P. Michael Leahy, D.C.
Dr. P. Michael Leahy is the founder of Champion Health Associates and the respected inventor of Active Release Techniques®. He is an honor graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and served as a fighter and test-pilot. Dr. Leahy graduated summa-cum laude and valedictorian of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1984 and became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) in 1986. He has been a competitor in over 25 Ironman triathlons and enjoys a multitude of interests. For the past 30+ years, Dr. Leahy proudly served Colorado Springs area patients and their families.
In 1985, Dr. Leahy began developing Active Release Techniques® in order to meet the needs of his patients more effectively. ART is so successful that he now teaches the technique to physicians of many disciplines, throughout the world. He has assisted aspiring, professional, and world-class athletes in a wide range of modes, including professional golfers, hockey, football, and Olympic sports. In addition to serving athletes, Dr. Leahy discovered and published the Law of Repetitive Motion and the Cumulative Injury Cycle, which has helped redefine prevention and treatment of work-related injuries. He created Champion Health to serve people in need by working with their supporting medical team to achieve normal function and improved health. Now he spends his time running Active Realease Techniques®, working on the Denver Broncos, and only serves as a consulting doctor here at Champion Health.
Gary R. Wood, D.C.
Dr. Gary R. Wood is the “soul” of Champion Health. Dr. Wood is a graduate of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and has been practicing chiropractic for over 20 years. He is a family man with a passion for the outdoors and community.
Since joining Champion Health, in 1997, Dr. Wood pursues many different outlets for his talents. As a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) as well as an instructor and practitioner of Active Release Techniques®, he provides sports medicine and chiropractic for Pikes Peak International Raceway as well as injury and performance care at PRCA Rodeos.
Dr. Wood works with people suffering from sports-related injuries as well as those recovering from work-related accidents and automobile crashes. In fact, Dr. Wood is certified as a Low Speed Rear End Crash Re-constructionist and is an active participant in automobile crash analysis and research to help advocate for individuals injured in such incidents. A favorite of patients and staff, alike, Dr. Wood’s philosophy on chiropractic is: “Life is function, improve function and improve life.”
Alesha K. Willis, DC
Dr. Alesha Willis received her Doctor of Chiropractic and Master of Sports Chiropractic degrees from Life University. During her clinical internship, she provided Sports Chiropractic care in the Life University Sport Science Institute, where she worked with high-performance athletes including members of USA Rugby as well as elite members of US Masters Swimming, triathletes, cyclists, runners, and golfers. She was part of the Life University Sports Chiropractic team providing care at many local athletic events, including swim meets, cyclocross and 10K road races and volleyball tournaments.
Prior to receiving her chiropractic and masters degrees, Dr. Alesha teamed with a Sports Chiropractor working as a licensed massage therapist for 10 years.
Dr. Alesha integrates Diversified chiropractic technique with soft tissue therapy and functional rehabilitation in providing comprehensive care for improving performance and speeding recovery. She is full-body certified in Active Release Technique (ART) as well as being a lead instructor and is also SFMA Level 1 Certified. She has studied extensively in a wide variety of additional soft tissue techniques including muscle energy techniques (MET), Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) and the Anatomy Trains approach to structural integration.
Her analysis involves long lever muscle tests to help identify proprioceptive deficits and kinetic chain dysfunction. Dr. Alesha also performs comprehensive functional assessments that identify breakdowns in the kinetic chain so that corrective exercises can be implemented to further improve optimal proprioceptive and biomechanical function.
Dr. Alesha enjoys tennis, road and mountain cycling, rock climbing, yoga, skiing, and hiking.
Kris Gieske served in the Active Duty Army for 4 years and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After medically retiring in 2011 he decided to continue working with soldiers by helping our nation’s wounded warriors through adaptive physical training. As Kris pursued his education and certifications in exercise science he volunteered as a trainer to assist wounded, ill, and injured soldiers. Kris went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning with a minor in Nutrition.
Kris utilizes skills he developed as a Z-Health Trainer to provide exercise therapy, movement reeducation, and strength and conditioning for every level of patient at Champion Health – from chronic pain sufferers to athletes. As Director of Rehabilitative Exercise and Performance Training, he strives to bring cutting edge knowledge and techniques to our clients and patients as well as our community of practice.
Kris is married with one son, but still finds time to continue strength training and competes in USA Powerlifting.
Dr. Matthew Spaur
Originally from Parkersburg, West Virginia, Dr. Matthew Spaur attended West Virginia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. After having worked as an Exercise Physiologist in several physical therapy, sports rehabilitation, and fitness clinics, Dr. Spaur relocated to Georgia to pursue his true passion- chiropractic.
He earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University with an emphasis on extremities in pursuit of being a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP).
Dr. Spaur’s passion for sports and biomechanics was evident at a young age as he played a variety of sports throughout his childhood including baseball, basketball, football and even raced motocross. After being treated by his local chiropractor for a football injury, Dr. Spaur quickly learned the significance of chiropractic in relation to sports performance and overall well-being. He firmly believes that routine adjustments not only prevent injury, but also improve performance and recovery outcomes.
Dr. Spaur is married with a daughter, Harper and enjoys spending time with his family including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, motocross and anything else outdoors.
Erin Sleigh is new to Colorado Springs and the Champion Health team. Originally from Virginia Beach, she is a Licensed Massage Therapist from Advanced Fuller School of Massage. Erin received her B.S in Kinesiology, Exercise Science from James Madison University. She is full-body certified in Active Release Techniques (ART) treatment as well as Functional Movement Screening (FMS) certified.
After being treated by a local ART provider in Virginia, Erin started to realize how important soft tissue manipulation is in creating a healthy, strong body. Erin wholeheartedly believes in ART and is already planning to further expand this part of her training. Erin has a passion for working out and loves going to the beach; she is excited to explore her newfound love of the Rocky Mountains, hiking, and outdoor activities.
Prior to receiving her massage therapy license, Erin spent many years as a CrossFit Level 2 Coach, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Olympic Weightlifting, and Orangetheory coach; she also maintained management positions in gyms throughout Washington DC and Virginia Beach. Erin hopes to integrate her fitness background with her ART, FMS, and massage therapy experience to help clients improve performance and full body movement patterns. Erin played a variety of sports growing up which created a more competitive drive as an adult in CrossFit.
Whether you’re struggling with dysfunctional movement patterns, soft-tissue injuries, or if you want to recover from a hard work-out and make the next one even better, Erin would be a great provider for you!
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