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 training 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. He 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, PT, MSPT, WCS, CLT
Kristina graduated from Springﬁeld College in Springﬁeld, MA, with a Master 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-home care 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 techniques.
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.
Sarah Fogle, PT, DPT
Sarah is an Army brat, and while she has lived in many places around the US, she calls north Texas home. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX. Sarah found an interest in Manual Therapy early on in PT school and continues to incorporate it in with every treatment. After school, Sarah found a love for yoga and went on to get her teaching certification. Though she treats everything from vestibular rehab to orthopedic pain, she has taken a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction, including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, and constipation, and truly enjoys treating pregnancy pre and postpartum.
After deciding to do a destination wedding in Colorado, Sarah and her husband fell in love with the mountain way of life and never went back to Texas after the wedding. Sarah loves being outside with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, yoga, and discovering the latest in craft beer.
Ken L. Herbel, PT, MPT, OCS
Ken is a native of Colorado and finished his undergraduate work in state. He obtained his Master’s in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University in California. Previously he had the opportunity to work with Tim at Spineworks Physiotherapy before moving to Virginia. During his time there, Ken obtained his orthopedic specialist certification (OCS). OCS board certification is granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy and is formal recognition of advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills and is shared by less than 5% of physical therapists in the United States. Ken is also a certified clinical instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association.
While in Virginia, Ken had the opportunity to travel seven times to both Kenya and Ethiopia teaching physical therapy students for the Jackson Clinics Project Africa. Additionally, he was co-director for the Jackson Clinics Orthopedic residency program for two years. Feeling his skills were better suited to “hands-on” leadership, Ken became the senior mentor for the residency program until his departure in 2020. He has over 1500 hours of continuing education and has taught multiple courses from the cervical to lumbar spine, been a teaching assistant for SI dysfunction under Richard Jackson as well as clinical reasoning. Always knowing that he and his wife would return to Colorado he was excited to have the opportunity to work with Tim again and the team he has put together.
Ken and his wife enjoy the many outdoor opportunities that Colorado has to offer and have climbed twenty-six 14’ers to date, completed five marathons and squeezes in a round of golf most weekends (maintaining a very suspect 8 handicap) whenever not camping.
Liz Lata, Laser Technician
Liz grew up in Pueblo, Colorado and graduated from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2014 with her BS in Biochemistry. She worked in various production chemistry labs in Colorado Springs and Steamboat Springs for several years. In Steamboat she rediscovered her love of long-distance running and love for the mountains. Liz took a year-long hiatus from work to complete all 54 of Colorado’s 14-thousand foot peaks and train for two ultramarathons.
This increase in physical demand led her to seek out physical therapy for her own injuries and inspired her to pursue physical therapy as a career. She is currently taking prerequisite classes from UCCS and plans to apply to several programs this fall. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, skiing, climbing, painting, cooking, and spoiling her roommate’s pets. Liz is excited to help patients feel better and reach their mobility and pain relief goals!
Holly Ross, Office Manager
Holly was one of our front desk patient representatives and has transitioned into our front office manager. Her friendly smile and caring attitude will keep you smiling all day. Holly grew up in Colorado Springs and has 4 kids, 3 girls and 1 boy. Holly had a background in customer service management until she switched to the healthcare field in 2012. She has worked in a memory care community and ran a pediatric clinic before coming to Manual Edge. Holly enjoys football (Packers especially), loves making memories with her children while exploring new places, and baking.
Erin Tirado, Marketing Coordinator
Erin grew up in Georgia and recently moved to Colorado for her husband’s work. Erin is our Marketing Coordinator and is bringing her past 5 years of experience from being in a medical call center, billing, and marketing to our team. In her personal time, Erin loves spending time with her family: husband Ramon, her precious son Antonio, and their 3 cats and 1 dog. Erin is very creative and is passionate about painting, crafting, and anything with the arts. She loves being outdoors and exercising, but walking is her favorite. She also enjoys cooking and then enjoying the food. Erin is a fun spirit with a great sense of humor who will keep you laughing.
Denise Fox, Lead Front Desk / Referral Coordinator
Denise grew up in West Virginia and moved to Colorado in 2011 to be near family. Denise is our Front Office Administrator and has 9 years of rehabilitation experience from being in a hospital and private rehab setting. In her free time, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and her son Joe. Denise enjoys writing and has had some of her works published. Her dream is to complete a novel that she is currently working on. Denise comes from a large Italian family and has a big, fun personality.
Katy Gotsis, Front Desk Administrator
Katy was born and raised in the Chicagoland area before moving to Colorado Springs in 2015. She has an extensive background in customer service and loves getting to meet new people. In her free time, she enjoys camping, rafting, fishing, and snowboarding. She also loves getting to take her Staffordshire Terrier, Stella Blue and American Bulldog, Zoey on adventures, followed by an end of the day cuddle session with her cat, Winona.
Ashley Burnett, Front Desk Administrator
Ashley was born and raised in Utah and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue her bachelor’s in psychology. She then moved to Colorado in 2017 and graduated with her associate’s of arts in psychology at Pike’s peak community college. She is currently a student at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, finishing her bachelor’s degree. She loves to read novels, go hiking, snowboarding, and camping. She also loves to spend time with her Maltipoo Stella, and tabby cat Gus.