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Karen L. Ross, PT, DPT

Attended Texas Woman's University obtaining a BS in Psychology (1976) and BS in Physical Therapy (1978). Graduated Who's Who among students in American Universities & Colleges. Graduated January 2006 with Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University.

Over 30 years experience in orthopedic physical therapy private practice. Owner of Ross Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLP since 1983.

Received Small Business of the Year Awards from Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce in 1990 as well as from the Small Business Administration in 1991. Joint ventured with faith-based health care system from 1994 to 2005 to developed therapy services across the continuum of care for 6 hospitals, 9 outpatient clinics, rehab, skilled and home care. Returned to private practice in 2006 forming Affiliated Therapy Group Practice, Inc.

Currently serving as President/CEO of AThGP which is a therapist owned private practice which contracts to provide therapy services for a local healthcare system. This contract allows our therapist to maintain their ability to perform as private practitioner but in the acute care setting which is consistent with the APTA Vision 2020 statement regarding autonomous practice for physical therapists.

On a personal note, enjoys working in the yard, maintaining a 3 acre homestead with a koi pond and deer feeder within view of the dinner table. Also the loving mother of three Persian cats.

Lynn Schauster, PT, DPT

Has been a physical therapist since 1992. She graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri with her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy and most recently finished her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Boston University in January 2006. Lynn has been practicing physical therapy in Corpus Christi, Texas with her focus being treating musculoskeletal orthopedic conditions. She is also active in the community including volunteering for the Diabetes and American Heart Association walks and also gives local talks to community organizations on common orthopedic conditions seen in therapy and preventative exercises. She believes in using evidence-based practices when treating clients which includes not only what is published in the literature but also what has achieved the best results in her past experience, and most importantly incorporating what the client's values and beliefs are that will help them achieve improved quality of life.

On the personal side, Lynn enjoys vacations around the U.S. to enjoy the outdoor landscape it has to offer as well as exercising to stay healthy and reading John Grisham novels. In her free time she loves to take her lovable dog Enzo, for walks around the neighborhood.

Anita M. Spreen, OT, LLCC

Attended the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, Anita received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She began her practice in the school setting with severely disabled children moving to the hospital to continue treating the orthopedic and neurologically disabled. In 1995, she moved into the private practice setting treating orthopedic injuries of the upper extremities. Anita has worked 31 years as an Occupational Therapist and has been practicing in Corpus Christi since 1983.

Anita completed her certification in Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy (CDP) and Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) thru the Upledger Institute, Inc. over 6 years ago. She strives to educate the general public and medical community in the treatment and prevention of lymphedema.

Anita has been married for 25 years. They have 2 sons who are active in sports and outdoor activities. She enjoys golf, traveling, reading, crafts and her family. She is an active member of the Southside Rotary.

Emily Herman, PT, DPT

Emily graduated in 2009 from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa with her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). She has worked in a variety of settings including nursing home, skilled nursing unit, rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient orthopedics. She specializes in orthopedics and neuromuscular rehabilitation. She enjoys working with all ages and all types of injuries. Her main focus is to educating her patients about their injuries so they understand how to correct their problem and return to normal pain-free activities.

Emily was born and raised in Iowa. After graduation she moved to Texas. She recently moved to the Corpus Christi area from Austin at the beginning of September 2012. She enjoys boating, cooking/baking, gardening, being outside, participating in all sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Margaret A. Arriaga, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)

Margaret graduated in 1977 from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Allied Health Sciences/Galveston College PTA program with an Associate of Applied Science. She is a dedicated, motivated and skilled PTA with over 35 years of healthcare experience and expertise in a variety of settings including acute care in hospital, home health, outpatient musculoskeletal, and outpatient orthopedics. She performs patient treatments under the general supervision of the Physical Therapist. She specializes in orthopedic spine problems, osteoporosis and women's health. She enjoys reading therapy journals and attending continuing education classes to keep up-to-date with current evidence based practices. She belongs to the Orthopedic, Geriatric sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. She enjoys educating and improving people's quality of life.

She was married in 1977 and has 3 sons. She has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas for over 34 years. Margaret enjoys camping, hiking, biking, traveling, stamp/rock collecting, but mostly spending time with her family.

Sabas Montelongo-Licensed Massage Therapist

Has been a massage therapist for over 6 years. He was raised in California and has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas for over 15 years. He previously worked in a spa setting where he specialized in back, neck, shoulder and pregnancy massages. He is also knowledgeable in body treatments, body wraps and polishes. He specializes in trigger point therapy, sports massage and stretching. One of his long-term goals is to pursue a career in physical therapy. Since joining Affiliated Therapy Group Practice, he also performs medical massages. His main objective when treating clients is to make them feel 110% better than when they came in. And Sabas... is overall a very nice guy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brigitte M. Willott, CFO/ Practice Administrator

Brigitte grew up in Portland, Texas where she and her family reside today. She graduated from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi in 1998 with a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Degree. She has worked in various industries to include HVAC, automotive, insurance and healthcare where she has been since 2001. She enjoys the ever-changing world of healthcare and the challenges it presents. Her current roll as CFO of Affiliated Therapy Group Practice, Inc. keeps her motivated and challenged to keep the company on the right track.

She is married to a Portland Firefighter and has two wonderful children that keep her busy outside of work. She enjoys traveling, visiting her mom in the Cayman Islands, being with friends, crossfit, hunting, and mostly being with her family.

Kim Kots-Business Office Manager

Born and raised in Iowa and has lived in Corpus Christi, Texas since 1984. She graduated from Del Mar college in December 2007 with her Associates in Applied Science degree - Accounting. She is married with one son. Kim has worked in the business office of several physical therapists during the time she lived here. Most of her experience has been in filing insurance claims and appeals, but is more than happy to help our patients with their other insurance questions.

Kim had back surgery in 2010 and was treated here at Affiliated. So she says, "I can highly recommend the therapist!"

Mauricio Cantu Jr, Retail Manager & Certified Shoe Fitter

A native of Corpus Christi, "Maui" as he likes to be called is a graduate of the Del Mar College Physical Therapist Assistant Program 2003. He is also Carroll High grad 1988 where he varsitied in cross-country and track. He attended Texas - Pan American from 1990-1995 pursuing a business degree in Computer Information Systems and was a walk-on in cross-country and track earning a scholarship from 1991-1992. Maui has been running since his elementary days at Sacred Heart catholic school in 1981. Maui's favorite hobbies are fishing, running, computer building. He was also involved as a youth sponsor at his church providing guidance to young individuals who needed a big brother. Maui's favorite football team is the Washington Redskins rain or shine he is there alone on one side of the couch where he gets together at friends houses or family...he takes it in stride as he says and enjoys it most when his favorite team beats those hated cowboys.

GO SKINS!!!!!!!!!


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