OUR TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY
At Atlas Physical Therapy, we believe manual therapy is necessary in the rehabilitation of most types of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Pain is often caused by a mechanical block to movement, movement dysfunction (too much or too little movement), or a strength imbalance. It is only able to be fully relieved by including manual therapy techniques along with therapeutic exercise, postural re-education, and traditional physical therapy modalities. At Atlas Physical Therapy, we utilize a comprehensive approach and treat the cause of the problem (the dysfunction), thus restoring movement, reducing pain and improving function. This is known as getting you back to your life.
Vicky Bledsoe PT, Cert. MDT | Physical Therapist/Owner
Vicky began her career caring for injured athletes when she was 16 years old. She was introduced to athletic training after sustaining an injury while playing varsity volleyball. After observing the lack of care being provided to female athletes, she became a student athletic trainer and worked with football and all-female sports while in high school. She then decided to attend college to be an athletic trainer.
Vicky attended Texas Tech University and graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education in 1990 with an emphasis on Athletic Training. After graduating and obtaining her athletic training license, she decided to go on to physical therapy school as the rehabilitation aspect of athletic training was the most challenging and rewarding for her. Vicky graduated from the University of Texas Health Science in San Antonio in 1995 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She has continued her studies of the human body through a vast array of continuing education courses and hands-on training. With more than 20 years of experience as a physical therapist, Vicky’s expertise includes a wide range of clients, including teen athletes, Olympic athletes, and anyone with an injury, pain, or who just needs to be able to walk into their office or home from the car.
As if training for and finishing an Ironman triathlon wasn’t enough, Vicky completed a series of advanced postgraduate courses to become a certified practitioner of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, which is known worldwide as the McKenzie Method ®. Vicky also completed training to become certified in the highly sought after treatment method of dry needling.
When Vicky has free time she enjoys triathlon, running, cycling, swimming and attempting to play golf, just to name a few of her favorite activities. She also enjoys spending time lying on the couch doing nothing or watching her beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Raymond A. Loffredo III, PT, DPT, ATC | Physical Therapist
Ray’s interest in sports medicine began during high school. As a three-sport athlete in swimming, soccer, and varsity cross-country, Ray struggled through many overuse injuries. The outstanding care he received from his athletic trainer and physical therapist enabled him to compete for one year as a NCAA Division I Cross-Country athlete. This formative experience inspired him to pursue a career in sports medicine.
Ray began his journey at Eastern Washington University in Washington State where he graduated with a B.S. in Athletic Training in 2009. While sports medicine was Ray’s first passion, he decided to explore an opportunity to care for employees in the industrial and occupational setting. For over two years he enjoyed applying his knowledge and skill towards rehabilitating workers, developing and implementing injury prevention exercise programs, and performing work task and ergonomic assessments. Ray decided to expand his knowledge with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Eastern Washington University in 2014, followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine which he completed in 2017.
Through his extensive formal education and experience as a collegiate athlete, Ray is able to empathize with his patients and incorporate their personal rehabilitation goals into a comprehensive treatment plan so they can return to their work, hobbies, or athletic competition. He is actively pursuing continuing education courses to further his knowledge and provide the highest degree of updated evidence-based care to his patients.
Ray is taking every advantage to explore Austin’s city attractions and surrounding lakes and rivers. When he is not running or hiking, Ray spends his time enjoying local coffee shops, playing guitar, reading, listening to local bands, or deciding which part he is going to upgrade on his PC.