We strive to provide the highest quality care, combining manual therapy with specific corrective exercise to help optimize long-term outcomes. We are motivated to create a fun, engaging environment and set ourselves apart by keeping on the forefront of research and techniques to get patients back to life and recreation as quickly as possible.
Patient education is important to us, so each patient is given the knowledge to help manage their own condition during and after treatment.
Our therapists work together as team, and appreciate the ability to collaborate together to help solve more complex patient cases.
Hailing from South Africa, Andre Botha graduated with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town in 1991. He gained experience working in Europe, Africa and across the United States until settling in Hawaii where he owned a private practice clinic for over 10 years. He specializes in outpatient orthopedic manual physical therapy and has earned the highest level of training from the McKenzie Institute, and is an expert in resolving low back and cervical spine issues. Andre's goal is to customize physical therapy and improve quality of life for every patient he treats.
Amanda St Pierre
Amanda graduated from Oakland University, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Previously, she performed lead roles in several musicals in Europe, as well as in New York as a professional dancer. She most recently completed "When the Foot Hits the Ground," a course specific to the foot and ankle, and how the lower leg affects the rest of the body. She has her level II Dry Needling Certification and is a Certified Yoga Teacher. She enjoys running and riding trails with her dog, Josie. Her therapy approach draws from her background as a dancer and a lover of movement. She specializes in Pilates, Yoga, corrective exercise, sports-specific exercise, and hands-on techniques. She enjoys working with both athletic and older populations, and is inspired by each patient she meets.
Amanda is available as an on-site therapist for athletic events (such as Ultra endurance races). She thrives on helping her patients achieve their goals, whether it is getting that last 10 degrees of flexion after a knee replacement, or supporting pre, collegiate or professional athletes in climbing, volleyball, basketball, dance, gymnastics, biking, running, or firefighting.
Casey Buckingham graduated as a PTA in 2015 from Salt Lake Community College in Utah, after getting her BS in Developmental Psychology from Westminster College. She has experience in both outpatient and inpatient physical therapy, and recently became certified in Mulligan’s Mobilization with Movements techniques, as well as When the Foot Hits the Ground gait and foot course. She feels passionate about functional training, novel corrective exercise, and hands-on therapy tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Casey’s style of therapy places an equal emphasis on the mind and the body, and her prior training in psychology plays into that. She is excited and grateful to be in a profession where she is able to help people and never stop learning. Casey enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and skiing with her family.
SueB obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in 1994. Prior to her career in physical therapy she was an outdoor educator and worked for organizations like the Colorado Outward Bound School. She has been a physical therapist in Durango for 24 years, and has certifications in Spinal Manipulation and Level III Dry Needling. Her passion and expertise is in foot /ankle dysfunction and the lower kinetic chain and she has extensive experience treating orthopedic conditions. SueB is our foot and gait analysis expert who creates custom orthotics to help solve difficult foot issues. She enjoys any and all outdoor actives in Durango and the surrounding desert including gardening and swimming.
David Cummins earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Regis University in Colorado. He has worked extensively with patients suffering from spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. He has experience in both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic clinics and as a member of a wilderness search and rescue team. Before joining the Absolute Team, David participated in a medical mission to Tanzania (in 2018) where he helped set up medical services for a remote village. He is a native of Southwest Colorado and after ten years away, he is thrilled to return home to provide quality physical therapy services to Durango and the surrounding area. When he isn’t helping people heal, David likes to ride mountain bikes and explore the many natural hot springs in Colorado.