Physical Therapists & S.P.O.R.T. Staff
Ericka Dickinson, PT, DPT, OCS
Lead Physical Therapist
Ericka earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Abilene Christian University (ACU) in 2010. She was a setter and defensive specialist for the ACU volleyball team and a student athletic trainer for the school’s football and softball team. It was here she developed her interest in sports, rehabilitation, and injury prevention.
Ericka completed her doctor of physical therapy (DPT) at Texas Woman’s University – Dallas in 2014. Since graduation, Ericka has completed a series of comprehensive evidence-based orthopedic courses and is pursuing her orthopedic clinical specialty (OCS) certification.
Ericka has a special interest in the outpatient orthopedic setting and enjoys treating a variety of disorders ranging from low back pain and sports injuries to and post-surgical rehabilitation. Her treatment strategy includes creating an individualized plan for each patient incorporating evidence-based manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and functional/sport-specific movements to meet each patient’s goals.
Laura Henderson, PT, DPT
Before moving to Texas, Laura was a classical ballet dancer from South Florida. After injuries caused her to change her career path, Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology at Southern Methodist University.
Laura then pursued her Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Her research emphasis was on return to sport after concussion and Post-Concussive Syndrome.
She has a special interest in the outpatient orthopedic and return to sport settings. Laura tailors her treatment to meet individuals’ specific goals using evidence-based practice.
Amanda Herring, PT, DPT
Born and raised in Colleyville, Texas, Amanda moved back to Dallas after two years (of long cold winters) in Boston. She grew up in the gym as a competitive gymnast for over 10 years. Injuries led to the end of her career but they also ignited her interest in physical therapy.
Amanda earned her bachelor of science in kinesiology from Texas A&M University and completed her doctor of physical therapy (DPT) at the University of St. Augustine in Austin, Texas in 2016.
Amanda has post-graduate work experience in outpatient orthopedics and was a physical therapist at Boston Sports Medicine prior to moving back to Texas. She has a special interest in sports and enjoys treating a variety of disorders ranging from traumatic injuries to post-surgical and general orthopedic conditions.
Amanda’s treatment approach is holistic and tailored to each individual patient to provide the optimal outcome. She is excited to broaden her sports medicine experience and continue learning as the industry evolves.
In her spare time, Amanda loves to travel, watch sports (go Cowboys and Aggies!), and stay active through recreational sports/exercise classes.
Joel Varghese, PT, DPT
Joel earned his bachelor of science in kinesiology from Temple University in 2009 and completed his doctor of physical therapy in 2013 from Widener University in Philadelphia.
Since graduating, Joel has had the ability to work with athletes ranging from middle school to the collegiate level. He has treated various orthopedic injuries and particularly enjoys return-to-sport rehabilitation; treating neck pain, back pain, concussions, and various vestibular diagnoses; and educating athletes about ACL prevention.
Joel has been published in Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice, the magazine of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association, for the effects of kinesio tape on myofascial trigger point release. His treatment strategy uses evidence-based approaches in helping patients achieve their goals quicker.
Allison Tillotson, PT, DPT, OCS
Allison grew up in St. Louis, MO. During her grade school and high school years she participated in a variety of sports including swimming, basketball and cross country. It was during her time in athletics when she developed a passion for sports and interest in rehabilitation.
She moved to Boston in 2006 to attend Northeastern University. She completed her undergraduate studies in Rehabilitation Science and graduated with her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012.
During her time at Northeastern she focused her education and clinical work on sports medicine and orthopedics. After working in the outpatient orthopedic setting for four years, she prepared for and sat for the Orthopedic Specialist Examination. She was granted her Orthopedic Certified Specialist Certification in 2017.
Allison remains interested in the rehabilitation and recovery of the injured athlete and on preventative treatment programs for young female athletes. She enjoys working with a variety of patients and diagnoses and strives to provide comprehensive and individualized treatment programs for all of her patients.
Lauren Partridge: Patient Service Representative Lead
Lauren grew up in Paris, Texas & graduated from North Lamar High School. She then moved to Norman, Oklahoma in 2009 to attend The University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority & completed her Bachelors Degree in Arts & Sociology. After graduation Lauren moved to Dallas, Texas & interned as a Physician Liaison & Marketing Representative. After working with patients she knew the medical field was her passion! In her spare time Lauren loves to spend time with her family back home in Paris, Travel & go to Spin Class!
Israel Reyes: Clinical Lead
Israel grew up in El Paso, Texas. During his grade school and high school years he participated in a variety of sports including football, baseball, and track and field. It was after high school, where he moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2007 to attend Spartan College of Aeronautics. After a short term at Spartan, he would later join the United States Navy and become a Hospital Corpsman. During his time in the Navy, he participated in various fields of medicine, assisting doctors and mid-levels alike. He would later find his passion in the field of Orthopedics, working with some of the best orthopedic surgeons in their respective fields, that the Pacific Fleet had to offer. He served on board the USNS comfort stationed in Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, but has also been stationed in Naval Station Portsmouth, Naval Station Great Lakes, and Camp Lejeune in North Carolina serving along-side the United States Marine Corps. He later returned to El Paso and completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Park University, and then moved to the DFW to join the S.P.O.R.T. Team. Israel remains interested in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine, and has extensively applied his skills and knowledge to help our patients in their road to recovery.
Ryan Hawkins, MPAS, PA-C
Ryan Hawkins is a certified Physician Assistant that was born and raised in North Texas. Upon graduating Sherman High School he entered the United States Army. After 8 years as a Combat Medic he was selected to attend the Inter-Service Physician Assistant School which he graduated from in 2009 with his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies. During his time in the Army he serviced in Germany, Bosnia, Ft. Campbell, KY, Iraq, Ft. Riley, KS, Afghanistan, and Ft. Richardson Alaska. Ryan retired after 20 years of service in 2017. Since retiring he worked at an Urgent Care in Palmer, Alaska prior to returning to Texas.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and 4 children and supporting their academic and athletic events. He additionally enjoys working out and hiking (when he was in Alaska) with his wife.
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