Physical Therapy in Austin, Texas

Some musculoskeletal injuries can be successfully resolved conservatively with physical therapy (“PT”) instead of surgery. If PT alone does not resolve your issue, PT may also be prescribed in conjunction with preparation for and/or rehabilitation after surgery.

When referred for physical therapy, our hands-on physical therapists will perform an evaluation and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs using exercise, modalities, and manual techniques. The focus is on teaching you how to heal yourself and get you back to activities as quickly as possible. Austin Sports Medicine’s in-house facility allows for continuous communication between the doctors and the physical therapists. Our physical therapists also offer sports specific injury prevention evaluations to minimize the risk of injury by establishing or maintaining a reliable exercise program.

Jennifer Elam

Jennifer received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Kentucky and is certified by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.  After completing her degree, Jennifer practiced in Los Angeles, California, where she focused on sports medicine, orthopedics, and occupational medicine.  Her patients included professional athletes, performers, dancers, stunt men, and weekend warriors.  She relocated to Austin in 2011 and joined the Austin Sports Medicine team in 2012.  She now serves as our Director of Physical Therapy.

Marcus Cantu

Marcus Cantu is a board certified orthopedic and sports physical therapist by the American Physical Therapy Association, a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapists and a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is certified through the Titleist Performance Institute and Functional Movement Systems – FMS Level 1 Certified, and is a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His interests include rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, knee and spine through a focused integration of manual therapy and evidence-based movement science. He has worked in a variety of different roles in athletic training that include the NFL, NFL Europe, Collegiate, and High School Settings. Marcus graduated from Texas State University in 2003 and received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Women’s University in 2008. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. A native of Bandera, Texas, Marcus and his wife, Jessica, have a daughter, Sophia, and a son, Eli.

Samantha Pittsford

Sam is originally from the Texas Hill Country, where she grew up watching her dad coach high school football and basketball. She moved to Austin in 2005 where she attended the University of Texas. She graduated in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Biology minor, making the Dean’s list her last 5 semesters there. However, her greatest award was meeting her husband at UT, where they played on the same intramural flag football team. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Chandi Bickford

Chandi Moore earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Pacific University in Oregon after completing her undergraduate degree at University of California Santa Barbara, where she played Division I soccer. Since her D1 playing days, Chandi has become an avid runner, most recently winning the Austin Marathon in February of 2016. She has a special interest in working with athletes and active individuals to help them return to the sport or activity that’s most important to them. She has a background in coaching and performing sport injury prevention screens for football, lacrosse, and soccer teams. If Chandi is not working you will find her running, playing Co-ed soccer, or enjoying the outdoors.

Orli Wachs

Orli attended Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she received both her Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Orli is originally from Philadelphia and enjoyed working in different facilities across the country before settling here in Austin. In her free time, Orli enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, and traveling.

Julie Clouse

Julie Clouse is a Texas native and has been practicing as a PTA in Austin since 2004. After high school, she went on to play volleyball for 2 years at Galveston College. It was after having physical therapy for a knee surgery that she decided to pursue her degree as a physical therapist assistant. Julie received her associates degree from Lone Star College in The Woodlands, TX. Since becoming licensed, she has worked several therapy settings in Austin including outpatient and home health. She specialized for 4 years in spine care with extensive training in the McKenize Method. Julie is a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner and is trained in Graston Technique. Prior to joining Austin Sports Medicine, she worked at the University of Texas providing physical therapy to students on campus through University Health Services. She joined Austin Sports Medicine in 2015.

Rachel Gourley

Rachel holds an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting from Professional Skills Institute, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University. She has experience working with patients of all activity levels from weekend warriors to collegiate athletes. As a former NCAA gymnast she has a passion for gymnastics and a strong background in coaching and strength training gymnasts and dancers.