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
Personal interests/hobbies: Hunting, Texas Hold ‘Em, Golf, Fishing, and most of all, spending time with my wife and two 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.
Date of employment with GTC: 2003 to the present with a break from 2012-2014 when she was clinic manager at Orthopedics Associates in Flower Mound which is managed by GTC.
Sandy has practiced physical therapy for 35+ years starting her career in acute care and home care. For the last 30 years she has been working in out-patient orthopedics. Her continuing education has led her to an eclectic approach to patient care with a focus on manual therapy and return to function through progressive exercise programs. She has worked with a variety of ages from pediatric to geriatric. Sandy has also had the privilege of serving as clinic manager of three different clinics two of which she helped open. In recent years she has been working as liaison to the hospitals, Joint Commission preparedness and compliance, software trainer, chart auditing and assisting with overall operations which segued into her present role as Regional Manager for the 10 clinics in the central region.
She is a member of the APTA / TPTA.
Sandy is involved in her church, enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandson, loves to travel and enjoys working out at the gym. She also enjoys being a part of her local community.
I have been blessed to have had a long career in physical therapy watching the field grow and change over the years. What remains is the ever-present need for continued guidance of patients in recovery from illness, injury and surgery to obtain optimal functional outcomes. Although I have less direct patient care, I now am able to help mold and shape our younger therapists in this ever-changing health care world. It is said that, ‘What you don’t use, you lose.’ I do think many of the ills we face today are affected by our lifestyle choices. I try to have and encourage others to have an active and healthy lifestyle.
I believe that patients need guidance with steady hands to heal themselves following an injury or surgical intervention. I feel like I can provide those hands and promote wellness and improved function with every patient.
Corey has been a licensed therapist since 1998 in outpatient orthopedic therapy and has been happily employed with GTC since 2006. Before starting with GTC, she held several positions in the DFW area including as the Physical Therapy Director for Dr. Tompkins, Orthopedic Surgeon at St. Paul Hospital Dallas. At Healthsouth in South Dallas, Corey provided outpatient orthopedic services and developed a successful rehabilitative aquatic program. She currently works closely with Drs.Prager and Whittenburg in Arlington to provide patients with the best possible care. She specializes in extremity rehab especially for shoulder and knee problems, Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ) and sports injuries.
Corey holds an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certification and is an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) certified Clinical Instructor. She enjoys teaching physical therapy students in the clinic so she can expand the knowledge base of future physical therapists. She has been a member of APTA since 1996 in the Orthopedic Section, AAOMPT, and TPTA. She has also had continuing education in myofascial release, cervical, lumbar, hip, knee, shoulder and ankle rehabilitation.
In her spare time, Corey enjoys experiencing all aspects of life especially if it involves nature. She strives to grow as many vegetables as she can in her garden but at times must leave to travel to as many places as she possibly can.
Michelle began her career in the medical field over 20 years ago in her hometown of Smyrna, DE. After gaining years of experience working in General Practice, Orthopedic Surgery, Chiropractic and both In-Patient and Out-Patient Hospital Physical & Occupational Therapy settings she relocated to the Dallas area in 2003. In Aug. 2003 she began her career with Greater Therapy Centers as the Front Office Manager in N. Dallas. In Nov. 2003, she assisted in reopening the Plano clinic and subsequently moved over to run its front office. As Greater Therapy continued to grow, Michelle was promoted to the position of Lead Front Office Manager in Feb 2011. In this position, she took on the role of training newly hired office staff and became the liaison between billing, marketing, and management for each of the clinics while still maintaining her position in Plano. Her strong work ethic, personable skills and knowledge of the business paved the way for her to eventually become the Director of Operations & Human Resource Manager when the position became available in June 2012.
In Michelle’s free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting vineyards, reading, crafting and going back to DE to visit family and friends.
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.
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.
Jarod went to and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and Theories of Motor Control. After Graduating from Texas A&M Jarod moved to Fort Worth to attend the UNT Health Science Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He completed his doctorate in May of 2014 after being named the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.
Jarod Began working at GTC in June of 2015. Jarod’s focus in physical therapy is orthopedics with an emphasis on spinal manipulation, dry needling, and management of athletic injuries. He is able to cross the bridge between rehab and return to sport well with his back ground as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has been trained through Kinetacore as well as the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy to perform dry needling which is a technique that uses thin monofilament needles inserted into tissues to reduce muscle tightness, pain, and improve function. Additionally, Jarod is well trained in spinal manipulative techniques through the Manual Therapy Institute and the International Spine and Pain Institute.
Jarod is happily married to his wife Rachelle whom he met at Texas A&M. They prefer to spend their free time traveling, visiting family in College Station and San Antonio, TX, staying active and exercising, and attending Christ Chapel Bible Church.
Personal statement: The two most important things a health care provider can do are educate patients and put their hands on patients in a healing manner. These are two treatments that you can always expect as a patient of mine.
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.