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Matt Walker

Matthew Walker earned a Masters of Physical Therapy from Northern Illinois University in 2007. After graduation, he worked in Illinois as a staff therapist and later a managing therapist in outpatient orthopedic clinics. During 2011, he became a traveling physical therapist and worked in an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Washington, D. C. and Colorado Springs, CO. In October 2011, he and his wife, Anna Mary, moved back to her hometown of Lafayette, LA.

Matt has completed the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy, which allows him to offer the most advanced care to his patients. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This means he has completed two and a half years of post-graduate training in this specialized field of study and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. Fellowship training is the highest level of post professional education according to the American Physical Therapy Association. There are currently only twelve physical therapists in the state of Louisiana with this level of education and less than 1,300 in the entire United States. Matt is one of two FAAOMPT practicing in Lafayette. In 2013, Matt was honored to join the clinical faculty at The Manual Therapy Institute in San Marcos, Texas. As a clinical faculty member and mentor, Matt helps train physical therapists enrolled in the orthopaedic manual physical therapy fellowship program.

Matt decided he wanted to be a physical therapist when he was 14. He hurt his back playing basketball and proceeded to see multiple physical therapists and chiropractors. Unfortunately, he saw little long term benefits from the treatment he received. This frustration led him to believe the only way he would get better is if he learned how to fix it himself. After all of his education, he has learned that one of the most important parts of rehabilitation is communication and understanding. He believes it is important to listen to patients and help to educate them on what they are dealing with. He feels his experiences help him to be more empathetic to his patients’ situations and therefore, makes him a better therapist.

Woody Ortego

Woody Ortego earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University-Houston in 2012. He is a native of Eunice, LA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science degree from the University of Louisiana—Lafayette. After graduation from TWU, he moved back to the Acadiana area to be closer to family and friends and joined the staff at Precision Rehabilitation in September 2012.

Woody has completed the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy, which allows him to offer the most advanced care to his patients. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This means he has completed two and a half years of post-graduate training in this specialized field of study and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. Fellowship training is the highest level of post professional education according to the American Physical Therapy Association. There are currently only twelve physical therapists in the state of Louisiana with this level of education and less than 1,300 in the entire United States. Woody is one of two FAAOMPT practicing in Lafayette and finished his training in July of 2016.

Woody decided he wanted to be a physical therapist at a very young age. His father was in a vehicle accident and was paralyzed from the neck down. His father said many times that if it was not for his physical therapist he would not be functioning as well as he is today. Woody attended physical therapy too due to multiple sports injuries through-out high school. Both he and his father’s experiences planted the desire for Woody to become a physical therapist. His personal experiences allow him to relate to his patients’ and understand a lot of the pain and frustrations they may be going through. His education allows him to help patients with their own injuries and improve their quality of life.

Ross Landry

Ross Landry earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in 2013. He is a native of Abbeville, LA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Louisiana—Lafayette. After graduation from LSUHSC-New Orleans, he returned to Acadiana to be closer to family and friends. Ross joined the staff at Precision Rehabilitation in November 2013.

Ross is currently enrolled in a fellowship program with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This is the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy that consists of two and a half years of postgraduate training and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. Ross began this training in September 2014.

Ross decided he wanted to be a physical therapist after he tore his rotator cuff pitching in his junior year of high school. His passion to help others in similar situations drove him to become a physical therapist. Since graduating, Ross has gained experience working in home health, inpatient acute care, as well as, outpatient physical therapy.

 

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 Lauren Stone

Lauren Stone completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans in 2015. She is a native of Mandeville, LA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Human Movement from Louisiana State University. After graduation from LSUHSC-New Orleans, she and her husband moved to Lafayette, LA to be closer to his family.  Lauren joined the staff at Precision Rehabilitation in February 2016.

Lauren is currently enrolled in a fellowship program with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This is the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy that consists of two and a half years of postgraduate training and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. She began this training in January of 2016.

Lauren decided she wanted to be a physical therapist after many years of gymnastics training and subsequent injuries. This exposed her to the physical therapy environment and the impact the profession can have on people’s lives—motivating her to pursue a career in physical therapy. Her passion for sports and fitness also drove her to get her Level 1 Crossfit Trainer Certification in 2015.

 

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Chris West earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University-Dallas in 2017. Chris grew up in Alexandria, LA, and attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. While in PT school, he completed a clinical rotation with Precision Rehabilitation, after which he was hired on as a full time therapist.
 
Chris is currently enrolled in a fellowship program with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This is the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy that consists of two and a half years of postgraduate training and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. Chris began his training in 2017.
 

Since he was in junior high, Chris knew he wanted to be involved in health care in some manner. He believes that all medicine, especially physical therapy, requires excellence in problem solving. This belief led him to pursue biomedical engineering in college prior to PT school to advance his problem solving skills as it applies to the human body. Chris is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He hopes to use this background to help bridge the gap between physical rehabilitation and general physical fitness.

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Michael Smith earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University-Houston in 2017. He is a native of Lafayette, LA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Human Movement from Louisiana State University. After graduation, he moved back home to be closer to family and friends and joined the staff at Precision Rehabilitation in August 2017.

Michael is currently enrolled in a fellowship program with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). This is the highest level of education in orthopaedic manual physical therapy that consists of two and a half years of postgraduate training and 440 hours of one-on-one fellowship training. Michael began his training in 2017.

Being raised in a family of healthcare providers, he knew he wanted to work in a profession that made a different in people’s lives. Michael first became interested in physical therapy after sustaining a severe ankle injury in junior high while playing basketball. It quickly became evident to him that good physical therapy can help provide a faster return to normal activities. He enjoys spending one-on-one time with his patients, being able to provide hands-on intervention and having a positive impact on their lives. This drives him to continue to develop into the best possible physical therapist he can be.

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Regan Coussan earned a Massage Therapy degree from Blue Cliff College in 2007. Over the past decade, he has pursued hundreds of hours of continuing education, becoming one of the few in the state to receive Certifications in Medical and Clinical Massage from the Advanced Massage Training Center of New Orleans. During his tenure in two Lafayette clinics, he became Lead Therapist and Trainer for new massage therapists in advanced studies and body mechanics. He has also taught classes at Blue Cliff College department of Massage Therapy, including Neuromuscular Therapy, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage, as well as lecturing to physical therapists on soft tissue manipulation. He joined the staff at Precision Rehabilitation in June 2017.

Regan has worked in preventative medicine nearly all of his adult life. After working as an Athletic Manager and Trainer in high school and early college, he spent ten years working in home health, as well as, ongoing community home outreach with the Legionis Mariae charity, serving a wide variety of disabled patients.

Regan is accounted as a traiteur in the Acadiana tradition, but his love of bodywork doubtlessly started where his love of his Cajun heritage began: with his grandfather. Stephen Coussan was struck by lightning and convalesced at home in a coma, where three-year-old Regan would hold his Pa’s hands and rub his arms every chance he got, until his passing, in 1977. By six, teachers, family and friends remarked on the sensitivity in his hands, and his instinctive desire to ease pain, a desire later sharpened under the tutelage of a physical therapist who was an alumnus of Regan’s high school, and afterward during the care of an injured grandmother and ailing great-grandmother. Each time, he learned that willingness to learn, a quiet and comforting voice and a gentle touch can be very good medicine indeed.

But above all, he credits his wife, Cheramie, for helping him through thanks to her unending and wonderful support; she’s a daily reminder of how touch can transform.

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 Victoria Ward

Victoria Ward earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2008. She is a native of Lafayette, LA. As a student, Victoria held memberships in the Honors Marketing Society, Association of Future Alumni and Circle K (Kiwanis). After college, she interned with Tenacity, LLC, where she was involved with marketing efforts to launch software for individuals with disabilities. She then served as the Marketing Administrator for Data Technology Solutions and Acadiana Broadband, bringing over 9 years of experience to her role at Precision Rehabilitation. She earned her SEO (Search Engine Optimization) certification in 2010, along with completing various Adobe continuing education courses.

Victoria joined the Precision Rehabilitation team in September 2017. She brings passion, innovation and a high-level of experience and perspective to the team. As Marketing Representative, Victoria will oversee all marketing and community outreach initiatives. She has always wanted to pursue a career in the medical field and enjoys the personal connections she gets to make with both our patients and the community.

 

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Christopher Avel earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Chris grew up in Crowley, LA where he gained his interest in the medical field due to his father being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Chris joined Precision Rehabilitation as a clinical aid in October 2014, and after some time was promoted to Office Manager. He strives to provide excellent customer service and enjoys the relationships he develops with both patients and staff.

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