Don Cassano Jr, MPT, DPT, OCS
Don is co-owner of Elite Physical Therapy, a physical therapist owned private practice in Alexandria, LA, where he has practiced outpatient physical therapy for 17 years. Don is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He is a member of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Private Practice and Orthopedic Sections. A Louisiana native, Don received his Bachelor's degree from Benedictine College in Kansas, where he was a four-year letterman in basketball. He earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy in May of 2000 from University of St. Augustine and his Doctorate degree from Evidence in Motion in 2012. An avid fitness enthusiast, some of Don's adventure highlights include a 4 day Rim to Rim backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon, the 6 day/120 mile TransRockies Run stage race through the Colorado Rockies, 9 Ironman triathlons and many marathon and half marathon distance running events. Don also shares his vision and passion for health, wellness and the outdoors with his wife, Elizabeth. Don and Elizabeth are the proud parents of their eleven-year old son, Connor.
Term Expires August 21, 2017
Kristina Lounsberry, PT, ATC
Kristina Lounsberry was appointed to the Board in July 2012 for a three year term. Originally from Oklahoma, Kristina graduated with her B.S in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Texas Christian University in 1999. Upon graduation, she became BOC certified as an Athletic Trainer. In 2003, she graduated with her MPT from Texas Woman's University in the Houston Medical Center. Soon after, she began to specialize in industrial rehabilitation, focusing on functional evaluation and treatment of various orthopedic injuries. Kristina is a Level II Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist and remains certified in various nationwide functional assessment programs. Kristina is co-owner of Industrial Strength Work Rehab Center in Lake Charles. She remains an avid TCU Hornedfrog fan and enjoys watching sporting events at all levels. Kristina is honored to serve as a board member.
Lounsberry was reappointed to serve as a second term effective September 18, 2015.
Term Expires July 04, 2018
Patrick Cook, PT, MPT, OCS, FAAOMPT
Patrick Cook, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board by Governor Bobby Jindal on September 18, 2015 for a three year term. He served as an Advisory Committee Member on the Board from 2014-2015. Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2005. He received his Master of Physical Therapy degree from LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2007. In 2010, he became Board Certified in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. For advanced clinical training, he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy through Regis University in Denver, CO from 2014-2015. In 2015, he was accepted as a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Patrick is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA).
Term Expires September 17, 2018
Elizabeth "Beth" A. Austin, PT, DPT, CWS
Elizabeth A. Austin, PT was nominated by the Louisiana Hospital Association and appointed by the Governor on July 12, 2013 for a three year term. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from LSU-Shreveport in 1998 and her Master of Physical Therapy from LSUHSC in 2000. Elizabeth received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from LSUHSC - Shreveport in 2009. Elizabeth is a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) with The American Board of Wound Management since 2004. She is an APTA certified Clinical Instructor (CCI) - serving students in clinical rotations since 2001 and has been a member of APTA and LPTA since 1998. Elizabeth is currently employed at Minden Medical Center in Minden, Louisiana. Elizabeth welcomes the honor of serving as the Louisiana Hospital Association's member of the Physical Therapy Board.
Austin was reappointed to serve as a second term effective August 31, 2016.
Term Expires July 11, 2019
Craig Prejean, PTA
Craig Prejean was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board by Governor John Bel Edward on September 28, 2016 for a three year term. Craig has been a licensed PTA in the state of Louisiana since 1993 and has years of practice experience in outpatient, long-term acute care, home health, nursing home, and hospital settings. For the past 15 years, he has worked for the LHC Group at the St. Landry Extended Care Hospital in Opelousas. He is a graduate of University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) in Engineering and worked as an engineer in the oilfield for 7 years prior to transitioning to the healthcare field. He resides in Scott, Louisiana with his wife Katrina of 34 years. Craig and Katrina have a 21 year old son, Caleb who attends Baton Rouge Community College where he is playing baseball. Craig enjoys watching Caleb play college baseball, playing golf and spending time with his wife.
Term Expires September 27, 2019
Julie received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Health and Exercise Science in 2003 from Centenary College of Louisiana where she was awarded an athletic scholarship to participate in NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball. She returned home to California where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda University in June 2007. She completed her post-graduate orthopaedic residency program at Rancho Physical Therapy in 2009 with extensive training in manual therapy and orthopaedic evaluations. Julie is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2009. She is an APTA certified Clinical Instructor and also certified in Functional Dry Needling by Kinetacore. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), including the Orthopaedic Section and also a member of the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association. She served as the LPTA Shreveport District Chair and Executive Committee from 2010-2016. Julie is currently a faculty member of the LSUHSC Orthopaedic Residency program and an adjunct faculty at the LSUHSC Shreveport Entry-Level DPT program. She resides in Shreveport, Louisiana with her husband Chris where they enjoy spending quality time with their 4 year old daughter, Jaicee, and 7 month old son, Jaxon.
Harris was appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards on December 27, 2016
Term Expires December 28, 2019