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The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital

303.789.8325 | peakcenter@craighospital.org

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital, located in Englewood, Colorado, is an adaptive health and wellness center serving individuals from across the country with neurologic disabilities in order to optimize their recovery and to create a lifelong plan for their health and wellness.

The PEAK (Performance, Exercise, Attitude and Knowledge) Center at Craig Hospital is dedicated to empowering individuals with neurologic disabilities such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke and many more conditions to maximize their quality of life through knowledge and activity. The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital offers highly trained staff in a motivated environment and incorporates both research-based practices and cutting-edge technology in client's customized plans.

Services and Classes

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital offers a wide variety of services to meet each client's unique physical needs, economic situations and commitment levels.

  • Wellness Membership: Access to our fully adapted fitness center with knowledgeable staff to design and provide guidance for client specific fitness programs. Become a member!
    • $50 per month - $5 per day
  • Activity-Based Personal Training: One-on-one personal training utilizing cutting edge technology by specialized staff. Provides customized plan design, performance monitoring and creates both accountability and support.
    • $85 per each 50-minute session
  • FES Bikes: Functional electrical stimulation cycling utilizing electrical current to stimulate weak or paralyzed muscles to initiate and maintain movement during cycling.
    • $100 per month - $20 per ride
  • Aquatic Training: Individual pool sessions with trained specialists creating challenging and customized exercise programs tailored to each individual's needs.
    • $85 per each 50-minute session
  • Group Classes: Classes are open to any individual with a neurological disability and their families and care providers. Individual classes cost $10 per class or we offer a five-pack of classes priced at $40. Five-packs can be mixed and matched to use for any class.

    To sign up for group classes, please call the PEAK Center directly at 303-789-8325 or email peakgroupclasses@craighospital.org. Registering for classes ahead of time is required. You must be a PEAK member to sign up for classes (i.e. PEAK application filled out, waiver signed and turned in and approved by PEAK operations coordinator).
    • Yoga: Whether you are new to yoga and looking to build a foundation, or a seasoned yogi looking to deepen your practice, this seated yoga class helps you to develop and foster the mind-body connection while stretching and strengthening. All ability levels are welcome and any equipment used will be provided.
    • Glutes, Core & More: This class is a great strength workout targeting your glutes, quads, hamstrings, core and more! Get your blood flowing to improve muscle endurance, strength, balance, and stability, all while feeling supported and motivated to accomplish more after each week.
    • PEAK Happy Hour: This class helps you to strengthen and tone your upper body, trunk, and core by including traditional strength training elements as well as cardiovascular conditioning. We focus on proper alignment and help modify exercises to fit your body so that you leave feeling confident, strong, and happy. We challenge you and help you progress your strength training routine to the next level. Come ready to work hard and have fun. All levels of injury and experience are welcome.
    • Dance: Come join us for our wheelchair dance class! This class offers up a fun new way to get your heart pumping and learn some new moves to show off on the dance floor. We learn new choreography each week and trial many different styles of dance. Participants in this class need to be able to proficiently maneuver a manual wheelchair. If you are unsure of your manual wheelchair skills but are still interested in participating, come try a class and see what you think! No dance experience is required.
  • MENTOR Virtual Wellness Program: A free 8-week virtual wellness program designed for people who have recently acquired or have an existing mobility limitation. MENTOR (Mindfulness, Exercise & Nutrition To Optimize Resilience) provides tools and education in mindfulness, exercise and nutrition, as well as other areas of wellness to incorporate into your everyday life. PEAK membership is NOT required to join this program. Learn more here.
PEAK Center Happy Hour Class

Meet Our Team

  • Laura Wehrli Director of Physical Therapy

    Physical Therapy

    Laura Wehrli, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP, is Director of Physical Therapy at Craig Hospital.

    Laura graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Temple University with a Master, and subsequently Doctorate, of Physical Therapy. She began her career in spinal cord injury rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY in 2000 until joining the Craig Hospital staff in 2004. She became the Assistant PT Supervisor in 2005 and SCI Floor Supervisor in 2008. She achieved her Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP) certification in 2007 and became a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) in 2016.

    Laura is a professional educator as well as an associated faculty member for the University of Colorado PT program. She has served in various leadership roles within the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) and is a member of the APTA.

  • Sandra "Buffy" Wojciehowski Health and Wellness Coordinator

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    Sandra “Buffy” Wojciehowski has been a practicing physical therapist since 2007. A proud graduate of The Seton Hall University, she started her career at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where she spent the first 12 years primarily working in the outpatient spinal cord injury department. Her background includes more than 10 years of involvement with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network, including teaching the Introduction to Locomotor Course and presenting multiple presentations on locomotor training and best practice advice for treating the SCI population at national conferences. Buffy moved to Colorado after accepting the PEAK Health and Wellness Coordinator position in 2019 and is excited to embark on this new journey. She has a full time Facility Dog from Canine Companions for Independence whose name is Willie, and she attends work with Buffy every day to assist with treatment sessions and put smiles on the faces of all of our clients, their families and our staff.

  • Chelsea Lownsdale Operations Coordinator

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    Chelsea earned her bachelor’s degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2012. Before joining the team at the PEAK Center, Chelsea worked with children with neurological and developmental disorders for 5 years. Chelsea is passionate about working with families facing challenges, and has seen first-hand what Craig can do to get families back on their feet. Chelsea is a Colorado native, and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dog. She is a lover of the outdoors, and enjoys gardening, running, canoeing, and spending time in the mountains.

  • Chris Agresta Clinical Exercise Specialist

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  • Brian Ashbee Clinical Exercise Specialist

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  • Ethan Dvorak Clinical Exercise Specialist

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    Ethan has a B.S. in Kinesiology with minors in Health Professions and Spanish from Texas Tech University. Ethan has being working in healthcare and in the neuro setting since he graduated in 2018. Ethan has a passion for helping others and is always striving to make a lasting impact on the lives of his clients. Outside of work, Ethan loves being outdoors, cheering on Texas Tech athletics, and spending time with his friends and family.
  • Brian Erickson Clinical Exercise Specialist

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    Brian serves as the lead coach for the virtual health and wellness program, MENTOR (Mindfulness, Exercise & Nutrition To Optimize Recovery & Resilience). Brian served as a United States Marine Corps Infantryman following high school. Upon discharge, Brian received his B.S. in Criminal Justice & Criminology from Niagara University. This led to working for Volunteers of America Colorado's transitional housing program for unstably housed veterans and families. Embracing his passion for health and wellness, Brian furthered his education with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Through the MENTOR program, Brian aims to empower participants to take control of their own health by going beyond worry and fear created by negative thought patterns and emotions and focusing on what needs to be done today to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. The hope is participants seek to improve a wellness practice or behavior by increasing self-awareness of where gaps are located and how to better manage them across a 1440-minute day. Currently, Brian is pursuing a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health - CU Anschutz. Family, physical activity and audiobooks/podcasts take up much of Brian's revitalizing time.
  • Kaci Hudson Clinical Exercise Specialist

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    Kaci Hudson's focus is on designing customized client exercise programs tailored to their individual needs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science as well as a Master’s Physical Education, Sports and Exercise Science both from the University of Central Missouri. Kaci’s passions center around helping clients, pushing them to achieve their best and strive towards their goals. Kaci helps PEAK’s clients work toward healthier, active lifestyles. She’s learned from her clients to live every day to the fullest. Her motto is “attitude is everything, be thankful for what you have.” Outside of PEAK, Kaci enjoys spending time with family, friends and her yellow lab. She is active, enjoys anything outdoors and sports.

  • Natalie Ingerson Physical Therapist

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    Natalie Ingerson, PT, DPT is a physical therapist in The PEAK Center. She received a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of New Hampshire in 2009, then went on to receive her DPT from Regis University in 2013. Natalie did her final clinical rotation for PT school in the inpatient department here at Craig, and returned after graduating. After experiencing the different areas throughout Craig, Natalie found her passion for providing care to community members in the PEAK Center. She enjoys being able to creatively utilize the state of the art technology to meet each clients’ needs and goals. In her free time Natalie enjoys mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and backcountry skiing.

  • Rachel Johnson Clinical Exercise Specialist

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  • Shelby Polonsky Clinical Exercise Specialist

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  • Benjamin Roberts Clinical Exercise Specialist

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    Benjamin Roberts is a clinical exercise specialist at the PEAK Center. Benjamin served 4 years in the United States Air Force after high school, before going to college. Benjamin pursued a career in law enforcement, serving as a police officer in Shreveport, Louisiana for 5 years. He decided to make a career change, and went back to college to earn his master of science in kinesiology and wellness at Louisiana State University, Shreveport. Benjamin is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; he also holds a personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise. He enjoys working with the diverse population at the PEAK Center because he learns something new from each individual, and gets to challenge clients using adaptive training techniques. During his off time Benjamin enjoys spending time with his family, friends and German Shepherd.

  • Vanessa Weikel Clinical Exercise Specialist

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    Vanessa is a Colorado native who enjoys dancing, doing yoga and spending time with her family, friends and dogs. Her other hobbies include paddle boarding, biking, and archery. Vanessa has been at the PEAK since 2019 as an intern, aide and clinical exercise specialist. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science degree in health and exercise science from Colorado State University and is a Corepower-certified yoga instructor as well as a certified adaptive yoga instructor. She teaches yoga and dance classes at the PEAK center and is a health coach for the MENTOR program. Vanessa is passionate about neurorehabilitation and loves getting to work with people from all walks of life to help them reach their wellness goals and have fun while doing it.

FAQs

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clients meet with a physical therapist for an evaluation to understand their individual abilities and goals. Simply return the application packet and medical clearance and questionnaire. After you complete the application packet, call The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital to set up an appointment for your evaluation.

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital is an independent health and wellness facility. Clients provide payment directly to The PEAK Center when services are provided. The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital may provide you with an invoice for the services that have been completed so that you have the opportunity to turn it into your insurance company if you choose.

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital is at the forefront of innovative technology supporting recovery in individuals with neurological disorders, from early mobilization through late recovery, to provide a greater degree of improvement and recovery of function. Visit our Equipment & Technology page to see learn more about leading edge technology available at The PEAK Center.

You can send us an email at PeakCenter@craighospital.org or give us a call at 303-789-8325.

The PEAK Center at Craig Hospital was launched through generous grants from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Daniels Fund, Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation and Jackson Roddy Family.