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.
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.
Sarah Ceschin, PT, DPT
A Wisconsin native, this cheese head received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2014 in addition to a certificate in Strength and Conditioning. She then went straight into graduate school at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where she received her Doctor of Physical of Therapy degree in 2017.
Sarah enjoys treating a variety of diagnoses as it provides her the opportunity to meet a diverse patient population. That said, she finds herself gravitating towards neurologic conditions (i.e. spinal cord injuries, strokes, Parkinson's, etc.), vestibular and balance disorders, as well as helping people return to the sport they love as she is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast.
As a physical therapist, Sarah strongly believes that the healing process involves an improvement in strength, mobility, and understanding how your pain or dysfunction can be relieved simply with movement. She hopes that through exercise and treatment, her patients can adopt an active lifestyle and find a happier, healthier, pain-free place.
When she is not watching the Packers, Sarah enjoys exploring the beautiful mountain trails through running, hiking, or biking with friends. She has completed half-marathons, marathons, and hopes to one day complete a triathlon or ultra-running event as she continues to practice an active lifestyle. That said, Sarah also treasures moments of relaxation where you can find her listening to music, reading a book, playing with her dog, cooking, or watching her favorite shows on Netflix.
Fun Fact: Sarah won a Michael Jackson Moon-Walking competition in 2014.
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.
Paige Kloby, PTA
Paige is originally from Old Hickory, TN where she discovered she wanted to work in physical therapy after injuring herself during softball and needing PT to regain function. She received her bachelor's degree in Health Science at Austin Peay State University. In 2013, she moved to Colorado and attended Arapahoe Community College for her physical therapist assistant degree and has happily been treating since 2016. Paige has experience in treating many different orthopedic diagnoses, including Vestibular and TMJ pathologies.
When not treating patients, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, playing volleyball, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Archie and Berkley. On the weekends she enjoys training ostriches for party tricks.
Nicole Smith, PTA
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.
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.
Nayely Olave, Physical Therapy Tech
Nayely was born and raised in Leadville, Colorado, the highest city in the United States at 10,200 ft! In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. Being bilingual, she helps patients check in and schedule and assists them as a tech. She is a valuable asset to Premier Physical Therapy and we are thrilled to have her join the Premier family!
Case Carnes, Physical Therapy Tech
A Texas native from Tyler, Texas, Case played soccer at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and graduated in May of 2018. He plans on going to PT school next year in the fall. He loves the Colorado weather and activities and is looking forward to snowboarding more than just once a year. He is on a continual search for good bbq and Mexican food. We are thrilled to have Case join our Premier family!
Isabella Frank, Receptionist
Isabella lived most of her life in Miami, FL with a quick 2 year stay in Colombia in 2007. These two diverse places made her very interested in learning about people and the overall world. Aside from that she loves Music and was in her school choir all through high school and college. She also majored in Music Performance/ Theatre for a year before recently moving to Colorado. She is interested in also earning a degree somewhere in the Medical field and plans on starting University again in 2019.
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 daughter and taking her on adventures. She has worked in healthcare for 12 years and looks forward to her journey with Premier Physical Therapy.
Vanesa Olave, Receptionist
Vanesa grew up in the small town of Leadville, which has the highest elevation at 10,152 feet! She is bilingual in English and Spanish. In her spare time she enjoys the mountains, her family, drinking pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.