Dr. D. Chris Cothern PT, CES, PES
Chris has bachelor’s degrees in Health Sciences and Microbiology with a minor in Psychology, a Masters degree in physical therapy, and 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. A member of the Arkansas Governors’s Council on Fitness, Chris is also the past Arkansas state director for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chris has extensive experience treating people of all ages, but also years of training in the treatment of back and neck pain. Chris and his wife Katherine have three kids: Evan is 11, Elliott is 5, and one year old Adeline.
Fred Ridgeway MMT – Massage Therapist
Fred is a Master Massage Therapist, fitness instructor, and personal trainer who provides customized therapeutic massage through sports massage & AIS stretch therapy. He currently provides sports massage for the Razorback basketball team for muscle recovery to improve performance along with staff and students at the University of Arkansas. Fred is trained in Soft Tissue injury with Eric Dalton, AIS with Aaron Mattes,Cranio-sacral and Myofascial Release with John Barnes. He is also currently training in MAT, Muscle Activation Techniques from Greg Roskopf in Denver Colorado. Fred also provides K Taping for Injury, Endurance, Injury and Performance.
Amy Bedwell – Massage Therapist
A mom of three active kids and also quite active herself, Amy enjoys running, going to the gym and playing softball.
“I know how important it is to take care of our bodies so that we can keep doing the things we love. I take that into every massage that I perform. I strive to meet each of my client’s individual needs in the massage room. So that they can be best prepared to meet their goals in their lives. Whether that be an hour of relaxation after a tough week. Or, helping them to prepare for an upcoming sporting/athletic event.”
Specializing in: Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, PNF Stretching, Swedish Massage and 2 Hr Massage
Amber Conner – Business Manager
Amber joined AthletePlus in 2018 and ensures the daily operations run smoothly. She maintains accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly billing, scheduling, and insurance while making sure our patients have the best experience possible. Amber attended the University of Arkansas and received a bachelor’s in Social Work. Amber is from Northwest Arkansas and is an active member of Agape Ministry assisting with the youth. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and spending time outdoors as much as possible.
Colleen Edwards – Personal Trainer & Pilates Instructor
Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida St. University and has worked in fitness and corporate wellness for over 20 years. She is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor with certificates in the following: NASM Personal Trainer, ACE Group Fitness Instructor, AEA Aerobics, TRX Suspension Training, and Powerhouse Pilates. Colleen and her husband Rick relocated to Arkansas in 2018 from Chicago, Illinois. They have two children: 24-year-old Madie who lives in Dublin, Ireland and competes in CrossFit and Mav, an 18-year-old freshman studying engineering at Kansas University.
“I appreciated the professional and knowledgeable way in which the injury treatment was handled. I would not hesitate to offer this resource to others with similar needs regarding treatment for athletic injuries.” Triathlete and former cross country coach treated for low back pain and hamstring strain
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.
I was really pleased with the service at AthletePlus. The staff is professional and helpful. I felt comfortable asking any questions about the therapy and anything related to my injury. I felt at ease getting advice on how to adapt the routines so I could do them at home. Overall, I would recommend them to anyone.
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.
My experience was great! They are all very nice and very helpful, the workers here do a great job, and also make you feel very comfortable by building a relationship with their patients. They also strive to get you at the level you need to be at, and will give it their all to get you there. I would recommend everyone I know to go to Athlete Plus!
Very good experience with AthletePlus Everyone was great and would rate 10/10
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.
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.
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.
Professional staff who are concerned about their patients. Also best program ever.