Dallas – Preston
Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Friday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Outpatient Physical Therapy
- Sports Rehabilitation
- Spine Care & Rehabilitation
- Work-Related Rehabilitation
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Dry Needling
Alan Thompson, PT, LAT, Clinic Director
Alan has been the clinic manager and partner since opening Southwest Sports and Spine in the Spring of 2000. As a native of Georgia he attended the University of Georgia prior to the Medical College of Georgia where he obtained his Physical Therapy degree graduating with honors. 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. In 1991 he decided to work more closely with athletes and went through a two-year internship at Southern Methodist University to obtain hours for his Texas License for Athletic Training.
As is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer, he has worked with many colligate and professional level athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, PGA tour as well as Olympians. He was associated with the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 2011 and Dallas Stars from 1998 to 2013.
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 sons. The family is very active in the community.
Louise Polanco, PT, DPT
Louise is a Michigan native who moved to Dallas in 2014. She became interested in physical therapy at a young age due to the injuries she sustained and rehabilitated as a dancer. She attended the University of Pittsburgh with a full academic scholarship and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She then completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pitt’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Science – the #1 ranked program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. During her years of clinical practice, she has enjoyed treating orthopedic and sports injuries for patients of all ages and backgrounds. She utilizes manual therapy techniques, as well as neuromuscular training, strengthening, and stretching to achieve patients’ goals. She has been an orthopedic section member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2011.
In her free time, Louise enjoys walking her dog Coco, painting, practicing yoga and Pilates, and spending time with her husband, twin daughters, and friends.
Natalie O’Brien, PT, DPT
Natalie, born and raised in Dallas, attended high school at Ursuline Academy. Involved in competitive sports her whole life, it was her own rehabilitation during a high school injury where she learned her passion for sports medicine. She pursued both passions on a scholarship to run track and field and cross country at the University of Oklahoma while obtaining a Bachelors in Health and Exercise Science. She returned to Dallas to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern. She implements evidence-based practice using a variety of manual therapy techniques and functional exercise to optimize functional outcomes and help patients reach their goals.
Natalie enjoys running, hot yoga, cooking, and spending time with her husband and their son. She continues to enjoy competing in road races and triathlons.
Charlie Sevier, PT, DPT
Charlie moved to Texas in April of 2018 from North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and minors in biology and psychology. Charlie then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina. He went on and completed an orthopedic physical therapy residency through Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy while working in orthopedic physical therapy, and is working toward completing his dry needling certification.
Charlie brings a hands on manual therapy approach to the treatment of his patients along with dry needling techniques, stretching, and strengthening exercises to further enhance the healing response. He enjoys working with all ages and injuries and strives to assist his patients in returning to their optimal functional ability.
Charlie and his wife Amie live in Grapevine, Texas and enjoy running and spending time outdoors.
Chelsea Petska, PT, DPT
Miss Chelsea Petska attended Centenary College of Louisiana where she played volleyball and earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2015. She graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2018. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the TTUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Science in the
Gross Anatomy and Functional Anatomy classes.
Chelsea is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and currently hopes to achieve board certification through the APTA as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). She is also passionate about manual therapy and has served on the executive board for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT) Student Special Interest Group (sSIG) Executive Board. She hopes to further her knowledge and skill to obtain her Certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist
Chelsea strives to incorporate manual therapy, education, and exercise tailored to each patient’s needs and goals. She has experience in treating a variety of spine and extremity pathologies.
She enjoys spending time at her parents’ horse ranch as well as playing recreational sports with friends.