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
Certified in Dry Needling (FDN)
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 and is certified in dry needling (FDN). 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.
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.
Sydni Sansom, PT, DPT (she/her)
Certified in Dry Needling (FDN) and
Sydni has been a physical therapist since 2019. She is certified in dry needling (FDN) and myokinesthetics (MYK). She was raised in Arkansas where she earned her Bachelor of Science in athletic training then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During PT school, Sydni used her clinical rotations to travel around the US and discovered her love for Colorado while completing her first rotation here at Premier. She is passionate about tailoring her treatments to fit patients' goals and working hard to get them back to what they love.
Sydni is passionate about the accessibility of exercise and the importance of trauma-informed care, is committed to HEAS (health at every size), and is an LGBTQIA+ ally. She also enjoys spending her time playing tennis, gardening, hiking, skiing, yoga, photography, and raising peacocks in her free time.
Connor Thompson, PT, DPT
Connor was born and raised in Pennsylvania with dreams to become a physical therapist in Colorado one day. He earned his degree in Health Sciences from Gettysburg College in 2015 and spent the next 3 years working as a PT Aide. This experience allowed him to immerse himself in the profession and confirm his passion for the field. Connor earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from High Point University in April 2021. Connor is a member of the APTA and is a Certified Barefoot Training Specialist (EBFA). When not treating patients, he is likely exploring the Rocky Mountains with his fiancé (Bri), who is also a physical therapist. Connor is an avid snowboarder, hiker, mountain biker, and golfer.
Cassidy Mitchell, PT, DPT (she/her)
Cassie was born and raised in Denver, CO and worked as a tech at Premier for 2 years before going to PT school. She attended undergraduate college at Colorado State University in Fort Collins where she studied Health and Exercise Science, then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Phoenix, AZ.
Cassie enjoys rock climbing, traveling, painting, photography, watching formula 1 racing, gardening, building her house plant collection, hiking and playing with her dog Dexter, and going to concerts and car shows with her husband Alex.
Marisa Christen, PT, DPT (she/her)
Certified in Dry Needling (FDN)
Marisa was born and raised in Nebraska (Go Big Red!) and recently relocated from Kansas City to Colorado to be closer to the mountains so she could enjoy hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. She graduated from University of Nebraska Lincoln with her Bachelors in Psychology in 2017 and graduated from University of Nebraska Medical Center with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2020.
In her free time, Marisa enjoys spending time her husband and two golden retrievers. She also enjoys digital art/design and has her own etsy store. Marisa is passionate about treating holistically and getting her patients back to their meaningful activities. She has experience with treating general orthopedics, neurological conditions, post-COVID/long-haul COVID, balance, and more!
Jennifer Delorge, Physical Therapy Tech
Jen moved to CO in 2001 and has loved it ever since. Jen is the youngest of 7 kids (5 brothers and 1 sister). She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in sociology and is currently going to PTA school in pursuit of her passion for helping others.
Jen loves the outdoors and tries to get out for a good hike any chance she gets, and although she has a goal of doing all the 14ers, she also loves a beautiful hike around the tree-line. She also makes a mean breakfast bagel with egg, cheese, ham, peppers and spinach.
Michelle McKenzie, Office/Marketing Manager
Born in Louisiana and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Michelle attended the Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1994. After getting married, starting a family and moving around the southern states, she and her husband decided to make the move out west in 2014 and have never looked back! After opening Premier Physical Therapy in 2015, Michelle stopped nursing to help run the business with Ken. She loves the Premier family atmosphere that has been created over the years and is grateful every day for the amazing staff and patients. Her son and daughter are both CSU Rams. Michelle loves to play tennis, scuba dive and ski, enjoys listening to her favorite band the Avett Brothers. She loves the beauty and fun Colorado offers!
Danielle Bond, Front Office Manager (she/her)
Born and raised in Steeler's Country, Danielle moved to Colorado from Pittsburgh with her husband in 2016. She has made the rounds with Premier Physical Therapy, working first as a tech, then a PTA, and has now decided to try her hand at the front office (and loving it)! When not working, she can be found in the beautiful outdoors hiking and fishing with her hubby, cruising the winding roads of the Rockies on her Triumph, and loving on her two kitties Tala and Brewster. She is accomplished in the fine art of tea service and has won many awards for her skill. She loves interacting with the patients and staff at Premier and looks forward to helping in whatever way she can!
Richelle Breedlove, Receptionist
Born and raised in Colorado, Richelle enjoys nature and being outdoors in her free time. She also enjoys being a mom to her beautiful daughters and taking her on adventures. She has worked in healthcare for 12 years and looks forward to her journey with Premier Physical Therapy.
Emily Chavez, Physical Therapy Tech
Emily was born and raised in Colorado but has family in California and Florida so her love for the ocean and warm weather is just as deep. She developed an interest in fitness at a young age, which led her to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition. Emily plans on applying to Physician Assistant school in the next couple of years while gaining more patient care experience in the meantime. Her hobbies include running, cooking, and reading articles and biographies of all kinds!
Tyler Anderson, Physical Therapy Tech
Originally from Maryland, Tyler moved to Denver in 2010 and has been working in the software industry for a decade. His interest in PT started when he began doing Ironman triathlons in 2018, and since then he has completed 7! He enjoys triathlons, skiing, camping and travel and has 2 German short hair pointers. Tyler is interested in pursuing the PT field and has an interest in inpatient post-op physical therapy. We are very excited to have Tyler join the crew!
Riley Sanderson, Physical Therapy Tech (he/him)
Riley is a personal trainer (CSCS-NSCA) and has his B.S. in Exercise Science. He moved to CO for his gap year and is currently preparing for grad school for either Physical Therapy or Exercise Physiology. Riley wants to work with sports teams and helping athletes pursue their goals.
Riley enjoys just about anything outside (hiking, skiing, soccer, going to sporting events, and more). Riley also loves traveling and spending time with his dogs.
Tina Esquibel, Receptionist
Tina is a native of Colorado, born and raised. Tina enjoys dancing, camping, walking, cooking, and spending time her son and her dog Sparrow. Tina is also fluent in Spanish and English. Tina loves working at Premier because of "the joy and reward in seeing patients' quality of life and function restored" and enjoys working with the "amazing staff and bosses, I love them all."
Taylor Hendrickson, Physical Therapy Tech
Taylor is a native Coloradan who loves fitness and is passionate about physical therapy and helping others make the most of life. She has her BA in psychology and is a certified kickboxing and boxing trainer. Taylor has 2 dogs, Kuma and Hugo, and enjoys taking them hiking and camping. She grew up dancing, but now loves boxing, running, and gardening. Her dream is to own her own clinic and one day work with surge and the dojo and build a program for youth athletes.