Audrey Bauer PT, DPT – Austin Bluffs Clinic
Audrey Bauer PT, DPT, is from Coppell, Texas and attended Abilene Christian University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Nutrition. She then attended Texas Woman’s University in Dallas where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She moved to Colorado Springs for the challenging work environment and because of her love of hiking, running, skiing, and enjoying all the outdoor adventures that Colorado has to offer. With an interest in chronic pain and pain science as they relate to the orthopedic world of physical therapy, Audrey plans to continue a course of lifelong learning with an emphasis on chronic pain and manual therapy treatments that will most benefit her patients in the clinic.
Don Bost ATC – Downtown Clinic
Donald Bost, ATC, is a certified athletic trainer and Director of Action Potential’s Industrial Evaluation and Rehabilitation program. Don earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. Additionally, he studied Exercise Physiology at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Don is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and he is certified in the Blankenship Functional Capacity Evaluation System. Don’s breadth of experience in sports performance and worksite safety makes him an invaluable member of the Action Potential team. Don not only does ergonomic assessments, worksite evaluations, Functional Capacity Evaluations, and pre-placement screenings, but he also provides outstanding patient care, helping individuals to improve strength and conditioning. Don directs several sports performance programs locally and uses his expertise to help injured athletes return to action more quickly. In his free time, Don enjoys spending time with his wife and their five children.
Sandra Bost OTR, CHT – Downtown Clinic
Sandra Bost, OTR, CHT is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist who has been an integral part of the Action Potential team since 1999. Sandy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison in Madison, WI in 1987. In 1994, after successfully completing thousands of hours working specifically with the hands, she earned the Certified Hand Therapist title. For over twenty years, Sandy has enjoyed treating patients with a variety of conditions affecting the hands and the entire upper quadrant of the body. As necessary, she creates customized splints to assist in the healing and recovery process. Gardening, participating in and watching sports, and having fun with her family top her list of favorite activities.
Melodie Colyar OTR, CHT – Briargate Clinic / Advanced Hand & Orthopedic Rehabilitation
A Certified Hand Therapist for over twenty years, Melodie Colyar OTR, CHT, specializes in the treatment of all aspects of injuries to the upper quadrant. Melodie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Committed to constant professional growth, she has observed hours of hand and upper extremity surgery and has taken countless continuing education courses in order to stay current on surgical procedures and evolving evidence-based practices. She works closely with occupational medicine doctors, family practice physicians and hand surgeons and believes in a team-based approach to care. Melodie asserts that occupational therapy combines the art of rehabilitation with the science of healing and she takes pride in her ability to provide both, realizing the privilege of being a part of the healing process. Outside of work, Melodie’s priority is caring for her children and extended family. She is also an avid runner.
Andrew Fox PT, DPT, COMT, CERT.DN – Fillmore Clinic
Andrew Fox, PT, DPT, COMT, CERT.DN, earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2007 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UNLV as well. He completed the ‘Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist’ (COMT) post-graduate coursework, training, and testing through the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training in 2015. Andrew especially enjoys treating elderly patients, individuals with total joint replacements, and patients with neurological disorders. When not working or studying, Andrew plays golf and enjoys the outdoors. More than anything, he treasures time with his wife and three small children.
Ashley Fuller PT, DPT – Fillmore Clinic
Ashley Fuller, PT, DPT, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Ashley plans to pursue a post-doctoral certification in orthopedic manual therapy through the North American Institute. A dynamic and enthusiastic therapist, Ashley treats a variety of chronic and acute injuries and conditions and especially enjoys treating pediatric patients, from infants to teenagers. Ashley appreciates all outdoor activities including running and hiking and she also enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with family.
Rick Lambert PT, DPT, CERT.DN – Austin Bluffs Clinic
Rick Lambert, PT, DPT, CERT.DN, has been practicing physical therapy for over 15 years, emphasizing manual therapy, mobilization, manipulation and myofascial release, and exploring the neurophysiology of pain. Rick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1997. He earned his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005. Rick’s clinical approach consists of individualized treatment plans with an emphasis on hands-on physical therapy and a good dose of humor. Rick, his wife and their four children are thrilled to live in Colorado Springs and enjoy all the community has to offer. In his free time, he hikes, runs, swims, and travels.
Mark Leenheer PT, DPT, CMPT – Briargate Clinic
Mark Leenheer graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Mark completed a post-doctoral residency program with a focus in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at the Cleveland VA Medical Center. A Certified Manual Physical Therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, Mark is currently pursuing his Fellowship in manual physical therapy. He is a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique useful for treating myofascial restrictions and soft tissue adhesions, mobilizing scars, and promoting healing. Mark is a Cleveland, OH native and a passionate Cleveland sports fanatic. Additionally, he is a cyclist, skier, and trail runner.
Kathryn Livingston PTA – Briargate Clinic
Kathryn Livingston, licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, graduated from Pueblo Community College in 2017 with her Associates of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapy. Always up for a challenge and eager to learn, Kathryn joined Action Potential to work alongside the best. Beyond the traditional PTA curriculum, Kathryn specifically trained in Hippotherapy, the purposeful manipulation of equine movement as a physical and occupational therapy tool to engage sensory, neuro-motor, and cognitive systems, to promote functional outcomes. Working in the clinic without access to horses, Kathryn is committed to helping patients reach their functional and lifestyle goals and draws upon her diverse training and skills to do so. Kathryn loves the fast paced, engaging and fun environment of out-patient physical therapy. She particularly relishes working with patients with sports injuries, those with neurological disorders, and the elderly population in general.
Karen Meade PT, DPT, CSCS – Security / Fountain Clinic
Karen Meade, PT, DPT, CSCS, brings a passion for fitness, athletics and sports medicine to the Action Potential team. Karen earned her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine both from Colorado State University. She also holds the CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Karen especially enjoys working with athletes and individuals recovering from surgeries. An avid CrossFit enthusiast and instructor, Karen is certified “CrossFit Level 1” and holds her “Clinical Management of the Fitness Athlete” certification. She is Rock Tape, Cupping, and Rock Blades (IASTM) certified as well. Whatever the condition or ailment she treats, Karen puts to good use her extensive continuing education and breadth of specialty certifications. In her free time, you can find her hiking, doing CrossFit, working out at the gym or traveling with her husband, Isaac.
Rich Monaco PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, OCS, CERT.DN, DIPMT – Downtown Clinic
Richard Monaco, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT, OCS, CERT.DN, DIPMT, obtained his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from SUNY Cortland in Cortland, NY. Rich received his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, he is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and he completed the Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist post-graduate coursework, training, and testing through the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training. Most recently, Rich earned his National Fellowship Certification (FAAOMT). Rich operates from the perspective that physical therapy consists of equal parts manual therapy, for joint and soft tissue mobilization, and appropriate exercises, for maintenance and support. When not working or studying, Rich spends his time with his family and in the outdoors. He enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, rock and ice climbing, and hiking and backpacking.
Suyasha Pai PT, CERT.DN – Downtown Clinic
Suyasha Pai PT, Cert. DN has been a physical therapist for over 13 years. She completed her physical therapy education and training at the Sancheti Institute College of Physical Therapy, an acclaimed school in Pune, India. Her training includes all aspects of orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation, shoulder and hand specific rehabilitation, myofascial release and differential diagnosis techniques and skills. Additionally, she is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and trained in specialized Vestibular Rehabilitation concepts and practices. Suyasha truly loves working with senior patients and also has a special interest in treating patients with headaches, including migraines, those with TMJ problems and individuals with disorders of the foot and ankle. While in India, she worked in a facility specializing in knee rehabilitation, including the prevention of knee surgery and joint replacement. Since moving to the United States in 2007, Suyasha has worked in outpatient rehabilitation centers, in individual patient homes and in the clinical office setting. No matter the setting, she believes that “doing good to others is not just a duty, it is a joy!” Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and painting.
Phil Plante PT, DSc, MTC, CMPT, COMT, FAAOMPT – Briargate Clinic
Phil Plante founded Action Potential Physical Therapy in 1997 with the goal of providing world class physical therapy in a local setting. His passion for treating patients in the Colorado Springs community continues to this day. In addition to practicing physical therapy full time, Phil is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists, providing advanced fellowship training to therapists from all over the nation. Phil holds his Doctor of Science in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Additionally, Phil has the elite title of Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (Level 4) through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. He has a Master of Arts degree in Sports Science from the University of Denver in Denver, CO as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO. Phil earned his undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, playing hockey, and fly fishing and relishes spending time with his wife, Eva, and their two daughters.
Greg Wilhelms PT, CERT.DN – Security / Fountain Clinic
Greg Wilhelms, PT, a longstanding part of the Colorado Springs and Fountain medical community, has been practicing physical therapy for nearly forty years. Greg holds his Physical Therapy (Degree) Certificate, earned at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Additionally, he has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, received from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE. Greg’s tenure as a physical therapist has afforded him many opportunities to work in outpatient rehabilitation centers and traditional orthopedic facilities, in acute hospital settings and skilled nursing facilities, and in individual patient homes. Throughout his career, Greg has continued to fine tune his skills even further by taking over seventy continuing education courses. Greg approaches his physical therapy practice in much the same way he does all things in life, with a relaxed style. Knowledgeable and highly trained, Greg puts patients at ease as he listens to their concerns, evaluates their condition or injury, and employs the most suitable techniques to remedy the pain and problems. When not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids, watching sports, and gardening.