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Grand County Health and Fitness: Physical therapy clinics lead athletes down road to recovery

Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi News

Grand County is known for its wide variety of outdoor activities, and whether or not you’re into sports, chances are you’ve hiked, gone snowshoeing or mountain biked along one of the county’s trails.

But with an active lifestyle ” or a non-active one ” there are usually injuries. Young or old, most of us need a little tweaking now and then. Physical therapy is a way to get your body back on track. Two local clinics, Alpine Physical Therapy and Mountainland Therapy, offer a range of methods for recovery.

What they also offer is a personal touch.

Dave Siegfried, a certified physical therapist, has been a Winter Park resident for 12 years and is the owner of Mountainland Therapy in Granby. His patients receive personal, one-on-one care. After eight years of business, he manages to continue his personal philosophy: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

“I don’t want to be that big corporate type of therapy (center). I want people to feel at ease, to feel at home ” and make the experience as pleasant as possible,” Siegfried said.

Patients can expect a 45-minute consolidation and treatment session, which cuts down on their length of rehabilitation, Siegfried explained. By seeing his patients for a longer amount of time, he can adjust a person’s treatment plan that day and progress to the next goal, instead of waiting until next time around.

Mountainland Therapy has a full exercise gym, so Siegfried can incorporate exercise in his treatments and provide hands-on experience. He focuses on his patient’s goal, whether it’s to return to a functional level of activity and independence, or return to a sport or recreational activity.

The clinic covers most major medical plans, including worker’s compensation and Medicare. Siegfried also offers private pay for uninsured patients. His hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and Friday by appointment only. The clinic is located at 62801 U.S. Highway 40 in the Grand Elk Building. (970) 887-2733.

The Alpine Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Fraser also strives to give its patients that personal level of service. But along with a full exercise gym, the clinic offers fitness and wellness classes to help their patients along in their recovery.

Mara Pacyga, MS, PT, is one of the center’s certified physical therapists who is currently undergoing her Pilates certification. She leads four Pilates classes a week in Fraser, and finds the classes the center offers are a good way to segue people back into their sports.

“You take people back to a higher activity instead of just normal function. It gets their cardio and flexibility back,” Pacyga said.

Pacyga enjoys the personal interaction she has with patients, she added. By getting to know them through one on one sessions, she can tailor a fitness class to their level, she explained. For example, if she knows one of her patients has a knee injury, she can show them how to modify an exercise so they do not re-injure themselves.

“Being in a small community and not having 20 patients a day, you get to know people well enough, so you can tailor the classes for (them). And you get to interact with the patient and bestow your education on them, instead of giving them cookie-cutter exercises,” Pacyga said.

The staff at Alpine Physical Therapy all has different expertise in physical therapy.

Lori Myers, PT, the clinic owner, is a Certified Feldenkrais practitioner. Myers utilizes her skills by locating the cause of a problem through a body’s movement and using her knowledge to treat and prevent an injury. She offers this on an individual basis or through group Feldenkrais classes.

Jeffrey Russell, MSPT, uses a functional kinesiology approach. With a specialty in outdoor sports, he is able to analyze movement disorders, help prevent injuries and condition the patient to become more efficient in his or her athletics. He also specializes in custom orthotics.

Mary Leone, OTR, CHT, is a Certified Hand Therapist who works full time at Alpine’s Granby office. She specializes in hand therapy, splinting and work site evaluations, but also treats all other types of injuries.

Christina Russell, CMT, a Certified Massage Therapist, utilizes an integrative approach. She is a Certified Gyrokinesis, Kickboxing instructor, and Personal Fitness Trainer, and teaches an action-packed Sports Conditioning class.

Sue Seeman, Certified Aerobics Instructor and Winter Sports Conditioning Instructor, brings talent, many years of experience, enthusiasm and a rewarding workout.

CJ Cebul, DPT, has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University. She uses manual therapy, including manipulative techniques to get a joint moving to the level it should. She educates her patients to help them maintain mobility through flexibility and strengthening exercises. Her goal is to empower patients to progress to independence.

“Every therapist has such different approaches ” we’re all bouncing ideas off everyone,” Pacyga said. “What I bring to a patient is everyone’s opinion. (Working here) has allowed me to grow as therapist, opening my ideas in ways I didn’t realize was possible.”

Whether it’s shoulder pain, neck or back pain, sprains, strains or tweaked knees, the staff at Alpine Physical Therapy and Wellness Center encourages everyone to come and see them. The center offers a free 15-minute “Ask The Therapist” consultation to determine the need for physical therapy or other medical care.

For more information visit alpinept.com, or call (970) 726-8503. The clinic is located in Fraser and Granby.


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