About Us

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.

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.

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.

Renee Nemmers

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.

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