Instructors

Dr. KEN COOPER, DC, PT, DAAPM

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.

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dry needle course instructor

   
Dr. Scott L. Dixon, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS, FMT

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.

Here are some athletes he has treated –

Andy Levitre:

Ben Garland:

Brooks Reed :

Some Class Pics while Scott Was Teaching the Techniques

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Dr. Jason Schuster, DPT, MTC, Cert. DN

Dr. Jason Schuster indirectly began his PT career as a patient following many injuries and surgeries from playing ice hockey growing up and Division 1 ice hockey at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. After undergraduate, Jason began working as a fly fishing guide at a high end, a remote fly fishing lodge in southwestern Alaska in the summer months and managed a Fly fishing lodge in Patagonia, Chile during the rest of the year. Jason became fluent in Spanish and treats in Spanish frequently. After about a decade of fishing and traveling throughout Alaska, South, and Central America (yes, he got paid to do this!). Jason went to the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences, St. Augustine Florida, where he obtained his DPT. He also received the post-grad MTC certification (Manual Therapy certification, University of Saint Augustine; certification consists of eight, 3-4 day seminars, 2 written, 1 oral and 1 practical exam per course, 32 total exams, all must be passed with 80% or better to acquire certification)

Jason has worked with his fiancé Angela as a traveling DPT at 1 on 1 outpatient clinics since he graduated. He specializes in Dry Needling and spinal manipulation, using a full body, holistic approach. Primary focus is on treating each patient as an individual, assessing the entire body and striving toward reaching each patient’s unique and maximal potential. Jason and Angela are planning to open a cash-based clinic focusing primarily on DN and manipulation somewhere in Colorado within the next few years.

Jason was introduced to Dry Needling in school and upon graduating took both levels from Dr. Ken Cooper. He assisted with Ken at his fiancé’s 2 courses and uses Dry Needling and manipulation as integral parts of his practice. Jason is fascinated with the intricate art of DN and the research and science associated with it. He has presented and had published a case report at the Reno AAOMPT conference, 2018, on DN as a stand-alone treatment for chronic, cervicogenic dizziness.

Jason has a unique and diverse background and in his free time likes to fish, hike, travel, surf, kayak, run, read, paint and just about anything outside. He has recently traveled to Israel, Glacier National Park and Key Largo, FL to fly fish for migrating Tarpon and the southern marsh of Louisiana for Redfish.

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