Ann Hodel, MSPT
A physical therapist since 1995, Ann founded Bodywise Physical Therapy in 1997. She has always gravitated to the manual aspect of orthopedic physical therapy, continually furthering her education in this field. With this directed, problem-solving, hands-on approach, Ann is able to bring even the most severely injured, multi-trauma patients back to health and wellness. Using a combination of posture/body mechanics training, directed soft tissue and joint mobilization, and the integration of functional, customized exercise, Ann works to educate and empower patients to take charge of their health. She is especially interested in rehabilitation of the spine — both neck and low back injuries — as well as in high level fitness training for motivated clients.
Ann has taken her innovative approach into the corporate setting. She develops onsite programs for businesses, delivering informational presentations and providing cost-effective physical therapy services for companies.
Ann holds a BS in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Originally from Marin County, California, Ann came to Aspen to ski race as a Junior Olympian. Winning a spot on the CU ski team brought her to Boulder where she has lived for over 20 years. Ann continues to love any activity on snow — especially Alpine and Nordic skiing — mountain biking, scuba diving, surfing, film and off-the-beaten-path travel.
Laura Schmonsees, DPT
Laura graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 2011. She specializes in Orthopaedic based Manual Therapy, and is certified in ASTYM and Trigger Point Dry Needling. Her continuing education has included running analysis, foot biomechanics, trigger point therapy, ASTYM, chronic pain, spinal manipulation, and Postural analysis.
Laura enjoys working with Orthopaedic conditions including chronic neck and back pain, chronic elbow and Achilles tendonitis, shoulder and knee pain, as well as post surgical Orthopaedics. Laura uses an integrative and comprehensive approach to Physical Therapy including joint mobilizations, Trigger point Release, Muscle energy techniques, and Myofacial release, as well as balanced and progressive exercise and postural retraining, and modalities as needed.
Before becoming a Physical Therapist, Laura received a B.A. from Prescott College in Environmental Education, and lived in Jackson Hole, WY working for over 14 years as a mountain guide in the Tetons and as an Outdoor Educator at NOLS. She is able to take this knowledge of the biomechanics of climbing, skiing, biking, running, kayaking, rafting, and backpacking to her patient’s sport specific needs. On her free time she prefers any activity in the outdoors and is frequently found climbing at the local crags.
Christy A. Schneider-Little, MPT, DPT
After graduating from California State University, Long Beach 2001 with her Masters in Physical Therapy, Christy began her career in the orthopedic outpatient setting. In quest of increasing her knowledge base, she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Temple University in August 2004. In addition to her manual therapy practice, Christy also worked part time in an academic position as instructor in the physical therapy program at CSU Long Beach from 2003–2007.
Christy has worked in a variety of clinical settings, but has focused her career in outpatient manual orthopedics. She has experience with all types of patients ranging from professional athletes, the neurologically impaired and the geriatric population. Through postural education and training, progression of a functional exercise program and directed soft tissue and joint mobilization, Christy’s aspiration is to empower each of her patients and assist them in attaining their rehabilitation goals.
In 2010, after the birth of their 1st son Caden, Christy and her husband, Evan, moved to Colorado to raise their family. They recently had their second son Spencer, and enjoy spending their time exploring the parks in Colorado, hiking, swimming, camping and traveling.
Mary Derrick, PT, DPT
Mary graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2013 and focuses her practice in the realm of orthopaedics and manual therapy. While at Texas State, she earned a prestigious award for Outstanding Student in Scholarly Performance for her work on several research projects resulting in publication. Prior to receiving her DPT degree, Mary earned a bachelors of science degree from Texas State University in health and fitness management. Mary brings these management skills and a natural strength in logistics to the team.
Mary has training in an eclectic approach to manual therapy, drawing influence from various disciplines. She has experience in treating all types of musculoskeletal conditions, from back pain to shoulder dysfunction and post-op rehab, to all the various aches and pains you’re likely to encounter. Mary particularly enjoys treating wrist and hand problems as well as chronic low back pain, where she integrates modern pain science theory into her interventions.
Mary stays busy within the profession as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. She continues to work on active research projects in the manual therapy field and has had her work published at national events. A product of Texas, Mary has had experiences in everything from dancing and gymnastics to barrel racing. She brings this performance focus to her practice as she works to optimize both form and function for her patients. Mary enjoys hiking and looking for the next mountain to climb!
Melissa Ruckmick, RMT, EMT, MA
Raised internationally in Western Australia, Venezuela and the United States, Melissa then moved to Canada to raise a family and continue her studies, including Massage Therapy. She graduated from the Foothills Clinic of Massage Therapy with a 1,000 hour Massage Therapy Certification Program (RMT) over fifteen years ago and soon after this also became a certified doula. In the interim years, Melissa has also been certified in over ten other modalities, including shiatsu and Thai massage in both the US and Canada. She recently returned to Colorado after completing BA in Global Studies to finish an MA in Communications from The University of Denver. Melissa is also a Certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Melissa has always been focused on both preventative and effective therapeutic massage. Her initial work in Canada with both Olympic athletes and holistic women’s health centers (run by MD’s) paved the way for her to work with highly trained professionals, including doctors who work well with an integrated approach to a client’s health. Melissa offers the duality of both a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere and a unique therapeutic approach that integrates manual mobilizations, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular re-education, effleurage and associative breathing techniques.
Melissa’s passions include: Her two amazing daughters, sculling, hiking, scuba-diving, photography, film, and travel.
BethAnn M. Chamberlain, LMT
BethAnn moved to the Boulder area in Fall of 2012 after wrapping up a career as an elite level biathlete. A Minnesota native, BethAnn received her B.S. in exercise science from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 2005. She then moved to Maine to train and race on the U.S. National Development Biathlon team and continued her education with massage therapy school at Spa Tech Institute on the outskirts of Portland, Maine, specializing in deep tissue work. While in Maine she worked in a physical therapy clinic as a PTA as well as an LMT.
Now having settled here in Boulder, BethAnn balances her time between her massage work in Boulder and coaching and massaging for the U.S. Paralympic Nordic ski team. She loves to continue learning, attending additional courses in myofascial realease, trigger point work and sport specific massage. Her deep interest and fascination in helping the body feel better and perform to its’ best ability keeps BethAnn excited about massage and bodywork with every client she works on.
Cassie Stonecash, CMT
Cassie Stonecash is a native of Syracuse, New York and received her B.A. in Communications from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Soon after graduation, Cassie moved to Boulder to pursue her degree in massage therapy. She studied at the Denver School of Massage Therapy, completing her degree in December, 2007.
Cassie is an enthusiastic therapist who is passionate about body work and exploring the process of healing through natural methods. When addressing injuries, Cassie strives to incorporate a whole body connection while providing physical and mental relaxation. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Kelly moved to Colorado in 2006 after attending Arizona State University where she studied Communications. She states once landing in Boulder, she has never looked back! She takes full advantage of the Boulder lifestyle enjoying the outdoors by running, hiking, and cross-country skiing, and shares a home with her husband and dog.
Professionally, Kelly’s background has primarily been working in small businesses where she performed a variety of skills in the fields of marketing, sales and administration. She has always been drawn to the healthcare field and says that working at Bodywise is the perfect combination of applying her business expertise and being a part of people’s healing.
At Bodywise Kelly “runs the show”, spearheading all administrative aspects of the business: scheduling, verification of insurance benefits, and all patient and billing correspondence. She brings a combination of professionalism, compassion and a vivacious energy and is an integral part of our healing team.