Megan Smith | PT, DPT
Runner - Physical therapist - Adventurer
Doctor of Physical Therapy
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Spanish minor
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
Physical Therapist at Denver Health
Outpatient orthopedics and neuro rehab
Certified in Dry Needling
Certified Vestibular Rehab Specialist
2020 US Olympic Trials marathoner
Half Marathon: 1:17:23
10 mile: 58:22
Former NCAA DIII athlete
Cross-Country, Track & Field, Nordic Skiing
As a full-time physical therapist at Denver Health, I primarily treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, as well as neurological conditions and vestibular dysfunction. I have certifications in dry needling, and vestibular rehabilitation. I am also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Orthopedic section.
I am a science-minded person; when it comes to treating patients and training for races, I use evidence to guide me, and strive to understand the 'why' behind everything I do.
While a lot of my training is specific and regimented, I've also learned to adapt and relax. Through my education, experience, and errors, I learned a lot. I am self-coached and trained solo for each PR of my elite career, ultimately earning myself a spot at the 2020 Olympic Trials marathon. I balance full-time work with part-time training, along with other hobbies. It's challenging and exhausting, but I've always believed that if you do what you love, it's worth it.
When not working or training, you'll find me in the mountains hiking, camping and climbing. I've summited 22 fourteeners (peaks over 14,000ft) in Colorado so far, one while running, and have plans for more. My philosophy is the more remote and wild, the better. The beauty, peace, and solitude of wilderness is therapeutic. It's humbling to stand in the shadow of a mountain, or to gaze at the Milky Way stretched across the night sky. Few things make me feel as alive, and at peace, as nature does.