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HELLO & WELCOME
I am Katie Gavin, the owner and operator of Boulder Higher Health. I am a licensed physical therapist, a licensed massage therapist and a personal trainer, with a background in somatic exercises, Yoga and Pilates.
With over a decade of experience practicing as a physical therapist, I hold knowledge that will help you feel better quickly. If you are in pain from an injury, accident, surgery, congenital conditions or repetitive stress, you have found the right place.
I serve clients in Boulder, Colorado and the surrounding areas, I look forward to meeting you and starting you on the road to a fast recovery!
Hours of operation:
Mon., Weds. and Thurs. 8:45am - 6:15pm,
Please call if you are having trouble finding a time on the calendar and I maybe able to help get you in sooner.
"Katie is phenomenal! I had two knee replacements and came to Katie both for her skill as a massage therapist and a personal trainer. Katie's knowledge of the body and how it works is extensive. As a massage therapist she was able to zero in on my problem areas and made a huge difference in my ability to move. As a personal trainer she communicated clearly and was able to help me to reach my goals quickly. Katie is awesome!"
"In September 2018 I started to have lower back pain. The only relief I got was laying down flat or standing and walking. I couldn't sit down for longer than a few minutes with out it hurting. I tried multiple supports cushions, PT balls nothing helped. I saw my first PT In Boulder and for weeks she treated me for a tight IT band and weak core. I got no relief and decided to see a 2nd PT. I went to a different place in South Boulder and was treated there for a few weeks. They also couldn't figure out was happening. Then I saw a chiropractor in South Boulder and still no luck. By this time it was December, I decided to get an MRI and see a back surgeon. I was in so much pain I couldn't tie my shoe laces, bend over to empty the dishwasher, sit in the car, on the sofa at the dining table. I had to stand up all the time. I started walking to my PT appointments which was a 4 mile walk there and back, because I couldn't drive. It affected my work considerably. The surgeon said my back was in good health and there is nothing for him to operate on. Great news but disheartening because I wanted a diagnosis to fix the problem. I heard about Katie through a friend and decided to see her. I saw her in early May 2019. She treatment me for a misaligned SI joint. She adjusted my hips and instantly, in my first session I was able to bend down and tie my shoe laces. I even remember driving home that day pain free!! I can't express how grateful I am to Katie for figuring out what was wrong with me. The pain was so debilitating and to have had it for close to 8 months was the most painful thing I've had to live with. I would definitely recommend Katie to anyone who needs a physical therapist. I only wish I saw her sooner. Thank you Katie!"
- Claire, Boulder
"Katie has been my massage therapist and our personal trainer for over a year now. Her training and work experience gives her the expertise that everyone can benefit from. She has addressed numerous problems I have had since my knee replacements and back surgery. My husbands posture has greatly improved. She is amazing!!!"
- Debbie, Boulder
"I am a climber, trail runner, and mountain biker. Katie has helped me many times through overtraining injuries of my neck, shoulder and ankle. Not only does she know how to effectively treat sports injuries, her knowledge and skills make her unique to the world of rehabbing injuries. She has helped me heal more than once and always includes future injury prevention. Katie portrays a professional demeanor that is really appreciated. Thanks Katie!" - Lily , Boulder
"Katie is the best. Katie has been our personal trainer for a year and she has done wonders for my posture & balance."
"I badly tore my meniscus in my left knee this fall and had to have a repair surgery performed on it. As a rock climber, I was looking to aggressively rehab my knee without re-injuring it, so I could return to climbing ASAP. Fortunately, I was referred to Katie. Katie was practical and professional in her approach. She led me through an active, yet safe recovery that kept me well ahead of my doctor's expectations for progression. Now, at 4 months post-op, I am confident and happy to say that I am returning to climbing a full 3 months ahead of my surgeon's expectations. Katie's extensive knowledge of the body's workings coupled with her talent as a massage therapist were invaluable to my recovery. It's icing on the cake that she is a climber and one of the only professionals in town who actually understands the body mechanics of rock climbing. You won't regret working with her!"
- Adam, Boulder
"Katie is amazing! I am so much healthier, stronger and more balanced since she started working with me. She is extremely knowledgeable about the workings of the human body. She gives excellent directions, monitors and corrects my body positions and gives me great feedback and encouragement. " - Gretchen, Longmont
"I can't say enough good things about Katie Gavin! I was so fortunate to be referred to her for massage, after a not-so-fortunate car accident. Not only is she an amazing massage therapist, but having a physical therapy background makes her superb! She is one of a few massage therapists who take Med-pay auto insurance for massage. I appreciate how in depth her knowledge of anatomy and physiology & movement of the human body spans. She understands me as an athlete and professional equestrian. She is a wealth of knowledge, and I love every session I have with her."
- Gabby, Boulder
What can I say about Katie?? So much, but mostly, she is a HEALER and an awesome human. I have been in chronic pain for as long as I can remember and after just one visit, I knew she’d save my life. She is a true therapist and her knowledge of the anatomy of the body makes her the absolute best at what she does...counting the days until my next appointment!"
- Laura, Boulder
"I have had multiple massages from Katie because of a whiplash injury and then a shoulder injury. Her work has allowed me to recover and get back to enjoying life and activities that I enjoy. I have also attended Katie's Pilates classes. The classes she teaches build strength and balance and also focus on posture and breathing. I have to say that my physical condition has improved dramatically from these sessions, so much so that I will continue for the rest of my life!"
- Maureen, Gunbarrel
"My 10 year old and I were under Katie’s care for almost a year following a car accident. Her touch is amazing and our bodies responded beautifully in the healing process. Not only does Katie give the best massage I’ve ever had, her personality is uplifting and encouraging. She handled all of the insurance paperwork, making it so much easier for me! I’ve sent several friends and they too, agree! None of us can recommend Katie Gavin at Boulder Higher Health enough. She is hands down a life changer!"
- Kirstine, Boulder
I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of pain and injuries. I work one-on-one with people, like yourself, who need help healing through pain, injuries & surgeries. I can help you by guiding and encouraging you towards the strength, stability and flexibility you need to achieve your specific functional & recreational goals.
After an evaluation and proper diagnosis, your treatment plan will be created & tailored specifically to what your body needs to re-align, balance & heal. Your treatment will consist of hands on healing modalities such as specific myofascial release techniques, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy.
I may use specific muscle energy techniques, joint mobilizations, cupping or taping techniques to most efficiently treat your injury.
Physical therapy and/or personal training strengthening workouts will consist of corrective exercises, neuromuscular re-education, stretching, body mechanics, postural education, balance, proprioception and more.
Always a part of your session will be education on what is the diagnosis - what is causing your pain. The treatment plan will be explained step-by-step, in easy to understand concepts & you will feel empowered and motivated on the road to recovery.
I enjoy working as a team with other health care providers and can directly communicate with your doctor, surgeon, personal trainer, chiropractor and/or physical therapist when needed to ensure we are all on the same page and doing the best we can to ensure your road to recovery.
3775 Iris Ave,
Boulder, CO 80301