Dr. Jennifer Ratner PT, DPT, MS, OCS
Jennifer, owner of Ratner Center for Physical Therapy and Wellness, was born and raised here in Fort Worth, Texas. She attended Paschal High School and went on to attend the University of Arizona obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in 1995. Her passion for physical therapy started while in college where she volunteered in a physical therapy clinic, and she hasn’t looked back since. To further her education and fuel her love for the profession, Jennifer went on to receive her post graduate degree from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1999, a Post-Professional Master of Science from Texas Women’s University in 2007 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2009. She became a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2006 and re-certified her Orthopedic Board Certification in 2016.
As the physical therapy world is consistently evolving, Jennifer knows that to best serve her patients she must evolve right along with it. She has continued her education throughout the years by completing numerous courses in manual therapy, kinesiotaping, vestibular rehabilitation as well as becoming an ASTYM certified provider.
Aside from Jen’s long list of physical therapy knowledge and education, she genuinely has a love and passion for helping others overcome obstacles. Her passion to make a difference in the lives of her patients is felt all throughout the clinic and exemplified by the work that she performs and the results she obtains. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, along with golfing, traveling, scuba diving, water skiing, snow skiing and relaxing on the beach.
Dr. Joseph Kirkman DPT, OCS, CSCS, FDN
Dr. Joseph Kirkman was raised in Thornton, Colorado until he joined the Air Force in 1990. Dr. Kirkman served 30 years in the Air force and retired in June 2020. He completed his Bachelor in physical therapy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1999 and earned his Doctor in Physical Therapy St. Scholastica University in 2010.
Dr. Kirkman has 24 years of experience as a physical therapist and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator. He also practices High-Velocity Low Amplitude spinal and extremity manipulation, dry needling, and Blood Flow Restriction.
Dr. Kirkman and his wife bought their retirement home in Weatherford, and he began working at Ratner Physical Therapy in May 2023.
In his spare time Dr. Kirkman enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, working on his Jeep, camping, hunting, and fishing.
Dr. Kate Bergsma PT, DPT
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy from Grand Canyon University in 2017. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from California State University, Long Beach in 2020. Kate has always had a strong desire and passion to help people and assist them in living more fulfilling lives, which is why she decided to become a physical therapist. Kate has continued to grow her knowledge for her patients by becoming certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and enjoys utilizing this treatment approach when applicable. Kate loves connecting with her patients, getting to know what is important to them and their therapy goals, and creating an individualized and specific treatment plan and approach to help them get there.
Kate enjoys her free time outside of the clinic and loves playing volleyball, spending time with family and friends, shopping, exploring new restaurants in the Fort Worth area, and playing with her golden retriever, Duncan.
Lisa Mocek PT
Lisa, a native of Fort Worth, has been a practicing physical therapist for the past 17 years. She attended Texas Tech University and graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio in 2004 with her Master of Physical Therapy. She has worked in outpatient and home health settings. Lisa is dedicated to continuing her education of evidence-based practice to provide her patients with current, compassionate, and individualized patient care to help them achieve their goals.
Lisa is married and has two daughters and a dog. She enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Chaylon Fisher DPT
Chaylon received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2019. He then earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2022 from Texas State University in Round Rock. The majority of Chaylon's experience is in the general outpatient orthopedic setting and has worked with a wide variety of people and diagnoses, with a particular interest in chronic pain. He is committed to ongoing education and staying up to date with the most relevant treatment strategies that will help his patients reach their own personal goals. He plans to pursue further studies in areas such as dry needling and chronic pain education to name a few. His own goal with each patient is to get them comfortable with their own bodies again, to encourage them to keep moving, to make them laugh, and to give the credit of all healing that happens to God.
Outside the clinic Chaylon enjoys going to church with family and friends, bike rides, going on walks with his dog Shadow, and nerding-out about the Marvel universe and Star Wars.
Dr. Krista Madrid DPT
Krista attended the University of Notre Dame before transferring to Franciscan University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Exercise Science in 2018. Originally from Fort Worth, Krista moved back to Texas and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UT Southwestern in 2021. She is passionate about providing patients an environment that generates enthusiasm and instills confidence towards meeting their health goals and improving their quality of life. Having been a collegiate cheerleader at the University of Notre Dame and working in the training room at Franciscan University, Krista takes a special interest in exercise prescription and finding ways for patients to stay active while their body is healing from surgery or an injury. Krista plans to grow her knowledge by becoming Trigger Point Dry Needling certified and earning her Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist credential. In her free time, Krista enjoys exploring Fort Worth with her family and friends, spending time with her dog, Marla, and traveling.
Dr. Tucker Swanson DPT
Tucker received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from The University of Mississippi in 2017. He attended Midwestern University in Glendale Arizona and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2022. Tucker's interest in physical therapy started from a young age, after rehabbing a shoulder injury from playing baseball when he was 14. Ever since that experience he developed a fascination with biomechanics and optimizing range of motion and strength. Most of his experience is in the general outpatient setting with a particular interest in providing the highest quality exercise prescription for each individual patient. He plans to pursue further education in dry needling and to attain his certification in strength and conditioning to further improve his ability to prescribe exercise to patients. It is important for Tucker to connect with his patients and build an individual plan to meet their specific goals. In his free time Tucker loves to hike, lift weights, watch Ole Miss football, train for triathlons, and spend time with family.
Dr. Rachel Fair DPT
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in 2017. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX, in 2020. Rachel enjoys helping all people and diagnoses, with most of her experience in the general outpatient and home health settings. She understands there is no one-size-fits-all treatment, so she will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to get you back to doing what you love the most. Rachel is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and will utilize this treatment approach if appropriate. Rachel enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, reading, and working out in her garage gym in her free time!
Kacie Brann PTA
Kacie received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas in 2016. After graduating she worked as a personal trainer and as a Certified Recovery Specialist before returning to further her education at Tarrant County College where she received her Associates Degree for Applied Science in 2023. Kacie is passionate about helping patients get out of pain and back to enjoying life. Kacie has worked at Ratner for the past 3 years on the wellness side as a personal trainer and is happy to transition to a more hands on position. Kacie is a Fort Worth native and in her spare time she likes to spend time with her friends and family, hike with her dog, Lily, and training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Shelly Layton PTA
Shelly has been practicing as a physical therapist assistant since May 2005, when she received her Associate Degree for Aapplied Science from Tarrant County College. She has been an outpatient orthopedic therapist for the past 13 years and went on to further her education in 2013 by becoming an ASTYM certified provider where she makes a tremendous impact helping patients regenerate soft tissues and remove unwanted scar tissue that may contribute to pain or movement dysfunctions. She loves her job as a PTA and helping her patients reach their goals and maximum potential.
Shelly is married and has 2 beautiful daughters. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family and friends, RV camping, playing soccer and being a mother.
Dan Teekel PTA
Dan’s interest in physical therapy came as the result of three bulging discs in his neck along with the debilitating pain and weakness that followed. Determined to avoid surgery at all costs, he spent hours each day stretching strengthening and researching as much as possible to figure out the best non-surgical road to recovery. As a personal trainer living in the Middle East for 5 years, he began to incorporate what he learned during his own recovery into his clients’ sessions. This led to serving individuals with disabilities in remote desert villages with training to increase strength, function and independence. Fourteen years after earning a Bachelor of Science Dan returned to school in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science at Weatherford college to become a Physical Therapist Assistant.
Dan and his wife have been married for 20+ years and have three teenagers. He enjoys ninja warrior training and playing bass and percussion at their church. He is passionate about acquiring new knowledge and skills to help his patients.
Janet has been in the medical field since the early 1980’s and decided to further her knowledge in natural healing by graduating in 1995 from the Institute of Natural Healing Sciences with a specialty in massage therapy. She has completed and taken various advanced courses in Reflexology, Ayurvedic, Sports and Deep Tissue massage. In 2009 she decided to transition into the physical therapy as a rehabilitation technician.
“One of the reasons that I enjoy working with patients is knowing that I can help them have a more enjoyable time in therapy and help them reach their goals. Sometimes therapy can be tough but a smiling face, good attitude and someone they can trust goes a long way in their recovery.”
In her spare time, Janet enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two dogs Luna and Osito. She also enjoys restoring her 1970 VW Bug (2FAROUT) and riding around town like no one is watching!
Jeromy has more than 10 years of experience as a physical therapy Rehabilitation Technician where he has assisted the therapist in providing physical therapy treatments. He has an amazing ability to connect with patients and provide excellent care. He loves to help patients improve their strength and mobility to help return them to life. Jeromy has continued his education by taking pre-requisites for school to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
Jeromy enjoys time spent with family and friends, traveling, listening to music, attending concerts and movies and trying new foods at different restaurants.
Canaan is a Fort Worth native and in 2022 he graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington with his Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science. Initially he wanted to go to medical school and become a medical doctor but decided that wasn't a good fit. After taking some anatomy courses he decided physical therapy is what he wanted to do and hasn't looked back! Currently, he is in the process of furthering his education to become a Physical Therapist. He likes to meet and connect with patients and help them improve and get back to their normal selves. In his free time, he likes to go to church, play basketball with friends and relax with family.
Devan grew up in the DFW metroplex and attended the University of North Texas. He graduated cum laude with his bachelors of science in Kinesiology. Devan always knew that he wanted to serve people in whatever job he ended up doing, which eventually set him on his way to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Currently, he is working towards applying to programs and getting more knowledge in the field in working as a technician. In his free time, Devan likes to play music, watch movies, travel, and try different foods.
Anita Neaves grew up in Fort Worth TX and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.S in Kinesiology. Growing up she was always fascinated by health sciences and knew she wanted a career that related to kinesiology. After learning more about the field during her time at TCU she decided physical therapy was the right fit for her. Currently she is working toward gaining experience and knowledge that will help her achieve her goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. In her free time Anita enjoys riding her bike, crochet, and watch movies with family and friends.
Liza is a Fort Worth native who has been in the customer service industry for more than 38 years and specifically healthcare industry for over 14 years. She makes taking care of patients a priority and is passionate about helping patients move through the physical therapy process with ease from their first call to the clinic to seeing the patient reach their goals. Liza believes every patient has a story to tell and enjoys hearing the stories of our patients and getting to know them. Her infectious laughter is often heard throughout the clinic and is uplifting to those around her.
When not working, she loves spending time with her husband of 36 years, her family, friends, and traveling to see her two children. She enjoys photography, gardening, traveling and reading.
Patient Care Coordinator
Raquel was born and raised in Fort Worth. She has worked in the medical field for 20 years within the field of physical therapy and pediatrics. One of the reasons she enjoys working with the patients is that the patients become like family. She loves helping patients and seeing their end results from a positive experience. Her infectious laughter and sense of humor keeps everyone on their toes!
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Also, she enjoys movies, crossword puzzles, traveling, concerts, and spending time with her dogs.
Patient Care Coordinator
Born in El Salvador, Hugo was raised and has lived in Fort Worth, Texas most of his life. He attended C. F. Brewer High School and has spent most of his time working in the service industry. Hugo has a passion for cooking and loves bringing joy to people through new experiences. Hugo's priority is to ensure that each patient that walks into the office feels welcomed and valued as they begin their physical therapy treatment. When not working, Hugo loves working on his bonsai, taking his dog to the park, and spending time with his friends and family.
Sherrie was raised and has lived most of her life in Joshua, Texas. She has been in the healthcare field for nearly twenty years, graduating from American Technical Institute in 2001 with a Medical Assistant degree for both front and back office. For the last eight years, Sherrie has worked in billing and insurance collections in the physical therapy field. She finds fulfillment in making sure that patients get the most out of their insurance coverage and also helping them to understand their policy as clearly as possible.
Sherrie has always loved the outdoors, spending most of her childhood summers roaming her family’s ranch in Oklahoma; fishing, hiking, target practicing, and riding ATVs. She has three sons to whom she has passed down her love of outdoors, travel, animals and music, but what Sherrie loves most of all is being a mother.
Megan was born and raised in Mansfield, Texas. She continued to reside in Mansfield after she graduated from Mansfield High School in 2003, where she raised, her 2 children until early 2023 when her son Graduated High School, she relocated to the Weatherford area with her fiancée and her daughter.
Megan worked in Customer Service for over 15 years until 2019 when she was offered a career opportunity working in Medical Billing. What she enjoys most about her new career is knowing that each claim she can get paid is less financial stress on those who are already dealing with an illness or injury. In her free time, she enjoys building lasting memories with her family .