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.
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.
Over the years, Mitch has consulted with a variety of clients including universities, private physical therapy clinics, large market health systems, personal training studios, and high schools. Mitch has personally worked with thousands of athletes throughout his career. His clients have won world series rings, played in the NFL, NBA and MLS, and competed in the Olympics, but most importantly, they have achieved great personal success in local competitive events and leagues. Mitch is a noted speaker on both a regional and national level, and has been published multiple times in professional journals and coaching websites.
Friesen had an extensive career including most recently being the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the United States Women’s National Hockey program and North Carolina State University’s Cross Country and Track and Field programs. Prior to that, he spent 21 years with the Carolina Hurricanes as the Head Athletic Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach/Massage Therapist. During his time with the Hurricanes, Friesen was responsible for the institution of training and dietary standards, preparation of rehabilitation programs, and treatment of acute injuries for all players. Prior to joining the Hartford Whalers, now known as the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, he was the Head Trainer-Physical Therapist-Strength Coach at the University of Saskatchewan and then the University of Alberta. He has also represented Canada and the United States at National and World Championships in various sports. With over 41 years as a professional trainer, Friesen is a Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also Board Certified in the United States and Canada as an Athletic Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Massage Therapist. Friesen is a graduate from Bemidji State (MN) with Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Physical Education, as well as the University of Saskatchewan with a Post Graduate degree in Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, and from Arcadia University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
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.
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