Meet our Family

Since 2013, Elevation Physical Therapy has been providing the highest quality health and wellness to the Denver community. We invite you to join our family!

Julie Barr, MPT, FAFS

Owner – Physical Therapist

Julie is a Colorado native and the founder of Elevation Physical Therapy. As a competitive athlete growing up, Julie felt a deep interest in studying how the body operated, grew stronger and healed after injury. Julie obtained her undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology from CU Boulder and her masters in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Julie went on to study Applied Functional Science through a fellowship program with the Grey Institute, and has also become certified in dry needling. Leaving a Director position at a large facility in San Diego, she moved back to Colorado to start a clinic offering personalized one-on-one care to clients of all ages.

Julie spends her free time riding bikes and spending time outdoors with her husband Tim, son Micah and dog Trooper. 

Joel Hegeman, DPT, FAFS

Lead Physical Therapist

Growing up in Iowa, Joel had always been interested in sports from a young age. His passion for the science of movement led him to obtain his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Kinesiology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He then went on to get his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences in Minnesota. Joel has completed the fellowship program in Applied Functional Science with the Gray Institute of Functional Transformation, he is also certified in dry needling. Joel specializes in total wellness and rehabilitation.

In his free time, Joel enjoys traveling, rock climbing, trail running and spending time outdoors.

Kelly Putnam, PhD, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kelly grew up in Ohio, but she has lived in Colorado since 2014. The active Colorado lifestyle led to a love for ultra running and ultimately fueled a career change from biomedical research to clinical practice in Physical Therapy. She graduated from University of Colorado with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and is certified in dry needling. Kelly is also a 200-hour yoga instructor. She loves connecting with patients and helping them to realize their movement goals. 

Kelly enjoys trail running, peak bagging, mountain and desert adventures, yoga, swimming and crochet. 


Alisha McKellip

Front Office Manager

Alisha is a fourth generation Colorado native. She attended Arvada West Hight School as well as Warren Tech Trade School, where she was the president of her Hospitality, Travel and Tourism class. Her passion is people and hospitality at all levels. She previously worked in a Physical Therapy office and loved watching the patients progress from their pain/injury to become fully functioning again. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Elevation family. She will be your cheerleader throughout your time with Elevation.


Alisha enjoys her free time with her HUGE family, 6 brothers and 3 sisters, 29 nieces and nephews as well as 2 great nephews.  She loves camping and paddle boarding with her husband and walking her two dogs.