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Ascension Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapists

physical therapist

Kaitlin Hoychick, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist since 2012
Certified LSVT® BIG Therapist for Parkinson’s disease
Certified Barre Instructor
Trained in Kinesiotaping
Experienced in acute, subacute and outpatient physical therapy services
Areas of interest include adult neurological/orthopedics and customized wheelchair assessments/design


Bluebonnet Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapists

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Eddie Austin, LOTR/PT

Occupational Therapist since 1999
Physical Therapist since 2003
Certified in Manual Therapy and Functional Dry Needling
Pursuing Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering
Areas of interest include orthopedic, neurological, and foot/ankle treatments


physical therapist

Kasey Carr, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist since 2016
Advanced training in treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction
Training in treatment of impairments related to pregnancy and postpartum
Advanced training in manual therapy techniques


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Kristie Harris Culpepper, PT, DPT, MTC

Physical Therapist since 2000
Certified in Manual Therapy, Level 2 Functional Dry Needling and the Graston Technique
Interests include adult and pediatric orthopedic dysfunction and TMJ dysfunction


physical therapist

Lynn Dirks, PT

Physical Therapist since 1998
Experienced in treating adult and pediatric patients for both orthopedic and neurological conditions
Level 2 Certified Functional Dry Needling
Areas of interest include orthopedic and neurological disorders


physical therapist

Heather Burdsall, LOTR

Occupational Therapist since 2005
Trained in Kinesiotaping
Areas of interest: pediatrics, adult neurological disorders, ergonomics, splinting and orthopedic hand injuries


physical therapist

Brittany Laird

Occupational Therapist since 2012
Certified in custom compression garment for measuring
Experienced in acute, subacute and outpatient therapy
Area of interest is burn care


physical therapist

Chris Perkins, LOTR

Occupational Therapist since 1991
Certified in Lymphedema Treatment and Fitter for compression garments and devices
Coordinates the BR General Lypmphedema Support Group
Instructor for “Healthy Steps” Lebed Method exercise program for cancer survivors
Areas of interest include oncology/cancer rehab, scar and wound management, ergonomics, wellness and manual therapy


physical therapist

Rachel Pope, MA/CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist since 1988
Certified in LSVT®LOUD Treatment and Vital Stim
Provide Modified Barium Swallow Assessment and treatment plans
Head/neck lymphedema treatment
Areas of interest include stroke and brain injury, head and neck cancer, and other neurological disorders leading to communication and swallowing deficits


physical therapist

Deirdre Zito, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist since 2012
Doctor of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University
Pelvic Health Specialist
APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
Advanced training in adult female bladder dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, and bowel dysfunction
Advanced training in pediatric bedwetting, constipation, bladder leakage and bowel leakage


Mid City Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapists

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Ashley Blanchard, PT

Physical Therapist since 2002
Certified in ASTYM
Experienced in treating patients with prosthetics and orthotics
Level 1 Certified Functional Dry Needling
Interests include manual therapy and orthopedics


physical therapist

Sheena Harripershad, PT

Physical Therapist since 1990
Areas of interest include orthopedic manual therapy, lymphedema treatment and burn care


physical therapist

Kirk Locklar, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant since 2000
Areas of interest include prosthetics, orthotics, orthopedics and wellness


physical therapist

Lise Sperling, PT

Physical Therapist since 1987
Experienced in acute, rehab, pediatrics and outpatient settings
Areas of interest include neurology and sports medicine


physical therapist

Adam Stewart, III, PTA

Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant from New Orleans, LA with over 19 years’ experience
Experienced in many settings, including Outpatient, Home Health, Nursing Home, Long Term Care, Acute and Inpatient Rehab
Areas of interest include orthopedics and sports medicine


physical therapist

Denise Morgan, LOTR

Occupational Therapist since 2002
Experienced in treating Lymphedema patients
Trained in measuring for custom compression garments
Working towards hand certification
Areas of interest include orthopedics, neurologics, burn patients, edema management and splinting


physical therapist

Lisa O’Rourke, M.Ed./CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist since 1995
Certified Vital Stim Treatment
Experienced in Modified Barium Swallowing Studies - acute, rehab and outpatient settings
Coordinates the BRGMC Stroke Support Group
Areas of interest include stroke, head and neck cancer, burn patients


Pediatric Rehabilitation Therapists

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Angela Davis, PT, PCS

Physical Therapist since 1988, BS from LSU Health Sciences Center
Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy since 1999
NDT trained in pediatrics since 1991
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Areas of interest include early development, vestibular and post-concussion rehab, wheelchair assessments, casting and orthotic therapy, and adaptive equipment


physical therapist

Megan Dewberry, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist since 2009, MA from LSU
Areas of interest include oral motor function/feeding disorders including pre and postoperative management of tongue-tie and lip-tie, early language development, and reading language
Certified therapist in the Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk" program
Completed Chrysalis Orofacial's TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training


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Anna Howard, PT, CNT, PCS

Physical Therapist since 2000, BS from University of South Alabama
Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy since 2006
NDT trained in pediatrics since 2001
Certified Neonatal Therapist since 2019
Areas of interest include NICU intervention and follow up, early motor development, neuromuscular techniques, wheelchair assessments, serial casting and orthotic therapy, pediatric athletes, and interdisciplinary clinical and didactic education


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Baileigh Shea Roy, DPT

Physical Therapist since 2017, BS in Kinesiology from LSU, DPT from LSU Health Science Center
Certified in dry needling since 2020
Areas of interest include early motor development, orthopedic intervention, pediatric athletes, NICU follow up, wheelchair assessments, and orthotic therapy


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Trisha Smith, LOTR

Occupational Therapist since 1998, BS from LSU Health Sciences Center
Sensory Integration and Praxis Test trained since 2000
NDT trained in pediatrics since 2001
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Areas of interest include NICU and early intervention


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Crista Stephens, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist since 2018, MS from SELU
Areas of interest include oral motor function/feeding disorders including infant swallowing/feeding and pre and postoperative management of tongue-tie and lip-tie, reading language, and early to school aged language development
Completed Chrysalis Orofacial's TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training


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Laura Summers, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist since 1990, MA from LSU
Areas of interest include preschool and school-age speech and language, reading language, and social/pragmatic language development


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Babette Thibodeaux, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist since 1991, MA from LSU
NOMAS (Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale) certified since 2001
Areas of interest include NICU intervention, neonatal/pediatric feeding and swallowing, and neonatal/pediatric pharyngogram/modified barium swallow studies
Completed Chrysalis Orofacial's TOTs: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training


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Amy Wintz, MA, LOTR

Occupational Therapist since 2001, MA in Occupational Therapy with Advanced Pediatric Certificate from Texas Women’s University and a BS from LSU Health Sciences Center
Certified in Interactive Metronome
Areas of interest include sensory integration, handwriting, autism and early intervention

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