Physical Therapy Patient Care

Physical Therapy Services Clinic

The Physical Therapy Services Clinic in the School of Health Professions at UT Southwestern provides a full range of outpatient clinical care. The physical therapy group is specially trained in the management of orthopaedic extremity and spinal dysfunction. A hands-on approach to assessment and treatment of physical conditions is the hallmark of our practice.

Range of motion, stretching, joint/soft tissue mobilization, strengthening, and neuromuscular re-education are specific techniques used to reduce pain, restore range of motion and strength, and increase function. As patients obtain their goals in physical therapy, we provide home exercise programs and strategies patients can use to prevent additional injuries.

The Physical Therapy Services Clinic is located in the Health Professions Building, 6011 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite V3.106. To schedule an appointment, call 214-648-6562.

Please remember that you’ll need to be referred by your physician before you can receive services.

Clinicians include:

  • Jason Zafereo, M.P.T, FAAOMPT, OCS, Assistant Professor and Clinic Director
  • Beth Deschenes, PT, M.S., OCS
  • Julie DeVahl, PT, M.S.
  • Trina Laitinen, M.S.P.T.
  • Edward Mulligan, PT, D.P.T., ACS, ATC
  • Leslie Nelson, M.P.T.
  • Ross Querry, PT, Ph.D.

Conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

Lower LimbsUpper Limbs


Impingement syndrome

Ligament reconstruction (ACL/PCL)


Total knee/hip replacement

Rotator cuff repair

Meniscectomy/meniscal repair

Subacromial decompression

Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Adhesive capsulitis

Lateral release

Total shoulder replacement

Iliotibial band syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome


Lateral/Medial epicondylitis

Plantar Fasciitis



DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis


Other diagnoses


Multiple sclerosis

Osteo/rheumatoid arthritis



Neuromuscular disease


Weakness related to stroke





Sacroiliac joint dysfunction




Therapeutic Procedures Performed

Joint/soft tissue mobilization

Lumbar traction/cervical traction

Home traction

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation

Exercise with and without equipment

Orthotic devices/heel lifts

Functional training


Gait evaluation/training


Body weight-supported treadmill training

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation



Rehabilitation Research Laboratory

The Rehabilitation Research Laboratory in the School of Health Professions at UT Southwestern serves as a center for the translation of basic research into clinical practice. Our primary research aim is to understand neural mechanisms responsible for human locomotion and its recovery after neurologic injury. We are interested in understanding where in the brain and spinal cord neuroplasticity takes place. We use body weight supported treadmill training to retrain the ability to walk following a spinal cord injury. Repetitive locomotor training may promote spinal and supraspinal learning and reorganize or strengthen the neural circuitry responsible for locomotion.

The results of these studies contribute to the knowledge about the human fundamental mechanisms of control of locomotion and provide strategies that clinical researchers can use to help patients walk after a spinal cord injury. We’re located in the School of Health Professions building at 6011 Harry Hines Blvd. If you’re interested in participating in one of our studies, please email or call 214-648-1551.

Clinical Center for Auditory, Vestibular, and Facial Nerve Disorders

The Clinical Center for Auditory, Vestibular, and Facial Nerve Disorders is dedicated to serving the vast number of individuals who suffer from these related diseases. The Clinical Center combines patient care and clinical research with basic science expertise of a multidisciplinary nature, in the hope of providing a basis for more effective prevention and treatment. To learn more, please call us at 214-648-3071.

Stroke Center

The Stroke Center–Dallas, a center for persons recovering from stroke, provides a continuum of treatment services that includes opportunities to participate in cutting-edge research in neuropharmacologic therapy. The research and center programs are the result of a collaboration between faculty from Texas Woman’s University and UT Southwestern Medical Center. We’re located at 1810 Inwood Road near the UT Southwestern campus. To learn more, please call us at 214-689-6592.