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Meet Our Providers

The providers at STAR Spine & Sport in West Denver, Colorado welcome you! Specializing in musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine for spine and sports conditions, including stem cell and PRP therapy, we offer personalized care and optimum patient outcomes.

Douglas Hemler, MD

Douglas Hemler, MD

Board Certified Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Board Certified in Pain Medicine

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Retired Colonel, MC, FS, US Air Force Reserve

Douglas Hemler, MD is a multiple board-certified spine and sports medicine specialist, concentrating on nonsurgical pain management for the spine, interventional pain medicine, sports injuries, and neuropathic pain conditions.Dr. Hemler is dedicated to improving the health and independence of his patients through customized treatment plans based on their unique medical needs.

As founder of STAR Spine and Sport, Dr. Hemler stays ahead of the latest advancements in medicine to bring a comprehensive range of innovative pain management and other treatment options to the practice. Throughout his medical career, Dr. Hemler has served as medical director for Centura, Exempla, and Accord Medical Centers, as well as held positions in the US Air Force, including flight surgeon.

Dr. Hemler received his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. It was there that he also attended medical school and completed a surgical internship through the School of Medicine Department of Surgery. Dr. Hemler completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Having completed advanced training in interventional pain, ultrasound, and regenerative medicine, Dr. Hemler has spent countless hours researching advanced techniques for the treatment of many orthopedic and sports medicine conditions. His research can be found in highly regarded peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and Military Medicine.

Dr. Hemler maintains many professional memberships in medical organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Society  where he currently serves as secretary / treasurer. He is actively involved in the Colorado Medical Society, serving on the physician’s congress for healthcare reform.

Dr. Hemler is happily married and has two adult children. He enjoys gardening and triathlon training and competition. He has completed the Boulder Ironman 70.3.

Education

Residency: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC

Internship: Surgery, Creighton University, School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Omaha, NE

MD: Creighton University, Omaha, NE

BS: Biology, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellow, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • North American Spine Society
  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • Colorado Medical Society
  • Rocky Mountain Rehabilitation Society

 Honors

  • August 2012, Top Doc in Denver in the field of neuromuscular medicine, 5280 Magazine
  • March 2012, Colorado Medical Specialist of the Year, Professionals in Workers’ Compensation Colorado
  • Fall 1997, Named in Top Physicians in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 5280 Magazine
  • Numerous military awards, including multiple Meritorious Service medals

Kyle Morgan, DO

Kyle Morgan, DO

Board Certified in Pain Medicine

Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Kyle Morgan, MD has received board certified in both pain medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation Dr. Morgan specializes in sports medicine for athletes of all skill levels, concussion management, and pain management for chronic sufferers. His dedication to patient health through education and innovative treatment options has allowed him to successfully treat many patients throughout the duration of his practice.

Dr. Morgan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in biology and education. He received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Dr. Morgan completed his internship at the Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center, followed by a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) at Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas. He maintains professional memberships in the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Association and also the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Born and raised in Greenwood, Mississippi, about 130 miles south of Memphis, Dr. Morgan moved to Colorado after accepting a position here at STAR in 2011. Patients find his southern drawl and bedside manner endearing.

Dr. Morgan is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing, running, and golfing whenever time allows. He enjoys spending time with his wife, being active in his community and church, and learning more about proper nutrition.

Education

Residency: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Texas

Internship: Bay Area Corpus Christi Medical Center

DO: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

BS: Biology and education, Mississippi State University

Memberships

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association

Kirk Prochnio, PA-C

Kirk Prochnio, PA-C

Since January of 2010, Kirk Prochnio, PA-C has been a member of the team here at STAR. Specializing in nonsurgical orthopedic medicine and pain management, Kirk is dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing through patient education. He believes in a team approach to care and encourages his patients to be active participants in their treatment process.

A native of Colorado, Kirk grew up in the Wheat Ridge/Golden area. He received his undergraduate degree in environmental biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he developed an interest in medicine. Kirk completed EMT training and certification and later returned to school to complete his master’s degree and physician assistant certification in 2004.

An advocate for the wellbeing of teenagers in Colorado, Kirk’s first experience as a certified PA was in adolescent medicine at a juvenile detention facility. His hobbies include hiking, camping, gardening with his wonderful wife, and reading.


Brooke Albert, PA-C

Brooke Albert, PA-C

Brooke is originally from Cape Coral, Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science at the University of West Florida where she gained her interest in medicine with emphasis on biomechanics and helping people remain active. She completed her master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at MCPHS University in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Her love of the outdoors made her leave the big city and brought her out to Colorado. She enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and snowboarding any chance she can get.