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Dr. Michael Nunley

Dr. Michael Nunley earned his doctorate at the University of North Dakota. This was after completing his internship in rehabilitation neuropsychology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. It was at that point that he became employed by his mentor, Dr. Mitchell Rosenthal, who was one of the most influential neuropsychologists in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Thus, Dr. Nunley’s training and vocational interests have been strongly devoted to the rehabilitation of those suffering from neurological injuries. 

He came to Colorado Springs in 1992 to assist in developing an outpatient program for patients with acquired/traumatic brain injury. After several years, he then joined the staff of an acute care hospital developing rehabilitation programs, for in- and outpatients, which focused on neurological populations. He concurrently was consulting in Greely, CO with a residential/day treatment program for survivors of head injury. 

Over the past decade, Dr. Nunley has focused on sports-related head injury. How such injuries affect individuals, aiding them feel better with treatment and referrals, assisting them back into school/work environments, and helping them return to work and play have taken up the majority of his time.

In his spare time, he enjoys his family, three rescue dogs, and watching college football.

Krista Bohlen, physical therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Krista Bohlen, PT, MPT

Krista is an outpatient physical therapist who has been at Penrose-St. Francis since 2005. Krista earned her degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Krista thoroughly enjoys working with all populations but specializes in geriatric, vestibular, and manual therapy. Krista’s special interests include patients with vestibular deficits (dizziness), those needing manual therapy (including functional dry needling), and orthopedic patients.  Krista is married with two kids and loves to mountain bike, run, hike, and camp, anything outdoors, play with her kids, and spend time with friends.

Kathleen Chewakin, physical therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Kathleen Chewakin, PT

Kathleen is an outpatient physical therapist. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and then completed her graduate degree in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Related Science in Rochester, MN in 1987.  She moved to Colorado Springs after graduation and worked in several privately owned outpatient orthopedic clinics before starting at Penrose Hospital in 1999. Kathleen continues to work with patients with orthopedic problems and has a special interest, and extensive training, in soft tissue osteopathic techniques including functional dry needling and treatment for the temporal mandibular joint. Kathleen and her husband have three boys and enjoy skiing and camping together. She also enjoys scrapbooking, card making and her girlfriend trips.

Kristi Ecklund, physical therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Kristi Ecklund, MPT

Kristi is the lead therapist at Penrose Hospital outpatient therapy. She is a physical therapist who specializes in working with clients with neurologic disorders like stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and others. Kristi graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, in May of 1996, with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy.  In June 2010 she became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialists.  Kristi is the co-chair of the Brain Injury Professional’s Network in Colorado Springs. Besides working with clients with a neurologic issue, she specializes in working with people with leg amputations or braces, and works in the wheelchair clinic. Kristi has worked at Penrose for 14 years in the out-patient department.  She is married and has four young boys, as a family they have an active outdoor lifestyle and are involved in many sports.

Vicki Lieber, physical therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Vicki Lieber, PT, ATC

Vicki is an Outpatient Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer who has been a member of the Penrose-St. Francis team since 1993. She specializes in treating patients of all ages with orthopedic injuries and for cancer rehab. She attended Purdue University and graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine with her degree in Physical Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys cycling and is currently in the process of cycling across the USA with her husband and 2 children.  Her other hobbies include scrapbooking, quilting and hiking.

Lynette Olson, physical therapy assistant at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Lynette Olson, PTA

Lynette is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Penrose Hospital Outpatient rehabilitation.  She graduated from Pueblo Community College with an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in 1997 and has worked at Penrose Hospital ever since. Lynette is a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist, as well as, the oncology liaison between rehab and Penrose Cancer Center. She specializes in treating neurological conditions, such as strokes, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. Lynette believes that recovery is a team approach, and always tries to add compassion and humor into each treatment session.  She enjoys four wheeling with her family and many outdoor activities.

 

Occupational Therapy Staff

 

Kim Lehmann, occupational therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Kim Lehmann, O.T.R., C.H.T.

Kim began her career as an occupational therapist 34 years ago after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. Her experience includes rehabilitation with adults diagnosed with neurologic and orthopedic conditions and cancer. She obtained a specialty certification in hand therapy in 1996 and has worked in this area for more than 15 years. Kim is currently working in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Penrose Hospital in Occupational Therapy. She has a special interest in working with breast cancer patients. Her passion is dogs and she spends many hours volunteering with National Mill Dog Rescue.

Terri Cassidy, occupational therapist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Terri Cassidy, MS, OTR, CDRS

Terri has been working as an Occupational Therapist at Penrose Hospital since 2001.  Her primary focus has been treating individuals with neurological deficits on the inpatient rehabilitation unit and in outpatient.  She specializes in vision rehabilitation and driver rehabilitation. Terri received her MS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University in 2001. She received certification in NDT therapy in 2005. In 2011 Terri was instrumental in starting Fitness to Drive, the Driver Rehabilitation Program through the Outpatient Therapy Department at Penrose Hospital. She is currently a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist.  Outside of work Terri enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Lil Hooper, occupational therapy assistant at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Lil Hooper, COTA

Lil is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with an additional certification in lymphedema (CLT-UE).  She has been with Penrose-St. Francis since 1990. Lil earned her degree through Pueblo Community College and her certification through Klose Training and Consulting. Lil works closely with the occupational therapists treating lymphedema, hand, breast cancer and neurologically involved patients. In her spare time, she runs a small business and spends time with family. 

 

Speech Therapy Staff

Derek Cicchitto, MS, CCC-SLP

Derek joined the Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation team in 2013. He graduated from Florida State University in 2007 with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders, completing his internship at Craig Hospital and his Fellowship at Center for Neuro Skills. Derek is LSVT and Vitalstim certified. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, running and rock climbing.

Gretchen Harder, speech language pathologist at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Gretchen Harder, M.A., CCC-SLP

Gretchen is a Speech Language Pathologist in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at Penrose Hospital.  She works with patients with disorders including stroke, traumatic brain injury, voice, and progressive neurological diseases and specializes in aphasia, cognitive/linguistic retraining and dysphagia.  Gretchen graduated from Marquette University with a Master’s of Science degree in Communication Disorders in May of 1986.  She is a member of the American Hearing and Speech Association (ASHA) and is Vital Stim Certified. Gretchen has worked at Penrose Hospital for 14 years. She and her husband have two grown children and enjoy hiking in Colorado and spending time with their family and yellow lab.

 

Rehabilitation Technician

Kim Myers, rehabilitation technician at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Kim Myers

Kim is the rehabilitation technician in OP Rehab. She has worked in rehabilitation for more than 31 years. When she first started at Penrose the job was "on the job training." After a couple of years a more formal training program took shape and that took two years to complete. Kim had classes in modalities, orthopedic rehab, stroke/neuro rehab, pool therapy, etc. She loves working with all the patients but if she had to choose she would say she is the most passionate about working with older patients. Hearing their stories she has learned so much about "life." In her spare time Kim likes to walk, hike, read, bike, kayak, and travel; she feels most at home when she is in the mountains.

 

Outpatient Rehabilitation Manager

Andi McDonough, outpatient rehabilitation manager at Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Unit in Colorado Springs

Andi McDonough, MPT

Andi has worked at Penrose since 1994, first as a staff therapist and progressing to manager. She has had the opportunity to work in all areas including skilled nursing, acute care, sub acute, inpatient rehab and outpatient for varying amounts of time. Andi did her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and her graduate training through University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She holds a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. Her passion is promoting an environment where both patients and staff want to be. She places high value on patient and associate satisfaction, high patient outcomes and strong team dynamics. In her spare time, Andi enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and travelling.

 

 

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