ATC – Owner
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 20 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
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. As a member of the Next Level team, Joe has attended numerous continuing education courses in specialized treatment of the hip. Since, Joe has specialized in manual and therapeutic interventions for a wide variety of hip syndromes. 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. His goal is to have his data and test published within the next 2 years. Joe enjoys mentoring physical therapy and sports performance students as a clinical instructor. He has been involving in mentoring dozens of students, including 7 current Next Level team members. Joe recently became certified through Kinetacore in level one and two Functional Dry Needling, and has enjoyed using this technique. Joe enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family. Joe’s other main hobbies include wakeboarding, golf, poker, and working out.
Phone: 303-279-6000 ext: 3090
Katie is a Golden, Colorado native who got the opportunity to join the Next Level team in August 2013. She has been involved in a variety of sports throughout her entire life, which led her to pursue a career in physical therapy. She represents her Rammies proud as a Colorado State University graduate where she received her Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science. She continued on to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University. She has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and orthopedic section since 2010. She has worked at a local running store for many years and enjoys talking shoe wear from traditional to barefoot with anybody who comes into the clinic. Katie recently became certified through Kinetacore in level one and two Functional Dry Needling, and has enjoyed using this technique. Katie is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist. Katie’s hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, soccer, running, as well as anything else outdoors while enjoying time with family, friends and her canine companions.
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 recently completed his training through Kinetacore in level one Functional Dry Needling, and has enjoyed using this technique. Travis enjoys exercising, and doing anything outdoors with friends and his wife Becca including skiing, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. He is also still an avid soccer fan.
Lara joined the Next Level team in September 2014. She is from Billings, Montana and grew up playing soccer until injuries ended her competitive career. She attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and received degrees in Biology and Spanish before moving to Colorado to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. She continued to pursue her passion for athletics by attending the University of Colorado and receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association-Orthopedics section. Lara recently became certified by Kinetacore in level one Functional Dry Needling as well. Her hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, playing soccer, volunteering in the Denver area, searching for the perfect microbrew, and spending time with friends and family.
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 athletics both as a player and coach throughout his entire life. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association – Sports Medicine section, with his dedication to professional growth, continues to attend courses which will further enhance his skills and ability to provide Next Level clients with top of the line care. In his free time, TJ enjoys working out, snowboarding, cooking, playing guitar, fishing, and watching football. You can also find him enjoying the microbreweries Colorado has to offer.
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 were she also played four years of 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. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Orthopedics Section. Kylie enjoys playing soccer, tennis, camping, hiking, and snowboarding and spending time with friends and family both in Colorado and in Indiana.
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. Kylie enjoys all things related to water (avid water skier), the outdoors of Colorado, and spending time with friends and family.
Patrick joined Next Level in 2018. Originally from Virginia, he gained his undergraduate degree in business marketing at Virginia Commonwealth University before moving to Colorado in 2012 to pursue larger mountains than those on the East Coast. Following careers, in business and arboriculture he decided to follow his passion for human movement and returned to school to receive his Associate of Occupational Studies – Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pima Medical Institute. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is committed to furthering his abilities. Patrick enjoys training for and racing ultramarathons, skiing, climbing, camping, and anything else outdoors – all of which with his wife and dog.
Nick Smith, CSCS PES
Nick is a native of Colorado, who joined the Next Level team in May of 2013 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Performance and Sport from Metropolitan State University of Denver. After receiving his degree he went on to get his Performance Enhancement Specialist certification from NASM. Nick recently obtained additional certification through the NSCA, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Nick’s interest in becoming a performance coach began after his football career ended when he was on scholarship at Adams State College in southern Colorado. Nick enjoys working out, playing pick-up basketball, and just being outside and active.
Greg Brock, CSCS
Greg is a Colorado native who joined the Next Level team in February of 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 through the NSCA. Greg’s interest for sports and performance began at a young age. He has played sports for many years and ultimately played football at the collegiate level in Indiana. In his free time Greg enjoys working out, playing sports, and exploring Colorado.
Tara joined Next Level in 2012. She is a Colorado Native who grew up on the Western Slope. She attended Colorado State University where she majored in Sports Medicine. She is married to her husband Shawn and they have one Daughter together.
Alyssa joined the Next Level team in February of 2016. She was born and raised in Colorado. Alyssa has two wonderful children, a boy and girl. She loves the outdoors and playing outside with her children every chance she gets.