Physical Therapy

Why may I need to see a physical therapist?
Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health.

Physical therapists encourage patients to use their own muscles to increase their flexibility and range of motion before finally advancing to other exercises that improve strength, balance, coordination, and endurance. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home.

What are the types of treatments that are offered?
Physical therapists also use electrical stimulation, hot packs or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling. They may use traction or deep-tissue massage to relieve pain. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients exercises to do at home to expedite their recovery.

Why do I see a physical therapist assistant?
Physical therapist assistants, under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist, may be involved in implementing treatment plans with patients. Physical therapist aides perform routine support tasks, as directed by the therapist.

Physical Therapists

Craig Barton, M.S.P.T.

Craig received his Masters in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California. Craig enjoys working with all types of patients but has developed a strong interest in the foot and ankle. Craig has also attended courses on the knee and shoulder. Craig is currently in the process of becoming certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine through the McKenzie Institute. He has been with the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center since 2000.

Lori Beck, P.T., M.D.T.

Lori received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She is certified in mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine with the McKenzie Institute. She is focused on spinal injuries, shoulder and knee injuries and patient education for preventative care and self-management. She joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center in 1991.

Brad Buckler, P.T.A., N.S.C.A. – C.P.T

Brad received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC in 1995. He also received his board certification as a Personal Trainer from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1997. He is experienced in the treatment of orthopaedic and sports related injuries. He joined Reno Orthopedic Physical Therapy in June of 2010.

Troy Burley, P.T., M.P.T., O.C.S.

Troy received his Masters in Physical Therapy degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2002. He is a graduate of the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Physical Therapy Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Musculoskeletal Primary Care. Troy is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. He is currently a PhD candidate in orthopedics and sports science at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Troy joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center in 2008.

Brian Fearnley, M.P.T.

Brian graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1997 with a B.S. in Health Ecology and a minor in Spanish. He played collegiate football at the University of Nevada, Reno from 1992-1996. Brian earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 2002. He also served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Nevada School of Medicine from 2004-2013. Brian is fluent in Spanish and enjoys working with patients of any age. He is primarily interested in working with sports injuries and post-surgical patients. He enjoys skiing, paddle boarding, and running. He joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2013.

Anthony (Tony) Lepori, P.T.

Tony graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 2012 with a B.S. in Health Ecology and a minor in Biology. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro University of Nevada, in 2016. His focus is general sports injuries and post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on knees and shoulders. He enjoys playing basketball, skiing, and golfing. Tony joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2016.

Chelsea Schnars, P.T.A.

Chelsea received her Associates of Science Degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Carrington College in 2013. Her focus is sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on shoulders, knees and ankles. Chelsea enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and playing softball in her free time. She joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2016.

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David Tompkins, M.S.P.T.

David received his BA in Health Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001. He went on to receive his Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004 and subsequently joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center. David enjoys the challenges of outpatient physical therapy with experience and training in the treatment of ankle, cervical spine, hip, knee, lumbar spine, shoulder, and thoracic spine patients. His approach is in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic patients.

Tim Tulppo, P.T.

Tim received his Bachelors in Physical Therapy from University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. His focus is general sports and orthopedic rehabilitation with an emphasis on knees and shoulders. Tim joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center in 2007.

John Turri, M.S.P.T.

John graduated from University of Nevada, Reno in 1995 with a BA in Health Science and Administration. John also played baseball for the UNR Wolfpack team. He went on to earn a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Andrews University, Dayton, Ohio in 1999. John’s focus and a majority of his continuing education training is shoulder rehabilitation and injury prevention.

He has extensive training and experience with hip, knee and shoulder orthopedic rehab. John is a certified golf fitness and medical instructor for the Titleist Performance Institute. He joined the Reno Orthopedic Clinic Physical Therapy and Hand Center in 2006.