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Physical Therapist in Austin, TX

All our professionals at Austin Manual Therapy Associates maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in physical therapy.

Benjamin Keene, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Co-Director

"I discovered the benefits of physical therapy from personal experience after sustaining an injury while playing high-school sports. Physical therapy helped me overcome my sports injury without the need for surgery, and that's always a plus for any athlete. But it wasn't until I was in a car accident during the summer of my senior year that I really learned how physical therapy could change someone's life for the better. Although I was not seriously hurt in this accident, a close friend of mine was. As he underwent physical therapy, I saw his transformation from being incapacitated to getting his full motion back thanks to the efforts of his physical therapist.

My friend's successful injury rehab helped me define my career goals during my senior year. I saw how gratifying it would be to participate in such a life-improving process. I made the commitment to dedicate my life to helping others like my friend's physical therapist helped him. I went on to college and after receiving my BS in exercise physiology, I pursued my master's degree in physical therapy.

Because I have a desire to constantly improve my care, I continued to advance my education by enrolling in the Manual Therapy Institute's clinical fellowship program for orthopedic manual therapy. I am now a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, a distinction shared by only a small percentage of physical therapists in the entire country."

When not helping patients get better, Ben spends his free time with his wife Kristi, daughter Isabella, and son Koen. He also enjoys running, hiking and camping in the Texas hill country.

  • Board-Certified: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • DPT: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2013
  • MS: Physical Therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2001
  • BS: Exercise Physiology & Health & Fitness Management, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 1997
  • Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, Dallas, TX, 2004
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, Private Practice Section of the APTA
  • Licensure: State of Texas

James T. Harris, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, Co-Director

"I always had a passion for athletics.  As a kid, I dreamed of playing sports only for the University of Texas at Austin.  As fate would have it, I earned an athletic scholarship to play college baseball for my Texas Longhorns, culminating in being a member of the 1983 National Championship team.  The joy of that accomplishment was replaced with a different reality after I suffered a serious shoulder injury.  It changed the trajectory of my life as a baseball player forever.  I finished my eligibility in baseball, and then finished my degree in Kinesiology and Sociology soon after that.  My new ambition: Carve out a new career path while blending my two academic interests.  This unique plan would unveil itself a few years later.   

Sports did not consume all of my childhood interests.  Most Saturdays, I worked along with my father in neighborhoods around Austin to help those less fortunate.  By age six, I had understood the spiritual paradox that giving to other people could leave ME with personal fulfillment.  After college, I purposely sought the arc of my life’s calling, finding that I simply wanted to inspire and help others.  It was a natural extension to match this philosophy of giving with Physical Therapy.  The first few moments in an orthopedic clinic reinforced this fit.  It remains a vivid flashpoint in my life.  I knew instantly, and distinctly, that PT was meant for me.  I was overwhelmed with this certainty and realized everything before this moment was an inkling, a prelude, to this epiphany.        

To be the best Manual Physical Therapist, I sought training from the best therapists and educators.  The easy choice for me was with The Manual Therapy Institute’s (MTI) post-professional orthopedic training.  MTI was the stone to sharpen my focus, and the engine to power me, with its clear demands of hard work and discipline.  Board-certification in Orthopedics by the American Physical Therapy Association and credentialing as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists: the pinnacle for any Orthopedic Physical Therapist.  

I consider it a blessing, a privilege, to be a Manual Physical Therapist.  I am filled with gratitude that I get to live out my lifelong dream of giving to others.  I am curious to see what kind of ripple effect my journey might have on others.  I am inspired and humbled by the people I have met in every phase of my life over the years, and I am filled with wonder for those people I have yet to meet."   

When not helping patients get better, James spends his free time with his wife, Maricela, and sons, Jake and Matthew. He also enjoys cycling and weight training.

  • Board-Certified: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • DPT: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2013
  • MS: Physical Therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2003
  • BA: Kinesiology/Sociology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1987
  • Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, San Marcos, TX, 2006
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Award: Member of the 1983 Texas Longhorns Baseball College World Series Team
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Mary Moyer, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT

“I learned about Physical Therapy in college during my quest to find a career that combined my interests, including exercise, promotion of a healthier lifestyle, and social interaction. After spending time volunteering in a variety of physical therapy clinics, I realized I found my future. After receiving my Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University in 1995 in Exercise Physiology, I worked for several years as a certified personal trainer, aerobics instructor, and in outpatient cardiac rehabilitation at St. David’s Hospital. During that time I completed the requirements for physical therapy school and shortly thereafter attended Texas State University where I received my Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001.

My interest in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis on manual therapy started early during the PT program at Texas State. I started the Fellowship program with the Manual Therapy Institute immediately following graduation, knowing that the additional training would greatly benefit my clients. The importance of continuing education to expand on current knowledge, skills, and abilities in the healthcare profession is both immeasurable and limitless. It has made my career as a physical therapist more enjoyable knowing I am providing the best possible care for my clients. I achieved my Fellowship in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2005 and became board-certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2007.

During my career as a physical therapist, I have worked in a variety of outpatient therapy settings prior to joining my colleagues at Austin Manual Therapy Associates. What a pleasure to work in this environment where the collective focus is in providing the highest quality of care for our clients to help them achieve their goals.”

When not helping patients get better, Mary spends her free time with her husband Marcus, and two children McKenzie and Dylan. Mary enjoys exercising, weight training, camping and boating with her family.

  • Board-Certified: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
  • MS: Physical Therapy, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 2001
  • BS: Exercise Physiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 1995
  • Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, 2005
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Advanced Training: Strives to exceed normal annual requirements
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Leeda Rasoulian, PT, DPT

 "I discovered physical therapy through personal experience, rehabilitating through a shoulder injury in high school. I was able to return to playing soccer pain free and avoided invasive surgery. This is when I learned the benefits of physical therapy and knew I wanted to help others recover the same way.

In 2005, I attended the University of Texas, where I discovered my love and passion for anatomy and physiology. During this time, I worked as a physical therapy technician at an orthopedic clinic, gaining valuable experience in patient-care and exercise guidance. I went on to pursue my clinical doctorate in physical therapy at Texas State University, graduating in 2014.

To further expand my knowledge, I enrolled in a clinical fellowship program through the Manual Therapy Institute. This program is designed to prepare a clinician in the specialty of orthopedics and manual therapy, using an evidence-based approach. Through intense didactic and clinical instruction, I will learn advanced manual therapy techniques and improve my clinical decision making.”

When not helping patients get better, Leeda enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the Texas Longhorns, and playing fetch with her dog, Duke.

  • DPT: Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2014
  • BS: Kinesiology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2009
  • Clinical Fellowship: Currently enrolled, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, Completion expected in 2017
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Elaine Tsay, PT, DPT

“My interest in physical therapy came from personal experience after sustaining a ruptured Achilles tendon while I was competing for the gymnastics team at the University of Texas at Austin.  After a successful surgery and a handful of physical therapy sessions I was back to running, jumping, and eventually returned to tumbling again.  I was amazed at how quickly I was able to regain function of my lower leg, all thanks to the hands-on skills and encouragement of my physical therapist.

After graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology in 2008 I got a job as a physical therapy technician at an outpatient orthopedic clinic.  Being able to see first-hand the amazing progress patients were making made me realize that physical therapy was the perfect career choice for me. After working as a physical therapy technician for 2 years I applied for physical therapy schools and was accepted to Texas State University where I received my Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014.

My interest in outpatient orthopedics with an emphasis in manual therapy started early on in physical therapy school. To further advance my education, I enrolled in a clinical fellowship program through the Manual Therapy Institute.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with and learn from my colleagues at Austin Manual Therapy Associates.”

When not helping patients get better, Elaine spends her free time working out, promoting injury prevention for gymnasts, supporting the Texas Longhorns, and enjoying all of the food, sights and sounds of Austin.

  • DPT: Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, 2014
  • BS: Kinesiology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 2008
  • Clinical Fellowship: Currently enrolled, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, Completion expected in 2017
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Award: Member of the Texas Gymnastics team : 2005 NAIGC National Champions
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Tommie Baugh, PT, FAAOMPT

“My journey into physical therapy began in high school when I had to take my little brother to a family friend who owned and operated a PT clinic. As she questioned what I had been thinking of going into as a profession, I always answered, “something in the medical field, physical therapy perhaps.” Soon I began working part time at her clinic as a technician and learning more about the profession.”

“After graduating from high school I early enrolled into St. Edward’s University and became a student athletic trainer at the recommendation of my guidance counselor. Getting my first real exposure to providing care and not just directing exercises or cleaning mats was all I needed to realize that I wanted to be an asset to people's physical well being.”

“In 2002 I graduated from the Hilltop with my BS in Kinesiology and attended The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for my formal physical therapy education. After graduation in 2004, I worked in various areas of physical therapy from home health to inpatient. But it was never enough. I realized that outpatient manual therapy was where I excelled the most. In 2014 I completed the Fellowship program through The Manual Therapy Institute and am currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy.”

When not helping people get better, Tommie enjoys time with his wife Gladys and their two children Sofia and Xiomara. Tommie also enjoys all sports but you can find him on many a golf course in and around the city!

  • MSPT: The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX, 2004
  • BS: Kinesiology, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX, 2002
  • Clinical Fellowship: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, The Manual Therapy Institute, 2014
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Casey Hamilton, PT, FAAOMPT

Back in high school, I figured out that I enjoy and am good at helping people with their problems. In college, I initially majored in psychology, but after a year, decided to switch my major to kinesiology. This change afforded me the opportunity to focus on the human body and the study of movement. Shortly after, it became obvious to me that I needed to not just become a Physical Therapist, but to become an exceptional Physical Therapist. I sustained my own back injury, which included pain down my left leg.  The PT that I saw did not spend much time with me, help me, answer my questions, or address my concerns.  I spent more time working with a tech than the licensed professional who was supposed to facilitate my recovery.  After rehabbing on my own, I sought out a clinic in my hometown with a different therapy approach in which to get my observation hours.  This therapist’s hands-on technique to manual treatment and appropriate, effective exercise started me down the path to where I am today.

I went on to graduate from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, then TWU-Houston with a master's degree in Physical Therapy.  My above personal experience, in addition to watching my father undergo a lumbar fusion, never seeing a therapist, and living in pain for the rest of his life, inspired me to do more.  My knowledge base getting out of PT school was tremendous, but as a student of Physical Therapy practice, I knew there was so much more to learn!  I never wanted to see a patient whose problem I could not identify and who I could not help.  For this reason, I worked vigorously over the next few years, in the clinic and the classroom, and attained Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists after completing the Manual Therapy Institute’s Residency and Fellowship program.

This training has prepared me to effectively treat pain and musculoskeletal dysfunctions of every joint in the body, with a variety of advanced techniques in the areas of osteopathic-based manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education.  I feel that an overlooked part of my profession is the relationship and knowledge sharing between a therapist and patient.  It is very important for me to teach my patients what I know about what is wrong, and specifically, how we are going to fix it.  I also have additional interest and training in sports rehabilitation, pain science, and neurodynamics.  On another note, I speak Spanish with moderate fluency.

When I am not in the clinic, my life is centered on my beautiful wife Leslie, energetic son Cannon, and spirited daughter Lila.  When I get time to exercise, I enjoy yoga, hiking, running, cycling, and weight training. I used to play ultimate Frisbee and soccer, but rarely find the time anymore.

  • Fellow: American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT)
  • MS: Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX, 2008
  • BA: Kinesiology, Psych minor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2002
  • Clinical Fellowship: Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, The Manual Therapy Institute, San Marcos, TX, 2013
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, Sports Section, AAOMPT
  • Licensure: State of Texas

Jacqueline Stine, PT, DPT

“I learned about the benefits of Physical Therapy while rehabilitating a knee injury in high school and again in college. I had to take time off from the sports and activities that I loved due to my knee pain, going through physical therapy and being able to return to those activities without pain solidified my choice to pursue a career in physical therapy. I attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston for my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. Throughout high school and college, I performed with championship winning St. John’s Winter Colorguard, Spartans Drum and Bugle Corps, and The Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

Following graduation, I worked as a physical therapy technician in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in New Hampshire. In 2012 I moved to Austin and worked for 2 years as a PT technician, while at that facility I also had the opportunity to teach and run the Total Gym Gravity Training Program. In 2014, I began my formal PT education at the University of St. Augustine in South Austin. The curriculum there placed a heavy emphasis on manual therapy techniques. Knowing how important continuing education and further my knowledge are, I plan on beginning the orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship through the Manual Therapy Institute in September of 2017. To me, the most important and enjoyable parts of my job are communication and education which help me provide the best possible experience for my patients.”

Outside of the clinic, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband Luke and their 4-legged child Tika, enjoying the outdoors, and cheering on her Boston sports teams.

  • DPT: University of St. Augustine, Austin, TX, 2016
  • BS: Health Sciences, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA, 2011
  • Clinical Fellowship: Currently enrolled, Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Manual Therapy Institute, Completion expected in 2020
  • Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association
  • Licensure: State of Texas