Melinda Couch, PT
Clinic Owner and Program Director
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 was honored to serve 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 now more 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 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, Krav Maga and more recently has been training for Strong Man competitions.
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 the University of St. Augustine and has completed all course work for this program.
Justine Calderwood, PT
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 graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Soon after, he moved to the Springs and joined our team at Peak Performance! 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 is currently pursuing his advanced Manual Therapy certification through The Institute of Physical Art and specializes in 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 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.
Therapeutic Pilates Instructor
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.
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 is a long-time neuromuscular massage therapist who specializes in the spine, shoulders and myofascial release. He is also an amazing musician!