OUR TEAM

 

Jim Keller

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
Email: keller@nextlevelsppt.com

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. 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
Email: joe@nextlevelsppt.com

Katie Aaron

DPT, OCS

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.

Email: katie@nextlevelsppt.com

Travis Dehne

DPT

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.

Email: travis@nextlevelsppt.com

Lara Baum

DPT

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.

Email: Baum@nextlevelsppt.com

TJ Hovel

PTA

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.

Email: tj@nextlevelsppt.com

Kylie Clark

DPT

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.

Email: kylie@nextlevelsppt.com

David Fathalikhani

DPT
David joined the Next Level team in August 2016. David is originally from the Washington DC area and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to beginning physical therapy school, David attended The Ohio State University where he completed his Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters degree in Public Health. While at OSU David was a member of the baseball team where he was named two-time team captain and won a Big Ten Championship as a pitcher in the program. With his background in athletics, David has a passion for working with athletes of all ages and ability levels as well as applying his training in manual therapy for rehabilitation of a variety of orthopedic related issues.
David has a passion for continuing orthopedics and sports medicine related research and is an active member of the APTA. David moved to Colorado after graduation in pursuit of all things outdoors and enjoys spending his time hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, golfing and of course proudly cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes.

Email: David@nextlevelsppt.com

Kylie Bauman

DPT

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.

Email: bauman@nextlevelsppt.com

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.

Email: Nick@nextlevelsppt.com

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Cody McAninch, CSCS

Cody is a native of Colorado, who joined the Next Level team in August of 2014 earning his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Northern Colorado Cody’s interest in becoming a performance specialist began when he finished playing football at the University of Colorado and moved on to wrestle at the University of Northern Colorado. Cody recently obtained additional certification through the NSCA, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)He enjoys working out, hunting, fishing, and anything else outdoors.

Email: Cody@nextlevelsppt.com

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Jeff Lewis

Jeff is a native of Colorado, who joined the Next Level team in February 2016 earning his Bachelors of Science degree in Human Performance and Sport form Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is currently studying for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from NSCA as well as Certified Sports Nutritionist from ISSN. Jeff’s interest in becoming a performance specialist began after playing football competitively. He has developed a strong passion on the human body and its adaptations to exercise as well as nutrition. During free time, he enjoys working out, cooking, playing basketball, football, golfing, and doing anything else active.

Email: Jeff@nextlevelsppt.com

Calvin Lockerby

Calvin is a Colorado native who joined the Next Level team in May of 2017. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He is currently studying for his CSCS certification through the NSCA and is USAW Level 1 certified. Calvin’s interest in being a performance specialist began when he was playing college baseball in Kansas. During free time Calvin likes to workout, play guitar, and watch baseball.

Email: Calvin@nextlevelsppt.com

Tara Leon

Office Manager

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.

Phone: 303-974-3093
Email: tara@nextlevelsppt.com

Alyssa Nelson

Receptionist 

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.

Email: Alyssa@nextlevelsppt.com

Nadine Boyd

Accountant

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