Dr. Jodi Hierholzer, PT, DPT, CSCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Owner/Founder of BODY WORX Physical Therapy (est. 2020)
Dr. Jodi Hierholzer, PT is a Physical Therapist, Strength & Conditioning Specialist, L2 CrossFit Coach, and self proclaimed entrepreneur.
She is a two time Hardin-Simmons University alum, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in 2011 & her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. She played collegiate softball for HSU & Concordia University-Austin.
Her mission is to change the way people view and receive physical therapy, with an emphasis on restoring and maintaining an active lifestyle through functional medicine and performance training. She takes pride in keeping her patients and athletes healthy and active so they can continue to do the things they love for the rest of their lives (YOLO).
Jodi considers herself a life-long, all around athlete. In high school she played basketball, softball, volleyball, track & field, cheered, and was in the marching/symphonic band. She is an avid CrossFit athlete and has enjoyed coaching, competing, and training at CrossFit Abilene for the past 9 years. She has ran multiple 5K/10Ks, a half marathon, obstacle course races, and enjoys hunting, skeet shooting, skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, and kayaking. She is an avid CrossFit athlete and has enjoyed coaching, competing, and training at CrossFit Abilene for the past 9 years.
Her post professional certifications include: Dry Needling, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Blood Flow Restriction Cert, CrossFit L2 Coach, Graston Technique, SFMA, FMS, TRX, LSVT Big.
When she is not working on the business or working out, you can find her hanging with her dog Ace, riding her teal moped, traveling, or out exploring Abilene and supporting other local small businesses!
Maci is our BWPT office manager, head administrative assistant, and doer of all things at BWPT.
She keeps things running smoothly and efficiently around here. If you have a question about BWPT or would like to get scheduled for an appointment, she's your gal. In addition to her skills as office manager, Maci is a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Elevate and holds certifications as a CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Kids, and CrossFit Gymnastics.
Maci graduated from Wylie High School in 2014, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2019 (wreck 'em). She has previously worked as a flight attendant, and is married to Stephen Salaz, PA-C who works as an orthopedic Physician's Assistant. Maci recently became a new momma when she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Stephen Lennox Salaz III, on 6/16/22. She also has two beautiful golden retrievers Millie & Simba.
Katy is the other half our awesome front desk team at BWPT, where she serves as a part-time receptionist and administrative assistant.
Katy grew up in Buffalo Gap, Texas & is a graduate of Jim Ned High School (Class of'06). She has been married to her husband Steven for 14 years, and they have 2 awesome kiddos Ethan (almost 11) and Avery (8). They also have a sweet Golden Retriever named Max, a goofy bulldog named Pickles, & a moody cat named Turtle.
Previous work experience: “Before I had kids I was a Dental Assistant. I loved my job but for the last several years I’ve been home with my kids! I also currently work part time in the daycare at Grift Abilene.”
As a former client of BWPT, devoted mom, & fellow CrossFitter, Katy knows the BWPT culture well! She embodies hard work, kindness, and is a team player 🤜🤛 Katy will be going the extra mile to make sure our clients are well taken care of anytime you contact our office. 📞
Dr. Chase Riley, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Chase, PT is the newest member of the BWPT Team and will be serving as a full time Physical Therapist and our Clinical Director.
Chase was born & raised in the Big Country and is a graduate from Hardin Simmons University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2008 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. His entire 11-year career has been in outpatient orthopedic PT. He & his family have lived in Abilene for the past 7 years. Chase is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics, and is currently certified in intramuscular dry needling, a certified clinical instructor from Texas Consortium for Physical Therapy Clinical Education, a holds certifications in Graston, Kineiostape, and TRX. His special interests consist of orthopedic manual therapy and has received extensive training through the Institute of Physical Art.
Interests outside of the clinic include spending time with his wife, Jenni, and 2 sons, Jack and Rett; nutrition and cross training; all things sports and outdoors; and home remodeling.
“I absolutely love my community and my profession. My goal is to humbly serve this community and make a lasting impact in the health and wellbeing of people through my services. As a physical therapist, I have a unique role in healthcare that affords me the opportunity to develop authentic relationships with my patients and truly demonstrate what it means to care for them.”
“The best thing you can do for any of your patients is to show them that you genuinely love them and care about them by actively listening to them, empathizing with them, removing doubt and fear through education, instilling confidence through treatment results, and unlocking their potential through functional restoration.”
- Chase Riley PT, DPT, OCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Clinical Director of BWPT
Dr. Amber Lewis, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Pelvic Health Specialist
Dr. Amber Lewis, PT is our resident orthopedic and pelvic health specialist! Amber received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from McMurry University in 2014, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2016.
Amber has previously worked in an outpatient setting where she saw a variety of orthopedic and neurological diagnoses and obtained a dry needling certification. Amber then went part time to raise children and worked in the inpatient setting, where she saw post-op and neurological diagnoses prior joining the BWPT team.
She is currently pursuing a certification in Pelvic Floor/Women's Health, and has a passion for helping active mothers, athletes,
and weekend warriors!
Amber enjoys being active and loves doing anything outdoors, including skiing, kayaking, hiking, swimming and taking walks with her family. Amber has participated in obstacle course races, 5Ks and half marathons. She is also very active in her church community where she serves in leadership roles & mission outreach.
When Amber is not at work providing excellent care to her patients, she is most likely spending time with her husband Paul & 3 beautiful kiddos, and/or enjoying the outdoors.
Dr. Sarah Latham, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Meet Dr. Sarah Latham, PT, DPT! Sarah hails from Gatesville, TX and it's no secret that she is a proud Fighting Aggie,
Class of 2018 👍 WHOOP! She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 2020.
She holds a level 2 certifications in dry needling, and currently works as a civilian PT at Dyess Air Force Base. She works part time at BWPT as our sports ortho/neuro specialist and is pursuing a certification through Postural Restoration Institute which explores the science of postural adaptations, asymmetrical patterns and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles in order to provide innovative treatment that addresses the primary contributions of postural kinematic movement dysfunction
Sarah personally has a passion for being outdoors (Fly fisher woman extraordinaire) & considers herself a multi sport athlete aka "The Intramural Champ." 🏆 In High School she competed in basketball, pole vault, golf, & volleyball. In her adult life, she has dabbled in Crossfit, OCR, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, triathlons, and cycling.
When she is not helping her patients get back to living their best life, she is probably at home doing yard work, kayaking, fishing, riding her bike, or hanging with her doggo Mae.
The BWPT Difference
At BWPT, we believe you can achieve anything through the right medical care, movement practice, and lifestyle changes. To accomplish all this, we are big on bringing it back to basics. Your body has the amazing ability to heal itself, to adapt and to survive in any environment. We just need to get out of our own way. The path back to our healthiest self is not through canned approaches and outdated methods, such as ice packs, endless modalities, and stationary bikes. This one-dimensional strategy is rampant in traditional, third-party-pay physical therapy practices – you’ll soon see our tactics are delightfully different!
BWPT is a private-pay (cash-based) rehab and performance center. Before your heart seizes from sticker shock, let’s shed some light on what cash-based physical therapy is and how this method will likely save you time, money and resources, while also helping you achieve your desired results!
Let's Break it Down:
The Cash-Based Model Defined
BWPT chooses (emphasis on this being an intentional decision) a cash-based model for our practice. In a cash-based treatment model, your therapist enters into an agreement with you to provide PT services in a manner that both parties have decided upon to help you reach your treatment goals most efficiently.
(AKA: FULL TRANSPARENCY with no surprise bills 3 months in)
You will pay at the time of service. This model allows us to focus on providing direct, one-on-one care from a Doctor of Physical Therapy, while keeping administrative costs low. You may pay for services using actual cash, a check, a credit/debit card, or with your HSA/FSA.
In some instances, you may also personally file for reimbursement from your insurance company to curb your out-of-pocket expense. Most insurance companies, with the exception of Medicare, Medicaid and some HMOs, will provide reimbursement for services received “out of network." We can help you with this process!
Cash-based does not mean our team is short on the education, qualifications and accreditations necessary to provide you with best-in-class medical care. We blend unique backgrounds in strength, conditioning, and human performance to go well beyond rehab and help you live your happiest, healthiest life.
Why Cash Based?
Benefits by the Numbers
We are not big on limitations – neither are you, which is why you’re here.
Limiting factors in an insurance based setting can include a limited # of covered visits, being confined to only treating one body part, and more paperwork for the therapist which can result in less focused attention on the patient. These factors often hurt the patient’s progress and hinders a PT's ability to help the patient reach their goals.
Furthermore, out-of-pocket expenses over the course of physical therapy will often be less expensive for patients like you with a cash-based model than through traditional physical therapy practice.
Let’s compare the same path to recovery for two 30 year old active females recovering from a torn rotator cuff. Susan chooses to go the private-pay route with BWPT, while Karen sticks with the traditional third-party reimbursement track.
Before we dive into the breakdown, we will assume one crucial thing: both Susan and Karen have met their annual deductible and have chosen conservative treatment over surgery (which has better long-term outcomes according to the latest medical research), so Karen qualifies for reimbursement from her insurance, which typically looks like 20% out-of-pocket or $30 co-pays per session.
If we take the “standard” protocol in a insurance-based model for a torn rotator cuff in a healthy individual (25-35), the patient will typically need 4-6 months of rehab requiring passive and active PT (~2x per week) according to the US National Library of Medicine.
In our model we typically see the patient 1x a week and give them an extensive home program so he or she can begin working on this stuff at home. Those visits will then taper to 1-2x/month as progress is made.
We also see our patient on average 5-10x during a plan of care and quickly go from
rehabilitation to working on performance and prevention.
MEET SUSAN & KAREN
At the end of 6-months, Susan has spent $480 more out of pocket than our friend Karen. Although both women were recovering from similar injuries, Susan invested less than a third of the time (10.6 vs. 32 hours) for a full recovery that got her back to the lifestyle she loved sooner. This outcome also doesn’t account for the intangibles around enjoying a dynamic, individualized care plan and relationship built with her BWPT physical therapist.
Furthermore, had Karen NOT met her deductible, this care path through traditional PT would have cost her ~$2,500+ out of pocket ($200 for the initial evaluation + 23 sessions at varying prices based on time and charges), which would have her spending $1300 more in less-effective care than if she had gone through BWPT.
Which path will you choose to get back to your peak performance?