Meet the D&D Team
Andra Sterzik OTR, CHT
Denton Hand Therapy
Andra is a certified hand therapist who graduated with her Master’s in Occupational therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1997. Since that time, her work throughout the DFW area has included both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as neurological rehabilitation. During her time at D and D Sports Med, she has focused her skills on the treatment of hand and upper extremity post- operative injuries as well as the care of repetitive and degenerative diseases. Her twenty plus years of outpatient clinical work has focused primarily on hand and burn care. Andra has extensive experience with thermal injuries, wound care, and grafting due to her five years working at a local Level I trauma/burn center. Andra, her husband Chris and her two sons have resided in Corinth for more than a decade, and she has been in the Denton area since 1992.
Ellen Perez PTA
Ellen graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise and Sports Science/Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University. She was a certified trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and naturally continued her studies in Florida at Herzing University to become a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. Driven by a more holistic approach, she values the vital role of nutrition in optimal health and athletic performance as well as the practice of natural movement skill fundamentals, and the power of touch with hands-on therapy to optimize healing and speed recovery. Because of this, Ellen became certified in the Myokinesthetic System, is currently a certified Movnat trainer, and continues to gain more knowledge through continual education in order to offer superior patient care and outcomes. She takes great pride in her ability to help others make positive and lasting life changes, and she brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the D&D Sports Med team.
Chase Duell PT, DPT
Chase graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2016. He then attended UT Southwestern for his Doctorate of Physical Therapy, graduating in 2018. He is dry needling certified through IAOM-US as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Chase is also an active member of the Sports Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. His special interests include sports rehab, concussion management, and helping post-op patients return to their hobbies and prior level of function. Outside of the clinic, Chase enjoys playing sports, travelling, and trying new breweries and restaurants.
Conner Davis PT, DPT
Conner graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. He then attended The University of Mary Hardin Baylor where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Following graduation, Conner earned his IAOM-US dry needling certification. He is also an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is currently working towards becoming an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Conner believes in building a strong therapeutic alliance with his patients while guiding them through their rehabilitation journey.
Brandon Smith PT, DPT
Originally from Frisco, Brandon attended UNT for his undergraduate studies and then went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. He and his wife, Taylor, are the proud parents of their son Brody. Brandon is passionate about helping people realize their potential while guiding them on their way to recovery. He is working toward becoming an orthopedic certified specialist and will be getting certified in dry needling this Fall. Brandon loves all Dallas sports teams, is active in his church, is way too competitive, is an avid reader, and plays basketball daily.
Rachel Perkins PT, DPT
Rachel attended Centenary College of Louisiana, where she played volleyball and earned her bachelor's degree with a double major in Biology and Psychology in 2016. She then attended UT Southwestern School of Health Professions, where she graduated with her doctorate of physical therapy in 2018. Rachel is certified in Dry Needling, is currently working towards her strength and conditioning certification (CSCS), and hopes to eventually achieve board certification through the APTA as an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). Rachel is passionate about working with athletes and facilitating return to sport, as well as using exercise to help people of all ages return to their hobbies, and prior level of function. Outside of the clinic she enjoys running with her dog Jaxson, playing volleyball, and trying new restaurants with her friends.
Lesley Hedlund OT, MOT
Lesley graduated from Texas Tech University Health Science Center with a BSOT in 1999. She has experience working in Acute Care, Inpatient & Outpatient Rehab, with 10+ years working with Hand and Upper Extremity patients. She has completed a Hand and UE Fellowship thru St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA and is certified in Ergonomic Assessment (CEAS I). Dedicated to patient-centered care, her love of people has led to a passion for knowledge and helping others. She has experience with UE injury prevention, sports injuries, musician injuries, core training with respect to UE rehab, antepartum aquatic therapy and hippotherapy. She is a member of Texas Society of Hand Therapists, and has a professional goal of attaining her Certified Hand Therapist credentials. Residing in Flower Mound with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters, she loves travelling, golf, tennis, running, skiing, dancing and going to the beach.
Marie Fischer OTR, CHT
Denton Hand Therapist
Marie has been an Occupational Therapist since 1980. Although she has worked treating people from in-patient settings to out-patient settings and from infants to elderly, she has always preferred treating people with hand/arm issues.
In 1991, Marie was one of the first group of therapists nationally to become a Certified Hand Therapist. Marie is a member of both the Texas Society of Hand Therapists and the American Society of Hand Therapists.
Marie enjoys putting people at ease while they are dealing with their physical needs. Marie believes that giving people information about their injury/disease helps to form a partnership that works toward success.