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The Physical Therapy Specialty Center is a division of Primary Care Partners committed to helping you return to optimal health. The Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC) uses a team approach to rehabilitation including improving strength, motion, fitness, independence in activities of daily living, cognition, communication, and swallowing deficits utilizing Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy. Pain, injuries, surgeries, or illness can leave you feeling weak, discouraged, or hopeless both physically and mentally. Our knowledgeable team of providers offer a broad range of expertise to meet your rehabilitation needs. PTSC remains focused on the most important goal— helping you achieve your goals and live better. From prevention to treatment, The Physical Therapy Specialty Center is committed to helping you move toward your personal recovery.

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Physical Therapy Specialty Center
3150 North 12th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81506
(970) 241-5856
www.ptscgj.com

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PHYSICAL
THERAPY

TREATMENTS FOR

  • muscle pain and weakness
  • balance ailments & fall prevention
  • vertigo & dizziness
  • orthopedic care of joints, arthritis, sprains/strains
  • back, neck, and spine care
  • post-surgery rehabilitation
  • chronic pain
  • concussion management
  • Parkinson’s disease

SPEECH
THERAPY

TREATMENTS FOR

  • communication disorders
    • difficulty with expression or comprehension of words, thoughts, and writing
  • motor-speech impairments
    • difficulty with formulation of speech
  • voice disorders
  • memory recall, attention, problem-solving impairments
  • chewing, swallowing, & choking difficulties

OCCUPATIONAL
THERAPY

TREATMENTS FOR

  • elbow, wrist, and hand injuries, Arthritis, and post-surgical conditions
  • splinting
  • activities of daily living
  • training for independent living
  • use of adaptive equipment
  • deficits as a result of multiple sclerosis, stroke, concussion, neurological disorders, etc.
PROGRAMS
COVID-19 Recovery Team
Parkinson’s Program

THERAPISTS

Tara Albright,
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Tara Albright (pronounced Tar-ah) is a Grand Junction native who loves working in the community where she was born and raised. She graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver with a clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy. Tara has been with The Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners, since 2007.

Tara’s specialties include treating vertigo through dizziness management and vestibular rehabilitation. Tara is also skilled in foot and ankle pain rehabilitation, pregnancy-related low back pain, and geriatric mobility in addition to being a Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS). She is also a Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner and certified in Dry Needling (DN). 

Tara was a dancer and gymnast for 15 years prior to attending graduate school. She enjoys outdoor activities including swimming, waterskiing, and riding ATVs. Her favorite places to recreate are the Uncompahgre Plateau and Lake Powell.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO (2003

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Denver – Denver, CO (2007)

Vertigo treatment through dizziness management and vestibular rehabilitation;  Foot and Ankle Pain Rehabilitation; Pregnancy-Related Low Back Pain;  Geriatric Mobility/Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS); Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner; and Dry Needling (DN) certification.

Dorian Campisi,
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dorian Campisi joined the Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners, in 2019. He graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2019. Dorian’s research focused on the use of physical therapists as primary contact practitioners in the emergency department and the benefits thereof. He graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, cum laude, from Temple University in May 2016. He tutored student-athletes at Temple University in Human Anatomy and Physiology during his undergraduate studies. 

Dorian specializes in general orthopedics and sports medicine therapy.

As a lifelong musician, Dorian has played in a number of bands on a variety of different instruments. He is a passionate cook, having learned the culinary arts over many years working alongside his father, who is a Corporate Executive Chef back home in Pennsylvania. In his spare time, you are likely to find Dorian hiking or camping in one of the many beautiful natural landscapes in the Grand Valley.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Temple University – Philadelphia, PA 

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, cum laude, Temple University – Philadelphia, PA

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Brad Fenter,
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Brad Fenter graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Regis University in May of 2019. His research focused on manual therapy and its effects on muscle stiffness specifically, on the foot and ankle. Brad earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in kinesiology from The University of Texas at Tyler. Before beginning his physical therapy training at Regis University, Brad taught high school students anatomy and physiology. 

Brad specializes in general orthopedics, sports medicine, and dry needling in his practice at the Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners. 

Brad enjoys the outdoor opportunities that abound in Western Colorado including mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding, and will likely be found in the mountains on his days off work.

Regis University; Doctor of Physical Therapy –  Denver, CO (2019)

The University of Texas at Tyler; Master of Science in Kinesiology – Tyler, TX (2012)

The University of Texas at Tyler; Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, magna cum laude – Tyler, TX (2010)

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine; Dry Needling

Karen Hayter
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Karen Hayter graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2017. She takes particular interest in treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and she utilizes hands-on manual therapy, skilled exercise prescription, and patient education to help each patient successfully reach their goals. She has a keen interest in health and healing and looks forward to working with her patients to help them live their most active lives.

Karen’s specialties include general orthopedics and sports medicine in her practice at the Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners. 

Karen is a Grand Junction native and loves life in the Grand Valley where she can work and take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities the area has to offer. She spends her free time snowboarding, hiking, camping, and biking.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus – Denver, CO (2017)

Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Promotion, University of Colorado Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs, CO (2013)

General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

John Kuhn
Doctor of Physical Therapy

John Kuhn graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Ohio University in Athens, OH. John brings compassionate care and expertise to our team by using carefully prescribed exercise to help his patients heal. His inspiration to become a Physical Therapist developed through a lifetime involvement in exercise, wellness, and an active lifestyle. The passion that developed from this lifestyle gives John the ability to empower his patients to meet their goals, improve their quality of life, and prevent future injury. He feels that the best parts of his job are building personal relationships with people and assisting in their return to doing what they love.

John specializes in general orthopedics, dry needling, and mechanical low back pain.

While growing up in West Virginia, John discovered his love for being in the mountains, and he spends his free time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, and backpacking.

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Ohio University- Athens, OH (2022)

Bachelor of Science in Allied Health at Cedarville University- Cedarville, OH (2019)

General Orthopedics and Dry Needling

Jacob Miller,
Physical Therapy Assistant

Jacob Miller graduated from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan in 2015.  Since earning his degree, he has attended multiple continuing education courses. Jake is certified in LSVT BIG, a trademarked therapy program for those suffering with Parkinson’s disease to help them move better every day through the practice of repetitive, core movements.

In Jacob’s practice at the Physical Therapy Specialty Center, a division of Primary Care Partners, his specialties include post-operative therapy and helping people with sports injuries return to an active lifestyle. He is trained in Kinesio Tape application and is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association for advanced proficiency in orthopedics in addition to his work with Parkinson’s patients.

Jake and his wife moved to Fruita in 2018. He spends his time off in the great outdoors of Western Colorado with his family.

Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, summa cum laude, Finlandia University – Hancock MI (2015)

General Orthopedics; Post-Operative Therapy; Sports Injuries; Kinesio Taping; and Parkinson’s LSVT BIG—a trademarked program for those with Parkinson’s to help them move better every day through the practice of repetitive, core movements.

Christina Moore,
Occupational Therapist

Christina Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 1980. She has over 40 years of experience providing therapy to a variety of patients from all walks of life with a myriad of therapy needs. Through the years, she has worked in acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health, and post-acute rehabilitation.

Chris specializes in the evaluation and treatment of upper extremity injuries and splinting for the elbow, wrist, and hand. She also treats arthritis and neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-stroke, and cancer treatment. She takes particular interest in providing education and instruction in the use of adaptive equipment and fall prevention. 

Chris is an Oregon native and enjoys the coast, the mountains, gourmet cooking, and spending time with family.

Completed 12 graduate hours in early childhood development, University of Denver – Denver, CO (1982)

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University-Fort Collins, CO (1980)

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art, University of Oregon – Eugene, OR (1980)

Upper Extremity Injuries and other conditions such as De Quervain’s, Dupuytren’s, carpal tunnel syndrome, and cubital tunnel syndrome; Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Splinting;  Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis of the hands and wrists; Neurological Conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis; Post-Stroke and Cancer Treatment; Education and instruction in the use of adaptive equipment and fall prevention.

Kari Mullaney,
Master of Physical Therapy

Kari Mullaney (pronounced Kahr-ee) has been with the Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners, since 2002. She earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver in 2000. She presented her thesis on motion sickness at a national American Physical Therapy Association conference and has positioned herself as an expert at performing the Epley maneuver for acute dizziness from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Kari has worked with fellow staff members in the evaluation and treatment of dizziness, making this service available five days a week at PTSC. Kari also has experience in working with patients who suffer from concussions. She has been an active member of the Grand Junction Concussion Taskforce for over 10 years. She works with patients of all ages in assisting in their recovery.

Kari has been a resident of the Grand Valley since 2002. Outside of work, she enjoys time with family, her two children, and friends; she also loves running, camping, hiking, boating, and skiing.

Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Regis University – Denver, CO (2000)

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Movement and Science and Sports Injuries; University of Oregon – Eugene, OR  (1994)

Dizziness; Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV); Concussion; Vestibular Rehabilitation; Orthopedic and Sports Injuries; Geriatric Mobility; and Pregnancy-Related Back Pain.

Laurel Sampson,
Master of Physical Therapy

Laurel Sampson moved from Missouri to Grand Junction in 2012. She has been a physical therapist since 2002, in four different states. She graduated from the University of Columbia in Missouri and practiced in Missouri for twelve years, where she specialized in balance training, geriatrics, and fall protection as a Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS).

In Laurel’s practice at the Physical Therapy Specialty Center (PTSC), a division of Primary Care Partners, she still focuses on geriatric mobility and balance training. She also specializes in chronic pain management, LSVT BIG for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, and neurological impairment treatment. She has a certification in Nutrition for Chronic Pain and certification in trigger point manual therapy. 

When not at work, Laurel enjoys gardening. She also spends ample time hiking in the great outdoors and traveling in search of her next adventure.

Master of Physical Therapy, University of Missouri – Columbia, MO (2002)

Bachelor of Health Sciences, cum laude, University of Missouri – Columbia, MO

Geriatric Mobility; Balance Training; Certified Fall Prevention Specialist (CFPS); Post-Surgical Orthopedic Injuries; Chronic Pain Management; Neurologic Impairment Treatment and conditions including LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s disease.

Mariana York,
Speech-Language Pathologist

Mariana York is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience in the field. 

Mariana provides diagnostic and treatment services to all age groups, from infants to elders.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), inpatient/outpatient, and radiology, as well as skilled nursing facilities and home health. Mariana specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adults with aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, voice disorders, cognitive impairments, and dysphagia. She also focuses on early intervention to address childhood speech and language disorders. 

Leisure activities for Mariana include skiing, yoga, photography, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology, University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City, KS (1997); Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders, summa cum laude, University of Florida – Gainesville, FL (1995)

Speech-Language Therapy; Evaluation and treatment of adults with aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, voice disorders, cognitive impairments, and dysphagia; Early intervention to address childhood speech and language disorders.