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Concussion Rehabilitation

Concussion Rehabilitation

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 of concussions.

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 prior activities
  • 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