Angela Howell, OTR/L, MSOT – Occupational Therapy

Angela Howell, OTR/L, MSOT

Occupational Therapy at the Rehabilitation Department at Southwest Health System


Graduate: Boston University, Occupational Therapy

Undergraduate: High Point University, Sports Medicine

Recognition and awards: Employee of the Month


  • Spinal cord injury
  • Acute CVA rehab
  • ADL performance in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Increasing functional use of upper extremities
  • Upper extremity splinting
  • Ergonomic specialist can perform in-house assessments for staff work areas
  • WorkWell or Pre-Work screening for new applicants to ensure job safety

Care Philosophy

“I aim to inform patients of “the why” behind therapy techniques in easy to understand terms therefore getting them to “buy in” to and be more successful in the rehab process.
I feel that we have a great collaborative team that not only refers to each other when patient needs require it, but we also teach and learn from each other to make the whole team better.”

About Angela

Angela is originally from New Orleans, LA. She has  2 young sons and enjoys introducing them to outdoor fun!


Brenton Wright, PT, DPT- Physical Therapist

Brenton Wright, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy 

Brenton Wright, PT, DPT is a physical therapist in Cortez, Colorado. He specializes in treating orthopedic and neuro populations; specifically knee surgeries and BPPV vertigo. He can help with vertigo, falls, exercise recommendations and more. Contact us at 970-564-2460 for more information.

Common Procedures and Expertise

  • Orthopedic and neuro populations
  • Knee surgeries
  • BPPV vertigo
  • Vertigo, falls, and exercise recommendations
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization

Care Philosophy

“Everyone can always improve. I want to get my patients back to doing all the things they love in the community.As a team we have a very comprehensive mixture of therapists That allow us to treat a variety of diagnoses successfully. We use that diverse set of skills to make sure the patient has the best outcome possible. It’s important that people know that I am very excited and energetic about my job, and truly enjoy getting people better.”

Brenton has been an outstanding help in regaining the range of motion in my knees after bilateral total knee replacement. I am a difficult case as I was so restricted preoperatively. Brenton has tried multiple strategies, extensively researched, and done everything but stand on his head to help me regain adequate function, and I am sure he WOULD stand on his head if he felt it would help me. He is the perfect combination of cheerleader and taskmaster.  SHS is very lucky to have him, and I am blessed to have him as my primary PT here. He is determined to get me the best outcome possible. If I arrive early for an appointment, he takes me immediately if he is not with another patient, and gives me extra time if necessary, because obviously we have TWO joints to work on! His positive attitude reflects well on the PT department, as well as the organization as a whole. M.L, Patient


Undergraduate: Kansas State University

Physical Therapy Training: Midwestern University- Glendale, Arizona

Internship: Falls City, NE; Wickenburg, AZ,& The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ

More about Brenton

Hometown: Hiawatha, KS

Interests and Favorites: “My wife is a PTA here. I love the outdoors, sports, and my dogs. I have two labs that I take hiking every chance I get. I am a huge Chiefs fan, and I have enjoyed winning the AFC west the last two years. As for favorite foods and destinations, oreos, seafood and New Orleans top off the list.”



Staci Cost, Physical Therapist

Staci Cost, PT, DPT, MHSc, PT, MTC, staci cost OCS

Physical Therapist in Cortez, Colorado

Staci Cost PT, DPT, MHSc, PT, MTC, OCS, is a full- time physical therapist who provides inpatient and outpatient therapy services at Southwest Health System on the Mildred Road campus.

Staci received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Regis University,  she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a certificate in Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge in 1995 and a Masters in Health Science in 2006 from the University of St. Augustine, Florida.

Staci completed her manual therapy certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine, Florida in 2000. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Staci is Pilates Certified and specializes in spinal disorders, chronic pathologies, and sports injuries.

Professional membership includes an APTA member since 1993.

On a personal note Staci is a native to Colorado, enjoys skiing and soccer in her spare time and most of all spending time with her husband Paul, their daughter Samantha and son Nicholas.

Staci Cost, PT, DPT, MHSc, PT, MTC, OCS, treats/performs the following:

  • TMJ
  • Whiplash
  • Chronic pain
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Shoulder and ankle and pain
  • Rehabilitative Pilates (certified)
  • Women’s health issues: pelvic health, pelvic pain, incontinence, pregnancy pain, plantar fasciitis. A person may be referred to pelvic floor physical therapy to treat incontinence, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, constipation, chronic pelvic pain, and painful intercourse.Women may see a pelvic floor physical therapist for treatment of vaginismus or endometriosis.
  • Dry needling (highest certification)
  • Manual therapy certified
  • Vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness and imbalance/vertigo
  • Neuromuscular re-education for chronic pain or to relearn movement
  • Preoperative physical therapy
  • And more….

To make an appointment or referral, please contact the Rehabilitation Department at 970.564.2460.

For help talking to your doctor:

Do I need a referral for physical therapy? Women’s Health Edition

Talking to your doctor: pelvic floor disorders

Talking about your condition