Luke Menke, MSPT
Luke was born in the high mountain town of Leadville, CO and grew up in Carbondale located in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley on Colorado’s western slope. He attended Colorado State University in Ft. Collins on full scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sport Science with a Sports Medicine concentration. Luke earned his Master’s in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1998. His first job out of PT school involved working closely with world-renowned orthopedic surgeon to the superstars: Dr. James Andrews; and the country’s most respected shoulder and knee physical therapist: Kevin Wilk. Luke started practicing in Littleton around 2001 and founded Panther Physical Therapy in 2006. The state of the art sports performance addition was completed in the fall of 2013. Luke has a passion for working with young athletes and certainly enjoys working with any individual whom is willing to take an active role in overcoming their injury or improving their performance. He has worked with professional athletes from just about every major sport. Luke played football, baseball and wrestled in high school and loved playing collegiate and men’s club rugby into his late 20’s. He has since traded his rugby boots in for golf clubs. His favorite job is spending time with his daughter Skyler and son Murphy. Luke is an Athlete’s Performance Level 2 mentor, a certified Functional Movement Screen specialist, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s orthopedic section, sports section and private practice section. He is also a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Titleist Golf Performance Institute certified. Luke’s idol is his father Pat, an incredibly perseverant and compassionate human being with a fantastic moral compass and an ornery sense of humor. Unfortunately, Pat lost his battle with Multiple Sclerosis last year. Rest in peace Pat.
Chris Nagelhout, M.S., ATC
Chris is a Chicago native who moved to Colorado in 1987 to attend the University of Northern Colorado. Chris earned her BA in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Athletic Training and a minor in Biology from UNC in 1991. She moved “home” to complete her MS Ed degree, with an emphasis in Sport Management at Northern Illinois University while also completing a graduate assistantship in Athletic Training in 1993. After graduate school, Chris worked for an orthopedic surgeon in Northern Illinois as a staff ATC and provided outreach to a local high school. Missing Colorado, Chris moved back in 1994, married her best friend and started working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Evergreen Colorado, again providing outreach to the local high school. Chris spent 7 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Chatfield High School, 4 years as the Jefferson County Clinical Director overseeing 19 high school programs and 4 years as a clinical staff member for a Doctor of Osteopathy. In 2007, Chris joined Panther Physical Therapy as a clinical staff member and has played a very integral role in building Panther into what it is today. Chris loves athletics, reading, and cooking. In her free time, she also “works” at her other full time job, as wife and mother of two beautiful kids. Chris loves watching her kids’ sports and spending time staying active with her family. Chris has a passion for helping people, focusing on the whole person and getting them back to healthy. Her strengths include assessing musculoskeletal injuries, mechanical dysfunction, manual therapy, acute and chronic pain treatment, rehabilitation and developing home exercise programs.
Molly Kueser PT, DPT
Molly grew up in small town outside of Kansas City, Kansas and recently moved to the beautiful state of Colorado with her husband and high-school sweetheart, Chris, to begin a new adventure. Molly found the world of physical therapy as many did, through a sports injury. She fell in love with the field and those who treated her early in life and knew she wanted to have the same impact on others. She went on to pursue physical therapy training at the University of Kansas Medical Center after receiving her Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Services/Psychology at Kansas State University. Throughout PT school, Molly sought out opportunities to travel through clinical affiliations in Maine and South Africa, which helped shape her career objectives. She was heavily involved in the student-run pro bono clinic at KU Medical Center and plans to continue participating in medical missions in order to treat under served populations. Molly thoroughly enjoys working with diversified groups of clients and injuries and has undergone continuing education courses focused upon functional movement assessment in order to treat the source of injury rather than just symptoms. She plans to continue course work in manual specialized classes and functional dry needling. She believes in a holistic approach to recovery and hopes to instill this philosophy in each of her patients. While outside of work, Molly enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, jogging, hiking, drinking coffee and eating Mexican food. She and her husband are also attempting snowboarding and taming their crazy German Short-haired puppy, Winnie.
Nicole Stavro PT, DPT
Nicole is a Southern California native who grew up spending the majority of her time balancing academics and playing competitive soccer. Having been a patient and athlete herself, she fell in love with the physical therapy profession at an early age from her numerous injuries and time spent in the clinic. Nicole’s passion for physical therapy and drive to experience new cultures led her to North Carolina where she studied Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. Here, she refined her passion for integrating the study of the human body with athletics. For her honors thesis, she published an article on the biomechanics of runners as they age. Nicole then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2016. Nicole believes in a patient-centered, team-based approach to care. She enjoys using her love and knowledge of soccer to help athletes return to the games they love. She plans to further her manual therapy and sport specific exercise progression skills through continuing education courses. In her free time, Nicole enjoys taking advantage of all that Colorado has to offer. You will often find her skiing, running, boating, or simply relaxing in the outdoors.
Tim Engquist PT, DPT
Tim is a Colorado native growing up in Colorado Springs. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins majoring in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. He then attended the University of Colorado’s Physical Therapy program graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in spring of 2016. Throughout his time along the front range he adopted a very active lifestyle running, hiking and playing whatever sports he has the chance to. He cultivated a love for physical therapy because of his active lifestyle and knowing how hard it is to not be able to participate in these things. He appreciates to opportunity to help people be able to do what they love in a pain-free manner.
Stuart Wilson, MSPT
Stu began his Physical Therapy journey as a patient after repeated ankle sprains plagued him throughout soccer. His admiration for those that helped him along with his love for human anatomy and movement eventually led him to the PT profession. He graduated from Colorado State University with a BS in Exercise Sport Science, emphasis on Sports Medicine, and Human Anatomy, Neurobiology. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver, CO. Stu began his PT career on the Big Island of Hawaii where he worked with all levels of athletes and orthopedic patients. He eventually moved to Steamboat Springs, CO where he progressed his specialty of working with endurance and power athletes. He continued performing high-end gait and running analysis, as well as developing a medical bike fit program. Stuart then started and owned Champion Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy clinic in Denver, CO. Champion specialized in sport-specific analysis and treatment that utilized a biomechanical, manual and functional medicine approach to problem solving. After selling Champion, he worked as the Director of PT for an Orthotic company. Later on, he became the Director of Physical Therapy for Panorama Orthopedic Surgery Center in Golden, CO. Stuart is now a proud Physical Therapist for Panther Physical Therapy. He believes that Panther has a great team and they treat the best way possible for all patients and athletes. There is no better feeling than helping someone and serving others. Stuart has consulted for USA Triathlon, was the lead PT for the Colorado Ballet, and has gained a respectful reputation as a running and cycling expert. He is currently an affiliate faculty member for Regis University and is assisting with a research study on running. He is also one of the lead presenters for Rock Tape. He has presented on many topics including taping, skiing, running, cycling, functional medicine, exercise as medicine, injury prevention, custom orthotics, and ergonomics. Stu enjoys being active outside with running, biking, hiking and snowboarding as well as playing on sports teams such as ice hockey and soccer. His favorite thing to do is be with his amazing wife and their two awesome children.
Alissa Powers PT, DPT, ATC
Alissa joined the Panther team in the Spring of 2013. She is a home-grown Coloradoan and has been a sports enthusiast and outdoor adventurer her entire life. She double majored in Athletic Training and Kinesiology at Colorado Mesa University. With a combination of numerous injuries and her passion of helping others, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a Physical Therapist. She recently married the love of her life, Drew, and graduated from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. Alissa is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the National Athletic Trainers Association. She has a passion for rehabilitating athletes of all levels and helping them return to the top of their game. She plans to further develop her manual and treatment skills to enhance the quality of care being provided through continuing education courses and certifications. Alissa’s hobbies include volleyball, tennis, community service, hiking, and hanging out with her wonderful friends and family.
Kristen Westfall, PT, DPT
Kristen began her Physical Therapy career focus following minor injuries while competing as a level 10 and elite gymnast. Her successful rehabilitation through physical therapy helped to shape her journey into the profession. Kristen continued to pursue a variety of sports following her retirement from gymnastics, including; soccer, track, competitive cheerleading, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. Kristen graduated from Northeastern University in 2007 with her BS in Rehabilitation Science, and continued her education at Northeastern to receive her Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2008. Kristen began working for JumpStart Physical Therapy in 2008 in Natick, Ma, where she was fortunate to work with a variety of patients in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Her patient population consisted of pediatrics, all different levels of athletes, and orthopedic patients. JumpStart expanded their business in 2013, where she became the clinic director in Newton, Ma. The new clinic teamed up with Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics, where she began an added love and passion for working with patients with amputations. She is driven to help every individual reach their maximum potential, and enjoys working with a diverse population. Her good natured competitive side is focused on being able to treat anyone who walks in the door; and do it well! Kristen has continued her education through multiple courses including Pilates rehabilitation, advanced treatment for the hip and shoulder, spinal mobilizations, and functional training for lower extremity amputees. Kristen’s love for snowboarding, travel, and the outdoors has led her to the decision to transition to Colorado and join the fantastic Panther team. Kristen enjoys athletics and staying active, cooking, snowboarding, wakeboarding, traveling, and spending quality time with family and friends. She is thrilled to be a new resident of Colorado and explore all the amazing adventures it has to offer.
Brett Barnes PT, DPT, CSCS
Brett is a Colorado native born and raised in Highlands Ranch Colorado. He attended Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora Colorado and Fort Lewis College in beautiful Durango Colorado. Brett Graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2015 with a bachelors degree in exercise physiology. Brett then earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University In 2018. Brett is passionate about fitness and athletics. He played football in both high school and college and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Brett believes in applying the Jesuit values of “Magis” (More) and “Cura Personalis” (care for the whole person) into his physical therapy practice. He believes in doing the most he can for each person that walks through the door, providing care for the whole person, and treating them as an individual with treatment specific to them. These values and his history in fitness and athletics are the foundation of Brett’s passion for physical therapy. In his free time Brett enjoys weight training, snowboarding, and spending time with his parents and 2 younger brothers.
Sports Performance & Fitness
Mark Wagner, MS, XPS, XFS
Mark began his pursuit of performance and fitness like many others in the industry: as an athlete looking to gain a competitive edge. His passion for exercise and nutrition led him to Kent State University, in Kent, OH where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and Master of Arts in Exercise Science. While in higher education, he obtained a Graduate Assistantship within the Exercise Science department allowing him to teach multiple courses in health, fitness, and exercise physiology.
After grad school, Mark moved out to Phoenix, AZ where he completed an intensive internship with EXOS, an elite athlete-focused training center. Following the internship, he was hired on full-time with concentration on running semi-private and group training in a corporate setting. After two gratifying years in AZ, Mark received a unique career opportunity to run a Fortune 50 company’s state of the art fitness center in Chicago, IL. During that time, he helped implement world-class member experience while helping to develop the performance coaching team with particular emphasis on continued education and practical application. Fours years later Mark moved out to Colorado Springs, CO to help launch and grow an adult and youth sports performance program. Most recently he spent a year in New York City in adidas’ largest global retail space serving as Performance Manager of a performance coaching team dedicated to providing innovative training and education techniques for both consumers and adidas’ employees. Regardless of the environment and demographic, Mark’s mission remains focused on helping others improve their lives.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his nephews and niece and leads a very active lifestyle, a driving force behind his relocation back to CO!
Aaron Goss, B.S., XPS
Aaron Goss is a Performance Specialist at Panther Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. Until recently relocating to Littleton, Colorado, Aaron lived in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area. Aaron has participated in a variety of sports including basketball, wrestling, mixed martial arts, baseball, American football, tennis, golf and rugby. He has always had an interest in sports and a passion for competing and growing as an athlete. After suffering multiple injuries in high school, Aaron chose to pursue a career in sports performance to not only help himself, but to help others live healthy lives and avoid the injuries he experienced.
Aaron has been an alumnus of Arizona State University since May of 2015, achieving Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Exercise Science. During his last semester, he spent 23 weeks at EXOS in Phoenix, AZ completing his senior internship. There, he worked with many different groups of athletes including: NFL, UFC, Pro Rugby, MLB, NHL, MLS, Professional and Amateur Golf, College Athletes, Youth, and the general population. This experience gave him a firm foundation of training principles and an understanding of what it takes to be the best. Once he completed this program, he was offered a second internship with EXOS working with Arizona United Soccer Club, a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League. This internship was Sports Science based and gave Aaron the opportunity to implement a sports science system including tools such as GPS tracking, questionnaires, and performance analytics and also assisted with the team’s strength and conditioning when needed. Aaron has since completed his XPS, the EXOS Performance Specialist Certification and is in the process of getting his CSCS. When Aaron isn’t helping his clients he enjoys playing rugby, practicing mixed martial arts, spending time with his girlfriend, Ashley, and their dog, Tibbers, as well as continuing his education by keeping up with the most recent research articles.