Action Potential

Briargate - Advanced Hand

Mark Leenheer

Mark Leenheer graduated from Saint Louis University in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Following graduation, Mark completed a one year post-doctoral residency program with a focus in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, the nation’s third largest VA center.  During this time, Mark worked with patients with diverse orthopeadic conditions ranging from acute and subacute injuries to ongoing chronic pain issues.  Mark is a certified practitioner of the Graston Technique, an instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique useful for treating myofascial restrictions and soft tissue adhesions, scar mobilization, and promoting healing in chronic tendinitis. Currently Mark is beginning coursework to become a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist and has future plans to complete a Fellowship in Manual Physical Therapy.

Mark has a strong passion for learning and consistently stays up to date with current evidence-based research, utilizing this research to create individualized patient care plans.  Mark employs orthopaedic manual physical therapy techniques and strives to provide consistent measurable improvements in range of motion, strength, and pain. Additionally he incorporates patient education into his treatment sessions using easy to understand pain science information. Mark wants his patients to be empowered in their personal care and believes that teaching patients about their musculoskeletal conditions is a key to success.

Mark is a Cleveland, OH native and a passionate Cleveland sports fanatic.  Additionally, he is a cyclist, skier, and trail runner who is excited to explore the vast landscape Colorado has to offer. 

Phil Plante

Phil Plante, PT, DSC, MTC, CMPT, COMT, FAAOMPT, physical therapist and owner of Action Potential Physical Therapy, practices at the Downtown / Pikes Peak Action Potential location and the north Briargate location.  In addition to treating patients, Phil is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists.  As a Fellow, he provides advanced fellowship training to therapists from all over the nation through both the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists and IMPACT, The Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training.

In August 2014, Phil received his Doctor of Science in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.  Additionally, Phil holds the elite title of Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapist (Level 4) through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists.  He has a Master of Arts degree in Sports Science from the University of Denver in Denver, CO as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO.  Phil earned his undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. 

Phil pursues recreation with a similar level of enthusiasm as he does patient care and education.  In his free time, he enjoys cycling, playing hockey, and fly fishing.  In addition, Phil relishes spending time with his wife, Eva, and their two daughters.  

*Doctor of Science in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy, Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist, Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists


Melodie Colyar

Melodie Colyar OTR, CHT practices at the Briargate location of Action Potential Physical Therapy through Advanced Hand & Orthopedic Rehabilitation.  Her degree is a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA.

A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) for over twenty years, Melodie has developed specialized skills in treating all aspects of injuries to the upper quadrant.  She works closely with hand surgeons, occupational medicine doctors and family practice physicians to ensure a seamless team approach is delivered.  Because hand therapy is so specialized and technically demanding, Melodie has spent many hours with surgeons in the operating room in order to educate herself on the surgical procedures used and the particular anatomical considerations that need to be addressed in rehabilitation. Attending continuing education courses has also kept her current with evidence-based practices.  This is a top priority in ensuring only the best level of state of the art care is provided to her patients.

Melodie states that occupational therapy combines the art of rehabilitation with the science of healing.  People who have lost independence due to an injury are often in need of highly skilled intervention and gentle encouragement.  Being able to provide both, and seeing people return to their normal daily activities with restored function is rewarding and she feels privileged to be a part of this process.

Melodie’s top priority outside of work is caring for her children and extended family.  She has a heart for missions and supports children and families in third world countries. She is also an avid runner.  


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