Dr. Laura E. Morgan, PT, DPT, MSPT, ATP
Dr. Morgan completed her Master’s in physical therapy Boston University (BU) in 2005 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 also from BU. She has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2005. Dr. Morgan worked at a rehab hospital in Charleston, SC from 2005-2009 and first learned about wheelchair seating from the nearby MUSC Wheelchair Seating Clinic. This work encouraged her to pursue her ATP certification and continue to improve the wheelchair ordering process for clients. Dr. Morgan worked for large hospital systems for several years but learned their processes did not always meet the individual needs of the wheelchair user. Physical therapists often were recommending equipment with limited understanding of the patient’s home environment and rarely saw the final product themselves. Patients also had difficulty returning for follow up appointments for assessment of fit and training on new equipment. Life Wheels On solves these problems by having the wheelchair assessment and training in the patient’s home environment. Dr. Morgan has completed advanced certification in the area of wheelchair seating and mobility, receiving her Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification in 2007.
Dr. Morgan believes in patient centered physical therapy and the importance of working on goals that are important to each individual person. She also believes in the importance of objective outcome measures to be able to demonstrate progress to patients, physicians, and insurers.
Dr. Morgan has lived and worked between Woodland Park and the West Side of Colorado Springs since 2011. When not working as a physical therapist or running, she sells her husband’s artwork, www.jasonamorgan.com. Dr. Morgan and her husband Jason both enjoy living in Colorado, trail running, hiking, reading, and practicing their patience with 2 unruly Carolina dogs.
Teresa Fletcher, PT
Teresa attended the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She graduated in 1996 with a MS in Physical Therapy. Teresa has worked in a variety of setting including inpatient acute care and skilled nursing, cardiac rehabilitation, inpatient sub-acute rehabilitation working with patients following strokes, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries, and finally home health care.
Teresa was introduced to the LWO team in 2017 when trying to obtain a wheelchair for a home health patient. After contacting Dr. Morgan and discussing the LWO mission, Teresa realized the importance and necessity of this unique opportunity. She joined the team shortly thereafter. Teresa is passionate about discerning her patients’ needs while providing quality, compassionate, patient-centered care in order to meet patient goals.
During her free time, Teresa likes to spend time with her family and friends, volunteer with dog rescues, take her crazy rescue dogs on hikes, camp, and try to keep up with her husband, teenage daughters, and all of their on-going adventures and activities.
Vanessa Albrecht, PT, ATP
Vanessa graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND with her Physical Therapy degree in 1989. She began her work in an acute care hospital serving both in patients and outpatients. With a desire to travel, she moved to San Antonio, TX and worked at a large in patient rehab hospital where she became the team leader for those affected by traumatic brain injury. It was at RIOSA(The Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio) that she became interested in wheelchair seating and became part of the wheelchair seating team, assisting patients with their wheelchair and seating needs. In 1996, Vanessa moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with her husband. While in Colorado, she has worked in a variety of settings including acute and subacute hospitals, acute rehabilitation, outpatient and home health. Vanessa joined the Life Wheels On team in 2018 and enjoys the individual time and attention she can provide to the people she works with helping them with their mobility and seating needs. When not using her PT skills, Vanessa enjoys being a wife, mom to her three kids, having coffee with friends, and all things outdoors- golfing, hiking, kayaking, Stand Up Paddle-boarding, and gardening.
Jayne Manush MS, OTR/L, ATP
Jayne joins the Life Wheels On team from Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University with a major in Exercise Science in 2014, she returned to her hometown of Mobile, AL to attend the University of South Alabama to pursue a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She then began working as the occupational therapist at an Adult Day Program in Birmingham, Alabama serving adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. It was there that she developed an interest in seating and positioning and all of the varying components and team collaboration it requires. Motivated to help those she worked with to be more independent in mobility and have appropriately fitting mobility equipment, she applied for and passed the Assistive Technology Professional examination to be more knowledgeable in seating and positioning, a certification that less than 10 occupational therapists had in Alabama at the time. Being outdoor enthusiasts, Jayne and her husband decided to leave the south and move to Denver. In her free time, Jayne enjoys playing guitar, biking, hiking, running and camping.
Brian Zita, MS, OTR/L
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Brian is from Texas, graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Respiratory Therapy. He worked as a Respiratory Therapist while attending the University of Texas in San Antonio, and graduating with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. He began working as an OT in pediatric home health in Colorado Springs, landed working with geriatrics in a Skilled Nursing Facility in Pueblo, CO, and eventually landing at Life Wheels On. Brian and his wife spend their time travelling with their 2 daughters, hiking, camping, and exploring the great outdoors.
Karen Diffee, Clinical Coordinator
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Lori Valentine, Clinical Coordinator
Lori is originally from Chicago, Illinois and after 25 years of bitter cold winters, she moved to Southern California and worked for a Real Estate Developer for almost 15 years. Lori met her husband, Rod, while he was stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base and in 2006 they got married and began a journey to Hawaii, Washington DC, Oklahoma City, Tokyo and finally to Colorado Springs. Lori has a 6 year old son, Ethan, who is keeping her active. Lori plans to make Colorado Springs her home after her husband retires from the Air Force. Lori loves sports (especially the Chicago Cubs) and being outdoors. Lori started working for Life Wheels On in March 2017 and loves the opportunity to be an advocate for people and their mobility needs.
Sabina Roth, Administrative Assistant
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