Our Team

Chera Howard Hope, PT, DPT, MTC, CMTPT

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Physical Therapy

I have been practicing Physical Therapy for over 20 years and I absolutely love what I do! I have had the opportunity to travel and practice physical therapy around the U.S., El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. These adventures have given me a diverse experience working with newborns, children and adults in many different settings. My training has afforded me a certification in manual therapy (MTC), trigger point dry needling (CMTPT) and a Level 1 certification in Golf Rehabilitation through Titleist Performance Institute.

I have a strong desire to stay connected with the Latin American communities that I lived and volunteered in. I read the Toms Shoe Company autobiography by Blake Mycoskie Start Something that Matters. Blake donates a pair of shoes to children in rural Latin American communities for every pair sold. This fueled my dream to create a Wellness Center that gives back to the communities that I love so much.

I am from Virginia, and although Virginia is a beautiful place to grow up, I have been drawn to Colorado since my 20’s. I have been blessed with two little boys and an amazing husband who manages the business side of our Wellness Center. I enjoy snow skiing, oil painting, singing, hiking, camping with my fellas, rock climbing, and anything outdoors. I have participated in a few 5 and 10 K races (now I only run if a bear is chasing me) and have competed in 2 sprint triathlons. I have a passion for helping people feel their best!

Roni Sorensen, PT

Physical Therapist

I love working with Chera and Adrian and fully support the vision of HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.

I grew up in NE Ohio but always knew I would live in sunny Colorado after spending many summers exploring Rocky Mountain National Park with my parents (who followed me out here 17 years ago!)   After graduation I moved across the country to Grand Junction for my first PT position more than 20 years ago working with traumatic brain injured and stroke patients.   For the past several years I have focused more on patients with headaches/neck and back pain. I also enjoy treating clients with neurological diagnoses as well as vertigo and general outpatient orthopedics.  Last year I added dry needling to my treatment techniques and have seen many great results.  I am passionate about working with our patients to achieve their goals!

My husband Steve and I greatly appreciate the adventures and beauty of Colorado and have loved raising our sons, Joel and Luke,  in this community.  We enjoy hiking (dragging the boys), camping and skiing and while we adore our adopted home state we also have a passion to travel and explore new countries with and on special occasions without our boys.

Emily J. Ladd, PT, OCS, CSCS, CMTPT

Physical Therapist

Greetings!  I am thrilled to be in Colorado and a part of HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness Center!

For over 20 years, I have been helping patients gain their full wellness potential by providing holistic and individualized care.  My treatment style involves a one on one, hands-on approach, with emphasis on manual therapy to speed healing and improve function as quickly as possible.

I am passionate about empowering my patients to take an active role in their recovery, and help them establish tools to maintain their wellness.  I am board certified in orthopedics, hold a certification in trigger point dry needling and strength and conditioning.  I have advanced training in pelvic health care including therapy for pelvic pain, incontinence, digestive disorders, sexual disorders, and pre/post-partum conditions.  Additionally, I use visceral and neural manipulation techniques, which allow me to effectively treat connections between the abdominal organs, nervous system, fascia, bones and muscles.

I practiced physical therapy in Oregon and Wisconsin before realizing our dream of moving to Colorado.  My family is thrilled to live in this area, and plans to make the most out of local recreational opportunities including hiking, camping and skiing.

Patti Kanaby, CMPT, PT, NMT, PMA®-CPT

Physical Therapist

I graduated from Oakland University with Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy in 1986.

Then I went to get certified as a manual physical therapist from the North American Institute in Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1997. In 1995, I completed my certification in Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, focusing on the St. John method.

I am certified through Balanced Body University as a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor and Certified Pilates Instructor through PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). I have attended continuing education courses such as Visceral Manipulation of abdomen and pelvis, “When the Foot Hits the Ground, George Davis’ rehabilitation of the shoulder, Diane Lee – thoracic evaluation and treatment, Shirley Sahraman’s Muscle Imbalances, Strain/ Counter-Strain, Muscle Enegery Techniques to name a few.

Melissa Bedia

Front Office Manager

Howdy! I am ecstatic to be a part of Hope Physical Therapy & Wellness Team!

I love the vision of this practice and I hope to be a warm welcoming face to you when you come in to see us!

I am always here to help with Insurance or scheduling needs, but my availability expands to whatever your needs are to make you feel more comfortable and relaxed while here.

I love helping others and rewarding your day with a smiling face that cares! I can provide you with a cup of coffee, water or even an ear to listen!

I was not born or raised here but I am a true Coloradoan Girl! I love this beautiful state and excited to have it as my backyard! I never plan to leave!

I am originally from New York and visit occasionally , however I call Colorado my home now.

I am a Mother of 3 wonderful boys, Mikey, Maximus and Mason.

In my free time I love to be outdoors with my boys but my passion for myself is Mountain Biking. I love to Ride my bike just about anywhere In Colorado.

I am a part of a great group of friends that have helped me experience the love of Mountain Biking and have shown me so many awesome trails.

Currently my favorite spot to Mountain Bike is Breckenridge, CO, But I am sure to find many other areas in my future that become my favorite as well!

If you are interested in Mountain Biking, come chat with me!

I hope to bring fresh and exciting ideas to Hope Physical Therapy & Wellness at the front office and looking forward to meeting new people to help and achieve their goals to become pain free!

Adrian D. Hope 

Director of Operations, CEEO (Chief Everything Else Officer)

Hey everyone!  This is Adrian, and I love this place!  I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. After serving more than 20 years in the US Army, I now call Colorado Springs my home.  I am so excited that my wife, Chera, elected for us to retire here.  She had 51% of the vote and it turned out great for us to return to this wonderful community.

In May of 2017, I completed my Master of Business Administration degree from UCCS.  It was an amazing experience and I met so many great people and professors. I utilize much of the knowledge gained in the MBA program in my day to day duties at HOPE Physical Therapy and Wellness Center.

I am excited for our future here!  This is going to be such great experience for our boys.  We are so excited to participate in the unlimited outdoor activities that this beautiful city and state have to offer.

Morgan Lavender, Float Tech

Hi there!

I am your go-to yoga gal and part time float tech. After graduating for Florida State University with a degree in Sport/Exercise Psychology, I received my yoga certification. Since then, I have been teaching yoga since 2016 to college students, kiddos, and communities around Florida and Colorado. I am a Florida girl, born and raised who is truly looking forward to (and maybe a little nervous about) the winters here in beautiful Colorado!

Currently, I am attending UCCS to earn a Master’s in Health Promotion. I am passionate about integrative medicine and learning how to create policies that encourage people to live their heathiest life. After I graduate, I plan on attending a doctoral program for physical therapy where I can combine my love for the body, physical movement, health, and healing. One day, my goal is to open an integrative medicine office that incorporates all aspects of wellness – nutrition, mental health, physical health, community health, and more!

I look forward to seeing you at HOPE! Together, we can practice balance, flexibility, strength, and focus at my weekly yoga classes.  The classes will be a hatha flow and all levels are welcome! Bring your own mat and some friends to move with some folks in our community! See you soon!

Namaste, Morgan Lavender



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