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. 

 

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.  

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

Andrea Ball - LMT

Andrea started her journey into bodywork and massage through yoga 16 years ago.  She comments, "It gave me a physical body awareness I had never known before and the knowledge and technique to heal my injuries and maintain my active lifestyle."   For Andrea, learning massage was a natural progression for her, since massage can be a powerful tool for injury prevention and maintenance as well.  Andrea studied massage here in Telluride and worked in the spa world for a bit.  She then went to Thailand to learn their methods of Thai massage. With that experience she learned the techniques of trigger point therapy, myofascial work, sports massage techniques, and  serious deep tissue work.  Since then, Andrea has deepened her knowledge of the body and continues to add tools to better serve her clients on their journey to wellness. Over the past 5 years she has been practicing massage  and teaching private yoga sessions at Dunton Hot Springs, a high-end resort nestled in the San Juan Mountains.   "I’m excited to serve the Telluride community and am thankful to be a part of Derek’s vision at Balanced Physical Therapy." Andrea will be offering massage, bodywork and private yoga sessions. Please reach out!

Check out her website at telluridemtnmassage.com