Tim Bonack PT, DOMP(C)
Tim grew up in the small town of Waupun, Wisconsin and graduated with his Physical Therapy (PT) degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin in 1984. He moved to Colorado shortly after graduating so he could follow his passion and ‘ski the Rockies.’ Tim worked for 6 years at 3 different Physical Therapy clinics in the Colorado Springs area. In 1990, he co-founded Spineworks Physiotherapy, a successful clinic that he operated for 19 years. In 2009, Tim opened Manual Edge Physiotherapy to ensure that his style of Manual Physical Therapy practice could continue to serve patients in El Paso County.
In 2003, Tim completed his Doctorate of Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) from the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario. Tim’s Osteopathic Manual Therapy and Physical Therapy degrees have enabled Tim to attain a depth of knowledge and expertise to excel at utilizing a variety of Manual Therapy techniques to treat patients with complex pain. Tim enjoys treating patients with back and neck pain, migraine headaches and facial pain, concussion, TMJ/jaw pain, and abdominal pain. He particularly enjoys treating difficult pain cases that have not responded to other types of treatment.
Tim is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Osteopathy. He is a member of the International Jury at the Canadian College of Osteopathy and has functioned as a thesis reader for the college. Tim holds an adjunct faculty position as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Tim has taught numerous courses on Osteopathic Manual Therapy to a variety of health care practitioners along the front range. He enjoys training therapists in the utilization of these gentle yet powerful techniques and routinely offers trainings for the therapists at Manual Edge.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife Zoe, and his two adult children, Bryan and Kristi. He also enjoys biking in the mountains, hiking, travel and finding the next “Big Adventure” with his wife Zoe.
Chris Kaster PT, DPT, CFMT
Chris was born and raised in upstate New York. He attended Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania and graduated Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2005. Chris then moved to New York City and worked full time while attaining his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2007. He completed his Certified Functional Manual Therapy Certification (CFMT) with honors in August of 2013.
Soon after becoming a Physical Therapist, it was apparent to Chris that many typical Physical Therapy treatments did not help a large percentage of patients and Chris delved further into the manual therapy realm. He worked on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 4 years and eventually became Clinical Director for over a year, all the time immersing himself in continuing education courses.
Chris moved to Colorado Springs in 2009. Chris came to Manual Edge because of the professional approach and emphasis on continuing education, to gain further exposure to Osteopathic techniques, and for the overall relaxing environment which aids in the healing process.
Chris enjoys treating pain originating from the head, neck, back, hip, knees, feet, hand/elbow, viscera (abdominal organs) and has also received training in the treatment of dizziness and balance.
Chris is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Orthopedic Chapter.
In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Sarah and their two young sons. He also likes to hike, snowboard, mountain bike and travel.
Kristina Koch MSPT, WCS, CLT
Kristina graduated from Springﬁeld College in Springﬁeld, MA, with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 1996. In 2001 she was introduced to the ﬁeld of pelvic ﬂoor dysfunction and began pursuing education in this area of physical therapy. Since then, she has been treating men, women and children with various pelvic ﬂoor dysfunctions including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and constipation.
In 2013 Kristina became board certiﬁed in women’s health and pelvic ﬂoor dysfunction (WCS) by the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also certiﬁed in the treatment of lymphedema (CLT) and functional dry needling. Kristina has successfully established women’s health and pelvic ﬂoor PT programs at an out-patient clinic in California and here in Colorado Springs.
In addition to her clinical practice, Kristina is a faculty member of the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute serving as an instructor for their continuing education classes and is a guest lecturer for the graduate physical therapy program at Regis University in Denver, CO.
Outside of work, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children, skiing, hiking and, doing triathlons.
Valerie Jones PT, DPT, CFMT
Valerie grew up in Northern Illinois and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Northwestern University in Chicago. Valerie found an interest in Manual Therapy early on in Physical Therapy school. After seeing the dramatic effects that good, hands on treatment can create, she started taking continuing education courses before graduating. Valerie is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist (CFMT) through the Institute of Physical Art. In addition, Valerie takes ongoing training in various forms of Manual Therapy including Visceral and Cranial therapy. Though she treats everything from lymphedema to orthopedic pain, she has taken a special interest in complex hip, pelvic, and low back pain. She also enjoys treating foot and ankle pain, and how it can affect the function of the knees, hips, and pelvis.
After completing her degree in Physical Therapy, Valerie moved to Colorado to enjoy the mountains. A self-proclaimed ‘crazy dog lady’, she and her dogs, Olly and Archer, spend weekends hiking, camping, and creating adventures.
Teresa Owen PT
Teresa was born in Denver and raised in Colorado Springs and the Black Forest area north of the city. She attended the University of New Mexico where she earned her degree in Physical Therapy and certification in Athletic Training.
Teresa has worked in both outpatient clinics and in homecare for many of her years as a physical therapist, work she has greatly enjoyed. She felt a pull and returned to the outpatient setting. Along the way she has continued her training in manual therapy including cranial, visceral and functional technique.
While her background is in orthopedics, joint pain and treating a range of patients from post-surgical to geriatric, she felt compelled to explore more complex and ultimately more effective methods of treatment. That is what led her to Manual Edge Physiotherapy.
When she is not treating her patients, Teresa loves to spend time outdoors hiking, mountain biking and with her husband on short photo excursions where together they uncover detail in landscapes and jointly compose the images he captures.
Outside of physical therapy, Teresa’s greatest love is the warmth of her family. Her passion is spending time with family cooking, baking, celebrating holidays and sharing meals together.
Veda McIntire PT, DPT, PRPC
Veda grew up in eastern Kentucky, attended Berea College for a degree in biology, then went on to receive a degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She worked in a variety of settings over the years. She developed an interest in Women’s Health and began working in the outpatient clinic setting, as she continued to devour course work related to pelvic rehabilitation. As a commitment to life long education, she received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 from A.T. Still University. That same year, she received advanced credentialing as a Certified Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner from Herman and the Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Veda currently lives in Boulder County enjoying the great open spaces, but finds it worthwhile to travel to Colorado Springs tow work with Manual Edge and their exemplary group of therapists.
Carisa Smith, Office Manager
Carisa has been in Colorado since 2000 but has only been in Colorado Springs since 2015. She joined Manual Edge as the office manager in March 2017 and has brought with her fifteen plus years of experience in the medical field which includes accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing and administration. Carisa is currently pursuing a degree in Healthcare Management with an emphasis in healthcare administration.
In her free time, Carisa enjoys hiking, golfing, fishing and being outdoors with her fiancé and family.