We are Champions Recovery Room. Our professionally trained experts our driven by our purpose to help you optimize your health and hit your wellness goals - at your own pace.
ANGELA SPENCER - PT, MSPT, CMPT, CAFS, CCI
Angela is a physical therapist with over 20 years of experience in the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting. She has worked with people ranging in age from 2 months to 96 years of age and with a wide variety diagnoses.
She is the only Neufit Method certified physical therapist in Iowa, an Astym certified provider, a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through NAIOMPT (North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists), a certified Pose Method Running specialist, a Certification in Applied Functional Science and 3D MAPS, and well trained in ACL and hip rehabilitation and Dry needling certified as FDN1. She is able to fit custom foot orthotics, perform manipulation of the spine and joints, and works with children with torticollis.
She works with many local athletes for sports rehabilitation and specifically runners, softball/baseball players, volleyball, soccer players, dancers, and Junior Olympic gymnasts, tennis players and may other club sport athletes. Her goal: to help them achieve their goals/dreams.
When not running her business & taking care of patients, she loves spending time with her husband Mike, three kids: Dayna, Brooke and Maxon. She also loves being outside, traveling and working out.
CLAIRE LEE-EVANS, PT, DPT, MS
Claire is a licensed physical therapist who spent the past year practicing in Oregon and is excited to be back in Iowa. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fitness Management from Wartburg College, her Master’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from South Dakota State University, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University.
Claire enjoys working with a variety of individuals through their rehabilitation process, and creates a unique and individualistic approach to help patients restore their function.
Claire loves to travel and spent time living in Australia where she had a personal training business prior to attending DMU. Claire has an extensive background in strength and conditioning and loves to work with athletes, especially weight lifters and tennis players. When she is not treating patients, Claire loves to run, lift weights, travel, and spend time with her wife and son.
HANNAH MOFFAT, PT, DPT
Hannah is a licensed physical therapist new to the Des Moines area. Originally from the East Coast, Hannah completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy also from Northeastern University. While in school, Hannah had the opportunity to gain clinical experience in treating patients recovering from a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries as well as collegiate athletes. Additionally, she worked with children in an inpatient hospital setting.
As a competitive gymnast growing up, Hannah discovered sports physical therapy early in her childhood. Since then, she has had a passion for assisting athletes of all varieties to attain and maintain their healthiest self. In addition to working with athletes, Hannah has a particular interest in treating patients with chronic pain and various neurological disorders.
When not working as a physical therapist, Hannah enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Devin, and her dog, Fenway. She and her husband have an ongoing goal to hike to the tallest peak in each of the 50 states. Hannah also enjoys traveling- especially to visit family.
NICOLE AHERNS, PTA
Nicole is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with experience in both the outpatient and skilled nursing PT settings. She received her Bachelor ‘s of Science in Kinesiology from Iowa State University and went on to receive her Associate’s in Physical Therapist Assistant from Mercy College of Health Sciences. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Nicole moved down to Ames for undergrad and decided to make Iowa her permanent home.
Nicole is certified in the Neufit Method, and has experience working with patients of varying orthopedic and neurological diagnoses and age groups ranging from 5 years to 101 years of age. She loves working with individuals in their 30s to 60s interested in improving their health and living a more active lifestyle, or those recovering from an injury to help them return to their prior level of function. She also enjoys using her background in volleyball and softball to help younger athletes with their sports rehab and return-to-play.
When she is not treating patients, Nicole loves spending time with her husband Jacob, and their yellow lab, Bella. They are currently expecting twin boys that will be arriving this winter.
Champions Recovery Room and Physical Therapy believes everyone is a champion - even if you’re not an athlete!
From acute athletic, recreational, or work-related injuries to chronic nagging and annoying pains, Champions offers ways to help you recover and get back to the activities you love.
Our vision is to consistently deliver expert and individualized care to you, or your family member, by making sure your health is always the top priority. We pride ourselves on creating strong relationships with each and every one of our clients.
Through a variety of services such as physical therapy, the recovery room, and our wellness programs, we strive to keep you active and healthy while working on getting you back to the champion you were meant to be.