Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Richard Gardner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a board-certified specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy. Plus, he’s an owner of Specialized Physical Therapy. Richard has been practicing physical therapy since 2013. He grew up in Rogers, AR and has always dreamed of opening a clinic in his home town. Richard speaks Spanish and the clinic staff is bilingual.
Richard regularly attends post-graduate continuing-education programs on the treatment of individuals with sports injuries, chronic pain, motor vehicle accidents, post-surgical care, back pain, neck pain, and more. In addition, he is certified in the application of trigger point dry needling. He is passionate about providing the best care to every patient.
“I believe the best outcomes are achieved in physical therapy when the use of manual therapy (hands-on treatments) are used in conjunction with specific exercises. This combination relieves pain and corrects the underlying muscular dysfunction”, explains Richard.
When not in clinic Richard enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle and their three kids. In addition, he enjoys roasting his own coffee and perfecting his home barista skills.
Clinic Director/ Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
Evan Loomis is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is also a certified practitioner of dry needling. Evan is passionate about helping patients understand their recovery process and empowering people to do what they love. Outside of work, Evan enjoys spending time with his wife and son, being active with his church community, strength training, fishing, woodworking, and other outdoor activities.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Hannah is a native to the Austin, TX metroplex. She completed both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy in Arkansas at Harding University. After graduating in 2018, she began her physical therapist journey as a traveling therapist, spending most of her time at clinics in the desert and mountains of New Mexico.
She is passionate about Physical Therapy and the opportunity it provides to impact the community. To her, being a physical therapist is being a stepping stone in projecting others toward overcoming their injury by guiding them in the restoration of their function and returning them back to their usual lifestyle activities that brings joy to their life.
Hannah enjoys treating a large variety of orthopedic, sport, and post-operative injuries. She likes to use a blend of hands-on manual therapy skills with exercises specifically tailored to meet the need of the individual to restore optimal function. She is also certified in Functional Dry Needling and has found great results as an adjunct to her therapy skill sets. While being a traveling therapist brought on many great experiences, Hannah is excited to lay her roots down here in NW Arkansas. Outside the clinic she enjoys partaking in activities such as hiking, camping, traveling, working out, and visiting local coffee shops.
Tim Barnard is a Licensed Massage Therapist. He grew up in Rogers and has been practicing massage therapy for 15 years. He specializes in deep tissue, cupping, medical massage, and sports massage. Tim has worked with a wide variety of athletes, bodybuilders, and weekend warriors. Tim enjoys doing massage to help clients who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Massage therapy speeds up the healing process, improves circulation, and can even restore emotional balance. When he is not in the clinic Tim enjoys spending time with his wife Angela and their three children, hiking, camping and riding bikes
Front Desk Coordinator
Gigi is the Front Desk Coordinator at Specialized Physical Therapy, and she is ready to assist patients in their physical therapy journey! She was born and raised in Costa Rica and has been a member of the NWA community since 2011. Gigi has spent over 20 years working in customer service and human resources including holding a Senior Fraud Analyst position at Western Union. She has a PHD in Psychology, graduated from National University of Costa Rica. In her free time, she works on genealogy research, enjoys going for a run on one of many trails in the local area, and practices yoga. She loves any activity outdoors and is especially proud of her son who is currently attending college.
Aleena grew up in the small town of Siloam Springs, AR. She has a passion for graphic design & creating relationships with new people. Aleena has created numerous designs for previous employers, where she also gained 5 plus years of customer service, leadership & management experience in the Rogers community. She believes that design is a problem-solving tool, a way of recognizing & forming connections between people & the services we provide.
Aleena started with us as a patient looking to improve her form for running, which is another passion of hers. Once her plan of care was complete, she approached us with the idea of taking over Social Media & has since joined our team as Marketing Coordinator. Aleena is one of the first faces you will see when you walk into our clinic. When not in clinic, Aleena enjoys going to local shops, eating good barbecue, running (to eat more barbecue) & spending time with family.
Insurance Verification Officer
Leslie graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a degree in Marketing Management. She started her career with a CPG company as an analyst and then progressed to Shopper Insights, where she got to use her passion for primary research. Eventually, Leslie shifted into full-time parenting, having 3 biological children and also going through the long process of adoption from the Arkansas foster care system. She and her husband Carter now have four children that keep them very busy and very entertained! Now that the kids are all in school, she has joined our team and is excited to have a business focus back in her life. In her free time, Leslie loves to spend time with her husband and kids, play board and card games with friends, read, and especially go on bike ride date nights to many places around Bentonville and Rogers.
Bailey is originally from California, but grew up mostly in Rogers. He is an avid sports fan, especially LSU football. He enjoys going to football games, baseball games, going to the golf course with friends or even TopGolf and exploring new beaches. He feels that being part of Specialized Physical Therapy is an apt workplace for him since he was first a patient after having three intensive spinal surgeries. He feels as if he can personally relate to the patients at Specialized Physical Therapy while working toward his personal, educational goals. Bailey is currently pursuing a duel bachelors and masters degree in business and criminal justice; however, Richard, is rooting for him to consider physical therapy, sports medicine or become a physical trainer. Bailey's best friend is his Golden Retriever, Turbo, who is three years old; & has lots of energy and love.
Physical Therapy Tech
Lauren is a northwest arkansas native and is currently pursuing a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology at the University of Arkansas. She aspires to go to medical school and become a physician, fueling her passion of helping people while creating personal relationships with them. She enjoys being with her family, photography, barre, music, and anything outside! Lauren is excited to join the SPT team and help patients on their physical therapy journey.