The Optimove Team
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Jeffrey moved from Bettendorf, Iowa to Texas after graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion (Minors in Integrative Physiology & Psychology). Jeffrey headed to Texas not only for the warmer climate and to find his wife, but to pursue his passion of health, further studying the human body and exercise. His first career in Texas was as a strength & conditioning professional. He worked with many clients with various physical and movement limitations and saw the impact exercise and changing their perception has on their life. He used his skills for individual training as well as teaching group exercise classes including Pilates in the water.
Jeffrey graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 2013. He received the Dean’s research Award for the Allied Health Department and got published in multiple geriatric journals. Jeffrey’s passion has always been to provide his clients with solutions to be INDEPENDENT. His mission is to reach out and help as many people with physical and movement limitations who have been told over and over nothing can be done. He decided to start his practice in 2018 and called it Optimove. knowing OPTIMOVE IS NOT GOING TO BE JUST ANOTHER PHYSICAL THERAPY PRACTICE, BUT A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE’S LIVES WILL CHANGE FOREVER AND FOR BETTER.
When Jeffrey is not working and spending time with his family he enjoys music and exercise, playing guitar, conducting research & writing, and studying a variety of science subjects, history, business, and psychology via audio books.
Peter is originally from Rhode Island. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island where his first career was as a ship captain, where he travelled the world and experienced many different cultures. Peter later developed a passion for physical therapy from his running career as a long distance runner doing marathons and ultramarathons. This led him to switch careers as he wanted to learn more about injury prevention and rehab. Peter has worked in various facilities over the last 8 years as a therapist throughout the metroplex including skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedics, and home health. He now enjoys working with our clients on various movement disorders, gait mechanics and balance issues. In his spare time Peter enjoys chopping wood and going for long trail runs with his family.
Andy grew up as part of a military family, living all over the country and abroad. He is so glad to have finally landed back in Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, minoring in Vocal Music and Theater from West Liberty University in West Virginia. Since then he has used his outgoing nature, education background, and organizational skills in healthcare management and operations. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading Marvel comics, and cooking.
During Andy’s first venture into healthcare, while living in Ohio, he worked for a practice focused on Orthopedics where he spent time managing their Physical Therapy front desk across multiple locations as well as being a group fitness instructor for seniors, folks with special needs, and those who have had total join replacements. It’s here that he realized his deep love of helping people navigate the healthcare system and connecting them with those can meet their mobility needs.
Sad to leave that company after over 7 years, Andy and his family moved to Dallas where Andy spent 3 years as Operations Manager for a large Neurology practice. He continued helping people connect with top tier healthcare providers, navigating the pandemic, and moving the practice’s location in stride. It was during this time that Andy met Dr. Guild. The Optimove Team became a favored referral source for some of the physicians on staff and Andy got to work with their team closely as they coordinated care for the patients.
This collaboration led to Andy joining the Optimove Team in August of 2021. Andy has a unique blend of experiences not only professionally but personally as well. He has been able to assist so many people reach the correct providers to have their needs met and provides valuable insight to the workings of the healthcare system at large and how to make it work better for our clients. This also comes from helping his mother navigate worker’s compensation and disability as well as assisting his family setting up his grandparents with memory care, assisted living, physical therapy, and other services. Andy has often been quoted as saying, “I may not be the one laying the healing hands but connecting folks to the right people who can help them makes me feel like I’m a part of something great and makes me feel good.”
Andy would like to be a part of your journey towards independence and wellness. He loves getting to know our clients and being one of their biggest cheerleaders throughout their journeys. Give him a call and take the first steps to achieving your goals.
Originally from way out west El Paso, Mayra received her Bachelors Of Kinesiology at UT Austin and later her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at UT El Paso. Now, while Mayra may spend her days driving around DFW, it’s the relationship and care she gets to grow and help her clients get better that gets her up in the morning.
When she’s not helping clients, Mayra is an avid reader and hiker and loves spending time with her family and pets.