D. Chris Cothern PT
Chris has bachelor’s degrees in Health Sciences and Microbiology with a minor in Psychology, a master’s degree in physical therapy, and a Doctorate degree in physical therapy. Chris has been helping people return to their life with pain in knees, shoulders, backs/necks, ankles and more since 1999. During that time, Chris has treated and trained athletes from major college, NBA, NFL, and the Olympics. Chris is a certified Performance Enhancement Coach and certified Corrective Exercise Specialist with NASM along with Functional Movement Screen and Selective Functional Movement Assessment certified. Chris was a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Council on Fitness and also the past Arkansas state director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chris is currently pursuing a master’s in High Performance from Australian Catholic University. Chris and his wife Katherine have three kids: Evan, Elliott, and Adeline.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Vicky Arnold PTA
Born in Alma, Vicky began as a physical therapy aide in a Fort Smith outpatient clinic before becoming a physical therapy assistant. With over 23 years experience, Vicky is a personable communicator with a proven track record in all areas of rehab including therapeutic exercise, balance/fall risk, manual therapy/myofascial release, kinesiotaping and more.
Business Office/Physical Therapy Aide
Terri assists with the front office to schedule patients and assists the therapists to ensure a great experience at AthletePlus. Terri is the mother of Sarah Elkins who is a senior college basketball player at UAFS, a former state champion at Greenwood, and currently works as an aide in the summer at AthletePlus. Sarah is graduating with a degree in biology and pursuing PA school.
Jackie Gates LMT
While learning the practice Jackie came to the realization that stress management was essential to her work and also her own life: “My goals for my clients are Illuminating pain and increasing relaxation.” Jackie offers Swedish Massage along with an add-on of Hot Stones.
Very professional, kind people who answered each question I had throughout the program. The program was challenging, yet possible for someone with my injuries to complete. The E-Stim sessions seemed to help, also. I completed the exercises I was directed to do at home each day to strengthen my back.
I am very pleased with my treatment here. Chris, Chad and Buena were very professional and knowledgeable about my injuries and were able to guide me through a process to help my recovery once I have surgery.
The past couple of months I had been feeling a lot of pain in my rib area. When I started coming here, my pain almost went away with only two sessions. My experience here has been wonderful! The people working here are so nice and I cannot thank y’all enough.
Great experience. Always felt motivated to work my hardest and knew that the therapists were truly caring about my recovery.
My experience at AthletePlus was very helpful in relieving my pain by increasing my strength and range of motion. Prior to receiving treatment, because of the pain, I was unable to sleep through the night. Now, I am able to resume normal sleep habits along with all other daily activities.
It was really good, they help me recover faster then I thought. Definite 10/10. * Update: This patient recently set a school record in 400 m in track in 2016
Overall a very positive experience. The staff has been very professional and have provided me with not just therapy, but a method to continue my work outside the center. All the exercises provided have been such that they can be integrated into my normal workout routine. This should allow me to work on any problems on my own in the future. I have been very pleased with the progress I made and with the program.
Very professional and kind people who answered each question I had throughout the Low Back Program
My experience was very good and my physiotherapist was very informative. I am happy to come back here again after my knee surgery.
i have improveed a lot. All the exercises ans therapy did a lot of good. Every one here were so helpful and explained everything very well. Rate it 10/10.