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Derek Lageman

PT, DPT, FAAOMPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS of Physical Therapy – Maryville University, 2001
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  Ola Grimsby Institute, 2004
  • Fellowship:  American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists:  Ola Grimsby Institute, 2005
  • Doctorate of Manual Therapy Program:  Ola Grimsby Institute, 2006

Derek’s professional interests include orthopedic care with an emphasis on spinal rehabilitation. He works with all patient populations including professional / collegiate athletes in baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, and running. Derek’s professional aspirations include developing PTI into the “go to” rehab center in Central Arkansas along with advancing the Physical Therapy profession within the medical community.

Derek enjoys spending his free time with his wife Jo and their 3 kids Abigail, Isabella, and Brody. When he is not busy coaching the kids in their respected sports he is cheering them on from the sideline. He also stays active with running, and weight lifting.

Chris Long

PT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS of Physical Therapy – Grand Valley State University, 2006
  • Doctorate:  Ola Grimsby Institute, 2007 (research pending)
  • Fellowship:  Ola Grimsby Institute, 2008 (research pending)

Chris’s professional interests include ankle / foot treatment along with custom orthotic fabrication, spinal care, and orthopedics.

Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, two children, and dog.

Brad Sanders

DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS of Science – University of Central Arkansas, 2011
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  University of Central Arkansas, 2014

Brad attended the University of Central Arkansas for both undergraduate and graduate school, earning his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014. His professional interests include manual therapy treatment of neck, back, and shoulder pain. Brad also serves as PTI’s clinical education coordinator for local Physical Therapy Schools.

In his free time Brad enjoys hanging out with his wife, daughter, two dogs, working out, playing golf, hunting and the outdoors.

Casey Schmalzried

DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS  of  – Harding University, 2011
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  Harding University, 2015

Casey is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Arkansas to go to Harding University. After his undergraduate degree, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career as an ACSM certified personal trainer with a personal interest in bodybuilding. Pathology in his lower back brought this dream to a halt but sparked his interest in Physical Therapy. Treating low back pain and educating people about the importance of posture and body mechanics is of personal interest and necessity. Currently he is pursuing a certification in Dry Needling.

Casey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, being outdoors, working out occasionally and thinking he knows enough to DIY around his home.

Greame Higgins

DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College: BS-Health and Applied Science University of Central Arkansas- 2005
  • Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health – UAMS, 2010
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  University of Central Arkansas, 2016

As a lifelong member of the community of Central Arkansas he is passionate about providing high quality compassionate care with an individual touch to all the patients. He believes that education is the key to patients being empowered to take control of their health. His professional interests include orthopedic rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation for neck and back pain, gait analysis/training, balance/postural control training, fall prevention, community health promotion, and is a certified practitioner of Integrated Dry Needling.

Graeme’s hobbies include playing and watching sports (all kinds!), distance running, playing drums, and spending time with friends and family.

Jeff Nolen

PT, DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS of Kinesiology – University of Arkansas, 2006
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  University of Central Arkansas, 2010

Jeff is one a PTI’s home health managers along with patient care responsibilities.   Jeff specializes in geriatric rehabilitation in the home care setting.  He enjoys helping older adults achieve their maximum functional potential and reminds everyone that old does not equal weak.

Jeff currently resides in Maumelle, AR with his wife Rebecca and two sons.

Jessica Hammon- Mallory

PTA

  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • College: BS of Kinesiology- University of Text at Tyler, 2013
  • AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant: Tyler Junior College, 2017

Jessica worked as a physical therapy tech for years until she discovered that physical therapy was her passion.  She finished her schooling to become a Physical Therapist Assistant in May of 2017 and made the move from Texas to Arkansas.  She works full time at the Little Rock location and occasionally fills in at other locations as necessary.

Jessica enjoys baking in her free time and spending time with friends and family.

Tyler Fitzpatrick

DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College:  BS in Health Sciences – University of Central Arkansas
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy:  Harding University

Tyler Fitzpatrick works at our Outpatient clinic in Maumelle. He is a hometown kid, from Maumelle, where he graduated from Oak Grove High School. Tyler attended UCA for his undergraduate degree where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Tyler has always wanted to do something that tied sports and medicine together and physical therapy has enabled him to pursue those interests. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Harding University and enjoys working with the residents and athlete’s of his hometown. In his spare time Tyler enjoys watching and playing sports and is an avid hunter.

Dylan Blancett

DPT

  • Physical Therapist
  • College: BS of Science University of Central Arkansas 2014
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy: University of Central Arkansas, 2018

Dylan is from Conway Arkansas where he lived until leaving for military service after high school. He became interested in the therapeutic effects of exercise on orthopedic and sports injuries and moved back to Arkansas to pursue a career in physical therapy. After earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, he received further training in manual therapy, kinesiology taping, IASTM, and dry needling.
In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and exercising with his wife Sarah.

Katie Dailey

PTA

  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • College: AA in PTA from Southwestern Illinois College 2006

Katie has been a PTA for 13 years. She began with a certification in massage therapy in 2004, then went on to earn an associate degree in PTA in 2006 from Southwestern Illinois College. After graduation, she spent four years working in orthopedic rehab and aquatic therapy in Alton, IL. In 2010, she relocated to Little Rock to be closer to family and spent her first 8 years there focusing on spine related in the outpatient setting. Katie began working for PTI in December of 2018 and says “It’s always been my goal to help people improve themselves through exercise and self-awareness.” When she’s not at work, she enjoys family time with her husband and two sons, as well as cooking and baking. Katie enjoys giving back to her community by volunteering for the local charter school and church.

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