Clinic Manager, Exempla Spine Center at Denver West
Susan graduated with her Master’s of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 1998. Over the past 20 years she has lived and worked as a physical therapist in six states in a variety of settings from acute care, inpatient rehab, and primarily outpatient
orthopedics. Her experience in so many settings has allowed her to learn and incorporate different treatment methods and philosophies from a variety of different surgeons, physicians and fellow physical therapists. The majority of her continuing
education has been centered around issues involving the spine, SI joint and pelvis/hips.
Susan believes in using evidenced based practice, utilizing techniques that have been shown through research to be the most effective. In addition, educating patients and involving them in the decision making process for their care is of utmost importance as each patient works toward their personal goals for therapy.
Sara earned her Bachelors degree in Biology with a minor in kinesiology in 2007 from Regis University. In 2011, she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University’s Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in Denver. Since graduating,
Sara has worked primarily in an orthopedic outpatient setting treating all types of musculoskeletal injuries in adults.
Sara continues to have a love of learning. She has taken multiple continuing education classes with a focus on manual techniques and is certified in dry needling. Her goal with physical therapy treatment is to provide quality personalized care with a hands on approach in order to get patients back to enjoying what they like to do.
Growing up, Sara moved every four or five years before landing in Colorado in 2003. She has since planted roots and enjoys taking advantage of Colorado's outdoor activities, the ever growing food scene in Denver, and spending time with her husband and their two english bulldogs.
Chuck graduated from Marquette University with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. He then returned home to Illinois and worked for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab) for 11 years in an outpatient clinic.
While there, he treated everything from pediatric orthopedic injuries to geriatric patients and everything orthopedic or neurologic in between. He has participated in continuing education courses mostly focusing on Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment
(MDT, also known as McKenzie approach) and biopsychosocial pain science. Chuck enjoys working with patients and seeing the fast improvements for those that respond to MDT, as well as the breakthroughs that patients make over time after having more
chronic pain conditions.
Chuck spent his childhood growing up in Northbrook, Illinois, north of Chicago. He played sports non-stop from grade school through college and beyond, and that helped him develop an interest in how the body works which eventually led him to become a physical therapist. Chuck's family moved to Colorado in October 2018 because of all that Denver has to offer with the size of the city, the entertainment, food, and outdoor activities. His wife and 2 daughters are adventurous and they all have great fun together, hardly ever staying still for long.
Michael was born in Toledo, Ohio and raised in Pensacola, Florida along with his older sister, Ashley, and younger brother, Jacob. He decided to pursue a degree in Kinesiology from Florida State University after becoming intrigued with physical wellness
in high school. After graduating from college and receiving certification through the American College of Sports Medicine, Michael worked as a Personal Trainer at various locations in Houston before moving to Denver in July 2015 where he found work
at a chiropractic office performing corrective exercise. He was brought on as Exercise Specialist at Lutheran Spine Center in late May of 2016, and actively pursues pertinent certifications/continuing education to better help patients of SCL Health.
Michael’s passion for helping people through health and wellness stems from his own personal journey to better-quality fitness. Losing a substantial amount of weight helped him gain a more positive outlook on life in general, and was the catalyst for Michael’s lifelong thirst of helping others achieve this improved physical (and, in turn, mental) wellness. Outside of work, Michael enjoys music/concerts, movies, hiking, and basking in the knowledge that the Cleveland Cavaliers are current world champions.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1997. She worked as an Exercise Physiologist at Lutheran Hospital in the Outpatient Physical Therapy department for 2 years before returning
to school. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Arapahoe Community College in 2001. She has 17 years of experience in Outpatient orthopedics. She also has been a Certified Lymphedema Therapist for 11 years and currently instructs
the Pilates Rehab Classes at Lutheran Spine Center.
Jennifer believes in educating her patients. The better patients are educated the less of their lives they miss out living. Jennifer not only wants to educate patients on their current injury but also on preventative measures for the future. Jennifer also believes in her own education so she is currently working on completing her certification for Comprehensive Pilates Instructor.
As a Colorado native she enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors of Colorado, skiing or hiking with her husband, their two daughters, and their Goldendoodle. They also enjoy traveling either within the United States or out of the country.