Foothills Orthopedic & Sport Therapy, PC

Staff


Jeff Ray, Physical Therapist

Jeff Ray, Physical Therapist has over 30 years of experience as a successful Fort Collins physical therapist (as well as a tenacious cyclist). After receiving his Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1981, Jeff joined the staff at Poudre Valley Hospital where he developed Spine Care and Sports Medicine programs. He was later recruited by the Orthopedic Center of the Rockies where he served as Chief Physical Therapist and was given the opportunity to develop his expertise with post surgical and non surgical treatment of knees, hips, shoulders and ankles including aquatic and progressive joint replacement protocols. His clientele encompassed a wide range of patients that included competitive athletes to “older and active” individuals. In 1991, Jeff joined a private practice group as an owner of Associates in Physical Therapy while continuing to expand his skills in the areas of manual therapy (myofascial release, neural mobilization, Mulligan joint mobilization, and strain/counterstrain techniques). Ten years later, Jeff and his wife Kristy founded Ray Physical Therapy at the current location in Fort Collins. With Kristy serving as Practice Manager, Jeff was able to acquire additional skills allowing him to offer Medical Bicycle Fitting, enhanced spine treatment (via Sahrmann’s movement impairment protocols) and taping (Kinesiotaping). Jeff’s clientele has remained eclectic ranging from competitive athletes of all ages to those with Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. His systematic and detailed treatment techniques have helped thousands of clients improve or resolve back, shoulder, hip, knee, neck, elbow, and ankle problems. Jeff’s treatment philosophy to provide a caring attitude with focused, efficient and progressive protocols has allowed his practice to expand, In 2008, Ray Physical Therapy merged with the Loveland based Foothills Orthopedic & Sports Therapy, PC.

Jeff currently practices at the Fort Collins office and continues his usual year round daily fifteen mile bicycle commute. He competes in bicycle road racing as a member of the Natural Grocers team and does occasional bike touring as well. Wife Kristy is now a FEMA disaster reservist and daughter Erin is a nurse with Poudre Valley Hospital.

Jeff has been a member of the American Physical Therapy association throughout his career and has served as a Colorado district officer and member of the Judiciary/Ethics committee.



Lennea Zink, Physical Therapist, MSPT

Lennea is a Colorado native and has been a Loveland resident since 1991. She graduated from Loveland High School where she participated in multiple sports including volleyball, basketball, and track. Following graduation she attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling where she continued her volleyball career. In 1999, she graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science. She attended Regis University in 2001, where she obtained a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy.

Lennea was recruited by Foothills Orthopedic & Sport Therapy in 2005. Participating in athletics throughout her life has led her to develop a strong interest in out-patient orthopedics. Lennea has completed continuing education courses focusing on manual therapy techniques, kinesio taping, aquatic therapy, core stabilization and pregnancy related issues.

Lennea also enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Her free time is spent jogging, camping, cycling, playing volleyball, and volunteering at her children’s schools.



Robert Trout, Physical Therapist

Robert is a 1979 graduate of the Physical Therapy program at the University of Utah, and has practiced in the Fort Collins area since 1987. He began his career as the Assistant Director for the Swedish Medical Center PT department in Englewood, Colorado before entering private practice in Northern Colorado in 1982. He joined Foothills Orthopedic & Sport Therapy, P.C. in 1993 as a partner and helped establish its second location in Fort Collins in addition to the original Loveland office. Robert is a 30 year member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a strong supporter of Private Practice Physical Therapy. His clinical background is primarily in orthopedics with a specialty in the area of neck injuries and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. His teamwork with dentists and physicians has provided solutions for many patients with TMJ disorders, myofascial pain and headaches. When not working, Robert enjoys traveling, especially to warmer climates during the Colorado winters.



Kimberly Saunders, Physical Therapist, DPT

Kimberly Saunders PT, DPT specializes in correcting Movement System Impairment Syndromes that cause pain, limit function, or decrease athletic performance. She has experience with a variety of manual therapy techniques, custom foot orthotics, balance training, geriatrics, Pilates, peri-partum wellness and the care of runners and cyclists. Focusing on the whole person, Kim strives to help each individual better understand their body. She enjoys helping people of all ages and ability levels reach their goals.

Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physiology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1997. While at Southern Illinois University, Kim competed as an NCAA Division I scholarship athlete in Cross Country and Track, earning All Conference honors twice. She also worked as physiology researcher, studying the interaction of brain and adrenal hormones in diabetics. In 1999, she achieved a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis, which has been consistently recognized among the Top 3 physical therapy education programs in the country by US News & World Report for decades. Kim received her certification as a Pilates Instructor in 2003. Most recently, Kim completed her Post Professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy through Washington University in St Louis in 2014. During her doctoral work, Kim’s projects focused on physical therapy related to generalized joint hypermobility and women’s health issues such as: female athletic injuries, peri-partum back pain, exercise during pregnancy, and pelvic organ prolapse. She continues to work toward a Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy-Postpartum Physical Therapy from the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Kim has practiced physical therapy in Fort Collins since 2000 and joined Foothills Orthopedic & Sport Therapy in 2011. She also serves as a Regional Mentor for the Clinical Fellowship Program in Movement Science at Washington University in St Louis, training experienced physical therapists to diagnose and treat Movement Impairment Syndromes.
Practicing physical therapy and making a home for her family in the Front Range represents the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for Kim. She is passionate about sharing values learned in the great outdoors and competitive sports with her children. These days, Kim leaves the competitive running to her husband, Mark, and she takes joy in supporting him through 2-3 marathons each year. For herself, she prioritizes balancing healthy exercise and nutrition with the demands of motherhood and professional life. During her leisure time, she can usually be found playing in the yard, serving up farm fresh food, camping, hiking or biking with her family.



Michael Chavez, Physical Therapist, DPT

Mike Chavez, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, did his undergraduate work at University of California, Santa Barbara where he was a 3 time MVP for Cross Country and Track & Field. He continued his education at Azusa Pacific University where he earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010. Mike has taken advanced coursework in running rehabilitation, kenisio taping, postural restoration, spinal stabilization, and has recently become certified in dry needling. Dry needling is a valuable treatment technique for managing chronic & acute pain, muscle stiffness, spasms, and painful muscular trigger points. In 2016 Mike earned the recognition as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Mike is also an active member of the Colorado APTA chapter. Mike is an avid runner and sports enthusiast, who enjoys helping athletes of all ages return to their sports. He also enjoys working with total joint replacements, balance deficits, and spinal rehab. When Mike is not treating patients you will find him out running trails, hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time with his wife and kids.



Megan Thorburn, DPT

Megan Thorburn, DPT

Megan is a native of Fort Collins and is excited to join the team at Foothills Orthopedic & Sport Therapy. Megan completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science at Colorado State University in 2007 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude as a University Honors Scholar. She went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Eastern Washington University in 2014. While at Eastern, she received numerous accolades within the department, including the Zorre Dearborn and Donna El-Din Memorial Scholarships, as well as the Department of Physical Therapy Scholarship Award, which recognizes the student with the highest GPA.

Megan’s clinical experience has included serving as the regional physical therapist for skilled nursing and home health services in Northwestern Kansas. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics since 2015 and enjoys treating patients with acute, sub-acute and chronic injuries related to athletics, occupational exposure and life! A member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2011, Megan is currently pursing continuing education in bicycling fitting for all rider types including recreational riders, road cyclists, and mountain bikers.

Megan is a passionate bicycle advocate and bikes to work every day. She believes in plant-based nutrition for optimal health and enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, camping, gardening, cooking, and reading. She has a passion for knowledge and learning, and one day aspires to teach the next generation of physical therapists.



Duane Pedersen, Physical Therapist, MSPT

Duane Pedersen, MSPT, MBA graduated from the University of Colorado in 1993 with a Master of Science degree in physical therapy and later from Columbia Southern University with a MBA degree with emphasis in health care administration. His clinical background is in post-operative and non-operative general orthopedics and neck and back pain issues. He initially worked in the Denver area and was the physical therapist for the Colorado Ballet. He then moved to Virginia where he treated and was the director of a regional hospital rehab department. He returned to Colorado in 2004 continuing with patient care and managing a rehab department for a local hospital. He joined Foothills in 2016 and is enjoying the Loveland community. He enjoys cycling, hiking, snowshoeing and photography and spending time in the great Colorado outdoors with his wife.