Emily Skoza, OTR, CHT

Emily’s passion for hand therapy began before she entered occupational therapy school. After shadowing and assisting a hand therapist during an undergraduate internship, she was accepted into the top- rated Washington University School of Medicine graduate program, where her passion continued to grow.

Emily has worked in a variety of outpatient clinic settings with a focus in return to work, ergonomics and upper extremity rehabilitation. Prior to moving to Austin, she worked side by side with hand surgeons and therapists in a large hand center. In Austin, she managed a private clinic and worked closely with many local physicians and board-certified hand surgeons. She offers an expansive knowledge of upper extremity rehabilitation, including education, wellness consultation, conservative management, post-operative care, wound care, and splint/orthosis fabrication for a vast list of conditions and disorders.

She takes pride in patient care and feels the rehabilitation environment can influence healing. The freedom of working in private practice has influenced her caring approach to patient experience, providing patients with flexibility and economy along with personalized and highly skilled care.Emily serves on the board for Central Texas Hand Society, Texas Society for Hand Therapy and is on the education division and 2016 annual meeting planning committee for the American Society of Hand Therapists. When she has free time she enjoys visiting with family and friends, traveling, cooking, exercising and horseback riding in the Texas Hill Country. 

Austin

Therapists

Katie Bouchillon, OTR, ATP, CBIS, MCMT

Katie Bouchillon, Spero Rehab's Owner and Clinical Director, founded her clinic with the vision of providing patients and their families with an innovative, research-based treatment facility that also provides for their creature comforts. The result is a clinic that balances state of the art equipment with personalized care; it focuses on professionalism and quality healthcare while offering a relaxed, soothing atmosphere for both patients and family members. Spero Rehab provides physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapies to both neurological and orthopedic patients, as well as offering a wellness and sports training program to patients, businesses, and the local community.  

Katie has been a licensed occupational therapist in the state of Texas since 2005. She earned her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. In order to meet the needs of her patients, Katie has been certified as an Assistive Technology Professional, a Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner and she has also been designated a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, by the Brain Injury Association of America.  

Katie is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Brain Injury Association of America, the Texas Occupational Therapy Association and the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America.  

Katie@sperorehab.com

Physical, Occupational, Speech & Aquatic Therapy

Front Office

Yulissa Mena

Yulissa moved from New York City to Austin to join the Spero Rehab team. Yulissa has been involved in healthcare management for over 10 years and is extremely passionate about Physical and Occupational Therapy. Yulissa attended Manhattan College of Business Management and brings top quality customer service and patient care coordination to our Austin location.  In her spare time Yulissa enjoys being outdoors, bike riding, and exploring her new Austin community.

Matthew Elizondo, PT, OCS, SCS, COMT

Matt has been a licensed physical therapist for 8 years.  He graduated here in Austin from The University of Texas in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology and a double minor in Biology and Spanish.  Matt then graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2008.

Matt is one of the very few physical therapists that is Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic (OCS) and Sports (SCS) Physical Therapy.  The OCS and SCS Board Certifications are granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) and involve rigorous application and examination processes. Roughly 6.5% of the physical therapists in the United States are Board Certified in a specialty, and only 3.9% of therapists in the United States are Orthopaedic Clinical Specialists. Less than 1% of physical therapists are Sports Clinical Specialists.  The OCS certification focuses on evidence-based practice, orthopedic injury examination, treatment, and medical interventions while the SCS certification concentrates on acute and critical sports injury treatment and sports injury prevention and wellness.

Matt became a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist in 2011 through the Ola Grimsby Institute.  Manual Therapy is defined as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function. 

Matt is certified in Level 1 and Level 2 Trigger Point Dry Needling through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatment.In addition to treating and providing quality patient care, Matt also loves to teach.  Matt is on faculty at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and helps teach therapeutic exercise, musculoskeletal evaluation, and has experience teaching surface anatomy, palpation and cadaver dissection in the anatomy labs.  Matt is a certified clinical instructor through the Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Education and has taught physical therapy students all over the nation.