Our dry needling superheroes


Meet Our team of instructors

DR. ken cooper DC, PT, DAAPM, MDNC  - lead instructor

Dr. Ken Cooper began his clinical career as a 1981 Physical Therapy graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas. After working for several years at Methodist Hospital of Lubbock, Texas as a staff therapist, he became a Clinical Instructor for the interns from the Physical Therapy School at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. After a brief private practice in Lubbock he returned to Dallas and attended Parker College of Chiropractic from which he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian. In 1990 he established a private practice in Bedford, Texas. In 2000, he formed a multi-disciplinary practice that offered medical, chiropractic and physical therapy care in addition to massage therapy and myofascial dry needling.

While working in a large hospital in the early 1980’s his personal experience of mid-back pain that was unresponsive to traditional care led him on a quest of understanding myofascial dysfunction that eventually led to the works of Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons.  Their work has become common place today but was not widely known 30 years ago.  Equipped with a better understanding of myofascial syndromes he proceeded to focus on myofascial issues in his physical therapy practice.  He continued to follow their research and upon completion of Chiropractic College he was able to begin implementing needle therapy in his practice. He was finally able to treat trigger points as outlined in Travell and Simon’s work with dry needle approaches and enjoyed significant results. Because of his growing expertise in musculoskeletal issues with dry needle techniques, many professional athletes sought his care for not only injury recovery but performance enhancement as well.  Although he obtained his certification in acupuncture he found the most satisfying treatment results with dry needle techniques and has retained this focus throughout his career. His search for effective techniques eventually led to Deitrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D.  Dr. Klinghardt essentially brought the concepts of Neural Therapy from Germany to the United States.  Neural Therapy includes extensive use of treating trigger points and other body tissues with needle-based techniques.   As he trained with Dr. Klinghardt and other doctors attending his seminars he expanded the use of musculoskeletal needle therapy in his practice and even implemented them in two other medical practices on his off days from his own clinic.

Dr. Cooper is in his 37th year of professional practice and currently owns and operates Cooper Functional Services and Harwood Physical Therapy Clinic in Bedford, Texas. His main focus is orthopedics, manipulation and dry needling. He has been treating collegiate and professional athletes, including numerous Dallas Cowboys and other NFL players, since 1992.  He is also an instructor for Total Motion Release Physical Therapy Seminars and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management.

dr. Scott Dixon DPT, CSCS, FMT, mdnc - instructor

Dr. Scott Dixon began his career in Physical Therapy after graduating from Chatham University.  After several years working for reputable clinics, Scott founded Integrative Physical Therapy out of a passion to focus on individual patient care and treating each person, not just their diagnosis.  

He specializes in helping improve function and movement of the body through individualized focused on the entire body, not just the site of pain or injury. His goal is to restore every patient to his or her own fullest potential, to function better and to prevent future injury.  Utilizing dry needling, manual therapy, and movement screening, there is a gradual progression towards whole body healing and functioning.

After Scott took his first dry needling course, dry needling quickly became a passion of his and he continues to be impressed with the patient outcomes and responses, and constantly seeks new opportunities to improve this skill.  He earned more than 8 certifications in dry needling, served as guest instructors on the subject, and now teaches on a regular basis.

Health and wellness has always been important to Scott.  Growing up, he led a very active lifestyle playing multiple sports.  In college, he pursued his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University.  After several years working as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and tennis professional, he decided to pursue a career that would have a more direct impact on the health and wellbeing of the people he worked with.

The holistic approach to physical therapy led Scott to pursue extensive education and certifications in dry needling, functional movement, fascial manipulation, and many other modalities.  Though he has experience with a variety of diagnoses, he specializes in working with neck and back related issues.  He has also treated celebrities, professional athletes,( including several Atlanta Falcons), as well as many weekend warriors.

Scott is originally from Gainesville, Florida.  He is the father of two twin girls and resides in Norcross.  In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, Spartan Races, and weekend adventures with his family.

dr. SARAH AUSTIN, PT, MPT, mdnc - instructor

Dr. Sarah Austin, PT, MPT, MDNC is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Texas. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with her Master’s in Physical Therapy in May 2002. Since graduation, Sarah has worked in numerous areas including wellness facilities, pelvic floor health, school districts, orthopedic outpatient facilities, pediatric acute care, owner of Hands of Hope, P-LLC home health, geriatric home health, and neurological rehabilitation. These many areas of physical therapy practice have helped Sarah to become a well-rounded therapist with an emphasis on holistic health utilizing dry needling techniques and biomechanical treatment aimed at homeostasis. Currently, Sarah is pursuing her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy at A.T. Stills University.  

dr. lisa rigsby, pt, dpt, mdnc - instructor

Dr. Lisa Rigsby, PT, DPT, MDNC is a licensed physical therapist in the state of Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center School of Allied Health Sciences with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy in May 1999, and returned to Texas Tech University to complete her transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017.  Throughout her career, Lisa has worked across numerous settings treating both orthopedic and neurological conditions in the hospital, inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, home health and outpatient clinics.  She has an entrepreneur spirit which led her to begin a successful contract home health company in 2006 where she continues to serve the geriatric population.  She has a passion for identifying and treating muscle balances of the body and pelvic floor that lead to pain.  This passion for patient’s pain reduction has been sparked by the current opioid crisis as her focus is on wellness and evaluative measurement to understand the whole body and anatomical imbalances in order to correct habits that lead to chronic conditions. 

Through the years, Sarah and Lisa’s love for learning and passion for whole body wellness, has led the team to pursue initiation of a well-rounded wellness facility whose focus is not only to restore wellness to the client, but also to empower all individuals to take personal ownership in the management of their personal wellness. This passion and drive helped the due ignite the creation of Wellpoint Wellness 510, LLC.  The two physical therapists currently work together as co-owners of “The Well” (aptly named by their patients) and at Navarro College, where they developed the physical therapist assistant program in 2013 and continue to serve as the program director and coordinator for clinical education.  Among their clinical accolades, both Sarah and Lisa have received their Master Dry Needling certification, Pelvic Floor Dry Needling certification and Ultrasound Guided Dry Needling certifications.   Because of the overwhelming need for pelvic floor treatment in the communities they serve, the pair has continually acted on a common passion for additional focus on pelvic floor dysfunction and treatment.    

Jeannine NOble PT, MS. Cert, RMSK, mdnc - instructor

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