Waldron's Peak Physical Therapy Staff

Audrey Waldron, PT, DPT

Dr. Waldron has owned and operated Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy (WPPT) in Boulder since 2002 and acquired Sirona Physical Therapy in Golden in 2012. She has been practicing physical therapy since 1990 and established WPPT in order to be able to provide exceptional, quality care treatment that incorporates evidence based practice in conjunction with years of personal experience.  She believes that each individual should have access to a health care provider that will listen and jointly formulate a plan of care specific for their needs.  She has developed a reputation for serving as a primary care provider for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions and works closely with physicians to ensure that an individual is receiving the most comprehensive care possible to maintain their PEAK performance.

Audrey continuously strives to enhance her clinical skills by attending a wide variety of clinical education courses in orthopedics, manual therapy, Trigger Point Dry Needling and fitting individuals for orthotics, to name a few.  Over the past 20 years she has taken close to 100 continuing education courses and  completed her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in May 2013.

In addition to her clinical success, she is professionally active in the Colorado American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Private Practice Section of the APTA.  She served as President of the Colorado APTA for 4 years, Chief Delegate for 4 years and served on the board of Directors for 20+ years.  She has served on and chaired numerous committees on both a statewide and national level and has testified regarding numerous pieces of legislation affecting the physical therapy profession in Colorado.

Audrey enjoys mentoring young professionals and assists in the physical therapy Doctoral programs at both the University of Colorado and Regis University.  She was awarded the Colorado Outstanding Physical Therapist Award in 2001, Outstanding Alumnae from Rutgers University in 2004, and The Cerasoli Educator Award for Outstanding contributions to the education of student physical therapists in 2008 from the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program.

In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, cooking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing & biking.

Adam Engel, PT, DPT, OCS,

Dr. Adam Engel joined Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy in December of 2013 following a successful 5 years of practice in an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Brighton, Colorado.  He is a 2009 graduate of The Regis University Physical Therapy Doctoral Program.

After attaining his Doctoral of Physical Therapy (DPT), Adam pursued additional training in the areas of Trigger Point Dry Needling (TPDN), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and manual therapy. His outstanding performance and acquisition of skills have afforded him the opportunity to be a teaching assistant in both TPDN and SFMA courses.  In 2013, Adam received his orthopedic therapist (OCS) certification from The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

Adam is an exceptional clinician and his dynamic personality adds to the collaborative and energetic environment we have created here at Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy.

Adam & his wife Willow, also a physical therapist, have two children, Sophie and Levi who keep them very busy.  He enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking, and hiking.

Daniela Pallares-Hopkins, PT, DPT,

Dr. Daniela Pallares-Hopkins joined Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy in July 2014 after graduating from the University of Colorado’s Physical Therapy Doctoral Program. She is pleased to be joining a strong team of therapists that focuses on patient specific care and evidence-based practice. In addition, Daniela is a certified Stott Pilates instructor with over 9 years of experience working in both the fitness and rehab realms. She is fluent in Spanish and welcomes the opportunity to assist Spanish speaking clients with their health care needs.
Daniela emphasizes patient education throughout her treatments empowering patients to become advocates of their own health care. She enjoys combining manual therapy and her expertise in Pilates to create personalized plans of care for each patient.
Daniela is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and participates in annual professional conferences and continuing education courses.
In addition to providing exceptional physical therapy, she is also offering Pilates classes at  Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy. Come check out a class and see what Pilates can do for you.

As a native Ecuadorian, born and raised in Quito, Daniela grew up loving the outdoors. She and her husband Erik have 2 beautiful girls and enjoy spending time together as a family in addition to rock climbing, mountain biking, and running.

Katie Swanson, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT,


Dr. Katie Swanson joined Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy in November of 2017 after living in Seattle for the last 8 years where she practiced and most recently managed an outpatient clinic. Katie is an APTA board certified clinical specialist and certified manual physical therapist that has worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting for the last nine years. Katie’s specialty is in orthopedics with emphasis on manual therapy techniques and biomechanical analysis. Katie is passionate about all those she treats – working with the patient to create a plan of care that efficiently and effectively addresses the injury while reaching the patient’s goals.  She has been a welcome addition to the team and has had an immediate impact on the success of our patient outcomes.

Katie was born and raised in Colorado and attended Physical therapy school at Concordia University Wisconsin receiving her doctorate of physical therapy in 2009. She became an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2013 and was certified by NAIOMT as a Manual Therapist in 2016. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Growing up, Katie was always involved in sports and played collegiate tennis. She enjoys treating patients of all ages with a variety of injuries but does have a special interest in working with hip injuries.

Katie enjoys an active lifestyle of hiking, cycling, running, and Pilates. In addition, she loves to travel as often as possible.

Chris Carlisle PT, DPT,

Dr. Chris Carlisle is a manual physical therapist who specializes in treating the spine, post-surgical conditions, and sports-related injuries.

Chris joined Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy in January 2018. Previously he practiced near Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he treated a diverse caseload of patients including athletes, active-duty military, and retirees.

Chris earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. He is a board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist with advanced training in orthopaedics and sports medicine.

In just the short time he has been with the clinic he has built a full case load and is receiving high reviews and outcomes from his clients

Outside of work Chris enjoys running, cooking, reading, and exploring his new home state of Colorado.

Barbara Tschoepe, PT, DPT, PhD

Dr. Barbara Tschoepe merged her clinical practice, Pro Physical Therapy PC with Waldron’s Peak Physical Therapy PC in 2009 after her practice served the Boulder community for over 20 years.  She received her physical therapist degrees from Texas Woman’s University and Regis University and her PhD from the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a movement science expert, her clinical practice focuses on assisting individuals in the prevention and management of a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular movement disorders. She has a special interest in reducing the physical impact of neuromuscular diseases that often affect women and our aging population. Barb’s patients appreciate the value of her expert guidance and exercise prescriptions as they successfully aim to maintain a healthy and invigorating lifestyle.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Tschoepe is a well recognized faculty/University administrator. She is most known for her leadership role in the formation of the School of Physical Therapy at Regis University in 1994. She served as their founding School Dean until 2014 and is most proud of her graduates (over 1000) who now serve as physical therapists in multiple clinical practices, academic institutions and advocacy roles across the country. Since leaving Regis, she splits her time between clinical practice and educational consulting. She currently is sharing her talents as a Visiting Professor/Director of Physical Therapy at the University of Vermont. She commutes to Burlington Vermont from Boulder on a monthly basis to fulfill her current obligations at UVM.

Barb spends considerable time giving back to the community and the profession of physical therapy as well. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Argyle Senior Center, Denver Co. a non-profit senior living center for low to moderate income seniors where she has been instrumental in developing a Wellness Center that is staffed by our very own physical therapists from Sirona Physical Therapy PC. Nationally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute, co-chairs an effort to assess and promote excellence in Doctor of Physical Therapy education across the nation and coordinates Innovation in Education Forums as part of her professional service in the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), which she is a past Board of Director for this organization. Her passion to share her expertise in leadership development across all phases of graduate professional health education is empowering primary health care teams to improve quality health outcomes, improve our patients’ experience and simultaneously manage heath care costs.

Internationally, she was responsible for a collaborative project with University of Addis Ababa, Regis University and the Jackson clinics to bring doctoral education to physiotherapists in Ethiopia. She and her colleagues expect this to become a viable model for other third world countries in the future. She has supported several other international immersion experiences for DPT students in Mexico, Peru, and Nicaragua and most recently has consulted in physical therapist education programs in the middle east.

Beside her educational research interests, her clinical research interests include exploring how principles of motor behavior and technology support optimal aging and chronic disease management.

She has been a leader in education and clinical practice throughout her professional career as a physical therapist. Yet, she still finds time to enjoy hiking, biking, snow shoeing and spending time with family. Originally from the south shores of New Jersey, her favorite getaway pastime is walking and swimming on a beautiful beach.