Physical Therapists

PT and AT Group Photo

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.

Dave Hole, PT

Dave Hole, PT
Physical Therapist

David Hole has worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting since 2008, performing evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, neuromuscular dysfunction, and sports related injuries. Dave treats a variety of orthopedic injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip and foot/ankle. In 2012, he added trigger point dry needling level II certification to his practice for the treatment of neuromuscular dysfunction. David understands the benefit of the continuum of care offered at CCOE and its impact on his patient’s transition from acute injury or post surgery to their ultimate return to a full level of activity.

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.

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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