Meet the Team

Melinda Couch, PT

Clinic Owner and Program Director

Melinda Couch
Melinda Couch

Melinda has been a practicing physical therapist since 1993. She moved to Colorado in 1995 because of her love of the mountains. She is a physical therapist for the U.S. Figure Skating Team, and has traveled with them extensively, including the World Championships in London, Ontario, Canada (2013), Moscow, Russia (2011), Los Angeles, California (2009) and Tokyo, Japan (2007). She recently served as U.S. Team Physical Therapist for figure skating at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia!

Working with high level athletes in the charged environment of international sports honed her skills in assessing injury, de-escalating pain and trauma. In the sports arena and in the clinic, the patient’s success is measured in sustained pain-free functioning.

Melinda’s primary goal for Peak Performance is to bring that superior level of attention and healing to all patients, and go above and beyond the typical warehouse model of physical therapy. She has assembled a unique team of highly trained professionals who together serve each person’s individual needs. At Peak Performance, we do not utilize non-skilled techs who perform portions of your treatment. You are treated one-on-one by highly skilled manual PT’s and other highly educated practitioners with decades of experience!

John Hayes, PT, DPT

Lead Physical Therapist

John Hayes
John Hayes

John graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from LSU in New Orleans and practiced in an orthopedic clinic treating a wide range of post-surgical, acute and chronic injuries. He moved to Colorado and joined Peak Performance in 2011 to pursue an active mountain lifestyle and enjoy running in all seasons. He successfully completed his first Spartan Race in May of 2014! John also trains in martial arts including Kung Fu, Muy Thia kick-boxing,Jiu Jitsu, and more recently Krav Maga.

John specializes in sports rehabilitation and performance, as well as cutting edge manual therapies for spine, shoulders,knees and foot/ankle rehab. He is a certified Pose Method of Running coach and heads up our Pose Running program. He is also certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and provides this service as a part of his treatment regime. He is currently working towards an advanced Manual Therapy certification through St. Augustine.

Justine Calderwood, PT

Justine Calderwood
Justine Calderwood

Justine graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2002.  Since graduation she has worked in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and long term care.  She enjoys outpatient orthopedics, particularly working with patients experiencing chronic pain and orthopedic injuries.   She moved to Colorado in 2015 and is excited to be a member of the Peak Performance team.  Justine’s passion in treating is using John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach (more about this technique), along with other manual therapy techniques, and comprehensive therapeutic exercise, to aid in patients’ return to a pain-free, active lifestyle.  When not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with friends.

Bryan J. Koewler, PT, DPT

Bryan J. Koewler
Bryan J. Koewler

Bryan graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana in May of 2015 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Soon after, he moved to the Springs and began work in September. Although it was tough to leave the family, dreams of the mountains were too persuasive. The study, refinement, and execution of movement are his favorite pastime. He enjoys rock climbing, slacklining, snowboarding, strength training, barefoot running, and mountain climbing, and uses these to rejuvenate. He equally enjoys meeting people and employing a variety of skills and tools to help them achieve their physical goals. Bryan specializes in orthopaedic manual therapy in people of all ages, and is happy to use his skills to help you recover and get back to your life!

 Jeff Bickford

Feldenkrais Practitioner

Jeff Bickford
Jeff Bickford

Jeff is a Feldenkrais Guild of North America Certified teacher. This gentle method effectively reduces pain and tension by calming the nervous system and restoring healthy neuro-muscular function. Perfect for those in intense pain with restricted movement and very effective for injuries caused by the repetitive stress of disorganized movement and  posture. It can help anyone move better at whatever they do.
Learn more about Jeff’s work at: unfetteredmovement.org/
Learn more about Feldenkrais and watch our new video that explains more about the Feldenkrais Method (located in our “Services” section). Also check out Dr. Andrew Weil’s recent article on the Feldenkrais Method.

Kate Aronson

Therapeutic Pilates Instructor

Kate Aronson
Kate Aronson

Kate practices Therapeutic Pilates by utilizing the Pilates equipment – the reformer and the trapeze table – to aid patients in rehabilitating from injury, and to help them avoid re-injury. She is a certified Pilates instructor who has been practicing and teaching Pilates for over 15 years. Kate has also studied movement analysis with Gail Gustafson, and she brings these skills to her practice when working with patients to help them discover habitual movement patterns and imbalances that may be causing pain or injury.

Laura McNamara

Massage Therapist

Laura McNamara
Laura McNamara

A native to Colorado, born and raised in Colorado Springs, Laura has spent a lifetime playing in the wondrous outdoors of this fabulous state. Living in Summit County for ten years, Laura gained valuable experience working with professional athletes from the worlds of skiing, kayaking, mountaineering, biking, and running.

Laura joined the Peak Performance team in 2007 and maintains a thriving private practice. Embracing a whole-body approach to wellness, Laura tailors a combination of techniques to each of her clients’ individual needs, focusing on their healing and swift return to homeostasis.

Joe Uveges

Massage Therapist

Joe Uveges
Joe Uveges

Joe Uveges is a neuromuscular massage therapist who specializes in the spine and shoulders.  More detailed bio soon to come!

Ashley Gieck, LMT

Massage Therapist

Ashley Gieck
Ashley Gieck

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