Ronald W. Barkman, PT, co-founder
For Ronald Barkman, co-founder of Barkman and Smith Physical Therapy, his profession in physical therapy is a calling, not a job.
“I enjoy working with people who are in need of improving function, getting back to work or sports, reducing pain, or just learning how to walk again,” he says.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else. I love coming to work. I can always find something to look forward to when working with patients.”
Ron says he loves the discovery process of figuring out what is causing a patient’s problem and then developing a plan to correct it.
“My main concern is teaching/educating people as to how to take care of their health.”
Ron has a Bachelor of Science in teaching and coaching from Cortland State College in Cortland, N.Y., and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas.
He gained experience as a high school coach and teacher, coaching football, basketball and baseball on Long Island, New York. He has worked as a staff physical therapist in several hospitals, ran a private practice physical therapy clinic in Dallas, worked in home health physical therapy for six years and worked in several nursing homes.
Ron enjoys working with a variety of patients ranging from orthopedics to neurology, work-related injuries, and sports injuries with clients ranging from five to 102 (current record!).
When he is not working, Ron enjoys spending time and working out with his wife of 33 years, Trisha. He also has two successful daughters, Briana and Alix. Briana lives in New York City and works as a fashion designer. Alix followed in her father’s footsteps and is also a Physical Therapist.
Vincent Smith, PT, co-founder
Vincent Smith co-founded Barkman and Smith Physical Therapy in 1993. Vincent takes a holistic approach to treating patients and relates it is his pleasure to serve. While he uses the latest evidence-based treatment to help patients restore movement and reduce pain, he understands the emotional and spiritual aspects of these challenges as well as the difficulty associated with physical loss.
Vincent graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, he gained experience in several hospital settings as a staff physical therapist; advancing to Assistant Manager and Coordinator of Clinical Education. Vincent's general practice is in orthopedics and neurology. His specialties include manual therapy with an emphasis on Spinal Mobilization & Myofascial Release techniques as well as the McKenzie Approach to spinal care. Vincent practices general neurology and is a certified Parkinson’s LSVT BIG clinician. Mr. Smith has utilized his experience with neurological patients to develop BalanceTrak™; An evidence based movement and exercise approach utilizing specific movements and overhead suspension equipment to improve balance and prevent falls.
Vincent is a pancreatic cancer survivor and found his trial enabled him to serve his clients with an improved perspective on pain and perseverance. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Lidia and his daughters and grandson. He enjoys surfing the web, playing guitar and celebrating his daily blessings.
Jonathan D. Stoddard, PT
Jonathan Stoddard was attracted to physical therapy as a career because he loves working with people and staying active, so it was a natural fit.
“I love that physical therapy is a mix between science and creativity; although the principles remain constant, the way they are applied to meet the needs of each person is different,” Jonathan explains.
Jonathan has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, graduating Magna Cum Laude while employed as a technician at Barkman and Smith for more than five years. He graduated from UT Southwestern with a Masters of Physical Therapy.
He is a certified LSVT Parkinson’s BIG clinician. He has a special interest in custom power and manual wheelchair seating assessments. He works with several area wheelchair companies performing seating assessments. Jonathan also stays up to day on current research and treatments through continuing education focusing on orthopedic rehabilitation.
His experience was gathered doing clinical rotations in acute care (cardiopulmonary, heart and lung transplant patients), outpatient neurological rehabilitation, outpatient and hospital based orthopedic rehabilitation.
When he is not working, Jonathan stays very active and enjoys participating in local cycling events, short and long course triathlons . His most notable athletic accomplishments include multiple Ironman 70.3 races, Top Age Group finishes at the sprint triathlon distances and completion of Utah Wasatch Back and Las Vegas 200mi ultra running relays.
Jonathan and his wife, Milina, are the proud parents of boy/girl twins, Mia and Adam.
|Paul Dewayne Murphy, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant Paul Dewayne Murphy believes he had a calling to go into the field of studies that he selected. It just felt like a natural thing to pursue.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science at the University of Texas, Arlington. He completed his Associates of Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant at Tarrant County College.
He gained experience working in both private and hospital-affiliated clinics in the Fort Worth area working in the fields of acute care, sport therapy, long-term acute care, and outpatient rehabilitation.
Paul joined Barkman and Smith PT originally in 2007 as a Physical Therapy Technician and rejoined the team in 2013 after achieving his Physical Therapist Assistant license. He is interested in specializing in wound care in the future.
When he has spare time, Paul enjoys cleaning, tinkering and driving his 1965 Ford Mustang and 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air, travelling to see family locally and internationally, doing yard work, and surfing the Internet for deals.
Physical Therapy Assistant Jake Schultz received his Bachelors degree in Biology at Texas Tech University in 2013. He completed his Associates of Applied Science Physical Therapist Assistant at South Plains College in 2015. He completed clinical internships in Skilled Nursing, Acute Care and Outpatient settings. He has a special interest in sports rehabilitation. Jake joined Barkman and Smith Physical Therapy in Aug 2015
In his free time, Jake enjoys watching/playing sports, hanging out with family and friends, staying active outdoors, and reading.
Serena moved from her hometown in northwest Oklahoma to Weatherford, OK where she obtained her Associates degree in Applied Science/PTA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She began her career in the outpatient orthopedic setting upon graduation and obtaining licensure in 2009, spending the last 3 years in Oklahoma City before moving south of the river to her current residence here in Texas. Serena joined Barkman and Smith Physical Therapy in Dec 2015
"One of my favorite parts of working in the field of physical therapy is helping a person through the process of improving, and returning to activities they once couldn't do because of their injury or surgery. It's a rewarding process."
Some of her favorite things to do are spending time with family and friends, exploring new places through the DFW metro area, walking/jogging, and singing.