New Clinic Director, Experienced Leader joins Hico; Big Plans for SRPT in the future.

Riley Ripley, PT, DPT, is an experienced physical therapist and the new clinic director of SRPT- Hico. Brandi Wood, former clinic director and partner of SRPT said “We opened the Hico clinic 4 years ago and have not stopped growing since. I am thrilled to have Riley come in and take over the clinic director position. He comes from the Waco are with experience both as a PT and a leader of a clinic. He will continue to help this clinic grow and meet the needs of the Hico and surrounding communities.”

Riley says “I am looking forward to the opportunity to grow my leadership skills as well as the Hico clinic. Some recent changes we are working on is building the aquatic PT-based program and better serving our athlete community by directly working with the school and coaching staff. We have recently expanded the clinic square footage and are open to the public for wellness memberships. I am excited to add skills and services to better serve Hico.” Riley currently lives in Waco with his wife, Karen, and two young kids. They are relocating to the Stephenville area in December after Karen completes Nurse Practioner degree.

Brandi will continue to see patients but will use the extra time to focus on growing SRPT as a whole. “We currently have 4 SRPT clinics. We plan to open 2 more clinic locations in the next 3 years. Myself and my two business partners will be directing much of our time and attention to opening and growing the new locations- just as we did for Hico 4 years ago. I will still be very involved in the Hico community as we live nearby, and my kids will attend school here.”

Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy welcomes two new physical therapists

Sports Rehab & PT Stephenville clinic director, Derek Haney is pleased to announce the addition of two new physical therapists to his clinical staff. Cody Caraway, PT, DPT, and Sidney Parker, PT, DPT, recently began seeing clients at the Stephenville location.

“Even with the ups and downs of the health care industry in recent years, our PT clinics have continued to see growth. With growth comes with the opportunity to welcome new and talent to our staff,” Haney said. “Both Cody and Sidney are recent graduates from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. They both started in March 2022 and are already helping us continue our track record of positive outcomes for our clients.”

Read more about Cody here here

Read more about Sidney here here

Best of 2020!!

December 22, 2020- Have ya heard? Stretching from East Parker County all the way to Hamilton County, Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy was voted BEST in 2020!! Cue the fireworks folks! What a year, right? Insert wide-eyed emoji here, please- with a mask of course!

In all seriousness, I am happy to announce Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy was voted Best in Parker County and Erath County for 2020. THANK YOU to our communities that stuck with us through this trying year. We are grateful for our all our patients. SRPT would not be what it is today without YOU! We also want to give a shoutout to Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT, CEO/Owner of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy for being voted Best Physical Therapist in Erath County for the third straight year! Mark has been dedicated to making SRPT great, striving for success, and providing quality care to patients company wide. Troy Kimbrough, PTA was also a top finalist in the Best of Erath 2020 selection. Troy is a great member of our team and has been for quite a while- celebrating his 20th anniversary with SRPT this year! He has provided exceptional care to patients in clinic and all over Erath County providing home health services.

Thank you to all of our patients, employees, and communities for helping make 2020 the best it could be! We have said it from day one, “We are all in this together!” We couldn’t be more honored to keep our doors open for all and to be voted best in 2020!

Mark Blackburn, PT DPT
CEO, Owner

Voted Best PT in Erath County for 2020!
Voted Best PT in Erath County for 2019!

Troy Kimbrough, PTA

Voted Best PT in Erath County for 2020!

We are all in this together!

SRPT Climbing To The Next Peak: 2 PT’s with new certifications

STEPHENVILLE, TX - Two physical therapists at Sports Rehab and Physical Therapy have earned prestigious certifications. Daniel Horstman, PT, DPT and Jaci Smith, PT DPT, ATC, CSCS, CKTP, Cert. DN have completed Evidence In Motion's Manual Physical Therapy Certification Program. This program provides PTs with post-professional training designed to advance the provider with clinical competency in manual physical therapy. The goal is to enhance a PT's critical thinking and psychomotor skills to improve decision-making and outcomes of care.

Physical therapists with a manual physical therapy certification have an in-depth knowledge base and skillset to treat musculoskeletal injuries, including those that affect major joints such as the hip, knees, ankles and spine. Hortsman says, "The program has given me a more refined diagnostic toolset and allowed me to make greater clinical decisions regarding use of manual techniques to better assist patients in their road to recovery.  This allows us at SRPT to better serve our patients and community."  Smith says she enjoyed the certification program because it has allowed her to make immediate impacts with patients using hands-on care.  She adds, "The program was a long 15-months of hard work, but it was well worth it to build my confidence and precision as a provider."

Smith emphasises the importance of educating patients in addition to treating patients, "Not only did we learn manual interventions but also how to teach a modification of the manual skill to a patient so they can do it at home. I think this is key for patients to know and understand so that when they are discharged from physical therapy, they will have the tools for self-care and continued recovery."

"I am very proud of Dr. Horstman and Dr. Smith for putting in the work and long hours to obtain this certification," said Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT and CEO of SRPT. "This achievement demonstrates their passion for the physical therapy profession and their commitment to continued learning and professional development."

Horstman, Smith, and the SRPT group primarily see patients who need orthopedic physical therapy for a variety of reasons: work or sports injuries, automobile collisions, poor posture or body mechanics, lifestyle choices, or typical wear and tear of a joint. Our outpatient clinics are located in Hico, Stephenville, Weatherford, Willow Park, and have a combined total of 12 physical therapists on staff. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call a clinic location near you.

SRPT is Voted Best in Parker County for 2019

Early October our Weatherford & Aledo (now Willow Park) were named Best PT clinics of Parker County. Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy has been serving the Parker County area for over 35 years, the staff at SRPT are honored to receive this recognition. SRPT helps bring wellness to the community and helps everyone enjoy everyday life.

Our team of PT’s and employees here in Parker County have dedicated time and energy into helping make SRPT a great place to be, and if you know some of these folks you know that they are pretty good at what they do. Our Parker County team of PT’s and staff want to thank the community for this great honor. 2018, 2019… let’s bring on 2020! It is all thanks to YOU our great patients, physicians, family, friends and more that have helped make SRPT what it is

Aledo to Willow Park?! YES!

In January 2020, SRPT started out the new year strong. Have you heard that our Aledo location moved to Willow Park? Yep, we sure did! As a matter of fact, when you are coming in from Fort Worth westbound, driving into Willow Park you will see the bright SRPT sign right off Ranch House Road. Now in a more convenient place for all of our patients just west of the metroplex.

Not to worry, we still have the same smiling faces treating the community. Kristi Shashack, PT, DPT, Cert. DN. is the treating therapist for our Willow Park location as well as Betty Baldwin, PTA part time. The location might have changed but our core values will always stay the same. Integrity, Reliability, Innovative, Personable, and Teamwork. Each one of us at SRPT strive to make each one of these values stand out in some way.

Again, thank you Parker County for voting Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy Best PT Clinic in Parker County! Open house for our Willow Park location will be happening soon.. stay tuned!

There is a new OCS achievement within SRPT!!!


Brandi Wood, PT, DPT, OCS has new credentials behind her name! Brandi is a part-owner of Sports Rehab and Physical Therapy and clinic director at our Hico location.

Brandi has recently achieved her orthopedic clinical specialist certification through the American Board of Physical Therapists as of June of this year.

In 2010 Brandi received her bachelor's degree in Biology at Tarleton State University, she then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Hardin-Simmons University in 2012. Soon after graduating, Brandi became part of the team of physical therapists at SRPT in 2014, and since then she has helped the company grow.

Brandi believes in the core values SRPT strives to provide. When asked to give a description of how she felt about accomplishing this great achievement Brandi said, "One of our core values here at SRPT is to provide innovative and evidence-based services that generate excellent outcomes. That's exactly what the curriculum for this certification has allowed me to do and will continue to do."

To be able to sit for the orthopedic clinical specialist exam a physical therapist needs to show evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care, in the specialty area within the last 10 years, 500 of those hours have to be within the last 3 years. Brandi was well qualified to be able to sit for the exam.

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties states that by gaining the orthopedic clinical specialist certification it "opens doors to professional growth. Reflects advanced specialist practice to patients as well as physicians." When asked about the recently added credentials to her name Brandi said, "More important than the additional letters behind my name is the knowledge gained just by going through the coursework for this certification. I know this will help me be a more innovative and competent PT." She has now become 1 of the 10% of the orthopedic board-certified specialists in physical therapy.

Brandi set this as one of her goals, and she is able to check this off the list. The SRPT team is very excited for Brandi and her recent accomplishment!! Great Job Brandi!!

Written By, Kallie Spitzenberger


  1. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) - Specialist Certification: Orthopaedics
  2. American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) - Specialist Certification

“Best PT Company” & “Best Physical Therapist” in Erath County

SRPT – Stephenville was named "Best PT Company" in Erath County for 2019. The outpatient facility is staffed with local physical therapists that strive to provide expert care and excellent customer service.

"Best of Erath County", provided by the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, began in early March. The "Best of Erath County" consists of two rounds of voting over four months.

All votes were cast by community members. The first round of voting is to nominate the top three businesses in a variety of categories. Then the second round is to vote on the winner of the nominated companies in each category. Winners of "Best of Erath County" were announced in June.

The staff of SRPT – Stephenville, which includes six Doctors of Physical Therapy, is honored to receive this award for the third year in a row.

Mark Blackburn

The same night, SRPT – Stephenville won Best PT Company, Mark Blackburn, PT, DPT was awarded "Best Physical Therapist" for Erath County.

Mark is a Stephenville native and for the last 20 years he has devoted much of his time and energy to developing Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy into what it is today. SRPT serves not only Erath County but also Parker and Hamilton counties. Mark is dedicated to making SRPT an integral part of Stephenville by giving back to the community through volunteering, sponsorships, and participating in community events with his family and staff.

When asked what this award meant to him, Mark stated, "SRPT strives to provide expert physical therapy care, the highest possible patient outcomes, and excellent customer service. I'm fortunate to be able to do this in my hometown, and I'm honored to receive this award from our community."

Congratulations to SRPT and Mark Blackburn on these well-deserved awards!

Cayla is Dancing for the Stars

Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy was a proud platinum sponsor of the 2018 Dancing for the Stars competition held November 29th, 2018. Dancing for the Stars is an event that benefits the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erath County. We are proud to support our own Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), Cayla Limas and her husband Abel in this competition.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that provides a mentoring program for local youth to promote success in a child’s life. Matches are made between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children ages 6 through 18 (“Littles”). These relationships have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Though Cayla nor Abel have been Bigs or Littles themselves, Cayla’s Aunt Sharon was a Big Sister for 3 years. Sharon spoke fondly of the program stating, “I very much enjoyed taking my Little Sister to do fun things. We were able to get together once a week.”

Physical Therapist Assistant, Cayla Limas, and her husband Abel Limas have been practicing their dance routine and raising money for this charity since the beginning of 2018. All the proceeds raised from this event benefits the community at a local level in Erath County. Cayla stated, “it was a pleasant surprise to see how the community was very giving when it came to a charity event.”

When asked what the best part of joining the competition has been, Cayla said, “getting out of our comfort zone both individually and as a couple. As a couple we have had to learn to trust each other with the very complicated lifts and dance stunts we were asked to do.” The couple has enjoyed learning the choreography from former Stephenville High School dance coach, Sherri Evans.

When we asked Cayla to give some advice for others wanting to participate she stated, “be organized outgoing and have fun!” She continued to comment on not being afraid to talk to people about donating to this organization, and to also make sure that they have a good understanding of what the money is going towards. Lastly Cayla stated, “Have fun! Yes, this is a competition but remember it’s for a good cause and all of your hard work will help provide funds for a great organization that provides a positive impact on children.”

Thank you Cayla and Abel for allowing us to be your sponsor in Dancing for the Stars, we were excited to support such a great organization!