Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy is an exceptional method for initiating the rehabilitation process much more quickly following an injury or surgery. The ability to initiate early intervention results in more rapid recovery.

Aquatic Therapy decreases stress on joints making it an excellent tool for improving flexibility, range of motion and increasing muscle strength.

Aquatic Therapy is beneficial for:

  • Sports and work-related injuries requiring rapid rehabilitation
  • Lower extremity fractures allowing for early range of motion, with minimal weight bearing restrictions
  • Rheumatic disorders including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia
  • Low back pain, sciatica, and post-operative lumbar patients
  • Pre-operative and post-operative total joint replacement
  • Pregnancy and post-partum
  • Core weakness

We currently offer Aquatic Therapy services for our patients in Castle Rock and Aurora.

Aurora

Hours:
Monday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday-Friday 7:00 am – 5:00 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
  • Sports Rehabilitation & Return to Sports

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

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 Denver Physical Therapy 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!

Brooke Bemis, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN

Why Am I a PT?
What originally led me to the Physical Therapy profession was my extensive background in athletics. I was fortunate to play soccer at the Division 1 level, and continue past college to play semi-professionally. With this experience came an intimate knowledge of human performance, the body, and of course; injury. This rich history in athletics led me to become a personal trainer and aide at a PT clinic, and so began my love for the profession.
I see myself as an educator. One who shares knowledge in such a way to lead people down a path toward physical proficiency, and in turn, freedom from pain. The relationship a physical therapist develops with a patient is the primary reason I love being a PT. It is never a dull day when helping people achieve their goals. I am fascinated by the workings of musculoskeletal system, and fulfilled by imparting this passion for health and the human body on others.
Continuing Education Commitment
I plan to pursue education in the Functional Movement Systems approach, the Postural Restoration Institute, and higher level certifications in Functional Dry Needling. These certifications will further my understanding of postural influences and compensatory strategies.
Professional and Community Activities
I have been a personal trainer since 2008 and stay actively involved in the fitness industry as a result. I am a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and enjoy providing assist in programming workouts and coaching group classes. I also participate regularly in recreational soccer leagues and try to maintain semblance of my younger days as an athlete.

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.

Clayton Tangen PT, DPT, Cert DN

Clayton has been practicing physical therapy in the outpatient setting for over 11 years. Originally from Virginia, she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. Clayton is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling as well as Kinesiotaping. Having had a career as a professional ballet dancer, instructor, and choreographer prior to attending physical therapy school, she enjoys guiding dancers, gymnasts, and other athletes through the recovery process and
helping them return to their full potential. Clayton is also experienced in the rehabilitation of postoperative repairs, as well as neurological impairments. Outside the clinic, Clayton enjoys spending time with her husband and two young girls. Hobbies include field trialing, fishing, and all things Longhorn!

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.

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
  • Pilates- based Therapy
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling

Trinette de Freitas
Director, MSPT, MTC, Cert. Pilates Rehab

Trinette is originally from the east coast and earned her Master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado. She has worked in an outpatient orthopedics setting for her entire career and is certified in manual therapy and rehabilitative Pilates. She believes one of the most important aspects of the rehabilitation process is patient education and thinks this really helps empower patients. In her spare time, Trinette enjoys skiing, playing ice hockey and spending time with her husband, daughter and yellow lab.

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.

Sarah Klein, PT, DPT

Sarah is originally from Spiritwood Lake, ND and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mary in 2014. Her treatment skills revolve around Orthopaedic Manual Therapy treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions including sports rehabilitation, headaches, pre/post-surgical rehabilitation, generalized orthopaedic pain, and a special interest in working with runners. Sarah has also received her certification in Trigger Point Dry needling. She is an advocate for patient education, injury prevention, and a firm believer in evidence-based practice to guide her treatment approaches. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, and cycling. Sarah revels in a fun and fit CO lifestyle.