A concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a challenging injury.
Due to the complexity of the brain, symptoms following concussion can
vary widely. Following a concussion, it is important to be properly evaluated
and treated to promote optimal healing and return to normal activities.
Returning to activity too soon, or sustaining another head injury prior
to fully healing can have a huge impact on longterm brain health. Rehabilitation
following concussion can aide in enhancing understanding of the injury
and significantly reduce symptoms, enabling faster return to normal life.
Every day, new research from throughout the globe points to the significant
impacts a concussion, or multiple concussions, can have on brain health.
We live in an active community and the activities we participate in can
easily lead to concussions. Knowing this, here at Gunnison Valley Health
we are committed to leading the way in awareness, prevention, and treatment
Services We Provide
- Thorough examination including vestibular, oculomotor, cervical, and exertional testing
- Extensive patient and family education regarding the nature of concussions
and strategies to optimize healing
- Graded activity progression with symptom/physiologic monitoring
- Guided progression along graduated return to play protocols and formal
clearance for youth athletes to return to play
- Treatment strategies to improve overall function and reduce the risk for
re-injury for athletes returning to sport
- Strategies to improve concussion-related sleep problems, decrease visual
motion sensitivity, reduce headaches, and facilitate optimal return to
- Improved coordination across the continuum of care, including referral
recommendations to additional specialists as indicated
Meet Our Concussion Therapy Team
Kristin Grimes, PT, DPT, NCS
Kristin Grimes, the combination of growing up in Colorado and going through
Jesuit education has inspired a passion for the outdoors and for caring
for an individual as a whole person in her clinical practice. Kristin
received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and German from the University
of Colorado, Boulder in 2005. She went on to receive her Doctorate in
Physical therapy from Creighton University in 2009.
Kristin is a certified neurological clinical specialist with additional
training in treatment of the post-concussive and vestibular populations.
Although her original area of clinical interest was the neurological population,
she has enjoyed the variety of patient care that rural health care offers
and has grown to love treating all diagnoses across the lifespan.
When Kristin is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband
and two sweet little boys. She also loves travelling, mountain biking,
skiing, hiking, good coffee, delicious food, and all things German.
Bryana Dacus, PT, DPT, OCS
Bryana Dacus PT, DPT is a Colorado Native. She earned her Bachelor’s
degree in Health and Exercise Science and a Minor in Spanish in 2012 from
Colorado State University. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy
degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2017.
Bryana is passionate about the treatment of orthopedic injuries, vestibular
disorders and concussions, sports injuries, cumulative trauma/occupational
injuries, and spinal dysfunction. She strives to help each patient reach
their full potential and recovery, from restoring daily function and mobility
to improving athletic performance.
Bryana moved to Gunnison with her husband in 2018 and neither of them can
think of a better place to live. Outside of work, Bryana enjoys spending
time with her husband, visiting family and friends, hiking, camping, snowboarding,
crafting, and going to the gym.
Erin Sanborn, OTD, OTR/L
Erin received her a BA in Sociology from Boston College in 2005. She originally
came to the Gunnison Valley to work as an instructor at the Adaptive Sports
Center, which sparked her interest in occupational therapy. She attended
Washington University in St. Louis for her clinical doctorate in OT.
Erin has worked in Neurorehabiliation at Craig Hospital as well as in various
settings as a traveling OT in Alaska and California. Most recently, she
completed a year-long hand therapy fellowship at Stanford University.
Erin is thrilled to be both part of the GVH team and back in Colorado.
In her spare time, she enjoys biking, running, rollerblading, travelling,
camping and practicing yoga.
Gunnison Valley Health Rehabilitation and Athletic Medicine Services
– Post Concussion Therapy –
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-7248