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"I cannot say enough good things about this facility. My therapist has been the best. She has done so much good for me."
- CPE Patient
Laura Markey, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, CSCS (Owner of CPE) specializes in orthopedic manual therapy and exercise prescriptions. She graduated from Daemen College in Amherst New York in 1989. She completed her Masters degree in Orthopedic Manual therapy in 1993, Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2006 and worked hard to achieve Fellow status with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Her challenges and goals include the creation of “facility(s) of choice for orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy” in the Quad City area. One of her passions is to teach other physical therapists around the country about manual therapy and orthopedic physical therapy. She teaches certification and doctoral programs throughout the United States to other physical therapists, treats patients and manages Center for Physical Excellence. She thrives on seeing others succeed and improve their lives. Laura’s hobbies include running, hiking, camping and furthering her education. Laura enjoys spending time with her two children, Alyson and Alex.
Chris Markey, PT, MOMT graduated from Daemen College with his Bachelors degree in physical therapy in 1989. He later completed a Master of Orthopedic Manual Therapy degree in 1997, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2001. Chris specializes in outpatient orthopedic manual therapy and exercise, sports rehabilitation, and aquatic therapy related to this. He participates in ice hockey, mountain biking, martial arts and tactical shooting.
Nicole Flippen, PT, DPT is a native to the quad city area and alumni of Bradshaw Mountain High School. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with honors. She most enjoys the outpatient orthopedic setting and uses a combination of manual therapy and aquatic exercise to help patients achieve their goals
Nicole has a passion for helping others improve their quality of life through wellness. She enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family.
Derek VanderRoest, PTA, was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He became heavily involved in athletics in his teen years and participated in track & field, cross-country, swimming, and Shotokan karate. After living in Tucson, Arizona for a year after graduating high school, Derek enlisted in the U.S. Marines. He served in the infantry as a rifle squad leader and scout swimmer, where his job allowed him to see many diverse environments around the world. Derek received his therapy training at Macomb College in Michigan, where he graduated #1 in his class with an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapy Assisting in May of 2010. He then relocated to the Prescott area and began working at the Center for Physical excellence shortly thereafter. His interests lie in orthopedics and athletic rehabilitation, with an emphasis on therapeutic exercise to achieve one's goals.
Mikaela Colner, PT, DPT, completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. Kay became interested in physical therapy while teaching yoga, which required her to know a great deal about the human body and to help people achieve their fitness and wellness goals. Physical therapy allowed Kay to enter a professional community where she could continue to practice what she loved.
Kay works both on land and in the pool at the Center for Physical Excellence. She enjoys both settings because of the variety of individuals this brings to her day.
On her days off, Kay enjoys the outdoors, practicing yoga, travel, and participating in martial arts. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is a Reiki Level 1 practitioner.
Deb Cashen, PTA, LMT, is a native of Illinois who fulfilled her dream to move to Prescott in spring of 2011. She joined the CPE team with 2 years experience as a licensed / certified Physical Therapist's Assistant and fifteen years as a licensed massage therapist.
Deb enjoys working at the Prescott and Prescott Valley offices, providing a fun a friendly rehab experience while working with her patients to achieve their physical therapy goals.
Larry Clay, PTA, completed his Associates of Occupational Science at Pima Medical Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Larry became interested in physical therapy after seeing the benefits of physical therapy firsthand while rehabilitating his shoulder. Larry traveled between Albuquerque and Prescott to complete his PTA degree.
Larry completed two of his clinical rotations at the Center for Physical Excellence and knew he wanted to work here ever since that time. Larry enjoys treating patients with a variety of diagnoses in both the aquatic and land environments.
Larry also enjoys the outdoors and can often be found on one of the many trails of Prescott with his two dogs. Larry also enjoys swimming, running, and biking which allows him to participate in triathlons throughout the southwest.
Trish Fairbanks is Office Manager at the Center for Physical Excellence. She has worked in Medical Administration for many years, with 16 years of Medical Office Management, and three years at the Center. Trish was born in England, and enjoys travelling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.