and friends."
Veronica Koral, PT Tech
Veronica was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors Degree in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology and a minor in Dance. Throughout her college career, Veronica developed her love for fitness as a dedicated member of the CU Women's Water Polo team. She then developed her love for nutrition through her job teaching neuroscience with an emphasis on healthy brain developmental habits. After graduation, Veronica worked in the research field for over a year before discovering her love of working directly with people while focusing on health, fitness, and nutrition through the field of Physical Therapy. Veronica spends her free time with her husband and pup as well as enjoying fitness, art, friends, family, eating everything, wrestling alligators and binge watching Netflix.
PT ~ Physical Therapist
DPT ~ Doctorate of Physical Therapy
CMP ~ Certified Mulligan Practitioner
CSCS ~ Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Cert DN ~ Certified in Dry Needling
PTA ~ Physical Therapy Assistant