Our Team | Momentum Physical Therapy | Pueblo, CO
Lesha Dickerson, PTA
CEO, Clinic Director
Lesha is a Colorado native and has been working in Pueblo’s medical community for thirteen years. She believes in doing what you love for a living. After ten years marketing and managing in healthcare settings Lesha returned to school to obtain her physical therapist assistant degree so she could take part in caring for patients on a deeper level.
As a 15 year cancer survivor, Lesha is ambitious, motivated and a little adventurous. She believes that all of us should live our lives to the fullest every day. She looks at life as an opportunity with family, friends, and faith as important support beams. Lesha loves spending time with her family. She enjoys the outdoors, and loves hiking, camping, skiing, bicycling, and boating.
Lesha is dedicated to continuing professional education, to maintain knowledge and proficiency, knowing that there are constant improvements and changes in the medical field. Lesha will play many roles at Momentum Physical Therapy of Pueblo. She is thankful to be able to utilize many of her skills, and continue advocating for patients in the community of Pueblo.
Douglas Ashton, DPT
Doug grew up in Utah Valley with a love for sports. While in high school he participated in football and track and grew to love working out in the gym. After high school he began his career as a certified personal trainer and his passion for fitness and wellness has grown ever since. He graduated from Utah Valley university with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science in 2010 and that same year began physical therapy school.
Doug graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Due to his passion for fitness and wellness, Doug has continued to pursue his education studying manual therapy techniques, kinesiology taping and functional movement. For the past 14 years he has trained patients, athletes and general fitness clients specific ways to improve their health and physical performance. He enjoys being able to assist any individual to improve their life through healthy movement, nutrition and lifestyle management. Doug is married to his lovely wife, Andrea, and they have two children.
Katie Wahl, DPT
Katie grew up in Loveland and traveled to Virginia to complete her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She attended Liberty University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2014, and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Lynchburg College in 2017.
In high school, she went on many mission trips and fell in love with helping and serving people. These trips combined with her fascination of the human body set her on a path for physical therapy. She is very excited to be working with the community of Pueblo.
Katie loves being outside, riding horses, watching movies and TV shows, and hanging out with her family and friends.
Todd Chilson, Physical Therapist
Todd is a recent addition to Colorado. He is originally from the state of Minnesota. In 1992 he graduated with his master’s degree in physical therapy from Andrew’s University in Michigan. He has experience in many areas of physical therapy but finds his affinity for outpatient therapy his strength and enjoyment. Todd considers spinal rehab one of his strengths. Outside of the clinic Todd enjoys outdoor activities, sports, and music.
Ashley Nemechek-Mahoney, Provider Liaison
Ashley was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. She graduated from South High School in 2012, later she graduated from PCC with her Associate’s degree in Applied Science. Before she joined the Momentum team, Ashley worked with a family practice for 5 years as a front desk and also worked 3 years with a credit union. She’s eager to learn and help grow our Momentum team! Outside of work she enjoys being an animal mom, gaming, welding, and being with her family and friends.
Peggy Huerta, Front Desk
Peggy is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Trinidad.
We welcome her experience to our team after working with orthopedic specialists in Denver for over 23 years and four years at a therapy office in Rawlins, WY.
She is happy to be back home.
Peggy enjoys boating, camping, road trips, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Natasha Miller, Front Desk
Natasha was born in Westcliffe and moved to Pueblo at the age 7. She went to Centennial High School and graduated in 2013.
After school she worked in various jobs that gave her 5 years of front desk/hospitality experience and also 2 years in billing. She is married and has 2 dogs, Bailey and Loki.
In her spare time Natasha enjoys doing crafts, and baking. She also enjoys watching football, baseball, and hockey. Her favorite teams are Dallas Cowboys, Colorado Rockies, and Colorado Avalanche!
An absolute must for Natasha is being outdoors taking her dogs for hikes, camping, snowboarding, and of course hanging out with family and friends.
Laura Lopez, PTA
Laura is a Pueblo native. While she was in college she worked as a rehab tech in a hospital. She Graduated from PCC in 2007 with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She worked in a hospital setting on the orthopedic unit for 11 years. She has also worked in Extended Care Facilities over the years.
Her hobbies include crochet, photography, and traveling. Laura is also bilingual fluently speaking Spanish.
She looks forward to helping her patients get back to a pain free lifestyle so they can enjoy all the things they love to do.
Sara Martinez, PTA
Sara was born in Gillette, WY and grew up in Pueblo. She graduated from Centennial High School, and PCC with an Associate of Science/Physical Therapy Assistant. She spent 12 years with Parkview Hospital in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient/aquatic settings, and 3 years working in neuro ICU with stroke, traumatic brain injury and trama patients.
Chad Gutierrez, PTA
Chad was born and raised in Trinidad, Colorado where he graduated from Trinidad High School. He then moved to Pueblo and attended PCC to pursue a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in 2016. He has worked at Parkview Medical Center for 3 years, as well as a skilled nursing facility for 2 years. Chad enjoys outdoors, working out and watching and playing sports. Chad is married to his wife Tynnia and they have one son and their dog Koda.
Chad is eager and excited to be apart of this great team at Momentum and looks forward to helping the Pueblo community get back to doing what they love.
Matt Cira, PT Tech
Matt was born and raised in Pueblo. His entire family lives in Pueblo and he is very grateful that everyone is in close proximity to one another. He graduated from Centennial High School and continued his education to earn a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from CSU-Pueblo in 2016. Matt has always chosen jobs that help the general public and is now excited to be working in the medical field, a goal he has had for many years. He is currently the trainer at Central High School and is looking forward to helping the Pueblo community at Momentum Physical Therapy.
Matt has a passion for anything and everything sports related, the great outdoors, and spending time with his friends.
Jordan Valdez, PT Tech
Jordan was born and raised in Raton, NM. She graduated from high school and later moved to Pueblo, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She plans on pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist. Jordan has always been passionate about helping others in any way possible. She is very grateful to be working in this setting and looks forward to learning as much as she can while working at Momentum.
Outside of work Jordan loves spending time with her family, friends, and 2 dogs Tucker and Jax. She enjoys the outdoors and playing sports any chance she gets.
Perry Ford, PTA
Perry was born in Fort Knox, KY and raised in Cañon City, CO. She is attending PCC and will graduate with her Associates of Applied Science and get her PTA license in 2019.
Perry worked for Centura with St Thomas More Outpatient Rehab in Cañon city for 2 years.
She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling.
Elisia Pineda, Rehab Tech
Elisia was born and raised in Pueblo, graduating from Centennial High School in 2015. After high school, she received her Associate’s Degree and began working as a certified personal trainer in the Pueblo West community.
As a former patient of Momentum, Elisia, knows firsthand the great care patients receive. Now, as a staff member, she is excited to be a part of a team that is dedicated to helping each patient live a healthier and pain free life!
Sherell Alvarez, Scheduling/Driver
Sherell moved from New Mexico to Pueblo at the age of 8. She graduated from Centennial High School in 2011. The following year she went to Intellitec and earned her Cosmetology License in 2012. Even though she works with Momentum now she still finds time to use her cosmetology skills on the side.
Sherell enjoys watching basketball and boxing. Her favorite team is the LA Lakers and Manny Pacquiao (Pac Man). She also likes watching all types of movies but her absolute favorite thing to do is spend time with her three girls and her dog. They all enjoy going to the river walk and getting their nails done!