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Robert Kannaka, DPT MS ATC

Bob graduated from DePauw University where he studied Sports Medicine. He advanced his education by receiving a Masters in Athletic Training at Illinois State University. When relocating to Colorado in 1998 he went back to school for a Masters in Physical Therapy at Regis University. Followoing Regis he furthered his experience by obtaining a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the Ola Grimsby Institute. His primary focus is on the evaluation and treatment of Neuromusculoskeletal problems through Manual Manipulative therapy and motor control through specific patient designed programs and Trigger Point Dry Needling. He also specializes in making custom orthotics for patients.

“I believe each individual possesses an innate quality to heal themseves. It is my responsibility to provide the tools that permit this process to occurr naturally. Through the use of patient education, manual therapy and specific exercise progressions that are tissue specific and adhere to objective goals of normal functional movement, the best environment for patients to recover can be provided.”

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Jason R. Lund, MSPT

Jason graduated from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Exercise Science. He then received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver. He has practiced in out-patient orthopedic physical therapy clinics since becoming licensed. His specialty is evaluation and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome as well as the spine.

"I believe that effective physical therapy treatment is a balance between really understanding the underlying problem and being able to address the issue with hands on manipulative techniques, restoring muscle balance and stabilization. My goal is to use this approach to return individuals to their specific functional activity level whatever that may be.” 

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Malia Sawyer, PT, DPT

Malia is a Seattle transplant to Denver, coming for graduate school at Regis University, and staying for the mountains.  She earned her B.S. in Sports and Exercise Science from Western Washington University, then went on to earn her Doctor of Phyiscal Therapy from Regis University in Denver.  Malia specializes in orthopedic musculoskeletal disorders and enjoys focusing and chronic headache disorders.  She has continuing education in myofascial release as well as dry needling.  Malia continues her practice here at Ashbaugh, as well as annual international Christian and Physical Therapy work in rural settings in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia.  

"I believe it is important to understand each patient is an individual.  Accordingly, each patient should have a specialized program tailored to both their physical and emotional needs.  I am prileged to work in a setting that allows one-on-one care to develop trust and relationship through the recovery process." 


Ethan Young DPT, ATC


Ethan is originally from Illinois where he graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. He completed an athletic training internship at ESPN Wide World of Sports where he was able to work with professional, amateur, and youth sports, enhancing his understanding of sports related injuries. Ethan then received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Regis University in 2015. He specializes in manual therapy, movement retraining, and particularly enjoys treating spinal dysfunction of the low back and neck. Ethan plans to continue his education in areas of trigger point dry needling, functional movement assessment, and chronic pain education.

“I believe in empowering patients over their pain or condition. Each patient is a unique individual with varying needs and desires. I do my best to use a personalized treatment approach that is specific to the individual; helping them to overcome their injuries and return to activities that bring them joy.”


Jan Schuster, MA, CNMT

After more than 18 years in event/video production, Jan “shifted gears” after a debilitating car accident, brought her to the doors of rehabilitation. Duly inspired by her rehabilitation therapist “team”, in 1999 she returned to school to become a certified massage therapist, with a focus on neuromuscular trigger point therapies. Jan treats clients for work, car, lifestyle related injured, pre/post surgical concerns and works extensively with thoracic outlet syndrome. She is also certified in sports massage, and has training in Lymphatic Drainage therapy.

“I believe it is crucial to remember that all areas of a client’s life, as well as their loved ones are affected when one is in rehab. Different choices have to be made; life styles altered. That’s not always easy to do. While hands on treatment is important, at least as important is creating an environment that allows the client to feel encouraged, challenged, motivated, listened to, supported and cared for.”

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