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.
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).
Rachel Heppel, CMT
Rachel completed her massage therapy training in 2007 in Oklahoma and moved to the Boulder area in 2011 excited and ready to expand her field of practice in Colorado. She is exceptionally invested in each of her clients and carefully tailors her treatment plan around their specific needs. She finds her work very fulfilling and enjoys watching the transformation of her clients' health and wellbeing as their injuries improve.
She has been treating chronic pain and sports related injuries for over 5 years in Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Offices, as well as receiving over 900 hours of orthopedic rehabilitation and pain management training at OU Children's Hospital. Rachel offers her Bodywise clients expertise in Therapeutic Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, Pediatric Massage Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, and Swedish Massage.
Cynthia Bakke, LMT
Originally from Wisconsin, Cynthia came to Colorado in 1991. She graduated from The Cortiva Institute in December 2006—a 884-hour Massage Therapy Certification Program—followed by Cortiva’s Maternity & Infant Specialist Program in 2007.
Cynthia is committed to assisting her clients with their health and wellness through her therapeutic bodywork and education. She utilizes neuromuscular techniques, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, passive & assisted stretching, and breath-work. She ensures a relaxing environment with complete body connectedness in all of her sessions. Her areas of interest for continuing education include structural integration and pilates-movement education. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Cynthia's passions include: hiking, snowshoeing, dancing, singing, permaculture design principles applied to organic gardening, baking, and sustainable living.
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.