- Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
- MSPT: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 2004
- BS: Kinesiology, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, 2002
- Clinical Fellowship: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, The Manual Therapy Institute, 2014
- Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
- Licensure: State of Texas
HOW DID YOU DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY?
My journey into Physical Therapy began in high school when I had to take my little brother to a family friend who owned and operated a Physical Therapy Clinic. As she questioned what I had been thinking of going into as a profession, I always answered, “something in the medical field, Physical Therapy, perhaps.” Soon, I began working part time at her clinic, as a technician, learning more and more about the profession.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DID YOU ATTAIN TO BECOME A PHYSICAL THERAPIST?
After graduating high school, I was granted early enrollment, and went straight into St. Edward’s University, and registered to become a student athletic trainer per the recommendation of my guidance counselor. Getting my first real exposure to providing care, and not just directing exercises, or cleaning mats, was all I needed to realize that I wanted to be an asset to people’s physical well being.
In 2002, I graduated from the Hilltop with my B.S. in Kinesiology, and attended The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for my formal Physical Therapy education. After graduating in 2004, I worked in various areas of Physical Therapy, from Home Health, to In-Patient Care. But, it was never enough. I realized that Out-Patient Manual Therapy was where I excelled the most. In 2014, I completed the Fellowship program through The Manual Therapy Institute, and am currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?
When not helping patients get better, I enjoy time with my wife Gladys, and our two children Sofia and Xiomara. I also enjoy sports of any kind, but you can most likely find me on many a golf course in, and around, Austin!