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  • Kahn Nirschl

    Kahn NirschlPT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

    Kahn is an Owner of Physical Therapy Central, and practices locally in his hometown of Pauls Valley, OK. He earned his Bachelor of Science from St. Gregory’s University in 1998, and ultimately his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2001. Kahn has practiced in the areas of outpatient orthopedics in private practice since that time, in addition to teaching responsibilities, and the mentorship of physical therapists both clinically and professionally both within the company and outside of it. He is an advocate of educational programs related to physical therapy and is currently the Director of Residency and Fellowship programs with PTC.

    In 2006, Kahn became Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, a distinction limited to less than 5% of actively practicing Physical Therapists. Being a life-long learner, Kahn began a Fellowship in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy with Evidence in Motion in January 2011 emphasizing advanced clinical reasoning, manual therapy skills, and teaching. Kahn completed this in December 2013 and received his designation as a Fellow during AAOMPT National Conference in 2014. Kahn is one of only a few Fellows practicing in the state of Oklahoma.

    Kahn is an active member of both the OPTA and APTA, is actively engaged in teaching on both a state and national level to audiences ranging from PT students to experienced PTs. Kahn’s desire is to advance the knowledge and ability of the profession of Physical Therapy within the state of Oklahoma in the areas of orthopedics, manual therapy of the spine and extremities including manipulative techniques and the incorporation of trigger point dry needling with advanced clinical reasoning through teaching and mentoring.


  • Stephanie Erickson

    Stephanie EricksonPT, DPT, OCS

    Stephanie was born in Eureka, CA and was raised in the military along with her younger brother and sister. Her family’s travels took her around the country and to North Carolina where she graduated high school. She earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise and Sport Science in 2011 from the University of North Carolina. She continued her education at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014 where she received the Creighton University Book award for academic achievements and exemplary acknowledgements for clinical practice. Her clinical rotations included various settings in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Wyoming but it was her rotation at Physical Therapy Central where she discovered her love for orthopedics.

    In 2015 she completed Evidence in Motion’s Manual Therapy Certification program and has completed the requirements to be recognized as an Orthopedic Specialist through the APTA. Her interests include manual therapy, prosthetics and spinal dysfunction. She has been a member of the APTA since 2011 and is a member of the orthopedic section. She is currently the clinic manager of the Pauls Valley clinic.

    Stephanie lives in Norman, where she enjoys playing and coaching volleyball whenever she can. She is an avid Tar Heel basketball fan and loves to spend time with her sister who lives in Edmond.

  • Christine Poteet

    Christine PoteetPT, DPT

    Christine grew up in Oklahoma City and has been involved in a wide variety of sports and fitness activities throughout her life including softball, rowing, running, triathlons, and dancing, among others. She graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and French with a minor in business from Oklahoma City University in 2007. She spent two years coaching the Novice Women’s Rowing Team at the University of Central Oklahoma, after which, she began preparing for PT school.

    Christine received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2015, during which she completed clinical rotations at Baptist Medical Center and McBride Physical Therapy in OKC, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid, OK, and her final rotation at Physical Therapy Central in OKC. She completed the Manual Therapy Certification Program in 2016, and will take the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification Examination in the near future.

    Outside of PT, Christine enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her new puppy, Romulus, and staying physically active. She is very excited to join the PT Central team in Pauls Valley and looks forward to serving the community there.

  • Trent Wauters

    Trent WautersPTA

    Trent Wauters was born in Oklahoma City, but grew up on a small lake in Arcadia, OK. He went to Oklahoma Christian School (OCS) from pre-K to 8th grade, and graduated from Bishop McGuinness High School in 2004. He attended the University of Oklahoma, where he graduated in 2011 with his BS in multidisciplinary studies.

    Trent graduated from OCCC in 2014 from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program, and received the Clinical Excellence Award for his performance during clinical rotations. He enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, golfing, mountain biking, and staying physically active. Trent and his wife, Daryn, recently had a baby boy, Copelin Louis Wauters, on July 20th, 2014. He is active in the OPTA/APTA, and has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions that affect the extremities.

  • Elisa Cummings

    Elisa CummingsPTA

    Elisa was raised in Pauls Valley and graduated as salutatorian of her class from Wynnewood High School in 2010. During her time at Wynnewood High School, she participated in many activities such as softball, cheerleading, basketball, yearbook, band, and was also a member of the National Honor Society.

    Elisa attended Murray State College where she graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2015. After falling in love with the fun atmosphere as a technician with Physical Therapy Central, she decided to come back and join the PTC team in Pauls Valley to begin her career as a PTA.

    Outside of PT, Elisa resides in Pauls Valley and loves to spend time with her family and friends and also likes to read and go shopping. She is an active OPTA and APTA member and is very excited to grow as a professional and continue this journey with Physical Therapy Central.