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 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
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 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
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 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 Methodist Orthopedic Residency. He became a board certified specialist in orthopedics by the APTA in 2012. Prior to joining 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
Lindsay, originally from Pennsylvania, graduated in 2008 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Prior to moving to Texas and joining Methodist Sugar Land, she managed an outpatient and aquatics physical therapy clinic in San Diego, where she was able to treat a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Lindsay has a strong passion for orthopedics with a particular interest in dance injuries and the complex biomechanics of the lower extremity. Lindsay has recently completed an Orthopedic Residency and is also pursuing specialization and fellowship in Manual Therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
""Our goal is to educate our residents with the knowledge and skills to provide the best evidence-based treatment to effectively enhance the health and well being of our patients." - Lindsay Koller
Brad, a native of Burton, Texas, graduated in May 2012 from Texas Woman's University of Houston with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Prior to graduating, Brad earned his certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in February 2012. Over the duration of time while in Physical Therapy school many valuable experiences were afforded to Brad, including a Clinical Internship with Athletes' Performance of Frisco. Along with his colleagues, Brad too shares a strong passion for general orthopedics, especially cases involving the upper extremity. Brad's interest for the shoulder, particularly in overhead athletes, stems from being a witness to multiple injuries to teammates during his career as a pitcher throughout college. Brad chose residency because he feels it is the future of the profession of Physical Therapy and new graduates. He also chose it as a means to accomplish his goals of one day becoming a Board Certified Sports and Orthopedic Specialist, in addition to a Fellow of Manual Therapy. His goal following completion of residency is to stay on as faculty to help grow and strengthen the residency program. He is member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Texas Physical Therapy Association, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Sarah, originally from Tulsa, moved to Sugar Land in 1998. She graduated from Texas Woman's University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012. Prior to attending Texas Woman's Sarah became the proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2008! Sarah has a passion for sports and carries this into her treatment approach. She excited and honored to be part of the first class of the Methodist Sugar Land Sports Residency program, and is looking forward to expanding her skills and knowledge in the pursuit of becoming a Sports Certified Specialist. When she is not in the clinic Sarah enjoys spending time with her 7 year old Labrador, Walker, and being outside as much as possible.
Gigi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1986 from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. She is currently undergoing a transitional doctorate's program for Physical Therapy at A.T. Still University. Gigi has been a therapist for more than 25 years, 15 years of which has been as a supervisor and as a PT-in-charge. She has a vast experience of evaluating and treating the general orthopedic population. She has dealt with a variety of patients from wound care, work hardening, skilled nursing, spinal cord injury to orthopedics and sports medicine rehabilitation. Gigi enjoys giving back to the community by doing volunteer work at marathons, sports events, and fund raising activities. Teaching kids with sports injury prevention is important to her because her two children are in sports themselves. Even after many years of practice and experience, Gigi chose residency to advance her knowledge in clinical practice and stay up to date with the evolving profession.
Christina has been fascinated with how the body moves since she started gymnastics while growing up in Albuquerque, NM. Her experience as a competitive gymnast led her to coaching young gymnasts and eventually into the realm of physical therapy. She graduated from the University of New Mexico's physical therapy program in 2010 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She 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. A member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2007, Christina became a member of the Texas Physical Therapy Association in 2011 after moving to Houston that same year. Christina's lifetime commitment to learning and belief that all patients should receive quality, evidence-based care helped her decide to apply to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's physical therapy residency program. Christina will pursue board certification and a fellowship after completing the Methodist Sugar Land Orthopedic Residency program and seeks to become a highly skilled clinician and mentor to other PTs and PT students.
"The residency at 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
"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.
"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 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital." - Timothy C. Sitter, 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.