Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency Faculty

Faculty

Taryn Jurgella PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Taryn Jurgella received her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from The University of North Dakota in 2010. She attended The University of New England in Portland, Maine and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Upon completion of her schooling Taryn moved to Houston to be a part of the Harris Health System Orthopedic Residency and completed the program in 2014. Taryn became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2015 and entered into the OPTIM Manual Therapy Fellowship that same year which she completed in 2019 and was granted the title of Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Currently Taryn serves locally on the Southeastern District of the TPTA Board of Directors in the role of 2nd Vice Co-Chair. After a handful of years away from Harris Health Taryn has returned to join the faculty as the module leader for Lower Quarter and mentor the new classes of residents. Taryn’s clinical and personal interests collide when working with lower quarter injuries especially in runners, return to sport, and endurance athletes.

Habeeb Adewale PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Habeeb Adewale graduated from Texas Tech University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and sports Science with a Minor in Biology, and completed his DPT in 2014 from Texas State University. After completing a student affiliation with Harris Health, he joined the team and became a clinician at Quentin Mease Hospital. Habeeb became a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and has attained fellow status with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He has taken an active role in mentoring students and residents and is involved with the Southeastern District of the TPTA. He has also served as adjunct faculty of the UTMB PTA-DPT program.

Rocio Antone PT, DPT, OCS, OT

Rocio Antone graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2004 from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. After graduation, she practiced as an occupational therapist in home health and private practice outpatient for 5 years. During those years of practice, she developed a strong interest in orthopedics. In 2009, she enrolled at Texas Woman’s University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. After completing her doctorate in 2012, she joined Harris Health System as an orthopedic resident. She has been a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist since 2014. Rocio has presented two posters at AAOMPT and CSM. Currently, she is co-faculty in the lumbopelvic module of the residency and shares responsibility over the coordination and improvement of mentoring in the residency program.

Andrew Blevins PT, DPT, OCS

Andrew Blevins graduated from the University of Houston Clear Lake with a bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance in 2006. He graduated with his masters in physical therapy at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2008. Andrew worked in a private outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice for 5 years before joining Harris Health System in 2014. He received his board certification in orthopedics in 2014. His clinical interests are chronic pain, clinical education, and pediatric weight management. Andrew is a mentor for the residency program and instructor for the comprehensive care module.

Wayne Brewer PT, PhD, MPH, OCS, CSCS

Wayne Brewer graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy and a Master’s in Public Health in 1995. Dr. Brewer practiced for over 20 years in a variety of different treatment settings includes acute and long term care, home health but the majority of his patient care was in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Brewer became board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1999 and re-certified in 2009. Dr. Brewer received a Ph.D in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University where he teaches courses in Exercise Physiology, Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise. His research interests are in physical activity measurement and promotion, the factors that affect physical activity in individuals with chronic pain and obesity. He has several peer-reviewed publications, state and national presentations in his research areas of interest. Dr. Brewer teaches the research module in the Harris Health System’s Orthopedic and Neurological Residency programs and coordinates the capstone projects for the entire residency staff.

Mike DeArman PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

Mike DeArman has been practicing since his graduation from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1990 and has experience in virtually all aspects of rehabilitation services. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists since 2012 and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from UTMB in 2013. He is faculty for a manual physical therapy fellowship program and for the Harris Health System Orthopedic Residency since 2011.

Caleb Ashmore PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Caleb Ashmore graduated physical therapy school from Texas Woman’s University - Houston in 2013. He completed an orthopaedic physical therapy residency at Memorial Hermann in 2014. He became board certified in orthopaedics in 2015, and became a fellow of manual physical therapy by completing the orthopaedic manual therapy fellowship with Houston based OPTIM, shortly after. Throughout his career, he has mentored several PT students and residents. He has taught orthopaedic labs and led journal clubs at local PT and PTA programs, assisted in study design and data collection for multiple research studies with colleagues at Memorial Hermann and Harris Health System. These studies later led to 2 publications, with one currently pending. Caleb has presented platform and poster presentations at several conferences, including: TPTA, AAOMPT, and CSM, and has attended IFOMPT conferences on numerous occasions. He currently works Harris Health's Sareen Clinic and mentors in the HHS orthopaedic residency.

Chris Dewey PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Chris Dewey graduated from Texas A&M University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical science, from Texas Woman's University with a Master of Science in physical therapy in 2004, from The Manual Therapy Institute Fellowship program in 2009, and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 2013. He is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He currently serves as the director of outpatient rehabilitation at Quentin Mease Hospital. He has spoken at various physical therapy association programs in the Houston area.

Rod Henderson PT, ScD, OCS, MA, CSCS

Rod Henderson started his career as a strength and conditioning professional back in 1995 while pursuing a graduate degree in Human Performance from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He earned a graduate degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) from UTMB in 2002 and eventually went on to earn a board-certification in orthopedic physical therapy. In 2013 he graduated with a post-professional Doctorate of Science (ScD) in physical therapy from Texas Tech University. He is a frequent presenter at local residency and fellowship programs and is a professor of exercise science and human performance at the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

Elizabeth Lemos PT, DPT, OCS

Elizabeth Lemos attended University of Texas at Brownsville and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She attended Texas Woman’s University and graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2013. Admitted to Harris Health Orthopedic Residency and graduated in 2014. Obtained Orthopedic Certification Specialist in 2016.She was awarded with the Clinical Instructor of the Year Award in 2015. Also awarded Orthopedic Residency Faculty of the Year in 2017.Her clinical and professional passions include primary care and teaching.

Jamie Partridge PT, DPT, OCS

Jamie Partridge attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009. She attended Texas Woman's University and graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2011. She was accepted into the Harris Health Orthopedic Residency Program, graduating in 2012. After graduation, Jamie became board certified in orthopedics. She organizes the student internship program at Quentin Mease. She was awarded with the Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award in 2014 and 2016 and Orthopedic Faculty of the Year in 2016. She manages the Harris Health System obesity management program — Fit and Strong Together — and is currently performing a research project with this program. Her clinical passions include wellness, upper quarter and clinical education.

Cory Perrin PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Cory Perrin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in professional aviation in 2005 from Louisiana Tech University and a doctorate in physical therapy in 2011 from Texas Woman's University. After accepting a position at Harris Health System, Cory began a manual therapy fellowship through The Manual Therapy Institute. After becoming board certified in orthopedics, Cory took an active role in Harris Health's Orthopedic and Neurological residency programs, teaching lectures and overseeing the lumbar module. He has received many accolades, both clinically and in research: Harris Health's Orthopedic Faculty of the Year in 2014, and first place poster presentation in Diagnostics at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists annual conference in 2013. He has served locally for the Southeastern District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association as the communication's chairperson and contributes to clinical research within Harris Health; most recently published an article as a co-author in BMC Research Notes.

Allison Smith PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Allison Smith graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and minor in psychology in 2011 from Purdue University, where she was also a NCAA Division I swimmer. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with her doctor of physical therapy degree in 2014. Following PT school she was accepted into the Harris Health System orthopedic physical therapy residency program, which she completed in 2015. Allie became board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist in 2016. In 2017 she completed the OPTIM manual therapy fellowship and became a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She was awarded with Outstanding Clinical Instructor Award in 2017. Allie currently serves locally for the Southeastern District of the Texas Physical Therapy Association as the Governmental Affairs Chair and nationally representing Texas as a delegate in the House of Delegates. She continues to be a clinical instructor and mentor at Harris Health System and is involved in the upper quarter module of the orthopedic residency. She also assists with the orthopedics module for the neurologic residency. Allie will begin her PhD studies starting in 2018 through Texas Woman’s University.

Ian Wallace PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, ATC

Ian Wallace graduated from the University of Houston in 2009. He attended graduate school at Texas State, graduating with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. He then pursued his license in athletic training in 2013. He is a board certified clinical specialist in both orthopedics (2014) and sports physical therapy (2015). He currently leads the Sports and Exercise Science module. He works with a local high school for football season coverage. He has also been a key member in developing the residency’s relationship with our orthopedic surgeons at LBJ Hospital.

Sarah Worth PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Sarah Worth received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a minor in theology from Saint Louis University where she was also a contributing member of the Saint Louis University Division 1 field hockey team. She completed her doctorate in physical therapy from Saint Louis University in 2012 and went on to complete her residency in orthopedic physical therapy at Harris Health System in 2013. Upon completion of the residency, Sarah became a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2014 and obtained fellowship status with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2016. Her interests are in chronic pain research and application, and she has lectured locally and nationally on the subject. She stays active with the physical therapy association on the local and national level, serving as a representative of the Southeastern District House of Delegates. She took over as the Orthopedic Residency Program Coordinator in 2017.

Edgar Martinez PT, DPT, OCS

Edgar Martinez graduated from University of Houston - Clear Lake with a Bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance in 2008. He graduated with his DPT from University of Texas Medical Branch in 2012. After PT school he accepted a position at LBJ hospital in the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic. Edgar received his OCS specialization in July 2017 and is a certified clinical instructor in the State of Texas. His main areas of interest are orthopedics and manual therapy.

Reka Kovacs PT, DPT, OCS

Reka was born and raised in Budapest Hungary. Reka has been interested in exercise from a very young age due to her participation in multiple sports such as swimming and volleyball. Her sports career led her to the United States, as she competed at the collegiate level as a member of the University of Houston Swimming and Diving Team. While attending UofH she also received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Exercise Science.

Due to her involvement with sports and exercise science, Reka has grown to become passionate in pursuing a career in rehabilitation and physical therapy. She went on to Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston to complete her doctorate in physical therapy, which she received in May 2018. Reka graduated from the residency program in 2019 and works in the outpatient clinic housed at LBJ.

Lauren Geiger PT, DPT, OCS

Lauren Geiger graduated from Arizona State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s in biology and psychology. She graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Vermont in 2015. Following P.T. school, Lauren moved to Houston to complete an orthopedic residency at Harris Health and graduated in 2016. She received her board certification in orthopedics in 2017. Lauren is a certified clinical instructor in the state of Texas and assists with the primary care and holistic care modules in the residency programs.