155 Printers Parkway, Ste 200 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910


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Who We Are

The Physical Therapist and Exercise Physiologists at Optima Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation have been evaluating, managing and treating auto collisions, work injuries, sports trauma and general pain syndromes since 1997. During this time, we have built a reputation among patients, doctors, and insurance companies of providing quality, evidence-based physical therapy care, specializing in spine disorders.

Our mission is to offer an active, results-oriented rehabilitation program, staffed by trained professionals.

Our Core Values Trust - Credibility - Confidentiality - Respect - Service - Attentive Listening - Compassion

Our Principles

To reach a permanent resolution of each patient's physical condition as quickly and effectively as possible.
To evaluate patients individually and provide one-on-one rehabilitation therapy customized to each patients condition.
To work in cooperation with others in the medical field to ensure the best possible treatment for patients.

Our Staff

Jessica Smith, DPT

Physical Therapist



Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Chemistry minor, and Conceptual Foundations of Medicine certificate in 2008 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. She brings diverse physical therapy experience from handling medically complex patients to working with professional athletes and likes to combine movement analysis, manual therapy, and evidence based practice in her rehabilitation programs. Jessica also has experience in clinical research, coaching, and running as a sponsored athlete. She resides in Colorado Springs and enjoys running, triathlons, exploring the outdoors and watching sports, especially all things Pitt!­­­







Dan Ward, MBS

Exercise Therapist
Certified Functional Capacity Evaluator


Dan graduated from Kansas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Exercise Science. In 1998, he earned his Master of Basic Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dan holds a certificate in Functional Capacity Evaluation from Roy Matheson and Associates. Dan has worked in the rehabilitation field for almost 20 years and has been with Optima since 2000. He has experience in geriatrics and cardiac rehabilitation. Dan makes his home in Fountain with his wife and enjoys spending time with his children, fly fishing, gardening and the outdoors.

Vanessa Wesley, BS

Exercise Therapist, Clinic Administrator
Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist


Vanessa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Spanish from the University of Missouri in 1994. While at Mizzou, she attended a study abroad program at the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. She completed her Masters of Basic Science in Exercise Physiology coursework at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 2000. She began her career with Optima in 2000. Vanessa received her Cancer Exercise Specialist certification from the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Vanessa lives in Castle Rock, enjoys running, hiking, working out and cooking, and is an avid sports fan.