Pam Bohling, PT, MHS, OCS
Pam is a 1988 graduate from Colorado State University with a BS in Human Nutrition. In 1990, she completed a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and went on to earn her advanced Masters degree (MHS) in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She was board-certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 1997 and taught professional continuing education courses nationally from 2004 to 2008. She was a guest lecturer at the 2013 annual conference for the Colorado Foot and Ankle Society. The topic of her lecture was “Looking up the Kinetic Chain for causes of Mechanical Foot Pain.” She has been trained in numerous manual therapy techniques and uses them extensively. She is trained in trigger point dry needling and has been using it successfully in orthopedic patients as well as patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Pam was awarded 2012 “Best of the Best in Jefferson County” for Physical Therapists and received the award again in 2015 for the Wheat Ridge community.
Janessa Devereux, PT, DPT, CFMT
Janessa graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA degree in Kinesiology, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Colorado Denver. She then went on to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art in Steamboat Springs, CO (see FAQ for more info). She is certified in trigger point dry needling, and utilizes visceral (organ) mobilization in her manual treatments when necessary. Janessa specializes in running gait analysis with a functional whole-body approach by minimizing energy expenditure and reducing unnecessary load on the joints. She is also certified in mat and reformer Pilates. Her passion is in treating orthopedic and sports injuries using a very hands-on approach, and empowering her patients to truly understand their conditions for optimal outcomes. Janessa is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and in her free time, she enjoys running, backpacking, snowboarding, biking, and camping.
Steven graduated from Regis University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from Regis, as well. He has experience in a variety of settings, treating both acute and chronic orthopedic and neurological conditions. Steven is a strong proponent of evidenced based practice, integrating the most current scientific evidence with the unique perspectives, needs, and values of each patient. He believes his role as a physical therapist is to guide patients through the rehabilitation process using education, specific exercise progressions, and a hands-on approach in order to help them restore functional mobility and meet their goals. Steven has a strong interest in vestibular/balance disorders and is currently seeking additional certifications to further his practice in this and other areas. He is an active member of both the orthopedic and neurology sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and two children including hiking, rock climbing, cycling, and snowboarding.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics, Manual Therapy Certified
Dr. Carmellini has practiced physical therapy exclusively in private practice orthopedics clinics since his entry-level degree from Andrews University. He eventually completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Manual Therapy Certificate from the University of St. Augustine. He is Board-Certified in Orthopedics from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and he is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Carmellini is a vocal advocate of science-based physical therapy, strong informed consent, detailed patient education, and elegant treatment plans. Elegant treatment plans are efficient and required the least amount of steps to making you feel better. What does this mean for the client? It simply means better physical therapy visits, less co-pays, easy to follow home programs, and excellent patient outcomes.
In addition, Dr. Carmellini is an avid endurance athlete and musician. He previously taught mountain biking at Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl in Upstate New York and currently competes in local and regional road cycling races for Rocky Mountain Road Club. In addition, he has backpacked much of the Appalachian in New England and has completed multi-day trips in Alaska, Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. He is also actively involved in recording and performing music in the Denver area.
Mara attended Northeastern University in Boston, MA where she received her BS in Rehabilitation Science and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, in 2013. Mara graduated in the top 10% of Bouvé College of Health Sciences with Summa Cum Laude honors. In December 2012, she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to further her knowledge on working with high level athletes. Mara went on to become certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation for the treatment of vertigo, dizziness, balance conditions, and concussions. She also specializes in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and is an LSVT BIG Certified Clinician. Mara enjoys treating both neurological and orthopedic conditions and will often incorporate techniques from both areas for a more comprehensive approach to patient care. She has also taken advanced coursework on the Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT or McKenzie) method and utilizes those treatment principles into her practice. Mara recently moved to the Denver area from New Jersey and in her free time is eager to hike, try out new winter sports, explore new restaurants, and see all that Colorado has to offer.
Tina received a B.S. from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1982. She has worked in various clinical settings including hospital, outpatient orthopedics, cardiac rehab and work hardening. She specialized in outpatient orthopedics and received her certification in Manual Therapy in 2006. Tina has skills in Craniosacral Therapy which she uses successfully in the treatment of headaches. She uses her manual therapy skills along with modalities, stretching, strengthening and education in a home exercise program to assist her patients to recover from pain, injury or surgery. Tina has recently attended classes concerning falls and balance issues. She moved to Colorado in April of 2008 and enjoys hiking and camping with her husband in the mountains of this beautiful state. Tina is a native of Texas and has one daughter who is also in the medical field and lives in Alabama.
Certified Hand Therapists
Megan Brunell, OTR, CHT
Megan graduated from Colorado State University with her degree in Occupational Therapy. She has devoted her career to treating upper extremity injuries and conditions, and has 15 years of experience. She is proficient in custom splinting as well as Delta Casting. She has had several continuing education courses in Myofascial Release techniques, and utilizes these in patient treatment plans. In addition, Megan has also had special training in Lymphedema Management. She completed the lymphedema program for the LeDuc treatment method which includes manual lymph drainage and multi-layered bandaging. She is certified in LSVT BIG treatment, which is a leading treatment for Parkinson Disease. She has also taken a special interest in yoga and completed her Yoga Teaching Certification in 2013. She is a member of ASHT (American Society of Hand Therapists) and serves on the board of the local Hand Special Interest Group. She is very active in the community and is well respected by her peers. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, biking, running, and spending time with her family.
Sheila Morton, OTR, CHT
Sheila graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and a Certified Hand Therapist for 15 years. She has extensive experience treating upper extremity conditions. She takes a comprehensive approach to treatment, using a variety of techniques to maximize patients’ success. Sheila utilizes Active Release Technique (ART) with certain diagnoses, which can be very beneficial for many myofascial conditions. Delta and progressive casting are other techniques that are utilized in order to maximize recovery. She also performs ergonomic evaluations for individuals and corporations. She is a member of ASHT and the local Hand Special Interest Group, and she attends meeting for the Rocky Mountain Hand Surgery Society. She is currently pursuing her certification in Pilates to add another dynamic aspect to her treatment. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running and skiing.
Ann is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in the field of Occupational Therapy for 16 years. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist for 11 years. She has worked closely with several hand surgeons and done extensive splinting and treatment of traumatic injuries including tendon lacerations, fractures, and nerve injuries. She recently moved to the Denver area and enjoys spending time with family, biking and hiking.
Shannon received his OT degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998. He worked in a variety of settings around the United States before receiving his certified hand therapy certification in 2005. When not working in hand therapy, he enjoys cooking, hiking and biking with his wife Katy and their Maltese AJ.
Christie Jenks Schwalbe is a graduate of the University of Arizona with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Speech Language Pathology. She is a published author with over 20 years of experience. Her focus is helping adults who have found themselves less able to communicate, cognitively perform IADLs, safely enjoy food and drink and return to their prior levels of independence. She is dedicated to restoring these skills that allow people to enjoy their lives and relationships.