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Daniel R. Shea, PT

Daniel R. Shea, PT

Graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Florida in 1982. He began practicing at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX and was the Director of Rehab Medicine until 1988 when he opened his private practice. His specialty involves all orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, and industrial ergonomic consultation. He promotes Islander Athletics, participating on their Athletic Fund Committee. Dan continues his love for the outdoors with his involvement in Boy Scouts and volunteers coaching organized sports. He enjoys family gatherings with his wife, Debbie, and their 5 children and five grandchildren.

Deborah R. SHea, PT

Deborah A. Shea, PT

Graduated from Florida International University, Miami, Florida in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science of Physical Therapy. She specialized in pediatric, neuro rehabilitation, and general orthopedic therapy. Debbie worked at Ada Wilson Rehabilitation Center until 1989 and is currently involved with business support of Shea Physical Therapy. Debbie is an active volunteer at the Corpus Christi Cathedral.

Ria Castro, PT

Ria Strowbridge, PT

Ria Strowbridge, PT is the Clinical Instructor for Shea Physical Therapy. She graduated from Stichting Utrechtse Paramedische Academie (The Netherlands) in 1987. Ria worked one year in an orthopedic outpatient clinic prior to arriving in the USA in 1988 where she began practicing at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX. She has post-graduate work from TWU (Dallas) in neurodevelopmental training and trained at Ohio Physical Therapy and Sportsmedicine in Cleveland for 18 months. Her specialties include orthopedics, manual therapy, and sports injuries. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, walking and gardening.

Diane Drysdale, PT

Diane Drysdale, PT

Diane Drysdale, PT is the Clinical Director for Shea Physical Therapy. She graduated in 1984 from Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. She has worked in various parts of Canada and Australia and has been in Texas since 1996. Diane specializes in the areas of orthopedics and sport-related injuries. Some of the aspects she enjoys about working in the physical therapy field include helping the young athletes regain their confidence and strength and helping the older patients to regain their independence.

Paige Christensen, PT

Paige Christensen, PT

Paige Christensen, PT is the Clinic Compliance Officer and HIPAA specialist at Shea Physical Therapy. She graduated from the University Of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas in 1987. She specializes in geriatrics, neurorehabilitation, and general orthopedics. Paige enjoys "assisting her patients achieve their individual goals". Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, 4-wheeling in Colorado and all outdoor activities with her family.

Thomas Houck, PT, DPT

Thomas Houck, PT, DPT

Thomas is a licensed doctor of physical therapy. Thomas is a native to Corpus Christi, graduating from a local high school before attending Del Mar College and other local universities. Thomas graduated from Del Mar as a Physical Therapy Assistant and practiced for 8 years while furthering his education. Thomas then attended TAMUCC and The University of The Incarnate Word for his undergraduate education, prior to attending graduate school at The University of Texas Medical Branch. In his spare time Thomas enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and surfing. Thomas has worked with a variety of patients over his career and strives to give the best possible care to each of them.

Gabrielle Shaffer, PT, DPT

Gabrielle Shaffer, PT, DPT

Gabrielle Shaffer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Gabrielle graduated from A&M College Station with a degree in Kinesiology before attending Texas Woman's University to obtain her doctorate. Even in college Gabrielle knew physical therapy was her passion, which she explored by working here at Shea Physical Therapy as a part-time PT technician. She obtained her PT license in 2019 and has been working here ever since. In her free time, you can find her exercising, exploring the beach, or rocking out on her ukulele.

Sheila Heflin, OTR, CHT

Sheila Heflin, OTR, CHT

Sheila Heflin, OTR, CHT has served as the Clinical Director for Hand Therapy Services of Corpus Christi since 1994. She is a 1986 graduate of Texas Woman's University. Sheila has practiced occupational therapy in the Corpus Christi area since 1987. In 1998 she achieved national certification as a Certified Hand Therapist. As a Certified Hand Therapist she specializes in the rehabilitation of patients with conditions affecting the hands, wrists and elbows. Sheila states she "is passionate about her work and the pleasure of assisting patients to return to life as quickly as possible." In her spare time she enjoys beach combing, fishing and golfing. Sheila is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists and the Texas Society for Hand Therapy.

Joyce Hamende, PTA

Joyce Hamende, PTA

Joyce Hamende, PTA is a Physical Therapy Assistant for Shea Physical Therapy. She graduated from Illinois Central College in 1980. Upon relocating to South Texas, she began at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX. She joined the Shea Physical Therapy staff in 1990. She believes great clients, a positive atmosphere, and a very knowledgeable staff makes her occupation very enjoyable. Her philosophy of care states, "You can give a person a fish and feed him for a day or teach him to fish so he can feed himself." Her outside interests include camping, hiking, biking and the arts.

Shana Walker

Shana Walker, PTA

Shana Walker, PTA is a Physical Therapist Assistant, and a graduate of Del Mar College. Her philosophy of care is, "Every patient deserves to be treated like the unique individual they are." Her goal at Shea is to continue to learn and grow as a therapist, and always provide the best patient care possible. She enjoys listening to music, reading and spending quality time with her family.


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