Dr. Ivo Waerlop


Sometimes we take for granted our backup systems. In my case, it is Dr. Waerlop. I have known him for the better part of a decade now and two things come to mind: 1) the guy has never let me down and 2) still to this day there are a rare few people i can think of who are more intelligent than this dude. The man is not only a “friend for the duration” but he is just plain old brilliant, ask anyone who knows him or has heard him lecture. It was a no brainer when he approached me with the idea of The Gait Guys (we had been bouncing our knowledge around the web for awhile when it all came together in that big enormous skull of his.) At that moment i knew we had hit a vein/nerve. From that moment on The Gait Guys were cookin. 

I have had other business partners over the decades but i have to say, when you have a backup like this cool cat, business is smooth sailing.  I personally wouldn’t hesitate to drive hours for the wisdom and smarts of this guy.  Wonder why…..?  read this below or check out the link at the top to his website.  If you are within a day or two drive of his office, don’t think twice as to whether it will be worth your time. Know a friend within a day’s travel ?,…. don’t hesitate.  As we like to say, he has the west coast covered, i have the east and we split the middle ! 

Thanks for the great partnership dude….i look forward to the next 10 years anticipating the whereabouts of The 2 Gait Guys……..Heck, with just 6 months on Facebook and Social media sites and the tremendous domestic and surprisingly the even bigger international following (collective 30,000 monthly hits !) , i cannot imagine where the next 6 months will leave us, let alone 10 years !  Well, i suppose i can imagine for us……. Perhaps,  maybe, just maybe…… someday uploading the day’s blog from our satellite up-link from the bow of our fishin boat (“Big Glutes”) klinking Corona’s and watching the sunset just before pulling up to the pier on St. Barts for a jam session with our new friend-to-be Jimmy Buffet.  IF you are gonna dream, dream big !

I wish we could spill the beans on all the stuff in our pipeline for The Gait Guys, but hang tight folks…….there is a bundle to come.  We have just gottn’ started !

Check out my brilliant partner below…….and, thanks again for always having my back during the ride man…..




Dr Ivo is a 1986 summa cum laude graduate of the New York Chiropractic College. He received his post-graduate neurology diplomate from Logan Chiropractic College; he became board certified in 1990. Dr Ivo works with a broad base of patients including Olympic level, professional and paraprofessional running, skiing and cycling athletes. He is an adjunct faculty member with the Lincoln School of Post-Professional Education. He is engaged in publishing active research on cycling biomechanics and is involved in gait and lower extremity research.  He is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist, Chiropractic Rehabilitation Physician and certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He lectures nationally on foot-ankle and gait biomechanics in sports and now in advanced acupuncture techniques. He is co-author of the textbook, Pedographs and Gait Analysis: Clinical Applications and Pearls.


Additional Background

Dr Ivo F Waerlop  attended SUNY at Albany for his undergraduate work and graduated  from the New York Chiropractic College in 1986. He then joined the Core Science faculty at the college and taught anatomy and cadaver dissection as well as Gonstead and Diversified chiropractic techniques. It was at this time he conducted research performing a serial dissection of alar ligaments in cadavers and completed post graduate work in Sports Medicine, receiving his Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician certification.

Dr Ivo then moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts where he founded Gloucester Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, a medically referral based office complete with CYBEX lab. During his time in Massachusetts, he completed additional post graduate work in rehabilitation and was accepted into the chiropractic neurology program at Logan Chiropractic College in St Louis, Missouri. Here, he was one of the fortunate doctors who studied directly under Dr Ted Carrick, and after 3 years and passing his written and oral board examinations, was awarded his Diplomate in Neurology Degree in May of 1991. At this point in time, Dr Waerlop began his post graduate teaching career, 1st in rehabilitation and later in neurology, lecturing throughout the US and Canada.

In late 1996, Dr Ivo relocated to Summit County Colorado, continuing to teach on a post graduate level and began a private practice in Frisco at the CARE Health Group. He began teaching Anatomy and Physiology locally at the Colorado Mountain College, which he continues to do today. In 1999, he relocated to a larger facility in Silverthorne and founded Summit Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, PC, a rehabilitation and neurology referral based practice, with an emphasis on gait and movement analysis.

DSCF0056.JPGIn 2004, he became interested in acupuncture, largely because his 150 pound German Shepherd (Atlas) was epileptic, and a Veterinary Acupuncturist from Grand Junction (Dr Shalona McFarland) was able to help him control his seizures. Dr Ivo began his studies shortly thereafter and received his acupuncture license in the summer of 2005. He then studied neuromuscular acupuncture under Dr Yun Tao Ma and currently lecture with and is writing an acupuncture book with him.

In August of 2006, Dr John Asthlater joined the practice and the office was moved to our new facility in the Dillon Tech Center, in Dillon. In addition to injury, rehabilitative and preventative care, the new center offers the latest in cutting edge video motion analysis, an orthotic lab, electrodiagnostics, blood glucose and lipid analysis, lactate testing, training programs, expanded hours and many other services.

DSCF0072.JPGWhen Dr Ivo isn’t seeing patients or lecturing, he enjoys spending time tele-skiing, hiking and 4 wheeling with his wife, local photographer Lisa Ortiz, Their son's  Vander and Saxxon and their dog, Pons. His hobbies include reading, music and cooking.