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 is dedicated to providing a patient-centered, individualized approach to your rehabilitation experience.
James D. Barber, OTR/L, CHT
James has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for 15 years. Nearly 10 of these years have been with SWMC in the outpatient clinic. He specializes in orthopedics, custom fabrication of splints and orthotics, and most injuries or disorders involving the upper extremities.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 joined the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation after completing her Associate of Applied Science degree as an Occupational Therapy Assistant from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. She was drawn to a career in occupational therapy after seeing the need for skilled rehabilitation through her involvement in athletics.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
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 graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. His coursework at Oklahoma University was focused in sports medicine. As a part of this focus, he participated in a sports clinical rotation with the Kansas City Royals. This rotation gave him a unique insight in working with and rehabilitating high level throwing athletes.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.
Kellen has received additional training in Functional Dry Needling Level 1 with KinetaCore. Dry needling is an adjunctive treatment to relieve muscle tension, release trigger points, and improve the healing environment around injured tissue.
“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.”
Lauren Shoopman, DPT
Lauren joined the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation after completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University.She has a special interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, and vestibular rehabilitation. Lauren is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to her patients and is currently enrolled in a clinical fellowship program through the Manual Therapy Institute to pursue her specialization in Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
Steven Huddleston, LPTA
Steven graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Steven has been working as a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1995. For his undergraduate work, Steven received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Oklahoma Christian University. Steven was a 3-year letterman on his college varsity basketball team. He specializes in sports medicine and has worked in a variety of areas from in-patient, nursing homes, home health, aquatics, and pediatrics.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 graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. For his undergraduate work, Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In addition to his coursework, Michael participated in an additional internship program with an Athletic Training/Sports Medicine focus at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.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 graduated from Oklahoma University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and from Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in 1982 with a Master of Science Degree in Speech Pathology. Ms. Gardner also holds the Certificate of Clinic Competence from the American Speech/Language Hearing Association as well as the Oklahoma State Licensure in Speech Pathology.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
Plyometric boxes allow for our therapists to prepare athletes to return to explosive movements, decelerate their bodies safely when landing, and restore many other sports related movement patterns.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.
Each patient can expect the highest standard of care from their respective therapists. Our therapists strive to treat each patient as they would a member of their own family.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
Dry needling is a form of manual therapy offered at the Center for Sports and Rehabilitation. Research has shown dry needling can reset active trigger points, improve tissue healing environments, improve pain levels reported by patients, and improve range of motion.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
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is another form of manual therapy provided by our therapists. 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.
Vestibular related conditions are not often thought of in relation to physical therapy intervention.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.
Our occupational therapy team is led by a Certified Hand Therapist, who is an expert in upper extremity related post-surgical rehabilitation, upper extremity injury management, and the application of wrist and hand splint fabrication and fitting.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.