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.