Meet The Highly Qualified Therapists Of Physical Therapy Of The Rockies!
Matthew Casseday, PT, DPT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN, Dip. Osteopractic
“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
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.
Jessica Bandelier, PT
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.
Tom Duffey, PT, DPT
Tom was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI and relocated to Evergreen, CO with his wife and son in early 2018. Tom's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (2012) and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2014) from Marquette University. Since graduating, Tom has completed the first level of spinal manipulation and Dry Needling certification through the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (AAOMT) along with the first two levels of Dry Needling certification through Myopain Seminars. Tom uses these techniques frequently in the clinic and feels that they are great adjuncts to accelerate and improve his patients' outcomes.
Tom met with the Physical Therapy of the Rockies team in late 2017 and felt an immediate connection. Three short weeks later, he and his family packed up their U-Haul and headed to beautiful Evergreen. In his free time, Tom enjoys cycling, hiking and summer afternoons at the pool. The Duffey family has fallen in love with Colorado and can't wait to start creating more memories in this beautiful state!
Ryan Palkoner, PT, MPT, Cert ART, Cert DN
Mr. Ryan Palkoner is in his 18th year of clinical practice after 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 Active Release Techniques (ART) which has emerged as the Gold Standard in myofascial release. He is a certified 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 15 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 seasoned and practicing 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. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section.
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.
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
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
Katie Martinez, Front Desk Receptionist
Katie is originally from San Bernardino, CA and moved to Colorado in 2018. She graduated from
the California State University San Bernardino with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science in 2015. Katie
has always enjoyed an active lifestyle while playing water polo and volleyball from a young age into her
college years. During those times, she has seen the impact that physical therapy and rehabilitation can
have and has grown a passion for physical therapy.
Since moving to Colorado, Katie has been enjoyed hiking with her husband, spending time with family,
and walking her dog.
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.
Jacob Groh, PT Tech
Jake was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating in 2017 from Carroll College in Helena, MT with a Bachelors Degree in Health Science, Jake began working for Health and Rehab Solutions in Kalispell, MT. With a desire to attend one of the two physical therapy schools in Colorado, Jake joined the Physical Therapy of the Rockies team in May 2018.
After spending 5 years exploring the mountains in Montana, Jake is excited to begin exploring the Colorado outdoors. He is most looking forward to hiking his first 14er, hiking the National Parks, and enjoying his first ski season in Colorado.
Joe Brennan, PT Tech
Joe is a Colorado native who grew up in the small mountain town of Durango. Joe 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.
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