Physical Therapists

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Physical therapy (PT) is a non-invasive way to rehabilitate the body, reducing pain and restoring function and mobility. Doctors may prescribe physical therapy after an orthopedic or sports injury, especially before or after surgery to improve patient outcomes.

PT may also be used to prevent disability from degenerative or other conditions. Regardless of the reason, physical therapy is always customized to your unique needs. Your therapist will review your medical history and evaluate your condition, then develop your treatment plan.

At Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence, our physical therapists help you achieve an optimal state of wellness after an orthopedic injury or condition has limited your ability to move freely without pain. Learn more about our Colorado Springs physical therapists.

Michael Buckler

Michael Buckler, MPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist
Director of the Rehabilitation Department

Mike specializes in orthopedic extremity care, with an emphasis in the throwing shoulder and overhead athletes. He has treated athletes of all levels from high school to professional and Olympic caliber. Mike has served as Rehabilitation Consultant for several minor league baseball teams. He is passionate about injury prevention for the young athlete and regularly speaks at workshops, schools, and club organizations on topics related to preventable sports injuries. He is currently a rehabilitation consultant for several local high schools, The Colorado Rampage Hockey Club, 7K Skating Club, and has served as the Medical Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain State Games since 2002.

Joel F. Dixon, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist

Joel specializes in treating high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic athletes with specific interest in the orthopedic needs of performing artists. He has worked with nationally and internationally touring theater productions, and that experience carries forward to treating competitive figure skaters in the Colorado Springs Olympic community. Orthopedic patients, both surgical and non surgical, are provided complete care from evaluation to discharge. Joel collaborates with sports performance staff to transition athletes from rehabilitation to sport specific training. He has provided sports medicine coverage for the Rocky Mountain State Games since 2006.

Shannon Spangler, PT

Shannon Spangler, DPT
Physical Therapist

Shannon graduated from Penn State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Rehab and Human Services. She continued her education with an Associate’s Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant in 2013, followed by completing her DPT from Neumann University in 2016. In her spare time she enjoys hiking Colorado 14ers, going to Crossfit, snowboarding, and spending time with friends. She is also the Commissioner for the CCOE Fantasy Football League. She hopes to obtain her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification early next year to better assist with the need and care for her patients.

Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson, DPT
Physical Therapist

Amanda Thompson Graduated with her Bachelors of Exercise Science in 2008 and a Doctoral of Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University in 2014. She has practiced in a variety of outpatient orthopedic settings and has received certifications in Blood Flow Restriction and Dry Needling Level 1. She decided to further her education and recently completed her Orthopedic Residency In 2020 with Regis University. She hopes to further advance her education in both dry needling as well as diagnostic ultrasound. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs, working out, and hanging out with friends.

Kyle Sanders, DPT

Kyle Sanders, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC/L, CSCS
Physical Therapist

Kyle obtained his doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. He then completed his sports residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville and became a SCS (Sports Clinical Specialist). This certification in addition to being a licensed athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist allows Kyle to better serve athletes under his care. Kyle enjoys working in all areas of the rehab spectrum, but return to play and prevention of injury are two of his highest interests. In addition to serving the sports community, Kyle is also passionate about education. He enjoys teaching students and preparing them to treat patients of their own.

Kyle and his wife have lived in Colorado since 2016. Although originally from the Midwest, they have quickly made this state their home and enjoy seeing all that it has to offer. When Kyle is not outdoors, he is usually watching sports. He is an avid Indianapolis Colts football and Pacers basketball fan.

Micah Menges, PT, DPT

Micah Menges, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Micah grew up in the Midwest, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 2007, followed by his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse in 2011. He has experience in a variety of outpatient orthopedic settings and has treated athletes from a multitude of sports, levels, and backgrounds. He had the opportunity to intern with the Milwaukee Brewers organization and subsequently served as a spring training clinical consultant for 2 seasons. His treatment style focuses on first understanding his patient’s background, motivations, and goals, and then tailoring a progressive treatment plan utilizing specific exercises, manual therapy, and modalities to achieve those goals.

Outside of the clinic, Micah enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, Colorado getaways, cooking, playing and watching sports, visiting his parents and 8 siblings, and trying new things. He loves humor, and can frequently be heard quoting some of his favorite movies. He is also a passionate Wisconsin sports fan, tirelessly rooting for the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers!

Location & Phone

Orthopedic Office Locations:
2446 Research Pkwy, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 623-1050
Fax: (719) 623-1051

2925 Professional Pl, Suite 201,
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: (719) 260-4767
Fax: (719) 260-4765

Physical Therapy:
2430 Research Pkwy, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: (719) 623-1795
Fax: (719) 623-1053

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