About Us

The staff of Shea Physical Therapy. Front row (from left to right): Jennifer Jones, OTR, CHT; Sheila Heflin, OTR, CHT; Paige Christensen, PT; and Ria Strowbridge, PT. Back row (from left to right): Adel Tijerina, office manager; Lee Ann Dragon, PTA; Bernie Lane, CFO; Dan Shea, PT; Joyce Hamende, PTA; Diane Drysdale, PT; and LaDonna Palmietto, COTA.

Shea Physical Therapy (SPT) was founded in 1988 by Dan and Debbie Shea. They graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Florida in 1982 and Dan followed Debbie to Corpus Christi where her family was stationed in the Navy.

Dan worked at Memorial Medical Center as Director of Rehabilitative Medicine, and Debbie joined Ada Wilson as a pediatric physical therapist. Shea Physical Therapy's first location was in the Thomas Spann Clinic on South Brownlee. The office was located here until 1992 when SPT moved to its current facility on Everhart.

SPT's 10,000 square foot facility includes ten licensed therapists and sixteen other staff members. In 1993 the group added occupational therapy under the direction of Sheila Heflin, OTR, Certified Hand Therapist. Hand Therapy Services added hand therapist, Jennifer Jones, OTR, CHT, and long-time staff member and friend, LaDonna Palmietto, COTA.

Dan and Debbie Shea
Dan Shea, PT, and Debbie Shea, PT
Dan recognized the strong qualities in different therapists and staff inviting them to join the clinic. Adel Tijerina started with Dan in 1988, and remains today as the administrator/office manager. Clinical Education Director Ria Strowbridge, PT is a Dutch-trained therapist bringing a strong orthopaedic, manual therapy and vertigo correction approach. Diane Drysdale, PT and chief therapist arrived in Corpus Christi from Canada with expertise in sports and general orthopaedics. Paige Christensen, PT, and compliance officer provides a neurorehabilitation and amputee emphasis to the group. Joyce Hamende, LPTA, has worked with Dan since 1982. Lee Ann Dragon, LPTA, is the youngest of the group and locally trained. Human Resources Director Bernie Lane, CFO brings strong organization to Shea Physical Therapy since 1996.

Shea Physical Therapy has been blessed and humbled by the ongoing support received through the physicians that entrust their patients to its care. Shea Physical Therapy is the recipient of the Better Business Bureau Ethics Award and was given the 2002 Outstanding Physical Therapy Practice Award by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

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