Staff

Medical Staff

Cameron Lyons, P.T., D.P.T.

President of Precision Physical Therapy, Inc.

Cameron is a Colorado native who practices by the philosophy that “we should not bother to be better than our predecessors or our contemporaries, but be better than ourselves”. Cameron completed his bachelor's degree in Human Biology at the University of Northern Colorado and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Regis University, where he was the 2005 recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association's (Colorado Chapter) Student Academic and Clinical Excellence Award, as well as an inductee to Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honors fraternity of Jesuit Universities in the US. Cameron enjoys the variety of all aspects of orthopedic physical therapy, but has special interests in the cervical spine, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), and neurodynamics. He has completed over 4000 clinical hours treating TMD, headaches, and craniofacial pain and nearly 150 hours of continuing education specifically on TMD. With excitement and much pride, Cameron became the owner and president of Precision Physical Therapy in 2019. His stated goal is to continue the excellence and person-centered care upon which Precision has built its reputation under the leadership of Ernie Quinlisk, PT. Cameron also serves an Affiliate Faculty member of the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University and the Physical Therapy Program of the University of Colorado. In 2015 Cameron started a role as Adjunct Faculty with the Howard Head Sports Physical Therapy residency in Vail, CO. In his free time, Cameron avidly (incommensurately?) cheers on the Colorado Rockies and strives to be a father, husband, hack golfer, kook surfer, and happy camper.


“I have been blessed to have been receiving physical therapy by Cameron at Precision Physical Therapy. Cameron and the staff are very caring and professional people and are extremely knowledgeable of my physical needs and did an outstanding job of helping me to recover my strength following my shoulder surgery. There was always care and concern for my special needs. I recommend Precision whenever I hear someone needs physical therapy - they are the best!”

Ed

“I had shoulder and back pain for two months and Cameron diagnosed it as stress related and with one treatment provided relief. I wish I had gone a lot sooner.”

Wendy

“I have worked with Precision Physical Therapy for almost three years and with Cameron for approximately one year. I have been duly impressed his thoroughness, knowledge, prompt feedback and professionalism. I have received many glowing remarks about Cameron from my patients also. He is a wonderful addition to an office that already excels in delivering outstanding patient care! Keep up the great work!”

Lora Bulmahn, M.D.

Susan Blue, P.T.

Susan received her Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 1988. Since then she has worked in various locations in the Denver area and has amassed over 700 hours of continuing education. In 2001, Susan received her certificate as a Cancer Exercise Specialist from the Rocky Mountain Cancer Institute. She has developed cancer exercise programs and has taught her colleagues how to develop similar programs.

Susan treats any type of pain, regardless of where it is located in the body. She has a calm yet assertive style and incorporates many different types of physical therapy philosophies into her treatments, so she can cater to all of her patient's physical and emotional needs.

Susan enjoys doing lectures for the general public on orthopedic topics ranging from neck and low back pain to hip, knee and shoulder pain. She is well versed at treating sports injuries of all types, whether the problem is acute, chronic or post-operative. Susan has also received extensive training in dry needling. She has been using this technique successfully since 2010 to help a wide range of painful conditions.

Susan is highly respected in the medical community and when you meet her, you will quickly ascertain that she loves her work and is very passionate about doing whatever she can do to expedite the healing process.


“Some providers in the medical community have that healing touch. This is Susan Blue, PT. She is an excellent physical therapist, and I refer to her as, “the Wizard of the Pelvis.” She is by far the best therapist I have met for treating sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Her success rate is extremely high. I have sent her dozens of patients and most of them never require returning to me for further treatment. She has my highest recommendation and my upmost respect.”

Brian David Altman, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

“I have known and referred patients to Susan for Over 10 years. Many of the patients she has seen for me have been difficult rehabilitation patients for the simple reason that she has the capacity to deal with these patients with a compassionate, professional and direct mix that is rare in healthcare providers. She is knowledgeable with a deep set of skills that I find unparalleled in the physical therapy community.”

R.J. Swarsen, M.D., Colorado Occupational HealthCare

“I would highly recommend physical therapist Susan Blue. Susan has a thorough knowledge of the field, and she is especially skilled at adapting it to individual circumstances. My post-surgical physical therapy needs were complex and Susan listened carefully not only to my doctors, but to me. She tailored an effective program that succeeded where prior therapists failed. I am grateful to Susan for both her expertise and her commitment to my full recovery - she supplied me with hope and encouragement during a challenging rehabilitation.”

Richard M. Bayus, II

Jaime Oppegaard, P.T., D.P.T.

Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Moorhead, in Moorhead, Minnesota, in 2002 and was inducted into Psi Chi National Honor Society. While completing her BA in Psychology, she attended school at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley for one year on a student exchange, where she held a teaching assistant position within the Psychology department and was involved in research focused on eating habits and emotions. She was initially exposed to physical therapy after her father underwent a total hip replacement. Since the surgery did not fare well, the surgical team argued that he would not be able to return to work for three months. After only five weeks of physical therapy, he was able to fully return to his occupation. Jaime was astonished by the success that her father had experienced through physical therapy and wanted to be a part of a profession that fueled not only her passion, but also would give others their life back. Dr. Oppegaard graduated from The College of St. Scholastica physical therapy doctoral program in Duluth, Minnesota. She began practicing physical therapy at Precision Physical Therapy in June of 2009.

Currently, Dr. Oppegaard, practices at our south office at the Apex center in Arvada, Colorado and is entering her 10th year in practice. She is certified in functional dry needling, which has been a great adjunct with traditional manual therapy techniques as it allows her patients to rehabilitate more quickly. Recently, she was accepted to a position with Kinetacore as an Assistant Instructor, an education group that provides specialized training to physical therapists throughout the United States and Canada in the evolving practice of dry needling. Dr. Oppegaard frequently treats chronic conditions with traditional physical therapy models that focus on re-training the brain. Additionally, she is certified in fitting for custom orthotics through Sole Supports, Inc. and has added video gait analysis to her practice, which allows for diagnosis and treatment of various running injuries. The Apex center allows Jaime to provide aquatic therapy for patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions that make regular exercise painful and difficult on land against gravity. She often coordinates health and wellness programs with the personal training staff for those patients who want to continue with an exercise program post rehabilitation. Jaime is a “hands-on” manually based therapist who is able to individualize treatment based on the patient's specific needs and goals. Dr. Oppegaard's background as an athlete allows her to realize the importance of returning to an activity and/or sport safely and effectively.

Jaime resides in Westminster, Colorado with her husband Chad and her silver lab, Izzy. She enjoys the great outdoors, camping, beach volleyball, yoga, skiing, and traveling.


“I have experienced migraine headaches since 2002 and retired 2003 due to the disabling effect of the pain. In 2009 I attended a semminar/class at the Apex Recreation Center where Jaime Oppegaard talked about treatment of neck/shoulder and migraine headaches. At this point I had nothing to lose and decided to see Jaime for an evaluation. For the next several months I saw Jaime on a regular basis and within a relatively short period of time began feeling better because the headaches were not as frequent or as severe. I call her my “angel of miracles” as she has definitely saved my quality of life and I would recommend her to anyone.”

Vern S.

Elizabeth Agnew, P.T., D.P.T.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Colorado in 2012 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). She is thankful to continue her journey at Precision Physical Therapy, where her physical therapy career started as an aide in 2009.

Elizabeth has always had a passion for the sciences with a special interest in anatomy and physiology. Prior to earning her Doctorate in P.T. she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine from Colorado State University. Now that she has attained the highest degree available in the Physical Therapy profession, she desires to be involved in the full continuum of care for her patients and she believes it is important to spend time formulating the most optimal plan of care for each individual patient.

Currently, Elizabeth practices at our Louisville office since 2012. She enjoys all realms of orthopedic physical therapy practice and has a special interest in working with adolescent athletes and patients with chronic pain. Elizabeth has a unique way of connecting with these young athletes and is able to motivate them to follow her direction, resulting in an expedited path to improvement. Also, she has received specialized training in regards to reintegrating the disrupted nervous system patterns that are often misunderstood or ignored within the chronic pain population, in an attempt to re-establish proper brain/body circuitry.

Dr. Agnew is also certified in functional dry needling, which has been a tremendous adjunct in conjunction with traditional manual therapy techniques because it allows the muscles to be not only released, but retrained/reset in order to rehabilitate her patients more quickly. She has also been trained in a variety of kinesiotaping techniques to further support patients and their injuries. Elizabeth looks forward to continuing to learn the latest innovative techniques that the physical therapy profession has to offer.

When not at Precision, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her daughter, Adley. Elizabeth is a Colorado native and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, going to concerts, Colorado Avalanche games, traveling, and connecting with her friends and family.


“I don't know if you hear this very often but you have a wonderful therapist and a very caring person in Elizabeth. I felt very comfortable and cared about with the way she treated me as her patient. She did her job well which is putting it mildly, heck she went Above and Beyond. I hope that her boss and the business she works for appreciate her to the fullest for the dedication and respect she has for her patients. It has been a pleasure being a patient of hers and I would definitely recommend her to anyone in need of physical therapy.”

Madeleine T.

Dr. Virginia Arnette, P.T., D.P.T.

Virginia Arnette is thrilled to join the Precision Physical Therapy team after earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Denver in 2018. She has received extensive mentorship from Dr. Cameron Lyons in neurodynamics and management of orthopedic conditions including temporomandibular disorders.

Virginia received her Bachelor of Music degree in French Horn Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011, and has studied predominately with musicians of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras. She is interested in using her skills as a physical therapist to minimize risk factors for injury among performing artists. Virginia has been invited to present her research, “Prevalence and Perceptions of Student Musicians' Playing Related Injuries”, at the 2019 American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting.

Recognizing the profound ways in which pelvic floor dysfunction can impact quality of life, Virginia has completed over 40 hours of continuing education through the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Virginia is the recipient of the Physical Therapy Class of 2018 Outstanding Capstone Project Award for her case report on management of urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in a rural setting with limited pelvic rehabilitation access.

Virginia is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Orthopaedic, Research and Women’s Health Sections. Virginia considers her work a privilege and values the opportunity to hear patients’ stories, to support their passions and to work together towards meaningful goals. Outside of the clinic, Virginia spends her time enjoying the great outdoors, cross stitching, drinking coffee, learning to play the mandolin and trying to keep her house plants alive.



Ernie Quinlisk, P.T.

Ernie received his Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, Pennsylvania in 1984. Following his path of service, Ernie found physical therapy to be the link between his passion for understanding the psychological and physical relationships of pain. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 1987. Over the years, Ernie has accumulated over 800 hours of continuing education in his field of expertise.

Ernie treats all types of painful conditions and his known for his scientifically based “out of the box” approach to treating problems that are not responding to conventional methods of treatment. Over the last 20 years, Ernie has been involved in a self-immersion of learning the vast and complicated intertwining of the mind and body as it relates to nervous system disorders and he has a keen understanding of the etiology and subsequent treatment for these atypical problems. He has a passion for treating patients who have experienced any form of trauma that has led to a combination of anxiety, depression and PTSD.

In his spare time, Ernie enjoys playing golf and softball, fishing, running, playing guitar and spending time with his wife and two sons.


“Having been a family doctor in Boulder County for more than 40 years, I have referred a great number of patients to physical therapists. The qualities most patients and I desire in a P.T. consultation are proficiency and a genuine competency for addressing symptoms and working toward resolution of problems. It is imperative for a quality therapist to recognize if the patient's particular problem needs referral to another specialist. In my opinion, 'Ernie Q' possesses these attributes more than any 'other' physical therapist in Boulder County.”

Dr. Howard Wolf, Family Practice Physician

“Ernie is a physical therapist with whom I have worked closely for almost my entire nine years of experience in Colorado. My office has referred patients to him with almost every conceivable orthopedic problem. I do not recall one patient who was not enthusiastically satisfied with his treatment, his professionalism, and his attentiveness. He provides me with follow-up, literally on a daily basis, which makes my work quite a bit easier. He is without a doubt one of the most exceptional physical therapists I have had the privilege of working with.”

Jon M. Erickson, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon

“Primal Reflex Release Technique™ is an excellent primary or ancillary modality to help patients resolve symptomatology which resides in the body as a result of unresolved trauma and the resultant dysautonomia. I have recommended PRRT™ to clients, friends, family and colleagues and I have experienced this new form of therapy from Ernie Quinlisk, P.T. on several occasions with good results.”

John R. M. Day, M.D., Boulder, CO

“As a family practice nurse practitioner who incidentally suffers from chronic back pain, I feel very fortunate to know Ernie. From him, I have gained valuable knowledge and learned techniques to lessen my personal daily pain and help prevent exacerbations. As a medical provider, I am happy to have someone to whom I can refer my patients, knowing that they will receive attentive analysis, treatment and education. His dedication to helping people ease pain and become more functional enables them to enjoy life on a higher level. Ernie has gone beyond his excellent traditional physical therapy skills and is currently researching, teaching and practicing Primal Reflex Release Technique. Bravo to Ernie for taking a big step beyond traditional methods to better provide for those who suffer from pain!”

Cindy Spray, FNP, Superior, CO

Michelle Kinkead, Massage Therapist, L.M.T.

Michelle is a Boulder native who returned in 2009 after many years of living, working, traveling and volunteering overseas. She has a double Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Colorado. Combining lifelong passions for learning, working with diverse people and independent travel, she has over 20 years' experience as a teacher, mentor, coach, leader and student in such exotic locales as France, inner-city Los Angeles, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Thailand, India and New Zealand. She discovered the power of massage as well as a new career after experiencing and then studying Thai massage and reflexology while traveling throughout Southeast Asia. After moving to New Zealand in 2006, she completed the 1,370 hours required to obtain a Diploma of Therapeutic Massage with distinction at the Canterbury College of Natural Medicine, and stayed to work as a deep tissue massage therapist and as a medical/disaster first responder with the New Zealand Red Cross.

She has a unique range of experiences working with a variety of people in different settings, and specializes in therapeutic deep tissue work to help clients reduce and overcome injuries, musculoskeletal dysfunction, pain and stress. Michelle is able to specifically tailor each session to best address the needs and goals of her clients by using a blend of the many different modalities she has learned, including neuromuscular therapy (NMT), trigger point work, sports and orthopedic soft tissue techniques, manual lymphatic drainage, myofascial release/structural integration, PNF stretching, craniosacral therapy, microcurrent point stimulation and relaxation/Swedish massage. She has also been an athlete and involved in sports her entire life. As a result, she fully understands the aches and pains that come with an active lifestyle as well as the relief that comes from regular bodywork to free up tight, restricted and stressed muscles and joints.

Michelle is a volunteer EMT for the Medical Reserve Corps of Boulder County and was a co-coordinator and trainer for the state-wide Emergency Community Service Massage Team as part of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), earning the Colorado Meritorious Award for service. In her spare time, she thrives on being active and outdoors, spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend, volunteering, learning new things, playing competitive volleyball and getting back into photography. She is still getting used to living in the US, being a homeowner and dog/cat parent, and is ecstatic whenever she can dust off her passport for international adventure.



Administrative Staff

Chelsea Graham

Practice Manager

Chelsea has been with Precision Physical Therapy since 2006. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology. Her role as the Practice Manager has allowed her to expand her interest in office administration while still being able to maintain her love for the medical profession. Chelsea continues to broaden her knowledge in healthcare management, which allows her to create the most optimal atmosphere possible for the patients and employees of Precision Physical Therapy. Also her vast knowledge and years of experience provide the ability to intuitively observe the “behind the scenes” operations of the the Louisville and Arvada offices, which ensures a palpably efficient and friendly atmosphere. Chelsea is a native of Colorado, and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.


Devin Hegger

P.T. Aide

Devin, a graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Integrated Physiology and Spanish, started working at Precision Physical Therapy in May of 2013 after volunteering and shadowing at a physical therapy clinic in Boston Massachusetts the prior summer. Originally from Boston, Devin chose to stay in beautiful Colorado where he has enjoyed 9 years of hiking, skiing, camping and many other great activities Colorado as to offer.


Aaron Eckoff

P.T. Aide

Aaron graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a pre-physical therapy focus and a minor in Coaching in May of 2018.He joined Precision Physical Therapy in June of 2018. Aaron was a member of the CSU-P football team with All-Colorado academic honors all 4 years. He plans on continuing his education by pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. in the near future. He is a Texas native and enjoys all kinds of sports, being active outdoors with hiking, camping, fishing, and anything else to get outside in beautiful Colorado.


Valarie Milner

P.T. Aide

Valarie is a 2018 graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. She joined the Precision Physical Therapy team in August of 2018. As a dancer since childhood, she luckily has never needed PT herself, but dance lead to her passion for PT in order to help educate people in maintaining a healthy body. In the future she plans to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Meanwhile, she enjoys being part of each patient’s unique recovery experience and working alongside the most knowledgeable and friendly doctors.