Jesse Alcala, Physical Therapist in San Antonio

Jesse Alcala

PT, DPT
About

THE BEGINNING

Growing up, I was unsure on which career path I wanted to take after High School. I had interests in becoming a firefighter, a detective and even a medical doctor. During my undergraduate studies, I developed a strong interest in the study of the human body and movement and sports-related injuries. The rehabilitation process of athletes following an injury in their respective sport always fascinated me the most. I began planning to make career goals to become a certified athletic trainer. Those goals rapidly changed once I learned about the profession of Physical Therapy. After one day of observing in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, I instantly knew that this was the profession for me. I was fascinated by the amount of knowledge each of the therapists had of the human body’s movement and each different intervention that was used to improve physical function. I also learned that Physical Therapy can be beneficial for all people, from infants to adults, and of all activity spectrums. In 2015, I moved to West Texas where I attended PT school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Following graduation, I moved back home to San Antonio where I look forward to beginning my career.

LIFELONG LEARNING

As a Physical Therapist, knowledge and experience after graduate school do not stop. Every day is a new opportunity to learn new things from my colleagues, co-workers and most importantly the patients that I treat. I have always enjoyed learning new approaches to treating musculoskeletal dysfunction. Being a member of national and state professional organization, I’m able to access and implement the most up to date evidence-based practice into my patient care to maximize full physical function. Currently, I am working on completing a manual therapy fellowship program in order to gain additional knowledge and clinical skills in all aspects of orthopedics and be recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (AAOMPT).

COMMITMENT TO PATIENT GOALS

At the initial evaluation, I always ask my patients what their goals with physical therapy are and if they have any passions they would like to return to doing. I have treated patients with goals ranging from, returning to full participation in sport, being able to hike, being able to reach overhead and to just living life pain-free. While considering my patient’s goals and their movement impairments, I commit myself to develop a plan to restore dysfunction to be able to achieve the patient’s goals. It is a privilege to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds and witness their successes as they accomplish their goals. I believe that no one should be limited in their physical function due to illness, surgery, injury or pain. My promise to my patients is to do my best to help them return to their passions and live a pain-free life.

Credentials

Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
BS: Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Concentration in Athletic Medicine), University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
DPT: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX
MEMBER: American Physical Therapy Association and Texas Physical Therapy Association