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!

SRPT Annual Staff Party 2019

This year we decided to go a different route and start a new trend.

Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy’s marketing team chose to create a fun environment for everyone to enjoy little earlier this year, by planning the Annual Staff Party in October. The party consists of celebrating anniversaries, fun prizes to win, and a good meal to thank everyone for their dedication to the company.

October in the physical therapy world is known as National PT month. During National PT month physical therapists throughout the company are highlighted weekly, answering questions why they wanted to become a PT, and what their favorite part about being a Physical Therapist is.

The SRPT Annual Staff Party was held as Natty Flatt’s Smokehouse in Lipan, Tx. Good food, good company and good times were truly had. SRPT even got to highlight some employee anniversaries as well, see pictures below.

Employee Anniversaries: These individuals (and more, not pictured) celebrated 5 year, 10 year, and 20+ years with SRPT.

We all appreciate the hard work that goes into making SRPT so great, here is to many more years. Thank you SRPT staff, we celebrate YOU!

Written by: Kallie Spitzenberger, Marketing

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!

2018 PPS Conference Wrap Up

Mark Blackburn, PT, Whitney Hamilton, PT, OCS, and Derek Haney, PT at the 2018 PPS Conference in Colorado Springs, CO.

Clinic Director and partner, Derek Haney, PT of Stephenville and Clinic Director, Whitney Hamilton, PT of Weatherford/Aledo attended the Private Practice Section (PPS) of the American Physical Therapy Association conference held in Colorado Springs, CO this November along with owner, Mark Blackburn, PT.

This conference provides a wide array of seminars for leaders in Physical Therapy to bring back to their clinics. The presenters are fellow Physical Therapists who must audition for a seminar about 9 months in advance. These Physical Therapists relay stories and information from their own experiences and are not there to represent or sell a company’s products. This conference keeps our clinics up to date on the latest trends in the physical therapy field and offers networking with fellow Physical Therapists across the country. Best of all, this conference helps keep our clinics on top of their game.

Some of the seminars our physical therapists attended at this year’s conference were Private Practice and Smart Education: Implementing SMART, Money Isn’t Everything: Entrepreneurial Ways to Increase Employee Engagement, Leadership: Cultivating Your Leaders of Tomorrow, Strategic Growth: Big Data, Cash Cows, and Mangy Dogs.
“This was the first time going to this conference that the content we heard fell in line with what we are doing at our clinics. That’s reassuring!” stated Mark Blackburn, PT, CEO, whose been going to these conferences for several years.

Whitney Hamilton, PT felt like she had gained insight from the conference on how to engage proper culture in the workplace. “[The conference] reiterated our direction as a company both from a culture and leadership/managing standpoint.” Whitney concluded.

Management also had an opportunity to learn more about each other from both a professional and personal standpoint away from the clinic setting. Staff looks forward to the 2019 PPS Conference held in Orlando, FL.

Making the Leap

In 2018, Weatherford Physical Therapy and Active Physical Therapy of Aledo made a leap to rebrand as Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy. Our staff thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.

Weatherford Physical Therapy has been a trusted source for Physical Therapy in Parker County since 1986. Over the years, Weatherford Physical Therapy has received awards and recognition in Best Physical Therapy and customer service. All due to the caring hearts and excellent care provided by long-time staff members, Tracy Ragle, PT and Betty Baldwin, PTA who have been with us since the very beginning.

In 2015, Whitney Hamilton, PT, DPT, OCS joined the team in Weatherford as a practiced Physical Therapist in the orthopedic setting. In early 2018, Hamilton ascended to the clinic manager position understanding that Weatherford Physical Therapy wanted to keep their roots as a hometown name for physical therapy, but also grow as a company who already had other locations under different names.

In mid-2017, the staff of Weatherford Physical Therapy along with owner, Mark Blackburn, PT, decided to rebrand under the name of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy. Mark Blackburn, PT has been the owner of Weatherford Physical Therapy for over 15 years. This decision was made in order to better unify the sister locations and to better serve patients in years to come.
In early 2018, both Weatherford Physical Therapy and Active Physical Therapy of Aledo took the jump and began working towards the name and brand of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy.
Thankfully, our local community in both Parker and East Parker Counties have been extremely supportive throughout this process. We thank you for continuing to be loyal customers during this year of remodels and name changes. Being voted Best Physical Therapy Clinic in Parker County for 2018 has been such a huge honor and blessing for us!

We promise to maintain the values, care, and professionalism, that you’ve loved for over 30 years. And we hope to have many more years providing innovative and specialized care to our local community.

Written By Janell Bierman, marketing

Whitney Hamilton, PT, DPT – Becomes OCS Board Certified

"I have always had a true passion for orthopedics and felt this specialty would allow patients and physicians to clearly understand where my expertise and interests lay." - Whitney Hamilton, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN

Congratulations to Whitney Hamilton, PT, DPT, Cert. DN who can now add the title of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) to her list of credentials! says it best, “when it comes to opening doors and opening eyes, specialty certification lets employers, colleagues and patients know that a physical therapist possesses advanced clinical skills in a particular area. Board-certified therapists truly stand out from their peers, considering fewer than 10 percent of the roughly 66,000 members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) have obtained this voluntary advanced credential.”

Whitney is now part of the 10 percent by becoming a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. In 2011, Whitney graduated from UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduation, Whitney began working in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Six years later, she has worked with a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and has continued to improve her knowledge and skills as an orthopedic specialist.

As Clinic Director of both the Weatherford and Aledo locations, Whitney has worked with fellow members to pursue their own goals. She has encouraged each team member in goal setting and personal development within their career related interests. Recently, Whitney led her team by example when she reached her own personal goal.

In 2017, administration discussed with Whitney goals for her career. That was the moment when the orthopedic clinical specialist certification was brought up. When asked why she wanted to pursue the specialist certification, Whitney stated, "I have always had a true passion for orthopedics and felt this specialty would allow patients and physicians to clearly understand where my expertise and interests lay." From that point forward, the CEO and fellow staff members of Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy were ready to support Whitney in her endeavor.

To be eligible to sit for the examination, a physical therapist is required to submit evidence of 2,000 hours of direct patient care in the orthopedic setting within the last 10 years, with 25 percent of the hours occurring within the last 3 years.

Whitney possessed these qualifications and decided to sit for the impending exam. "Six years of experience in an outpatient orthopedic setting gave me the context to better understand the material, and the different perspectives of my online course through Evidence in Motion (EIM) helped me look at things differently. The biggest benefit I received was the year of studying and advancing my knowledge.”

By having her OCS, Whitney is also obliged to participate in ongoing professional development in the orthopedic setting, to maintain the standards set by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. The team at Sports Rehab & Physical Therapy could not be prouder of her huge accomplishment!

Written by, Janell Bierman