Meet Heather Lane Physical Therapy

Heather Lane Physical Therapy is your Medicare-approved Physical Therapist offering compassionate 60-minute one-on-one treatment sessions. Whether it’s an achy back or post-knee replacement, we address a variety of orthopedic conditions. Dr. Donovan performs a full examination that meets your active goals without medications or surgery. We find faster results with fewer visits by using research-based practice and hands-on techniques to correct movement. No Physicians’ referral is needed to begin your injury recovery.

Are you ready to move away from pain?



Your road to recovery begins in the east Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver. Conveniently located within the Forum building.

Patient Reviews

I wish there were more than 5 stars I could give for Heather Lane Physical Therapy. Dr. Patrick Donovan is a pro! I had a tear 2 sprain on my ankle in multiple locations when I started PT. I am a runner and I was concerned I would not be able to get back to my normal running routine and have chronic issues from the tear. Dr. Donovan on the first visit diagnosed the problem immediately and gave me simple, yet effective exercises to strengthen the ankle every week.The best part is he took time to really understand the issues and gave me a program that had me running and almost back to normal in 5-6 weeks. He takes the time to explain where you are in your recovery and helps you push yourself just enough to see results but not go backwards in your progress. I am sure if I had not gone to physical therapy here I would still be having ongoing issues with my ankle. I am so thankful to be back to normal and have Heather Lane to thank!mary rossettiDecember 22, 2019
(Translated by Google) If you need therapy for your body, I highly recommend this place. I had therapy for several months with Dr. Donovan, and it is amazing how you feel healing after each therapy. Dr. Donovan is passionate about his work and treats you with a lot of respect and honesty. (Original) Si usted necesita una terapia para su cuerpo, yo recomiendo con mucho respeto este lugar. Yo tuve terapia por varios meses con el Dr. Donovan, y es increible como sientes sanidad después de cada terapia. El Dr. Donovan apasiona su trabajo y te trata con mucho respeto y honestidad.EUFRACIA ARAGONOctober 9, 2019
I was fortunate to be referred to Dr. Patrick Donovan by my orthopedic physician. I was suffering with significant upper back pain that radiated into my right arm and hand. Patrick diagnosed the root causes of my pain and provided me tailored exercises to strengthen various muscle groups and improve my posture – both of which are helping me return to an active lifestyle. He did this over several months and has modified my exercises as I improved. Among his strengths are that he has excellent diagnostic skills, is a good listener and that he thoughtfully explains the situation and solution in terms that I can easily understand. I am in my mid-sixties and have worked with many Physical Therapists over the years. Patrick is among the very best in his field and I would highly recommend him. I am thankful for his care and treatments.Dave HullAugust 18, 2019
I highly recommend Dr. Patrick Donovan for physical therapy. I recently had ongoing chronic pain and he was quick to give me a proper and accurate diagnosis to my issue. What really differentiates Patrick from other physical therapy practices is that he's focused to give you a quick path to recovery. He was strategic and thoughtful about the exercises he was giving me and I immediately found improvement after a couple of sessions.Ivana CorsaleMay 23, 2019
Dr. Donovan is professional and knowledgable. His dry needling did wonders for my shoulder injury.Daniel MaderaJanuary 28, 2019
Dr. Donovan is an amazing resource for the Denver area. I do no think that I would have recovered as fast or as completely without his care. I would recommend him without reservation and with great enthusiasm.Gregory KeoghDecember 17, 2018
Pat is an excellent PT and helped me over come chronic back pain. He provided me great education and great exercises. I am back to living a healthier and stronger life. Heather Lane PT was not my first PT experience. I have been to two other PTs who were good but not great. If you are considering Heather Lane, I highly recommend it.Daniel WrzosekAugust 25, 2018
Anne SheaAugust 22, 2018
Dr. Donovan is very professional, courteous, friendly, and a highly skilled therapist. His service is personalized and second to none!Nick SwekoskyAugust 16, 2018
Dr. Donovan is very personable and tailored my exercises to what was practical to do—only 2-3 every other day!Terah DonovanAugust 16, 2018
Outstanding! Dr. Donovan corrected my walking and hip pain over the course of a few weeks of visits. His exercises and expertise allowed me to work up to hiking. Now I have an exercise program that keeps me out of his office!Patrick McGrathFebruary 27, 2018
Dr. Donovan was very attentive and helped me with pain in my back and hips. He was personal and easy to talk to about treatments and ways to improve my health and recovery. He did not pass me off to an assistant or student as has happened in other places. I felt like Dr. Donovan cared about making me better so I could get back to skiing.Peter BrutonFebruary 27, 2018
I never knew my foot issue could be related to my knee and hip. He connected the different joints and made it easy for me to understand. I can now run without pain and I have Dr. Donovan to thank. Thanks Dr. Dono for getting me back on my feet!skyler bartonFebruary 27, 2018
I contacted Dr. Patrick because of a neck injury while rock climbing. After a detailed examination he explained my condition using a cool anatomy app. I didn’t mind paying cash for PT because I was back to climbing after three sessions. I absolutely recommend Dr. Patrick for muscular pain relief.Kyle BarrettJanuary 16, 2018
Had a great experience with Patrick. He took care of my back pain with a few visits.Navin JainJanuary 9, 2018

Blog Highlights​

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Don’t Fear Aging: Improve Your Mindset to Age Better

Did you know that changing how you think can increase your lifespan, make you healthier and improve your memory, too? It’s true! No matter how old you are, positive change

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When Physical Therapy Sessions End, You’re In Charge of Continued Recovery

Discharge instructions are not always something we take seriously. Sometimes they just end up in the recycle bin. But paying more attention to the post-treatment weeks can contribute to your

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Down With Depression! Physical Therapy Can Help You Stay Out of the Dark

Depression can feel as if you're in a dense fog that covers you like a smothering blanket, and it's become very common among seniors. More than 6.5 million American adults

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Keeping Your Body and Brain Healthy Into Your 90s

When it comes to life expectancy and how good you feel as you age, there are many factors at play. You can't control your genetics, but you can give yourself

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5 Simple Ways (Not Exercises!) to Prevent Falls When You’re an Older Adult

Nearly 30 million falls are recorded every year among seniors, resulting in more than 27,000 deaths. Unfortunately, fall death rates are on the rise, increasing 30 percent between 2007 and

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Sexual Function in Older Women and the Role of Physical Therapy

Every aging woman who has experienced menopause knows that it changes her body, from bone loss and a higher risk of heart disease to bladder leakage, also known as urinary

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Sexual Function in Older Men and the Role of Physical Therapy

Men over the age of 40 know that testosterone gradually declines as they age. Fear not—this is perfectly normal. Still, sexual dysfunction causes side effects that can be distressing for

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Sarcopenia: What Age-Related Muscle Loss Does to You (And How to Overcome It)

Getting older can feel as if it's about all things new: new aches and pains, new medications, new conditions. While most seniors are aware of new symptoms relating to diseases

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New Year’s Resolution: Manage Your Chronic Condition Without Meds

If you have any sort of chronic pain or condition, try putting this at the top of your list of resolutions for the New Year: "Ask my doctor how I

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Fight Hunchback with 3 Posture Exercises to Help Straighten Your Spine

Are you noticing a hump forming on your spine? Is your head a little in front of your shoulders? Hyperkyphosis is the condition that causes the hump and general stooping.

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Get Wet! Joining a Pool Can Help You Stay Fit

Determined to improve your fitness for the New Year? You may be considering joining a gym, taking some skiing weekends, starting yoga or simply resolving to take a daily walk.

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Bend, Lift, Twist, Reach: Prepare Your Body for the Holiday Season

You're hauling up boxes of holiday decorations from the basement and hanging their contents. You're shopping for hours at a time—carrying bags laden with stocking stuffers—and then wrapping the gifts

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