Cornerstone Physical Therapy was started over 10 years ago by Joel and Kristin Rauser. Their vision was to create a clinic that offered specialty services to the people of Colorado in a warm and caring setting. The standard of practice that was chosen was a treatment approach that Physical Therapists would demand for themselves. Because of this high expectation Cornerstone is a manual therapy, hands-on based practice. There are many forms of treatment modalities possible when attending Physical Therapy, we use the ones that work and work quickly. Out of this passion our vision came together.
Hope was added as we began to hear this word used by our patients. Hope that their problem that had been previously treated unsuccessfully could be corrected. Hope of a return to pain free function and a lifestyle long left behind. It was our vision being acted out that our patients came to confirm in their own words.
Front Desk Administrator, caring, professional, ready to help.Read more
An integral part of the CornerStone team is our front desk and administration. Laura has provided a caring and professional presence at CornerStone's front desk for years. Her continued perserverance with insurance and billing makes her a great advocate for our clients and a resource to create a smooth process. Laura has an amazing laugh and smile. This is contagious and will have you smiling as you walk through our doors. Laura loves to bake and travel with her husband Cameron. We are proud to have Laura call CornerStone her 'home'.
Front Desk Administrator, caring, compassionate, giving hope.Read more
An integral part of the CornerStone team is our front desk and administration. Melissa Bedia has brought a caring and generous heart to our team at CornerStone and the people who walk through our doors. Melissa expresses the vision of CornerStone through her many actions. From sharing of her lunches with fellow team members to writing cards to our clients that are in need of some hope. Melissa loves spending time with her family, her husband Brad, and three boys, Michael, Mason and Max.
Physical Therapist, manual therapy, vestibular and balance, personal training.Read more
David was born and raised in Colorado Springs and graduated in 2016 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University. He is an avid sports fan with a background in soccer, running, and personal training which helps him connect with and help others pursue optimum function in the activities they enjoy. David has a passion for learning and developing his skills in order to best provide care to our patients as a part of the Cornerstone Team Approach. He is currently continuing his education by pursuing a manual therapy specialization and enjoys treating vestibular conditions. When not working, David loves being in the great outdoors hiking, biking, climbing and running as well as spending time with friends and family.
Physical Therapist, orthopedics, spine, movement and dance, manual therapy and dry needling.Read more
Chynna has joined the Cornerstone Team after touring with the production STOMP. Her background as a professional dancer has given her a unique insight into how the human body moves. Her passion is treating all aspects of spinal and extremity problems, including diagnostic ultrasound for core function. Chynna enjoys our many running clubs and the beautiful outdoors of Colorado Springs.
Our hospitality director, planning committee, as well as decorator, and many other aspects of Cornerstone.Read more
Our hospitality director, planning committee, as well as decorator, and many other aspects of Cornerstone, are from the hands and imagination of Kristin Rauser, Joel’s wife and co-founder of Cornerstone Physical Therapy. You will feel blessed having an opportunity to spend time with Kristin. “The happiest person I’ve met” is a constant statement we have heard in regarding the experience people have with her. The warm feel that you experience in Cornerstone is part from the décor but also the personality of Kristin in the clinic. Kristin is always available to help meet your needs and assist you with a part of your care, feeling better and lifting your mood. Kristin met Joel in Canada where she captured his heart, marrying him 20 years ago. She is a “Mom” of two children, her only priority higher than our guests at Cornerstone. She loves Colorado, calling Colorado Springs home.
Physical Therapist, Owner CornerStone Physical Therapy, headaches, TMJ, vision, vestibular, manual therapy and dry needling.Read more
Joel Rauser started Cornerstone Physical Therapy with his wife Kristin and two children with a desire to provide the care that he would look for in a physical therapy clinic. A family business, Cornerstone is proud of its roots and this is one of its many strengths. Joel has studied extensively the majority of manual therapy philosophies around the world. He has specialized in manual therapy, completing a manual therapy certification through the University of St. Augustine, as well as completing and passing a Craniofacial Certification from Mariano Rocabado, a world renowned Physical Therapist. He attends professional conferences each year to bring you the most current treatment approaches and research. He has helped progress the knowledge base of head and neck diagnosis and treatment through continued research and study. He is the only Physical Therapist in the country currently assessing jaw and neck interactions through the use of 3-dimensial CAT scan imaging. This has led to expert testimony in Denver, Colorado Springs, and other states, on behalf of patients through their trial process. Joel’s passion for what he does is evident in your first impression and this carries over to those around him. Whether it’s about the beauty he hikes in around Colorado, mountain biking Colorado Springs’s trails, or in his physical therapy practice, this passion is contagious.
Physical Therapist, sports injuries, shoulder and back pain, manual therapy and dry needling.Read more
Jonathan Brown, a native of Texas, calls Colorado Springs home with his wife Alyson and daughter Millie. Jonathan has a background in athletics and sports injuries, working as an athletic trainer prior to getting his doctorate in Physical Therapy. A marathon runner, he is well prepared to assess running injuries and walking issues. Jonathan’s thirst to learn and share this knowledge is evident during a visit with him. Jono continues to learn as he is completing his second doctorate in manual therapy.
“Cornerstone Physical Therapy, a leader for excellence, creating HOPE. Cornerstone will be recognized for the passion of its people and practitioners in providing quality, Christ centered, innovative care to the patient’s we serve in our community. Our strength is our unique, specialized, manual therapy approach and our one to one treatment in a caring and warm setting. We will continue to lead through education, research, mentoring and teaching. Our passion for what we do will be noticed in our clinic as well as in the community.”
The Cornerstone Team Approach
One of the most important values at CornerStone Physical Therapy is how we work together as a team. We believe that utilizing the strengths of each team member is the best possible way to approach each problem. This approach not only allows us treat problems that have failed previous attempts at treatment but to speed up recovery from injury. Through combining our strengths and working together, problems that were previously difficult to treat, there is now hope.
Physical therapists receive 6-7 years of academic training for treating musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Current PT programs offer a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Once they earn their degree, Physical Therapists are required to be licensed in the State that they practice.
Physical Therapists are experts in "the science of healing and the art of caring." They provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Physical Therapists treat people of all ages who have medical issues that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities (sitting, standing, walking, running) or activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, cleaning a home, driving).
Physical Therapists are used for conservative management of a wide variety of conditions. Patients are sent to physical therapy to either aide in improving a condition or to avoid a surgical procedure. We utilize a "hands on" approach that promotes the ability to move, reduces pain, restores function and prevents disability.
Therapists examine the patients' medical history, test and measure strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function. They can order tests specific to assisting in developing their treatment plan, such as neck x-rays for neck pain or headaches. Physical Therapists establish a treatment plan and strategy with specific anticipated outcomes taking the patient's own goals into consideration.
It is important to note that physical therapy can only be provided by a qualified physical therapist, or a physical therapist assistant working under the supervision of a physical therapist. When choosing a Physical Therapist, you have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist. In Colorado, you have access to Physical Therapy without seeing your physician (Direct Access). You can always check with your insurance carrier to make sure they are in-network and a referral from a physician is not necessary.
Mobility keeps you engaged with life. Restoration of lost function is the key to getting back into the game. We are professionals dedicated to your recovery.