Our Physical Therapy Team
Arlington Physical Therapists
Paul Erickson PT, OCS, COMT, PES, USAW-1, USAPL-1
I have been with AOA for 10 of my 23 years as a therapist. I graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio and since that time have spent all but my first 6 months as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist. I have been a Director or Owner of clinics for 17 of those years. As a former D1 athlete, I believe in the benefits of strength and conditioning/human performance, and try hard to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and human performance to optimize my patients’ outcomes. I have earned many additional certifications along the way ranging from board certification in orthopedics and certifications in manual therapy to strength and conditioning specialist and performance enhancement specialist to kinesio taping, blood flow restriction and instrument assisted soft tissue techniques to name a just a few. I believe in continual learning and try to stay at the forefront of my profession.
In my free time, I am involved in competitive shooting, lifting weights, hunting, fishing and most anything outdoors. I have played most sports at some level of competition and even have a marathon and some triathlons under my belt though I no longer compete in those activities as raising my two boys took my time to train down to almost nil. My time with family is precious to me and we are active members in our church having worked in youth and adult ministries.
Garin Tranberg PT, DPT, OCS
I have been practicing for 10 Years. I have been with AOA for 8.5 of those years.
I am a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
My areas of interest as Joint Replacements, Shoulder, Knee, Knee Braces (ACL and Unloaders), and Manual Therapy. I am in progress of earning my Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist certification. I play Basketball, Soccer, Tennis and spend my time with my family, traveling, and cheering for my teams the Green Bay Packers and the TCU Horned Frogs.
Justin Shields PT, DPT
Allison Coppock PT, DPT
I have been in practice since June 2017 and I have been at AOA since late July of 2017. I am originally from Dorado, Puerto Rico and I moved to Texas about 10 years ago. I received my Bachelor’s in Biology from Texas Lutheran University and my Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. My hobbies include weight-lifting, yoga, watching UFC, and reading.
Whitni Holcomb, PT, DPT
I started with AOA in August of 2017 after graduating from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Prior to graduate school, I attended Texas State University to receive my bachelors in Exercise Sport Science. Even after school I continue learning to advance my skills within the profession. I am certified with using Blood Flow Restriction, and am working on obtaining my Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. These help me devolop the most efficient treatment programs to meet my patient’s needs and help them reach their goals.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, going to church, supporting my husband’s job as a high school coach, and loving on my dog.
Arlington Occupational Therapists
Danette Stewart, MOT, OTR, CHT
I have been in practice for 26 years, the last 6 years here with Arlington Orthopedic Associates. I received my certification in hand therapy(CHT), which is a board certification in the upper quadrant (cervical, thoracic, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand) in 2002.
I have treated primarily in outpatient sports medicine and rehabilitation facilities, both hospital based and physician owned. My first several years in practice I had a heavy focus in work hardening/conditioning and job site return to work evaluations. The past 10-12 years has been a focus in outpatient sports medicine and rehabilitation for wound care, hand, wrist and shoulder, with shoulder being my desired specialty.
Sarah Heid MOT, OTR
I have been in practice for 2 years, graduating from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 2016. Through my clinic rotations, I found that my passion is in outpatient orthopedics and the treatment of hands and upper extremity injuries. I played volleyball and was a swimmer from an early age and continue to be an avid snowboarder. My interest is in treating and becoming more involved in upper extremity screening and treatment of injuries in athletes.
I love being outdoors and playing with my dogs. I am not a fan of Texas summers and prefer to either be in the pool or somewhere in the mountains of Colorado. I have grown up snowboarding and love to go as often as possible. I am also learning to love the ranch life since I married into a ranching family.
Brittany Pisors, MOT, OTR
I graduated from Milligan College in East Tennessee with a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy. I have been in practice for 8 years, initially working in the Chicago area in an outpatient hand therapy clinic. I have been with Arlington Orthopedic Associates, P.A. since 2011 when I moved to Texas. I specialize in hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder/upper quadrant rehabilitation. I especially enjoy fabricating custom orthotics.
My hometown is Morton, Illinois- also known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World. Some of my favorite things include: hanging out with my husband and kids, hiking, traveling, and yoga.
Arlington Physical Therapist Assistants
Angela Eusery, BS, PTA, LMT, BCTMB, FMT, STMT-1
Mollie Rew, PTA
Mansfield PI PTs
Jessika Gardner, PT, MPT, PES, STMT-I, KT-II
I have been a practicing physical therapist for 16 yrs. and graduated from Wichita State University in Wichita, KS and have worked my entire career with AOA. I have gained several certifications along the way as well such as Kinesiotaping-II, Soft Tissue Mobilization with Instrumentation-I and Performance Enhancement Specialist. I treat all body parts other than hand and elbow but knees and shoulders are my favorites, I enjoy working with patients/athletes on ACL injury prevention and Performance Enhancement.
In my life away from work I have 2 kids (12 yr. old and 10 yr. old) who keep me super busy with their sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball and track) and academics. I play soccer on the weekends as well to keep myself active and well it’s fun! I was a scholarship athlete in volleyball when in college, and have played several other sports such as basketball and track as well.
Nichole Galle, PT, DPT, CSCS
Hello! I am originally from Austin, TX. I went to Texas A&M University for my undergraduate degree and got my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Houston in 2015. I’m also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and working towards my Orthopedic Certified Specialization, Sports Certified Specialization and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist Certification.
I’ve lived in DFW since 2015 with my husband and our dog, and have worked with AOA since April 2017. I’ve played most sports over the years and currently play Gaelic football in Dallas. I have a special interest in injury prevention and recovery in sports, and love to work with people of all ages to get back to doing what they love to do.
Lani Cornish PT, DPT
Ian Petri, PT, DPT, DN-1
I graduated with my doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2017 and have been practicing with AOA since moving to Texas in August of 2017. Prior to earning my Doctorate, I was in the United States Marine Corps earning the rank of Sergeant. I am currently certified in Dry Needling for Craniofacial, Cervicothoracic, and Upper Extremity Conditions. I am currently working on certification in High Velocity-Low Amplitude Thrust Manipulation of the Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, and SI Joints, and dry needling for Lumbopelvic and Lower Extremity Conditions.
I played football in high school and was the Captain of the line. In my free time, I love to play music, and have performed with bands ranging from Jazz to Metal.
Erica Rodriguez, PT, DPT
Jared Cave PT, DPT
I received my B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2014 and my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UT Health San Antonio in May 2017. I have been practicing with AOA since August 2017.
I am currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and have an interest in golf-related injuries and performance enhancement, as well as rehabilitation of general athletic populations and youth injury prevention. Outside of work, I play golf, volleyball, and basketball, and I dabble with the guitar.
Mansfield Broad Occupational Therapists
Patrick J. McLean, MOT, OTR, CHT
I have specialized in hand therapy since 1997, and have been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2002. I have been a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) and the Texas Chapter of ASHT since 1997. I enjoy seeing rapid recovery of Hand & Upper Extremity clients from all degrees of deficit & complexity. I am proficient in treatment of all diagnoses from digits through shoulders, as well as dynamic & static custom orthotic fabrication.
I enjoyed playing soccer for 14 years including select league and Texas state championship teams. My wife and I have 3 children. One starting college in criminal justice, a high schooler interested in creative arts & music, and one in junior high trying all the school sports. All but one family member is a native Texan, but they all enjoy the variety of activity and culture found within the greater DFW area.
Irving Occupational Therapists
Amber Klassen, Hogan, PT, DPT
I have been a physical therapist for 9 years, working in orthopedic and sports medicine for most of my career. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri and attended Rockhurst University for my undergrad and graduate degrees. Working in orthopedics for most of my career, I have developed a specific love treating the shoulder. The Shoulder is my favorite joint. There are so many different dynamic movements and positions the shoulder finds its way into. The shoulder has so many muscle working together to be functional and get you through the day. I appreciate properly educating my patients on positioning, posture, and correct muscle recruitment with every exercise. Achieving personal gains with all my patients to gain and show them their personal gains is fulfilling and essential to each patient’s progress to their optimal recovery.
I personally enjoy Yoga, Hiking, Circuit Training, and getting in at least one sweat every day.