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.
Samantha Thompson PT, DPT, Cert. DN
Samantha graduated from Ramapo College with a Bachelor of Biology with minor in psychology in 2008 and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015 from Rutgers University. She takes special interest in expanding her knowledge base on multiple areas including orthopedics, taping techniques, pediatrics and vestibular rehabilitation.
“No one should live a life filled with pain or discomfort. I love seeing an individual’s transition to a pain-free life along with functioning with proper movements to prevent future injuries. I have a clinical interest in evidence-based medicine, manual therapy, movement analysis and rehabilitation in individuals of all ages. I find it very rewarding to have a patient return to high-level activities that they loved to do but due to their injury, pain or dysfunction they were not able to participate. I have an experience in collegiate sports, which is where my interest peaked in injuries and rehabilitation.”
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.
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.
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, PT Tech
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.
Heidi Cotter – Scheduling
Heidi was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated from Palmer High School. Once she graduated from high school she was able to play soccer for the Charlotte Eagles junior team, working with missionary athletes internationally. Heidi was able to visit Brazil on a mission trip through this organization, which is where she fell in love with the country and people. Once Heidi’s tour was over, she ended up at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Southern California and finished after two years with a degree in biblical counseling and an emphasis in missions.
Once Heidi was done with school she found herself staying in SoCal enjoying tacos, surfing, and climbing. Heidi is now back in Colorado and going back to school to become a PTA. When she’s not at work or school you will find her at local coffee shops, hanging out with friends, starting a pick up game of soccer, or making someone laugh.
Leshia Montoya, driver
Leshia was born and raised in Pueblo. The oldest of 4 kids she graduated Pueblo West High School in 2008 and worked for Pueblo Community College in 2012 in the credential department while taking medical and biology classes.
“I value the importance of family, friends, mental and physical health and community. I believe you can make an impact on this world even if it’s something small. I’m so excited to be a part of the Momentum team! I believe it’s a great organization that’s helping our community.”
Leshia is married with two children. In her free time she loves to cook and bake and come up with new recipes, watching movies and reading, going to football games and watching the Broncos play, and spending time with her family and friends.