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PT - OT Team

Sports Performance Team

Our sports performance team at Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence helps you get into peak condition, no matter your preferred sport. To maximize athletic performance, our programs for athletes of all skill levels, including professional and elite, implement a variety of fitness activities.

Safety and improved performance are our primary concerns. We will push you as an athlete to your edge while focusing on safe training methods. Improving body composition and performance technique are done in an educational, professional manner. Get to know our sports performance team.

Elizabeth Heil, CSCS

Lizzie King, MSc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW-L1SP
Sports Performance Coach

Lizzie received a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine from the Strength and Conditioning Track at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the Fitness Track with a Concentration in Coaching Competitive Athletes at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Level 1 Sport Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, as well as holds two Silver Sneakers certifications through Tivity Health.

Lizzie has a variety of past experiences coaching youth sports; including Soccer, Gymnastics, and Figure Skating. She also has experience working as a wellness intern at the Brookfield, WI YMCA, where she helped develop their youth strength training program. During her time in graduate school, Lizzie performed several practicum positions, to include Colorado State University-Pueblo where she worked with the strength and conditioning coach for football and basketball, and the 365 Performance strength and conditioning coach in Monument, CO working with 7K Figure Skaters and Colorado Rampage Hockey Club members. She previously spent the last 2 years as a fitness instructor for seniors at Brookdale-Village at Skyline in Colorado Springs, CO. Lizzie currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a strength and conditioning coach. She has a passion for fitness, strength training, sports performance, and injury mitigation; and  especially enjoys working with youth athletes providing age-appropriate training to help advance their overall sport performance.

Katelin Staab, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F

Katelin Staab, MSc, CSCS, TSAC-F
Sports Performance Coach

Katelin received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University (CMU); and received a Master’s of Science in Sports Medicine: Strength and Conditioning from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Katelin previously competed as a DII collegiate Swimmer at CMU. Once moving to Colorado Springs, and while at UCCS, she was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach where she coached at Colorado Springs Christian School and Cheyenne Mountain High School. In addition, she worked with the Colorado College swim team as a strength coach. While completing her master’s degree, she worked as the Head Age Group Coach for a competitive swim team in Colorado Springs, where she oversaw the youngest swimmers and assisted in strength and conditioning for high school level swimmers. Katelin currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a Sports Performance Coach. Outside of Sports Performance, her passions include spending time outdoors and traveling to the west coast to spend time with her family.

Rachel Carlson, MSc, CSCS

Rachel Carlson, MSc, CSCS
Sports Performance Coach

Rachel received her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and Physical Education from the University of Maine, and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Science with a Strength and Conditioning concentration from the University of South Florida (USF). She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Rachel competed as a Division 1 softball player while attending the University of Maine. During graduate school, she served as a graduate assistant to the strength and conditioning coaches at USF where she primarily assisted with the softball and cheerleading team. In addition, she worked as an assistant coach for a competitive club softball team in Tampa, Florida. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as an Assistant Softball coach at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Rachel currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a strength and conditioning coach. Her passions and interests in the field include performance-based nutrition and injury prevention.

John Bessette

John Bessette, CSCS, XPS, XFS
Sports Performance Coach

John received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Minor in Psychology from North Dakota State University. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association; an EXOS Certified Performance Specialist, and an EXOS Certified Fitness Specialist. 

 

While attending NDSU, John was accepted into an internship program for EXOS at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, during their 2016 NFL Combine season. While at EXOS, he worked with a wide variety of athletes, from high school and collegiate to NFL and MLB athletes. He also assisted in training US Special Forces. Shortly after his internship, John was hired as a Performance Coach for EXOS in San Diego, CA, where he worked for four years before moving to Colorado Springs to help open a new corporate EXOS site. John currently works at the Colorado Center of Orthopaedic Excellence as a Sports Performance Coach. His passions include skiing, travel, landscape photography, hiking and backpacking, and working with youth athletes. 

Location & Phone

Orthopedic Office Locations:

North Location 1:
2446 Research Pkwy, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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

North Location 2:
2430 Research Pkwy, Suite 205
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

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

South Location:
1263 Lake Plaza Drive, Suites 210 B
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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

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

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

Physical Therapy South:
1263 Lake Plaza Drive, Suites 210 A
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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

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