Meet the Staff

Physical/Occupational Therapists

Scott Humpal, P.T.

Scott Humpal is a physical therapist and the owner of Humpal Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers. He grew up in Butte, Nebraska. He participated in football, basketball, wrestling, track and baseball. He attended the University of Nebraska and then transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center where he graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1988.

After graduation, Scott worked over the summer at a rural hospital in South Dakota, then moved to Corpus Christi. His first job in So. Texas was at Riverside Hospital in Calallen. The time spent at the hospital was personally gratifying, but it did not offer enough outpatient orthopedic care to satisfy his professional goals, so he decided to open his own practice. Unable to secure a business loan, $20,000 was scraped together from family members, and the first Humpal clinic was opened in Sinton, Texas in August of 1989. Dedicated employees, ambition, and determination encouraged Scott to take it several steps further and he decided to open a clinic in Corpus Christi in July 1990. Then a clinic in Alice in August 1994, and a clinic in Aransas Pass in November 1997. A new 21,000 sq.ft. facility located at 5026 Deepwood Cir. was completed in October 2000. A clinic was opened in Calallen (5 Points) in Oct. 2003. The Sinton clinic was closed and relocated to Portland in 2004. The newest facility was opened in Rockport, in Feb. 2007, and the Portland clinic moved into a completely renovated building in 2008.

One hundred and fifty employees now operate the Corpus Christi, Calallen, Alice, Portland, Aransas Pass and Rockport clinics which make up the Humpal Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Centers Team.

Scott has built his practice and reputation on providing progressive and quality care for all patients. He has shown a strong commitment to excellence and supports numerous programs and charities in the So. Texas communities served by the Corpus Christi, Calallen, Alice, Portland, Aransas Pass and Rockport clinics.
email: scott@humpalpt.com

 

Kristi Kirkland, P.T.

Kristi Kirkland, P.T. is is the Director of the Rockport, Tx facility She moved to Corpus Christi in 1996 and attended Mary Carroll High School. She graduated from Carroll in 2000 and then attended Texas A&M Corpus Christi where she earned a bachelors degree in Exercise Science in 2004. She then went on to attend PT School at Angelo State University in which she graduated with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy in December 2006. She moved back to South Texas and joined the Humpal Team in January of 2007. .

She loves the field of physical therapy and would someday like to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and become certified in manual therapy.

 

 

 

  Jed McNally , P.T.                    .

 Jed is the Director of the Portland facility. He is originally from Ainsworth, Nebraska and graduated from The University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. Jed worked at West Texas Rehab in San Angelo, TX after graduation and then moved to Portland, TX in August 2004 when he joined the Humpal team. Jed is proud to live in Portland and is successfully building a thriving, small town physical therapy practice. Jed enjoys running, sports, spending time with friends, and he is an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.

email: jsmcnallus@yahoo.com

 

Yvonne A. Ramirez, P.T.

Yvonne is the Co-Director of the Corpus Christi location. She was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended Mary Carroll High School and graduated in 1998. She then attended Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where she majored in Biology. As she attended college, Yvonne worked as a technician at Humpal Physical Therapy, where she gained valuable experience and realized that this was going to be her future profession. Yvonne transferred to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2004. Yvonne later moved to Houston, Texas where she practiced physical therapy for over 4 years. She became Neuro-IFRAH certified and specialized in the treatment of patients with stoke and head injuries. Yvonne returned to Corpus Christi in November of 2008 and returned to her Humpal family.

Yvonne has found a great interest in working in the orthopedic sports medicine field and would now like to eventually become certified in manual therapy. Yvonne is currently certified in Objective Functional Capacity Evaluations and Employment Testing Protocols.
email:  ya.ramirez@yahoo.com

 
Maria "Vera" Chavez, PT

Vera is a Co-Director at Humpal Physical Therapy at the Corpus Christi location. She is a graduate of The Univ of TX Health Science Center’s Doctor of PT program. She graduated top of her class with a GPA of 4.0 and was awarded the Student Excellence Award. Immediately after graduation, she was given a directorship and lead therapist position in San Antonio at an outpatient clinic and hospital that specialized in the spine. Dr. Chavez returned to CC community to be closer to family and to return to her roots. She is a native to Sinton, Tx where she was recognized for her athletic abilities and given a scholarship to join Texas A&M Univ Kingsville’s cross country and track & field team. She lettered all four years and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science with the Distinguished Student award before attending graduate school in San Antonio.

Vera is currently certified in Industrial Safety and Rehabilitation, Objective Functional Capacity Evaluations, and Employment Testing Protocols. In her spare time, Vera enjoys traveling and doing adventurous activities such as zip lining, snorkeling, and sky diving.

Elizabeth Wilson, P.T.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Ingleside, Texas and graduated from Ingleside High School.  She attended Texas A&M Univ – CC where she studied Biomedical Science. Elizabeth then attended the Univ of TX Health Science Center San Antonio, receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2013. After graduating, Elizabeth returned back home to be close to family and work at Humpal Physical Therapy where she completed many of her observation hours prior to becoming a physical therapist. She is currently working at the Corpus Christi location. Elizabeth enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with family. She also has great interest in the orthopedic and sports medicine fields of physical therapy. During one of her many volunteer opportunities she was able to be an intern athletic trainer with the CC IceRays in their final season in the Central Hockey League before becoming an amateur league team. Elizabeth would also like to continue her education to become certified in manual therapy. Email: wilsone5@livemail.uthscsa.edu



Rick Banse , P.T.

Rick is the Director of our Aransas Pass facility and has been employed with Humpal P.T. since 1998. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Rick attended The University of Texas at San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center with a B.S. in Physical Therapy in 1991.

Rick has over twenty years of experience in various settings with sixteen years in orthopedic outpatient care.

Rick has attended many continuing education courses including: Current Concepts in Wound Care, Advanced Wound Care, Functional Lumbar Stabilization, The Pelvic Girdle, Advances on the Knee and Shoulder, "Back to Golf", Manual Therapy of the Lumber Spine (Primary disc-related) and sacrioliac joint, and many more.

Rick enjoys golf, scuba diving, snow skiing, and travel.
email: rickbanse@hotmail.com

 

 Phillip J. Cronkhite, Jr., P.T.

Phillip is the Director of our Alice location.  He is a native of New York. Born and raised in upstate New York, he attended High School in South Glens Falls. Upon graduating high school, he attended Adirondack Community College and graduated with a liberal arts degree and transferred to Daemen College in Amherst, New York, a suburb of Buffalo. At Daemen, he studied Physical Therapy and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2002.

After graduation, Phillip moved to Del Rio, Texas where he practiced physical therapy both with outpatients as well as with inpatients for over 3 years. Phillip then moved to Corpus Christi and is now with Humpal Physical Therapy. First as a Clinical Director at our Rockport facility where he helped to establish it as a practice, then as a staff therapist as our Deepwood facility to be closer to family, now he is the director in Alice.

Phillip has over 10 years of experience in the field of Physical Therapy with special interests in orthopedic, sports medicine and wound care. Phillip has been studying with the international academy of orthopedic medicine and looks forward to becoming certified in multiple areas in the future.
email: cronk69@yahoo.com

 Mandy Hesseltine, P.T.
 
Mandy is the Director of the Calallen location.  She was born and raised in Sinton, Texas, and graduated from Sinton High School in 2001. She then played one year of basketball at Jacksonville Junior College. Mandy graduated from Angelo State University with a Masters in Physical Therapy in 2006. She has worked in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine since graduating college and briefly worked in the acute care setting. Mandy joined the Humpal Team in 2008 and has worked in the Corpus Christi, Aransas Pass and Portland Clinics.

Mandy is certified in McKenzie A & B of the low back and cervical neck. She is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) and a Certified Weight Trainer (C.W.T.). She has taken various continuing education courses, such as, McConnell taping of the low back, knee, and shoulder, and myofascial release techniques to expand her knowledge in the field of Physical Therapy.

Mandy enjoys working out, spending time with family, and loves the outdoors.
email: mcaybb_10@yahoo.com 

Annie De Leon, P.T.

Annie De Leon

Annie is a staff physical therapist in the Calallen locationShe was born in Abilene, TX and raised in San Benito TX. She graduated from The Science Academy of South Texas in Mercedes, TX in 2004. She then attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2009. In August of 2013 she graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Annie began her physical therapy career here with the Humpal Team in August and loves the outpatient orthopedic setting and her job with Humpal. She hopes to get certified in manual therapy and Kinesio taping. Annie enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, running and traveling with her husband.

Email: iasdl1206@gmail.com



Jose "Joey" Chavarria, P.T.

Joey is a staff physical therapist in the Corpus Christi location.  He was born in Harlingen, TX and raised in Rio Hondo, TX. He graduated from Rio Hondo High School in 2004. He then attended the University of Texas Pan American where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology in 2009. In August of 2013 he graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Joey has worked in both acute care setting and outpatient setting. His favorite setting is outpatient orthopedic and recently joined the Humpal Team in January. Joey has a very strong interest in manual therapy and hopes to get certified in manual therapy in the future. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, traveling, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Nikita Patel, P.T.

Nikita Patel, P.T.

Nikita is a staff physical therapist in the Corpus Christi location.  Nikita joined the Humpal team in Feb. 2014.  Bio is under construction.






Laura Picha, P.T.

Laura is a staff physical therapist at the Calallen location.  She joined the Humpal team in March 2014.  Bio is under construction.









Occupational Therapist 

Gary Fairchild , O.T.

Gary was born and raised in Galveston, Texas and graduated from high school in 1984. He worked for American Airlines for 8 years out of Chicago, Illinois. Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1993. He spent two years working in the inpatient rehabilitation center at UTMB and then worked as a traveling therapist for two and a half years. Gary moved to Corpus Christi in 1997 to work at Christus Spohn Hospital – Memorial and stayed there until December 2004. Gary joined the Humpal team in January 2005 and he is now the Director of our Hand Therapy Program in our Occupational Therapy Department..

Gary enjoys traveling, motorcycling and spending time with his family. Gary and his wife of new proud parents of twins born in 2014.

Physical Therapist Assistants 

 Karina Rodriguez, P.T.A.

Karina Rodriguez, P.T.A.

Karina Rodriguez is the PTA at the Corpus Christi location. She was born and raised in McAllen, TX. She is a graduate from Texas A & M University- Kingsville in which she was part of track and field team and Student Athletic Advisory Committee all four years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science in 2009. Karina became a technician at Humpal Physical Therapy to help expand her knowledge in the field before returning back to school. She attended St. Philips College in San Antonio, TX in which she received her Associates degree for Physical Therapy Assistant in 2013.

 Brian Tajchman, P.T.A.


Brian is the PTA for the Alice location. He graduated from Del Mar College in 2006 with his degree in Applied Science. He was on Del mar’s Deans list, the National Deans List and placed in the National Honor Society. He joined Humpal PT in September 2007, and is a part of the management team at the Alice location. His hobbies are playing the acoustic guitar, photography, surfing, wood working, and automotive repair/fabrication. Brian volunteers for the Special Olympics. He would like to continue his education and become a PT.


email: sancho2499@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 Lori Rendessy, P.T.A.

Lori Rendessy, PTALori  is the PTA for the Portland, TX location. She is originally from Tonawanda, N.Y. She graduated from Niagara County Community College in May 2006 with her PTA degree, then she moved to Portland, TX in July 2006.She joined the Humpal team in August 2007. Lori enjoys running, biking, paddleboarding, and hunting.


email: lrendessy@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Diana Valdez, P.T.A.