John Phelps


Pilgrimage to PT:
As a young clinic outreach worker in a Brazos Valley non-profit, I was straight out of college and
learning some heavy lessons about the fragility and sanctity of human life. Along with witnessing
a lot of pain and struggle, I had successes in helping many individuals move forward with their
lives after receiving serious medical diagnoses. I learned that wellness includes the whole life
picture of a person, not just a list of medical conditions. This early time in my career helped me
determine that I wanted to be involved in a healing profession.
While living in Ecuador as a teacher and pondering my next step in life, I began to volunteer
with a mission group working to alleviate health disparities for rural Ecuadorians. I worked in a
local clinic in Cuenca that offered physical therapy and served as a Spanish-English translator
for an international team serving the Riobamba Valley. Clients would come in and describe how
their lives had become limited by pain and disability. However, at the end of completing their PT,
often they would describe their lives expanding to include things they never thought they would
be able to do again. I was hooked, and decided to become a physical therapist. So I sold
almost everything I had and came back to the US to begin again. A few years later, I graduated
from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, ready to get to work.

Commitment to Quality:
I find that putting a lot of care into small details can make a big difference. I aim to deliver the
best quality care that makes an impact on the daily lives of those who entrust their care to me.
With this in mind, I have been studying with the Manual Therapy Institute with the goal of
developing advanced skills in pursuit of earning the distinction of Fellow of the American
Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). I also believe the highest
quality of care should not be hindered by language barriers, so I strive to hone my Spanish daily
as a bilingual professional.

Giving Back:
I have served as a mentor to community college students for many years. I am engaged in
helping Guatemalan physical therapists and rehabilitation promoters develop their skills through
Therapy Clinics International. Currently, I am enjoying serving as a clinical instructor for physical
therapy students, seeking to help them become skilled patient-centered therapists.


Licensure in Physical Therapy: Texas State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners
DPT: University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
BA: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX