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.
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.
Swapnali Chaudhary, PT, MSPT
Swapnali has 10 years of experience as a physical therapist in Outpatient and Acutecare settings and 15 years of experience in the field of Healthcare. She completed her Masters in Physical Therapy from Texas State University-San Marcos in 2007. She is a certified LSVT – BIG clinician. She is also a Registered Physician (Doctor of Alternative Medicine of Homeopathy) in India.
As a Licensed Physical Therapist in Texas, she has worked extensively with adult and geriatric patient population with multiple comorbidities and with Auto-injury/Trauma patients, leading to successful outcomes with quick & lasting results. She has remarkable manual therapy skills and notable experience in successfully treating Sacroiliac joint disease and Somatic/facet dysfunctions of Spine, besides treating a wide variety of Musculoskeletal injuries. Her comprehensive medical background, exceptional diagnostic skills, professionalism and compassion make her a great clinician and her passion to help her patients improve their quality of life, her need to strive for excellence, and her positive attitude make her an outstanding healthcare professional.
Communication with the patients about their plan of care and ongoing therapy progress is vital to achieving successful therapy outcomes.
She believes in and practices Wellness – Mindfulness, Meditation, Exercise & Nutrition – as it impacts overall health and healing/recovery process.
When she’s not treating patients, she’s spending time with her family and friends. She loves to read, paint and cook. She has a very loving, supportive husband and two beautiful daughters. She endeavors for personal and professional growth through continued education courses, training, discussions and reading. Her goal is to make a difference in the lives of her patients, one patient at a time & she finds her job immensely rewarding!
Shifra Fernandes, PT
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.
Rachel Thompson, DPT
Dr. Rachel Thompson received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from South College in 2017. Before attending physical therapy school, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas State University. Throughout her education she gained clinical experience in a variety of settings including outpatient and inpatient facilities, of which continues to aid in her current intervention strategies to treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Rachel strives to use the best evidence-based treatments guided by in the most current research. She would like to continue her education by obtaining her Manual therapy, Dry-needling and Pelvic Floor specialty certifications.
Dr. Thompson has a passion for working with a wide range of individuals of any age, level with the drive to perform any number of sport or recreational activities. From regaining the ability to walk without a cane to perfecting your golf swing following an injury. She believes that appropriate physical fitness, pain management techniques, germane patient education and open/ honest communication between medical professionals, clinicians and our patients are some of the most important factors in recovering your full functional potential.
In her free time, Rachel and her rambunctious dog Brinley are avid hikers who love traveling, running, and anything that includes the water. Dr. Thompson is currently looking for a new church family after recently making Austin her new home.
Jordan Gauthier, DPT
Dr. Jordan Gauthier received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017. Before attending physical therapy school, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiotherapy from The University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Soccer Team. Throughout her education, she gained experience in orthopedic and pediatric settings which has aided in her treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.
Her want to become a physical therapist stemmed from her 16 year career in athletics and multiple injuries sustained while playing various sports. In the future, she hopes to obtain a specialization in Sports Physical Therapy in order to help injured athletes return to their respective sports. When she is not treating patients in the clinic, Jordan enjoys participation in and watching of sports, being outdoors, and spending time with family.
Sarah Sanchez, DPT
Dr. Sarah Sanchez received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2018. Before attending physical therapy school, she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she was a member of the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Team. Throughout her education she gained clinical experience at inpatient, orthopedic and sports facilities which has aided her in the treatment of neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions.
Sarah has used her athletic background and personal rehabilitation experiences after athletic injuries to help develop her intervention strategy. She believes in combining exercise, strength training, gait training, manual therapy techniques, and education to promote optimum health and maximize function. She is currently pursuing placement at a Sports Physical Therapy Residency program to obtain her Sports Specialist Certification, and to pursue her passion to work with athletes.
Outside of the clinic, Sarah resides in South Central Austin, where she enjoys participating in everything the city has to offer; including attending shows, being outdoors, and discovering new places to eat and hang with family and friends.
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.
Roxanne Ramirez, PTA, FMT
Physical Therapy Assistant
Roxanne Ramirez is an Austinite who graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston, main campus in December of 2011 with a major in Kinesiology and minor in Health. After graduation, Roxanne worked as a physical therapy technician for some years in both hospital and outpatient settings. In 2017 Roxanne received her Associates in Physical Therapy from South University in Round Rock, TX. During her studies Roxanne completed an FMT course, where she received a certification for Functional Movement Taping through Rock Tape.
Roxanne believes in personalizing every patients plan of care to best fit their goal(s) using evidence based practice and clinical reasoning. Ms. Ramirez believes in not only treating the dysfunction of the patient, but the patient as a whole, she hands and ears that are willing to help.
Tysa Hazelwood. PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Tysa accomplished graduation from Green River College’s PTA program in June 2017 out of Auburn, WA. Within her college experience, she has had a wide variety of exposure with various patient populations and conditions. Since obtaining her license to practice, she finally made her big move that she has dreamed of to her new home of Texas. Outside of Tysa’s full time position here at APTS, she also works at HCR ManorCare of Austin (a skilled nursing facility) to supplement her exposure to various rehabilitation settings. Tysa’s techniques and treatment approach are as unique and detailed as each patient that leaves her table feeling much better than when they came in. She is very passionate about incorporating both manual and active methods to promote symptom relief. Since having no college debt from working two jobs and earning scholarships when she was a student, she is open to the idea of pursing DPT school. Her enthusiasm to learn ,and joy from serving others keeps our patients smiling all day long.
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.