This is my third time going to the GTC in Arlington. The staffs there are wonderful. They will always be my physical therapy center. The staffs- Chris, Jamail, Frashy, Cory, Shauna and Lisa- thank you for making me feel at ease.
I had a great physical therapist, Sandy at Flower Mound. Everyone was great, my injury will take a year or so before I can get back to physical activity, but the staff has provided me with the tools to aid my recovery. Thanks.
Please praise this staff for their high level of professionalism and high level of encouraging their patients to do better. The atmosphere was upbeat, sunny, comfortable and very nurturing of hope & self-confidence.
I was a patient at GTC twice in 8 years, and received excellent PT which allowed me to care for my young children on my own again. Sandy and her team were amazing, and I continue to refer friends to her. Thank you!
The McKinney staff is fantastic. The length of my therapy helped a lot and I′ll miss y′all!
Shauna and Heather are great. The facilities are top-notch and spotlessly clean. A lot of care has been taken to get the most benefit out of each session for the patient. A pleasure to be here.
The treatment I had was great and I will definitely use you in the future if needed!
Medical College of Ohio, Bachelor of Science
Dena was a professional therapist specializing in treating sports injuries for two years in an outpatient setting before committing to private practice in sports medicine, female athletic injuries and general orthopedics. She and Richard co-founded GTC in 1997. Today, she continues to assure the provision of quality patient care with a hands-on clinically-drive management style.
In her spare time, Dena enjoys cycling, wakeboarding, and spending time with her family.
“I believe therapeutic outcome is improved when the therapist and patient form a supportive relationship that focuses solely on patient needs and not corporate productivity standards or insurance restrictions.“
Mike Connors, PT, DPT, PhD
“It’s ALWAYS all about the patient. It’s my pleasure to help patients move better.”
Mike Connors received a BS in Biology from Stockton College with a minor in Psychology (2001). His entry level degree in physical therapy is a Master of Physical Therapy from University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ-Rutgers University (2003). Mike has a post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University (2008). He became a board certified specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of PT Specialties in 2011. Dr. Connors a PhD degree in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in applied biomechanics from Texas Woman’s University in August 2017. Mike is currently a Manual Therapy Fellow in Training with OPTIM.
Mike began working with Greater Therapy Centers in October 2004. He most recently rejoined the GTC family in June 2015 as the Director of the Fort Worth Clinic.
Mike’s focus and specialization in orthopaedic physical therapy makes him an efficient clinician in managing patients with orthopedic dysfunction. He utilizes a multimodal approach to meet the needs of his patients and clients that include spinal manipulation, dry needling, KT taping, and various other interventions. Mike is certified in functional dry needling from Kinetacore. He has experience working with patients of all ages, from kids to adults and from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. He is an outside consultant for a professional ballet company in Fort Worth and is an adjunct professor in orthopaedic physical therapy for the DPT program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. In addition, Mike is the current President of the Texas Physical Therapy Association advocating for regulatory and payment policy issues impacting PT and health care.
Mike is happily married to his wife, Shannon. He enjoys spending time with his family that includes two beautiful daughters. Mike enjoys staying active, running, traveling, exercising, biking, golfing and staying active in his faith community.
Mike sees patients and is the clinic manager at the Greater Therapy Centers location in Bedford, TX. Mike also serves as a Regional Director for our Western Region that includes Mansfield, Southwest Fort Worth, Southlake, North Fort Worth (Alliance), and Bedford.
University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Richard worked as a hand therapist in Houston for 2 years and began a hand therapy program in Plano, Texas. He became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1998. Richard co-founded GTC in 1997 to offer general therapy services in the Dallas area. Due to excellent patient’s response to the concept of therapy services that provided quality care in a relaxed, professional environment, he moved out of direct care in 2003 to focus on business growth and development.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends, playing and watching sports.
Date employment began with GTC: 2000
Career experiences: Five years as Human Resources Manager and Marketing Director for Plano Orthopedic Sports and Spine Center, Plano, Texas; 17 years as Director of Business Development for Greater Therapy Centers; Eight years in Business Development with GTC Management Solutions
Hunting, Texas Hold ‘Em, Golf, Fishing, and most of all, spending time with my wife and tw0 children.
“I believe that the services we provide at GTC are a crucial step in returning patients to normal activity. I am proud to be a part of promoting this valuable tool that really does make a difference in people’s lives.“
David Norris, PT, MS
“As physical therapists, we are facilitators of movement and recovery. One of my greatest joys is working in partnership with patients to help them regain their mobility and return to the activities they love, promote their independence, and educate them on how to prevent re-injury.”
David graduated from DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) with a degree in Economics and Business and from The University of Indianapolis with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy.
David has been a physical therapist for almost 30 years and began working at Greater Therapy Centers in 2017. After graduating from PT school, he worked in an outpatient chronic pain and industrial rehabilitation clinic where he treated patients with neck and back injuries using manual therapy, exercise, and work hardening. He then served as the Director of Rehabilitation and Respiratory Services at an Indianapolis area hospital where he was responsible for day to day and strategic operations for Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Respiratory Therapy for 22+ years. During that time, he also developed expertise in ergonomic analysis and became certified as a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt to facilitate performance improvement activities. David and his wife moved to Fort Worth in late 2016.
David has been involved for many years with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at a local, state, and national level. Currently, he serves as a delegate to the national governing body for the Texas Chapter and a Nominating Committee member for the Health Policy and Administration Section of the APTA.
David is involved with his church as a member of the Men’s ministry, Wellness Committee, and choir. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, reading, outdoor activities, travel, and spending time with family.