• Skilled Physical Therapy Staff

  • Our physical therapists are highly-trained professionals committed to helping you get back to your life. They are uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat movement system dysfunction. They take a total body assessment and treatment approach to maximize return to functional activity including all forms of work and play.

  • Jay Alexander, DPT, received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New Mexico, and completed his undergraduate work at Fort Lewis College with an emphasis in athletic training. Jay gained years of clinical experience as a physical therapy advanced exercise specialist with Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy, as well as completed his clinical mentorship. Jay's expertise in exercise application and orthopedics enhances our ability to further serve the community. Jay is a former competitive dancer and enjoys a variety of recreational outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, fishing and mountain biking.

    Luke Angel, DPT, ATC, graduated with an Athletic Training degree from the University of Michigan in 1995, and worked for the USA Hockey Development Program in Ann Arbor. In 2000, he earned a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Following this, he moved to Durango to work as an athletic trainer and physical therapist at Aztec and Durango High Schools, and later helping to start the Training Room program where he worked for four years.

    Following a short time as a traveling physical therapist in Washington, Oregon and Hawaii, Luke returned to Durango and worked for Peak Physical Therapy before starting his practice, Quantified Performance that focused on technologically advanced physical therapy. In 2011, Luke earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado. Luke is board certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy from the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy, and is also certified in Dry Needling (2009), Astym (2010) and has completed all classes from Functional Movement Systems (FMS) for the FMS and SFMA. Luke recently became certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation from Emory University.

    Luke joined Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy in 2014, and as supervisor of the Athletic Training Program, helped launch the concussion program and create a comprehensive Sports Medicine Program. He enjoys mountain biking and travelling with his wife, Ashlie.

    Denise Boggess, PTA, attended the physical therapist assistant program and graduated with an associate’s degree from San Juan College. Upon receiving her PTA license in 2010, Denise worked at Bayfield Physical Therapy until 2014, where she served as a physical therapy technician from 2003-2009. Prior to this, she worked at Durango Orthopedic Associates for three years. Denise is certified in kinesio taping and attended the John Barnes’ Myofascial Release I seminar and workshop. Denise is married with two children and lives on a small farm between Durango and Bayfield. Having lived in the area since 1992, she enjoys being outdoors, mountain biking and trail running.
    SueB Earl, MPT, obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University, graduating with Summa Kun Laude, in 1994. Prior to becoming a PT, she served as an outdoor educator with the Colorado Outward Bound School and other organizations. She has received extensive orthopedic education through continuing education courses and is certified in Spinal Manipulation and Functional Dry Needling, Level II. She is passionate about treatments of the foot and ankle and lower kinetic chain (LKC-foot to the low back). In addition to years of experience, she has pursued specific post-graduate training in foot, ankle and LKC, including assessment for custom foot orthotics. SueB enjoys all outdoor activities in Durango and the surrounding desert areas, including swimming, gardening and romping around with her two daughters.
    Bailey Fordahl, PT, DPT, focuses on treating patients in orthopedics, with an emphasis on manual therapy techniques and exercise progression. Bailey earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science with a concentration in sports medicine from Colorado State University. She is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and has taken advanced courses in treatment of the upper cervical spine and the shoulder. Bailey is a native of Colorado. Growing up in Montrose, she has always enjoyed taking advantage of everything Colorado has to offer. Bailey, her husband, Ben, and their dog, Jake, can be found outside trail running, hiking, camping, skiing and mountain biking.
    Ben Fordahl, PT, DPT, emphasizes a combined treatment approach utilizing manual therapy, dry needling, exercise, and patient education. Ben attended Montana State University – Bozeman where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science in 2008. He pursued his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Colorado – Denver and graduated in 2012. Following graduation, Ben split his time between inpatient and outpatient settings. After moving to Durango, he decided to pursue his passion for outpatient physical therapy full time. In his free time, Ben, his wife, Bailey and their dog, Jake, enjoy the outdoors and all that Durango has to offer.
    Doug Houle, MSPT, is an honors college graduate and Phi Beta Kappa member of Arizona State University, where he worked with the Sun Devil baseball team and the Phoenix Coyote hockey team. Doug completed research at Regis University on the throwing motion in conjunction with the Steadman-Hawkins Institute. He is a certified spinal and peripheral manipulation therapist with an emphasis on spine and orthopedic rehabilitation. Doug moved to Durango in 2000 and enjoys being a part of the Durango community. Doug and his wife, Spring, have four kids, Kyle, Ella, Hunter and Boden. They enjoy skiing, fishing, hockey, golf, and swimming.
    Stacy Huston, DPT, earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Utah in 2013 and received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies with a focus on Biology and Psychology from Eastern Oregon University in 2009. Stacy is certified in Graston Technique M1, IAOM Cervicothoracic Junction, and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, as well as holds a Gray Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS). She has worked in primarily outpatient orthopedics since 2013, in addition to inpatient physical therapy. Stacy was raised in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys mountain biking, trail running, skiing, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and their Golden Retriever.
    Randy Junttonen, PT, graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980, and has worked with the U.S. Nordic Ski Team, Chicago City Ballet, and the Hubbard Street Dance Company. Randy focuses on spine, sports, orthopedic and ergonomics. Randy has advanced training and experience with manual therapy and functional exercise.
    Clay Lowder, PT, graduated from the University of New Mexico and has been practicing physical therapy since 1997. He specializes in orthopedics and neurological rehabilitation, in addition to pediatrics and the utilization of music in conjunction with physical therapy. He is an avid musician and serves as a music instructor for the Stillwater Foundation.
    Lindsey Mitchell, DPT, completed her undergraduate work at Oklahoma State University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University. She is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and has experience in outpatient orthopedic, neurological rehabilitation and pediatric physical therapy. Lindsey enjoys camping, hiking, skiing and mountain biking with her husband and dog.
    Phil Rambo, MPT, is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he worked with the Hawkeye wresting and basketball teams. He is certified in spinal manipulation and focuses his practice on sports orthopedic and spine care. Phil also participates with the Fort Lewis Athletic Training program.
    Kate Smail

    Kate Smail, MS, OTR, CHT, is a certified hand therapist. Kate has practiced hand therapy in Durango for 13 years and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of upper extremity conditions. Her expertise includes custom splinting, joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques, and establishing exercise and strength programs.

    Kate received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Boston University and her hand therapist certification from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

    Amy Tichy Smith, MPT, graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Masters of Physical Therapy in 1991, and received her Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a minor in chemistry from Fort Lewis College. Amy received a Spinal Manipulation Certificate in 2004. She has practiced physical therapy in a private practice and outpatient environment since 1992. Since joining the team of therapists at Mercy Integrated Physical Therapy in 2004, she has embraced the functional approach to evaluating and treating patients. Our group thrives on communication and the expertise of our therapists to further our knowledge base and provide the best quality of care for our clients. Amy enjoys traveling around the world with the Semester at Sea curriculum and has visited many countries, including Spain, Greece, Turkey, India, Sir Lanka, and China. Currently, she enjoys camping with her husband and two boys, as well as hiking, biking and skiing in the Four Corners area.
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