Dr. Keith Blasingame President and Founder - PT, DPT
Dr. Keith Blasingame, President and Founder of ProActive Physical Therapy Centers, PLLC, has been committed to excellence in patient care since 1994. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 with a degree in Physical Therapy, Keith was employed as a staff therapist by a large orthopedic group in Fort Worth, Texas. Within one year, he came to the Houston area to be the Site Coordinator at this group's satellite clinic. In only 9 months, he was able to positively impact the lives of people in the community by serving 120% more patients than when he arrived.
In 1996, Keith took on a new challenge and helped open a Sports Medicine Facility affiliated with a large Houston area hospital. After 4 ½ years in which Keith maintained a relationship with that community, he decided it was time to become an entrepreneur. So, on August 14, 2000, he opened ProActive Physical Therapy’s Pearland Center.
Keith's vision for ProActive Physical Therapy Centers is to offer the community a clinic that is free to make decisions that will benefit the people in the local community. Keith offers numerous programs to benefit the patients of ProActive Physical Therapy Centers. Just a few of the programs are Sports Medicine, TMJ/headache specialty program, Aquatics, Work Hardening, and Job Analysis.
Keith stays very involved with the local communities in which he owns clinics. He has been a Board member of Coppinger YMCA since 2003. Past positions held include: Board member of Pearland Chamber of Commerce, Board member of Pearland Rotary, Board member Project Joy and Hope, President of Pearland chapter of BNI, Membership Committee member of Pasadena chapter of BNI, member of steering committee for Texas Invitational basketball tournament, elected King for 2004 Pearland Neighborhood Center, and member of Fastbreak Booster Club in Pearland. It is through these affiliations that Keith feels he is able to make the biggest impact on giving back to the communities.
Amy Hudak VP of Operations-PT
Amy and her family moved to Texas from Connecticut in 2005. A native of the East Coast, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy at Quinnipiac University in 1988. Amy has been a practicing physical therapist for more than 27 years, with 25 of those spent in outpatient orthopedic settings. Specializing in manual therapy techniques, aquatics, and therapeutic exercise with a concentration on core strengthening, Amy has been a part of the ProActive Team since 2009, 1st as the director in Clear Lake, and currently in Pearland. She has been trained in multiple manual therapy techniques, including Muscle Energy, CST, Mulligan & Myofascial Release. Amy is also trained in Custom Splinting for the upper extremities.
When she’s not at work, Amy pursues her love of singing as part of the Grace Community Church Worship Team (though she’s been known to bust out in song at work, too!) She also enjoys spending time with her family, attending her son's college football games, reading, and exercising (she’s a fan of running and kickboxing workouts). Amy also recently became a "Mamie" (grandma) and is enjoying every moment she can get her hands on her beautiful granddaughter!
Amy’s goal is to make each person’s physical therapy experience both effective and fun!
To contact or refer your patients to Amy call 713-436-3900 today.
Jennifer Wadlington Manager of Administration BS in Kinesiology
Jennifer Wadlington was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She joined the Proactive team in 2015 as a front office coordinator and recently took on the position of Regional Director Of Operations in 2020. Jennifer graduated from the University of Houston, Go Coogs, and has a degree in Kiniesiology with an emphasis in sports administration. She has been in the medical field for 13 years and absolutely loves what she does. She is married to her best friend, Kyle, and together they have recently welcomed there first child, Marshall, who they absolutely adore. Together, they enjoy country line dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Jennifer enjoys problem solving and interacting with our amazing patients on a day to day basis.
Dr. Lisa Sellers-Simon Pasadena Clinic Director - PT, DPT,MTC, MSPT
Dr. Lisa Sellers-Simon, PT, DPT,MTC, MSPT, is a native Houstonian. She has lived in Europe, NYC and New Orleans, but came full circle to her hometown in 2001. She graduated top of her class at City University of New York -- magna cum laude and commencement speaker for her graduating class of 1987. She then pursued a career in acting with her most unusual job as co-star of an Off-Broadway Splatter Rock Musical with a cult following! Upon leaving the acting field, she pursued a career in fitness. As a personal trainer in NYC, she wrote feature articles for Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour Magazine. Later she would attend Texas Woman’s University for physical therapy. For nearly 20 years, Lisa has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She has loved it all for the joy she receives in helping others achieve a higher quality of life thru the rehabilitation process. Her greatest passion is orthopedics and she is delighted to have come full circle once again. She employs a variety of manual therapy techniques which includes trigger point dry needling. She emphasizes the importance of good posture and core strength and wants patients to feel at ease while reaching their maximum functional potential. Outside of work, she is with her family, taking spin classes, or crafting. She and her husband love teaching children’s Sunday school.
Dr. Kaitlin Foley Clear Lake Clinic Director - PT, DPT
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Kaitlin became invested in physical therapy as a career at an early age. Starting in high school with her first internship in a local outpatient orthopedic clinic, she fell in love with physical therapy and this interest has stayed with her ever since. Graduating from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012, she went on to receive a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans in 2015. After obtaining her doctorate, she spent several years working in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine physical therapy before moving to Houston to be closer to family and share her skills with the Houston community.
When not at the clinic, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to live music, hiking, travelling and practicing aerial yoga.
Dr. Jason Stephens Sugarland Clinic Director - PT, DPT
Dr. Jason Stephens is a physical therapist at ProActive Physical Therapy. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas and received his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
Jason is passionate about providing exceptional care to improve the patient’s overall quality of life. He strives to demonstrate compassion to each patient while guiding them through their rehabilitation process. Additionally, he relies on evidence-based practices to ensure the best-personalized care with each patient.
After relocating from Dallas, Dr. Stephens became a member of the ProActive Physical Therapy team in February 2020. His areas of interest include sports rehabilitation and chronic pain management. He has certifications including dry needling and Kinesio-taping with aspirations to obtain an orthopedic manual therapy (OMT) certification and to become an ergonomic specialist.
Dr. Tara Singh Pasadena Clinic Director-PT, DPT
Dr. Tara Singh received her BA in Psychology and Biology at State University of New York at Albany, where she developed her leadership skills as a residential assistant and a passion for helping others. She continued her education at Utica College to pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy and graduated in 2013. She began working for a private outpatient clinic, where her professional development blossomed from physical therapist to clinical manager. Over the last 4 years, Tara has also had the opportunity to work in skilled nursing, pediatrics and geriatric daycare.
Tara relocated from New York to Texas in June 2019 after getting married. In her first year in Houston, she had dabbled in geriatric outpatient physical therapy in River Oaks and Spring, only to discover her true niche in orthopedic outpatient PT. She joined Proactive Physical Therapy in December 2020 and is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals for a healthy and active lifestyle.
Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and raving about her dog, Winston. In her spare time, she enjoys Orange Theory Fitness, trying different cuisines, listening to crime podcasts and traveling abroad.
Dr. Kathleen Valis - PT, DPT, CLT
A native of New Orleans, Kathleen moved to Houston in 2005. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at The University of Texas at Austin in 2017, and she returned to Houston to get her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Texas Woman’s University, graduating in 2020. Kathleen walks alongside of her patients in their rehabilitation journey and desires to treat the whole person with an integrative approach. She has accrued a diverse skill set in the areas of manual therapy, pain science, sports medicine, oncology, neurology, and lymphedema through training at world-renowned teaching hospitals. In September 2020, she is receiving training with the Academy of Lymphatic Studies to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. During her many years working and studying in the Oncology community, she realized the need to support cancer survivors beyond their cancer cure. She utilizes physical therapy, education, and lymphedema management to address the physical side effects of cancer and cancer treatments and to empower each survivor to achieve their optimal quality of life.
Kathleen loves spending time with her family and friends. She can be found visiting the national parks with her husband, running with her Border Collie, reading nonfiction books, volunteering in her community, and practicing yoga. She is excited to move with her new family to Clear Lake and embrace the lake lifestyle!"
Dr. Francesca Bassoo - PT, DPT
Homegrown in Texas, Francesca Bassoo is a native and proud Houstonian. Growing up she fell in love with playing sports which led her to a scholarship playing collegiate tennis. She started out at Lee College where she became a National Champion in 2009 and then finished her career at the University of Incarnate Word while obtaining her Bachelor’s in Rehabilitative Sciences. Having been through injuries herself, she was drawn to physical therapy. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and has worked in South Texas and Oregon as a travel PT. Although she has worked in different settings, her passion lies in outpatient orthopedics. She creates an individualized plan for every patient, always placing importance on posture and a strong stable core. She holds certifications in both TPDN and IASTM which is incorporated throughout her treatment. No matter if your goal is to get back out on the field or be able to walk without pain, she will be with you every step of the way.
In her spare time Francesca loves spending time with her family, friends, and golden retriever Ollie. She enjoys being active and exploring the outdoors. Being a Houstonian, she is also a die-hard Rockets fan, catching games whenever possible. Francesca is excited to be back in her hometown and looking forward to a bright future.
Dr. Phillip Merritt - PT, DPT
Dr. Merritt is a DPT at ProActive’s Pearland clinic. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018 while attending the University of Central Arkansas and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Phillip is a patient-centered therapist who works closely with his clients and their families to deliver optimum outcomes and navigate the road of recovery. He believes strongly in empowering his clients through education to allow them to become their own therapist and take control to own their care. He also is consistently staying up to date on the latest APTA guidelines and recommendations and works to improve on his clinical skills to better serve those in need.
After relocating from Dallas to Houston, Phillip became a member of the ProActive team in November of 2019. Prior to working at ProActive, he worked in the acute care setting at THR and as a worker’s comp therapist for Concentra. His areas of interest are cardiac rehab, orthopedics and outpatient neuro.
Steven Malachowski -PT, DPT, CSCS PT, DPT, CSCS
Steven is a physical therapist who joined the ProActive clinical team in Pearland in 2020 after completing his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at George Washington University. Steven is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and implements a holistic and individualized approach to patient care. He believes in utilizing evidence-based practice and teaching patients how to independently manage their conditions once they have finished their treatment plan.
Steven grew up with moose and bears in Alaska and lived in Oklahoma, England, Washington state, Washington D.C. before making the move to Houston. While attending college at the University of Puget Sound, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in History and played collegiate rugby. Now that he is settled in Houston, Steven enjoys participating in soccer, piano, and reading in his free time.
Dirk Peckhaus -PT, DPT
Dirk Peckhaus earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in April 2020 and received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Dirk believes in patient-centered treatment understanding that each individual requires a personalized plan of care to address their condition appropriately. He utilizes a multi-dimensional approach to rehabilitation specializing in manual therapy techniques, soft tissue mobilization, and therapeutic exercise. As a former football coach, Dirk enjoys motivating his patients to succeed in reaching their goals. Dirk’s focus is to create an environment where patients can learn and improve beyond their diagnosis to regain their function and return to doing what they love.
Prior to working at ProActive, Dirk practiced physical therapy in the home health setting. In his spare time, Dirk enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and fishing. Dirk preaches to patients that movement is medicine and enjoys staying active himself.
Earl Williams - PTA
Earl is an experienced Physical Therapist Assistant that has returned to ProActive Physical Therapy Centers, after providing home physical therapy for the past few years. With nearing two decades of experience, Earl works to provide the best care to his patients as they manage to return to their highest level of function. Earl utilizes his knowledge and skills not only to help patients overcome their current impairments, but to educate his patients in prevention of injury with return to activities of daily living. Prior to his initial tenure with ProActive from 2004 to 2011, Earl attended Houston Community College Systems where he received his Associate Degree for Physical Therapist Assistant in 2004. He also received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Howard University in 1994. Earl’s philosophy is …”joints are made to move!”
April Royall - PTA
April joined the ProActive team in 2009 and since has extensive experience in aquatics, outpatient orthopedics, and vestibular disorders utilizing advanced training through Mulligan Concepts and various manual techniques.
She attended San Jacinto College and was part of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is always looking to expand her knowledge and learn from others.
In addition to work April loves spending time with her family, being outdoors and traveling.
Iris Zuniga - PTA
Iris Zuniga started working for ProActive Physical Therapy as a technician and is now a PTA at our Pasadena Clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fitness & Human Performance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2014. In 2020 she received her associates in physical therapist assistant (PTA) from San Jacinto College.
Iris attended South Houston High School and enjoys sharing in the recovery process for those she has known in the community over the years. Her interest in physical therapy was by a complete accident after researching different types of PT facilities for her brother. She was intrigued by her discoveries and thought this was a career that she could see herself doing for the rest of her life.
She is a die-hard supporter of ALL Houston sports teams! On her time off, Iris loves to travel around the world and hang out with her friends and family.