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  1. Breaking News: PTs, OTs, and SLPs Deemed Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

    (Blog article is sourced from WebPt.com – click here to learn more about WebPT)

    On March 19, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) of the US Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum and associated guidance designating physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists as “essential critical infrastructure workers.”

    According to the official guidance, which is intended to help state and local officials make safe and prudent decisions for the health and safety of their communities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

    Furthermore, the guidance promotes “the ability of such workers to continue to work during periods of community restriction, access management, social distancing, or closure orders/directives,” as their job functions are “crucial to community resilience and continuity of essential functions.”

    However, the release emphasizes that the list of essential workers “is advisory in nature” and that it “is not, nor should it be considered to be, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.” Again, it is intended to help guide decisions at the state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, as these governing bodies are “ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role.”

    Additionally, the guidance encourages workers to perform their jobs remotely whenever possible, stating that “in-person, non-mandatory activities should be delayed until the resumption of normal operations.”

    See the full memorandum, guidance, and list of essential critical infrastructure workers here. We’ll continue to provide updates specific to the rehab therapy industry as more details emerge.

  2. The Importance of Geriatric Physical Therapy

    The Importance of Geriatric Physical Therapy

    As humans grow older, they’re susceptible to different aging-related conditions. Think: arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, joint replacements (i.e, hip replacements), strokes, decreased balance, even incontinence. Aging requires specialized care, as seen with the existence of specialized doctors, care centers, retirements, and more. 

    Why should physical therapy be any different? 

    It isn’t. 

    That’s what geriatric physical therapy is meant to cover: aging. It’s specifically targeted to assist with mobility restoration, increased fitness and exercise levels, pain reduction, and other additional benefits in the elderly and aging. 

    Why Geriatric Physical Therapy is Imperative As You Age

    Even if you aren’t getting up there in age, you probably know what it’s like to feel pain. Say, you trip and fall. For older folks, they might suffer more from that fall than someone younger. They might find difficulty getting back up, especially if they’re alone. They may suffer more physically from the fall, twisting an ankle, dislocating a shoulder, spraining a wrist, you name it. 

    Because older adults inherently have the potential to suffer more by those metrics, it might take longer and more personalized attention by a specialist in order to make strides toward total recovery.  

    If you or someone you love could benefit from improved balance, strength, mobility, and/or fitness, give Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy a call or stop into one of our physical therapy clinics today to get on the path to better health and wellness. 

    A different way of phrasing a key benefit to physical therapy for the aging and elderly is that it can help patients retain their overall strength, independence, and productivity as much as possible, mentality permitting. 

    What Makes a Geriatric Physical Therapist Unique?

    A male patient receiving geriatric physical therapy from a male PT specialist

    While aging brings its associated problems, aches, and pains, it also is a badge of honor showing experience and wisdom.

    This type of physical therapist has to have heightened patience and sympathy for their patients’ conditions, due to the nature of treating older adults. According to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, their unified mission and vision is to “build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to optimize the experience of aging”, while also “embracing aging and empowering adults to move, engage, and live well.” 

    Different Types of Physical Therapy for Older Adults

    An older male patient lunging with the assistance of a female PT specialist

    Geriatric physical therapy isn’t the only route to wellness for aging adults. While this specialty tends to focus on the treatment of conditions like those listed above with the goal of restoring mobility and reducing pain, there are even more specialized physical therapy options available. 

    For instance, orthopedic physical therapy. This emphasis focuses on damage and injuries of the musculoskeletal variety, as well as assisting with the recovery of orthopedic surgeries. Their end goal is to restore musculoskeletal functioning; for instance, in the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. It’s primarily restorative in nature, focusing on healing and treatment rather than specifically preventative behaviors. 

    Next, cardiopulmonary physical therapy. This is a unique and very specific emphasis for those who have experienced a heart attack or have a history of any sort of cardiovascular or pulmonary condition. These physical therapists work to improve endurance and promote functional independence amongst older adults. 

    Finally, neurological physical therapy. This specialty is devoted to the correlation between the brain and the body, rather than either/or. Those with neurological conditions (think: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/ALS, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease) or those who have suffered any sort of head/brain injury would be directed this way. These physical therapists teach patients to adapt to their conditions, to adapt to any sort of decline in vision, mobility, balance, or muscle, so that they can continue to complete day-to-day activities. 

    According to Jean Brooks, the Senior Vice President of Rehabilitation for American Senior Communities, “Physical therapists work on the mind-body relationship, helping folks to adapt to impairments so they can move better in their environment.”

    Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy Understands Aging

    Our staff of specialized physical therapists is knowledgeable and compassionate, which makes them perfect for any sort of physical therapy, whether that’s treating the young or the old. If you’re tired of feeling pain, it might be time to get that sorted out. 

    Ready to be up and at ‘em again? Check out our services page or give us a call to find out what geriatric physical therapy can do for you. From preventative to restorative, we at Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy can help you feel whole again. 

  3. Why Physical Therapy Is A Great Career

    Physical Therapist massaging the calf of a young boy.

    Why Physical Therapy Is A Great Career

    Are you a people person? 

    Do you enjoy helping or caring for people? 

    If so, a physical therapy career might be right for you! Like many others, you may have a good heart that just wants to do something meaningful. Physical therapists definitely perform meaningful work and get to experience the reward of helping those who need it. But that’s not all, there are many other benefits to being a physical therapist. 

    Career Benefits of Working in Physical Therapy

    High Demand

    Due to a growing economy and a changing world, an increasing number of people are engaging in a more active lifestyle. Outdoor sports and adventures are on the rise. Here in the United States, we have a lot of freedoms and many of us are choosing to get out and play. Needless to say, this means there is also a growing number of injuries and accidents that occur. For the foreseeable future, a physical therapy career will be a sustainable one. 

    Aside from the growing number of “outdoorsy” people, human beings will always be required to engage in physical activity. Labor type jobs, family responsibilities, and just going through the day-to-day routine will inevitably result in some physical injury that calls for attention. Whether through the process of time or playing our favorite sport, accidents happen. You can’t prevent every injury or accident, but as a physical therapist, you can be prepared to treat them. The need for professional, physical help is high and growing. 

    A family out playing soccer together on a sunny day.

    Flexible Schedule and Location

    We won’t deny the fact that it takes a lot of work to achieve the title of a physical therapist, but on average, once you’re there, you have some freedoms that other occupations do not. Because there is such a high demand for physical therapists, that means most of them to decide their own work schedules and locations. Physical therapy clinics are all over the country, which means you could work almost anywhere you like. Most careers don’t come with that kind of freedom. Weekends and holidays are usually free and being able to provide for loved ones while still spending a large amount of time with them is perhaps the best benefit of a physical therapy career.

    When it comes to schooling, a doctorate in physiotherapy (DPT) is a requirement and there are a number of additional certifications that great to obtain. These can add to a more professional physical therapy clinic and build more trust with patients. It is a fair amount of work, but it is not medical school. All in all, physical therapists are required to receive roughly 7 years of education to qualify for licensing. 

    Pay

    Life is full of expenses and as we get older, get married, and have families, those expenses increase. Knowing how much a physical therapist gets paid is an important factor to consider. The good news is they typically do very well financially. While it does vary from state to state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), physical therapists in the United States make a median salary of $87,930 as of 2018. In some cases, physical therapists can make north of $100k per year. A physical therapy career often includes many insurance benefits as well. Many also start their own practice, making opportunities for growth abundant. 

    A man standing on top of a rock in front of a sunset, with his hands raised to the sky.

    Make a Difference

    The best part about becoming a physical therapist is experiencing the reward of helping those who can’t help themselves. Physical injuries can potentially bring life to a halt and leave lasting consequences, but physical therapists can change that. On the surface, physical therapy is obviously about healing damaged bodies, but it goes much deeper than that. There can be hidden emotional pain like hopelessness or isolation associated with injury as well. Physical therapy is about restoring life in all ways. We’re not just decreasing physical pain, we’re giving people their life back.  

     

  4. Will Physical Therapy Help a Meniscus Tear?

    Man applying ice to an injured knee

    How Physical Therapy Can Help Repair a Meniscus Tear

    Physical therapy can be extremely helpful for anyone. Whether you’re recovering from a recent surgery or you just want to gain more strength and balance throughout your body, you can benefit from seeing a physical therapist.

    Visiting a physical therapy clinic can be especially helpful if you’re trying to heal from a meniscus tear.

    Can Physical Therapy Really Help a Meniscus Tear?

    Yes! Frequent visits to your physical therapist can easily help repair a meniscus tear. But first, let’s break down what that actually is.

    What Is a Meniscus Tear?

    You have something called a meniscus in your knees; in fact, you have 2 of them. It’s a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion for your femur and tibia. 

    Simply put, your menisci help prevent your thigh bone and your shinbone from rubbing together.

    You can tear your meniscus when playing high contact sports, like football, or executing an unexpected pivot in a basketball game. But tears don’t just happen to athletes. Even something as simple as rising too quickly from a squatting position can tear your meniscus.

    How Do I Know I Have A Meniscus Tear?

    Person feeling pain in their knee at the gym

    If you are unsure if you’ve torn your meniscus, check to see if you have any of the following symptoms: 

    • Swelling in the knee
    • Difficulty moving knee and having a normal range of motion
    • It hurts when you touch the area
    • Feeling as if your knee can’t support you
    • Feeling like your knee is locking on you

    If you feel like you have one or more of these symptoms, it’s probably time to get taken care of by a physical therapist — they will be the best person to help provide you with a treatment plan and get you feeling better and pain-free.

    Treatment of a Meniscus Tear

    Person getting treated by a physical therapist

    The best treatment and care you can give yourself when something like a meniscus tear happens is visiting a physical therapy clinic. Doing so will allow you to cut to the chase right away and develop a recovery plan. 

    So many people dawdle around on an injury and just wait for it to heal on its own, or they try the old “tough it out” method. Our bodies are incredibly capable of healing themselves, but there are some injuries that need a little extra help for sufficient recovery.

    Patient getting dry needle treatment from a physical therapist

    Resting an injury is important, but building up strength in the injured area will help it recover quicker and make you feel stronger. An experienced physical therapist can help teach you certain exercises that won’t strain the injury and will help you regain mobility in your knee. Building up the strength in your injured area will also help prevent it from getting reinjured again, which can help you avoid expensive surgery.

    However, if your tear happens to be severe enough, you may have to get surgery in order to repair it. Luckily, physical therapy can also help with any post-operative care you may need. A good physical therapist should be able to gently guide you through exercises that will help repair your injury and get you back on your feet. You’d be surprised what kind of exercises your body is capable of doing even after surgery! 

    Where Should I Go?

    Person receiving treatment at a physical therapy clinic

    Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy has some incredibly well-trained physical therapists that have worked a number of years in their field caring for many different patients. Kelly Hawkins offers a wide variety of services at each location that are well worth looking into.

    Contact us today and make an appointment at your local Kelly Hawkins physical therapy clinic.

     

  5. 5 Holiday Giving Options Offering Healthful Returns

    The Holiday Season is a time for giving, and that includes supporting causes and organizations that make our communities stronger.

    It’s in this spirit that we share some holiday giving suggestions that offer a more healthful return than simply writing a check.

    After all, as physical therapists, it’s our goal to improve lives and the community by helping people move better and live healthier, more active lives.

    It’s based on this that we thought to offer some ideas for how people can give back to their communities while, at the same time, also benefiting from various levels of physical activity.

    Increase Joy, Reduce Stress

    Such an approach to holiday giving isn’t just about contributing to one’s 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, as recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    The holidays are a pretty stressful time for a lot of people, and exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety while improving overall happiness. It just so happens giving and volunteering provide similar health benefits.

    Put them together, and you’re likely to experience a more joyful and relaxing holiday season.”

    With this in mind, consider following five ways to give back and be fit this Holiday Season:

    Volunteer ‘Sweat Equity’

    There are lots of ways to volunteer during the holidays, and many involve various levels of physical activity.

    Collecting gift donations for a local children’s charity, for instance, or helping sort and deliver food donations for a food pantry, requires time, muscle and (if it’s a charitable year) good endurance.

    Do a Charity Fun Run

    Running continues to grow in popularity, and so do charity fun runs – even during the colder months of the year.

    Registration for these runs typically goes to local charities, and some allow for added individual or team fundraising so you can maximize your donation.

    Check your local event calendar for options.

    Lend a Neighbor a Hand

    Most of us have neighbors who could use a helping hand on occasion, be they elderly, disabled, alone, or short on time or money.

    The holidays are a great time to check in with them and see if they could use some help with physical tasks like yard work, clearing the driveway of snow or ice, putting out Christmas decorations, or even childcare.

    Walk Your Best Friends

    Are animals your passion? Perfect! Animals need exercise just like people do, and most animal shelters welcome volunteers eager to play with and walk the dogs and cats.

    Not only is walking great exercise for both people and pets, but spending time with animals can also lower stress and blood pressure.

    Arm Your Smartphone

    If the interpersonal aspect of volunteering doesn’t quite fit your personality, you still have options.

    Some smartphone apps exist (Charity Miles is the most prominent) that allow you to convert workout miles and/or daily activity into donations to reputable nonprofit organizations.

    Of course, if one or more of these ideas sound appealing, but discomfort, pain or a movement limitation is holding you back from giving back in this way, come by the physical therapy clinic.

    At our clinic, we can assess the issue and put you on a path toward being more active – both physically and as a contributor to your community.

  6. Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

    As cold and flu season approaches, so does the season of illness prevention.

    From getting flu shots to adding a little extra Vitamin C to our diets, prevention often becomes a focus for those concerned with getting sick, missing work and/or school, and optimizing the joy of their upcoming Holiday Seasons.

    It’s based on this mindset that medical professionals such as physical therapists are most likely to get some version of the question: Can exercise boost my immune system?

    The answer, however, is broader than the question itself.

    Boosting the Immune System

    On a more general level, healthy living is the true key to building and maintaining a strong immune system. Habits like eating right, staying hydrated, getting plenty of sleep, and reducing stress account for some long-lasting, immune-boosting benefits.

    But, regular exercise definitely plays an important role, as well.

    Some studies have shown, for instance, that exercise on its own can play a role in reducing the length and intensity of colds and flu. Such research often points to many of the benefits inherent in regular fitness routines as factors that also help ward off illness:

    • Weight management
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Reduction in stress
    • Improved circulation

    Other studies have concluded that regular, mild-intensity exercise can help reduce illness while prolonged, high-intensity exercise can have the opposite effect by making one more susceptible to catching a bug.

    Based on this, if you feel you may be catching something – a cold, a flu or whatever may be going around – the best initial advice is to pull back on the length and intensity of their exercise routine just to be on the safe side.

    Keep getting your exercise, but also take greater care to make sure you’re staying hydrated, eating well and giving your body time to recover.

    If you do get sick?

    According to advice from the Mayo Clinic, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t continue to exercise. They offer the following two rules of thumb:

    The Neck Rule

    If you catch a cold and find that all the symptoms are concentrated above the neck (i.e., nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing and/or a minor sore throat), it’s typically OK to exercise. Simply reduce your intensity. Instead of going for a jog, for instance, opt to go for a walk.

    In contrast, if you find that you’re experiencing symptoms below the neck – things like a congested chest, a hacking cough or an upset stomach – it’s best to not exercise at all.

    The Fever Rule

    Also, if you have a fever or are experience muscle aches and fatigue throughout your body, take a break from exercising. Instead, get some rest, stay hydrated and, if things don’t improve over a couple of days, visit your doctor.

    The bottom line: it’s always your best bet to listen to your body, and don’t overdo it. Pushing your body too hard when it’s fighting an illness could potentially do you more harm than good.

Central/Valley View

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 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

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • 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 UNLV with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology (2001)  and a Masters in Physical Therapy(2003). He became a Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapies (Cert. MDT) practitioner in 2019. He played baseball for UNLV and was awarded the team MVP in 2000 and also was also named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team. Before transferring to UNLV he played both soccer and baseball for Yavapai College and was part of the 1997 national championship soccer team. Previous to that he served a 2-year mission for his church in Donetsk, Ukraine. At Chaparral he was fortunate to be part of the 1993 high school state championship soccer team that was ranked 3rd in the country by USA Today and the 1992 American legion baseball state championship team. He was an all state selection for both soccer and baseball and was given the 1993 high school Gatorade Player of the Year award for soccer in the state of Nevada. Cody’s favorite activities are spending quality time with his wife, Austin and their 7 children.

Cody has worked with professional athletes and performers from around the world. He specializes in back and neck disorders and the rehabilitation of injuries of the extremities including returning athletes to throwing activity.

 

Meagan Duncan, PTA

Meagan Duncan is a Chicagoland native that moved to Las Vegas in 2017 to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at University of Nevada Las Vegas (2020). Before going on the earn her doctorate, she was a Physical Therapist Assistant in Illinois and then Nevada with an Associate’s Degree from Kankakee Community College (2013), and a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies from Governor’s State University (2016). After working one year as a PTA she realized what a privilege it is to love the work you do every day and knew she had to go on for a doctorate in the field. She has enjoyed working in orthopedic settings and underserved communities, developing and running a pro bono clinic in her home town of Joliet, IL. While attending UNLV she took several specialty courses in orthopedic conditions as well as pelvic floor physical therapy, and did a pelvic floor specialty clinical affiliation with Veteran Affairs of Southern Nevada and now serves another area of great need: Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She is passionate about developing strong patient relationships and helping those with issues that can otherwise be difficult to talk about and treat. Meagan enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and paddle boarding with her dog and husband, and misses Chicago pizza but not Chicago winters!

 

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

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.

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