Ken Wheeler PTA/LMT
Physical Therapy Assistant
Ken Wheeler PTA/LMT came to the Vail Valley from North Carolina after living in several states east of the Mississippi. In North Carolina Ken started his career in healthcare attending Southwestern Community College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant then the Center for Massage in Asheville North Carolina to become a massage therapist and also has a degree from the University of Phoenix in Health Care Services.
Ken has worked in a variety of settings, always in the field of health promotion. His work in North Carolina ran the gamut of helping develop restorative care programs in skilled nursing facilities, to in and outpatient Physical Therapy at Highlands Cashiers Hospital, to being program director for the Wellness Center and Outdoor programs for the Cullasaja Club in Highlands, North Carolina, a private country club.
Ken returned to Southwestern Community College where he earned his Degree in Physical Therapy be the director of the Massage Therapy program while also teaching Functional Anatomy and Manual Techniques for Physical Therapist Assistants.
Ken has a deep love of outdoor pursuits and you may run in to him on a mountain or road bike, inbounds or back country skiing or just enjoying a hike or run on a mountain trail. His love of the sports in these mountains, as well as his daughter's ski racing brought Ken from North Carolina several times a year for the past few years so he and his wife came to the conclusion that living and working in the Vail Valley would be incredible.
Ken has also worked with the National Ski Patrol for 10 years and is a Red Cross Certified Life Guard.
Ken's diverse life experience is a good analogy for how he approaches the human body. "I like problem solving and will throw everything I have at a problem until we find what works best." Ken learned Active Isolated Stretching and Strengthening from the developer Aaron Mattes by working with him in his clinic in Sarasota, Florida.
He has been trained in Cranio Sacral, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular therapy as well as other modalities. He has 16 years of experience in treating orthopedic and neurological conditions in both Physical Therapy and as a personal trainer.