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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

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 of treatment
  • 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 rehabilitation.

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.