Our Mission

To help patients achieve their highest level of function through hands-on care and treatment.

  • We are passionate about helping others.
  • We value education to improve our skills.
  • We are movement experts.
  • We are results-driven.

What We Value

Strive Physical Therapy is caring, passionate and knowledgeable. We’re here to make sure our patients achieve the best results, as quickly as possible, in a fun environment.

Teamwork

We work together to accomplish more.

Results

We provide genuine and personalized patient care with high-quality results.

Responsibility

We commit ourselves to help people lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Fun

We encourage a fun and upbeat environment that results in employees who want to come to work and patients who never want to leave.

Community

We give back to the communities in which we serve.

Our Story

Strive Physical Therapy is a locally owned, private practice that opened in 2014 to be a company that puts patients first and delivers positive results. Founded by physical therapists, we understand that every patient is unique. Your specific needs aren’t just part of our treatment approach; they’re at the center of it. This allows us to help you achieve better, pain-free living the right way for you. A critical component of Strive Physical Therapy’s patient-first culture is our rigorous commitment to continuing education. Our team is always expanding their knowledge base, so you can trust that you’re receiving the most advanced patient care.

The successful outcomes our patients enjoy speak for themselves. We have grown to multiple clinic locations serving the greater Colorado Springs and Fountain area, and have been consecutive recipients of prestigious local and national recognitions:

  • The Gazette Best of Springs Award for Physical Therapy (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • The Gazette Best Workplaces (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Inc 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • 2021 Health & Rehab Solutions Practice of the Year Award

Whether you’ve suffered an injury or are recovering from an illness, it’s time to receive the high-quality healthcare you deserve. Choose Strive Physical Therapy to help you return to your highest level of function in order to do life better.

Meet Our Team

We’re a team of dedicated professionals serving the needs of patients in Colorado Springs and Fountain.

Diane Baggs

CEO

Diane Baggs

CEO

Diane Baggs is a clinical executive who has immense experience managing, growing, and owning successful healthcare businesses. She started her career at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. It wasn’t long until she knew that entrepreneurship was in her blood. After experiencing a hospital merger and seeing the affect one-size-fits-all policies had on quality of care, Diane knew she could do better for patients and set out on her own. In 1999, she opened her first outpatient practice and grew it over the next nine years before selling her three clinics.

Diane’s career continued in the area of homecare and hospice for Encompass Health as the Regional Vice President for several states. Under Diane’s leadership, her region grew from one to 23 locations throughout Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. Realizing her true love was still in the outpatient physical therapy arena, Diane accepted an offer to help a private practice partnership company get affiliate practices up and running. Shortly after Strive Physical Therapy opened its doors, Diane joined the team to serve as the company’s CEO. Diane became the sole owner in 2018 and continues the original vision today.

Diane enjoys being a student of life. She is continually studying and taking courses to increase her knowledge. Training and mentoring others in management and leadership is her passion, and she is often found helping other business owners in the community. She is currently on the board of directors for Narconon Colorado and works with Drug Free World. Diane enjoys being with her husband, Steve, playing golf, skiing, working out, and visiting her two grown children in California and Arizona in her spare time.

Anthony Purviance

PT, DPT, OCS, Vice President of Operations

Anthony Purviance

PT, DPT, OCS, Vice President of Operations

Stetson Hills

Originally from north-central Nebraska, Anthony earned his Bachelor of Science in exercise science and after working as a rehabilitation technician, he decided to continue his education and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado.

He started at Strive as a new grad and entered their professional development program. Within months, he was gravitating toward the role of Director of Clinical Operations. As a director, he linked our team’s success to the experience and achievements of each individual on our team and applies a team-based learning approach to all new clinicians who work at Strive. Anthony is now Vice President of Clinical Operations.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and most anything outdoors. Anthony and his wife enjoy bringing their son along on their outdoor adventures.

Jennifer Engleman

PTA, Vice President of Administration

Jennifer Engleman

PTA, Vice President of Administration

Stetson Hills

Jennifer has lived in Falcon, Colorado, for most of her life. She earned a bachelor’s of science in exercise science from Colorado Mesa University. Jennifer aspires to become a doctor of physical therapy and loves the outpatient orthopedic setting. On the weekends, she enjoys fishing, hiking, riding horses and being outdoors.

Jenni Markham

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Jenni Markham

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Stetson Hills

Jenni earned her bachelor’s of science from the University of Central Arkansas and her doctorate in physical therapy from Indiana State University. She is a certified Graston Technique provider and utilizes various manual techniques to provide hands-on treatment to patients. While Jenni enjoys all aspects of orthopedic physical therapy, her favorite area to treat is the foot and ankle. Jenni spent a season working with ski and snowboard injuries in Breckenridge and Keystone. In her free time, Jenni enjoys skiing, hiking, kayaking and Rockies baseball games.

Taylor Sisneros

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Taylor Sisneros

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Village Seven

A Colorado native from Loveland, Taylor earned her bachelor’s of science in biology from Southwestern College in Kansas, where she competed in track and volleyball. She went on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy from Wichita State University in Kansas. Taylor has experience in clinical settings ranging from general orthopedics to pediatric sports rehabilitation. She is especially interested in orthopedics, sports medicine and vestibular disorders. Taylor believes in the importance of skilled manual intervention, utilizing a hands-on approach, coupled with therapeutic exercises for the best treatment outcomes. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and reach their highest potential. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, obstacle course racing and spending time with family and friends.

Jaxon Mohr

PT, DPT, CSCS, Director of Clinical Operations

Jaxon Mohr

PT, DPT, CSCS, Director of Clinical Operations

Village 7

Jaxon is a Colorado native and earned his Bachelors in Exercise Science from Harding University and stayed to continue his education completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2020. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as Functional Movement Screen Certified. His specific interests are in orthopedics, manual therapy, sports medicine, strength and conditioning. Jaxon strives to make a difference in the lives of his patients. He focuses on a holistic approach, centered around manual therapy and foundational exercise.

Jaxon is a former collegiate baseball player, avid golfer, snowboarder, and hunter. He enjoys spending time with his wife sampling local beers, golfing, or getting lost in the mountains.

Ryan Davis

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Ryan Davis

PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Stetson Hills

Ryan earned his Bachelor of Science in exercise science with a concentration in health fitness from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate in physical therapy from Grand Valley State University. He is passionate about orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine and enjoys working with all age groups but especially pediatric through adolescents. He enjoys the process of seeing patients return to pain-free activities in order for them to maintain an active lifestyle.
Outside of the clinic, Ryan spends a lot of time outdoors enjoying what this beautiful world has to offer. His hobbies include working out, hiking, fishing, hunting, playing sports, and cross-country skiing.

Elizabeth Thompson

PT, DPT

Elizabeth Thompson

PT, DPT

Delmonico

Liz is a military spouse who from Oneida, New York. She earned her doctorate in physical therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University and then worked in an outpatient clinic with a focus on manual therapy and orthopedics in Buffalo, New York. Two years later, she moved to the island of Oahu, Hawaii and treated the island’s “Kupuna” or older adults for three years prior to moving to Colorado Springs. Liz has a wide range of interests but is most interested in utilizing movement as medicine with a combination of manual therapy to achieve optimal outcomes for her patients. In her free time, Liz enjoys swimming and cycling, competing in triathlons and spending time with her husband and son.

Daniella Bosben

PT, DPT

Daniella Bosben

PT, DPT

Fountain

Daniella was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and completed her bachelors degree in exercise science from Carroll University where she also played four years of women’s soccer. She went on to earn her doctorate in physical therapy from Carroll University. After graduating in 2020, she moved to Colorado Springs. Daniella enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds, but her biggest passion lies in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Her clinical experience includes general outpatient orthopedics as well as a rotation with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In her free time, Daniella enjoys hiking, traveling and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.

Janniqua Thomas

PT, DPT

Janniqua Thomas

PT, DPT

Janniqua earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Dickinson State University, North Dakota and her

Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University, California.  She is also a member of the APTA. She is continuing her education to become LSVT BIG certified to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Janniqua has always had a deep passion for helping others. She found her passion for physical therapy while working as a direct support professional to those with ranging diagnoses while playing collegiate basketball. She enjoys working with a variety of populations including orthopedics, neuromuscular, Parkinson’s, pediatrics, and cerebrovascular accidents. She believes that the hands-on approach, manual therapy, coupled with strengthening and mobility exercises provides the patient with the best care.

 

Janniqua loves anything outdoors including camping, hiking, and fishing. She also loves to play sports and remain active. Most of all, she loves to spend time with her kids and watch them grow.

Kevin Monserate

PT

Kevin Monserate

PT

Born in Colorado Springs, Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Riverside College, Inc. in Bacolod City, Philippines in 2019. During his internship, he worked in several different settings such as hospital inpatient, outpatient, and community-based rehabilitation dealing with a variety of orthopedic and neurological cases. He is very passionate about physical therapy and strives to learn as much as he can to make himself a better physical therapist and to better help his patients.

Outside of work, he enjoys learning to cook, spending time with his family in Colorado and the Philippines, playing video games, and listening to music. He also enjoys exploring new places, whether it’s a park, monument, or hiking spot. He especially enjoyed visiting Estes Park and Lake Estes.

Ryan Kiehl

PT, DPT

Ryan Kiehl

PT, DPT

Ryan has always had a passion for helping others. He found his passion for physical therapy when he was 12 years old and was helped by another therapist after suffering an ankle injury. After getting back to playing hockey, Ryan knew he wanted to make a career out of it and continue to help others. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science from University of Northern Colorado, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas.

 

Ryan enjoys working with different populations, including orthopedics, neuromuscular, Parkinson’s cerebrovascular, and sports physical therapy. His main goal in the clinic is to return patients to the highest level of functioning they are capable of and return to daily activities.

When he is not caring for patients, Ryan loves to be outdoors, including hiking, camping, biking, and going on walks with his dogs. He enjoys playing hockey, going bowling, and playing disc golf on the weekends with his friends.

Kevin Smith

PTA

Kevin Smith

PTA

Fountain

Born in Florida, Kevin moved to Colorado Springs as a child and has lived here ever since. He earned his bachelor’s of science in health science, strength and conditioning, from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Kevin also holds an associate of applied science for physical therapy assistant from Concorde Career College in Aurora, Colorado. He loves working with patients and is interested in learning new and innovative techniques. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. He hopes to show his children that they can do anything that they want to. Kevin loves the outdoors and wants to run an X-terra triathlon before he turns 40.

Charles Strong

PTA

Charles Strong

PTA

Stetson

Charles enjoys working in the orthopedic outpatient setting and earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and PTA Specialty Certification in Orthopaedics from Concordia College. This specialty has given him the tools to improve his decision-making and outcomes of care while treating patients with the best evidence-based practice in mind.

Charles enjoys being active and adventurous by looking up new trails and places to visit. He also likes to play basketball, watch sports, and play video games. He grew up having German Shepherds always around and he hopes to get one soon to join him on adventures. “There’s nothing like having one by your side as your best friend and for protection,” he says.

Josie Smude

PTA

Josie Smude

PTA

Josie earned a B.S in Exercise Science from North Dakota State University and her PTA degree from Pueblo Community College.

As she focuses on orthopedic physical therapy, her main goal in practice is to return patients to the highest level of functioning they can achieve and return them to their daily and recreational activities.

When not at work you can find her relaxing with her dog around the firepit or out dancing. In the summer she enjoys boating, camping, and hiking and in the winter she’s out on her snowmobile in the mountains.

Emily Jacobberger

PTA

Emily Jacobberger

PTA

Emily moved from Brooksville, FL where she practiced home health physical therapy part-time. She is now growing her knowledge in the field by working in our outpatient physical therapy setting.
Emily enjoys running, volleyball, ice skating, hiking, freediving, and swimming. She loves the Bible, the beach, Florida springs, Labrador Retrievers, cooking, baking, and spending time with her husband and family.

Laura Petra

PTA

Laura Petra

PTA

Amber Richards

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Amber Richards

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

A Colorado Springs native, Amber is passionate about building relationships in the community. Her career has encompassed business development and public relations in technology and nonprofits. She is a past recipient of the Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star award. In 2018, she co-founded the huddle, a local business-to-business networking group to collaborate with other business experts and improve their professional lives. She is excited to contribute to a team dedicated to helping people live healthy and happy lives. Amber believes you should never stop learning and improving. Her newest endeavor is learning to golf. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and participating in the many recreational opportunities that Colorado’s four seasons has to offer – hiking, kayaking, skiing and gardening. She loves to travel and spend time with her two grown sons and her dog, Penny, a five year old boxer.

Haley Bean

Marketing

Haley Bean

Marketing

Madison Prater

Patient Care Coordinator

Madison Prater

Patient Care Coordinator

Stetson Hills

Madison graduated from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor’s of science in biology and exercise science. She is currently pursuing her master’s in biomedical sciences through Liberty University. Madison has experience working in general physical therapy and with patients with Parkinson’s disease. She would eventually like to become a doctor of physical therapy. She loves working with patients to better their lifestyle day by day and reach their goals. In her free time, Madison enjoys hiking with her dogs and watching sports, especially the Colorado Rockies and Avalanche.

Christian Allison

Patient Care Coordinator

Christian Allison

Patient Care Coordinator

Fountain

Christian was raised in a small Kansas town and travelled the world as she was raised in a military family, and is currently a military wife. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology and a certificate in medical office and administration. After graduating, she wished to aid others and enable them to have a better, healthier life. A great lover of the outdoors, Christian enjoys hiking, gardening and swimming. She also enjoys spending quiet afternoons reading a good book and loving on her pets.

Zenia Rushlow

Insurance Verification & Authorization

Zenia Rushlow

Insurance Verification & Authorization

Fountain

Sarah Dahill

Exercise Specialist

Sarah Dahill

Exercise Specialist

Village 7

Sarah is from Los Angeles, CA, and completed her Associates of Arts Degree in Kinesiology from Los Angeles Mission College. She is also CPR certified and is looking to further her education to one day become a DPT. Sarah hopes to learn from the PTs here at Strive to fully understand what they do to help someone go from being in pain, to pain free. Sarah is very passionate about health and fitness, and races all around the country. Her passion for running started when she was only 11 years old when she finished her first marathon and went on to complete five more after that. She loves obstacle course racing and even placed third in her age group in 2019 for the Spartan Race US National Series. Since moving to Colorado, Sarah has been taking advantage of all the beautiful trails there are to explore here.

Connor Dunaway

Exercise Specialist

Connor Dunaway

Exercise Specialist

Village 7

Connor grew up in Colorado Springs and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Bethany College in Kansas, where he also played baseball. He enjoys helping patients grow stronger, allowing them to achieve their goals, and thinks it is inspiring to see patients work so hard to overcome their injuries. Connor is hoping to continue his education to become a DPT in the future.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, watching the Colorado Avalanche and Rockies play, and spending time with friends and family.

Chip Covington

Exercise Specialist

Chip Covington

Exercise Specialist

Tammi Meyer

Insurance Verification & Authorization

Tammi Meyer

Insurance Verification & Authorization

Tammi is originally from San Diego and moved to Colorado Springs in 2004 to enjoy the mountains. She has worked in customer service, administration, patient care, and even holds class B CDL. She really enjoys helping people and seeing them feel better. Outside of work, Tammi enjoys rock climbing, backpacking, reading, and hanging with her family in her spare time.

Georquerius Wood

Exercise Specialist

Georquerius Wood

Exercise Specialist

Georquerius has a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies. He is continuing his education by working on prerequisites for a DPT program. He is a current member of the Rehabilitation Services Club at Alabama State University (Alumni) and has worked with the American Red Cross (Disaster Relief Services) and Habitat for Humanity.

Georquerius focuses on always having fun and living life to its fullest, and being happy no matter what. He would like to gain more knowledge in the anatomy of the human body and continue to make his patients feel happy and get back to a normal lifestyle – pain and worry-free! He works to build trust with patients and help them realize that physical therapy isn’t torture- it can be fun and beneficial in the end.

He enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, bowling, trying new foods, shooting pool, grilling, and hanging out with friends.

Nicole DeGeorge

Patient Care Coordinator

Nicole DeGeorge

Patient Care Coordinator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole moved to Colorado Springs in July 2020 with her fiancé. She has worked in customer service jobs for over 10 years because she enjoys helping people. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Desiree Goldsmith

Exercise Specialist

Desiree Goldsmith

Exercise Specialist

Desiree is a student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs who is currently pursuing an exercise science degree and planning on attending physical therapy school after and becoming a licensed physical therapist. Although she is originally from Denver, she has lived in Grand Junction for two years attending Colorado Mesa University, and is new to Colorado Springs. She is passionate about health and wellness, learning about the human body and its incredible functions, and being able to help people. In her free time, she loves working out and being active, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Jentry Largent

Exercise Specialist

Jentry Largent

Exercise Specialist

Originally from a small town on the Western Slope of Colorado, Jentry came to Colorado Springs to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science while also competing as a student-athlete for UCCS track and field. Currently, Jentry is in the process of applying to PT programs in Colorado, Utah, Kansas, and Nebraska, and hopes to start her next goal of becoming a licensed physical therapist next year. In her free time, Jentry loves to be outside whether it be camping, hiking, hunting, or boating. Additionally, Jentry enjoys weightlifting, reading, and trying new coffee shops.

Cody Thill

Exercise Specialist

Cody Thill

Exercise Specialist

Liberty Fain

Patient Care Coordinator

Liberty Fain

Patient Care Coordinator

Alexis Mundorf

Patient Care Coordinator

Alexis Mundorf

Patient Care Coordinator