Category Archives: Fitness

  1. To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

    Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best.

    Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.

    Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no connection between injury prevention and stretching – static, or reach-and-hold-type stretching – before a workout. Performance-wise, there’s also no consistent connection, with some studies even suggestions that stretching before an activity or competition can actually weaken performance.

    For example, research released by Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism in 2011 found that the vertical jump heights of young and middle-aged men actually declined when participants stretched beforehand. In contrast, the same study found heights increased after warming up dynamically, or using dynamic stretching.

    Dynamic stretches can best be described as a lower-intensity version of the exercises and movements you plan to perform during your activities or while you’re competing.

    A light jog, some leg swings, lunges, high-knees, arm and shoulder rotations … all these movements can be part of a dynamic stretching routine, depending on the activity you’re about to do.

    Such dynamic warm-ups help you break a sweat, sure, but it does so much more. It ensures your muscles are well-supplied with oxygen, promoting optimal flexibility and efficiency.

    Dynamic stretching, however, can only optimize your current level of flexibility. Static stretching is still vital in maintaining and improving your body’s level of overall flexibility … just not right before an activity.

    So, when’s the ideal time to maintain and improve flexibility through static stretching? Consider the following guidelines:

    Stretch Daily: Just as you should try to get a certain amount of exercise in each day – both cardio and strength training – it’s also important to dedicate 10 to 15 minutes to daily static stretching. Typical static stretches are held for anywhere between 15 to 60 seconds at a time, with each movement repeated two or more times.

    Experts suggest setting time aside for stretching either first-thing in the morning or just before going to bed.

    Stretch During Cool-Downs: Cooling down after an activity helps the body transition from a higher intensity to a resting or near-resting state. While slowed-down exercises (similar to those during dynamic warm-ups) may be included as part of a cool-down, this is also a great time for static stretching.

    As consistent tightness in the muscles and joints can put one more at risk of pain and injury, those who regularly exercise or compete have an annual physical therapy exam. During a PT exam, weaknesses in flexibility, strength and movement can be identified and properly addressed before they manifest into injuries.

  2. 7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

    It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting faraway friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things of the ol’ bucket list.

    Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent.

    But, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy habits and a lack of exercise. Vacations are a time to reboot mentally while reconnecting with friends and family, but this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of your health.

    With just a little forethought and planning, you can stay active and healthy throughout your trip, whether it lasts a few days or a few weeks.”

    So, for the purpose of planning, here are seven tips for staying fit and healthy while traveling:

    Plan Around an Activity: Don’t just plan your vacation around a place. Consider making one or a series of activities central to your agenda. For instance, plan to go on some hiking tours, try snorkeling for the first time, or make vacation a family camping trip.

    Keep Moving En Route: Whether you’re flying or driving, you’re going to likely do a lot of sitting and waiting during the front and back ends of your trip. So, capitalize on breaks in your trip to go for short walks, do some stretching, or warm the body through some dynamic exercises (i.e., lunges, light jogging, arm/leg swings, etc.)

    Explore on Foot/Bike: Once you’re at your new destination, resolve to explore the area on foot, either by jogging a new route each morning or taking regular walking tours of the area. Or, see the sites from the seat of a rented bike.

    Strength Train Using Body Weight: Even though you’re likely to be in an unfamiliar place with little to no gym access, don’t let that keep you from strength training. Whether in your hotel room or at a local park, your body weight provides ideal resistance while doing lunges, dips, push-ups, planks, and so on.

    Stay Hydrated: When you’re out of your element and distracted by new people and places, hydration habits can go awry. Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times as a reminder to hydrate continually throughout the day, and consume sugary and/or alcoholic drinks in moderation.

    Mind Your Diet: A disrupted or inconsistent schedule, coupled with a desire to try the local cuisine, can cause your good eating habits to go out the window. Continue to try new things, but do so with a plan. If you’re expecting a big dinner out one night, eat a lighter, healthier meal earlier in the day … and vice versa.

    Don’t Skimp on Sleep: While you may be tempted to trade sleep for a few more hours of sightseeing and new experiences, it’s not a trade worth making. Getting a good night’s sleep while on vacation will keep you more alert and active while improving the overall experience of your trip.

    And as you’re planning your trip, if you have any movement, discomfort or pain concerns that you feel may keep you from having a fun, relaxing time, visit a physical therapist before heading out.

    After a full assessment of the issue, a physical therapist can provide you with some treatment options and travel and/or exercise tips that can help you maximize your vacation’s enjoyment.

  3. Tips for Keeping the Weekend Warrior Healthy, Injury Free

    A “weekend warrior” is someone who, due to the hectic nature of a typical workweek, opts to cram most of her or his exercise into weekend workouts, activities, games and/or competitions.

    And while most physical therapists would never fault anyone for getting exercise, most would also agree that weekend warriors should be particularly cautious as the sporadic nature of their workout schedule puts them at a greater risk of getting injured.

    Days of downtime followed by sudden bursts of activity over a day or two isn’t ideal, after all. By putting greater stress on the body over a shorter period of time, weekend warriors should be aware that they’re putting themselves at greater risk of acute injuries, such as strains, sprains or worse.

    That’s because inactivity throughout the week can lead to a general deconditioning of the body that may include muscle tightness and imbalances, along with reduced endurance and cardiovascular fitness. A more consistent workout schedule can combat such deconditioning.

    But if one truly does struggle to find time to achieve their expert-recommended 150 minutes of exercise each week without cramming them into just a couple of days, we offer to following tips for avoiding injury.

    Space It Out – Rather than packing your weekly exercise minutes into two back-to-back days at the end of the week, consider spacing these days out. This can help you avoid some of the deconditioning effects mentioned above.

    Warm Up, Cool Down – When the weekend arrives and it comes time to take the field, hit the trails or tee off for 18, always warm up first. Take 5 to 10 minutes for some light resistance and cardio exercises to get the blood flowing. And after you’re done, cool down with some stretching. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout.

    Temper Your Intensity – When you’re packing your workouts into just a couple days a week, don’t overdo it. As you’re not exercising as consistently, stay on the safe side by pulling back slightly on your intensity.

    Mix It Up – Try not to fill your weekends with the same activities. Mix it up, perhaps focusing on cardio one weekend and strength another – or a variation thereof. This helps ensure your entire body remains balanced, reducing your chances of injury.

    Stay Active During the Week – Even if you don’t have time to hit the gym during the week, don’t use that as an excuse to be completely sedentary. Capitalize on brief moments during the week to move around, stretch, and maybe even do some exercising. Take the stairs, stretch during your breaks, stand at your desk, walk during meetings or after work, and maybe even fit 10 minutes of at-home resistance training into your evenings.

    Listen to Your Body – Always know your limits. And, if you feel aches and pains or suspect possible injury, stop exercising immediately and see a medical professional, such as a physical therapist. Don’t try to power through discomfort just so you can get through the weekend.

  4. Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

    To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, physical therapists have an important message: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise.

    “Essential to staying strong and vital during older adulthood is participation in regular strengthening exercises, which help prevent osteoporosis and frailty by stimulating the growth of muscle and bone,” said David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., U.S. Surgeon General from 1998 to 2002. “Strength training exercises are easy to learn, and have been proven safe and effective through years of thorough research.”

    And while this benefit of strength training for older adults is a powerful one, it’s simply just one in a list of proven reasons why seniors should make strength training a part of their lifestyles and fitness regimens.

    While a reduction in strength is often considered an inevitable part of getting older, people of all ages should feel empowered to take charge of their overall health (including strength training) as they age.

    Along with diet and regular check-ups with both a physician and a physical therapist, an exercise regimen that includes elements of strength and resistance training can help slow some of the effects of aging – this, while also allowing one to maintain a high quality of life through activity and independence.

    “The work of scientists, health professionals, and older adult volunteers has greatly increased our knowledge about the aging process and how we can maintain strength, dignity and independence as we age,” Satcher said.

    According to reams of medical research, the many proven benefits of weight-bearing and resistance exercise include:

    Rebuilding Muscle: People do lose muscle mass as they age, but much of this can be slowed and even reversed through strength and resistance exercise. And of course, a stronger body has a direct impact on issues related to balance, fall prevention and independence.

    Reducing Fat: We also tend to more easily put on weight as we get older. Studies show, however, that while older adults gain muscle mass through strength training, they also experience a reduction in body fat.

    Reducing Blood Pressure: Studies have also shown that strength training is a great (and natural) way to reduce one’s blood pressure, even for those who “can’t tolerate or don’t respond well to standard medications.”

    Improving Cholesterol Levels: Strength training can actual help improve the level of HDL (“good”) cholesterol in the body by up to 21 percent, while also helping to reduce to levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

    Strengthening Mental Health: This goes with all exercise, including strength training. Maintaining a high level of fitness can combat anxiety, depression, issues with stress, etc. Exercise is also great for memory!

    Whether walking, jogging, hiking, dancing, etc., experts recommend 30 minutes of weight-bearing activity every day. Guidelines also suggest it’s also necessary to set aside another two to three days of strength and resistance training each week, which can include free weights, weight machines, Pilates, yoga, and so on.

    And for the sake of both health and safety, a thorough strength, movement and balance assessment should precede any new exercise regimen, especially for older adults – assessments that physical therapists are uniquely qualified to perform.

     

  5. 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

     

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

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

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), 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, snowboarding/skiing, 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 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.

 

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.

 

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

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, 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 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.

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

  • 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.