Jessica Kessler MPT, Dip. MDT
Jessica Kessler has been practicing physical therapy since 1999. She is an orthopedically trained therapist from the Army-Baylor Physical Therapy Program. Jessica served 6 years as an active duty officer in the US Army where she achieved the rank of captain. Jessica was awarded a meritorious service medal and Army commendation medal for her service in Hawaii and Virginia. Jessica has had clinical affiliations with Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit and outpatient neurorehabilitation at Ft. Sam Houston as well as the physical therapy department at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Jessica also worked at Tripler Army Medical Hospital (a 450-bed tertiary care medical center and level 2 trauma center) in Oahu as head of inpatient therapy and Schofield Barracks as assistant chief of physical therapy for the 25th infantry division. She has worked in various outpatient settings as a civilian therapist and holds a specialty certification in McKenzie diagnosis and treatment of the spine.
Jessica adores spending time with her two boys as well as friends and family. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors while running, hiking, and biking. Jessica enjoys rehabilitating and educating patients and really loves seeing them succeed in their goals.
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 completed a master’s in High Performance from Australian Catholic University in 2021. 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, and MAT. Fred is trained in Soft Tissue injury with Eric Dalton, AIS with Aaron Mattes,Cranio-sacral and Myofascial Release with John Barnes, and MAT with Greg Roskopf. Fred also provides K Taping for Injury, Endurance, and Performance. “MAT” Muscle Activation Technique, was developed by Greg Roskopf and is recognized in the athletic world. The Roskopf Principles focus on muscle contractile efficiency relative to limitations. MAT™ can be a valuable tool for a wide demographic of individuals. If you suffer from any type of tightness or discomfort; are a regular (or not-so-regular) exerciser or competitive athlete; have trouble moving or keeping your balance due to aging or injury; have ever had any type of traumatic experience (such as a car accident or surgery) or injury (no matter how small); or want to be able to do what you currently enjoy doing for years to come, MAT™ may be of benefit to you!
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. Heath is trained in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Swedish, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Heath customizes each massage with the intention of getting quantifiable results. Heath is grateful for the opportunity to provide a means of healing, injury prevention, and self-care for his clients. He continues to look for opportunities to learn new techniques to better assist his clients. Heath has a passion for Human Anatomy and enjoys putting his knowledge to practice.
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 is from Northwest Arkansas. She enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, painting, photography, and many outdoor activities.
I feel 100% better than when I arrived. Great Staff , Good program , Thanks for getting me back on track.
Extremely helpful in helping my recovery from my injury. They were able to provide a program that helped me progress as smooth and quick as possible.
Very helpful! It gave me the ability to return to my sport as soon as possible.
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!
a nice place everyone is nice to you here. they care about you a lot they want you to get better.
It was a good experience and it really help me during the exercises. I was treated and helpful and I will come back.
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.
My experience at AthletePlus, was the best. They helped me be more flexible and a strengthening my hip.
My experience here was amazing! I had great service and a speedy recovery thanks to AthletePlus!
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.