The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Outpatient Therapy Clinic, opened in fall 2014, offers comprehensive rehabilitation therapy — including physical, occupational and speech.

Experienced therapists, access to top-of-the-line therapeutic devices and a newly renovated 2,735-square-foot clinic space improve access to therapy services for older patients, veterans, athletes, those with chronic conditions or patient recovering from injuries affecting mobility or speech. The clinic is conveniently located in the heart of Fayetteville on the regional campus of UAMS, the state’s only academic health sciences center.

The clinic’s goal is to provide effective, evidence-based outpatient therapy for patients with a variety of diagnoses, including functional deficits due to neurological disease (including post-stroke, Parkinson’s disease or vestibular dysfunction), neck and back pain, injury or amputations.

Our therapy professionals stay up-to-date on evidence-based practice and current research to offer the newest, most effective treatment.

“Physical therapists specialize in prescribing the best course of exercise that can help slow or even stop deterioration in fitness or flexibility caused by age, condition or injury,” said Dr. Jefferson.

“We strive to find the most effective exercise, regardless of age or physical condition.”

Our therapists work with patients to set functional, activity-based goals. Commitment to patient-centered care involves the patient as a partner in ensuring the best care.

Meet Our Therapy Professionals

John Jefferson, PT, PhD, COMT
John Jefferson, PT, PhD, COMTChair and Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy UAMS College of Health Professions
Dr. Jefferson is a certified Orthopedic Manipulative Therapist and has been a practicing orthopedic physical therapist for more than 30 years, with an emphasis on back and neck pain, as well as sports medicine.
Angel Holland, PT, MPT, LSVT-C
Angel Holland, PT, MPT, LSVT-CDirector of Physical Therapy Clinical Education, Assistant Professor, UAMS Department of Physical Therapy
A credentialed clinical instructor, Angel has 19 years of experience as a physical therapist. She is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the team at UAMS, her clinical focus was in the field of geriatric home health therapy.
Nathan Jowers
Nathan JowersMSPT, LSVT-C Clinic Manager
18 years’ experience with inpatient and out-patient rehab. Specializing in spinal cord injury, stroke, amputations, Parkinson’s disease, and wheelchair
Vito Villa, OTR/L
Vito Villa, OTR/L
20 years’ experience in acute care, inpatient rehab, outpatient and skilled nursing settings. Specializing in stroke, brain injury, and orthopedics.
Kandy Salter, MS, OTD, OTR/L
Kandy Salter, MS, OTD, OTR/L
15 years’ experience in adult neurologic rehabilitation and 3 years specialized experience and training in driver rehabilitation. In addition to clinical work, Kandy is an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the University of Arkansas and UAMS Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program.
Rebecca Torres, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSVT-C
Rebecca Torres, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSVT-C
2017 graduate of the University of Arkansas, specializing in Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, and other neurologic disorders affect cognitive-communication and swallowing. VitalStim and LSVT LOUD certified. d.
Celeste Small, DPT, LSVT-C
Celeste Small, DPT, LSVT-C
9 years’ experience specializing in vestibular rehab, post-concussion syndrome, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease.
Heather Vaughn, DPT
Heather Vaughn, DPT
6 years’ experience specializing in orthopedics and spine rehab, stroke, and therapeutic yoga.
Jennifer Steinauer, PTA, LSVT-C
Jennifer Steinauer, PTA, LSVT-C
6 years’ experience specializing in Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and therapeutic yoga. Certified BalanceWear Specialist.
Amber Moser, PTA
Amber Moser, PTA
6 years’ experience specializing in orthopedics and spine rehab, as well as stroke.

State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Facility

The new rehabilitation clinic at UAMS Northwest is equipped with two exercise gyms, a traction room and exam rooms.
Clinic patients will have access to a range of therapeutic devices, including the:

Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill

Allows patients to rehabilitate with less pain while healing faster. Often used following injuries to a lower extremity(hip, knee, ankle or foot), after a total joint replacement, sports injuries or for strengthening or gait training for older or neurological patients.

Assisted Movement with Enhanced Sensation (AMES) Device

One of only five such devices in the nation, this equipment enhances sensory and motor output connections in the brain for patients recovering from stroke or other neurological impairments — moving a paralyzed or partially paralyzed limb while vibrating the muscle receptors that would be involved if the movement was initiated by the patient.

Balance Master System

Allows detailed assessment and treatment of balance and posture control in patients.