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  • Karen Piacente

    Karen PiacentePT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, OCS

    Karen Piacente is the Clinic Director of the Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Cedar Valley location.

    Karen earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2014. She graduated from the University of Delaware with her Bachelors of Exercise Science and Biology Minor in 2011, where she also competed as a track and field athlete. Karen became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in 2013 and completed Evidence In Motion’s Manual Therapy Certificate (MTC) program in 2016. Karen also recently achieved her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist certification through Evidence in Motion (EIM).

    Her interests include manual therapy, evidence-based practice and patient-centered care for clients of all ages. She specializes in orthopedic conditions and inspires patients to achieve optimal outcomes.

    Karen enjoys an active lifestyle and can be found running, swimming, practicing yoga or biking when she is not in the clinic. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors, catching live music and spending time with family and friends.

  • Katie Pitt

    Katie PittDSc, OTR/L, CHT

    Katie completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch for Occupational Therapy. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania and her Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy from U.S. Army Baylor University in 2013. Katie achieved top academic success in all of her formal education, including being named as a Presidential Scholar. She has served as guest lecturer at multiple doctoral programs and currently serves as a faculty member in Evidence in Motion’s post professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program.

    Katie recently retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years. She was an Army flute player and served as an Upper Extremity Physician Extender for 12 years. She has been practicing as a Certified Hand Therapist since 2011 and specializes in the elbow, wrist, and hand. Katie is highly experienced with advanced upper extremity diagnostics and evaluation, splinting, treatment, and wound care.

    Katie calls Austin home, though she moved all over through the course of her military career. Katie is a single mother to two beautiful children. In her off-time, she enjoys running, biking, and hosting dinner parties.