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 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 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, 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.

Bryan J. Koewler, PT, DPT

Bryan J. Koewler
Bryan J. Koewler

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!

Amanda Jones, PT

Amanda Jones

Amanda is a midwestern girl who left Indiana in 1998 after receiving her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Indianapolis. She started her career as a physical therapist in South Carolina and soon after moved to Florida where she and her husband started their family. Amanda, her husband, their two sons and 3 Labrador retrievers were relocated to Colorado in 2011 by her husband’s employer, the US Navy, and they don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

Amanda has been working in the sports medicine arena since she entered college where she was a student athletic trainer, and right after graduating from PT school, she passed the national board examination and received her certification in Athletic Training. She has traveled internationally to provide medical support for USA Taekwondo, USA Ultimate and USA Paralympic Cycling. She was honored to be a Physical Therapist for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Amanda loves working with athletes of all ages and levels of competition and appreciates the unique, active patient population in Colorado.

Amanda is a problem-solver, and she appreciates the challenges that the human body presents. She enjoys working with patients one-on-one to focus on their individual needs and empower them to be an active participant in the rehab process. Amanda’s is an experienced manual therapist with a multi-system approach. She has a special interest in dysfunction of the upper quadrant, including shoulder problems as well as upper back, rib, and neck pain.

Hilari Peterson, PTA

Hilari Peterson

Hilari is a certified Low Intensity Light Therapy Technician. Photobiomodulation or Low Lever laser therapy is a method treatment that accelerates tissue healing, restores normal cell structure and function, and decreases pain. This is done by utilization of photons of light at specific wavelengths, frequencies, and power to stimulate tissue healing.

Hilari Is also a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2015. Shortly after graduation Hilari began practicing in an outpatient private practice and worked PRN at the county hospital primarily on the rehabilitation and cardiac floors. Hilari enjoys working with patients to regain their mobility and achieve their optimal functioning status. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with family and exercising with friends.

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.


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