Meet The Professionals At Each Of Our 4 Clinics
Dane Kelley, PTA, Vice President of Operations
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!”
Gabbie Krupp, Director of Marketing and PR
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!
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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.”
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.
Jennifer Engleman, PTA
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.
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.
Tyler is originally from Idaho Falls, Idaho. He completed his undergraduate degree in Human Movement Science at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He furthered his studies and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.
“I have enjoyed working with all age groups and case mixes from sports medicine, neurological issues, geriatrics and orthopedics. These areas have all really made me appreciate the spectrum of care and keep me engaged in learning to improve the way I treat all patient types.”
Tyler values continuing his education and staying current with physical therapy techniques. He also enjoys educating his patients. “I am passionate about imparting empowerment over pain and conditions that patients have been previously unable to understand or manage on their own.” He continues, “I love teaching a patient about why there are having pain, how to correct it and helping them enhance their quality of life, providing high quality treatment to reduce patient’s symptoms with a variety of skilled interventions.”
In his free time, Tyler loves spending time with his wife, family and friends. He enjoys staying active by playing basketball, hiking, bicycling and backpacking. “I love anything that just gets me outside adventuring or playing something competitive.” His two dogs, a red heeler and a maltese yorkie mix, are often out adventuring with him.
Born in Florida, Kevin Smith moved to Colorado Springs as a child and has lived here ever since. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science – Strength and Conditioning from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree for Physical Therapy Assistant from Concorde Career College in Aurora, CO.
“I am interested in learning new and innovative techniques.” He likes working with patients and adds, “I’m impressed with the growth and the possibility of continuous growth that can be achieved through Strive.”
Kevin loves spending time with his wife and four children. “I want to show my children that they can do anything that they want and love what they do.” With the love of the outdoors, Kevin has a triathlon goal. “I want to run an X-terra triathlon before I turn 40”.
Jodie was born in Colorado Springs and raised in Rush, CO. She attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Wellness with a concentration in Wellness. She’s also worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
“I absolutely love seeing patients get better! Patients come in unable to walk without assistance and after their treatments they leave walking all by themselves with proper form and not in pain. They go from being in pain to leaving with no pain. That is very cool to see and be a part of.”
Jodie seeks to continue to learn and to become a Physical Therapy Assistant in the future. Other passions of hers include coaching varsity basketball teams and playing basketball. She also enjoys playing volleyball, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.
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.
Meghan was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up and was raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for Physical Therapy school; earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
“I love being able to improve my patients’ lives by treating their pain and helping them achieve their goals!”
In her free time, Meghan loves the outdoors. She enjoys hiking with her husband and their two Pomeranians.
Liz Kittridge is a Colorado native, born and raised in the Widefield/Fountain area. She obtained her degree from Pikes Peak Community College and has training in massage therapy. She has a long history of working in customer service including retail, hotel, and different specialties of medicine. “The human body has always been an interest to me growing up with a registered nurse as a mom.”
“I am happy to work with such amazing people in an amazing environment. I have always been interested in the human body! The way it moves, the way it works, and am just fascinated how the human body can be manipulated.” Liz is passionate with furthering her knowledge of the human body, its mobility, and lifestyles in general.
She loves spending time with her family. She has a young son who is the light of her life and a chihuahua, who is her son’s best friend. Liz is adventurous and outgoing and likes volunteering her time with the Mesa Ridge Senior Winterguard flag twirling team.