Our Team

James T. Harris

James T. Harris, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CO-FOUNDER, COO

  • Board-Certified: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • DPT: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2013
  • MS: Physical Therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2003
  • BA: Kinesiology/Sociology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1987
  • Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, San Marcos, TX, 2006
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Award: Member of the 1983 Texas Longhorns Baseball College World Series Team
  • Licensure: State of Texas
  • Location: Far West
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY?

I have always had a passion for athletics. As a kid, I dreamed of playing sports only for the University of Texas at Austin. As fate would have it, I earned an athletic scholarship to play college baseball for my Texas Longhorns, culminating in being a member of the 1983 National Championship team. The joy of that accomplishment was replaced with a different reality after I suffered a serious shoulder injury. It changed the trajectory of my life as a baseball player forever.

Sports did not consume all of my childhood interests. Most Saturdays, I worked along with my father in neighborhoods around Austin to help those less fortunate. By age six, I had understood the spiritual paradox that giving to other people could leave ME with personal fulfillment. After college, I purposely sought the arc of my life’s calling, finding that I simply wanted to inspire and help others. It was a natural extension to match this philosophy of giving with Physical Therapy. The first few moments in an orthopedic clinic reinforced this fit. It remains a vivid flashpoint in my life. I knew instantly, and distinctly, that Physical Therapy was meant for me. I was overwhelmed with this certainty and realized everything before this moment was an inkling, a prelude, to this epiphany.

WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DID YOU ATTAIN TO BECOME A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?

In 1983, at the University of Texas at Austin, I finished my eligibility in baseball, and then finished my degrees in Kinesiology, and Sociology, soon after that. Utilizing the tools that I was given, helped in defining my new ambition: Carve out a new career path while blending my two academic interests. This unique plan would unveil itself a few years later.

To be the best Manual Physical Therapist, I sought training from the best therapists and educators. The easy choice for me was with The Manual Therapy Institute’s post-professional orthopedic training. The Manual Therapy Institute was the stone to sharpen my focus, and the engine to power me, with its clear demands of hard work and discipline. Board-certification in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association and credentialing as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists: the pinnacle for any Orthopedic Physical Therapist.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?

I consider it a blessing, a privilege, to be a Manual Physical Therapist. I am filled with gratitude that I get to live out my lifelong dream of giving to others. I am curious to see what kind of ripple effect my journey might have on others. I am inspired and humbled by the people I have met in every phase of my life over the years, and I am filled with wonder for those people I have yet to meet.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

When not helping patients get better, I like to spend my free time with my wife, Maricela, and sons, Jake and Matthew. I also enjoy cycling and weight training.