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 who 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 wife Erin, daughter Skyler and son Murphy. He has two Portuguese Water Dogs: Bodacious and Foxy Cleopatra. Luke is an Athlete’s Performance (EXOS) 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 over 40-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis last year. Rest in peace Pat.
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 graduated from the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. She has a passion for rehabilitating athletes of all levels and helping them return to the top of their game. She enjoys treating a wide variety of orthopedic diagnoses and especially enjoys working with the hip joint. She is certified in functional dry needling and uses this treatment approach in conjunction with other manual interventions to accelerate recovery. When Alissa is not at work, she is adventuring with her awesome husband and 3 kids.
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.
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.
Kaitlin Stewart PT, DPT
Kaitlin is originally from Prairie Village, Kansas where she grew up as a gymnast, competitive dancer and cross country/track athlete. She attended the University of Kansas where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and developed a fascination for the human body during her time as an anatomy lab teaching assistant leading to her desire to attend Physical Therapy school. She then attended the University of Colorado’s Physical Therapy program graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in December of 2020. Since moving to Colorado, Kaitlin has formed a love for the active lifestyle diversifying her activity from hiking to skiing and loves a good long walk in one of the many beautiful parks this area has to offer. She enjoys cycling, yoga, barre and Pilates with a special interest in how these activities can provide low impact opportunities for improving strength and overall health. Kaitlin is passionate about motivating and assisting individuals on their journey to return to beloved activities as well as remaining active throughout the lifespan.
Tara Loveland PT, DPT
Tara was born and raised in Temple City, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. She attended the University of California, San Diego where she earned her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science before moving to Denver, where she graduated from University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in December 2020. Tara is passionate about living an active and healthy lifestyle and enjoys empowering her patients to do the same. She has a special interest in return-to-sport rehabilitation and the utilization of individualized treatment plans to empower her clients to achieve their goals and get back to the activities they love. Tara is excited to continue developing her knowledge and skills through post-graduate continuing education and certification opportunities, including becoming certified in dry needling. Tara’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, camping, playing soccer, and pretty much anything that gets her outdoors. When she is not doing something active, she is probably at home watching a good movie, TV show, or football game.
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!