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Meet Ryley Rodriques, PT, DPT, GCS

Ryley Rodriques, PT, DPT, GCS

Dr. Rodriques, from Canadian, Texas, spent three years in the Army before graduating from Angelo State University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. He later received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University and earned certification as a Geriatric Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists. Ryley is the area’s only board-certified geriatric specialist and acts as clinic director. In 2018, Dr. Rodriques was recognized as a “Best in Patient Care” Provider by the American Health Council and in 2020 was voted Amarillo’s Best Physical Therapist.

In addition to his geriatric specialty, Ryley is proficient in the treatment of adolescent post-concussion syndrome and dysautonomia. He is frequently seen working under the ropes of the Redcord Suspension system, a treatment approach he’s been using since 2014.

Ryley is married to Brooke and together they have two daughters, Rylan and Reagan. Away from the clinic, he enjoys tea parties, watching princess movies, rooting for his beloved Texas A&M Aggies, hunting/shooting, grilling out on his back patio, and beekeeping.

Meet Derek Neill, PT

Derek Neill, PT

Derek grew up in Canyon, Texas and received his degree in physical therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. He has held management roles in a variety of treatment settings and operated several rehabilitation/wellness businesses, opening iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2015.

Derek has many interests and the rate at which he discards one pursuit in favor of something new and shinier keeps his wife and kids in a constant state of disbelief and embarrassment. He’s a life-long living room guitar player, avid skier, Red Raider football fan, and mediocre shade-tree mechanic.

He and wife, Charleine, have four children; Ashley, Bella, Jake, and Avery.

Meet Traleia Hodnett, PTA

Traleia Hodnett, PTA

Originally from Dalhart, Texas Traleia grew up in a ranching family where she developed a strong love for horses and rodeo. She worked on the family ranch, and as a cosmetologist, while raising her three children, Stormy, Laramie, and Tex; but eventually chose to pursue a career in physical therapy after serving in a variety of non-clinical roles at Dalhart Physical Therapy, becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant in 2011.

She and husband, Bill, are competitive team ropers and actively involved in rodeo. Her son, Stormy is a professional bull rider.

Traleia loves to travel and see new places – by car or plane, near or far. Aside from her yearly pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo, she’s made multiple trips to Africa and the Netherlands.

When not working or horseback (which is seldom), Traleia enjoys playing golf and spending time with her grandkids. She does not like to cook!

Meet Keri Hacker, PTA

Keri Hacker, PTA

Keri Hacker, PTA is a lifelong resident of Amarillo. After graduating from Amarillo High School, she attended Amarillo College, graduating from the school’s newly formed Physical Therapy Assistant program. She then spent just shy of 24 years working as a PTA at Bivins Memorial Nursing Home & Rehab. In 2008, she transitioned to the home health setting where she specialized in helping seniors regain and maintain their physical mobility and independence. In 2020, after roughly 35 years working with older adults, Keri agreed to bring her considerable experience to iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness.

In her spare time, Keri enjoys reading, dining out with friends, going to the movies, and attending church-related activities. She is an accomplished snow skier and a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo.

Meet Brianna Valdez, PTA

Brianna Valdez, PTA

Brianna Valdez is a lifelong resident of Amarillo. After graduating from Tascosa High School, she attended Amarillo College, graduating from the Physical Therapy Assistant program. Prior to joining the IPOW staff, Brianna worked at Hillside Heights Rehabilitation Suites for seven months helping seniors regain and maintain their physical mobility and independence.

Brianna, and her husband Elov, have been married for five years and are the proud parents of a son Elov James. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys spending time with her family and playing Animal Crossing. She and her family have recently taken up pickleball and they are enjoying it immensely.

Meet Robyn Arnhold, Business Office Manager

Robyn Arnhold, Business Office Manager

Robyn joined our sister company, Catalyst Rehabilitation, in 2009 after a successful stint in hotel management and was instrumental in the development of what is now iPOW Physical Therapy & Wellness. Officially, she functions as business office manager, but that title fails to convey the significance of her contribution, which often includes duties far exceeding her job description. Robyn is a native Amarilloan and married to Todd.

In their spare time, she and Todd enjoy home improvement projects, Golden State Warriors basketball, and spending time with their sons and granddaughters.

Meet Carla Brashears, Billing Specialist

Carla Brashears, Billing Specialist

Carla Brashears joined the iPOW team in June of 2021. After graduating Canyon High School, she attended Amarillo College, graduating with an Associates Applied Science degree in Medical Secretary. In 2013, she completed Certification in Medical Billing and Coding. In 2016, she completed the ICD-10 Proficiency Exam. In her spare time, she loves to walk her two rescue dogs, Bella and Beau, and has recently started to foster animals through APHS.

Carla has two daughters, Brittney and Wimberly, and four grandchildren. She loves to travel to the Austin area to visit family and enjoys hiking and water adventures while visiting. She has hiked the Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Tx and other trails in Colorado Springs, CO area.

Meet Ambher Longwell, PTA

Ambher Longwell, PTA

Ambher was born on Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico but has lived most of her life in the Panhandle. After graduating from Idalou High School, she attended Amarillo College graduating from the Physical Therapy Assistant Program. Prior to joining iPOW, she worked at Amarillo College as a supplemental instructor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program.

She and her husband, Tony, have been married 11 years and have an 8-year-old daughter named Charlotte. In her spare time, Ambher enjoys gardening, hiking, reading and occasionally painting.

Meet Lauren Rutherford, Patient Intake Specialist

Lauren Rutherford, Patient Intake Specialist

Raised by a father in the ag industry and a mother in education, Lauren grew up playing volleyball for Frenship High School. After graduating in 2016, Lauren chose to attend West Texas A&M University because of its proximity to home, where she continued to be involved in intramural sports.

As a senior in high school, Lauren had the opportunity to coach some younger girls for a local volleyball club and became interested in the idea of coaching as a career. For this reason, she pursued a degree in Sports Exercise Science at WT A&M, graduating in December of 2020. Lauren says “I can still see myself coaching, but my enthusiasm for teaching waned during my final year of college; so I thought I’d take some post-graduation time to explore other career options.”

In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, crafting/painting, and going to work out with Kayla!

Meet Kayla Duff, Patient Intake / Insurance Specialist

Ambher Longwell, PTA

Kayla joined our team in 2021 as our Patient Intake Specialist/Insurance Specialist. Kayla is originally from Mansfield, Texas but moved to Canyon in 2017 to attend West Texas A&M University. Kayla graduated in 2021 with a degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Health Care Administration.

During her free time Kayla is a devoted dog mom to Waylon, Cooper, and Ellie. She also assists her boyfriend Brandon, with his business, Panhandle Flyways Guide Service. Kayla also enjoys drinking coffee and reading!