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7801 N Lamar Blvd #B174
Austin, TX 78752

(512) 371-7273

Fax: (512) 259-7056
320 W William Cannon Dr
Austin, TX 78745

(512) 371-7273

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.

Lauren Steele, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Dr. Lauren Steele received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from Creighton University in 2017. Before attending physical therapy school, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University. Throughout her education she gained experience in a variety of settings including orthopedic, concussion management, geriatrics, and sports medicine which has aided her treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Lauren has attained further education for treatment of men and women’s pelvic floor conditions including dyspareunia, vaginismus, muscle spasms, and pelvic floor weakness. Lauren also has a background in Spanish which has made her proficient in the second language. Lauren strives to remain up to date on current research so she may to use the best evidence-based treatments. She believes that patient education and open communication between physical therapist and patient are some of the most important factors in recovery.

Swapnali Chaudhary, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapist

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.

Her philosophy:

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

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.

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.

Erika Goldschen, PTA, CPT

Physical Therapy Assistant

Erika graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program in Madison WI in 2016 with an Associates of Applied Science. She was also a certified personal trainer/fitness coach for the past 6+ years and moved to Austin in October 2017 with her husband. She has had most of her clinical rotations in outpatient orthopedics and has worked mainly in senior nursing facilities since graduation. She has since had continuing education in KT taping and return to sports concepts.

“You never stop learning in this professional and it is such a great reward when your patients feel dramatically better after the treatments.”

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.