Welcome to Great Moves Physical Therapy! We’d like to introduce you to our physical therapists in Colorado Springs, CO. But first, let’s explain what a physical therapist is and what we can do for you.
Physical therapists (or PTs) are movement specialists trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat conditions with physical therapy that may hinder people from living life as fully as they would like. In Colorado, you can see a physical therapist immediately, without a referral, and we get you on the fast track to pain-free living.
After receiving a thorough evaluation, we work with you to create a customized program to meet your specific needs. During your treatment sessions at Great Moves, you spend the entire time exclusively with your therapist. Your therapist meets your individual needs using ‘hands on’ therapy, education and exercises to enhance your quality of life. In an age where most clinics provide short treatment times and use support personnel, we have been able to provide our 1-on-1, 60-minute treatment sessions without the use of aides or techs.
All of physical therapists and specialists are accredited by their respective associations. This best assures you get the highest quality of care. It’s now time for you to meet our team!
Want to Work at Great Moves?
Want to join our wonderful team of therapists at Great Moves Physical Therapy? Please call 719-477-6870 or email your resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team consists of physical therapists, massage therapists, personal trainers, and administrative staff. Everyone works together to get you feeling better!
Jacki Koury, PT, MPT
Jacki Koury, PT, MPT, founded Great Moves in May of 2001, after moving to Colorado Springs in 1993, she graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Park & Recreation Management.
After working in a hand clinic & PT clinic, Jacki attended Regis University in Denver, completing her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.
She taught at Regis University as an affiliate faculty after graduating while working at the Arkansas Valley Medical Center in LaJunta and at In Motion Pt. She opened her own clinic in 2001 to treat golfers. Her favorite areas to treat are the low back, hips, shoulders, feet and necks. Biggest passion is improving people’s performance in life.
I consider heating my girl’s clothes in the dryer EVERY morning before school as one my greatest accomplishments … :O)
Jessica Cozine-Lehman, PT, DPT
Congratulations to Jessica who was recently awarded Physical Therapist of the Year by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association).
Physical therapist, Jessica Cozine-Lehman, earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ and her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Regis University in Denver, CO in 2004. She began working at Great Moves in 2005, and became a partner in 2009.
She has continued her education in many areas, including manual therapy, women’s health and sport specific rehabilitation (cycling, running and triathlon). Jessica had the honor of going to the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece in 2004 as a therapist for the Cycling Team.
Jessica has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2001. She has enjoyed volunteering for the Colorado Chapter of the APTA since 2002, and currently serves on the Colorado APTA Board. She is also the Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee and serves on the Colorado delegation at the National House of Delegates. She is honored to have received the Bob Doctor Service Award in 2008 and was named the Outstanding Physical Therapist of the Year in 2014 by the Colorado APTA.
Monica Clinesmith, PT, DPT
Physical therapist, Monica Clinesmith, particularly enjoys finding and correcting movement impairments that cause pain, whether for athletes on the field or for someone trying to learn how to perform daily activities without pain. She also enjoys working with patients with chronic pain to help address the complex underlying factors contributing to those syndromes. She has taken advanced courses in Movement Impairment Syndromes from Washington University in St. Louis.
Monica is Functional Movement Screen certified and has taken several functional movement system classes. She is also level II certified in dry needling. She has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2003. Monica is also a dry needling specialist.
Julianne Payton, PT, DPT
Julianne is a Colorado native who graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Arizona. Prior to attending ATSU, she was an All-American runner for Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO.
Her graduate education focused on treating the entire person instead of simply a diagnosis, which is an emphasis in her practice today.
She treats most orthopedic diagnoses, however specializes in headaches/neck pain, chronic pain and enjoys working with endurance athletes. Julianne also emphasizes evidence-based treatment and works hard to implement the most up-to-date treatment.
In her spare time she enjoys trail running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Karen Stellick, PT
Physical therapist and golf specialist, Karen Stellick, brings more than 30 years of experience and a vast knowledge of orthopedic and neurologic treatment methods. She enjoys the quick recovery of total joint replacements and the challenge of neurologic care.
Karen worked as the physical therapist for the LPGA for 4 years. She continues to teach with local high school and collegiate programs. Karen is available for public speaking and education in the areas of golf, women’s health, arthritis, and aging.
Mary Herrera, RMT, CNMT
Mary is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is a certified neuromuscular therapist, and has been honing her massage therapy craft for nine years. Mary specializes in trigger point therapy, working with patient’s pre and post-surgery and post traumatic events, such as car accidents, falls, or athletic competitions.
She possesses a thorough knowledge of anatomy and the soft-tissue links to improved movement. Her ability to problem-solve, attention to detail, and unique focus on the individual set her apart from practitioners in her field. While typically in search of injury treatment or prevention, her clients walk away rejuvenated, with lower stress, and improved sense of well-being.
When she’s not practicing her art, Mary can be found running and hiking the trails of Colorado Springs with her dogs and enjoying her practice of Pilates.
Debra Kopp, LMT
Debra has a degree in psychology, is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a certified personal trainer. She has been a massage therapist for over twenty years, with her own practice for fourteen years. Her experience includes working in a PT clinic, chiropractic clinics, as well as working as a therapist at the Olympic Training Center 1986-1988 and was second alternate for the 1988 Games.
She discovered her love of massage therapy as both a recipient and practitioner through her Taekwondo career. While providing relief to elite athletes is her first love, she has an extensive experience in rehabilitative care, relaxation massage and bodywork through the spa industry, specializing in pre-natal, sport, neuromuscular, deep tissue and pain relief.
When not practicing massage therapy, Debra enjoys family time, hiking, biking, running, martial arts, dancing, reading, movies, and studying herbal and nutritional healing.
Formerly ACSM certified, personal trainer, Ty Arcilla, has acted as a gymnastics coach and the strength and conditioning specialist for Colorado College’s men’s soccer team. He worked in the bike industry, owning his own shop, for 20 years. He has been a snowboard instructor and EMT.
Ty has been intimately involved with children programs including being the children’s strength and conditioning specialist at World’s Gym and the downtown YMCA in Colorado Springs, and acting as club counselor and after school rec coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club in Salt Lake City.
Ty believes in having fun while exercising, incorporating play ground play, various exercise ball routines, and TRX, to name a few into your individualized personal training session.
Aaron received his BS in Strength & Conditioning from UCCS. He was nominated “Most Outstanding Student” by faculty & staff for his dedication and leadership qualities. Aaron was born and raised in Alaska, and grew up playing golf, fishing, and hunting. He was involved in sports at a young age, and excelled in golf, basketball and soccer. While in Alaska he started working at his local Golf Course at the age of 12. He participated in junior golf programs, and contributed to the growth of the game in his community. In his spare time he plays golf, and basketball.
Aaron has been working in personal training with athletes of all ages for 2 years. He loves to volunteer for local golf related events and with the Boys and Girls club. He will work with you for developing specific exercise programs to meet your goals.
“My biggest accomplishment is receiving a degree in Health Science. College was not an easy trek it took dedication, responsibility, hard work, and above all, perseverance. I realized true accomplishment when the Dean of UCCS handed me my diploma. What a great experience college was. I am truly blessed to be here at Great Moves.”
Below are the members of our administrative staff. Feel free to contact them with any help you may need from them:
Debbie DeBaun, MBA, CPC, CHA, CHCA, CPPM, ICDCT-CM
Keep reading to learn more about what a physical therapist can do for you …
What Do Physical Therapists Do?
According to Today’s Physical Therapist: A Comprehensive Review of a 21st Century Health Care Profession prepared by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2011, physical therapists (PT) are healthcare professionals who maintain, restore, and improve movement, activity, and health enabling individuals of all ages to have optimal function and quality of life, while ensuring patient safety and applying evidence to allow for efficient and effective care.
Physical therapists are an active part of the healthcare environment and are recognized as vital providers of rehabilitation and habitation. Physical therapists also take an active role in education, consultation, and research.
As the profession and role of physical therapists have expanded, the training and school requirements have also evolved to ensure physical therapists are competent to provide physical therapy services.
History of PT
The profession of physical therapy began in 1917 after World War I and the second polio outbreak to rehabilitate the wounded and retrain muscles affected by polio. The first program established was 3 months long and the graduate was given the title of reconstruction aide. As the need for physical therapy continued to grow with the end of World War II a baccalaureate program was developed.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s the curriculum continued to expand to meet the demands of more complex patients and the advancement of medical technology. As therapists became more autonomous over the next couple of decades it became clear the schooling requirements needed reflect this change in scope of practice and by the 1990s most physical therapy programs offered a masters of physical therapy degree.
As healthcare continues to evolve so does the degree requirements and the majority of new graduates are awarded a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree which typically takes 7 years of schooling to obtain. As of January 1, 2016, the DPT will be the required degree for all entry-level physical therapist education programs.
After graduating with a degree, physical therapists are required to pass a national board examination and receive a state license. The license must be renewed on a regular basis, with a majority of states requiring continuing education or some other continuing competency requirement for renewal. A physical therapist must practice within the scope of physical therapy practice defined by his or her state law governing the licensure and practice of physical therapy.
For more information on physical therapists and their role in the healthcare system please visit the American Physical Therapy Association public education website.
Give us a call!
Call 719-477-6870 to schedule an appointment to see one of our physical therapists, massage therapists, personal trainers today! If you contact us after hours or weekends, please leave a message and we’ll return your call as soon as we can.