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Our Approach

Next Level Sports Performance offers state of the art physical therapy and sports performance. Our rehab and training programs are highly personalized and specifically designed to address each individual goal. Our approach incorporates a unique combination of science, education, and motivation that help you achieve the best possible results. 

Our Facility

Our Team

Joe Bryant

DPT, OCS – Owner

Joe joined the Next Level team in January 2008. Joe has spent his whole life in the sports world both as an athlete and a coach. Joe began his healthcare career by working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado. The next chapter for Joe was obtaining his Doctoral of Physical Therapy degree from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Joe has attended numerous continuing education courses in specialized treatment of the hip. Joe specializes in manual and therapeutic interventions for a wide variety of hip syndromes. Joe enjoys continued education and collaboration with many great local hip surgeons. Joe is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Joe has implemented a functional sports test, to evaluate the ability for an athlete to return to sport following a lower body injury. He has presented this test at numerous professional conferences and classes. Joe enjoys mentoring staff and students and watching this amazing team grow. Joe is level 2 dry needle certified as well as certified in blood flow restriction, Joe enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and 3 young children. When not at work you will likely find Joe coaching one of his kids or enjoying time with his wonderful family.

Phone: 303-279-6000 ext: 3090
Email: joe@nextlevelsppt.com

Jim Keller

ATC – Owner, Founder

Jim opened Next Level Sports Performance doors in 2004, following a 10-year career as the assistant athletic trainer for the National Football League’s (NFL’s) Denver Broncos. This was an experience that gave him unique insight into elite-level training and rehabilitation techniques that he now shares with clients through his personalized approach. Overall, Jim is backed by more than 30 years of experience in working with injured and non-injured professional and collegiate athletes. A Colorado native, he earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Fort Lewis College and his master’s degree in kinesiology from University of Northern Colorado. Today, Jim is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainer’s Society and speaks frequently at both local and national industry symposiums.

Phone: 303-279-6000 ext: 3092
Email: keller@nextlevelsppt.com

Travis Dehne

DPT, OCS - Manager

Travis joined the Next Level team in January 2014. He is a Colorado native who grew up playing soccer and has been involved in a variety of other sports throughout his life. He played soccer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. During his time there he sustained several injuries which led him to pursue a career in physical therapy. He then received is Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Colorado. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedics section. Travis is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Travis is certified through Kinetacore in level two Functional Dry Needling. He is also certified through Owens Recovery Science in Blood Flow Restrictions. Travis enjoys exercising, and doing anything outdoors with his family.

Email: travis@nextlevelsppt.com

TJ Hovel

PTA - Manager

TJ joined the Next Level team in 2015 after receiving his Associate of Occupational Studies – Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pima Medical Institute. He started his academic career at Colorado State University and then ran his own business before deciding to pursue his passion for sports and sports medicine. He is a Northeastern Colorado native who has been involved in athletics both as a player and coach throughout his entire life. His dedication to personal and professional growth pushes him to continue his education in various areas. He is a certified coach through USA Weightlifting. He competes in strongman and uses that background to help athletes of all ages achieve their goals. He is certified through Owens Recovery Science in Blood Flow Restriction. In his free time, TJ enjoys training, cooking, coaching, playing guitar, fishing, and traveling to learn from new coaches and gyms.

Email: tj@nextlevelsppt.com

Kylie Clark

DPT, OCS, CSCS

Kylie joined the Next Level team in August of 2016. She grew up in Noblesville, Indiana playing a variety of sports including basketball and soccer. The injuries she sustained while playing those sports led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. She received her BA in Exercise Science and a minor in Spanish from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she also played four years of varsity soccer for the Flying Dutch. Upon graduating from Hope, she moved to Colorado to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver. Kylie is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, certified in Level 2 functional dry needling through KinetaCore and Blood Flow Restriction Training through Owens Recovery Science. She is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kylie enjoys playing soccer, tennis, camping, hiking, and snowboarding and spending time with friends and family both in Colorado and in Indiana.

Email: kylie@nextlevelsppt.com

Kylie Bauman

DPT, OCS

Kylie joined the Next Level team in January of 2017. She is originally from Craig Colorado. She grew up playing a variety of sports including gymnastics, basketball, and track. Injuries through these sports and the want to optimize physical therapy and return to sport for others led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. Upon completion, she moved to Denver to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association- Orthopedics section and is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She is also certified in level 2 functional dry needling through KinetaCore. Kylie enjoys all things related to water (avid water skier), the outdoors of Colorado, and spending time with friends and family.

Email: bauman@nextlevelsppt.com

Cody Gibbs

PTA

Cody joined the Next Level team in March 2018. He received his Bachelors of Science from Colorado State University before continuing to earn his Associate of Occupational Studies – Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pima Medical Institute. He is also certified through Owens Recovery Science in Blood Flow Restrictions. He is a Colorado native who grew up playing football, lacrosse, and snowboarding. Cody’s passion for sports and helping others lead him to pursue his career in physical therapy. He is an active person who enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, concerts, visiting local breweries, and enjoying all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer.

Email: Cody@nextlevelsppt.com

Taylor Johnson

DPT, OCS

Taylor joined the Next Level team in May 2018. She is a Colorado native, born and raised in Boulder. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She went through several years of physical therapy after multiple shoulder injuries and her experience inspired her to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Washington University-St. Louis, where she graduated in 2014. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy-Orthopedics section. Taylor is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Taylor is also certified in level 1+2 functional dry needling through KinetaCore. Taylor enjoys all things outdoors including biking, hiking, skiing and camping, especially with her husband, son and Vizsla. She is a die-hard Wisconsin Badger and Packer fan and enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports.

Email: Taylor@nextlevelsppt.com

Marie Pollock

DPT

Marie originally joined the Next Level team in January 2019 as part of a DPT residency/internship program and came back for more fun as of September 2020! She is a Colorado native and grew up playing competitive soccer. During high school, she endured three major knee injuries resulting in three ACL/meniscus repairs and LOTS of rehab! Because of this, she was introduced to the world of sports medicine and fell in love with physical therapy as a means to help athletes get back to the sport they love. Marie received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO and went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is certified in dry needling and blood flow restriction (BFR) training. Nowadays, Marie enjoys hiking, camping, soccer, and CrossFit as well as exploring Colorado and spending time with family and friends.

Email: Marie@nextlevelsppt.com

Annie Leavitt

DPT

Annie began at Next Level in January 2021 after completing her final rotation at Next Level and earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy from CU Anschutz. Originally from Southern California, Annie made the move to Colorado to enjoy the increased access to rock climbing and trails. Annie graduated from Oregon State University with her BS in Exercise Science in 2013 which was followed by a few years working in the outdoor industry before a wrist injury and subsequent surgery brought her back to PT. This experience reignited her excitement to become a physical therapist where she would have the opportunity to help those in her community get back to the activities they love. Annie is certified in dry needling through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy and a level one Functional Gait Specialist. When not at work, Annie splits her time between trail running, rock climbing, skiing with her husband, and hiking with her dog.

Email: Annie@nextlevelsppt.com

Abigail Mihulka

DPT

Abigail began at Next Level in June 2021 after completing her final rotation at Next Level and earning her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas, TX. She grew up in St. Louis, MO where she played soccer, softball, volleyball, and did gymnastics. She then went on to compete in gymnastics for Texas Woman’s for four years, earning two USAG Collegiate National Championship team titles and graduating with her BS in Exercise Science in 2018. Over the course of her athletic career, she spent a lot of time in and out of physical therapy with injuries to various body parts. She built strong relationships with her care team and attributes her success to their contributions to her career. It was them who inspired her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Abigail is a current member of the APTA and is excited to continue her professional growth in years to come. Abigail enjoys singing, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, volleyball, and exploring the mountains jeeping and camping with her husband and family.

Email: Abigail@nextlevelsppt.com

Tyler Moore

DPT

Tyler joined the Next Level team in January 2022 after completing his DPT from University of Colorado – Anschutz. He is from Aspen, CO where he grew up skiing and was heavily involved in athletics. Tyler played collegiate hockey at CU Boulder where he graduated in 2012 with a business degree in marketing. He then worked in the sport and entertainment industry for several years before pursuing a career in physical therapy. As an active member of the APTA, Tyler is committed to continuing his professional growth to help Next Level patients achieve their personal goals. Tyler and his wife enjoy spending as much time outside as possible with their dog Leroy.

Email: tyler@nextlevelsppt.com

Nick Swegart

PTA

Nick joined the Next Level team in 2021after receiving his Associate of Occupational Studies – Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pima Medical Institute. He is originally from California and moved to Colorado in 2018. While living in California he received his undergrad from Fresno State in Kinesiology and began his career in healthcare shortly after. As a recent grad he is eager to continue his development while working at Next Level. In his free time, Nick enjoys working out, playing with his puppy, watching football, and experiencing everything that Colorado has to offer.

Email: Nick@nextlevelsppt.com

Greg Brock

CSCS, TSAC-F - Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Greg is a Colorado native who joined the Next Level team in 2018. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. After graduation, he went on to obtain his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification as well as his Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator certifications through the NSCA. Greg is also certified in personalized blood flow restriction therapy through Owen’s Recovery Science. He has worked with athletes of all skills and sports from professional to youth. He specializes in team sports, injury reduction, and post-physical therapy return-to-play. Greg has played sports his whole life and played football at the college level. In his free time he enjoys working out, trail running, playing pick up basketball, and spending time with his wife and their dog Dolly Parton.

Email: Greg@nextlevelsppt.com

Mekala Henderson

CSCS, CPT

Mekala joined Next Level in 2018 and has been a fitness professional for over 7 years with experience helping clients of all levels achieve their fitness goals. She completed her bachelors degree in May 2017 and has both a Strength and Conditioning certification as well as a personal trainer certification. Currently Mekala is working on her Corrective Exercise certification to keep her knowledge up to date and to be of even more help to the clients at Next Level. She is also certified through Owens Recovery Science in Blood Flow Restrictions.. While not at work Mekala is a current Nationally Qualified bikini bodybuilding competitor with 6 competitions under her belt with the last three she prepped herself. Her other activities include trap shooting, hiking, camping, travelling and spending time with her family and four legged friends.

Email: Mekala@nextlevelsppt.com


Tes Hass

Tes, a Colorado native from Loveland, joined the Next Level team in December of 2019. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. While at MSU Denver, she played collegiate softball. Tes has been in athletics since she was little which created the pursuit of this field. After multiple knee injuries, she found a greater passion to help those in the aspect of sports performance as well as the return to sport. In her spare time, Tes likes to workout, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Email: Tes@nextlevelsppt.com


Bobby Johnson

Bobby is a Colorado native from the Boulder area. Bobby graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition. Upon completing his final internship at Next Level, he joined the team full-time in December 2020. He is currently working on getting his Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification through the NSCA. Growing up sports was a large focus in Bobby’s life, playing football, lacrosse, and basketball. After going through his share of injuries and never receiving the proper treatment, he found a passion for sports performance and helping with the recovery process. He enjoys playing golf, being outdoors, and watching any type of sport.

Email: Bobby@nextlevelsppt.com


Sydney Gonzalez

Sydney, a Colorado native from Denver, joined the team in May of 2021 after completing her internship at Next Level. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Pre-Healthcare. Sydney was a competitive swimmer from a young age and swam at the collegiate level for 2 years at Youngstown State in Ohio. After having knee surgery and not getting the therapy she needed to return to her previous performance level, Sydney found a passion for physical therapy and helping individuals recover to their former performance level. Sydney plans to obtain her DPT in the near future. Sydney enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog Turbo.

Email: Sydney@nextlevelsppt.com

Maddie Anderson

Receptionist

Maddie was born and raised in Haxtun Colorado. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Health Sciences and is currently in nursing school. In high school she was a three-sport athlete playing volleyball, basketball, and running track and she also ran track while attending Colorado Christian University. In her free time she loves to spend time outdoors, hanging out with my friends and family, and baking.

Email: Maddie@nextlevelsppt.com

Mikayla Hale

Receptionist

Mikayla was born in Lewisville, Texas but has also lived in Illinois and in Colorado for most of her life. She graduated from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado and has been working in management in retail ever since for about 4 years before joining the team here at Next Level. Mikayla loves to travel, go up to the mountains in her free time and hang out with friends and family and discover new things and places!

Email: Victoria@nextlevelsppt.com

Emma Musson

Receptionist

Emma was born and raised in Golden, Colorado. She grew up playing competitive soccer and had many injuries that Next Level helped rehab. After high school, she went on to play colligate soccer for Colorado Mesa University and graduated with a degree in Counseling Psychology. In her free time, she loves to exercise, spend time with her friends and family, and explore new places.

Email: Emma@nextlevelsppt.com

Nadine Boyd

Controller

Phone: 303-279-6000 ext: 3091
Email: nboyd@nextlevelsppt.com