GENTIAN NUZZO, PT, DPT, CSCS
Gentian went to Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusettes, for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Gentian graduated with a Master's of Science in Physical therapy in 2001. Her doctorate, which she completed in 2009, is from the Massachusettes General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Gentian is a certified specialist in Orthopedics, and loves to treat all orthopedic conditions. Back pain, neck pain, headache, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrist, hand, and post surgical therapy are all within her specialty. Gentian has worked with a lot of recreational, high school, college, and professional athletes, but enjoys treating patients from all walks of life, and helping people achieve their goals.
Gentian loves skiing, mountain biking, and stand up paddleboarding. Running whitewater on my paddleboard is her favorite pastime, she never tires of the challenge and the beauty of the river.
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CARRIE ECKENHOFF, PT, DPT
Carrie completed her bachelors degree at Emory University, where she played Division III NCAA soccer and served as captain of the team her senior year. She earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from the University of Colorado at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Carrie specializes in post-concussion management, has experience in treating all orthopedic injuries, and is trained in the functional movement systems (FMS) screening and selective functional movement assessment (SFMA). She is also proficient in Spanish. Carrie is also a part-time adaptive ski instructor for Vail Resorts and Small Champions, the local program for children with special needs. Carrie is passionate about working with people to overcome limitations and injuries in order to get back to doing what they love to do. In her spare time, Carrie is usually outside doing something active, and loves to bike, ski, do yoga, hike and camp.
KRISTIN SCHWARCK, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Originally from North Dakota, Kristin has been a physical therapist in Breckenridge since 2003. She received her Master of Science in Physcial Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Andrews University. Kristin is board certified in orthopedic (OCS) and sports (SCS) physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. She is certified in trigger point dry needling, Pilates, and Kinesiotaping. She is passionate about helping her patients return to the activities they love. Her free time is spent riding and racing mountain bikes, skiing, and traveling.
BARBARA THOMAS, PT, OCS, ATC
Barbara Thomas moved to Colorado from San Marcos, Ca. She attended the University of Colorado in Boulder earning her BA in Kinesiology. She moved back to California to work with the Athletic teams of the Palomar Comets to finish her internship hours for her Athletic Training Certification. While in California she was accepted to Western University of Health Sciences earning her Master in Physical Therapy. After graduating in 2002 she returned to work in a private clinic in Boulder, Co focusing on Sports Medicine. Once back in Boulder she realized that her true love was in the Mountains of Colorado. Jumping at the opportunity Barbara began working as a PT in the Vail Valley in 2004. She has been a physical therapist in Breckenridge since 2007, and loves the community Summit County has to offer. Barbara is a Certified Specialist in Orthopedics, and Pilates Equipment. Barbara believes athletes are made up of people any age, and varying abilities. Barbara enjoys working with people to create and achieve their physical therapy goals. Barbara loves snowboarding and skinning with her new split board during the winter and her summers are filled with rowing on the beautiful lake Dillon, biking and volleyball.
BRADY BAKER, MPT, MTC
Brady has been a Physical therapist in the Eagle and Gypsum communities for over 16 years. He has spent much of his time advancing his skills in manual therapy techniques and has a specialization as a certified Manual therapist. His care focuses on shoulder, spine, knee rehabilitation and ergonomic assessment. Brady has participated in multiple presentations to the community and as guest lecturer to the Sports Physiology class at Eagle Valley High School. Brady enjoys skiing, mountain biking and coaching football. Brady is married to Carly Baker and has two children, Carter and Anastacia. Brady is currently on the Axis Board of Directors and is the Eagle and Gypsum clinic Director. Brady’s favorite ice cream is Espresso, he likes to collect old American coins and his favorite place in Colorado is Telluride.
ROBYN RITSCH, MPT
Robyn has been a P.T. for over 12 years and received her Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. Robyn’s specialties include manual therapy skills and therapeutic dry needling. Robyn also works closely with the seniors and teaches balance classes at the local Senior Center. Robyn loves to mountain bike, ride horses, hike, and spend time with her husband and 2 girls.
MEREDITH MUELLER, PT, DPT, SCS
Hometown: I was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
How many years have you practiced physical therapy in Eagle County? I have been in Eagle County for 10 years
Why Eagle County? Early on my reason for living in Eagle County was simple, it provided wonderful access to outdoor activities while also providing a stimulating environment to practice physical therapy. My more current reasons for living in Eagle County are the friendships that I have made and the community which provides interesting opportunities for culture and the arts and inspires broad participation to make the community better.
Favorite mountain activity? My favorite mountain activities are smelling the mountain air, camping and mountain biking. If it has to be winter then I like to ski, tour, do hut trips with the girls and smell the mountain air.
What is the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done? The most dangerous thing that I have done that I am aware of at least is walking from Plaza Girabaldi to the Zocalo in Mexico City after midnight.
Favorite Ice cream? In my mind the only one worth eating is peanut butter and chocolate otherwise just give me french fries.
JEN GOTANTAS, PT, DPT, OCS
Jen is a physical therapist, clinic director and owner of Axis Sports Medicine. She has been 'doing whatever it takes’ to get the locals and visitors of this Summit County back outside for over 20 years. The best job ever! A NY girl at heart, she graduated from Ithaca College and has kept current earning certifications as an Orthopedic specialist, in Pilates and Trigger Point Dry needling. To enhance her skills and grow her practice she received her Doctorate of PT in 2014. With a hands on approach she specializes in all sports and spine injuries, post operative care and Lymphatic drainage. When not “needling” patients she is skiing and biking in the amazing Rocky Mountains, trying not to tumble down them, with husband Marty and rescue lab Benson.