Dr. Renée Ostertag received her Masters and Clinical Doctorate Degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific in 2003. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, she knows how to analyze research and utilize the most evidence based methods appropriately.
She received her second Masters Degree from the University of South Australia in 2007, specializing in Sports and Chronic Pain. After this degree, she worked as the Team Physio for a semi-professional Australian Rules Football Club in Adelaide, South Australia.
Having received her additional training on Chronic Pain Management in Australia gives her a unique advantage due to her in-depth understanding of pain sciences physiology and neuroscience, and how this applies to your unique pain experience.
Dr. Ostertag specialized in Spine PT for over 3 years while at Colorado Spine Therapy, and is one of only 5 Certified MDT Practitioners (the McKenzie Approach) in the greater Denver area. She is has significant expertise with spinal pain and is very familiar with how to quickly identify and treat mechanical problems relating to the spine.
Australian physiotherapists are recognized in the medical community and general population as the “Musculoskeletal Experts” and are primary care providers for musculoskeletal issues. Having worked in Australia as a Physiotherapist, Dr. Ostertag has excellent diagnostic skills for musculoskeletal pain.
Working with the Aussie Rules “Footy” players has given her a very strong understanding of how to treat athletes and get them back to play as soon as possible.
Additional training includes a Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy, Trigger Point Dry Needling, and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist.
As an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis University, Dr. Ostertag is passionate about teaching. She has taught several seminars for education and prevention of injuries, including “Neck Pain Prevention for Ophthalmic Surgeons” and “Healthy Backs for Young Gymnasts”. Contact Dr. Ostertag if you are interested in organizing a seminar for your group or athletic team.
Personally, she says “I think it’s really cool that I get to do what I do, because it’s being a witness to some powerful and amazing transformations in people. Patients have said that they feel better for the first time in years after trying dry needling… 3 years, 5 years, I’ve even heard 30+ years. People get so used to living with pain or movement restrictions, and it can be pretty touching when I get to witness what it feels like to not have it anymore.”
Outside of work, Renée loves to ski, hike, play volleyball, or do anything fun outside in beautiful Colorado- including winning Vail’s Pond Skimming World Championship in 2012! She feels very blessed to be surrounded by such a wonderful group of family and friends.