Meet the Team | Onward Physical Therapy

Your Onward Fort Collins physical therapy team

Our Mission

"Just Rest" isn't the answer. We all know this. At Onward Fort Collins, we replace this generic advice with proven treatments to accelerate your recovery. Get us on your team so you can stop "waiting it out" and start making progress back to the activities you love today!
Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Anna Yanchek, PT, DPT, OCS

Dr. Anna Yanchek

Dr. Anna Yanchek is a physical therapist specializing in treating orthopedic, running, and sport-related injuries. She has additional training as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Anna is an avid distance runner and loves working with
endurance athletes. She competed in collegiate cross country and track at Black Hills State University while getting her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.
After completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota, Anna moved to the Tetons in Wyoming and discovered her love of mountains and working with mountain athletes, including trail runners, skiers and cyclists. Anna is passionate about keeping runners running and performing at their best. She has specialty training in completing running analysis and providing individualized strength programs for runners, skiers and cyclists.
Anna has competed in many local events including the Blue Sky Marathon and Colorado Marathon. She has qualified for the Boston and New York City Marathon. She is currently dabbling in the ultramarathon distances. Outside of the clinic you can find Anna running on the trails with her two black labs, sliding on snow or mountain biking.
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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Brian Melrose, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Brian Melrose

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Brian is a physical therapist that specializes in treating orthopedic, spine, and sport-related injuries. He has additional training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a CrossFit Level 1 certificate. Brian serves as faculty for the Institute of Clinical Excellence, where he travels the country teaching how to better manage neck and back pain.

After completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program at the University of the Pacific, Brian has pursued extensive training in spinal manipulation and dry needling. He enjoys treating athletes across the lifespan, in traditional sports and weightlifters. His passion is helping people increase performance, improve resiliency to injury, and overcome pain to get back to what they love.

Brian’s partner in crime is his wife and best friend, Ellison. They have an amazing little boy named Cassius, his little sister Marley, a dopey Rottweiler, and two cats. In his free time, Brian loves weight lifting, watching NBA basketball, mountain biking, and obsessing over houseplants.

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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Ellison Melrose, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Ellison Melrose

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Ellison Melrose is a pelvic health physical therapist and holds her CrossFit Level 1 certificate. She is trained as an internal pelvic floor clinician and specializes in the management of both male and female pelvic floor dysfunction including pudendal neuralgia, incontinence, overactive bladder, constipation, erectile dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, painful intercourse, musculoskeletal pain, diastasis recti, pregnancy and postpartum care, and return to exercise postpartum.
Elli utilizes a hands-on, fitness forward approach with advanced training in pelvic health, dry needling and spinal manipulation. In addition to co-owning and operating Onward Fort Collins, Elli is lead faculty for the Dry Needling division of Institute of Clinical Excellence where she educates other healthcare professionals on the updated techniques and guidelines for dry needling.
Elli is passionate about assisting mamas throughout their pregnancy and postpartum journey by facilitating fitness, instructing in labor and delivery prep and encouraging early return to exercise postpartum safely. Outside of the clinic, Elli enjoys spending time with her husband Brian and their 2 kids where you can find them either at the CrossFit box or exploring the mountains, hiking, camping, climbing and mountain biking.

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Onward Physical Therapy | Dr. Sam Lemminger, Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Sam Lemminger

Doctor of Physical Therapy PT, DPT

Dr. Sam Lemminger is a physical therapist specializing in treating orthopedic injuries and pelvic health. She also has extensive experience working with adaptive athletes. Sam has additional training in internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment, dry needling, manual therapy, and rehabilitation of rock climbers and CrossFit athletes. After participating in gymnastics for 16 years as an athlete and coach and transitioning to D1 cheerleading at the University of Wisconsin, Sam has a passion for giving back to these sports. Her goals as a physical therapist include helping people of all ability levels optimize their health and fitness and reduce pain to feel their best while pursuing their passions. When away from the clinic, Sam loves being active by hiking, CrossFit, climbing, running, or snowboarding. When it’s time to slow down, you can find her baking bread and pastries!

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