Dr. Jeff Ryg
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellowship Trained in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
Certified Athletic Trainer
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
"I believe that physical therapists should be the practitioner of choice for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. I enjoy working with clients who are intrinsically motivated to achieve their goals through an active treatment approach. It is a joy coming to work when you are able to observe patients achieving goals they originally did not think were possible before treatment.”
Jeff’s experience as an athletic trainer and a strength and conditioning specialist ignited his interest in orthopaedics and sports medicine. Since his time working with Division 1 athletes at the University of Iowa, Jeff has launched a career treating patients with a variety of orthopaedic and sports related injuries from amateur to professional athletes. His background in orthopaedic manual therapy, clinical decision making, and his hands-on approach to each individual patient’s course of care is part of Jeff’s signature treatment style.
Jeff attended the University of Iowa where he received a degree in Athletic Training, and the University of Georgia, earning a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduating from Emory University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he spent time working in Indianapolis and Atlanta before returning to Boulder to open Mend with Kristin Carpenter.
Jeff’s priority at Mend is to combine his patients’ goals with the best available medical evidence and his clinical expertise to develop an effective treatment plan. He works to alleviate symptoms and improve function for patients through manual therapy and focused exercise interventions. The environment at Mend allows him to spend each 60 minute treatment session uninterrupted so he can devote his complete attention to each individual case. Jeff is continually inspired by patients who face huge obstacles during their recovery, but successfully return to their active lifestyles under his care.
Jeff is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and previously served as a member of the legislative committee and district chair in local chapters. He was honored with the Emerging Leader Award in 2012, presented to professionals who are up-and-coming in physical therapy. Jeff is also a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists achieving the highest level of clinical education and training. His professional interests include advancing the profession of physical therapy by promoting early access to physical therapy services for patients with musculoskeletal conditions and teaching within orthopedic physical therapy residency programs and Physical Therapy courses across the country.
Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, teaching, reading and enjoying the outdoors through cycling, skiing, mountain biking, hiking and camping.