Dr. Tia Totura



Physical Therapist

  • Physical Therapist (PT)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling certified (TPDN)
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment certified (SFMA)
  • TMJ disorders and headaches trained
  • Vestibular rehab trained
  • Redcord® Provider
  • Former Division I swimmer and captain

Tia Totura is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in sports, general orthopedics, TMJ disorders and headaches. She works at Activcore in Denver, Colorado, located just one mile from the popular Cherry Creek Shopping District.

As a former Division I swimmer and captain of the Women's Swimming and Diving Team at the University of Denver, Tia has a special interest in treating swimmers and other overhead athletes. She holds a Bachelors degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Denver, graduating with distinction on the honor roll and Dean's list. She holds a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Pacific University, ranked among the top 50 PT schools in the country. She also has advanced post-graduate training in sports rehabilitation with a focus on swimming, as well as specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of TMJ disorders (TMJD) like jaw pain, neck tightness and headaches.

Tia goes beyond the symptoms and looks at the whole body to help you recover from pain and injury, and safely return to a fulfilling life of sport, activity and wellness. She possesses a rare combination of highly developed skill sets which include both orthopedics and TMJD therapy that make her exceptionally equipped to treat you from head to toe. Additionally, she is recognized nationally as a leading authority in the application of Redcord, a suspension exercise system designed to help you develop a smarter, balanced body through the power of neuromuscular activation.

A client’s desire to reach their highest potential is what fuels Tia's motivation. She believes that one’s journey to recovery and beyond is distinctive and can sometimes get lost among the healthcare process. Activcore not only creates an environment that allows clients to regain control over their care but also encourages them to pursue their greatest self. When a client discovers that potential, the possibilities are endless.

My Jaw Hurts. Where Does This Pain Actually Come From?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a fancy word for the space between your jaw and your skull. You have two of them, one on either side of your face. The TMJ is a wonderful thing when it works correctly. It allows you to talk, eat, drink, chew, sing, laugh, yawn, and breathe through your mouth. You get the point, it does a lot. The joint itself is small but really strong. In fact, it can endure up to 250 pounds!


The Popping and Clicking Jaw. When Is It a Problem?

Like most joints, things pop, click, grind, and tell us we’re still alive! The jaw joint or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) is no different. It may start to make noises or feel differently when opening your mouth. But what are those noises? And when are they bad?


Why Redcord Is Especially Helpful For Swimmers.

As a swimmer, this is my best kept secret. Swimming is a unique sport due to the environment in which you’re in. This makes rehabbing a swimmer fairly unique. When I work with athletes, their primary goals are to return to sport and enhance performance. But most sports are on land. Nothing can really replicate swimming out of the water; and so fully reconditioning a swimmer would often be challenging. To reproduce similar forces, leverage, and buoyancy that water applies to a joint has always been difficult. That’s until I discovered Redcord.


I Signed Up For My First Triathlon, But I’ve Never Actually Trained For Swimming. Where Do I Start?

Congrats, signing up for an Olympic-distance triathlon takes bravery! It also keeps you accountable to actually train to swim 1.5km (0.93 mi), bike 40km (25 mi), and run 10km (6.2 mi). Typically the hardest activity to train for is swimming, because it's where most people have the least amount of experience. In this blog article, there are some tips to help prepare you for the swimming portion of the race, as well as some tips on what to avoid.


Managing Tinnitus: An Audiologist’s Perspective

While there are several types and a wide range of presentations, management of tinnitus is most successful with a multidisciplinary approach. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, I asked my colleague Dr. Drew Price, Au.D., FAAA, a local audiologist at Sound Relief Healing Center, about her take on managing symptoms.


My Reviews

I began seeing Dr. Tia Totura in July due to an auto accident which caused a slight concussion and whiplash. She was always very professional and informative in treating my injuries. When I asked her questions, she would explain in detail what the problem was and how she was treating it. I was impressed by her knowledge and demeanor. If I need PT help in the future, I will always call Tia first. I highly recommend her to anyone needing physical therapy treatment.

Patra A.

Tia is amazing. She is thoughtful, engaging, genuinely cares about her clients, and demonstrates a true passion of helping people get better. I had two foot surgeries back to back and going to Activcore has been the main contributor to helping me improve my mobility and strength. Tia has taught me not just to get back to where I was before surgery, but more importantly what I can do to be in even better shape. I'd recommend Activcore to people who sincerely want to get better and improve themselves, this has been a difficult commitment but one of the most important investments I could have made in myself.

Nate T.

Dr. Tia Totura has helped me get my life back! She is both knowledgeable and helpful. She has helped me work through many years of injuries and bad posture habits with her personal attention. I am getting back to doing the things I enjoy without the fear of lurking vertigo. I highly recommend her!


Only one visit so far but felt really comfortable around the staff and their knowledge regarding my treatment. Tia was very professional, friendly, and did a great job communicating my situation and expectations moving forward.

Jeff B.

Tia is the best! She is a joy to be around and so knowledgeable and has helped me regain range of motion and pain free movement that I didn't think was possible.

Catherine J.

Tia is very knowledgeable and kind. I believe she will help me through my pain issues.

Sharon D.



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