Heather Felde MSPT, CFMT
functional Dry needling certified
Owner - Ascend Physical Therapy
Heather has been living in Colorado since 2011, when she moved here from the northeast with her husband. She enjoys treating the variety of diagnoses, complexities, body parts, and ages that physical therapy patients bring to the clinic, and assessing the interconnected pieces to restore function and prevent recurrence. She developed a passion for manual physical therapy, which led her to become a Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art. She has an appreciation for the balance of resolving body mechanics and mobility through musculoskeletal and organ function, and complementing this with the stability to properly put it to use. She has been a member of the APTA since 2009.
Heather has been a runner for years, through college, and has run multiple marathons, including Boston and Pikes Peak. She enjoys spending time with family, being outside, swimming, and Crossfit.
Ryan Chaney PT, DPT, CSCS
Originally a Colorado Springs native, Ryan’s academic journey has taken him everywhere from Missouri, to Montana, to Portland, Maine, where he graduated from the University of New England’s physical therapy program. A former swimmer, Ryan spent 15 years competing and 5 years coaching the sport. Outside the pool, he is well-versed in everything ranging from skiing, to hiking, to CrossFit, and everything else in between. He has also had his fair share of injuries along the way and understands how frustrating and difficult these experiences can be. He is passionate about helping others overcome their own injuries and getting them back to the things that are important to them; whether that’s running a marathon, squatting 500 pounds, or being able to pick up their children. He has a strong passion for using a blend of hands-on manual therapy skills with exercises specifically tailored to meet the need of the individual. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, member of the APTA, and is a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist. Outside the clinic, Ryan enjoys swimming, reading, guitar, hiking, and CrossFit.
Ashley Hymel PT, DPT
Dry Needling Certified
Ashley grew up in Winter Park, FL, earning her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Florida in 2009 and went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Ashley found her passion for helping others after needing physical therapy following injuries of her own and knew she needed to pay it forward. Ashley utilizes her manual therapy skills to provide hands-on treatment along with corrective exercises to improve the human movement experience. She is also certified in Dry Needling and enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses, having worked with ages from 4 months to 98 years. She brings her positive energy and passion to the clinic to provide a fun, individualized therapy program to meet each person’s needs. In her free time, Ashley enjoys all the seasons Colorado has to offer from hiking and climbing to skiing. She loves spending time with her soon to be husband and their chocolate lab, and hopes to be able to travel the world more someday.
Originally from the UK and having had a varied career in sales and marketing, Bex brings a myriad of life’s experiences to Ascend Physical Therapy making her highly relatable and adaptable. Bex settled in Colorado with her husband after his military retirement and is thrilled to have joined the team at Ascend and works at administrative, billing and general office tasks. Having been through her own journey in the world of chronic pain and surgeries she understands how important good physical therapy is and highly recommends anyone seeking treatments to consider the techniques and approach to healing that the Ascend Therapists practice. She enjoys motorcycling, hiking, biking, photography and community work with her husband Lee and their 3 dogs.