Our physical therapists are experienced and educated, committed to providing personalized and innovative physical therapy treatments to get our patients back to doing what they love. We offer exceptional service at our 11 Summit County & Eagle County locations in Breckenridge, Vail, Avon, Beaver Creek, Eagle, Edwards, Frisco, Gypsum, and Silverthorne.

Thank you for your interest in Howard Head’s student of physical therapy clinical education program. Unfortunately, due to issues with worker’s compensation insurance law in the state of Colorado, entering into new contracts with schools and universities has been extremely challenging. As a result, we are not entering into any new contracts with institutions for student placements at this time. If your school has a current contract with Howard Head and Vail Health Hospital, and you are interested in a rotation, please contact our center coordinator for clinical education using the information provided below. If you school does not have a current contract and you would like to have the opportunity to learn at Howard Head, we would encourage you to look into our sports residency program as an option for post graduate education once you gain licensure as a therapist.

For more information please contact Center Coordinator for Clinical Education, Shayna Graham.
Email:  Shayna.graham@vailhealth.org
Phone: (970) 328-6715
Vail Health's Howard Head Sports Residency is a full-time program designed to advance the skills of physical therapists whose career goals center around becoming valued, contributing members of a sports medicine team.

Criteria for eligibility include graduation from an accredited physical therapy program; a Colorado state physical therapy license; current certification as an athletic trainer, EMT, or Emergency Medical Responder; and an APTA and Sports Section membership. Please read the Program Description, Eligibility, and Benefits below for details.

Applications are due through RF-PTCAS by Friday, January 10, 2020. Qualified applicants will be contacted by Friday, January 31, 2020. Interviews will take place at the Howard Head clinic in Vail on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Program Description, Eligibility, and Benefits (pdf)

Application Criteria (pdf)

Please review all of the above materials prior to contacting Howard Head Sports Medicine. If you have questions that are not addressed in the information provided, please contact Mary Ellen Broersma at maryellen.broersma@vailhealth.org or (970) 476-1225.

Looking to explore the day to day experience of a physical therapist? At Howard Head we open our doors to community members interested in observing at any of our clinics throughout Eagle and Summit Counties. From high school students exploring career options, to adults making a career change, we will match you with a professional to shadow for hours, days, or even weeks to gain insight in our field. During your observation experience you will examine a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, learn about our culture here at Howard Head, and have the opportunity to ask any questions of the experts. This is an amazing opportunity for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.

Please complete and submit the Applicant Contact Information Sheet (pdf)

To submit completed information sheets, proof of vaccinations, and inquire about an observation opportunity, please contact:

Name: Erin Schmitt, PT, DPT, OCS
Email: erin.schmitt@vailhealth.org
Phone: (970) 845-9600