Dr. Alyssa Wagner


Physical Therapist / Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • PT - Physical Therapist
  • DPT - Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • TPDN - Trigger Point Dry Needling certified
  • SFMA - Selective Functional Movement Assessment certified
  • Redcord Neurac trained

Alyssa Wagner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in sports and general orthopedics with a specific passion for ACL prevention and non-operative management of ACL injuries. She works at Activcore in Denver, Colorado, located just a mile from the popular Cherry Creek Shopping District.

Alyssa’s background and education make her uniquely qualified to handle more complex sports injuries, chronic pain, and post-operative care. She holds a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University, as well as a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She also has advanced post-graduate training in general sports and movement assessment including application of the SFMA to determine functional mobility and potential areas of dysfunction that may be leading to the source of injuries. Alyssa is also Trigger Point Dry Needling Level II certified as a tool to improve mobility, decrease pain, and increase function. Furthermore, she is earning her credentials to become a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Alyssa treats people of all ages and genders, with a special interest in helping soccer players, snowboarders and runners safely return to their sport. As a former competitive athlete herself, she greatly understands the value of a healthy body as well as the discipline involved in keeping it that way. She also knows what it takes to overcome challenges when faced with an injury.

Alyssa continues to practice what she preaches by leading an active lifestyle that includes running, hiking, camping and snowboarding. She also enjoys practicing yoga and meditation.

Alyssa goes beyond the injury and looks at the whole body when helping someone recover from an injury, pain and/or surgery. She utilizes a systematic approach of assessing functional movement patterns to identify areas of dysfunction that may be contributing to the underlying source of one’s pain. She then incorporates manual therapy techniques, dry needling, breathing mechanics, and graded exercise prescription to restore mobility, strength, balance, endurance and function.

Alyssa’s interest in injury prevention stems from years on the soccer field, seeing many of her teammates suffer from career ending injuries. Prevention for ACL injuries is currently under-served in today’s adolescents with alarming for rates of injury, especially among female athletes. With an extensive background in strength, conditioning and biomechanics, Alyssa hopes to one day correct this discrepancy. In fact, she has implemented an ACL prevention program into a U-13 female soccer program in Denver, and she would like to continue such work with surrounding teams and high school athletes.

Alyssa decided to combine her love for an active lifestyle with a passion for helping others to pursue a career in physical therapy. She grew up as a high level soccer player, snowboarder and runner which has shaped her appreciation for the human body and the dedication it takes to perform at an optimal level. She enjoys the field of physical therapy, and specifically working at Activcore, because of the ability to get to know each client on an individual basis in order to unlock their greatest potential as an athlete.

My Blog Posts

All Blog Posts

What Every Beginning Snowboarder Needs to Know. Q&A with Burton.

In addition to figuring out if your body is physically ready to hit the slopes, how do you know if you have the right equipment for optimal performance as a beginner snowboarder? I visited the Burton store here in the Rino District of downtown Denver to answer some of the most commonly asked questions that beginner snowboarders need answered. I was able to chat with the store’s Assistant Manager and avid snowboarder, Tom Ritter. ‍

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How Should I Recover After a Day on the Mountain? Guidance From Two Massage Therapists.

For all you ski enthusiasts out there, you know all too well what it feels like to wake up the next morning after a day on the slopes. Your whole body feels tired, your legs feel like lead, and even sitting down becomes a task. All this is to be expected due to the high physical demands of both skiing and snowboarding. With that being said, there are a few tips to help you recover and decrease soreness. I have teamed up with massage therapists Dana Llewellyn, LMT and Chris Smith, LMT from the Wellness Center in Denver and asked them a few questions about their keys to recovery.

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Are You Ready for the Mountain? 5 Exercises to Determine your Readiness for the Slopes.

With ski season here, most people create a checklist to make sure all their gear is ready to go. Edges are sharpened, boards are waxed, goggle lenses are replaced, and you're ready for the first good snow of the season. With all the attention we pay to the material goods of the sport, we tend to forget about our bodies' readiness to hit the slopes.

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Posture: Myths, Facts, and Ways to Improve

As a physical therapist, I often hear from my clients, “I sit at a desk all day and I know I have horrible posture. That’s probably why my neck hurts, right?”. This idea generally comes from social media posts, posture “corrector” gadgets, and posture being the historical blame for every neck and back issue if you have a desk job. But here is the kicker — there is no perfect posture. That’s right, I said it. And this is what I reiterate to my physical therapy clients time and time again to break the negative cycle about posture being the cause of their pain.

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I'm Getting Back into Running. How Can I Improve my Form?

Whether you are a former runner, a seasoned runner, or just beginning, how you are running is important. I don’t know about you, but until recently I was just lacing up my sneakers and running out the door. I never thought much about the way I was running, just how many miles I was going to do and how fast I could get them done. Your running form is just as important to your training as mileage, duration, and intensity. A few variables that can have a big impact on your performance include a proper warm-up, cadence, and shoe wear.

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I Already Go To The Gym. What Can A Physical Therapist Do For Me?

The health and wellness industry has been receiving the attention and value it deserves over the last few decades. Whether we're talking about the hottest new workout, latest self-care trend, or coolest fitness gadget to add to our gym bag, the topic of health and wellness is on the forefront of everyone's minds. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that, as a physical therapist, I support an active lifestyle for myself and for my clients.

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How Do I Prepare My Body for Snowboarding and Skiing? Exercise Tips to Stay Injury Free This Season.

It’s that time of year again for a lot of us here in Colorado when we dust off the ski boots, strap the snowboards to the roof, and head up to the mountains. Skiing and snowboarding both require a combination of strength, endurance, agility and balance to keep you upright as you head down the hill.

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My Client Reviews

Alyssa is very talented, knowledgeable, and friendly. I highly recommend seeing her for dry needling. She has helped me recover from tingling numbness and nerve issues that others would likely have said needed nerve surgery. Two thumbs way up and no tingling numbness!

Sellers S.

I've been seeing Alyssa Wagner for a while and she is amazing! Really listens to what the issue is, talks through the body mechanics of what might be causing pain and really helps me feel better! Highly recommend her to anyone, at any level, but especially if you're active in any way.

Emily F.

Alyssa is professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated to getting me back on my ankle as soon and as safely as possible. She is the reason I came to Activcore for rehab.

Harry M.

Alyssa is knowledgeable and warm. She is genuinely concerned about my condition and path to recovery. Front desk people are friendly.

Toni G.

Alyssa is wonderful. Receptionists are kind.

Paula M.

Thorough evaluation and personable staff. I feel like my therapist Alyssa understood my back issues and are helping to develop a plan to address them.

Meggan H.



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