Rachel Brakke Holman, MD
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Swarthmore College (PA) (1998)
Internship:
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Austin) Program (2006)
Residencies:
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2009)
  • University of Washington Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Sports Medicine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professional Titles

  • Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • Jerome Gersten Role Model Award, CU PM&R residency program (2019)
    Was given a teaching award by the PM&R residents.

Research Interests

I am interested in core strengthening, PRP, spine care, the aging athlete, high altitude cerebral edema, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and sports injuries.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor (2011)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Associate Professor (2019)
    School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Publications

  • Kudron C, Carlson MJ, Meron A, Sridhar B, Brakke Holman R. Using Ultrasound Measurement of the Achilles Tendon in Asymptomatic Runners to Assist in Predicting Tendinopathy. J Ultrasound Med. 2019 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31490583
  • Friedrich J, Brakke R, Akuthota V, Sullivan W. Reliability and Practicality of the Core Score: Four Dynamic Core Stability Tests Performed in a Physician Office Setting. Clin J Sport Med. 2017 Jul;27(4):409-414. PubMed PMID: 28653966

Practice Locations

UCHealth Spine Center - Anschutz Medical Campus
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion - 1st Floor
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045
720-848-1980

CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center
2150 Stadium Drive
Boulder, CO 80309
303-315-9900

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Board Certification
  • Pain Medicine, Board Certification
  • Sports Medicine, Board Certification
Conditions & Treatments
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Spine Injuries
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles - Back Pain
  • Bones, Joints and Muscles
Clinical Interests
I specialize in the non-operative management of sports and musculoskeletal injuries as well as back and neck pain including interventional spine procedures and electrodiagnostic testing.

Care Philosophy
My passion is solving musculoskeletal mysteries. Finding the correct diagnosis is crucial to developing the correct treatment plan. I partner with my patients to guide them towards a life with less pain and more function and joy. I enjoy leading patients back to their active lives and while I enjoy taking care of the many aging athletes that live in Colorado I take care of many non-athletes, too!

Personal Interests
As a collegiate level cross-country runner and softball pitcher, I have a strong personal and academic interest in sports.

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (2005)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Swarthmore College (PA) (1998)
Internships:
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Austin) Program (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2009)
  • University of Washington Program, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2008)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Sports Medicine (2010)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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