About Us

Balanced Physical Therapy offers the Telluride community cutting edge outpatient physical therapy in a private practice setting.  Our mission is to promote health, fitness, independence and overall quality of life by offering the best possible physical therapy services to enable our clients to achieve their personal goals. 


Our Specialized Services:
Sports injury rehabilitation and prevention

ACL injury prevention program

"Return to Sport" training
Post surgical rehabilitation
Specialized spinal rehabilitation
"Return to Work" rehabilitation

Video assisted movement analysis (SIMI Motion)
Exercise prescription
Vestibular rehabilitation
Neurological rehabilitation

Dry needling

"Our treatment philosophy is “client centered”. Everyone has different goals and expectations. Some would like to be able to return to work without pain. Some would like to return to playing golf on weekends, and others would like to return to ski racing at a highly competitive level. We focus on developing individualized programs based on each client’s specific goals, hence our slogan;  Achieve Goals... Exceed Expectations."


                                  Derek Tuohy, PT, MTC, CSCS


Meet Our Specialists

Derek Tuohy - PT, MTC, CSCS

Derek has been involved in sports medicine and sports conditioning since 1995 working as a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach for high school, collegiate and professional athletes.  He earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 1999.  Derek graduated Summa Cum Laude from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1999 with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy.   Pursuing his interest in the skill of manual physical therapy, Derek studied spinal and extremity manipulation under  Dr. Stanley Paris, receiving his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2004.  Derek received his level 1 Functional Dry Needling certification in 2017.  Most recently, Derek has been pursuing his interest in lower extremity biomechanics through post-graduate courses; specifically how it relates to skiing, biking and running.  He recently received an advanced certification in biomechanics of the lower quarter through the Movement Performance Institute in LA.   Derek's treatment philosophy utilizes a combination of his manual therapy skills, movement analysis and functional / sports based exercise to assist his clients in achieving their goals. 


Erin Fusting - DPT

Erin moved to Telluride in 2003 prior to becoming a physical therapist. She trained horses and instructed riders of all ages.  She moved to New Zealand in 2008  for a year and guided horse treks around Mount Cook on the South Island.  After months of thought and volunteering at the adaptive riding center in Ridgway, CO she decided to go back to school for Physical Therapy.  She graduated from the University of New England in Portland, Maine with a Doctorate of Physical therapy in 2018.  She has worked with patients of all ages with various surgeries, sports related injuries, burns, and amputations.  Erin is certified in level 1 and 2 lumbar spinal manipulation from NAIOMT, level 1 Pelvic floor/women's health from Herman and Wallace, and has taken continuing education courses in acl rehab and concussion management.   She also received her Level 1 Functional Dry Needling certification.  Erin enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, surfing, and horseback riding.  She is dedicated to getting patient's back to their passions and reaching their personal goals.

Laura Homer - MPT, OCS

Laura earned her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 1998.  She began with a degree in Music Education and taught and performed before choosing physical therapy school.  She has been living and practicing in Telluride since 1998 with a focus on sports and orthopedic therapy.  She has a level II certification with the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in 2005.