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

Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

"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

                                  (owner/therapist)

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, PhD, PT, 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, under Dr. Chris Powers, PhD, PT.   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. 

 

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.  

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Bridget Schuler - LAc

Bridget has been practicing acupuncture since 2006, and massage and bodywork since 1997. She came to Chinese medicine by receiving it. Being an athlete climbing, skiing, surfing she sought out the things that would help her feel better, with more vitality, and ease of motion. She soon discovered the benefits of boosting the immune system and emotional balance. Which led her to internal medicine and all the help Chinese medicine can have on more chronic conditions.

Bridget obtained her degree of Oriental Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA in 2006. Her focus was on orthopedics during her internship, working with the athletic department at the University of California San Diego, and Acusport, a specialized sports medicine clinic. She has worked with with a variety of athletes – among them professional climbers, cyclists, football players, the San Diego Chargers, the US Women’s National Soccer Team, and the Olympic marathon team in 2008. In 2005, Bridget specialized in gynecology, and orthopedics at The University of Chengdu, China. She has an affinity for general practice that she acquired while working in a seniors’ clinic, a pediatric clinic, and the San Diego Hospice.

More recently Bridget has trained with Raven Lang in Pediatrics and Obstetrics. In 2015 she began additional training with Susan Johnson in Dr. Tung’s Method and had a private practice in San Francisco from 2008 until 2019.

Check out Bridget's website at BridgetSchuler.com