About Us

Physical Therapists

All of our physical therapists are board certified by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and licensed within the state of Texas.

   
Our entire physical therapy team is skilled in treating the following areas of concern: torticollis and plagiocephaly, developmental delays, neurological impairments, toe walking, orthopedic injuries, and kinesiotaping. 
Additionally, several of our therapists specialize in the following treatment techniques: manual therapy, personal training, and adaptive equipment. 


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Haley Blackman, PT, DPT. Physical Therapist, Team Leader

Hayley Blackman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Prior to attending UT Austin, Hayley danced for a professional ballet company in Philadelphia. While living in Austin for undergrad, she continued sharing her passion for dance by teaching ballet classes at a local dance studio for children ranging from 5 to 18 years old. She then attended Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Hayley completed her clinical rotations during graduate school in a variety of settings throughout Texas including hospital, skilled nursing facility, and outpatient orthopedics. She completed her outpatient pediatric rotation here at Big Sky Pediatric Therapy and is excited to now be joining the Big Sky team. She has attended courses over reflex integration, utilization and fitting of adaptive therapeutic tricycles through AMBUCS, and utilization of the Test of Infant Motor Performance assessment. During her free time she enjoys exploring all that Austin has to offer with her family and friends.


Lisa Dennis, PT, MPT, PCS Physical Therapist

Lisa graduated from UT Austin and obtained her Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Lisa has worked in a variety of settings in her 22 years practicing physical therapy, starting her career at Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Houston. There she was able to treat a wide variety of children in both inpatient/post-surgical rehab as well as outpatient specialty clinics for cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis, spina bifida, and various other orthopedic impairments. Special areas of interest include the treatment of torticollis and infant gross motor development. Passionate about celebrating the gifts and capabilities all children have to offer, Lisa helped create and served on the executive board of Vandegrift High School’s Special Education Department Booster Club and taught a special needs dance class in her community for ten years.  Along with her husband, Joe, and three children, Lisa has called Austin home since 2009. 

Specialty Certifications: Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) issued by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2012, recertified through 2032 


Michele Brown, PT, M.S. Physical Therapist

Michele received her BA in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her Masters of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in 1995. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including the University of Virginia Children's Hospital inpatient units and outpatient clinic, as well as specialty clinics such as Spina Bifida clinic, hemophilia clinic, neurodevelopmental clinic, preemie clinic, and Cerebral Palsy clinic. She has experience evaluating for and determining appropriate wheelchair seating and assistive equipment, as well as recommending appropriate orthotics when indicated. Michele has also worked in the public schools and early intervention setting and currently also sees children in the home health setting. She loves working with each child to make progress toward improving his ability to play and interact with friends and family. Michele and her husband, Chris, have three daughters and enjoy hiking, exploring new places, and playing games together.


Ruchi Bagrodia, PT, DPT, PCS Physical Therapist

Ruchi is a native Austinite and graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Following graduation, she dedicated 1 year to community service, helping students in a low socio-economic school in Seattle. Ruchi went on to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Regis University in Denver. Her clinical rotation at Children’s Hospital Colorado led her to pursue a career in pediatrics. Since then, Ruchi has gained experience in a multiple pediatric settings including inpatient acute care, outpatient rehab and specialty hospital clinics. She spent over 5 years at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Southern California, where she had the opportunity to work with kids of all ages and a wide variety of medical diagnoses and health conditions. She developed a special interest in the treatment of scoliosis which led her to obtain advanced training in the Schroth Method for conservative treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). In 2020, she received board-certification as a clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.
Ruchi is excited to be back in Austin and live closer to family, friends and breakfast tacos!

Specialty Certifications: Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS), Schroth Method C1, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1