About Your Physical Therapists - Momentum Physical Therapy | Pueblo, CO

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing our patients with high-quality care that improves their movement and function. We work to improve lives around us through the following focus areas:

  • Evidence-based treatments for our valued patients
  • Continued education for our exceptional team
  • Giving back and engaging with our beloved community

What We Value

We’re here to make sure our patients achieve the best results as quickly as possible and have fun doing it.

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Teamwork

We work together to accomplish more.

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Results

We provide genuine, personalized patient care with high-quality results.

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Responsibility

We commit ourselves to helping people lead active and healthy lifestyles.

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Fun

We encourage a fun and upbeat environment that results in employees who want to come to work and patients who never want to leave.

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Community

We give back to the communities in which we serve.

Meet Our Team

We’re a team of dedicated professionals serving the needs of patients in Pueblo and Pueblo West.

Diane Baggs

CEO

Diane Baggs

CEO

Diane Baggs is a clinical executive who has immense experience managing, growing, and owning successful healthcare businesses. She started her career at an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Colorado Springs after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. It wasn’t long until she knew that entrepreneurship was in her blood. After experiencing a hospital merger and seeing the affect one-size-fits-all policies had on quality of care, Diane knew she could do better for patients and set out on her own. In 1999, she opened her first outpatient practice and grew that over the next nine years before selling her three clinics.

 

Diane’s career continued in the area of homecare and hospice for Encompass Health as the Regional Vice President for several states. Under Diane’s leadership, her region grew from one to 23 locations throughout Utah, Idaho, and Colorado. This is where her path crossed with Lesha Dickerson. After working together for several years, Diane realized her true love was still in the outpatient physical therapy arena. She accepted an offer to help a private practice partnership company get affiliate practices up and running. Shortly after, Lesha joined Diane on this new venture and together they opened Momentum Physical Therapy. Diane became the sole owner in 2021 and continues their original vision today.

 

Diane enjoys being a student of life. She is continually studying and taking courses to increase her knowledge. Training and mentoring others in management and leadership is her passion, and she is often found helping other business owners in the community. She was a previous Board of Director for Narconon Colorado and works with Drug Free World. Diane enjoys being with her husband, Steve, playing golf, skiing, working out, and visiting her two grown children in California and Arizona in her spare time.

Cody Payne

DPT, Vice President of Operations, Director of Clinical Operations

Cody Payne

DPT, Vice President of Operations, Director of Clinical Operations

Cody grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2013 and his doctorate in physical therapy in 2015, both from Saint Louis University. After graduation, Cody went on to complete a year-long orthopedic physical therapy residency at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona, going on to earn the designation of orthopedic clinical specialist. Cody and his wife, Mari, enjoy traveling and backpacking in their free time. They have done the rim to rim hike in the Grand Canyon, hiked to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park and summited “Mount Doom” in New Zealand. Cody also enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Basil and Khora, as well as cheering on the Chicago Bears and St. Louis Cardinals.

Justin Dirks

DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Justin Dirks

DPT, Director of Clinical Operations

Justin grew up in the small town of Monticello, Iowa. After one year at a community college, Justin found his passion in Physical Therapy. He then went to Clarke University in Dubuque, IA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2019, and then his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy in 2021. Outside of the clinic, Justin enjoys talking to friends, watching Netflix & sports as well as staying active through lifting weights, running, and hiking as much as possible.

Dean Levengood

PTA, LMT, Director of Clinical Operations

Dean Levengood

PTA, LMT, Director of Clinical Operations

Dean has been a Licensed Massage Therapist for over 30 years and a Physical Therapist Asst. for over 20 years earning his PTA degree from Lehigh Carbon Community College. He specializes in returning function to patients through manual therapy including soft tissue mobilization, stretching, PNF, and pelvic balancing. Dean focuses on orthopedics and the spine but also has experience in neurology.

During his free time, he enjoys bike riding with his children and cyber-schooling them. He also likes taking walks, exercising, and road trips.

Yvonne Chen

DPT

Yvonne Chen

DPT

Yvonne grew up in Taiwan and went to Chang Gung University and earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2018. After two years of working as a PT in Taiwan, she decided to further her education. She continued her education and earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2022.

 

Yvonne enjoys answering and figuring out patients’ various questions and making patients move better.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking and trying different kinds of sports.

Mariah Cordova

Provider Liaison

Mariah Cordova

Provider Liaison

Mariah was born and raised in Pueblo. She graduated from East High School in 2018. While in high school she really enjoyed playing soccer, running track, and cross country. In 2018, she attended Colorado State University-Pueblo and studied business management and marketing. After graduating, she aimed to use her degree to market local businesses. Specifically for businesses that help people — Momentum was a perfect match! She hopes to gain as much marketing experience as she can in order to benefit her community. During her free time she enjoys working out, reading, seeing live music, and of course, spending time with family and friends.

Jenny Davis

PTA

Jenny Davis

PTA

Jenny is from Colorado Springs and attended the PTA program at Pueblo Community College, where she graduated in 2021. She chose physical therapy as her profession because she had therapy herself several times and greatly benefitted from her sessions. After experiencing the positive effects of PT, she decided she wanted the healing hands of therapists to become her own. She enjoys working with patients facing a variety of conditions, but she especially likes to work with patients who have chronic pain or orthopedic conditions. Jenny likes spending her free time with her husband, Nathan, and her dog, Honey. They enjoy playing board games, going to coffee shops, and staying involved in their church.

Brandon Barber

Exercise Specialist

Brandon Barber

Exercise Specialist

Brandon was born in Denver and raised in Pueblo. He graduated from Centennial High school in 2016 and went on to graduate from Colorado State University–Pueblo in 2020 with a bachelors of science in exercise science, health promotion and recreation. Brandon enjoys helping other people with exercise and is grateful to be learning so much at Momentum. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys gaming, working out, hanging with friends and playing sports in recreational leagues like football, baseball and basketball.

Caleb Diaz

Exercise Specialist

Caleb Diaz

Exercise Specialist

Caleb was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He moved to Pueblo to attend CSU-Pueblo and graduated with his exercise science degree. He aspires to move on to the PTA program at Pueblo Community College to obtain his PTA license. Caleb was a former athlete who became interested in physical therapy after forgoing months of play due to an injury on the field. He hopes to help patients and athletes alike within the field once done with school. He enjoys baseball and basketball and is an avid sneakerhead.

Danny Morris

PTA

Danny Morris

PTA

Katie Meeks

Patient Care Coordinator

Katie Meeks

Patient Care Coordinator

Katie was born and raised in Pueblo, CO. She graduated from Centennial High School in 2018. In high school, she enjoyed performing on the dance team and participating in the school’s journalism programs. In 2022, she graduated from CSU Pueblo with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and a minor in English. Currently, she is working on her master’s degree in creative writing with an emphasis in publishing from Western Colorado University. Her background in retail led to her love of customer service, and Momentum allows her to experience that daily! She hopes to become a copy editor, while still getting to work and speak with new people. During her free time, she enjoys reading, taking naps, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Beyonce Vigil

Patient Care Coordinator

Beyonce Vigil

Patient Care Coordinator

Beyoncé was Born and raised in Vail, Colorado. She attended Red Canyon High school and Colorado Mountain College. She graduated from both schools in 2019 and got her diploma as well as her CNA. Beyoncé enjoys helping others as much as she can and learning about patient care from Momentum. It was during high school that she realized her passion was helping people and strived every day to give back. She plans to return to school to study to become a Medical Assistant or PTA. In her spare time, Beyonce and her fiancé, Tony, love walking their dogs Paris and Milo. She also enjoys painting and spending time with her friends and family.

Olga Berina

Patient Care Coordinator

Olga Berina

Patient Care Coordinator

Olga was born in New York, NY. She attended the College of Staten Island, where she studied liberal arts. Soon after, she began working doing medical billing and collections where she gained a passion for the industry. She loves working with people and helping them get the best care available to them. Olga moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 2016 to experience a different lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and taking care of her homestead. Since moving to Pueblo, she developed a love for animals and has built a small hobby farm which she and her husband take care of in their spare time. In the future, she considers going back to school for veterinary studies.