Dr. D. Chris Cothern PT, CES, PES
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.
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.
Heath Gramling – Massage Therapist
Heath became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2016. He graduated from the Massage Therapy program at Blue Cliff College with honors. His experience in various modalities includes Deep Tissue, Swedish, Neuro-Muscular Therapy, and Myo-fascial Release. It is his belief that everybody is different and that every massage should reflect this belief. Heath is grateful for the opportunity to provide a means of healing, injury prevention, and self-care for his clients and continues to look for opportunities to learn new techniques to better assist his clients. In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his daughter.
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.
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.
they defiantly helped me get my knees back to where i wanted them and even make them stronger.
Exceptional will be my word. First thing that comes in my mind.
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.
a nice place everyone is nice to you here. they care about you a lot they want you to get better.
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
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.
Professional staff who are concerned about their patients. Also best program ever.
It was a good experience and it really help me during the exercises. I was treated and helpful and I will come back.
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!