The team at the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation at Southwestern Medical Center is dedicated to serving our patients’ needs. Each member of our team, from office manager to therapist, is dedicated to providing a patient-centered, individualized approach to your rehabilitation experience.
James D. Barber, OTR/L, CHT
James is a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). This is a nationally recognized designation which means the therapist has at least five years and 4,000 hours of clinical practice in this specialty. In addition, a Certified Hand Therapist has also passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. There are currently 6,284 Certified Hand Therapists worldwide.
Brooke McLemore, COTA/L
Brooke enjoys working with a wide array of patients, including those recovering from sports injuries, surgery, and orthopedic conditions among others. She is passionate about working with patients to help them achieve their goals and return to their prior activities and hobbies.
Brooke is board certified by the National Board of Certified Occupational Therapy. She has a special interest in sports medicine, upper extremity rehabilitation and orthopedics.
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” – Napoleon Hill
Amber Smith, PT
Amber has received additional training in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Dry needling is an adjunctive treatment to relieve muscle tension, release trigger points, and improve the healing environment around injured tissue. In addition to her extensive orthopedic experience and training, Amber also has extensive training in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Geriatric Neurology.
In her spare time, Amber is a volunteer youth soccer and basketball coach.
“I want my patients to feel like I am their personalized coach, getting them back to their life and what is most important to them.”
Kellen Allen, DPT
Kellen volunteers during football and soccer seasons with the local high schools as a part of their sideline sports medical team.
He also volunteers on the weekends working with select athletes to maximize their ability to participate in their chosen athletic endeavor. This specialized, performance-based training is designed to give the healthy athlete a competitive edge over his or her competition.
“My rehabilitation paradigm is to incorporate each patient’s unique needs and desires into a functional rehabilitation plan of care. This approach allows me to understand how each patient needs to move in their functional world and lays the groundwork for returning them to their sport or societal role.”
Steven Huddleston, LPTA
Steven has helped to establish:
- Employee wellness programs
- Student-athlete speed and conditioning programs
- Community outreach programs
“Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it takes to get there.” ~Unknown
Michael Moreland, LPTA
Michael has current certifications as an Active First Responder. He is EMT/EMR certified and volunteers at a local fire department.
“As a Physical Therapist Assistant, I have spent the last 17 years rehabilitating orthopedic, neurologic and sports medicine patients. I strive to help all my patients return to their maximal level of function.”
Roni D. Gardner, MS/CCC-SLP
Roni has practiced for 35 years in the field of Speech Language Pathology in a variety of settings, including acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, and outpatient. Her areas of expertise include aphasia, cognitive impairment, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders.
Rehabilitation Gym and Aquatics Room
Our equipment allows therapist to work on multiple aspects of an athlete’s rehabilitation. Here, this athlete is working on balance, strength, NM control, and re-establishing motor programs used in athletic movement patterns.
Benefits from aquatic therapy include:
- Heated Pool — Our pool is heated to 94 degrees which increases muscle and joint flexibility, decreases muscle spasms and muscle tone, and improves circulation.
- Hydrostatic Pressure — This inherent property of water works to decrease swelling, reduce venous pooling, and even strengthens inspiratory muscles.
- Water Viscosity — Water viscosity provides resistance to movement which is critical for rehabilitating strength and endurance for our clients.
- High Powered Jets — Jets positioned strategically in the pool allow patients to work on balance reactions or improve strength and endurance when walking or swimming against the current.
- Combining TheraBand resistance exercises while walking against jet propelled resistance adds a unique balance and strengthening experience for our athletes at the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation.
They are trained to work with patients and athletes in all phases of their rehabilitation. Here our trained PTA uses manual therapy to assist this athlete in restoring range of motion.
Unique Therapeutic Interventions:
Trigger Point Dry Needling
In this picture, dry needling is being used in cohesion with electrotherapy. This combination can amplify pain relief, reduce muscle spasms, and/or re-educate the neuromuscular connection at desired motor end plates.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
IASTM techniques allow our therapists to directly impact the healing environment encompassing the injured area.
Treatments consisting of IASTM have been shown to improve range of motion, strength, and pain perception in patients.
Here you can clearly see one way in which our therapists can impact the healing environment.
The increased redness seen in the treated area improves tissue healing properties by increasing blood flow and other healing properties to the region.
However physical therapy has been proven to be a crucial aspect of patient care regarding vestibular hypofunction, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), dizziness and more.
At the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation we have therapists trained to rehabilitate these types of conditions from a patient-centered approach.
The Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. There are currently only 6,284 Certified Hand Therapists worldwide.