NDPT COVID-19 Precautions
At this time, for the safety of all of us, we can only treat patients who are:
- Following the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order guidelines
- Practicing social distancing
- Not in contact with a person infected with COVID-19
- Not traveling since the Austin ‘Stay home, Work Safe’ guidelines were put in place
- Not having a fever or any of the COVID-19 symptoms
Prior to arrival
- Please shower
- Put on fresh clothes
- Wear a mask (or we will have one for you)
- Please stay in your car and call us to let us know you have arrived.
- Your therapist will open the door and wave you in.
- Please wash your hands upon arrival and then go directly to your therapist’s
During your session
We will be wearing masks and will have on gloves or thoroughly washed hands. Furthermore, we will have disinfected any surface that you will come into contact with.
We waited to open our clinic until we felt confident that we, to the best of our ability, could provide the safest environment possible for our patients. Your wellbeing is the most important thing to us!
We Are Committed To:
- Holistic Care: Recognizing the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit as we guide our patients through their healing process.
- Excellence: Taking our practice to the next level by constantly learning and sharpening our skills at providing the quickest, most lasting results possible.
- Attunement: Mastering the art of meeting people where they are and helping them get where they want to be at the pace that matches their needs.
- Vitality: Helping each person experience their body improving with age.
Our way of working with each person is the synthesis of multiple approaches with an appreciation that no part of the body functions in isolation. This more global or holistic perspective allows us to get to the underlying reason for why an injury is there. Once the primary issues in the body have been identified, we use manual therapy and exercise to bring the body back into balance. What is exciting about this—beyond helping a chronic injury to finally heal —is watching people get their lives back and seeing that their quality of life is better than it ever was before. We are committed to helping people to be pain free and to achieve more than they thought they could. We also want people to know and experience that their bodies can actually improve and feel better as they age. We want to dispel the myth that aging has to be painful and limiting—because it doesn’t. We have patients all the time say that they had no idea they could feel so good. So how do we make this happen? We have learned that if we deeply listen to our patients and their bodies, they have the answers regarding what they need to heal. While we bring all of our years and education to the table, what really makes the difference is acknowledging and honoring the wisdom that inherently lies within our patients. Our job is to ask the right questions, be very thorough in our evaluation, and choose the right treatment approach, and essentially access the wisdom of the body that is available to us . The science of what we do involves (1) identifying the contributing factors causing an injury or pain syndrome, (2) discerning how and in what order to address these findings, (3) providing precise and necessary care to facilitate healing. In this process, we help individuals discover what is possible for them to achieve and it often exceeds their expectations. The art is being able to listen and know exactly what someone needs in each moment to regain pain free movement and strength as quickly as possible. While many people may have the same injury or surgery, they each have their own unique nervous systems, skeletal alignment and movement patterns based on their genetics, past injuries, personalities and life experiences. Therefore, no two people are ever treated the same in our clinic. On the surface, what we see is how the body has adapted to everything that it has experienced. When we treat the adaptations, we provide temporary relief. When we go deeper into the system to determine the root of the problem, this is where lasting and even transformational change and healing happen. Our deep listening and attention to detail that I am speaking of starts from the moment someone comes in. We look at their gait and movement patterns, as well as their alignment, and we listen to what they say and how they say what they say. Every patient also gets thorough muscle testing to discern power and strength as well as the brain’s ability to recruit each division of a given muscle. This can reveal why a chronic hamstring injury (with six divisions) or tendonitis somewhere else in the body will not heal. Once alignment is sound and all the muscles are working well we work on movement reeducation and muscle firing patterns. This is what makes our treatments hold and helps people feel better than they did before they became injured or in pain. What is really amazing to witness is that when our patients’ structure and alignment improve, their bodies get more efficient in how they move, and their perspective on how they see and relate to the world shifts. They have access to more vitality, strength, and power in their bodies which supports them on an emotional level and ultimately supports their being in all it’s dimensions. We are honored and privileged to witness and be a part of the growth and enhancement of our patients’ lives. The level of attention to detail and appreciation the body’s interrelatedness is what allows us to achieve quick results and to help people who have been everywhere else to find answers about why they are in pain and to enable them to return to doing what they love. We invite you to experience this new dimension in physical therapy! “I confidently refer patients to Rebecca. Not only is she the best physical therapist I have experienced, she also has incredible enthusiasm, studies rigorously, and is always searching to learn more. Most importantly, she always radiates love.” – Dr. John Bandy
Rebecca Kern Steiner, PT, OCS, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, 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. New Dimensions is listed as a preferred provider on many physician lists as well as fitness networks including Castle Hill Fitness and Aston Kinetics. 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 has been doing healing intensive with patients in Hawaii since 2015. Working in the beauty and magical energy of the Big Island has provided an exciting and amazing opportunity for participants to heal in deep and lasting ways. 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 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 Centering prayer for 19 years and Yoga for 28 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.
Amanda Alger PT, DPT
Credentials: Amanda graduated from University of California Santa Barbara in 2009 with her Bachelors of Science in Aquatic Biology and a minor in Exercise and Nutritional Science. She began her career working in biotech as an associate cell biologist, but shortly after decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. She graduated with honors from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2017, obtaining her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Specialty: Amanda has worked with patients ranging in age from 6 weeks old to 80+ years young. With her passion for a whole-body approach to treatment, she has developed a strong clinical foundation to deliver quality care for all of her patients. She has sought continuing education through the Institute of Physical Art and Integrated Kinetic Neurology in order to specialize in comprehensive treatment that addresses every person as a unique whole and integrates multiple body systems for optimal healing. Amanda is currently training under her mentor, Rebecca Steiner, to deepen her physical therapy practice in order to empower and better serve her patients’ return to health and function. She is excited to further her skills in biomechanical analysis, orthotics assessment, target tissue training, Myofascial Release, and Aston Patterning. Amanda also works as a faculty lab instructor at her alma mater in the course Musculoskeletal III: Spinal Examination, Evaluation, and Intervention of the craniocervical to lumbosacral complex. Personal Statement: Amanda has long held a love of movement and appreciation for the capacity of the human body. A competitive swimmer throughout high school, recreational dancer in ballet and Polynesian dance in college, and now a lover of rock climbing and outdoor activities, Amanda has learned to appreciate many variations of mobility and strength in her own body and by observing others. She strives to create a comfortable atmosphere where her patients feel heard and where their feedback can be applied to therapy sessions. Her goal is to treat using a holistic approach that considers the interconnectedness of the body and mind, looking at alignment, mobility, and strength not only where you hurt, but throughout the body. This approach allows her to address the underlying causes of symptoms in order to build resiliency and long-term health. Amanda hopes to leave her patients feeling empowered to be active participants in their recovery by developing a greater understanding of their bodies. Outside the Office: Amanda loves to stay active through rock climbing, yoga, walking her dogs, and some occasional jogging. She enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends hiking, camping, and backpacking. At home, you can find her working in the garden and on home-renovation projects with her husband, cuddling with her dogs, or relaxing with a book. Amanda is also an active volunteer with TreeFolks, an Austin non-profit that plants trees to grow Austin’s urban forest and restore forests after natural disasters.
Debbie Fuqua MS, PT
Credentials: Debbie Fuqua graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1987. In 1992 she received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University and has been practicing for almost 30 years. Specialty: She started her career in adult orthopedics, and later transitioned to pediatrics. She worked at Texas Children’s Hospital treating a large variety of patients from premature babies, children with severe cardiac or neurologic conditions as well as orthopedic problems. There she specialized in treating teenagers with neck and back pain, concussions, chronic pain syndromes and diagnoses affecting the autonomic nervous system. In 1997 she completed an Orthopedic Residency program when she began to develop her manual skills. She now has advanced skills such as Myofasical Release, Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger), Visceral Manipulation, Cranial and Peripheral Nerve Manipulation (Barral Institute), Lymphatic Drainage and Brain Therapy (Chikly Method). Personal Statement: I first became interested in physical therapy in the late 1980’s when I took a movement class called the Feldenkrais Method. This led me to a curiosity about the body – how it worked and how it healed itself. I have been passionate ever since about learning new skills to better support the healing process. Most Recently I took the 2 year Steiner Integrated Method Residency program, incorporating Clinical Kinesiology and elements of Somatic Experiencing into my practice. The residency program significantly expanded my skill set. It has also allowed me to take a holistic approach to my therapy – considering the connection of the mind and the spirit to the body and the role they all play in the healing process. I am currently mentoring under Rebecca Steiner at New Dimensions to refine the skills I learned in her residency program. Outside the Office: Debbie is involved with mission work – primarily working with handicapped children. She loves to garden, scuba dive, snorkel, sail, tailgate, watch the Houston Texans and Houston Astros, and spend time with family and friends. She also loves to travel – she has been all over Europe, Central America and the Caribbean Islands. And she now calls Costa Rica her home.
Linda Whitworth PT, OCS
Credentials: Linda’s interest in biology and anatomy was inspired by an outstanding secondary school instructor. After researching medical professions, she chose to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy and graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1975. She completed a two year orthopedic residency program in 1993 and has attended numerous continuing education courses throughout her years of practice. She was certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 1996 and maintained this designation for twenty years. She has been a district and state officer in the Texas Physical Therapy Association, and has been an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1974. She previously was a practice associate at New Dimensions Physical Therapy from 1999- 2009 until moving to College Station. She cherishes the opportunity to reconnect with the skilled therapists at New Dimensions and to assist with serving the needs of their clients on a part-time basis. Specialty: Linda’s interest in orthopedic and manual therapy began when she sought greater expertise in working within the out-patient environment. Throughout her over 40 years of practice she has become highly skilled in advanced spinal and joint assessment, myofascial release, movement system analysis, treatment of balance disorders, geriatric and sports exercise training, and specialized treatment for osteoporosis. She has maintained motivation and interest in continuing her practice as a physical therapist due to the fulfillment that she receives in having the ability to impact her patients’ quality of life and in relating to each client on a personal level to assist them with meeting their goals. We are beyond thrilled to have her back at New Dimensions! Personal Statement: Our ability to move with fluidity contributes greatly to our quality of life. I believe that every person can improve their level of function regardless of their starting point. My goal is to treat every patient with respect for their personal goals and to empower them to overcome dysfunction in order to become their healthiest self. I believe this can be accomplished by skilled treatment combined with patient education which inspires the patient toward active self management. Outside the Office: Linda enjoys spending time with her young grandchildren, walking and hiking, salt-water fishing, cooking/ entertaining, listening to live music performances, and reading.
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 the Office: 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.
Caitlin Grybel, L.Ac.
Credentials: Caitlin Grybel graduated in 2009 with her Master of Oriental Medicine from The Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, Texas. Since that time she has obtained Certifications in the following:
- Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (developed by Dave Graston)
- Level I, II and III Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy
Additionally she has completed training in the following:
- Level I and Level II Craniosacral Therapy (through the Upledger Institute)
- Level I Lymphatic Drainage Technique (Chikly Method)
Specialty: Caitlin is bringing her training in both Classical and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy to New Dimensions Physical Therapy. Along with helping our patients integrate changes made during their physical therapy sessions, Craniosacral Therapy can help reduce adverse neural tension and restore the mobility (slide and glide properties) of the neural tissues. It also helps to restore the elasticity of the intracranial membranes, dural tube and nerve sleeves as well as improving the placement and relationship of the cranial bones and mobility within the cranial sutures. Additionally, CST can enable the cranial bones, dural tube and sacrum to respond more fully to the craniosacral rhythm. All of these effects combined are critical to address the part of the structural body pattern that is being held in the nervous system. Personal Statement: As long as I can remember, I have wanted to work in health care. I feel most fulfilled when I am helping people. Holistic and alternative therapies have always appealed to me. I was drawn to the client-centered approach that is intrinsic to holistic medicine. I view each person as an individual and seek to find a cause for the disorder in their body in relation to their own unique circumstances. As a practitioner, I view the body as one system influenced by the synchronicity of its individual parts and the influences of the environment. My focus is to support the body so that it can return to its preferred state of balance. Outside the Office: While she’s not at work, Caitlin’s primary focus is spending time with her husband and raising her beautiful daughter and son, Harper and Archer. She loves to read and claims she is borderline obsessed with her two dogs, Mo and Rooney. Mo is often seen in the clinic as he is a natural as a therapy dog.
Marc D. Frazier CPT, NMT, MTI, LMT
Credentials: Marc has been a personal trainer for over 40 years and competed in power lifting and Olympic weight lifting from 1981-2007. In 2007 he opened South Congress Athletic Club and was the owner and manager of this gym until 2014. This gym served as a place where trainers could work and develop their unique skill set as well as serve the various needs of people in our community. He made sure that the equipment fit folks with special needs as well as challenged athletes of all levels. Marc has spent 20 years of his career building exercise equipment; this includes doing the welding himself to insure that the machines worked well anatomically with the human body. Marc got his massage license in 1995 and has been teaching at the Lauterstein Conway massage school since 1996. This has included teaching anatomy in the cadaver lab at Texas State. In 2007 he became a licensed Neuromuscular Therapist and has integrated trigger point work into his style of massage. From 1999-2019 he has specialized in sports massage and worked with collegiate swimmers and baseball players. Specialty: Marc is experienced working with people of all ages; from teens to folks over 100 years of age. His favorite population to train are people recovering from an injury or who want to train with precision to avoid re-injury. His vast toolbox of strategies allows him to meet people where they are. His holistic perspective as well as his refined skillset makes him a perfect addition to our staff at New Dimensions PT! Personal Statement: I love working with people and, in so doing, learning more about the human body every day. There was a defining moment when I realized what motivates me. I was working with children at the Texas Memorial Museum. The facility was about to close and I knew this one particular child had only scratched the surface of seeing all the cool fossils and bones. I paused and wondered if I should just let him wander around with the few minutes he had or quickly take him around and show him the best of what was there. I chose the latter. In that moment I recognized that we only have a short time on earth to be here together. I chose to live each day to show folks a better way to strengthen or move their bodies so that they can feel the best they can in the short time they are here. That makes each day worth getting up for! What I enjoy most about working here, is being part of a team of like-minded professionals who are committed to their patients as well as being highly educated. Outside the Office: When Marc is not working he can be found bird watching or playing the French horn in the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble or in the Austin Philharmonic. He also enjoys teaching children about fossils and bones at the Texas Memorial Museum.
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 the Office: 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 the Office: 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!
This is an opportunity for physical therapists who are seeking mentorship to advance their skills in the art and science of physical therapy. It is a match for therapists who are already excellent clinicians but are hungry to grow and stretch beyond what they currently know and have been exposed to. It is also a match for therapists who would like the opportunity to treat patients in a fee for service facility where they are completely free to put all of their focus and energy into patient care.
Meet our Previous Apprentices
Courtney Rolnick, PT, DPT, CMLDT
Courtney Rolnick, PT, DPT, CMLDT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Texas State University in 2016 after receiving her Bachelors of Science in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2006. Prior to starting her career in physical therapy, Dr. Rolnick taught dance for 10 years in her hometown of Madison, WI focusing on ballet technique, pointe work and dancing in a local West African dance company. Courtney believes that the practice of physical therapy should be integrative and holistic in nature and recognizes the importance of the mind/body connection in healing.
“I have appreciated and valued the opportunity to work one on one with patients. This has allowed me to grow exponentially as a practitioner. Just having time to work with patients in this capacity allows a deeper understanding of each patient and a more in depth knowledge of their pathology, who they are as a person and their goals. With the luxury of time and communication I have realized that it is really a partnership to help a person towards healing.
I have grown in ways I could not have imagined. My communication and listening skills have progressed far beyond my expectations in the three years at New Dimensions. I no longer feel like I need to have all the answers right away, but rather with patience and listening to the patient have faith that we will get there together. I no longer feel nervous seeing a pathology I have not seen before because I feel secure in the fact that I will do everything I can to best serve the patient, whether that means referring them out, reaching out to other clinicians to get help, researching, talking more in depth with the patient or asking the more questions. My manual skills have improved so much by learning from and observing both Rebecca and Mark. I trust my hands as a tool to help me diagnose and guide my treatment now. In addition, my critical thinking skills and diagnostic skills have progressed due to the fact that at New Dimensions I had a wide variety of patients with complex issues.
Rebecca is by far one of the most skilled practitioners I have ever encountered. Her manual skills, critical thinking, and holistic approach to treatment really allows her to serve a wide variety of patients with great success. Her attention and commitment to her patients goes far beyond what I have seen in other practitioners. Her healing nature truly is wonderful to be around and I could wholeheartedly state that she is one of the most knowledgeable practitioners in Austin.” – Courtney Rolnick, PT, DPT, CMLDT
Ben Shook PT, DPT, COMT
Ben Shook, PT, DPT, COMT, graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with a doctorate in physical therapy in 2010. Additionally, he trained with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) and became a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). He was working towards his fellowship with IAOM in 2012 when he joined the New Dimensions Physical Therapy Team as an apprentice under the direction of Rebecca Kern Steiner PT, OCS. “The depth of care at New Dimensions is what I have valued the most. When a person comes to the clinic they receive care they would never receive anywhere else. They are supported from all levels as a human being. They enter into a space where they are demonstrated love from a very fundamental level. When a patient feels they are loved and cared for in depth they are truly able to heal in a way that is transforming. I have grown tremendously as a physical therapist to a level that I didn’t think was possible. You gain the ability to see things that others will never see and feel things that only your patient feels in the their own body. Working with Rebecca is entering a new level of physical therapy that I have never seen before. Rebecca is honestly the best physical therapist I have been around. Her ability to see what is not obvious in unmatched. If you are patient you will begin to see the same things. If you are looking to be challenged at every level as a physical therapist then New Dimensions will provide every bit of that. If you want to treat in a very intimate environment where you can provide one-on-one care that is unmatched then you are at the right place. You will gain a lifetime of skills in a very short amount of time.” – Ben Shook, PT, DPT, COMT
Kim Sterrett, PT, LMT, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri and has been practicing Physical Therapy for 24 years. She has enjoyed working a variety of therapeutic settings including Orthopedic/Sports Medicine, Post-surgical, and Geriatric care. In 2006, Kim achieved a license in Massage Therapy and advanced training in Craniosacral Therapy along with other energy based modalities. She started Awakenings Massage, LLC, a private massage practice in Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked until September of 2009. In her search to expand her knowledge of rehabilitation techniques and biomechanics, Kim moved to Austin, TX and discovered New Dimensions Physical Therapy and it’s owner, Rebecca Kern Steiner.
“I have had the incredible privilege to enter into an apprenticeship program with New Dimensions Physical Therapy. During this time, I have worked side-by-side with Rebecca Kern Steiner to learn an approach to physical therapy and the human system that has enhanced my skills beyond any training I have been exposed in my 24-year professional career. The experience has expanded my mind in understanding how profoundly the musculoskeletal system is interrelated and how to apply my evaluation and treatment techniques to a biomechanics perspective. Rebecca’s knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, muscle testing, and the body’s ability to process through physical and emotional challenges is beyond compare. I’ve learned skills in assessing and retraining subtle muscle recruitment patterns in functional and athletic activities that make a significant difference in the efficiency and accuracy of body movement patterns. Rebecca has spent years researching, understanding, and educating on the biomechanics of the foot and ankle and has developed a method of orthotic evaluation and design customized to individual needs. My observational and manual skills have grown significantly, allowing me to see way beyond a patient’s primary symptom or pain issue to discover the cause of imbalance and stress. I now have tools to help people reach goals faster and improve their function beyond what they were able to achieve in other PT settings. I am more confident and competent working across a broad spectrum of patients, ranging from those with common functional challenges to individuals with more specific and intense issues often faced by high-level athletes. This approach to the whole person assists all patients in reaching goals and becoming balanced, strong, functional and confident in their lives, activities and sports. Documentation of findings and treatment as well as constant reevaluation and assessment of the body at each visit is a strong focus of Rebecca’s practice and she teaches this with patience and consistent examples. Overall my experience at New Dimensions has been priceless in my life journey. I have been blessed to work with such a knowledgeable, caring individual and her staff and I’m excited to carry on this knowledge into my future life and Physical Therapy practice.” – Kim Sterrett PT, LMT
Laura K. Wilson
Laura K. Wilson, PT, DPT, CEAS, CWT graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, IA with a BS in Psychology in 1992. She graduated with an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, IA in 1999 and later returned to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2004. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist from the Back School of Atlanta and is a Certified Weight Trainer through the International Weightlifting Association. She is also an advanced level practitioner of the Barnes method of Myofascial Release.
“When I first came to New Dimensions, I was a good PT already, with lots of great skills and techniques. I was capped out at my previous employment; I felt uninspired, unchallenged and stagnant. I chose to step into the river flowing from Rebecca. I knew I would be placing myself on the bottom rung of a new ladder, yet was content to learn and grow in a new way.
There were many new skills to learn with Rebecca, from detailed movement analysis to clinical kinesiology, which in and of itself is an ongoing development. Then there was foot and lower extremity mechanics and orthotics. I never had an appreciation for how much the foot impacts the whole until I experienced the need for orthotics myself. Not only did they relieve the low back, hip, knee, ankle and foot pain that I acquired when I began sprint workouts, but they allowed my pelvic floor muscles to release in a way that all the pelvic floor work in the world could not achieve long-term. Orthotics expanded my pelvic floor practice — who knew that would happen?!
Personally, I was extremely intimidated by Rebecca’s prowess as a PT. I’d never encountered someone so much like myself, yet running at high octane levels. My own fears and performance mentally were shaken to the core; eventually crumbling. Sweet Rebecca, the whole time, gave me space to have the fears, the competitive spirit, the jealousy, and the worries of not being good enough. She patiently waited, when necessary, stepped in with advice for treatment or a hug or encouragement. She always knew the right mix. She is a true mother, full of love and grace. She leaks the goodness of God over everyone. You simply need to be in her presence for but a moment to understand on a cellular level, who this special woman is.
To anyone who seeks to step into her nest, you will learn fabulous techniques, skills, and details within details. However, you will learn far greater things about yourself, your values, identity as a person and your place in the world as a healer, not just a PT. If you seek it, you will find it here. Pursue after it, and it will chase you down. While I am sad to leave, I know that an eaglet has a season in the nest before it must leave to exercise the new wing span and strength it has gained while in the protection of the Eagle. I feel so prepared to take on anything. I’ve been shown what is possible; now, I am ready to fly and create a new nest in Colorado.” – Laura Wilson DPT
New Dimensions Physical Therapy was founded in 1995 by Kimber Cavendish, MS, PT, and Vicki Faust, MBA, CPA. The clinic filled a need in Austin by offering patients a continuum of care that bridged the gap from rehabilitating an injury to achieving a full return to sports and prior activities. This quickly evolved into helping patients with chronic pain who, rather than having fitness goals, desired to live simply without pain. Additionally, the clinic sought to raise the standard of care by offering one-on-one sessions with leading physical therapists devoted to the highest level of care. New Dimensions took another bold step forward to insure that the focus was 100% on the patients, by stepping out of the traditional physical therapy model and designed the business as a private pay practice rather than contracting with insurance companies. While patients can still file their claims with their insurance for reimbursement, it allows all of the therapists time, energy and attention to be on patient care. Our contract is directly with our patients. These intentions continue to define the clinic today. New Dimensions Physical Therapy has been owned and operated by Rebecca Kern Steiner PT, OCS since 1998. She expanded the clinic’s mission to take the art and science of physical therapy to the next level. This included:
- an applied understanding of the musculoskeletal system’s interrelatedness
- advanced diagnostics to determine the underlying reason for a pain pattern.
- detailed biomechanics assessments of reoccurring injuries
- custom orthotics designed to improve the alignment of the body as a whole
- skill in retraining accurate muscle recruitment patterns (for the sports-specific needs of athletes or functional movement needs of non-athletes)
- a commitment to community educational outreach
Today, New Dimensions Physical Therapy offers a staff of therapists with various specialties who assist in meeting our patient’s needs. The success of the business continues to reflect New Dimension’s commitment to excellence.
Free Injury Screenings
We invite you to have your injury evaluated and to receive recommendations on how to resolve it. Date: Mondays Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (10 min per person) Location: Luke’s Locker, 115 Sandra Muraida Drive, Suite 102, Austin, Texas 78703 Cost: Free (Must sign-up at Luke’s Locker in advance to reserve a spot.) Phone: 512-482-8676
Running Biomechanics Analysis
New Dimensions PT is proud to offer 60 min one-on-one comprehensive running assessments for anyone looking to improve form, resolve current injuries, or prevent future ones. Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month Time: 6:30 PM Location: Luke’s Locker, 115 Sandra Muraida Drive, Suite 102, Austin, Texas 78703 Cost: $65 (Must sign-up at Luke’s Locker and pay in advance by check or cash to reserve a spot.) Phone: 512-482-8676
We are a proud supporter of the McCallum Ultimate Frisbee Team!
Seminars and Clinics
Dr. Ben Shook was invited to speak to the Ehlers Danlos group. He gave them information on the difference between over the counter verses custom orthotics. He shared with them how custom orthotics can be particularly helpful for people who have Ehlers Danlos as they provide stability and help give structural support to joints that have excessive laxity. Rebecca Steiner was invited to speak at the USA Climbing Coaches Symposium in Atlanta Georgia on the Prevention and Treatment of Rock Climbing Injuries.