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.
I almost didn’t come back after the first week of therapy because the pain was so bad but I’m so glad I did. My experience was so good with all of the therapy assistants. I felt they were very caring.
Great place for rehab. I will let everyone know who needs rehab to come out and see there great facility. Thanks a lot for all your help!!!!!!
Excellent therapist with great skills and very knowledgeable in the field. I would highly recommend him for therapy to patients of any age. I am now playing golf again without back pain.
Fantastic, I would recommend it to anyone and a nice friendly caring atmosphere. They will help you with what ever your needs are.
Very enjoyable. Instruction was concise and focus on my injury was expertly addressed. Chris let me describe in detail my injury and built a program specific to treating my issue.
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.
I feel that I have gotten stronger and I have learned what me weak areas are. I also think that I have learned some things that I need to avoid.
My experience at AthletePlus, was the best. They helped me be more flexible and a strengthening my hip.
“Thank you Chris and the AthletePlus team for all your help in getting my knee back to “normal”. I can use it again with ease and no pain”
It was amazing that I walked in with such pain and weakness that I thought I was going to be on disability and the next step was a wheelchair. After 18 weeks of work with the trainers, I feel that I have a new expectation that I can do anything.