Meet The Professionals At Each Of Our 4 Clinics
Diane Baggs, CEO
Jeff Randall, MS, PT, MTC, ATC, CSCS
Since graduating in 2001 with his Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota, Jeff has practiced in the outpatient, orthopedic setting.
His certifications include Manual Therapy Certification (MTC), Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Dry Needling Certification (Cert. DN), all of which have helped him develop his treatment approach.
One of Jeff’s favorite sayings is, “Who says physical therapy isn’t physical?” His treatment approach is very hands on and will include spinal manipulation/mobilization, various techniques of soft tissue mobilization/massage, and movement retraining.
Jeff believes that every patient he treats is unique and does not fit into a one size fits all treatment philosophy. Because of this he has countless hours of continuing education under several philosophies in order to deliver the best results.
Jeff is married to Anne and they have three children, Alli, Christopher, and Zach, that keep them busy with multiple sporting events. The Randall family enjoys an active Colorado lifestyle of hiking, biking, and skiing.
Jennifer Engleman, Director Of Front Desk Operation
Jennifer has lived in Falcon, CO most of her life and graduated from Colorado Mesa University earning a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science. Jen aspires to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy and loves the outpatient orthopedics setting. On the weekends she enjoys fishing, hiking, riding horses, and being outdoors.
Amy Lopina (Barnish)
Provider and Patient liaison; marketing
Amy was born in Newton, Mass. She was raised in an Air Force family and experienced moving a lot, in different states and overseas. She’s lived in many different parts of Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Later, she obtained her Associate of Science degree in Computer Information Science.
After a skiing accident and knee surgery, she was told not to run. A year after reconstructive knee surgery, she placed third woman in the Pikes Peak Marathon and has run many since. “Physical Therapy helped get me back to running. I’m passionate about people healing and recovering. It’s so cool seeing the positive results patients get from Strive and being a part of this team.”
She has two sons in college who she adores. As competitive gymnasts, they have experienced overcoming injuries and improving strength and mobility over the years. Amy is also a certified dog groomer and does freelance writing. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, trail running, taking her dog on hikes, weight training, and wine tasting. Eventually, she would like to make more time for gardening, yoga, and maybe having a couple backyard chickens!
Stetson Hills Clinic
Anthony obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. Prior to that, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. After graduating from University of Montana with his B.S. degree, he worked as a rehabilitation Technician for several years. This is where he developed his passion for rehabilitation and decided to become a physical therapist.
Anthony has worked in many different settings including hospitals and nursing homes before finding his home here at Strive Physical Therapy at our Stetson Hills location.
“I am excited helping my patients meet their goals and get back to their lives without pain.”
He is originally from North Central Nebraska. His hobbies include running, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, fishing, snow-boarding, and most anything outdoors. “My wife and I enjoy the great outdoors together and like bringing our son on our adventures. He loves it!” Anthony points out, “My biggest goal in life is to pass along my passions for health and fitness to him and to all of my patients.”
Dave Bush, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Dave was born in San Antonio, Texas and raised here in Colorado Springs. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science wit h a minor in Business Administration from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He also completed an Orthopedic Residency program.
He has a strong area of interest in sports physical therapy and sport performance for athletes of all levels. “I am passionate about physical therapy because I love to help people achieve their goals and live a high quality of life.”
Dave loves spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and his two children. He is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan! His hobbies include sports, hiking, biking, hunting, snowboarding, and listening to music.
Daniel Bertrand, Lead Tech
Daniel, a native of Colorado Springs, is a Physical Therapy exercise specialist technician at our Stetson Hills location. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from Colorado College. He then obtained his Master’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
“I love helping people recover from injury and return to the activities they enjoy the most”. Daniel also loves teaching the proper technique and forms of exercise, so they can accomplish goals outside of therapy without causing injury.
Some of Daniel’s hobbies include playing horse shoes, hiking, biking, and snow-boarding. He also loves walking his new puppy, Alpine, a Great Pyrenees mix.
Kristina “Beani” Johnson, Rehab Tech
Beani was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Scottsdale Community College with an Associates of Arts degree and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She is a certified Athletic Trainer. She enjoys working as a Physical Therapy Technician for Strive and helps at all of our locations.
“I love working in Physical Therapy because I enjoy helping patients reach their full potential and getting back to all of their daily activities.”
Beani is a self-described “crazy cat lover” — she loves cats! She and her boyfriend also enjoy getting outdoors, playing disc golf, and trying out all of the local breweries and wineries.
Rachel Washington, Front Desk Receptionist
Rachel is a proud Colorado native from Colorado Springs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She then obtained her Master of Science degree in Sport and Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sport Administration from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.
“I am passionate about working in physical therapy because I enjoy learning and knowing how the muscles and joints in the body function. I also love working with people. Strive values people and the clients they serve.”
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. Rachel likes going to sports events, concerts, and movies. She also is having fun learning to play guitar and has a twin brother.
Village Seven Clinic
Taylor earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wichita State University in Kansas. Before that, she obtained her B.S. in Biology at Southwestern College, KS where she competed in track and volleyball. She enjoys being a Physical Therapist at our Village Seven location.
Taylor has experience in multiple clinical settings ranging from general orthopedics to pediatric sports rehabilitation. She is especially interested in general orthopedics, sports medicine, and vestibular disorders. She believes in the importance of skilled manual intervention, utilizing a hands-on treatment approach, coupled with therapeutic exercises for the best treatment outcomes. She also includes patient education on how to manage symptoms at home to allow for improved quality of life. “I am very passionate about helping people achieve their goals and reach their greatest potential”.
She is a Colorado native originally from Loveland. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, obstacle course racing, and spending time with family and friends.
Kiersten Armstrong, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist
Kiersten was born and raised in Linwood, New Jersey near Atlantic City. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Spanish. She completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.
Before working for Strive, she worked as a physical therapist in Raleigh, North Carolina in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. She completed her certification in dry needling and is currently completing her spinal manipulative therapy certification. “What I love about physical therapy is meeting all different types of people and getting to build relationships with patients.
It is great to be able to be on this journey with them and to help them get better.”
In Kiersten’s free time, she likes to go snowboarding and working out. She also loves hiking with her dog, Riley and traveling to a beach when she is able to. She enjoys traveling around the United States and internationally.
Kathy Chewakin PT
Kathy grew up in Northern California. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from University of California in Santa Barbara. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Science in Minnesota. She also has a certification in Dry Needling. She enjoys being a Physical Therapist in our Village 7 location.
“I have always worked with orthopedic populations. I have a passion for educating patients and also teaching them what they can do at home to help themselves”.
Kathy is married and her husband is a Physical Therapist as well, having met in Grad school. They love their three grown sons and two labradoodles. They also enjoy traveling, camping, and skiing.
Alex “Kam” Kamrud, PT Tech
Although “Kam” was born in Kansas, he was raised in many places because of his father serving in the Army. He experienced living in many states all over the country. After finishing high school in Pittsburgh, PA, Kam served in the U.S. Army. While serving, he suffered an unfortunate accident injuring his back stating, “I was unable to play with my god-daughter or play with my dogs. Physical therapy changed that.” He regained his strength and now says, “I feel like I got my old life back! I want to give that same feeling to patients so they can feel it too.”
In his spare time, Kam loves spending time with his wife and three dogs, binge-watching Netflix.
Sonja Reinhardt, Delmonico Front Desk
Sonia was born and raised in Detroit, MI. In Michigan, she earned her Medical Billing and Coding certificate. She worked as an office manager for a Physical Therapy clinic in Livonia, MI. She enjoys being in charge of the front desk at our Delmonico location.
“I love being able to help people feel better.”
Sonia is a mother of two adult sons and a ten-year old daughter. She loves exploring new places with her husband and daughter. She also loves decorating cakes. “I have been doing that for over 30 years.” Other passions of hers include writing poetry and reading books.
Dane Kelley, PTA, Clinic Director
Dane has been a director with Strive for over two years and has been practicing physical therapy for over four years. Hailing from the great state of Kansas, Dane graduated from Fort Hayes State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration. After earning his Physical Therapy (PTA) license in Colorado, he has enjoyed working in the outpatient sports medicine and orthopedic setting.
Dane generally loves treating all areas of orthopedics. He is especially passionate in treating cervical disorders, headaches, and temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ). He also truly enjoys treating any issues involving the foot/ankle such as plantar fasciitis.
“I love having a positive impact on patients lives and being able to get them to where they want to be. The ability to change someone’s outlook on life is very exciting.” He is very passionate about the profession and truly believes most people can benefit from physical therapy. “I am continuously improving and evolving my skills as a clinician to better serve the community,” says Dane.
His hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, skiing, disc golf, golfing, cross-fit, traveling, and reading. “I love pretty much everything outdoors!”
Allison McCloud, PT, DPT Physical Therapist
Allison grew up in Shreveport, LA. She earned her DPT from Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport. She is a certified dry needling practitioner. She has been a Physical Therapist for over 6 years with a background in treating spine patient populations.
Allison shares, “One of my passions includes travel, so I applied that to work and spent 2 years going from coast to coast of the US working in all physical therapy settings. I feel that has given me a well-rounded and diverse picture of my physical therapy career that I can apply to any patient situation that walks in the door at Strive Physical Therapy.”
“I have a special interest in the orthopedic population and have gained experience in treating pelvic girdle dysfunction. I am passionate about being a physical therapist because I know there are times when everyone needs a lending hand to achieve their goals.” Allison continues, “I desire to be that professional to assist our patients back to their prior level of function so that they may focus on their priorities in life with joy.”
“I love the outdoors, hiking, physical fitness, adventure, and traveling and feel that Colorado is a great place for me!”
Natasha Balcom, PT Tech
Natasha Balcom was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She enjoys being a Physical Therapy Tech at our Strive Fountain Clinic location and says, “I am passionate about being at Physical Therapy Tech because I love motivating patients and seeing them make progress and achieve their physical goals.” Natasha adds, “I really enjoy working with patients who are not as economically privileged because everyone deserves to receive care for their injuries despite their financial status.”
In her free time, she loves playing volleyball and basketball, and spending time with her family which includes her twin brother and two older sisters.
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