Our team is what makes the difference in your experience at Physical Therapy Associates.
Jill received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Sport Psychology from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She came to Lubbock from the Rio Grande Valley in 2014 to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. While working towards the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy, she and her husband fell in love with West Texas, deciding to call Lubbock “home.” She graduated in May of 2017 and is looking forward to settling down in the South Plains.
While completing her doctoral degree and immediately following graduation, Jill assisted in teaching first-year students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, and Master of Athletic Training programs in Gross Anatomy and Functional Anatomy courses at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Jill is trained in Trigger Point Dry Needling and her special interests in the field are orthopedics and manual therapy, with an eventual goal of returning to academia. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, and The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Jill married her husband, Patrick, in their hometown of McAllen, Texas, in 2013. They have a Golden Retriever named Red that loves chasing lizards and protecting the backyard from birds and cats. In her spare time, Jill loves attending sporting events, entertaining guests, cooking, talking football, exploring and living an active lifestyle.
Autumn Drinnon graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy degree with outstanding distinction from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 2008. She received the OU Award for Clinical Excellence in Physical Therapy, and was inducted into the Alpha Eta Honor Society. Autumn is an active member in her profession’s national and state associations since 2005, serving as the 2nd Vice president for the Oklahoma Physical Therapy Association from June 2011-December 2012.
Prior to relocating to Texas, Autumn was clinical faculty at the University of Oklahoma and an Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy, teaching in the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. She has a special interest in spinal dysfunction, sports and orthopedic physical therapy, and manual therapy. Autumn is trained in dry needling, a technique that aids in eliminating active trigger points and their referral patterns, which helps to restore optimal movement patterns and reduce pain.
Autumn is an Oklahoma native, growing up in Clinton, Oklahoma. She resided in Tulsa, OK before moving to Lubbock, TX in December 2012. Autumn is an avid sports fan, enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, running, and the great outdoors. Autumn married Jerrod in May of 2015 and they welcomed a son, Cruson Reid, into the world on January 28, 2017.
Burt Frank II
PT, MPT, FAAOMPT
Burt was born and raised in Southern California, but got to Texas as fast as he could! He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems. After working as a systems engineer/database administrator for several years at Texaco, he returned to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in order to pursue his Master of Physical Therapy. Burt has practiced clinical orthopedic physical therapy since 2007. He quickly realized that post-professional education is tantamount to providing superior treatment and excellent patient care. Burt has completed post-professional training in manual spinal rehabilitation with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine. He has completed residency with The Manual Therapy Institute in Austin, TX and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. Burt is also Titleist Performance Institute certified. TPI emphasizes the Body-Swing Connection utilized by many tour professionals. So if you are looking to improve your golf game, come by for a screen and see if your body is limiting you from lowering your score!
Burt is married to Courtney and for the past 23 years, they have enjoyed traveling, cooking, and raising three children, Chloe, Ava, and Braeden. Burt enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, exercise, cycling, and staying fit. Anytime he has the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful day under the blue bird skies of West Texas, you most definitely will find Burt outdoors!
Lex Gillean II
PT, MPT, FAAOMPT
Lex grew up in Levelland, TX and graduated in 1998. He attended South Plains college in 1999 and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 with a B.A. in Biology. He then attended and graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas with a Masters degree of Physical Therapy in 2004. After working in the orthopedic setting for two years, Lex was not satisfied with the outcomes from standard P.T. and elected to specialize in orthopedics and manual therapy by enrolling at The Manual Therapy Institute in Austin, TX. He underwent a 2.5 year residency and subsequent Fellowship program at Sports Performance International in Austin. He was awarded Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists in 2008. Lex has also taken specialized training in the correction of fascial dysfunctions which can quickly eliminate pain and restore function for sprains and strains.
After completion of the Fellowship program, Lex moved to Lubbock to join Physical Therapy Associates. Since then, he has developed relationships with many local Physicians and is a preferred treatment provider for many of their patients. Although he lives in Lubbock, he is a Longhorn by heart and consistently must remind people that Texas Tech is his second favorite team and always roots for them…except when they play Texas. Lex is a member of The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Lex is married to Chelsey and they have a daughter and a son, Callie Grace and Caden Luke. Lex enjoys exercise, kettlebell training, snow skiing, and golf.
PT, ScD, FAAOMPT
Gary is a 2002 graduate from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) where he earned his Masters in Physical Therapy. He began his manual therapy training with the North American Institute for Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) in 2005, becoming a Certified Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists (COMT) in 2010. Graduating from the NAIOMT Fellowship Program, he was recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2010. Most recently he became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) in 2016. Gary specializes in Dry Needling for neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions.
He graduated with his Doctor of Science (ScD) in Physical Therapy through TTUHSC in 2015 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at TTUHSC where he teaches Musculoskeletal PT Practice, History & Systems Screening and Differential Diagnosis.
Gary is married to Lyn who is a Pediatric Physical Therapist. They have two children, Mason and Reese, who keep them very busy. In their spare time they attend as many Red Raider football, baseball and basketball games as possible. If you can’t find them at a sporting event, they’re likely camping with their RV.
Liesl Stratton Olson
PT, MS PT
Liesl grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma. She moved to Lubbock and attended Texas Tech University from 1985-1988. She then returned to the Sooner state and attended and graduated from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy in 1990. After working in the orthopedic setting for two years, Liesl returned to the University of Oklahoma to pursue an additional specialty degree in sports and orthopedic physical therapy.
While attending the University of Oklahoma she served as the Associate Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education and assisted in teaching in the Orthopedic and Sports curriculum. She received an Advanced Master of Science in Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in 1996.
Liesl has lived in Lubbock for 22 years and founded Physical Therapy Associates in 2000. She has enjoyed working with the people and the physicians of the West Texas area. Liesl has four children Sloan, Aspen, Elle and Gunnar. That will pretty much tell you what she does with her free time: driving kids to and from activities, watching them play sports, and watching them dance and sing. If time allows you might find her playing tennis or cheering the Red Raiders or Sooners on to victory!
Liesl currently serves on the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and is the Texas delegate to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.
Traci graduated from South Plains College with an Associates degree in Applied Science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She aspires to one day pursue a Physical Therapy Doctoral Program. Traci was born and raised in Lubbock and was an honors graduate of Lubbock High School. She is a proud mother to four children. Outside of work, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with family and friends.
Kasey Loera is from Slaton, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences in 2010. She then attended and graduated from South Plains College with an AAS as a physical therapist assistant in 2015.
Kasey has previous experience in pediatric home health and looks forward to growing in the orthopedic area of physical therapy.
Kasey is married to Justin. They welcomed their son, Braxton, into their family August of 2016. Her hobbies include spending time with family, arts and crafts, and fitness.
Taylor grew up in Levelland, Texas. She did not have to travel far from home to attend Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Sciences in 2009. In 2011 she attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she earned the degree of Doctor of Physical Therapy. Taylor married Matt in the summer of 2015 and they welcomed a baby boy, Beckett, into their family in August of 2016.
Taylor is a member of the Lubbock Chi Omega Alumnae and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Alumni Association. She enjoys Texas Tech football, snow skiing, water skiing and being on the lake with her family at Lake LBJ. Wreck ‘Em!
Kenny Young was born and raised on a farm in South Western Oklahoma in the small town of Binger. Kenny graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education Degree. In addition to being a student at USAO, Kenny also played on the USAO Drover’s baseball team until he graduated in 2011. Kenny followed his career goals to Lubbock, TX to attend Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to pursue the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree.
Kenny graduated from TTUHSC DPT program in 2015 and has been practicing as a licensed PT for almost a year now at Physical Therapy Associates. Kenny enjoys working out, playing baseball and disc golf, dancing, snow-boarding, performing many outdoor activities, and socializing with friends in his spare time. Kenny is an Okie at heart but bleeds Raider Red and roots for Texas Tech sports.
Alex was born and raised in Tehachapi, Ca. She moved to Lubbock in 2012 to continue her studies at Lubbock Christian University. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports Sciences with an emphasis in Health.
She met her husband, Tyler at LCU and married in 2014. Her work experience includes event coordinating, wellness coaching and group fitness. She enjoys reading, quilting, traveling, gardening, cooking and walking her dog Chipper Jones.
Flora has been with P.T.A since 2009 and is considered our billing specialist. She has over 20 years of experience with medical billing procedures. She is originally from Levelland and enjoys spending time with her family and particularly her Grandchildren.
Insurance Verification Specialist
Michelle considers the Hub-City home and has worked as an office administrative specialist in Real Estate, Mortgage, and Medical fields. Her experience in the medical field began as a file clerk in high school, where she developed a passion for people and the ability to implement systems.
Michelle has a love for things that are neat and orderly, enjoys a challenge and being a true Aquarian, combines her passion and her abilities to get patient’s insurance verified and authorized as quickly as possible so they can be on the road to healing.
Being an independent “do it yourself” kind of person, Michelle enjoys refurbishing projects on the weekend, crafting, attending church, spending time with family, spoiling her nieces and nephews and lounging around with her dog, Oakley.
Patient Success Coordinator
Preslea is from a small town called Throckmorton, TX and moved to Lubbock in 2011 to attend college. Preslea received her Bachelor’s in Business Management and Human Resources, with a minor in Psychology from Texas Tech’s, Rawls College of Business in 2017. Preslea was recognized as a member of Gamma Beta Phi March, a National Collegiate Honor, and Service Organization during her years at Texas Tech University.
Preslea and her husband Travis have four dogs, Tatum, Paisley, Cinch and Koozie. During her spare time, Preslea loves to attend concerts, play sports, especially basketball, cooking and going on trips.
Grace Patient Representative
Sylvia grew up in Slaton, TX where she graduated high school and still calls home. Next, she pursued her college degree and attended South Plains College where she received her degree in Early Childhood Development, as well as, a degree in Medical Assisting. Sylvia has many years of experience in the medical field. She has worked in the NICU at UMC for twelve years, then proceeded to work at Slaton ISD for twelve years as a Pre-K teaching assistant. Sylvia returned to the medical field and has been with Grace for four years as a Business Services Patient Coordinator with Grace PT and Dr. Nejat. Sylvia is married and enjoys spending time with her kids and grandchildren. During her free time she loves to ride motorcycles and playing softball with her friends.
"I have had the opportunity to have therapy at other places but Physical Therapy Associates far exceeds the other places I have been. The staff is always friendly and show concern for your well being. When I started therapy after back surgery, my muscles felt very weak and the simplest activity tired me quickly. Burt Frank is an outstanding therapist and worked with me to strengthen my back and core muscles. He always motivated me to exceed my own expectations. I completed therapy this week and my back feels so much stronger. I can do more each day and have more stamina than when I started. Thank you Burt for all your work with me! With work at home I feel I will continue to feel stronger."
"Wonderful people! They help me feel better and stronger after shoulder surgery. Autumn and Tracy, thank you so much for getting me mobile again. I consider everyone at Physical Therapy Associates a friend. Thank you again so much for your help. I will recommend you guys to everyone."
"This is my first time to have any kind of physical therapy. I was very impressed to see how friendly and how much they care about your specific need and what it takes to get you back to being healthy. I would recommend Physical Therapy Associates to anyone."
"After rotator cuff surgery, I received excellent care from my therapist Lex Gillean. The entire staff from the front desk to my therapist provided the care I needed to recover my strength and range of motion. Thank you Physical Therapy Associates!"