Monthly Archives: February, 2019

  1. 5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

    While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say physical therapists.

    And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to drive people’s actions – or rather, inactions – when it comes to putting in the right amount of sweat equity to stay healthy and active.

    From a physiological perspective, sure, most people are going to start to slow down in various ways as they get older, but that doesn’t mean seniors and soon-to-be seniors should lean into these so-called consequences of aging. Age is just a number, they say. And while one must be mindful about the ways in which they adapt activities to certain age-related limitations, regular exercise remains just as critical later in life as at any other point.

    To help encourage the 55-and-older crowd to continue making exercise a standard aspect of their everyday lives, here is a list of the top five exercise myths when it comes to fitness at an advanced age:

    Myth 1: “It’s Too Late to Start” – It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before now. Even if you’ve never had a regular exercise routine before, it’s never too late to start. “Better late than never” when it comes to exercise isn’t just an adage; it’s a statement backed by multiple studies. Exercising later in life can lower your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

    Myth 2: “My Body’s Too Frail” (aka, “I Might Break a Hip”) – Unless you’ve been told this by a medical professional (i.e., physician or physical therapist) based on a specific condition or injury, this is likely fear talking. Not only does regular exercise help strengthen your body’s stability, balance and flexibility, reducing the chances of a fall, but it can also help strengthen your bones. (More on that later.)

    Myth 3: “I Have Joint Pain, so I Should Stay Away from Exercise” – Again, the opposite is true. According to medical research, it’s crucial people with arthritis partake in regular exercise. Not only does it improve strength and flexibility, but exercise can also reduce joint stiffness and pain while helping sufferers ward off fatigue.

    Myth 4: “I’m Too Old for Weight Training” – Weight training, also known as resistance and strength training, actually takes on a more critical role as you age. Studies show that not only does a stronger body help seniors stay upright and confident, but weight-bearing exercise can also ward off the onset of osteoporosis by helping maintain bone density.

    Myth 5: “I’m Better Off Focusing on My Mind, Not My Body” – Fact is, focusing on the body is focusing on the mind. According to multiple studies, including one published last month in Nature Medicine, exercise improves brain health, helps ward off dementia, and may even slow the progression of dementia. In addition, exercise reduces stress and anxiety, and staying active often equates to a better social life.

    According to 2018 physical guidelines by the U.S. Department of Health, older adults should shoot for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, plus weekly balance and muscle strengthening exercises.

    And while fitness levels and certain limitations shouldn’t keep most older adults from exercise, some exercises may require modifications based on such conditions. Fortunately, a physical therapist can provide personalized guidance based on individual health conditions, movement limitations and physician recommendations.

     

Central/Valley View

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Physical Therapy Treatment and Services:

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Corporate Fitness Programs
  • Dry Needling
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • POETs
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation

Clinician Bios

Kimberly J. Bozart-Dow, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Kimberly has over 15 years of clinical experience and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science, with a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Dr. Bozart-Dow is also a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Dr. Bozart-Dow has experience working with elite and professional athletes at all levels. She has served as the Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Amazons, a team of the Women’s Professional Football League (WPFL). She has been a PT for the 2008 US Diving Olympic Trials, a PT for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, and currently serves as a Team USA physical therapist for the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Dr. Bozart-Dow is a California native who is active and enjoys watching ALL sports. She enjoys snowboarding/skiing, spending time on the lake, international travel, and spending quality time with her husband and watching her daughter in college play NCAA Division I volleyball!

Berne Leavitt, PT, MSPT

Berne graduated with honors from the University of Utah in 1987, having more than 30 years of diverse experiences. Berne likes the challenges of working with post-surgical or orthopedic patients. In his spare time, Berne enjoys hiking, biking and working in his yard. Berne and his wife Jan are the proud parents of 6 children and 14 grandchildren. Berne’s favorite thing about physical therapy treatment is the personal interaction he has daily with patients.

Robert Wolinsky, MA, PT

Rob has been practicing physical therapy in Las Vegas since 1984. He graduated from Stanford University with a Master’s Degree in physical therapy and specializes in orthopedics. As a bilingual practitioner, Rob enjoys his ability to cater to a diverse population and provide the best physical therapy services to anyone who needs it. Drumming and playing soccer are some of the ways he also likes to occupy his time.

 

Steve Rhodes, PTA

Steve is a 30 year resident of Las Vegas. He graduated from The Community College of Southern Nevada in 1994. He has worked in various therapy environments but prefers outpatient Orthopedics. He thoroughly loves helping people feel better and achieve more through physical therapy and rehabilitation. Steve is also fluent in Spanish.

 

Andrew Fenton, PTA

Andrew is originally from Iowa and has lived in Las Vegas since 2015. He earned his PTA degree in 2017 from Pima Medical Institute. He was a Sergeant in the Army and served for 6 1/2 years before entering the service he earned an AA in automotive mechanics. He enjoys watching college football – GO HAWKEYES – and the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

 

Barbara Pawelek, PTA

Barbara was born and raised in Poland.  She moved to Illinois in 2004, where she graduated from Fox College with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.  She gained her experience working in a variety of settings including skilled nursing and outpatient.  She moved to Las Vegas in 2017 where she joined Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy.  In her spare time, Barbara enjoys hiking, cooking, watching movies and spending time with her husband and a dog.

Marlon Calusin, B.Sc. Kinesiology

Marlon has been an invaluable member of the Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy management team for over 13 years, performing FCEs; Ergo Evals and Job Task Analyses. He is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and obtained his Kinesiology Degree from Simon Fraser University. He started his career with F.A.I.R. Assessments Centers doing a pilot project with Worksafe BC (formerly Workers’ Compensation Board of BC), working with physical therapists, occupational therapists and medical doctors for the Permanent Functional Impairment Evaluations (PFI) Program. He became the Designated Trainer for the clinicians performing PFI evaluations. Marlon also performed Physical Demands Analyses/Job Task Analyses, Ergonomic Evaluations and Functional Capacity Evaluations before moving to Las Vegas. When not at work, you’ll find him outdoors either working in his garden or enjoying walks and hiking activities with his wife.

Northwest/Summerlin

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Prevention and Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Services

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Keith Lamping, PT, DPT

Keith was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School where played several sports including Football, Baseball, and ran track. Keith entered The Ohio State University on a full academic scholarship and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. He then went on to the University of Dayton to complete his Doctorate in Physical therapy. Keith practiced in Dayton, Ohio and became the sports and neuro specialist at the clinic where he saw a wide range of patients from professional athletes to those recovering from a stroke. Keith’s specialties include work-related injuries, orthopedic care (pre-op and post-op), balance training, lymphedema, and sports. Keith is currently in the process to receive his OCS, Orthopedic certified specialist.

Ashlie Purtell-Hill, PT, DPT

Ashlie was born and raised in Reno, NV where she attended undergrad at UNR.  During all 4 years of her undergrad, she was a cheerleader for the University of Nevada, Reno.  She obtained her doctorate of physical therapy from UNLV and graduated in 2009. She has worked in a variety of settings including PT rehab, acute, and outpatient.  She was a traveler PT and worked in California and Illinois before returning back to Nevada in 2015.  Ashlie has an 8-month-old daughter and her husband is also a physical therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and traveling.

Sara Bookout, PT, DPT

Sara recently graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNLV. She is from the Vegas Valley and recently completed research in the Acute care hospital setting. Sara has a history of working with both the pediatric and geriatric population in PT rehab. She also enjoys volunteering for organizations that encourage children to participate in sports and physical activities. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling, watching football, attending Zumba classes, and spending time with her husband and family.

Kelcie Leeming, PTA

Kelcie was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV and obtained her Physical Therapy Assistant license at Carrington College in June of 2016. She has been working as a PTA in an out-patient physical therapy setting since graduating. Kelcie has also been certified in athletic and Kinesio taping since graduating. In her spare time, Kelcie enjoys spending time with her family and playing soccer and sand volleyball.

Southwest/Russell

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking, Tagalog-speaking & German-speaking Therapists

Services

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Bill Chynoweth, PT

Bill is originally from Orem, Utah and obtained his physical therapy degree from the University of Utah. He has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years in private practice. Bill has a long history of working with athletes, including training boxers, TMJ treatment and has a personal commitment to provide the highest quality rehab physical therapy treatment through dedication, professionalism, teamwork, and love of this great work. In his spare time, Bill enjoys running, hunting and spending time with his wife and family.

Craig Perry, PT, DPT

Craig is originally from South Jordan Utah. He attended Utah State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from UNLV. He is level 1 and 2 certified in Fascial Movement Taping and is currently working towards a certification in Functional Movement Screening. Prior to earning his degrees, he spent two years teaching and serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Dominican Republic. In his free time Craig loves to spend time with his wife and three children.

Adam Carrillo, PT, DPT, CSCS

Dr. Adam Carrillo was born in Mt. Shasta, California and has resided in Southern Oregon as well as Southern California. He graduated with honors from California State University, Chico with a BS in Exercise Physiology.

Dr. Carrillo received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in San Marcos, California. The University of St. Augustine’s comprehensive curriculum provided him with a strong background in physical rehabilitation of various patient populations with an emphasis in orthopedic and manual physical therapy.

Since starting his career with Kelly Hawkins, Dr. Carrillo has continued to expand his practice by becoming a certified Level 1 Functional Dry Needling Practitioner for Pain Management and Sports Injuries and a Certified Kinesiotape provider in Fascial Movement Taping Level 1 & 2. Following his passion of bodybuilding and athletics, Dr. Carrillo has recently become certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and enjoys assisting others preparing for bodybuilding and sports competitions.

Dr. Carrillo’s current career goals are to continue his education with clinical specializations to become an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) as well as a Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS). He hopes to continue expanding his practice and integrate his passion for health and fitness with his therapeutic interventions to all his patients.

Brendon Aitken, PT, DPT

Brendon was born and raised in South Africa. He moved to the US in 2009 to attend college as well as play collegiate rugby at Arkansas State University. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree and then attended Physical Therapy school at Arkansas State University. In 2016, Brendon obtained a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and has been working in the outpatient physical therapy orthopedic setting since graduation. He recently moved to Las Vegas from Baton Rouge, LA and is passionate about treating all orthopedic patients. With his athletic background, he also has a passion for treating athletes.

Kourtni Seech, PTA

Kourtni is a Las Vegas native and graduated from Pima Medical Institute. She has worked at many physical therapy places as a PTA since 2014 and was a Physical Therapist Tech for 6 years prior. In her free time, she likes to travel and hang out with friends.

 

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Services

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
 

  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine Rehab
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

When you visit a physical therapist in Henderson, NV they will help create an individualized service plan thats right for you.

Clinician Bios

 Austin Hill, PT, DPT (Clinic Director)

Austin is a Las Vegas native and he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Chicago, IL in 2015. Austin played football in college at Southern Utah University where he suffered injuries that required surgery on his shoulder and knee. These experiences helped him to relate to his patients since he has been through the pain of surgery and the recovery process. He knows from personal experience that with adherence to the proper rehab program, patients can return to their prior level of function. Austin enjoys working with all types of patients in the outpatient orthopedic setting. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter and also has a love for sports.

Rachel Bagay, PTA

Rachel was born and raised in Maui.  She graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2014 with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. She has been working in her chosen profession for over three years and has helped numerous patients return to a healthy active lifestyle. When she is not working with patients, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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East/Flamingo

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 5:30pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Physical Therapy Services

  • Corporate Fitness Programs
  • Dry Needling
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Fall Prevention Training
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
 

  • Pelvic Health (external only)
  • Pre-Surgical Prehab
  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Spine Rehab
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Daniel Sandberg, PT, DPT, Clinic Director

Daniel was born and raised in Washington State. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. Before being admitted into physical therapy school, he received a certification as a Diet Technician Registered and worked as a Professional Ski Instructor and Physical Therapy Aide in Seattle, Washington and Orange County, California. He went on to receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina in May of 2017. During his time in school he acted as class Vice-President, worked as an Anatomy and Physiology supplemental instructor, volunteered with a spinal cord injury water ski clinic and wheelchair basketball tournaments, and completed clinical affiliations in a skilled nursing facility in Salt Lake City, an acute care hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and two orthopedic/sports affiliations with one in South Carolina and the other in New York City. Daniel has a passion for amazing food, the outdoors, skiing, athletics, continued education, traveling, and providing excellent care with his patients.

Kristin Luebke, PT, DPT

Kristin was born and raised in Minnesota. She graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2012 with honors with a BS in Human Biology and a BA in Chemistry and Spanish. In 2017 she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove IL. Since starting her career as a physical therapist, she has experience as a travel PT, along with outpatient orthopedics. Kristin is very passionate with health and fitness, volunteering with kid’s ministries and spending time with family. Her and her fiancé have two cats and have recently moved to Las Vegas, NV from St. Paul, MN. She is excited to make NV her home and to continue serving those within the community.

Camille Marrero Mangual, PTA

Camille was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her passion for dance led her to UMass Amherst University where she majored in dance until 2009 and decided to move back home immediately after. In 2013 she moved to Las Vegas, NV by herself where she continued training non-professionally and witnessed friends and acquaintances getting injured and putting a pause to their career, which sparked her to return to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in order to be of help to the dance community. She was admitted to Pima Medical Institute PTA program in 2017. During her clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics she grew a passion to help the general public to assist them to return to their previous functional state and get back to enjoying what they love. Camille recently graduated from Pima Medical Institute in February 2019 and is dedicated to providing fine patient care and continued education. She loves to learn from different cultures and has a mission to travel the world and experience the beauty the world has to offer.

Chris Cadiz, PTA, PES, CES

Chris was born and raised in St. Louis, MO where he attended St. Louis Community College to receive his Associates in Applied Science to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Before becoming a Vegas resident in 2018, Chris had visited Vegas every year since he graduated back in May of 2012 and made the decision to finally make the move. In his spare time, he loves to train and do Physique competitions. He is a firm believer in taking care of ones self in order to take care of others. Other hobbies include playing baccarat and poker. Anyone that knows him would describe him as a positive, energetic, and personable guy. Chris loves treating a wide variety of patient populations to keep growing as a clinician and learning new techniques to help patients get better. To improve athletic performance and to correct imbalances of patients with postural dysfunction, he is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Centennial Hills

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Services

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
 

  • POETs
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine Rehab
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Cody Okuda, PT, MSPT, Cert. MDT

Cody was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from Chaparral High School and received many sports accolades including being named as an all-state baseball player in Nevada and receiving the Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state’s best high school soccer player. He played soccer and baseball for Yavapai College and won a national championship with the soccer team in 1997. Cody transferred to UNLV where he played baseball for the Hustlin’ Rebels for 2 seasons. He was named to the Mountain West Conference Academic All-Conference team in 2000 and received the UNLV team Most Valuable Player award that same year. He completed his Bachelor’s degree at UNLV in Kinesiology and then graduated with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the UNLV School of Physical Therapy. While in physical therapy school he was a recipient of the Roy Campanella scholarship and the Clinical Excellence Award. Specialties for Cody include neck and back pain including whiplash, sports injuries, work-related injuries, balance training, incontinence training, and orthopedic care including post-operative care. He has worked with some of the top athletes in the world and renown professional performers. He is currently seeking certification from the McKenzie Institute. Cody and his wife, Austin, have 7 children.

Amber Stetka, PTA

Amber was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She attended and graduated high school from Calvary Chapel Christian School where she won a Nevada state championship in track. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at UNLV and earned her Physical Therapist’s Assistant

Heather Fox, PT, DPT

Alejandro Preciado, PT, DPT

Hagen Smith, PTA, LMT

Meagan Duncan, PTA

Northeast/Bonanza

Hours:
Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Services at our Physical Therapy Center

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
 

  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Mutya O’Boyle, PT, DPT

Mutya attended the University of Washington, in her hometown of Seattle, where she received her Bachelor’s degree. She continued her educational training at Regis University in Denver, CO earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. Mutya enjoys working with all patients with orthopedic or neurological deficits. She has taken several continuing education courses that have emphasized manual therapy, movement correction, and incorporation of unique exercises to return patients to their prior level of function. Aside from her passion for health care and physical therapy, Mutya enjoys spending time with her family and trying new restaurants.

Melissa Flores, PTA

My name is Melissa Flores and I am a Physical Therapist Assistant at Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy. I’m from Oxnard, California and moved to Henderson, Nevada with my family when I was 12 years old. My favorite things among many include family, sports, and food. Basketball is my favorite sport and I hope to one day have the opportunity to watch the Duke Men’s Blue Devils play at home in Camden Stadium with a frontrow seat next to Coach K (most definitely on my bucket list). I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a B.A in Kinesiology in 2010, and from Carrington College with an A.S Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017.  I initially discovered my passion for physical therapy following a seasonending knee injury as a collegiate athlete in 2008. My ninemonth recovery was challenging but also a blessing in disguise. My experience and appreciation for the therapists and staff had such an impact and transformed my life forever. I consider myself privileged to have the opportunity to help others improve their quality of life every single day.

Timothy Hipkins, PTA

Tim has 20 years of experience in physical therapy, primarily out-patient orthopedic. Tim is well versed in many different manual therapy techniques as well as generalized sports nutrition. He has been with Kelly Hawkins for 7 years.

North Las Vegas/Ann Road

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Physical Therapist Services

  • Egoscue
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine Rehab
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Clinician Bios

Jeffrey Hill, PT

Jeff has been practicing for over 25 years, all with Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy Offices. He graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1989 with a degree in physical therapy. He has assumed many roles throughout the years including clinical director and chief operating officer. Jeff employs the long-standing philosophy that Kelly Hawkins himself implemented 40 years ago, “We treat every patient like they are family”. Jeff is fluent in Spanish. His specialties include TMJ, foot and ankle injuries, all orthopedic/sports injuries, work-related injuries, and chronic pain. In his spare time, Jeff is an avid golfer, enjoys motorcycles and loves to go on camping and 4-wheeler trips to the mountains and sand dunes with his wife and family.

Ciera Cortney, DPT

Ciera is a Las Vegas native who graduated in May 2017 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She discovered her passion for this field as a Division I athlete at Boise State University, where she saw numerous sports-related injuries in which physical therapy was able to allow athletes back into action and improve their performance as well.

Furthering her physical therapy knowledge, she has participated in several research studies conducted at UNLV. Her research, in collaboration with UNLV students and faculty, discussed physical therapists’ effect on hospital readmission. This article is expected to be published in the near future. Ciera enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, and loves to participate in races. Her most recent competition completed was a triathlon. She enjoys working with people of all ages and provides evidence-based treatment with each patient.

Steve Pace, PTA

Steve is a proud native of Las Vegas. He graduated from UNLV with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology. While attending school, he worked for Kelly Hawkins as a Physical Therapy Tech and assisted with Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) for 4 years. He received his A.S. degree from Carrington College in 2016 and began working as a PTA at the Ann Road clinic shortly thereafter. Steve enjoys working with a variety of patients and helping improve their quality of life. In his spare time, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 young boys. He also enjoys attending a variety of sporting events, especially UNLV basketball.