OUR TEAM OF PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Tami J. Cassetty, MSPT
Tami Cassetty graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1991 after completing an undergraduate degree in Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has practiced physical therapy for 25 years in a variety of settings including rehabilitation, home health care, outpatient settings and acute care. She loves working with Able Bionics USA and Bridging Bionics Foundation, and feels so honored to be part of the program.
Tami has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 15 years with her family. When not working, she loves to hike, ski, play tennis, listen to music and get involved with community activities.
Maria S. Grufstedt, PT
Maria is a Swedish native, who graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy school from University of Lund, Sweden in 2003. She has experience with inpatient and outpatient pediatrics and cardiac rehabilitation, and the last few years mostly orthopedics. She has continuing education in Muscle Energy Techique (MET), kinesio taping and McKenzie method.
Maria has a passion for helping people to regain their optimum level of activity whether it is in active daily living or sports.
Maria chose to work for the Able Bionics USA program associated with Bridging Bionics Foundation in order to help people with mobility impairments stand up and walk, and to follow their progress as they regain strength, mobility and confidence. She wanted to be a part of changing lives for this population of the community.
Maria lives in Basalt, near Aspen, with her husband and two little boys. She enjoys being active in the beautiful outdoors, especially biking, running and skiing.
Debra L. Weidemann, MSPT
For the majority of her Physical Therapy career, Debbie has worked with neurologically-involved and geriatric clients. She has always loved addressing the mobility limits of her patients and problem solving how to help them move and function optimally. In October of 2015, Debbie took the opportunity to learn something new and serve her community in a different way by training as one of the physical therapists for Able Bionics USA and the Bridging Bionics Foundation. Although she has been challenged by learning new technologies, and working with a different client population, Debbie has found this experience extremely rewarding. She is excited about the possibilities for advancing mobility for injured clients as technology and therapist’s skills continue to progress.
Debbie has lived and played in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 20 years and makes her home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with her husband and two children.
OUR TEAM OF TRAINERS
Michele Peterson, Owner/Principal, MP Consulting and Management Services has 26 years of experience in the health care industry having worked in various settings including Acute Care, Skilled Nursing/Sub-Acute Care Centers, Home Health Agencies and Outpatient Centers. Throughout her career, Michele has served in many operational/leadership positions at the executive level including the position of Vice-President of Operations for a multi-state Rehabilitation company as well as at the corporate level for a national Skilled Nursing company. Prior to the inception of MP Consulting & Management Services, Michele served in a multi-year consulting role for a national health care company where she was an integral part of transitioning the company’s rehabilitation operations to the Prospective Payment System (PPS)/ Resource Utilization Group (RUG’s) reimbursement system. During this period, Michele succeeded in developing and implementing alternative service delivery systems for Physical, Occupational, Speech and Respiratory Therapy Services.
For the past 18 years, Michele has provided clients with consulting and management services that have resulted in significant cost savings, increased quality of rehabilitative care as well as systems/processes to insure regulatory compliance. Most recently, she has assisted clients with Medical Reviews, Denials Management as well as performing independent audits working as a liaison between providers and regulatory agencies.
In 2015, Michele joined Able Bionics USA as volunteer assisting physical therapists with clients walking in an exoskeleton. Seeing the clients’ progress with mobility and learning new technology has been both inspiring and rewarding. Recently, Michele was fortunate to become certified in the use of the new Indego Robot and looks forward to working with clients with this technology.
Michele holds a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Speech Pathology. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in the area of Communications with a minor in Psychology.
Michele moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2013 .In her free time, Michele enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, music, travel and reading.
Brandon Martinez currently lives in Fort Collins and is finishing a degree in Health and Exercise Science with a minor in Business. Brandon grew up in the Roaring Fork valley and loves being active, outside and moving. He is passionate about working with individuals that work so hard and share the same goal of improving their movement through this incredible technology.