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Leslie Hartman, MPT | Owner, Lead Physical Therapist

 

Leslie first became interested in physical therapy after suffering several knee injuries while competing as an upper level equestrian in high school and college.

She studied at the University of Delaware where she earned a B.S. degree in fitness management in 1994 and then went on to study physical therapy and earn her MPT in 1997.

Her interest and history in sports naturally led her to gravitate towards sports medicine and upon graduation she moved to Baltimore and worked in several top orthopedic and sports medicine therapy clinics. She expanded her clinical knowledge through multiple continuing education courses and increased her specialty training in the area of the foot and ankle, the knee and the shoulder. As a therapist, Leslie enjoys empowering her patients to help themselves. She uses a holistic approach to enable patients to reach their goals and to restore and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

In March of 2013, Leslie and her family moved to Austin. When not at work, Leslie can be found playing outdoors with her husband and two kids, exploring the Austin area, walking her dog, or cycling. She loves trying Austin’s many restaurants, hiking the trails, and being on the lake.

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Danielle Shotwell, DPT, OCS | Physical Therapist

 

Danielle obtained her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Chapman University in Orange County, California where she graduated with honors in 2012. There, she participated in research focused on the progression of postural abnormalities in school-aged children. She recently became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Danielle’s interest in physical therapy stemmed from a fascination with human movement which evolved over years of performing and teaching dance. She has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine settings and is passionate about teaching patients how to move properly in order to unload injured tissues for return to full function. Danielle enjoys working with patients with varying pathologies and has a special interest in lower extremity alignment control and functional stabilization of the shoulder. She finds joy in encouraging patients along the path toward their goals, while using an evidence based approach to treatment.

Danielle and her husband moved to Austin from the Bay Area in 2015 and welcomed a baby girl in the summer of 2016. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family, exploring Austin’s restaurants and trails, participating in her church community, and paddle boarding on the lake.

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Daniel Toback, DPT, OCS | Physical Therapist

Daniel earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His research was focused on pain science and power training in the geriatric population, which he presented at the APTAs Combined Section Meeting in 2019.   He then moved to Chicago to practice near the United Center where he saw a wide range of patients from professional athletes to those undergoing total joint replacements and everything in between.  While in Chicago he became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and trained under one of the top McKenzie clinicians in the country.  Daniel enjoys treating all diagnosis and pathologies but has recently been training to receive his McKenzie certification which focuses on advanced management of spine and extremity disorders.   In general, Daniel enjoys the problem solving side of medicine and loves the challenge of helping patients who have failed to resolve their issues with other forms of treatment.  He believes that every patient deserves to be thoroughly educated on their condition and given the tools to treat and manage their conditions independently in order to return to optimal function as quickly as possible.

Daniel moved to Austin in early 2021 to enjoy the warm weather and laid back ethos Austin has to offer.  You can find him frequenting the live music scene or spending time outdoors hiking or playing sports with friends.
 

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Angel Ramirez, PTA | Physical Therapist Assistant

Angel graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California with a baccalaureate degree in Human Health and Sciences. He also was a student athlete competing in club rugby and participating in strength and conditioning. Due to previous sport injuries and rehabilitation, this inspired him to pursue his career in the field of Physical Therapy.  He then attended Cerritos College in California where he graduated with honors and earned his Associate of Science degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Later, completing a yearlong fellowship program with the Gray Institute earning the credentials as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science in 2019. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and enjoys helping individuals in optimizing their movement/performance for their everyday activities. Angel shares his passion for treating in the outpatient orthopedic physical therapy setting, individualizing treatment plans in collaboration with the Physical Therapist and motivating patients to achieve their goals. 
Angel and his wife moved to Austin, Texas in March of 2020 and is enjoying the beautiful state of Texas. When he is not working, Angel enjoys playing catch with his dog, watching movies, lifting weights or exploring new outdoor hobbies.