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Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty & Residents

Meet the Faculty

Supervisor, Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Programs

Toko serves as the Supervisor for the Physical Therapy Clinical Residency Programs. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports by the APTA, Fellowship trained in Manual Therapy, and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in Kinesiology from Northeast Missouri State University where he was also an All-Conference collegiate football player. Toko received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Southwest Texas State University in 2003 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Women's University in 2011. Prior to joining Houston Methodist Sugar Land, he was a partner in two Houston private practice clinics. Toko has treated a wide range of orthopedic and sports conditions with a specific focus on advance treatment of the shoulder, knee, and foot/ankle. He has a strong background in implementing sports performance techniques into rehabilitation. Toko has extensive experience working with the athletic population including collegiate, amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes. Toko lectures on sports medicine conditions, teaches continuing education courses, serves as adjunct faculty for other residencies, and mentors fellowship trained Manual Therapists. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association Orthopedic and Sports Section, Texas Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and is a Texas Legislative Representative for the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section.

"Our profession is extremely dynamic and can be challenging to the generalist. It’s important to substantiate yourself as a specialist who can better meet the needs of the patient and keep pace with advancing knowledge. It’s our privilege to assist therapists in overcoming these challenges and meet their professional goals of specialization." - Toko Nguyen

Coordinator, Sports Physical Therapy Residency and Athletic Training Residency

Marie serves as the Coordinator for the Sports Physical Therapy Residency. She is originally from Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2003 with her Bachelors of Science in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Certification. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006. In order to advance her skills and expertise, Marie completed an Orthopedic Residency Program in 2008 and Fellowship training in Manual Therapy in 2010 from the nationally renowned Kaiser Permanente in Southern California. Marie is a Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Clinical Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. She is an active member of the APTA. Marie transitioned from private practice in Louisiana to specifically join the residency programs at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in order to share her in depth experience and advance knowledge in sports rehabilitation. Marie is an avid runner and has a strong passion in treating the challenging athletic population.

"Our residents will help shape the future of physical therapy by providing the most effective and evidenced based treatments. I am excited to be a part of such an innovative program." - Marie Potter

Benjamin Renfrow PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Coordinator, Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency

Ben serves as the Coordinator for the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency. He graduated in 2003 from Southwest Texas State University with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. He completed a dual residency and fellowship in orthopedic and manual therapy from The Manual Therapy Institute in January of 2013.. He graduated from the Orthopedic Residency at Houston Methodist Hospital of Sugar Land in July of 2012. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy with Texas Women's University in December of 2012. He is a faculty mentor of the Houston Methodist Orthopedic Residency. He became a board certified specialist in orthopedics by the APTA in 2012. Prior to joining Houston Methodist Sugar Land, he was a clinic director at a large outpatient facility that specialized in land and aquatic therapy. Ben has significant experience in treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions, with a special interest in the athletic population and movement impairments. He enjoys participating in CrossFit and Running.

"Residency participation helps better bridge the gap between didactic knowledge and clinical-treatments. Through the pursuit of excellence in orthopedic assessment and differential diagnosis, our residents are able to expedite resolution of patients' symptoms, and better legitimize becoming a specialist." - Ben Renfrow

Christina Gomez PT, DPT
Faculty / Clinical Mentor

Christina is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and completed her undergraduate studies in 2006 and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010 at the University of New Mexico. Her fascination with how the body moves stems from her experience as a competitive gymnast, which has led her to coaching young gymnasts and eventually into the realm of physical therapy. Christina has had the opportunity to treat a diverse mix of patients, but discovered early in her career that her passion lies in treating orthopedic conditions in the active population. Christina has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2007, and a member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association in 2011. Christina moved to Houston in 2011 and began work in private practice before deciding to advance her clinical knowledge and expertise through residency. She graduated from the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Orthopedic Residency program in July of 2013. In her year as a resident, she significantly advanced her manual techniques, advanced her clinical reasoning skills, and discovered a love for pain science. She hopes to take this knowledge further by pursuing an orthopedic and manual therapy fellowship through the Institute for Athlete Regeneration and passing the Orthopedic Specialist board examination in 2014. When Christina is not improving the wellness and mobility of her patients or mentoring residents, she is attending the games of her favorite Houston sports team, the Houston Dynamo.

“With the changes in healthcare, patients are placing more emphasis on value. Physical therapists need to meet these needs and advance their clinical knowledge so that patients recognize that we are specialists in movement and select physical therapy as their mode of rehabilitation.” - Christina Gomez

Brad Chovanec PT, DPT, CSCS
Faculty / Clinical Mentor

Brad Chovanec, who has been with Houston Methodist of Sugar Land for one year now, is never shy to admit to his hometown being Burton, Texas. After graduating from Burton High School in 2004, Brad attended Blinn Junior College where he earned two Associates degrees and walked on as a member of the Buccaneer baseball team. His love for baseball then took him to the University of Texas at San Antonio where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and was a 2-year conference starter for the Roadrunners. While there, he also earned the Excalibur Award for his dedication to strength and conditioning training as well as overall UTSA Academic Athlete of the Year in 2008. Shortly after completing his undergraduate education, Brad then headed a little closer to home to attend Texas Woman’s University of Houston where he eventually earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May 2012. Wanting to accelerate his advancement as a Physical Therapist, Brad sought out and became a member of the first class of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Sports Physical Therapy Residency. In July 2013, he successfully graduated from the program and is now on board as a Sports Residency faculty mentor with specific focus on the upper extremity component. Future goals of Brad’s include gaining his Sports Certified Specialist certification in March of 2014 as well as participating in and completing a Fellowship in Manual Therapy within the next two years. In his free time, Brad enjoys heading back home to help his parents do anything work related outside. When November rolls around he particularly finds himself heading home even more as Whitetail season is in full effect.

“Residency training allows for a peek into the future with not just Physical Therapy but healthcare in general.  With new discoveries in medicine everyday advancements are available to made in all professional medical fields allowing for better quality and efficiency of care; thus improving individual quality of life.  Advancements available through residency training allows for a therapist to accelerate his or her way toward the top tier of their field serving as a role models for future and current practicing therapists” - Brad Chovanec

Amy Contreras PT, MS, OCS
Faculty / Clinical Mentor

Amy is originally from Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University in 2004. After moving to Houston, she received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2006. Since graduating PT school she has completed a certification in orthopedic manual therapy and has become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. She has had the pleasure of working in Houston since 2006 with all ages and fitness levels. Currently, she serves as faculty mentor for the Orthopedic Residency at the West Houston clinic, and looks forward to building a long and fulfilling career at Houston Methodist West Hospital. Amy’s interests outside of work include spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and anything outdoors.

“Helping others heal makes for a fulfilling career. To strive for meaningful and cost-effective outcomes in physical therapy, it is imperative to pursue the most current research and education that is available, and to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to ensure that evidence translates to practice and is consumer-centered.” - Amy Contreras

Athletic Trainers

David Edell MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Faculty, Athletic Training Residency

Education: BA, University of Kansas; MEd, The Wichita State University

Certification: ATC, Board Certified Athletic Trainer; LAT, Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer; CSCS, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Previous Affiliations: Austin Independent School District; Lanier and LBJ High Schools – Athletic Trainer; Athletic Services for West Houston Medical Center – Director

Jerry Meins, ATC, LAT
Faculty, Athletic Training Residency

Education: BA, University of Northern Iowa; MEd, University of Arizona

Certification: ATC, Board Certified Athletic Trainer; LAT, Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer

Previous Affiliations: Pueblo High Scholl, Tucson, AZ – Head Athletic Trainer; University of Southern California – Assistant Athletic Trainer; Houston Oilers – NFL – Head Athletic Trainer; Rehabilitation Services of Houston – Clinical Athletic Trainer; Houston Aeros – Professional Hockey – Head Athletic Trainer

Stephen Melancon, MHR, ATC, LAT, PES
Faculty, Athletic Training Residency

Education: BA, Louisiana State University; MA, University of Oklahoma

Certification: ATC, Board Certified Athletic Trainer; LAT, Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer; PES, Performance Enhancement Specialist-National Academy of Sports Medicine

Previous Affiliations: New York Football Giants – Seasonal Assistant Athletic Trainer; University of Oklahoma – Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer; Action Medicine Consultants – Outreach Athletic Trainer; Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic – Orthopaedic Medical Assistant

W. Brandon Roberts, MEd, ATC, LAT

Faculty, Athletic Training Residency

Education: BESS, Texas State University; MEd, Texas State University

Certification: ATC, Board Certified Athletic Trainer; LAT, Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer

Previous Affiliations: Fort Bend Travis High School - Head Athletic Trainer; Fort Bend Kempner High School - Head Athletic Trainer

Bill Wissen, MA, ATC, LAT
Faculty, Sports Physical Therapy Residency and Athletic Training Residency

Education: BA, Southeastern Louisiana University; MA, Western Michigan University

Certification: ATC, Board Certified Athletic Trainer; LAT, Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer

Previous Affiliations: Alief Hastings High School- Clinical Athletic Trainer

Class of 2013 - Sports Residency

Courtney Bohne, PT, DPT

Courtney knew she wanted to become a physical therapist after the first time she stepped foot inside a PT clinic during career day in high school. Courtney graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise Physiology. In the spring of 2013, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. Courtney is passionate about serving the athletic population and enjoys working with athletes of all ages and types. She has a special interest in community education for injury prevention and was recently invited to present her research on injury knowledge among youth baseball players at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. In addition, Courtney has had a variety of experiences working in the fitness setting as personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and has led speed and agility camps for children and adolescents. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the residency program so that she can further her skills to offer her patients the best and most effective care possible. Upon completion of the residency, Courtney plans to obtain several specializations and certifications including becoming a Sports Certified Specialist. Courtney is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Chris Gaines, PT, DPT

Christopher, Chris, became interested in fitness and wellness while attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches Texas. He attained his personal training certification while in school and realized there was much more to know about human movement so he decided to pursue a career in physical therapy. He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2013 from Texas Woman’s University. Being inspired by the clinical specialists who mentored him during his time in the clinic, he decided to pursue a clinical specialty in sports and manual therapy. Upon completion of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency, Chris plans to complete a Manual Therapy Fellowship.
Chris is passionate about participating in community-based preventative care to increase access and knowledge of resources available to the public. He is fervent about exercise and fitness and is an avid “crossfitter”. Having seen the superior effects of CrossFit when compared with conventional weight training in his own life when treating patients he strives to incorporate the techniques and principles he has learned from CrossFit into his practice. “I do this to empower my patients and instill them with the belief that they can do these complex functional movements, even when they think they are too old or disabled.” He plans to be actively promoting fitness and return to activity in the community by partnering with local CrossFit gyms.

Gregory Sabo, PT, DPT

Greg was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of his life growing up in Danbury, Connecticut. Throughout his life, Greg has been active in several different competitive sports including baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, and boxing. It is this passion for competitive sports combined with his love for science that has led Greg to pursue a career as a sports physical therapist. Greg graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, and from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his education, Greg became increasingly fascinated with the human body and how it adapts to training and participating in high level sporting activities. It is for this reason, combined with his strong interest in the area of manual therapy, that led Greg to join the sports PT residency program at Houston Methodist. Greg strongly believes that in order to be the most effective clinician possible and to ensure the most optimal recovery for patients, one must continually improve their skills and awareness of current research. He takes pride in being an independent learner and has dedicated his life to learning how to ensure better outcomes for his patients. Greg will seeks board certification as a Sports and Orthopedic Certified Specialist following the completion of his residency.

Class of 2013 - Orthopedic Residency

Collin Foley, PT, DPT

Collin cares about the health of the community. His passion for helping others began in high school when he had an opportunity to volunteer as a health studies student in the hospital and assist athletes as a student athletic trainer. In college he was a student athletic trainer, volunteered in community outreach for adaptive physical education classes for local children, and was a student intern at several local clinics ranging from sports rehabilitation to hippo therapy for disabled children. He attended Texas Tech Health Science Center and received a Doctor of Physical therapy in 2008. Upon graduation he began his career in a rural setting working for the local hospital system in acute care, outpatient, and a post-surgical center prior to moving to Houston. For the past two years he has worked in outpatient primarily treating general orthopedics, and sport injuries. He plans to sit for the orthopedic specialty exam after completing the orthopedic manual residency at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and then to continue onto a sports medicine fellowship program. His future goals upon completion of these programs are to improve the Sports Medicine program at Houston Methodist West, become a resident instructor, and to meet the needs of the West Houston community and its athletes. He is the proud father of little boys and enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and children in his spare time.

Adeeb Khalfe PT, DPT, CSCS

Adeeb was born in Houston, TX and moved to Sugar Land in 2000. After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, Adeeb attended physical therapy school at Angelo State University. In May 2013, Adeeb graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and decided to complete the orthopedic residency program here at Houston Methodist Orthopedic Specialists of Texas. With a passion for orthopedics, Adeeb believed completing a residency would be the best, first step in his career to specialize his skills in the area of PT he truly loves. Although he enjoys working with a wide array of patients, Adeeb has a special interest in treating the geriatric population. With the knowledge and experience gained through residency, he plans on becoming a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Adeeb would also like to become a clinical instructor and mentor to future physical therapy students and residents to help the field of PT grow. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, and National Strength and Conditioning Association. An advocate for overall health and fitness, Adeeb enjoys spending his time outside of the clinic boxing and circuit training.

Chrysta Lloyd, PT, DPT

Chrysta Lloyd, a native of St. Louis, MO first became interested in Physical Therapy after participating in a health careers program and participating in multiple sports in high school. She left home to attend The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, in Tallahassee, FL for the program in Physical Therapy. There she was active as a cheerleader and in many service activities on campus. She transferred to Florida State University to focus on Athletic Training and Exercise Science. During her 2000-2002 tenure as a student athletic trainer, her track and field athletes won the 2002 Men’s ACC Championship. She received her BS in Exercise Science in 2002. She returned home to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Since receiving her Doctorate, she has focused her clinical practice and continuing education in sports and orthopedics. She is currently enrolled in a Manual Therapy Fellowship program and is also a Certified Emergency Medical Responder. She has been an American Physical Therapy Association member since 2002 and is planning on sitting for her Orthopedic Clinical Specialization exam in 2014. She has been working at Houston Methodist West Hospital in their Sports Medicine and Rehab department since it’s opening in 2010. Her hobbies include running and training for half marathons, dancing, and working with the sign language ministry at church. She is an active volunteer in the community through her sorority alumnae chapter, church, and work opportunities. She is proud to have been accepted into the Residency program at Houston Methodist Sugarland and looks forward to using her knowledge to help her patients, community, and future students/residents.

Class of 2013 - Athletic Training Residency

Emily White, ATC, LAT

As a born and raised Spartan, Emily is a long ways from her original hometown of Okemos, MI. After graduating from Michigan State University in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training, she discovered the sports phenomenon all the way down in Texas and sought out the unlimited opportunities to excel in the sports medicine profession. While her heart and soul are in Spartan country, she has grown to love what Texas has to offer. Between her strong personal background of participation in sports and her exposure to sports medicine as an athlete, her passion grew for sports medicine and wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives by helping those with a common passion for physical activity achieve their goals. Michigan State’s Athletic Training program is well known for manual medicine, which has been an aspect that Emily has grown to love in the treatment of her patients. She started her Texas adventure in Fort Worth in July 2012 to gain more experience, but had limited opportunity to practice her knowledge of manual medicine and she wanted to continue to better herself and strive for excellence in the profession. Between her experiences at Michigan State, empathy for athletes through her own mishaps, love for the athletic venues, interest in the clinical aspect of sports medicine, the eagerness to learn more from the rehabilitation aspect, and the motivation to continue learning to provide the best patient care, she sought out the opportunity to advance her knowledge and skills through the well rounded residency program that Houston Methodist of Sugar Land has established. While devoting her time to becoming a better clinician through the residency, she will also be advancing her knowledge by obtaining a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida in the Master of Medical Sciences Program with a Concentration in Athletic Training, which she will finish in the spring of 2015. While she will always bleed green, she is excited for the opportunity she has in Sugar Land to grow and continue moving forward.

Residency Medical Directors

David Braunreiter, MD

"The residency at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has afforded our sports medicine physicians and residents the opportunity to unite their talents into a more precise treatment of our patients' medical needs. The collaboration of our professions has transformed our facility into an institution of knowledge that will continue to evolve and benefit our community." - David Braunreiter, MD

Mark W. Maffet, M.D.

"It is very impressive that our physical therapists are incorporating residency and fellowship to advance their clinical skills. From personal experience, these programs are vital to an orthopedic surgeon's success and I am glad that our therapists are following similar paths to their own specialization." - Mark W. Maffet, M.D.

Timothy C. Sitter, M.D.

"I am extremely excited to be part of a program that will advance the clinical skills of our therapists. Sound rehabilitation is a key component to a successful surgery, and it is good to know we have a hospital that continues to develop high level therapists to provide this service for us. This program truly fits into the culture of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital." - Timothy C. Sitter, M.D.

Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.

"The opportunity for residents to observe us in clinic and in surgery is so important in understanding the implications for rehabilitation. This opportunity definitely puts our therapists ahead of the rest, and I am glad to be a part of this experience." - Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D.