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- You’ll LOVE the care!
- Patients love Physical Therapy and Lifetime Wellness!
- Affordable yet superior treatments. (Payment Plans Available)
- One to one care.
- NO WAITING POLICY
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Meet The PT Lifetime Team in Denver, CO
Liz Walley, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
I love working with people. Everyone’s body tells a story of their past and present lifestyles. Trying to figure out someone’s pain, injury or weakness is like solving a jigsaw puzzle with a million different pieces that all act together. Listening to a person’s history and observing movement are what I do best. Everyone has imbalances, trying to figure out those imbalances, bring back symmetry and restore function to help each person achieve their goals to become their best physical possibility is the essence of my work.
“I believe that all things in life happen for a reason. I believe that your attitude can make or break a challenging situation.”
- Texas A&M University, College Station, TX: BS in Kinesiology 2002 (Gig’Em Ags!)
- Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, TX: MS in Physical Therapy 2005
- Simmons College, Boston, MA: DPT, Doctorate in Physical Therapy 2007
Special Credentials and/or Accomplishments
- ABPTS (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists) Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) 2011
- NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 2009
- Former company member of the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, 1993-1998
I enjoy running ½ marathons and have completed 8 full marathons. I love to snow ski and snow shoe in the winter. I am a believer and active in yoga, Pilates and continue to take Ballet classes. I love traveling, reading and visiting my family as much as possible.
I am an advocate of all animals and I really love dogs! I had a wonderful, beautiful golden retriever/lab mix named Bailey, who was with me 14 years. I recently lost her in February of 2015 and it was the hardest experience I’ve ever survived.
Life without a dog is like a day without love or sunshine for me. After Bailey died I started volunteering and walking dogs at the Maxfund Animal Shelter in Denver. It was at that shelter that I met Lucius and Mabel, 2 dogs that both stole my heart. Lucius is a black lab/great Dane mix, he’s about 90 pounds and thinks he is a lap dog 🙂 Mabel is the cutest little chocolate lab ever! She loves playing fetch and has become the occasional greeter at our clinic.
I support the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Denver Dumb Friends League, Best Friends Animal Society, Wild Animal Sanctuary and several other smaller local animal charities or shelters. I am currently a volunteer at the MaxFund, a No-Kill animal shelter in Denver and looking to be a foster mom in the future!
One of my favorite quotes is from Emil Coue,
“Day by day, in every way, I am getting better and better”
Another favorite from my dad, Jim Walley, that he constantly said when I was growing up,
“Work hard, Play hard”
Jessica Valant, MSPT, PMA-CPT
Physical Therapist, Certified Pilates Teacher
I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist when I was 14 years old. I have now been practicing PT and Pilates for over 17 years and I am unbelievably grateful to be able to do what I love every day and to help people realize the full potential of their own bodies.
I was trained as a Rehabilitative Pilates Instructor soon after graduating from physical therapy school, and it helped me to see the integrative and holistic nature of the human body. I believe that everyone has the potential to feel better and that no one is a “lost cause”. I enjoy helping people to discover what muscle imbalances and poor movement patterns might be holding them back, and retraining those pieces so that my clients can return to a full and pain free life.
I believe that physical therapy involves teamwork, and I love getting to know my clients and working together with them to create a plan that is both motivational and effective.
- Drake University, Des Moines, IA: BS in Biology/Pre-Med 1998
- Regis University, Denver, CO: Masters of Science in Physical Therapy 2000
Special Credentials and/or Accomplishments
- Certified Pilates Instructor, Polestar Pilates 2002
- Board of Directors for the Pilates Method Alliance
- Approved Continuing Education Provider for the Pilates Method Alliance
- Women’s Health Specialist (prenatal and postpartum fitness, diastasis recti, prolapse)
My husband and I moved to Hawaii in 2006 and fell in love with the island and beach lifestyle. I opened two physical therapy clinics and Pilates studios while there. We then had our amazing daughter in 2013 and decided we wanted to be back on the mainland. We lived in San Diego for three years before finally coming home to Colorado earlier this year.
I love spending as much time outside as possible, and am fairly warm blooded after over 10 years at the beach! I enjoy long walks with my daughter, laughing with my family and being as active as possible. I spend a little time every day doing Pilates, yoga, walking, hiking, lifting weights and/or stretching. It keeps me mobile and is integral in me managing my own back and prolapse issues since having my daughter.
I truly believe that life is a gift and I do my best to treat everyone as an individual and with respect. I believe if we all did this the world would be a much easier and happier place.
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
Katie Milano, PT, DPT, CYI
Physical Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor
My entire life has continuously moved me deeper into the capacity to help others understand the wisdom of their own bodies and their natural abilities to heal. As a high level competitive gymnast of 8 years, I learned the feeling of timing, physics and alignment in my own body. After a dislocated and fractured elbow at age 14, and working with an incredible physical therapist, I knew I wanted to support and educate others in the same way. I dropped into teaching gymnastics while I tried to rehabilitate and was hooked for 9 years. I began to see and learn to communicate, from children to adults, these same principles of body mechanics I knew so well in my own body. I was introduced to yoga and meditation in 1992 and slowly began to see the many layers of healing we all must go through to move gracefully and fully through the hardships of life. I underwent my first 200 hour yoga teacher certification program just before entering physical therapy school in 1998. It was a life changing experience, pushing me deeper into how to show up and support, both my own life and others. It also taught me deeper refinement and specificity of creating joint position and stability in my body. I found a space and ran the only yoga classes in Pacific Grove, OR while I attended physical therapy school and continually worked to bridge eastern and western ideas about body, mind and healing. After receiving my doctorate in physical therapy in 2001, I started working at private outpaient physical therapy clinics and teaching yoga on the Monterey Peninsula in California. In 2003 I started and maintained my own business combining Physical Therapy and Yoga for in-home, personalized treatments. I developed, codirected and taught Yoga Teacher Training program’s in Monterey and Santa Cruz and offered various community courses on science of pain, healing, yoga and meditation. With a persistent passion for learning, I attended multiple continuing education courses each year I worked and received a manual therapy certification in 2007. It has been 15+ years now, that I have been working as a sport and orthopedic physical therapist with an emphasis in manual therapy and specifically dosed exercise training with a keen eye for alignment and proper body mechanics for optimal tissue healing. I am well versed in post surgical rehabilitation, sport injury and chronic pain. I continue to merge western science and eastern understanding of body, mind and healing and am committed to continuing education and evidence based learning in order to achieve maximum patient outcomes.
I believe the human body/ mind have a much greater capacity for healing than we yet understand. The advances in understanding how we experience chronic pain and phantom pain alone has opened an entire paradigm shift of how the brain, once thought an unchangeble structure, is very adaptable for worse and better. This excites me and
inspires me to continue working with both how our attitudes and focus effect our physical well being and how our attention to fear and pain over time changes the structure and function of our brain.
My passions outside the human body and brain are a deep love of animals, being out in nature, eating and cooking delicious and fresh foods and cheersing with good friends and family. I love spending time playing games, traveling the world and exploring new places with my partner and our furbabies a 1 yr old terrior mix rescue and a 1 year old
rescue kitten who play hard and snuggle sweetly.
- Manual Therapy Certification, Ola Grimsby Institute, San Diego, CA. 2007
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Pacific University, OR. January 2002
- Masters in Physical Therapy, Pacific University, OR. May 2001
- Baccalaureate in Biology, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA. 1997
- UC Berkeley, Exercise Physiology Research, Berkley, CA. 1995-96
- Yoga Teacher 200hr certification, Ananda, Nevada City, CA. 1998
- Yoga Teacher Training 500hr, Diane Wilson, Portland, OR. 2000
Katherine Bertaut, Physical Therapy Aide
Health and wellness has always been an integral part of my life. After studying nutrition, I thoroughly enjoyed learning the science mechanisms of the body and how essential taking care of our bodies is. I have always found pleasure in the outdoors and physical exertion that I eventually decided to channel that pleasure into movement and physical therapy. I enjoy using my knowledge in order to help people inhibited by ailments, so that they too can have their hearts filled with the joy of physical activity.
I moved to Colorado after college to be near the mountains and enjoy an active lifestyle. On the weekends you can always find me hiking, skiing, or biking if I’m not already grooving to some live music. I adore traveling and always try to carve out some time each year to travel somewhere new and experience a different culture. Cooking and eating good food is one of my favorite pastimes and I have been proclaimed a nacho aficionado.
- Texas Christian University, BS in Dietetics 2015
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
After breaking both of my feet during my junior year of college, I discovered the magic that is physical therapy and finished my degree at Pepperdine University with a bachelor of science in sports medicine. Since my graduation, I have been living in Colorado and preparing to apply to PT school. During my downtime I like to stay active either outdoors or at the gym as well as spend time with my family and friends.
- Pepperdine University, BS Sports Medicine, 2017
“In the end only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you” -Anonymous
Lena Chon, LMT, Massage Therapist
Lena graduated from Massage Therapy Institute of Colorado in 2009. She uses an integrative approach specializing in myofascial release (muscle/fascia movement), structural integration, deep tissue and sports massage. With personal experience dealing with injuries and living an active lifestyle, she believes movement is life. Bodywork provides powerful support in injury prevention and rehabilitation. She is passionate about the benefits that massage therapy provides to each individual’s health.
- Prices for Massage:
- 30 minutes $35
- 60 minutes $75
- 90 minutes $110
Ask Lena for special package prices and save money! Massage therapy improves healing faster than PT work alone. Massage is no longer considered only a luxury. Today’s culture is a high stress, active lifestyle and we don’t often take the time to stretch and decompress. Our bodies hold onto that tension in our muscles and massage therapy is one way to decrease muscle tension, improve blood flow in order to decrease stress and prevent injuries/health problems. Everyone should consider getting a massage 2x a year, similar to checking in with your MD and going to the dentist. Preventative medicine, such as twice a year visits, can help tremendously to avoid serious health problems.