Meet Our Staff
Ken McKenzie, PT, MPT, DPT
Ken has been a physical therapist since 1997, treating a wide variety of patients. He co-owned and managed an outpatient physical therapy clinic for the last 12 years in Pineville, Louisiana, but had always dreamed of living in beautiful Colorado. So July 2014, he and his family moved to Arvada, and he opened his own outpatient clinic, Premier Physical Therapy, in Westminster.
Ken attended Florida State University 1991-1995 where he was an All American tennis player. He then received his Master of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine in 1997 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007. Ken is a member of the APTA and the private practice section of APTA.
Eric Pankey, PT, DPT, MTC
Growing up in the state of Colorado, Eric attended Colorado State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science in 2012. Wanting to pursue a career in physical therapy from a young age, Eric went on to achieve his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in December of 2015. Eric received his manual therapy certification in 2016. He is also a member of the APTA as well as the AAOMPT.
When not treating patients in the clinic, Eric finds joy in a multitude of outdoor activities including hiking the Rocky Mountains and playing a variety of sports such as basketball, volleyball, and snowboarding. Along with helping others achieve their rehabilitative and personal fitness goals, living an active lifestyle is just one of Eric's many passions in life.
Chris Van Thiel, PT, DPT
Originally from Virginia, Chris attended the University of South Carolina and received a bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology. He then attended Chapman University in Orange County, California where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He moved to Colorado in 2015 and enjoys snowboarding, hiking and golfing. We are excited to welcome Chris to the Premier family!
Kim Cavanagh, PT, MSPT
Kim has been a physical therapist for 25 years. She moved to Colorado in 1996 and worked for several years before taking time off to stay home with her 2 kids.
Kim attended Drake University 1983 - 1988 where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then attended Des Moines University from 1988-1990 where she received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Kim is certified in equestrian fitness and rehabilitation and is also interested in golf biomechanics and rehabilitation. Kim enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 kids, 1 horse and 2 dogs. Kim is a member of the APTA.
Blake Giles, PT, DPT
Blake knew he wanted to be a Physical Therapist after spending time in a clinic in high school and personally experiencing the benefits of therapy after suffering his own injury. He pursued his passion for the field in college, graduating with a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi in 2015. He then began his career as a physical therapist working with Therapy Management Corporation until relocating to Colorado. Blake began traveling to Colorado as a child, where his love of the mountains began. Recently married in September 2015, he and his wife share a passion for the outdoors and colorful Colorado, ultimately leading to their relocation. Blake is a member of the APTA.
Brittany Boehnke, PT, DPT
Brittany is originally from a small town in North Central Iowa prior to obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Biology, followed by her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. Brittany is passionate about physical therapy and emphasizes her treatment around evidence based practice including manual therapy and exercise prescription. Brittany has obtained her functional dry needling certificate and aspires to obtain her manual therapy certificate to further advance or education.
Outside of the clinic, Brittany enjoys to explore the beauty of Colorado while biking, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and camping. She also enjoys running and performing various sports-related activities. Brittany is a member of the APTA.
Erik Runion, PTA
Born in California and raised in Pennsylvania and (mostly) New Mexico, Erik moved to Colorado in 2016 to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. After earning a Bachelor's degree with a double-major in English and Philosophy and spending some time working for the nation's largest complex rehab technology supplier, he decided to go back to school to become a PTA. A true extrovert, Erik loves getting to know people and is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and live their lives to the fullest.
As an avid skateboarder, snowboarder, and DJ, Erik feels at home in Colorado and embraces the nightlife and outdoor activities this wonderful state has to offer. He lives in Denver with his wife, sister-in-law, their two dogs Twiggy and Noodle, and their cat Izzy.
Amanda Kaiser, Receptionist
Amanda has been in Colorado for almost 2 years. She lives here with her husband and five children. She loves working in healthcare, and has for the past 10 years. Amanda is excited and blessed to be part of the Premier Physical Therapy team!
Nicole Smith, Physical Therapy Tech
Originally from Pennsylvania, Nicole attended the University of Colorado in Boulder and received her bachelors degree in kinesiology in 1994. Then she attended Denver Technical College and earned her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 1998. Nicole worked several years as a PTA before having a family. During this time she stayed home as a mom and worked as a substitute teacher for eight years in the Boulder Valley School District. Nicole enjoys most of all being a mom! She loves spending time outside hiking, biking, snowboarding, XCC skiing, equestrian riding and yoga. She also enjoys time in the mountains with her husband and her two daughters.
Teyhana Rounsavill, Physical Therapy Tech
Born in Wyoming, Teyhana grew up in Greeley, CO and Vernal, UT. She is currently attending the University of Colorado in Boulder and will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Integrative Physiology May of 2019. She then plans on furthering her education and aspires to receive a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Outside of work and school, Teyhana enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and relaxing with a good book.
Surabhi Agrawal, Physical Therapy Tech
Originally from India, Surabhi graduated from MGM School of Physiotherapy, Navi-Mumbai, India, with her bachelors in Physiotherapy in 2015. In that same year she moved to Pittsburgh and received her MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. She moved to Colorado in October 2017 and is preparing to take her licensing exam. Outside of work, she enjoys listening to music, reading, hiking and photography.
Chelsea Ludwig, Physical Therapy Tech
Being a Native Coloradan, Chelsea is passionate about health and wellness. She studied Exercise Science at Metropolitan State University of Denver and finished her internship in San Diego, CA. After graduating, Chelsea spent a year abroad in Sicily, Italy and fully enjoyed the beaches, culture and food! In her free time, she enjoys staying active by going to the gym, swimming, and cheering on Denver sports teams. Hoping to continue her education in Physical Therapy, Chelsea is thrilled to be working as a tech here at Premier PT!
Kiara Santiago, Receptionist
Kiara was born in Puerto Rico and started life kicking. As a teen Kiara excelled in Martial Arts and if not for a freak dolphin riding accident, would have been a 2010 Olympian. Kiara also is bilingual and translates for our Spanish-speaking population. New to Denver and the health care field, she's excited for her new journey in Colorado and with the Premier team!
Ann Heil, Physical Therapy Tech
Ann graduated from Saint Mary's College of California in May 2017. She earned a B.A. in Kinesiology and a minor in Dance. She has been active her entire life and has been dancing for 20 years. She has a deep appreciation for the human body and understands the importance of exercise as a means to improve and/or restore health. As a dancer, she has a passion for movement and a healthy lifestyle, and is motivated to help others improve their quality of life. She is looking forward to continuing her education in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.
Lydia Lyons, Physical Therapy Tech
Lydia is originally from Michigan and obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and Master's Degree from Washington University in St. Louis in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. After working in clinical research in rheumatology and orthopedics, Lydia discovered her passion for working with patients and aspires to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
In her spare time, Lydia enjoys running, hiking, swimming, and cross-country skiing.