Ringland brings unique approach as new clinic director at TexPTS
By Dana Bautista-Delgado
Kirk Ringland (PT, DPT) has been named the new Clinic Director and Physical Therapist at Texas Physical Therapist Specialists in Liberty Hill with the departure of Ben Menke going to the Cedar Park office.
Dr. Ringland is transitioning to Liberty Hill after having served the last two years at the Georgetown clinic.
“Transition is going splendidly at Liberty Hill,” he said. “The staff here at TexPTS has been absolutely outstanding in ensuring the transition of patients is as smooth as possible. The patients and community have been extremely warm and genuine in their welcoming. I’m attempting to get as involved in the community as possible and have been absolutely blown away with how kind everyone has been.”
While the transition is expected to run through the end of the year, Ringland is looking forward to his new assignment.
“I’m excited to be a part of the community,” said Ringland. “Our mission is to provide the best orthopedic care and be involved in the community.”
As a native of rural Buffalo in northeast Texas, the new director says he feels very much at home in Liberty Hill.
“I like that small town people are light-hearted and have a good sense of humor,” he said. “I’m just so impressed how positive they are.”
Ringland said his stint in the Georgetown clinic was critical to his professional growth.
“I learned a tremendous amount from the great staff at Georgetown,” he said. “The clinic in Georgetown is one of the most successful in our company and I believe that’s attributed to the outstanding environment the staff has created. The true team and family environment is one in which patients can thrive and accomplish their goals while having a great time.”
Ringland is currently participating in a Residency in Orthopedics to become an Orthopedic Specialist for patients with musculoskeletal conditions. He says that he takes pride in empowering patients by structuring their rehabilitation programs around their personal goals so they can take control of their bodies, continue improvement outside of the clinic, and achieve the success they are seeking.
Ringland graduated Magna Cum Laude from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2017 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Texas State University in San Marcos.
Besides his professional credentials and experience, Ringland brings a unique background and upbringing to the practice. With an athletic coach for a father and a mother who taught English as well as theater arts, the would-be physical therapist says he was well groomed for success. He was an all-sports athlete who regularly found himself in the playoffs.
“Being in a small school, I got to play all sports,” he said.
In his senior year, an ACL injury landed him in physical therapy where he was inspired to ponder and then pursue the field as a career. On the theatrical stage under the tutelage of his mother, Ringland was a natural, taking on several lead roles and advancing to the state UIL meet.
One performance, however, took him completely off guard. While performing in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” a fire alarm went off. Unsure what to do, he just continued with his lines until someone came in and told everyone to evacuate the building. So drawn to the stage, Ringland continued performing in college.
“I really like the storytelling aspect,” he said. “And it has taught me to be a good listener.”
When he is not assisting patients in the clinic, it is no surprise that Ringland enjoys sports, stand-up comedy and the theater. He also enjoys history and searching for the best tacos in the area.
Ringland’s approach to therapy may well be a bit different than what most patients are accustomed to. If he is not applying hands-on physical therapy based on the newest research, he might be working on one’s funny bone.
“I like to have fun,” he said. “Rehabilitation can be painful, but the experience can be more beneficial to the patient with a light-hearted approach. With a wide range of services, we want to get and keep everyone healthy.”
The new clinic director said he was truly excited about serving Liberty Hill.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the warm, welcoming, and outstanding care that Texas Physical Therapy Specialists has provided to our community,” he said. “The dedication of our highly trained staff allows us to provide continuously exceptional care through a combination of evidence-based practice, care excellence, and clinical excellence. While our primary goal is to get you healthy and back to the things you love, we also strive to provide a memorable experience through exceptional personalized care.”
Texas Physical Therapist Specialists is located at 13740 W. SH 29, Suite 3 in Liberty Hill. The clinic provides a variety of services for treatment of back pain and chronic pain, as well as Functional Capacity Evaluations, Lymphedema, sports physical therapy, women’s health, and workplace injuries. For more information, visit www.texpts.com.