SERC therapists combine for more than 70 years of experience to draw on in
collaborative efforts to help patients Return to the Speed of Life!

Matt Thessing

Matt Thessing, PT, DPT

Matt completed his BS in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and completed his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Regis University in Denver in 2008. Matt is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Orthopedic Specialty Section, and the Private Practice Section. Matt has lived and worked in Woodland Park since 2000 and started SERC in 2005. He loves the people in Teller County, reminding him of many of the people he grew up with in the Midwest.

Matt is committed to ensuring that each patient receives an accurate diagnosis, a personalized treatment plan, and a balance of enough treatment and follow-up to achieve the goals agreed upon with the patient. Matt keeps abreast of current research and ideas so he can be sure his patients are receiving the latest in scientific and evidence-based physical therapy. Matt has been a certified practitioner for trigger point dry-needling (TDN) since 2009.

When he isn’t working, Matt enjoys all that Colorado offers, including skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife, four daughters, friends and their therapy dog Lily (who you can find hanging out and greeting patients in the clinic a couple of days a week).

Ralph Bidwell

Ralph Bidwell MSPT

Ralph Bidwell hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan where he grew up and went to college. Initially pursuing coursework in computer science and psychology, he eventually focused on a degree in physical therapy. He completed his studies at Grand Valley State University, obtaining his Master’s degree in 1993. Ralph continued his studies with emphasis in manual therapy and orthopedics, quickly becoming a clinical instructor and coordinator of clinical education for therapy students in various organizations.

Ralph’s extensive experience comes from working in a variety of therapy settings in Michigan, Colorado, and in Ohio as a traveling PT. He also held roles as a manager in small outpatient clinics and in two large hospital settings. In recent years, he has focused on rehabilitation for patients with motor vehicle and workplace injuries. In 2007, he founded a single therapist orthopedic clinic in Castle Rock, which he ran for 7 years, and since has converted it to a cash-based practice, which he continues to manage from his home in Colorado Springs. Additionally, Ralph performs functional capacity evaluations for personal injury cases throughout southern Colorado.

Ralph enjoys spending his free time working on house projects and cycling with friends on roads and technical mountain bike terrain throughout CO, AZ, and UT.

Cheryl Rusy

Mona Ehlert, PTA

Mona Ehlert graduated form Milwaukee Area Technical College with her associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistance in 1993 as well as a certification and practiced as a personal trainer from American College of Sports Medicine 2006-2014.

She worked as a PTA in multi settings with majority of her experience in out patient orthopedics. She has taken several continuing education courses in myofascial releasing, muscle energy techniques, Mulligans manual tech and functional based strength training. Mona focusing on what the patient’s goals are and helps them achieve their goals the best way that works for them.

As a PTA , she treats each person with individualized care by understanding what they want to achieve from physical therapy. She will work towards their goals and guide them on how to achieve those goals or goal. When treating, she feels that educating her patients about the reason why we do what we do and how to perform the exercises correctly to prevent further injury is very important. One of the greatest joys of her job is helping people feel better, get them to be able to enjoy life and activities they love to do.

Mona moved to Colorado Springs in June of 2015 from Milwaukee WI with her husband and two boys. Mona and her family is enjoying exploring all that Colorado has to offer. She loves to exercise, play with her kids, cook and play with her dogs.