NEUROLOGIC PHYSICAL THERAPY RESIDENTS

Harris Health System NEUROLOGIC PHYSICAL THERAPY RESIDENTS

Amanda Lochte, PT, DPT

Neurologic Physical Therapy Resident

Hometown:Fredericksburg, TX

About: Amanda was raised in Fredericksburg, TX and calls the beautiful Texas Hill Country home. Upon finishing high school, Amanda attended Texas Lutheran University, where she was a pitcher for the TLU softball team (Go Bulldogs!). Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise-Science Kinesiology and then went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston, Texas.

Amanda had the opportunity to grow as a leader in her time at UTMB by serving as a School of Health Professions Student Ambassador and as a volunteer chair for her PT class. Amanda was passionate about serving the community through many volunteer efforts. She frequently worked at St. Vincent’s Clinic, a student-led, pro bono clinic serving uninsured patients in Galveston, volunteered with the Galveston- Houston Families Exploring Down Syndrome (GHFEDS) organization, and assisted with an adaptive sailing team for people with differing abilities. Amanda’s favorite opportunities throughout PT school were being able to go on two medical mission trips in Mexico and Peru.

Amanda fell in love with Neurology after her first neuroanatomy class at UTMB. This passion for Neuro was solidified after three clinical rotations working with patients who had neurological injuries, one being in Mexico. It is her hope that the Harris Health residency will enhance her growth as a clinician, educator, advocator, and overall person. She is excited to work with the diverse patient population at Harris Health, while learning from passionate and talented faculty and mentors. She is also looking forward to teaching and giving back to future therapists. After completing residency, Amanda plans to become a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. It is her dream keep helping those with neurological injuries and those who are medically underserved, here in the United States and abroad.

Kelley Poblete, PT, DPT

Hometown: Cypress, TX

About: Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and moved to Houston when she was a child. Upon finishing high school, she went on to find a passion in research. She had multiple injuries due to soccer and had been to physical therapy on a number of occasions, it wasn’t until her father suffered a stroke in 2014 that she really looked at physical therapy as a career option. Kelley earned two Bachelor of Sciences’ in Biochemisty and Mathematical Biology from the University of Houston (Go Coogs!). She went on to work full time as a Research Coordinator in Infectious Disease and Translational Research at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy before transitioning back to school. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Houston, Texas.

While in PT school, Kelley continued to foster the passion she had with the neurologic population due to her personal connection. She had first-hand knowledge of what difference physical therapy can make in a person’s life recovering from a stroke and various other neurologic diagnoses and how much work it takes to be a caregiver for someone with a neurologic injury. These experiences only made her want to learn more about neurologic diseases and learn more on how to improve the quality of life and recovery for this population. With her commitment to service and advocacy, Kelley served as a Co-President for her DPT class as well as volunteered at the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society (HAPS) and the West Houston Stroke Warriors. Kelley has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2016.

Kelley decided to pursue a neurologic residency at Harris Health System because of their passion for advocating for patients, the ability to learn from top-notch credentialed therapists and the diverse patient population that lives in Harris County. She learned from first-hand experience that not all clinicians are made equal and she wants to be the best clinician for her patients. She felt that Harris Health System can help her bridge the gap from acute care to community reintegration for their patients. After Residency, Kelley plans to become a board certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and a Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Her dream is to find a job that allows her to travel so she can help under-served communities around the world, educate more people to advocate for themselves, and provide more resources to others.

NEUROLOGIC RESIDENCY GRADUATES

2011-2012

  • Winnie Powell, PT, DPT, NCS
    Texas Woman’s University
  • April Wesley, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Texas Medical Branch

2012-2013

  • Karen Hasson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Angelo State University
  • Vanessa (Potts) Thomas, PT, DPT, NCS
    Sacred Heart University

2013-2014

  • Alexis English, PT, DPT, NCS
    Sacred Heart University
  • Zahra Kadivar, PT, PhD, NCS
    Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

2014-2015

  • Jill Jackson, PT, DPT, NCS
    Idaho State University
  • Megan Krueger, PT, DPT, NCS
    Texas Woman’s University

2015-2016

  • Alicia Danto, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Kelsey DeLave, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Pittsburgh

2016-2017

  • Rashi Agrawal, PT, DPT, NCS
    University of Southern California
  • Daniel Schaeffer, PT, DPT, NCS
    Emory University

2017-2018

  • Martin Castaneda, PT, DPT
    Texas Woman’s University
  • Jamie Dolley, PT, DPT
    University of South Florida - Tampa

2018-2019

  • Christen Johnson, PT, DPT, NCS
    George Fox University
  • Hannah Bowen, PT, DPT, NCS
    Western Carolina University

2019-2020

  • Mayowa Victor Oyelami, PT, DPT
    Texas Woman’s University
  • Megan Whitson, PT, DPT
    Medical University of South Carolina