What is Vestibular Rehabilitation
The vestibular system, housed in the inner ear, is responsible for giving
the brain information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation.
This system plays a major role in our ability to maintain our balance,
stabilize our gaze, and keep our postural stability. When this system
is not working well, it can have a serious impact on function and quality
of life. Vestibular dysfunction occurs for a number of reasons—age,
trauma, and viral infections to name a few. Luckily, GVH has two PTs with
training in vestibular rehabilitation who can help get you back on your feet!
What We Provide
- Thorough vestibular examination including the use of our new video oculography equipment
- Patient education regarding vestibular system anatomy, function, goals
- Balance training, gaze stabilization exercises, postural stability training
- Fall prevention education
- Targeted treatment to guide safe return to previously enjoyed activities
Why Use Our Service
GVH physical therapists use the only video oculography technology in the
Valley to perform high level vestibular assessment. Kristin Grimes is
the only board certified neurologic clinical specialist PT in the Valley
(one of only two in Western Colorado) and she and Bryana both have taken
a multitude of continuing education courses in the field of vestibular
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
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.