Alan Thompson, PT, LAT
Alan Thompson, Manager/ Partner of Southwest Sports & Spine, is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer. A native of Georgia, Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, graduating with honors. Upon moving to Dallas in 1988, Alan completed an Athletic Trainer internship at Southern Methodist University to begin his focus in the treatment of sports injuries.
Since then, Alan has attended numerous post-graduate courses in the treatment of orthopedic sports injuries, specializing in the treatment of the spine and extremities. With his sports background, Alan works with athletes of all levels. He has been associated with the Dallas Cowboys as a contract physical therapist since 1992 and with the Dallas Stars since 1998. In addition, Alan works with several touring golf professionals and routinely works with high school, college, and recreational athletes.
In his leisure time, Alan enjoys competitive biking and recreational sports. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, also a physical therapist, and their two young sons. The family is very active in the community.
Sylvia Heck, MPT
Sylvia Heck is a licensed physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Sylvia became interested in physical therapy at a young age due to the injuries she sustained and rehabilitated as a gymnast. She attended Texas Woman’s University on a gymnastics scholarship where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Upon graduating, Sylvia began working in general orthopedics and has continued to enjoy this area since 1995.
In her leisure time, Sylvia enjoys cycling, running and spending time with her husband and her two children.
Kristen Brehm Walton, MPT, OCS
Kristen attended the University of Texas at Austin before obtaining her Masters of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 1999. Before joining Southwest Sports and Spine in 2004, Kristen gained experience practicing in outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine facilities in the Fort Worth/Arlington area. She specializes in treating overhead athletes, and has worked closely with the Texas Rangers, UTA and TCU baseball players.
Kristen has attended numerous specialized continuing education courses emphasizing the spine and extremities, utilizing a manual physical therapy approach. She obtained her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2005. She is currently working on a manual therapy certification through the University of St. Augustine.
In 2006, Kristen became very interested in how pilates helped her physical therapy patients. She became a certified pilates instructor, and now also teaches private pilates sessions. In her leisure time, Kristen enjoys traveling, taking yoga and pilates, running, and spending time with her husband and daughter. She is a member of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, and has completed two marathons.
Louise Wolgat-Polanco, PT, DPT
Louise is a Michigan native who recently moved to Dallas. She became interested in physical therapy after a dance injury and rehabilitation in high school. She was determined to enter the field, earning a full academic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. There, she continued to dance and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and then a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Science, a top ranked program in the country. She utilizes manual therapy techniques, as well as neuromuscular re-education and strengthening to achieve patients' goals.
Louise enjoys walking her dog Coco, cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with her husband and friends. She looks forward to exploring more of Dallas.