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  1. Holidays an Ideal Time for Refresher on Proper, Safer Lifting

    Digging out boxes of holiday decorations, hauling packages to and from the car, hiding gifts away on the higher shelves at the back of your closet … the Holiday Season certainly requires its fair share of bending, lifting and reaching. This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December the ideal time for a refresher on proper lifting methods.

    Back pain, after all, can put a real damper on the Holiday Season.

    As one of the most common conditions treated by physical therapists, back pain and injury will even about 80 percent of all Americans at some point in their lives, making it one of the top causes of disability in the U.S. Fortunately, it’s a condition that’s preventable, and one of the ways of doing this is to learn proper lifting techniques.

    But, preventing back pain isn’t the only concern when we talk about proper lifting. Using the proper techniques for lifting and carrying awkward and/or heavy objects is about minimizing strain on the entire body.

    The goal, in other words, is to put yourself in a position that allows the body’s musculoskeletal system to work as one cohesive unit, without putting too much strain on one area, such as the lower-back or shoulders.

    So without further ado, strongly consider the following tips for proper lifting during this Holiday Season … and throughout your lifetime:

    Warm Up: Don’t ever assume your body’s ready to lift heavy objects without first being thoroughly warmed up. Take the time to stretch you lower back as well as your legs and hips. Also, do a few jumping jacks to get the blood flowing to the muscles in your body.

    Get Close: Avoid reaching for a heavy or moderate-sized load. Get up nice and close to the box or object to minimize the force (in the arms, shoulders and back) needed to lift, and always hold it close to your body.

    Bend & Lift with the Knees: We’ve all heard this before, and it’s true. But in doing so, keep your back straight and your body upright as you lower yourself to the object in question, then use your legs to rise back up.

    Get a Grip: This seems to go without saying, but if you can’t get a strong, comfortable grip on the object in front of you – even if you know you can carry the weight – don’t try to be a hero. Find someone to help you or an alternative way of getting the object from A to B, such as a hand cart or dolly.

    Reverse the Steps: When you get to where you’re going, set the item down just as you picked it up – but in reverse. Keep it close to the body, lower with the legs and move slowly and deliberately. You can just as easily injure yourself setting objects down as you can picking them up.

    In addition, keep from twisting or reaching while lifting and/or carrying a load. Don’t rush through the process of lifting, and if you’re tired, put the work off until later

    And finally, if you do feel pain during or after lifting, or you have an injury or condition you feel is holding you back from moving properly, visit a physical therapist for a full assessment prior to trying any sort of heavy or awkward lifting.

  2. Did You Know? National Physical Therapy Month Edition

    October is National Physical Therapy Month, and physical therapists everywhere are jumping at the opportunity to remind people about the important role improved and restored movement has on improving society.

    “Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more,” states Move Forward, the official consumer information site of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

    Thankfully, more than 204,000 physical therapists are currently licensed in the U.S., all practicing under a single vision statement: transforming society by optimizing movement to improve the human experience.

    According to the APTA, physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who exist to help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without the need for expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription drugs.

    “Human health and quality of life depend on the ability to move skillfully and efficiently,” the APTA states in a document titled The Human Movement System. “As a human movement system practitioner, the [physical therapist] has the expertise to examine, diagnose and treat all elements of this system to produce a meaningful change in an individual’s movement behavior and physical function.

    “The PT uses his or her integrative knowledge to establish a plan of care to maximize physical performance of people of all ages, pathologies or levels of physical function.”

    This, of course, includes post-injury/surgical rehabilitation, but physical therapy is much more than that. In fact, physical therapists are specially trained and licensed to improve people’s lives through the treatment of a number of ailments you may not have previously suspected, such as:

    Headaches: Following a thorough evaluation, a physical therapist (PT) can treat chronic tension-type headaches, the most common primary headache disorder, according to the World Health Organization. A PT can identify the cause of such headaches (e.g., muscle tension, joint dysfunction in the neck/jaw, poor posture or stress) and work to improve mobility, strength, posture, and daily work/office routines.

    Pre-Natal/Post-Partum Care: Physical therapists can offer relief for expecting mothers experiencing pain and discomfort in the back, hips and legs through treatment and exercise. After delivery, physical therapy is effective in treating back and pelvic pain while helping new moms strengthen their bodies for the rigors of motherhood.

    Balance, Dizziness & Vertigo: Physical therapists can assess a person’s balance and risk of fall, then provide treatment (e.g., strength training, flexibility or range of motion exercises, for instance) to help improve balance. Many physical therapists are also specially trained to treat positional vertigo, which can often be successfully treated in a single visit.

    Athletic Enhancement: From weekend warriors to elite athletes, physical therapists work with our most active to help them move better, train better and realize their greatest potential as competitors. PTs can provide movement analyses, establish a better training regimen, and assist with equipment selection and adjustments (e.g., shoe orthotics, for instance, or bike fitting).

    In addition, the APTA notes that most PT clients in the U.S. don’t need a physician’s referral in order directly access physical therapy services – unless, of course, such referral is required in order to bill insurance. Contact your physical therapist to learn more.

     

    RESOURCES:

    APTA: Physical Therapist Practice and The Human Movement
    http://www.apta.org/MovementSystem/

    APTA: Vision Statement for the Physical Therapy Professional & Guiding Principles to Achieve the Vision
    http://www.apta.org/Vision/

    APTA: Who Are Physical Therapists?
    http://www.apta.org/AboutPTs/

    Move Forward: Benefits of Physical Therapy
    http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Benefits/Default.aspx#.VgxhehFVhBc

    APTA: PT Careers Overview
    http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Overview/

    Lehigh Valley Health Network: 10 Ways Physical Therapy Can Help
    http://www.lvhn.org/wellness_resources/wellness_articles/healthy_living/10_ways_physical_therapy_can_help

    Move Forward: Physical Therapist’s Guide to Headaches
    http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=fd8a18c8-1893-4dd3-9f00-b6e49cad5005#.VfxCyBFVhBc

    Move Forward: Benefits of Physical Therapy
    http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Benefits/Default.aspx#.VgrJARFVhBc

    World Health Organization: Headache disorders
    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs277/en/

     

  3. Pools Offer Fitness and Relief for Older Adults

    While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.

    This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, say physical therapists and other health care professionals.

    “When you do an exercise on land, like jogging, you get an impact on your joints,” said Torben Hersbork, an osteopath from the Central London Osteopathy and Sports Injury Clinic. “But, when you exercise in the water, you don’t have any gravity forcing your body weight down onto your joints.”

    Because of this, experts say water exercise is ideal for people dealing with issues related to strength, flexibility, balance, sore joints and pain. This includes people recovering from injury or surgery, as well as those with chronic conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.

    The buoyancy of waist-deep water, for example, can support around half our body weight, while neck-deep water can reduce body weight by up to 90 percent. Such reduction in weight and impact on the joints can help people who may experience difficulty standing, balancing and exercising on land to move more freely – and often with less pain.

    In addition, water offers 12 times the resistance of the air around us. Because of this added resistance, movement and exercise while submerged in a pool can help build overall strength and stability in the body.

    “If you are over 50, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends moderately intense aerobic exercise for 30 minutes a day, four times a week, plus resistance strength training, plus balance and flexibility training,” said Mary E. Sanders, a researcher at the University of Nevada (Reno). “A swimming pool provides the one place where you can do all of that at the same time without the need for a lot of machines – at your own pace and more comfortably.”

    One study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise back in 2007 showed that older women who regularly participated in a pool-based exercise program performed better in daily tasks than others who exercised similarly on land. The women in the study, for example, improved their walking speed by 16 percent, their agility by 20 percent, and their ability to walk stairs by 22 percent.

    Another study published earlier in the same publication (2002) showed that combining aqua aerobics with strength training while in the pool helped participants increase their strength by 27 percent in the quads, 40 percent in the hamstrings, and about 10 percent in the upper body.

    Even when people suffer from common chronic diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis, water exercise can help improve the use of affected joints while decreasing overall pain.

    “Exercise is an integral part of any arthritis treatment program, as it helps to strengthen and stabilize the joints, preventing further damage,” wrote Andrew Cole, M.D., an author on Arthritis-Health.com. “Water therapy is an excellent option for patients with osteoarthritis of the knees, hip osteoarthritis, and spinal osteoarthritis due to the decreased pressure placed on the joints.”

    Those who feel pool exercise or aquatic therapy may help them improve fitness levels or overall functional abilities should first contact their physical therapist for professional guidance. A physical therapist can help identify your greatest weaknesses and needs, then develop a pool fitness plan that specifically addresses these needs and your personal goals.

     

    SOURCES:

    Arthritis-Health.com: Water Therapy for Osteoarthritis
    https://www.arthritis-health.com/treatment/exercise/water-therapy-osteoarthritis

    AAPR: Making a Splash with Water Workouts
    https://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-2007/water_workouts.html

    AARP: Water Works Aquatic Activity: A Painless Way to Stay Fit
    https://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-12-2008/water_works_aquatic_activity_a_painless_way_to_stay_fit.html

    “Take It to the Pool: Benefits of Aquatic Exercise for Arthritis”
    https://fox11online.com/sponsored/osmsgb/take-it-to-the-pool-benefits-of-aquatic-exercise-for-arthritis

    Daily Mail: How Can Aqua-Exercises Help You Slim?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-105285/How-aqua-exercises-help-slim.html

    Cleveland Clinic: Benefits of Water-Based Exercise
    https://health.clevelandclinic.org/benefits-of-water-based-exercise/

    CDC: Health Benefits of Water-Based Exercise
    https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/health_benefits_water_exercise.html

    WebMD: Water Exercise for Seniors
    https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/features/water-exercise-seniors#1

     

  4. Mind your back(pack) during back-to-school

    From homework and tests to extra-curricular activities, students already shoulder plenty of weight during back-to-school time. Their backpacks should be the least of their worries.

    Unfortunately, due to the lack of awareness or simple disinterest (or both), backpacks can pose a health risk to kids and students of all ages.

    “Wearing a backpack incorrectly or wearing one that’s too heavy can be a contributing risk factor for discomfort, fatigue, muscle soreness and pain, especially in the lower back,” said Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, an expert on school ergonomics and the healthy growth and development of school-age children.

    Statistics back her assessment.

    The American Occupational Therapy Association estimates that about 79 million students across the U.S. carry school backpacks. Among these, nearly 22,000 strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures – ailments caused by improper backpack use – were reported by medical providers in 2013, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Commission.

    “I put backpack problems into the ‘overuse injury’ category,” said pediatric orthopedist Robert Bruce of the Emory School of Medicine. “Many attribute their back pain to heavy book bags.”

    And while weight is certainly a key factor, the way backpacks are designed, lifted and worn can also contribute to discomfort, pain and injury in students. The good news: much of this is preventable.

    In this spirit, the therapists at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., offer the following tips for kids, parents and teachers:

    Select the Right Pack: Choose a pack that’s no larger than 75 percent of the length of your child’s back. Wide straps keep the pack from digging into the shoulders, and a padded back adds comfort and protection.

    Lighten the Load: A loaded backpack should never be heavier than 10 percent of a child’s weight.

    Distribute the Weight: Use multiple pockets and compartments to distribute the weight of the items inside the pack. Keep heavier items closer to your child’s back, while light and/or sharp items (pens, scissors, etc.) should be stored away from the back.

    Lift with the Knees: Teaching your child about proper lifting will offer a lifetime of protection for his/her back. Children should always lift their backpack using their knees, not their waists.

    Adjust and Carry: Insist your child always carry his or her pack using both shoulder straps, with the sternum strap and hip belt (if part of the pack) tightly secured. Adjust the shoulder straps so the backpack rests snugly against the back, below the shoulders yet above the hips.

    Watch for Warning Signs: Signs your child’s backpack is too heavy or not fitted properly include difficulty picking up and/or putting on the pack, pain when wearing, tingling or numbness in the arms or legs, strap marks left behind on the shoulders, or a change in posture while wearing the backpack.

    Seek Advice from a Physical Therapist: Licensed physical therapists (PTs) are specially trained to prevent injury, reduce pain and restore mobility. Seek the advice of a physical therapist to learn more about properly selecting and wearing a backpack.

    “I think the backpack is a nice tool, but investigate which type of pack seems to be the most comfortable for your child,” summarized Dr. James Weinstein, chair of orthopedics at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. “And don’t put everything, including the kitchen sink, in it. It can’t be their home away from home.”

     

    SOURCES:

    AOTA: 1, 2, 3’s of Basic Backpack Wearing
    http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Backpack/meet-your-backpack-8-2014.pdf

    AOTA: Back Facts: What’s All the Flap About
    http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Backpack/Whats%20All%20the%20Flap%20About.pdf

    Everyday Health: Is Your Child’s Backpack Causing Chronic Back Pain?
    http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/back-to-school/backpack-causing-chronic-back-pain/

    NPR: Surgery & Back Pain
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5252993

    APTA – More Forward: Backpack Safety
    http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail.aspx?cid=ec576128-8e7e-4afc-87a0-e6ace64bcf0a#.Vbq2ZflVg5s

     

Central/Valley View

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

Services

  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Orthotics
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • POETs
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Industrial Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

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 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. Drumming and playing soccer are some of the ways he also likes to occupy his time.

 

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.

Elena Gray, PT, DPT, ATRIC

Elena is originally from Illinois and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University. Her post-professional education has included continuing education in Kinesiotaping, Functional Dry Needling and a certification in Aquatics. Her treatment philosophy focuses on challenging patients with evidence-based treatment and providing education to help patients manage fitness on their own. Elena enjoys swimming, dancing and hiking with her husband and daughter.

Travis Grondel, PTA

Travis is a proud native to the great City of Las Vegas. After graduating high school Travis knew he wanted to go into the field of helping people improve their life and started working for Kelly Hawkins in 2005. After serving a two-year service mission for his church, Travis went on to graduate from Pima Medical Institute as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He enjoys working on all type of injuries and patients, but sports-related injury is close to his heart after playing sports throughout his life. When he is not working, he loves taking trips down to Disneyland with his wife and 2 girls, coaching soccer, and being outdoors on his bike.

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. Steve is fluent in Spanish.

Northwest/Summerlin

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

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 as a PT including 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 and enjoys volunteering for organizations which 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

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 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 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 as Physical Therapist Assistant 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
*Spanish-speaking Therapist

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

 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 out-patient 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 life style. When she is not working with patients, she enjoys spend time with her family.

 

East/Flamingo

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

Services

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

  • Spine Rehab
  • Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wound Care

Daniel Sandberg, PT, DPT

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 wheel chair basketball tournament, and completed clinical affiliations in a skilled nursing facility in Salt Lake City, an acute care hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, and two orthopedic /sport 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.

Ashley Norman, DPT

Ashley is originally from Buffalo, NY and obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Daemen College. After working in the Buffalo area for a few years, she moved to the Las Vegas area in June 2015, where she began working for Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy. She enjoys helping individuals achieve their goals to live a pain free, active life. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Joseph Agcaoili, PTA

Joe is originally from Kauai, Hawaii and has been living in Las Vegas since 1994. He completed PTA school at Carrington College and has two years experience in an outpatient orthopedic setting. He is certified in Rocktape Rockblades and kinesiotaping. He is an avid distance runner and is in the process of training for his first triathlon.

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

Cody Okuda, PT, MSPT

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 masters 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.

Jason Pyfer, PT, DPT

Jason was born in Sidney, Montana. He graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. He received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNLV. He is currently seeking certification from the McKenzie Institute. He specializes in orthopedics, manual manipulation, manual therapy, sports physical therapy, and back and neck pain. He enjoys participating in obstacle course races, triathlons, mountain biking, hiking, and instructing youth weight training. Jason and his wife, Sarah, have 4 children.

Ricardo Franco, PTA

“Ricky” was born in Los Angelas, CA. He received his Physical Therapist’s Assistant degree from Carington College. He is fluent in Spanish, specializes in orthopedics, and stresses the importance of having a positive outlook.

 

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

Northeast/Bonanza

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

Services

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

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

Mutya O’Boyle, PT, DPT

Mutya attended the University of Washington, in her hometown of Seattle, where she received her bachelors 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 which 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 front row seat next to Coach K (most definitely on my bucket list). I graduated from Fresno Pacific University with a B.A Kinesiology in 2010, and from Carrington College with A.S Physical Therapist Assistant in 2017.  I initially discovered my passion for physical therapy following a season ending knee injury as a collegiate athlete in 2008. My nine month 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 of the opportunity to help others improve their quality of life every single day.

Timothy Hipkins, PTA

Tim has 20 years 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

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

Jeffrey Hill, PT

Jeff has been practicing for over 25 years, all with Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy. 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.