Professional Bio

  • DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Regis University, 2008
  • MPT, Master of Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia 1999
  • BA, Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, University of Colorado Boulder, 1996
As a person, a teacher and a doctor of physical therapy, I lead my life according to the following values: life-long learning, service, compassion and caring for all individuals, leadership, maintaining a balance in all arenas of my life, and finding God’s presence in all of my endeavors. I strive to impart these values in my students by leading through example. I believe a hands-on passionate approach to teaching with constant application to “real world” situations will allow my students to thrive as individuals and as future Physical Therapists. If I can teach my students foundational skills, big picture application of these skills and professional values, I have done my job to promote the profession of physical therapy. More importantly, I will have ensured the growth and development of excellent Doctors of Physical Therapy as contributing members of society and to our profession.

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Certifications and Expertise

  • Early Mobility
  • Acute Care Physical Therapy
  • Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Wound Care
Clinical Certifications
  • State of Colorado PT License # 7085
  • APTA Neurological Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Wound Specialist
  • APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor
  • APTA Credentialed Advanced Clinical Instructor
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Acute Care and Neurologic Sections
  • Colorado Chapter APTA
  • Colorado Acute and Rehabilitation Special Interest Group, Vice-President

Research and Scholarship

Research Interests
  • Early Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit
  • Peer Mentoring and Orientation for Physical Therapy Practice in the Intensive Care Unit

Recent Publications

Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Thomas S, Rich AJ. (2017). Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse through Interprofessional Engagement and Education. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 16(1), Article 9.

Recent Presentations

Rich, AJ, Thomas, SM. Promoting Change in Perceptions of the Interprofessional Healthcare Team for the DPT Student through Engagement and Education about the Opioid Crisis. To be presented at the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT conference, Orlando, FL. June, 2018.

Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Thomas SM, Rich AJ. Addressing Opioid Misuse and Abuse through Interdisciplinary Intervention. Health, Wellness & Society International Conference. Oct 2017.

Nordon-Craft, A., Luby, D., Rich, A. The Effects of Early & Intensive Physical Therapy for Patients with Subarachnoid Hemorrhage admitted to a Neurological ICU. University of Colorado Hospital Rehabilitation Symposium, Aurora, CO. September, 2017.

Rich, A. Which Critical Event is Your Gait Missing?  Using A Smart Phone Application For Gait Analysis and Physical Therapy Intervention in the Clinic. University of Colorado Hospital Rehabilitation Symposium, Aurora, CO. September, 2017.

Thomas SM, Brooks MJ, Holm SE, Rich A.   Utilizing Interprofessional Engagement to Address Opioid Misuse and Abuse. Presented at the National Academies of Practice. Philadelphia, PA. March, 2016.

Education Day with Craig Hospital: Management of the Patient with a Spinal Cord Injury - University of Colorado Hospital Aurora, CO. October 2014.

Mentoring Physical Therapists in Preparation for Clinical Competence in the Intensive Care Unit - University of Colorado Hospital. Aurora, CO. September 2014.

National Stroke Association Lifelong Education and Advocacy Program - Series of 4 half day lectures twice per year for stroke survivors and their caregivers. University of Colorado Hospital. Aurora, CO. 2010-2014.

Awards and Recognition

  • Hammerich, A, Rich, A, Anemaet, W. Teaching and Learning with Technology,  Video Capture and Analysis Within a Simulation Laboratory, Regis Micro-grant, 2016-2017, $2000.

Community Involvement and Service

9 News Health Fair Volunteer for Physical Therapy: BMI, balance training and fall prevention. Anschutz Medical Campus Aurora, CO

Race for the Cure Participant- fun run to raise funds for Breast Cancer. Denver, CO

Project Homeless Volunteer for Regis University. Denver, CO

Co-Founder of Annual Shake Around the Lake - 5K fun run to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association. Lake Tomahawk, WI. July 2008 to present