Our Team

Chera Howard Hope, PT, DPT, MTC, CMTPT, Cerg

Chief Executive Officer and Director of Physical Therapy

I have been practicing Physical Therapy since 1995 and I am passionate about my profession! 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, trigger point dry needling, and a Level 1 certification in Golf Rehabilitation through Titleist Performance Institute. I specialize in craniofacial, TMJ pain and headaches, as well as scar release treatment. I am also Certified in Ergonomics, and can help you combat the stressors of computer use and help you maintain a healthy and balanced posture at work, and with all of your life activities. I love learning everything I can to promote a holistic approach to care.

I have a strong desire to stay connected with the Latin American communities where I lived and worked. I became inspired by 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 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 & Wellness.

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 enjoy treating clients with neurological diagnoses as well as vertigo and general outpatient orthopedics. I also specialize in  dry needling 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.

Jessica Huffman

Physical Therapist 

Hello, my name is Jessica and I am so excited to be a part of the team at HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness. My family recently moved to Colorado Springs and as I was searching for a job, I really wanted a place that put clients first. A place that allowed me to have good one-on-one time with my clients where neither of us felt rushed. A place that focused on the whole body and had a holistic approach to health. I am so happy to have found Hope Physical Therapy because it has all that I was looking for and more!

A little about me; I’m originally from a small town in central Texas. I attended college at the University of Texas (hook ’em horns!) with a major in athletic training. I then went straight to physical therapy school at Texas Woman’s University in Houston where I graduated in 2012.

My first job was at Fort Hood in Texas where I worked with primarily active duty soldiers. I met my husband there and we were soon stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana where I worked at an outpatient PT clinic, seeing both civilian and active-duty patients. After our time at Fort Polk was complete, we were fortunate enough to get stationed in Germany for 4.5 years! There, I volunteered at the military hospital physical therapy clinic and spent as much free time as possible traveling. My husband and I were able to visit 30 countries! Our favorite activity while over there was hiking, especially in the Alps. I also had our sweet son over there and we affectionately now refer to him as “our little German.” When our time in Germany came to an end, we decided to move to Colorado Springs because we love the mountains, nature, and hiking! Again, I am so excited to be a part of HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness. I love this profession because it gives me a chance to help clients achieve their goals, whether it be to clean the house without pain or run the Pikes Peak marathon.

 

Macey Hickox, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

HOPE is home! With 10 years of experience as a physical therapist and being a military spouse, HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness in Colorado Springs is the best place to call my professional family.

Working with athletes of all abilities and the military population (including veterans and their families) is my passion. My post-graduate education has included a Sports Residency, Tactical Fitness Facilitating, Nutrition Coaching, Dry Needle Specialization, Pelvic Health Certification, and YogaFaith Training. I take great joy in seeing the holistic picture of a patient’s health journey. Striving to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and lifestyle wellness, I hope to equip you with the tools to live your healthiest life.

With our growing family of 4 small children, my husband and I love getting outdoors (when able) for hiking, skiing/snowboarding, golfing, tennis, and volleyball. Our other hobbies include country swing dancing and smoking delicious meals on the grill.

Allison Warrick

Physical Therapist

I am a pelvic health and orthopedic physical therapist with over 4 years of experience in the field. I earned my Certificate of Achievement in Pregnancy and Postpartum Physical Therapy through the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy and am a Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. My passion is educating patients on topics related to lifelong pelvic health, pregnancy, labor/delivery, and the postpartum period. I am passionate about intentional movement and empowering women and birthing people to take care of their bodies!

I am a Texas native but have spent the past 4 years living in the Pacific Northwest and I am brand new to Colorado Springs! I love to ski, hike, and travel and am thrilled to explore Colorado over the next couple of years. We just had our first child last fall with her husband, Hunter, who is a pilot in the USAF. 

Lisa Elder 

Physical Therapist

I have been a Physical Therapist since 2006 and prior to becoming a physical therapist, I was an Athletic Trainer. I have always been fascinated by how the human body works. As a military spouse I have been able to work in many different states while learning from and working with some incredible physical therapy providers. I have spent most of my 17 years as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics and more recently became passionate about Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Women’s Wellness. My favorite part about being a physical therapist is getting to connect with so many amazing patients and being able to utilize a whole person, holistic treatment approach to help them reach their goals.

My husband and I are both originally from Georgia but as a family we are happy to be calling Colorado HOME. We have 2 boys who are very into sports especially baseball and golf. As a family we have 2 pups (Kirby-a Beagle and Riley-a very energetic Golden Retriever puppy). We love all sports and being outdoors. If we aren’t at home, work or school you can likely find us at the ball field. I’m very thankful to be a part of the HOPE Physical Therapy team. Being a part of this team is a true answer to prayers.

Emily Schwerdt

Physical Therapist

I grew up in Missouri and attended school for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating I worked for a year in Missouri before moving to Colorado with my husband and two dogs to pursue a more active lifestyle. I ran Cross Country and Track through high school and in college, and running continues to be a big passion of mine. Another passion is pelvic floor physical therapy, which I have pursued certification in since completing graduate school. i am passionate about helping women understand their body and not letting leakage or pain hold them back from living the life they want to live. I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Academy of Pelvic Health. I pursued physical therapy because as an athlete I was injured often, and I realized physical therapy was the perfect field to help others learn how to help themselves and improve their quality of life.

 

Emma Wachter 

Physical Therapist

Hi there! I am so excited to join the wonderful HOPE team! I highly value their mission & goals of pursuing a holistic, evidence-based approach to treating patients and building valuable relationships with those that trust us with their care.

I am an Iowa native (Go Hawks!), who recently moved to the Springs area! I graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy & have become passionate about geriatric care, chronic pain, & all things women’s health. In the future, I hope to pursue my goal of completing Pelvic Health training. I love to connect with people on a personal level and truly get to know them & their unique life stories.

In my free time, you can catch me hiking, reading a good book, watching sports, listening to podcasts or meditations, dog-sitting, or fan-girling over Taylor Swift & I, of course, will always want to see pictures of your dogs.

 


Alysha Kimler 

Certified Yoga Instructor and Exercise Specialist

I began my first yoga teacher training in 2014, right after I graduated from high school, and received a 200 hour certification in “hot” yoga (as well as “hot-power fusion”) from CorePower yoga. Since then, I completed a 300 hour course specializing in functional yoga therapy techniques, a yin yoga continuing education course, a second 200 hour certification in “power” yoga, and a “sculpt” yoga continuing education course. I have nearly 1000 hours of yoga teaching under my belt and experiences facilitating and even leading teacher trainings myself.

Outside of yoga and working for HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness, I’m working to complete my bachelors degree in exercise science. In my free time, I love to read (fantasy mostly), hike with my dog, and catch up on the latest films. After graduation, I have ambitions to learn how to snowboard, make stained glass, and roller skate. Long term, I plan to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy and follow in the footsteps of my amazing coworkers here at HOPE.

HOPE to see you on the mat!


Kristin Angelle

Patient Care Coordinator

Hello! I am so excited to be a part of the team at HOPE Physical Therapy & Wellness!

The Army brought my husband and I to Colorado Springs in 2022. We loved it so much that we bought a house here and made it our home! Originally, I am from the Great State of Texas where I graduated with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Then, we were lucky enough to be stationed in Germany for three years where we were able to cultivate our love for traveling all around Europe. I have always had a passion for healthcare administration and after leaving the Army as a Captain in the Medical Corp, I went back to Texas to obtain a dual master’s degree in health and business administration. Now, I work every day interacting with patients and seeing them achieve amazing results!

In my free time, I am an avid reader, self-taught pianist, and beginner snowboarder. You will usually find me somewhere playing with my 5-year-old 90lb German Shepard puppy.

 

 

 

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