Julie Hanson, DPT
Julie earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado, Denver in 2009 and her BA in Business from Augustana College in 1994. Since graduating from PT school, Julie has focused her skills in the orthopedic outpatient setting and likes to focus on one-on-one patient care with her clients. She is a manual based therapist who enjoys working with a variety of conditions including spine, sports related injuries, post operative rehabilitation, work related injury, auto accidents headaches and any other musculoskeletal conditions.
Julie is certified in Level 1 and 2 Trigger Point Dry Needling and has taken several continuing education courses to further her skills in manual therapy. Julie strives to get her patients back to function as quickly as possible.
When not treating patients or operating the ins and outs of Bodywise, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends participating in all activities that Colorado has to offer.
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.
Ira has over twenty years of experience as a physical therapist. He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 1992 and has worked in multiple settings including hospital based acute and outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. A firm believer in quality one-to-one patient centered care his treatments emphasize client participation and education. He employs hands on treatment, exercise, education, and modalities to hasten return to maximal function.
Originally from New York, Ira and his family have called Boulder home for the last twenty years.
Ira especially enjoys skiing, tennis, and cycling but most of all spending time with his wife Elise now that their children Lorne and Leah have left the nest.
Jessica Silvestri, LMT
Originally from the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, Jessica found her way to Colorado to attend the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. In addition to her six years of experience and licenses in both New York and Colorado, Jessica is currently studying to become a Physician’s Assistant with intention to specialize in Sports Medicine. Her thorough understanding of the human body, muscle origins, insertion points and kinesiology underlie her keen intuition about where and how to relieve and resolve muscular issues associated with injury, stress, post-operative conditions, and high intensity sports training.
Jessica offers deep tissue, orthopedic, sports, and medical massage therapy. Her technique is strong and invigorating with the use of trigger point therapy and Myofascial release techniques. During a session with Jessica, it is her goal that you experience release of tense muscles, increased mobility, fluidity of muscle tissue and overall improvement to your general wellness. She brings a sense of ease and fun to the room and hopes to share laughter that will brighten your day. Jessica offers a massage that will suit your specific needs and create a complete, rehabilitative and restorative session.
When not studying to be a Physician’s Assistant or making you laugh on the massage table, Jessica enjoys the outdoors and is active in running, hiking, and climbing.
Anna Maria Sabatino, LCMT, LCST, NLP Life Coach
Anna Maria Sabatino comes to us from Chicago with over 21 years of experience. She has successfully maintained a thriving private practice and has taught Massage Theory, technique, and cadaver lab for the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Anna Maria’s loyalty and passion for her clients’ healing is well-respected in the industry. She has a unique style particularly when it comes to addressing trauma. She passionately blends the art and science of touch with intuitive knowledge, which assists her in best approaching your specific needs. She holds a strong belief that the bridging of body, mind, emotions and spirit are vital to healing.
In order to bring you relief and healing, a blending of modalities organically occurs as she draws upon her studies of the following: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports, Myofascial, NeuroMuscular, Reflexology, Hot/Cold Stone, Bio-energetics, Aromatherapy, Kinesiology, Polarity Therapy, Spiritual Matrix, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Somatic Emotional Release, and Visceral Manipulation, Pre-Natal/Labor and Delivery/Post Partum, Scar Tissue Release.
She specializes in working with Special Needs, Trauma, PTSD, Brain Trauma, Women’s Health, Infants and children.
On a more personal level Anna Maria is a confidant mother of two, has an infectious laugh, and loves creative endeavors.
Anne Bruce, Certified Rolfer™, LMT, M. Arch.
Anne received her certification as a Rolfer© from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder, Colorado. She considers herself a life long student of health through the exploration of movement, diet, yoga and Ayurveda. Prior to her studies of bodywork, she developed an understanding for structure and environment while acquiring her Masters of Architecture Degree and then working as an architect for many years. Anne has also taught yoga since 2004 and has facilitated workshops on experiential anatomy.
In her work she synthesizes her creative, intuitive and sensitive nature with a detailed understanding of the structure and function of the human body. She orients towards the whole of the client; working to relieve pain and tension in the physical body, the emotional-energetic body, and the nervous system.
Personally, Anne likes to explore the human experience through visual arts, improvisational movement modalities and authentic relating practices. She revels in opportunities to be in nature, garden and contemplate harmony through the lens of Ayurveda.
Renee “runs the show” at Bodywise; spearheading all administrative aspects of the business including scheduling, verification of insurance benefits, and patient and billing correspondence. She brings a combination of professionalism, compassion, and enthusiastic energy that makes her an integral part of our healing team.
Renee‘s background has primarily been working in the fitness industry doing personal training and teaching yoga. While in San Diego, she pursued her curiosity of becoming a physical therapist and discovered that her strength and joy is in keeping all those physical therapists and healers organized. Her fitness background brings a unique perspective to her office manager role providing greater insight and knowledge in response to your questions and coordination of your physical therapy services.
Renee is a Colorado Native who‘s lived in NH, Maine, Boston, and San Diego. She moved back to Colorado in 2014 and plans to stay! After many years away, she realized the meaning of life resides here in Colorado and nothing beats seeing the mountains on the horizon. She loves hiking, reading, tea, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.