Meet the TeamITR's Award-winning staff
Our Team Members
Hugh Parker - P.T. - CMP
Physical Therapist-Certified Mulligan Practitioner- Owner
Hugh graduated from East Carolina University in 1987 Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He returned to Pueblo upon graduation to work at Parkview Hospital. Two years later he helped start Outlook Center for Rehabilitation, which became Pueblo's premier industrial rehabilitation provider. In June 2003, he partnered with Barry Brown, P.T. to start the Institute for Total Rehabilitation aka ITR Physical Therapy.
Hugh completed the Ola Grimsby Norwegian Manual Therapy courses for Spine, Extremities & medical exercise during his first 4 years as P.T. In 1996, he completed a 2 year Orthopedic Residency through the Kelsy Institute for Physical Therapy Studies in Austin, TX and became certified in using the UNLOADING – Reduce Body Weight approach to exercise rehabilitation. Hugh's interest in manual therapy lead to his study of Mobilizations with Movement and he became a Certified Mulligan Practitioner and Assistant Instructor in 2004.
Hugh played college soccer at Campbell College in the 1970's and continued to play adult amateur soccer before retiring from the Pueblo Internationals in 1990. He has coached & refereed soccer since. He enjoys running and has run the Pikes Peak Ascent on nine occasions. He enjoys spending as much time as possible biking, camping & hiking in the Colorado wilderness. Hugh's daughter Tarynn and husband Kevin reside in Oregon, with his only grandchild Ayla! He also has three sons, Adam, Elliott and Ian who all reside in Denver. Hugh with his wife Cynthia always make time to enjoy travel, bicycling, music and are actively involved with local Non-Profits.
Barry Brown - P.T.
Barry was born and raised in Southern Oklahoma in the small town of Sulphur. He went to Sulphur High School when he graduated with honors in 1987. He enjoyed playing football and basketball for the Bulldogs. While in high school Barry thought he wanted to pursue pharmacy as a career, until he discovered physical therapy. Barry looked into physical therapy and immediately knew this is what he wanted to do.
Following high school Barry went to the University of Oklahoma and started his pre-physical therapy studies. When the time came he applied to PT school at OU & Langston. Barry graduated from Langston University in 1992 in the top 5% of his class.
Barry moved to Colorado in 1993 to start his career. Barry's interest in physical therapy include outpatient orthopedics, sports injuries, spinal dysfunction and manual therapy. In 2003, Barry and Hugh Parker decided to partner and open ITR Physical Therapy. The decision has been one of the most important and best decisions of his life. Barry is involved with the Pueblo Community College as the committee member for the Physical Therapy Assistant program helping to decide policy and procedure and has been invited many time as a guest lecturer.
Barry met his future wife on the first visit to the clinic he would eventually start at in Pueblo. Barry and Lisa were married on Oct. 1, 1994. Barry and Lisa both reside in Pueblo with their 3 children, Hailey Madisen, Isabella Grace and Jonah Reece. Barry enjoys watching his kids excel in sports and school. He tries to attend every event possible. Barry is dedicated to his family. Barry would like his patients to know he is compassionate and dedicated to them and will go above and beyond to help his patients achieve their personal and functional goals.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Michelle was born and raised in Colorado, attended South High School where she graduated with honors. Michelle continued her education at McPherson College where she received a Basketball and Academic scholarship graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2014 Michelle received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from A.T. Still University of Health Science in Mesa, Arizona.
Michelle is proud to begin her career as a Physical Therapist in her home community, and has a passion for working with Orthopedic, Sports and Neurological populations. MIchelle believes strongly in the importance of continuing education and has furthered her education in Kinesio Taping Concepts, Mulligan Mobilization Concepts, IASTM, and Maitland Spinal Concepts. MIchelle believes that Physical Therapy is not just about healing and injury but healing the whole person.
Michelle and her husband Luke enjoy spending time with their two dogs, Lexi and Bruce. She also enjoys staying physically active and enjoying Colorado's outdoor activities.
Abby Simpson PT-DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Abby is a Pueblo native graduating as Valedictorian from Pueblo County High School. Abby attended Colorado State University earning a degree in Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She was a Division One collegiate athlete competing in Track and Field leading her team with multiple conference championships and making trips to the preliminary rounds in the NCAA Championships.
Abby continued her education at the University of Colorado, Denver at the Anschutz Medical Campus, earning a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the ITR Team, Abby worked as a Physical Therapist for an orthopedic and sports-based clinic in Northern Colorado. She worked with patients of all ages with a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, sport injuries, post-surgical statuses, and injury prevention.
Abby loves spending time with her family, friends and yellow Labrador named Coach. Hiking, kayaking, skiing, and backpacking are some of her favorite outdoor activities. Welcome aboard Dr. Abby Simpson!
Lymphedema Therapist, PTA
Becky was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, moving to several different states ultimately graduating from school in Visalia, California. Becky started her college education at the College of the Sequoia's in Visalia, before transferring to Mesa State in Grand Junction. Becky later moved to Pueblo where she graduated with honors from Pueblo Community College completing the Physical Therapy Assistant Program in 1999. Becky completed her Lymphedema Certification through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy in June, 2014.
Becky started working part-time at ITR in 2005-2006. She returned to ITR as a PRN employee in 2012. Becky is a highly motivated and enthusiastic employee who has recently become ITR's Lymphedema Specialist. Becky enjoys working with a variety of very specialized approaches in the treatment of the lymphatic system.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys running with her dog, riding her ATV, bicycling, camping, photography and staying active with her family and friends. She and her husband Brian live and work on a third generation farm on the Mesa. They have two children, daughter Ali and son Nathan. They stay very busy with their children's school activities and athletics.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Kara attended Pueblo County High School and graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Southern Colorado in 1997. She later attended Pueblo Community College pursuing her interest in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, graduating in 2004. Kara has worked at ITR Physical Therapy since 2004.
Kara has taken a proactive approach to her continuing education attending Orthopedic classes on common diagnoses of the upper and lower extremities. She has welcomed the opportunity to become an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor at ITR. She teaches and mentors PTA students from January to July. She very much enjoys helping others and demonstrates a positive approach with her diverse clientele.
Kara and her husband Devin have a son, Logan and a daughter, Brynlee. They enjoy working the family farm, camping, hunting and 4H.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Melinda was born in Leadville, Colorado and graduated from Montrose High School in 2008. She attended Adams State University, where she played softball for the Grizzlies, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and studied Human Performance and Physical Education. Melinda moved to Pueblo to pursue a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated Cum Laude from Pueblo Community College in May 2016. She has completed courses in Kinesio taping 1 and 2.
After graduating as a PTA, Melinda gained experience in outpatient therapy and worked in a geriatric setting. She has experience in surgical and balance/mobility treatment.
Melinda believes in staying active and continues to play competetive softball. She enjoys being outdoors and appreciates Colorado and always looks forward to hunting with her dad, brother and husband, Alonzo. Melinda joined the ITR family in May, 2017.
Physical Therapist Assistant
Sarah is a Colorado native and attended Pueblo West High School. Sarah continued her education attending Pueblo Community College earning her degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2006 and graduating with honors. She began working at ITR directly upon graduation.
Sarah has always taken a proactive approach in pursuing her continuing education. She has taken advanced courses on Low Back Pain, Hand, Wrist, Elbow pain, Functional Fitness after 40, Neck, Shoulder and Scapular Instability and Total Knee Replacement Rehabilitation. Sarah has observed Total Joint surgeries and is dedicated to upgrading her skills whenever possible. One of Sarah's strengths is being very attentive to her patients and always treating them with patience and compassion.
Sarah enjoys the great outdoors. She stays very active taking advantage of the many outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. She loves to ski, hike, yoga and working out at the gym. Sarah is a huge Denver Bronco fan and loves watching Baseball. She loves animals and has a cat named Youkilis.
"I consider Hugh, Barry and my co-workers not only friends, but family and truly appreciated being part of the ITR Team!"
Leslie M. McNish-Fisher, M.A.,CCC-SLP
Leslie is a Pueblo native graduating form Pueblo East HIgh School in 1985. Leslie obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Southern Colorado. She obtained her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1990.
Leslie specializes and enjoys working with adults. She is currently working at ITR Physical Therapy and for two ear nose and throat physicians in Pueblo. She has specialized training in:
* Intermediate and Advanced laryngeal videostroboscopy
*Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSUT) for Parkinson's disease
*Advanced Traning in dysphagia (swallowing)
* Impact Post - Concussion Testing and Treatment
Leslie is married and has two children: Morgan and Kade. Leslie enjoys watching her children play in their respective sports, volleyball and soccer. Welcome to the ITR family Leslie!
Jennifer graduated from massage school in Raleigh, North Carolina. where she began her career practicing massage therapy. She worked for two years in an up and coming spa in the city. learning a host of spa techniques including hot stone, aromatherapy, hair treatments, and wraps. While the spa provided a healthy and happy environment to work in, Jennifer quickly realized her calling in helping others rested outside of the relaxation 'spa type" of environment. After moving to Colorado in 2011, she began working alongside a group of chiropractors, one of which was focusing on a more structural integration style of work. This style of massage is the direction Jennifer's career began to take, and she continued studying myofascial work under highly trained professionals. Jennifer has worked in Pueblo for almost three years, working primarily in clinical setting under a Physician and Nurse Practitioners. Her work in Pueblo has been geared towards neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, structural manipulation, and myofascial release treatment. Through her years of experience, Jennifer has come to realize the body is complex, and the pain that patients experience could be attributed to areas of the body far removed from the initial source of pain. Always keeping the intention and energy aspect close to hand, Jennifer utilizes a combination of Western and Eastern approaches to her treatments. Scalp, hand, and foot massage are always an important aspect of any massage Jennifer gives, often times treating the muscles of the face as well. The body is an integral unit and should be cared for and treated as such. Jennifer is thrilled with the new direction in her career and to be practicing alongside the wonderful group at ITR Physical Therapy.
Annette was born and raised in Rocky Ford Colorado. She graduated from Rocky Ford High School and continued her education at Otero Junior College where she graduated with her Associates Degree in Business. She moved to Pueblo, CO with her daughter in 2004.
In her spare time, Annette loves to cook, spend time with her family, fish and go on weekend trips to the mountains.