Central Location

South Location
(Open in 2018)

7801 N Lamar Blvd #B174
Austin, TX 78752

(512) 371-7273

Fax: (512) 259-7056
320 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78752

(512) 371-9900

Fax: (512) 259-7056


Dr. Laleh Askari PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy
Director of Rehabilitation Services

Dr. Askari graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2005 and went on to receive her doctorate degree from the same university in 2008. She has practiced and managed rehabilitation in numerous settings including hospitals, nursing homes, pediatric outpatient clinics and private practice. Dr. Askari has also been a clinical instructor for several physical therapy programs since 2007.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Askari uses the latest technology and evidence-based treatments that are individualized based on patients’ symptoms and evaluation findings. Her treatment philosophy focuses on the constant communication with her patients and referring physicians. The patient’s goals, preferred activity level, and prior experiences shape the treatment plan and help to achieve the quickest recovery. Patient education and adherence to a home exercise program are necessary to receive the full benefit of the treatment. Close communication with the referring physician also ensures a comprehensive and effective treatment plan.

Dr. Robert M. Henderson Jr.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Robert M. Henderson Jr. graduated from the University of St. Augustine in 2015 after obtaining his Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. While attending the University of St. Augustine he developed a critical foundation for a variety of settings such asorthopedic, home health, geriatrics and pediatrics. He brings a unique perspective to APTS having over 14 years of work experience in challenging environments while striving for exceptional customer service.

His recent successes eluded him the opportunity to find his true passion in life, which came to be, helping others. Dr. Henderson has spent his entire career around the Central Texas region.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Henderson believes wholeheartedly in staying consistent with his core qualities such as, trust, honesty, dependability, competence, leadership, confidence, and passion about helping others.

He takes great pride in effectively communicating with all patients. Dr. Henderson brings eagerness and passion to learn daily as evidenced by working on his certification for manual therapy and dry needling, both of which will be completed by the end of 2015. As a manual therapist, Dr. Henderson looks to apply advanced hands-on treatments of therapy that bests meets the patient’s customized needs. He works to utilize current evidence-based practice when making the appropriate clinical decisions for his patients.

Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, TX. BS: Bachelors in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Computer Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Giving Back

“Born and raised in West Texas, I had the opportunity to experience first-hand the positive effect a community can have on an individual. I believe in giving back to communities and Austin as a whole. In my opinion, the greatest gift one can receive from another is the gift of help. I look to provide Austinites and surrounding communities that exact gift. I actively seek out opportunities to assists the community where I work and live and feel it is my duty to do so.”

Dr. Ashley Bowser, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Ashley Bowser received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of New England in 2016. Before attending physical therapy school she obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and had many of her clinical experiences in the Central Texas area. Throughout her education she gained experience in a variety of settings including orthopedic, geriatrics, and sports medicine. She is most excited to have been recently published in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and presented her work at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference in 2016. Working with a physical therapist during her ballet and competitive figure skating careers enabled her to continue her passions despite various injuries, which fueled her fervor for the physical therapy profession. These experiences make her empathetic to her patients, and motivated to assist them in participating in the things they love.

Treatment Philosophy

Dr. Bowser endeavors to remain up to date on current research so she may to use the best evidence-based treatments. She believes that physical therapy professionals should never stop learning so she plans to build on her knowledge by becoming certified in many specialty areas. It is also vital to communicate well with patients, and provide them with the information they need to manage their condition. Providing home exercise programs and therapy exercises that give a patient the control in managing their symptoms is vital in their sustained recovery.

Shifra Fernandes, PT

Physical Therapist

Shifra Fernandes graduated from Manipal University, India in 2012 with a degree in Physical Therapy. Thereafter, she went on to work in an outpatient set up and private clinic for two and a half years gaining experience in orthopedic, adult neuro rehabilitation, community based rehabilitation and geriatric care. In August 2014, she moved to Austin to pursue a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at the University of Texas, Austin, graduating in May 2016. At the same time, she received her Licensure in Physical Therapy with the Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. She believes in evidence based practice, clinical reasoning and hands on practice, personalizing treatment plans to best suit every patient’s goals. Establishing an effective communication with her patients and educating them is of prime importance to her. She is compassionate and dedicated towards patient rehabilitation.

Dan Spence, PTA, LMT

Physical Therapy Assistant

Returning to school in 2010 Dan graduated from ACC’s PTA program in 2014. Dan spent the first year after graduation in the Hospital and Rehab setting. Then Dan spent a year in geriatric care in a memory care facility. Dan started at APTS in May of 2016. Dan’s intentions were to eventually get to the outpatient setting where he could more readily apply his massage therapy skills for which he got his license in 1992. After being the office manager at the Turtle Dragon for 13 years, a Chinese Medicine clinic, Dan decided to return to school to find a profession that would further his interest in the human body that would also allow the application of his interest in the practice of massage therapy. When not working Dan uses his skills gained from his first degree, Music, in the various Symphonic Choruses Austin has to offer and with his musical friends in the studio. Dan and his wife Jean have lived in South Austin for 16 years and have 2 special Cornish Rex cats.

Raymond Taing, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Ray moved to Austin from Boise, Idaho, where he had a career in restaurant management and was a Chef, specializing in Sushi. He was looking for a challenge and personal growth, so He decided to change careers and go back to school. Ray graduated from the PTA technical program at South University – Austin in March, 2016. While there, he had his clinical externships at an inpatient skilled nursing facility and at numerous outpatient orthopedic clinics, including Austin Physical Therapy Specialists. At APTS, Ray was able to hone his craft and apply his skills and knowledge. He joined the staff here full-time in MAY, 2016. Ray is currently pursuing his doctorate in Physical Therapy.

Erin O’Black, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Erin graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at California University of Pennsylvania in 2015 with an Associates of Applied Science. She moved down to Texas in November 2015, and has been a part of our team since. Throughout her schooling and career, she has gained knowledge and various skills working mainly in outpatient and hospital settings, suiting a wide range of populations, including but not limited to pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. Also, with her elementary proficiency in American Sign Language, she is able to communicate with hearing impaired patients.

Erin believes that there is always something new to learn to better yourself, as a clinician, and in turn to better serve your patients. She is always the first to make sure her patients are comfortable and feel at ease during therapy.

Alejandro Martinez

Physical Therapy Aide

Alejandro graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2013. During his practice in Mexico as a PT, Mr. Martinez worked in hospitals and Private Clinics, focusing in Pediatric, Neurological, Geriatric and Orthopedic patients. In 2014 he received the International Certification from the Academy of K-Taping (Neuromuscular Tape). Looking for better opportunities, Mr. Martinez decided to start a new professional journey in the United States.

Mr. Martinez believes that in this profession you never stop learning and he has always been open to learn something new with every patient, proving that each patient is unique and special. He is constantly investigating new techniques and theories to help him provide the best care to the patients.