Adam Engel, DPT

Adam is running for Director at large - Finance Director in the 2020 Board Elections. 

Dr. Adam Engel joined Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy in December of 2013 following a successful 5 years of practice in an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Brighton, Colorado. He is a 2009 graduate of The Regis University Physical Therapy Doctoral Program. After attaining his Doctoral of Physical Therapy (DPT), Adam pursued additional training in the areas of Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and manual therapy. In 2013, Adam received his certification as an orthopedic certified specialist (OCS) from The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. Since 2013 he has attended many continuing education classes of varying topics in an attempt to better his understanding of the human body and pain science. Adam uses his clinical expertise and reasoning skills combined with his patient’s goals to obtain the best possible outcome. Manual therapy and functional exercises targeted at specific issues are a main-stay of his treatment sessions. He utilizes a relaxed, positive, caring, patient-centered environment to maximize healing.

Why do you feel qualified to serve in the above position?

I have been a physical therapist for over 10 years in the outpatient orthopedic setting. During this time I have gained vast knowledge into a variety of aspects of physical therapy, including but not limited to; education, leadership, political policies, reimbursement/insurance dealings, and patient perspectives. Due to these experiences I feel that I am well qualified to bring a unique and diverse viewpoint to the Colorado Board of Directors. One of my abilities is being able to listen to multiple sides of an issue, and thoughtfully weigh the strengths and weakness before forming my own viewpoint. Through my experiences with patients I have grown to appreciate the grey areas and be open to new ideas rather than see big issues in black and white. I feel that every physical therapist has a unique and differing background which should be represented fairly by the Colorado Chapter. I am passionate about key issues that physical therapists face daily, and I strive to be a voice to help fight for our professional growth and advancement as healthcare providers. Being in the industry for greater than 10 years has allowed me to make many connections not only within my specialty area of practice but outside the orthopedic setting as well. I continue to seek out relationships with therapists in other areas of practice to gain insight in their day to day challenges and successes. This gives me a more in-depth understanding of the key issues that we as physical therapists face collectively both on a community and statewide level.

Why do you want to serve in the above position?

Having had an outside view for more than10 years, I no longer want to take a passive approach. Being selected as a Director at Large will allow me to have a more active role in creating change in pursuit of elevating the profession of physical therapy. I strive to unite the physical therapy community, and use our voice to promote better utilization of Physical therapy, for better patient outcomes with less expense to patients and insurers. As Physical Therapists we have a unique skill set that allows us to help people move better with less pain and less medication, and this needs to be better utilized by the health care system. I have seen this in my daily practice but now want an opportunity to create change on a larger state wide level. If I am selected as Director at Large I will use this position to strive for better recognition and utilization of physical therapy, and to create long lasting and impactful change.