Fremont Therapy Group and Rocky Mountain have come together in a merger. Rocky Mountain is a well-respected outpatient physical therapy clinic that has been serving the Rock Springs area under the direction of Michelle Cook, since 2000.
Michelle enjoys the clinical aspect of being a physical therapist and, while she is proud to have founded Rocky Mountain nearly 17 years ago, she has a deep desire to focus primarily in the clinical realm. Along with Michelle, Rocky Mountain has a strong core staff that will continue to provide the same high level of care that both FTG and Rocky Mountain are known for. Every member of the Rocky Mountain team comes with great knowledge, skills and abilities that will only add to ours, so we look forward to growing with them. We will be introducing each of the staff individually over the next several weeks.
Jeff Alcorn, PT, DPT has been with FTG since 2015 and is heading this new team as the Clinic Director in Rock Springs.
Address: 1401 Gateway Blvd # 2, Rock Springs, WY 82901
Michelle E. Cook – PT, WCC Owner
Michelle is the founder and partial owner of Rocky Mountain Sports & Physical Therapy, LLC and has built a well respected practice based on individual patient care. Michelle has worked in Rock Springs for over 30 years, 17 years in private practice. She holds credentials in wound care from the Wound Care Education Institute as well as extensive training in women's health issues including incontinence and osteoporosis. Michelle also has training in SFMA and FMS and is certified in Functional Dry Needling through Kinetacore and LearnIMS.
Michelle graduated from the University of Utah Master of Physical Therapy Program and is currently working toward her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Michelle and her husband, Stan, have three grown children: Chris, Ryan, and Megan. Outside of work she enjoys hiking with her two dogs, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and tennis.
Ryan Cook - PT, DPT
Ryan Cook brings a lifetime of interest to the field of physical therapy. Ryan uses evidence-based treatments to diagnose and care for individuals of all ages who have conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. She also works with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.In either treatment scenario, Ryan enjoys spending one on one time with each patient to create their own unique treatment plan. In addition, Ryan has advanced training in sports performance, orthopedics, and in the areas of functional movement and mechanical fault correction.
Ryan attended the University of North Dakota where she graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During her time at UND, Ryan participated in cutting edge research including a study using NASA 3-dimensional technology to determine the impacts of bare-foot versus shod running. Prior to her doctoral training, Ryan earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Black Hills State University where she played short-stop for the BHSU softball team.
Ryan is happy to be treating patients in her hometown of Rock Springs and is looking forward to giving back to the town that raised her. She credits her physical therapist mother, Michelle Cook, as the inspiration for her chosen career path. She grew up watching the positive impact her mom had on patients’ lives and plans to continue that legacy of hometown, quality, patient care. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys softball, volleyball, biking, fishing, hiking, and spending time at the family cabin.
Jeff Alcorn - PT, DPT
Jeff was drawn to a career in physical therapy after seeing the need for skilled rehabilitation through his involvement in athletics and employment in a Physical Therapy Clinic during college.Jeff enjoys working with a wide array of patients including those recovering from sports injuries, surgery, and neurological conditions among others. He is passionate about working with patients to help them achieve their goals and return to their prior activities and hobbies, so they are able to live life to the fullest! Jeff has a special interest in sports medicine, manual therapy, and orthopedics, and hopes to continue to further his experience and education in these and other areas in the future. Jeff also completed his Level 2 certification in dry needling, a manual technique using small filiform needles to address secondary effects of neuromuscular conditions, tissues that can contribute to pain, headaches, or other disability, and aimed at further improving movement and function. Jeff is also a certified functional capacity evaluator, which allows him to evaluate individuals’ capacity to perform work activities related to his or her employment.
Jeff earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from Chadron State College. He played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track at Chadron High School, in Nebraska, and continued playing football and basketball at Chadron State.
Jeff moved to Wyoming with his wife, who is a Green River native. Outside of work, they continue to enjoy playing sports, doing various outdoor activities, attending sporting events, traveling, and spending time with family.
M'Kynlee Gillins - Physical Therapy Technician
M’Kynlee is a key staff who works alongside our physical therapists to support patients during their treatment. She helps ensure each patient is comfortable and productive during their recovery. As a PT patient and working previously in the PT field, M’Kynlee understands the power of physical therapy and loves helping people improve their quality of life. The best part for M'Kynlee is seeing a patient's face light up when they reach a goal and are able to do something previously unable due to an injury.
M’Kynlee earned her Bachelor of Exercise Science from Colorado Mesa University. While attending school, she became an ACE certified personal trainer and completed certifications in TRX and Zumba. M’Kynlee interned in a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program, which solidified her passion for physiology and care of the human body. Her prior work experience involved serving as the Activities and Restorative Therapy Coordinator for Rangely District Hospital in Colorado--guiding patients to regain function and stay physically active. M’Kynlee plans to grow her skills in the healthcare field with the goal of helping others live their lives to the fullest.
Now back in her home state, M’Kynlee spends free time camping, hiking, running, and just taking in Wyoming’s outdoors. She also finds joy in simply crafting at home with the company of her two cats.
Nikki Morris - Patient Care Coordinator
Nikki Morris is the administrative lead for the Rock Springs office and the welcoming, friendly face that greets patients and guests upon arrival. She works with patients to collect the necessary documentation, confirms insurance coverage and schedules their physical therapy appointments. She also plays an important role in working with community members and the medical professionals we serve to ensure communication between our clinics and their practices are effective and efficient. Watching patients progress and push themselves to new limits puts a smile on Nikki's face.
Nikki, originally from Michigan, moved to Arizona to attend Glendale Community College. She is currently working towards her associate degree and plans to pursue a career in physical therapy or athletic training.
Outside of work, Nikki loves snowboarding, biking, hiking and spending time with her husband.
Brittani Butler - Physical Therapy Technician
Brittani has a natural passion for helping people through challenges. As a physical therapy technician, Brittani is an important support for patients as they progress through physical therapy treatment. She also serves as a resource for our physical therapists, helping ensure each treatment is productive and comfortable and this helps the PT spend maximum time with each patient. In addition, she maintains the flow of the clinic, ensuring cleanliness, supply stock, and overall smooth function. Brittani takes pride in facilitating an environment that promotes recovery and helps every patient strive to rehabilitate towards a more fulfilling life.
Brittani attended Utah State University and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion and Education, with focus in Sports Psychology and how using physical activity can help develop problem solving skills and strategies for positive coping. Through various projects she learned that physical recovery coincides with emotional recovery. Brittani is excited to bring this knowledge to her role at Rocky Mountain Sports. In addition, for the past year, Brittani has provided physical rehabilitation support to her sister due to an acute neurological crisis. Assisting her sister to recovery, further piqued her interest in the world of physical therapy.
Even outside of work, Brittani finds passion in continuing education research in the rehabilitation industry. She also enjoys researching genealogy, spending Sunday dinners with family, and reading or watching reality tv with her two cats.