Why may I need to see a physical therapist?
Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.
Physical therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.
What are the types of treatments that are offered?
Physical therapists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.
Why do I see a physical therapist assistant?
Physical therapist assistants, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, may be involved in implementing treatment plans with patients. Physical therapist aides perform routine support tasks, as directed by the therapist.
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Craig Barton, M.S.P.T.
Craig Barton received his Master’s in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. He enjoys working with all types of patients but has developed a strong interest in the foot and ankle. He has also attended courses on the knee and shoulder. Craig joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy team in 2000.
Jeff Butler, M.S.P.T.
Jeff Butler received his B.S. in Health Science from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1997. He received his Masters of Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001. His main focus is outpatient orthopedics.
Lori Beck, P.T., M.D.T.
Lori Beck received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine with the McKenzie Institute. She is focused on spinal injuries, shoulder and knee injuries and patient education for preventative care and self-management. She joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy team in 1991.
Sarah Pridham, P.T., D.P.T
Sarah Pridham is a fourth generation Reno/Sparks native and attended Reed HS. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Ecology. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009. She specializes in acute care physical therapy, wound care and post op therapy. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing the violin and working with horses.
Justin Hesselbart, P.T.A.
Justin Hesselbart earned his Associates of Applied Science, becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant, from San Juan College in 2019. He enjoys working with all patients in the outpatient orthopedic setting. When not working, he greatly enjoys the outdoors; hiking, biking, paddling and skiing. He joined the ROC team in 2020.
Daemin Hickey, D.P.T.
Daemin Hickey received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting form Whitworth University in 2009. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Touro University of Nevada in the summer of 2018. He has several years’ experience working in physical therapy. Daemin joined the ROC physical therapy team in 2018.
Rendle Taylor, D.P.T.
Rendle was raised in Reno, NV, graduated from North Valleys High School in 2008, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in community health science. He graduated from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-Austin, TX campus with DPT in 2015. In his spare time, Rendle enjoys hunting, fishing, backpacking, skiing, along with many other outdoor activities.
Troy Burley, P.T., PhD
Troy Burley received his Master’s in Physical Therapy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2002. He is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Physical Therapy Fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Primary Care. Troy is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Troy earned a PhD in orthopaedics and sports science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2018. Troy joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy team in 2008.
Anthony (Tony) Lepori, D.P.T.
Anthony Lepori was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He received his Bachelors in Health Ecology from University of Nevada, Reno and went on to receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Touro University of Nevada in 2016. Tony join the ROC physical therapy team in 2016 with a primary focus in surgical and nonsurgical orthopedic procedures concerning the shoulder, knee, ankle, and hip.
Chelsea Schnars, P.T.A.
Chelsea Schnars received her Associates of Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Carrington College in 2013. Her focus is sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on shoulders, knees and ankles. Chelsea enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and playing softball in her free time. She joined the ROC physical therapy team in 2016.
David Tompkins, M.S.P.T.
David Tompkins received his Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001. He went on to receive his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004 and subsequently joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center. David enjoys the challenges of outpatient physical therapy with experience and training in the treatment of ankle, cervical spine, hip, knee, lumbar spine, shoulder, and thoracic spine patients. His approach is in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic patients.
Tim Tulppo, P.T.
Tim Tulpporeceived his Bachelors in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. His focus is general sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on knees and shoulders. Tim joined the ROC physical therapy team in 2007.
John Turri, M.S.P.T.
John Turri graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and Administration. John also played baseball for the UNR Wolfpack team. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University, Dayton, Ohio in 1999. John’s focus and a majority of his continuing education training is shoulder rehabilitation and injury prevention. He has extensive training and experience with hip, knee and shoulder orthopedic rehab. John is a certified golf fitness and medical instructor for the Titleist Performance Institute. He joined the ROC physical therapy team in 2006.