Our therapists are marked by an unquenchable curiosity and hunger to learn. They have completed and continue to pursue extensive postgraduate education. Our therapists have mastered and continue to refine their skills in advanced diagnostics, manual therapy (including joint and soft tissue mobilization), pelvic floor rehabilitation, dry needling, aquatic exercise, neuromotor reeducation and in medical exercise prescription for the healing of bone, joint, ligament, tendon, and muscle injuries. Even more importantly, we continually strive to enhance our capacity for listening, seeing and being present to the subtleties of a movement pattern or how the tissue is holding so that we can facilitate profound shifts that will make a lasting difference.
We specialize in biomechanics, identification of the root of a problem and treatment for you as a whole person.
Rebecca Kern Steiner, PT, OCS, SEP, Cert. Aston-Patterning® Practitioner
Credentials: Rebecca graduated first in her class from the University of Kentucky in 1988. She started her career in Houston at the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research where she specialized in treating people with spinal cord injuries and developed her skill working with professional ballet dancers and musicians. In 1994, Rebecca completed a two-year orthopedic residency program and was nationally certified as a Specialist in Orthopedics in 1995.
She has lectured at universities in the US and China, taught post graduate continuing education courses for physical therapists in myofascial release, orthotic design, lower extremity biomechanics, foot and ankle rehabilitation, and has had her research published in the Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy. In the last several years, she has been integrating several advanced new disciplines into her practice as a physical therapist. For instance, she became a certified Aston Patterning Practitioner in 2009 and a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in 2013 (each requiring 3 years of extensive training). Additionally, she has been immersing herself in the study of Clinical Kinesiology since 2006. Rebecca has been the owner of New Dimensions Physical Therapy since 1998.
Specialty: For the past 26 years, Rebecca has specialized in assessing and treating complex injuries and pain patterns. With her thorough, multidimensional approach, she is skilled at helping people who have not improved with care they have sought elsewhere. She is a biomechanics specialist and is exquisitely skilled at analyzing alignment and movement patterns to see how force translates through the whole musculoskeletal system. This is one of the diagnostic skills that helps her identify the root of a problem and alleviate pain. She has also been designing custom orthotics since 1995 to improve alignment and biomechanics throughout the entire body. This unique approach to designing orthotics has been helpful to athletes as well as to the general public (from pediatrics to seniors). Rebecca’s approach to physical therapy is to balance the body with manual therapy, facilitate appropriate muscle firing patterns, reeducate neuromotor movement patterns, and design specific exercise programs to allow for pain free movement with ultimate efficiency. She is skilled in treating elite athletes including runners, triathletes, rock climbers, tennis players, golfers, and dancers as well as patients with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
Consulting: Rebecca shares her unique perspective as a consultant for other physical therapists, Yoga and Pilates instructors, chiropractors, and personal trainers, as well as psychologists/psychotherapists. When these practitioners have reached a plateau with their clients or sense that the root of a problem has yet to be identified, she provides a thorough evaluation, guidance, and a new perspective that has been a rewarding and learning experience for all involved.
Intensives: Her practice has evolved into one where patients come from out of state for intensives to jumpstart and re-direct their healing process. She looks forward to one day doing intensive healing retreats with her patients in Hawaii. If you are interested, please let her know.
Personal Statement: “My appreciation for the human body and passion for physical therapy began through my experience as a competitive gymnast. My love for movement and strength was reinforced through rock climbing over the past 25+ years. My goal as a therapist is to teach patients how to strengthen critical muscles, become more aligned, and to refine their ability to move with increased grace and efficiency. In particular, I look at how alignment and motion in one area (e.g., the foot) affects other regions (e.g., knee, pelvis, spine). This holistic approach has made the greatest difference for my patients and it is so fulfilling to return someone to his or her sport or daily life not only pain free but with improved performance.”
Outside of the office: Rebecca loves to play as hard as she works. She loves to run, rock climb, cycle, swim, surf, travel and backpack with her family in the mountains. She has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 23 years and centering prayer for 14 years. These practices help her meet the challenges of balancing self-care with a career that she loves, in addition to being a committed mother and wife.
Ben Shook, PT, DPT, COMT
Credentials: Ben is a 2010 graduate of the doctorate of physical therapy program (DPT) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He previously worked at ProActive Physical Therapy in Tucson, Arizona for 2 years focusing on training with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) and is currently working towards his fellowship with IAOM. At ProActive Physical Therapy he worked closely with pain physicians to provide an integrated approach to managing difficult orthopedic pathologies. He often consulted with local physicians to recommend possible pain management interventions when necessary. He has been with New Dimensions PT since 2012 and has trained as an apprentice under the direction of Rebecca Kern Steiner PT, OCS.
Specialty: Ben has focused his efforts as a lower extremity specialist to work with an athletic population both in Austin and the Tucson area. Ben is focused on working with movement patterns and assessing in fine detail how well a person moves as a whole and in everyday life. He is skilled at treating runners, cyclists, and high school and collegiate athletes. He also has a great interest in working with complex spine patients to restore movement and function. To complement his manual therapy and corrective exercise program, he has trained in the practice of trigger-point dry needling (TDN) with renowned teacher and master Dr. Yun-Tao Ma and become certified with the American Dry Needling Institute. Additionally Ben specializes in making custom orthotics, working directly with Biomechanical Services in Brea, California to customize each pair. His custom orthotics can be made to fit almost any type of shoe including most running shoes, dress shoes, cycling cleats, and even boots.
Personal Statement: “I have an appreciation for the intricacies of movement as a result of my personal experience as a collegiate athlete. I am always amazed at what is possible when people begin to move out of a place of fear and avoidance and into a place of restoration and healing. The body was meant to move freely and just because it isn’t right now doesn’t mean it can’t in the future. My goal with all my patients is to get them to transition to a place of empowerment where they take control of their own bodies. I am constantly amazed by what happens when they are able to do this.”
Outside of the office: Ben enjoys traveling with his wife Meredith to explore the great outdoors. He values active endeavors such as cycling, running, and kayaking across central Texas. When not traveling, Ben brews his own beer and loves to sample beers from all over the world. Ben also enjoys learning random trivia with no real purpose.
Anne Smith MSPT
Credentials: Anne received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas in Austin in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2008. Throughout her physical therapy career she has pursued and completed extensive course work through the Herman and Wallace Institute of Pelvic Health.
Specialty: Anne has been practicing physical therapy for 6 years, specializing in pelvic health, and is passionate about helping patients improve quality of life. Anne works with patients of all ages (pediatrics to geriatrics) who are dealing with pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, continence and constipation issues. Her focus is on addressing musculoskeletal dysfunction, muscle strength and recruitment imbalances that can alter sexual function, continence as well as general bowel and bladder health.
Personal Statement: Anne believes that optimum pelvic health allows a person to enjoy life free from pelvic pain and dysfunction that can impact intimacy and quality of life with frequent trips to the rest room for urinary or fecal leakage. Anne is committed to the idea of wellness for children and adults of all ages and feels pelvic health is a critical piece of this puzzle often overlooked.
Outside of Work: In her free time Anne enjoys taking advantage of all Austin has to offer, particularly the running trails and the great food. She shares these experiences with her husband, son and their dog. The cats stay at home.
Mark Barber P.T.A.,L.M.T. Cert. Aston-Patterning® Practitioner
Credentials: Mark attended the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College and has been has been practicing Physical and Massage Therapy since 1984. His first 11 years of practice were at St. David’s Hospital, and he has been in private practice since 1995. In the mid to late 80’s through the early 90’s, he co-taught continuing education classes with Hutchinson and Associates in Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Mobilization. Mark has studied Aston-Patterning® with it’s developer Judith Aston since 1992 and is Certified through the advanced level and as a faculty member has been teaching for the Aston Training Center since 2006.
Specialty: Mark owns New Dimensions Healing Arts where he works with his daughter, Caitlin Grybel MS, L.Ac. and with New Dimensions Physical Therapy. He works primarily with acute and chronic pain and also enjoys working with clients interested in performance enhancement and experiencing more ease in their bodies throughout their daily and recreational activities. He emphasizes a whole body approach recognizing that each person is a unique individual requiring a treatment approach taylored to their own unique needs and interests. Mark’s therapeutic approach is eclectic with Aston- Patterning® at the heart of his sessions, but Craniosacral Therapy®, Myofascial Release®, Visceral Manipulation and the many other disciplines he has studied since 1985 are utilized to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.
Personal Statement: I began my career in Physical Therapy after having recovering from being a quadriplegic which resulted from having had Guillain Barre Syndrome. Though my muscle function returned I was left very weak. After I began working in the hospital for about 1 year, I developed chronic back and neck pain for which traditional Physical Therapy alone was not very helpful. This lead me into a personal exploration to find alternative approaches that could not only help me, but also help the patients I was drawn to work with that were also dealing with chronic pain. Thankfully, I returned to living a pain free life and became much stronger than I had ever been before my illness. Now it gives me great pleasure to help others as I had been helped. I have been a “Wounded Healer” which gives me true insight in to what my clients are going through and compassion that comes from having been there myself.
Outside of Work: When he is not working, he enjoys exercising, reading, movies and mostly spending time with his family, especially his Grandchildren. He is a consummate Homebody.
Terri Mitchell BA, PTA, ATRIC
Credentials: Terri Mitchell has been a Physical Therapy Assistant since 1991. She graduated from the physical therapy program at ACC in Austin, Texas following a short career in public relations. Her first degree was a BA in Radio/Television from the University of Houston. Terri went back to school after deciding that she wanted to expand her fitness career and become a PTA, specializing in aquatic therapy. Since then, aquatic therapy has been Terri’s focus. She served as an instructor/trainer for the Aquatic Exercise Association for 25 years, traveling to 49 states to teach water fitness instructors about the benefits of the water and how to design effective and safe classes. She has been a faculty member of the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute for 20 years, teaching courses to Aquatic Therapy Professionals on aquatic therapy techniques for persons with joint replacements, back pain, complex shoulder problems and more. Most recently, she was chosen as a Trainer of the AquaStretch, which is a manual technique for releasing scar tissue, adhesions and other connective tissue that causes pain, preventing patients from moving forward with exercise or therapy.
Specialty: Terri has focused on aquatic physical therapy with an emphasis on using the aquatic environment to help patients with joint replacements, back pain, shoulder problems, neurologic challenges, chronic pain, and conditions where movement is enhanced and nurtured in the aquatic environment. She has studied and mastered
aquatic therapy approaches including Watsu, Bad Ragaz, AquaStretch and Ai Chi. These manual therapy techniques are profoundly effective at relieving pain and tension held in the muscular and nervous systems. Terri specializes in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) and incorporates this in her aquatic therapeutic approach to increase strength and mobility. She and a colleague also wrote a manual on using PNF in the Pool, and produced a complementary continuing education DVD. Terri also enjoys teaching aquatic fitness classes in Austin, celebrating holidays and special occasions to keep fitness fun. She created Aqua Plan It, a CD with photos, activities, music playlists, and more, as a guide for aquatic fitness instructors to have more fun in class. Making therapy Fun is definitely one of Terri’s specialties.
Personal Statement: Terri is a trained Stephen’s Minister and uses her listening skills to help her patients through their temporary situation with their physical body, which many times manifests into an emotional one. “When people are in their bathing suits, they are exposed on many levels, and are able to open up and get out words and thoughts that are holding them back. They are safe in the pool, and it’s great to be trusted.” I love helping people have fun in the water, and moving in ways that are more difficult on land. I am a car accident survivor, and was able to rehab in the pool, myself, so I understand the guarding, the frustration, the length of time to heal. With time, prayers, and a sense of humor, healing does occur, and I’m happy to help that process in the pool.
Outside of Work: When not in a fitness class or therapy pool, Terri likes to kayak, cook, hike, read, or travel. She has had the opportunity to go to several countries including Korea, Japan, Israel, Spain, UK, Canada and Australia to teach various aquatic fitness and therapy courses. When in those countries, she likes to go to the local grocery store and survey the various food items that are similar and different to what we have here in Austin, or the US.
Sarah Irwin, BA, LMT, Aston Practitioner
Credentials: Sarah got her BA in dance from UMKC in 1975 and has been a professional dancer/choreographer for 30 years. She started teaching Pilates at the Houston Ballet and has continued teaching for over 28 years.. Sarah was a faculty member at the Pilates Institute of London, teaching Pilates instructors globally in Holland, Russia, Italy, England, Scotland, Mexico and the United States. In 2000 she got her massage license and started her study of
Aston® Patterning. She became a certified Aston® Practitioner in 2009 and is the owner of Aston PilatesWorks.
Specialty: Since childhood she has spent her life studying movement and body awareness. Her passion lead her to create two companies, NovaMama and Physical Theatre Dance Company. She was known for her athletic and emotional charged performances using movement for the ultimate expression. She was also known for her collaborations with other actors, musicians, poets and visual artists. As a choreographer and performer, she possesses an innate ability to see patterns of movement intuitively knowing how to guide others toward their most optimal body by using creative, corrective therapeutic exercise. Using Pilates to teach Aston Patterning, she is able to fine tune and change compensating patterns to support the body with balanced strength and flexibility.
Personal Statement: Combining her skills with the New Dimensions’ PT’s, carries on her love of collaboration and being part of a team. She is inspired to create movement for each individual patient that matches their work, passion and lifestyle. With a rich background in dance, fitness, yoga and Pilates matched with Aston® Patterning, her amazing skill set enables her to assist each client in rediscovering the joy of movement. Exercises are specific to each person’s goals promoting awareness of how their body feels and patterns present in each phase of movement. “It is a collaboration between the two of us to that guides us to find the right path of movement that feels good in your body, provides change for the better and lets you move forward in comfort and strength.”
On a constant search for knowledge in bodywork and movement, she believes that going beyond what she has mastered is how she continues to grow.
Outside of Work: When she is not working she is gardening, swimming, hiking with her two rescue dogs, practicing Natural Horsemanship with her horse Enso, boot scootin, looking for a pool table to play or just dancing physically or in her head. “Always dance … even if it’s in the privacy of your own space!”
Lynette Patton, Office Manager
Lynette Patton is our amazing office manager who is truly the backbone of our practice.
She is as caring and compassionate as she is skillful with all of our office details. She will make sure that you are well taken care of. She will help you with scheduling and will answer any of you questions regarding billing and insurance.
Outside of Work: When she is not working, Lynette enjoys spending time with her family-especially her wonderful grandchildren. She is also usually involved in some artistic endeavor as she enjoys photography, videography, crafting, gardening, and music. We are very thankful to have her on our team!