About Us

Lori L. Wheat

Lori L. Wheat

PT, DPT, OCS

Lori L. Wheat is a physical therapy graduate of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC)-School of Allied Health Professionals in Shreveport, Louisiana and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University in January, 2010. She has practiced physical therapy for over 20 years. Lori has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Certified Orthopedic Specialists (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2001. She maintains active memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association, the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association, the American Diabetes Association, and she is actively pursuing her Pilates Certification through PHI (Powerhouse Institute) Pilates, a rehabilitation-based Pilates company. Lori specializes in lower extremity biomechanics, running/ankle-foot injuries, diabetic foot complications/wounds, postural pain syndromes including lower back pain, thoracic and cervical pain, bone-building strategies for Osteopenia/osteoporosis, and movement impairments of the shoulder girdle and other orthopedic impairments.
David W. Mooney

David W. Mooney

PT, DPT, OCS

David Mooney graduated with his master’s in Physical Therapy from LSU-Health Sciences Center in 2001 and with his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Certified Orthopedic Specialists through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2004. David focuses on manual therapy, specializing in neck pain, cervicogenic headaches, lower back pain, lower extremity biomechanics and other orthopaedic impairments. David’s manual skills are exceptional according to his patients and our staff! We are proud to have David as part of our team at Wheat Physical Therapy!
Karen Vandersypen

Karen Vandersypen

PT, DPT, PC

Karen is a 1989 graduate of the Physical Therapy program at Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center, and she obtained her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in 2008. She is Board Certified as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1994. Karen is an expert in developmental screening and infant evaluation. She has worked at Willis Knighton Health System for 23 years and continues with developmental intervention in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), the neonatal multi-discipline follow up clinics and in the skilled pediatric outpatient clinic. Karen treats infants and young children with plagiocephaly, torticollis, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, abnormal gait, and clumsy child syndrome. Her assessments clarify whether or not an infant or child’s delay or disability exists. This is vitally important early on, when early intervention has excellent results. We are proud to have Karen as part of our team at Wheat Physical Therapy. She is certainly an asset to this community!
Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

PT, DPT, OCS

Lauren Mitchell is a graduate of Northwestern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and
Exercise Science. As a former member the NSU Lady Demon Tennis Team, Lauren has always been
involved with Athletics and healthy living. Being a former Athlete helped direct Lauren’s path into
Physical Therapy where she developed a passion to encourage and guide people to a life of Wellness.
After graduating from NSU, Lauren furthered her Education by attending Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC)-School of Allied Health Professionals in Shreveport. Upon completion,
in 2016, Lauren received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She maintains active memberships in the
American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association. Lauren
enjoys helping her patients thrive in a Rehab setting and enjoys treating a variety of patients including
pediatrics, sports medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, and vestibular. Lauren and her husband Josh are
proud to call Natchitoches their home. Wheat Physical Therapy is excited to have Lauren at our clinic
helping promote Wellness and Healthy Living.
Damion Spillman

Damion Spillman

PTA

Damion has been part of the Wheat Physical Therapy team since March 2017. He is a 2016 graduate of
the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College. He has been involved
in sports medicine and physical fitness, health and wellness for most of his life. This Natchitoches native
grew up playing several different sports including college baseball. As the son of a PE teacher and
coach, he always had a healthy appreciation for the importance of pursuing lifetime fitness. Having
suffered his share of injuries and personally experiencing his own physical therapy journeys, his athletic
background allowed him to develop an intuitive understanding of body mechanics, a love for the
process of getting back in the game, and a desire to pursue a career helping others to do the same. He
remains very involved with coaching his two younger daughters in softball and enjoys working in the
outpatient clinical setting with a wide variety of clients. Damion has been married to his wife, Amelia for
23 years, and they have 4 daughters and a granddaughter.
Tricia Nelson

Tricia Nelson

Tricia is a native of Natchitoches, and a graduate of Northwestern State University. She joined Wheat Physical Therapy in April, 2013. During her time with Wheat Physical Therapy she is not only the Office Manager, but has also been given the opportunity to continue her education and receive her certifications in Mat, Reformer, and special equipment through the PHI Pilates Course. Through the Wellness program offered at Wheat Physical Therapy, she has been able to continue to work closely with patients after their Rehab and encourage a Healthy lifestyle.
Kasmine Williams

Kasmine Williams

Kasmine Williams is the Welcoming face of Wheat Physical Therapy & Wellness. Her top priority is to ensure that your visit is prompt and pleasant upon arriving at the clinic. She takes pride in her effort and ability to ensure that we provide you a uniquely personal and caring experience. She enjoys getting to interact with our patients and wants every visit to be as pleasant as possible. Kasmine has several years’ experience in office administration, and customer service. She is furthering her education at Northwestern State University in business administration. When Kasmine is not busy taking care of the Front office, she enjoys spending time with her husband Brian, and her beautiful daughter Brielle.