Michael Perkins, PT
Hello and welcome to Inspire Physical Therapy! My name is Michael Perkins. I am a Christian, husband, father, PT, Aggie (class of 1996) and owner of Inspire. My wife Denise, Texas A&M class of 1997, is our co-owner, and we have been blessed with four beautiful children. We both grew up in this community and are thankful that we are getting to raise our children here as well.
I graduated from UT Southwestern PT school in 1999 and since have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the Brazos Valley as a PT. I have an absolute passion for the overall health and well being of my patients. I view physical therapy as a ministry and am overjoyed to help my patients accomplish health and wellness far beyond anything they've known before.
I have a holistic approach to medicine and believe that health and wellness start in the heart and at the core. From diet to exercise, from alignment to fitness, I find great worth in helping our patients discover their maximum potential. I have been practicing in this community for over 20 years, have made many incredible friends and feel the best is yet to come. I am excited to daily continue this healing ministry as an extension of the loving hands of Christ and invite you to be a part of the Inspire experience.
Jessie Arden, PTA
Hi! My name is Jessie Arden, and I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I received my bachelor’s degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M in 2016. Two years later, in 2018, I graduated from Blinn’s Physical Therapist Assistant program with an associate’s degree. After spending one of my clinical rotations with the Inspire team, I was more than happy to officially join the family in March of 2019.
I was born and raised right here in Bryan, Texas. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. My passion for physical therapy began as a young competitive dancer who was prone to injury. I love to get to know my patients outside of their injury, and help them get back to doing what they enjoy!
Haley Hereld, PTA
Hello! My name is Haley, and I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I graduated from the Blinn PTA program in 2018. While in school, I had my first clinical rotation at Inspire Physical therapy. From then on, I knew this was where I wanted to work. I am so blessed to be a part of the Inspire Team!
I’m originally from a small town called Edna, and frequently make visits back to visit my parents and three nieces. I enjoy spending time with my two dogs, watching a good show on Netflix, and spending time with family and friends. I love helping my patients to feel their very best, and I also have a passion for working with pediatric patients.
Monica Love, PTA
Howdy! My name is Monica Love and I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. After graduating from Texas A&M in 2007 with a bachelor of arts in History, I spent several years working in different industries in College Station before taking a leap of faith and deciding to go back to school to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. I graduated from the Blinn PTA program in May 2019 and joined the Inspire team in October 2019. I am truly blessed that I get to spend my days helping people return to the activities they enjoy!
When not at Inspire, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two children, running, reading, and crocheting.
Lani Pusateri, PTA
Hi! My name is Lani Pusateri, and I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana and am the baby of five! I graduated in May of 2013 with a Bachelor's of Kinesiology from the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette, and I also received my Associate's from Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge in May of 2016.
My husband and I were married in September of 2017 and moved to College Station with our dog, Dakota, the following month. I was very blessed to be able to join the Inspire Physical Therapy team in February of 2018!! I have enjoyed my time here so far, and I look forward to continue growing as a therapist with Mr. Michael Perkins and the rest of our team! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Miles, and our dog; I enjoy running, reading, cooking, and when we're lucky..going home to Louisiana to spend time with our family and friends!
Michelle Ralston, PTA
Hello! My name is Michelle, and I am a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant at Inspire PT. I graduated from Texas A&M in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. In 2013, I graduated from the Blinn PTA program with an associate’s degree. After spending one of my clinical rotations with Michael Perkins, I was more than happy to jump on board when he told me he was going into private practice. I have had the privilege of working at Inspire since we opened in 2013. I enjoy spending my day at Inspire teaching patients by answering questions about their injuries, assisting them through their exercise programs, and helping them to feel better!
I grew up south of Houston but have spent the past 10 years in Bryan/College Station. I like to spend time outside of work with my husband, Matt, and our three dogs. I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, reading, and visiting with family and friends.
Ashley Richey, PT, DPT
Howdy! My name is Ashley Richey, and I am a licensed Physical Therapist here at Inspire Physical Therapy. I grew up in Fort Worth, TX prior to attending Texas A&M University where I received my degree in Applied Exercise Physiology in May of 2016. I continued my education at the University of the Incarnate Word graduating as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in May of 2019. While in school, I was blessed to spend 4 months at Inspire during clinical rotations and jumped at the chance to come back to be part of the Inspire family.
My husband, also an Aggie, and I were married in June of 2019 and absolutely love making our home in Aggieland. We are avid football fans who tailgate each game, enjoy spending time with our ever-energetic Siberian Husky Kevin, and love spending time trying new recipes together. I am a 4th generation Aggie and have a special place in my heart for Aggieland. I am certified in Blood Flow Restriction Therapy which has shown to be beneficial for patients who have had surgery. I love getting to help patients feel better and help them get back to doing what they love!
Paige Robinson, LMT
Hey! I’m Paige and I’m happy to serve Inspire as the the new licensed Massage Therapist. I began the road to this profession in the fall of 1996 as a freshmen at Texas A&M majoring in Kinesiology. After graduating and getting married, my husband and I spent five years in Colorado working for a Christian backpacking outfitter. The next dozen years have been spent in Bryan closer to our families. A large majority of that time I worked in college ministry at our church and learned much about people. My major, my interest in the health field, my experience meeting people’s needs, timing not my own, and my desire to help people led me to the massage therapy field. In May 2018 I received my license and I am happy to have the chance to work alongside some incredible therapists and people here at Inspire. Whether the massage is coupled with Inspire’s PT or the person comes in with no strings attached, my hope is to aid wellness and the recovery process. I believe healing incorporates one’s body, mind, heart and soul and I’m passionate about maximizing each individual’s healing and health.
My interests are quality time and conversations with friends and family, hanging out with my husband and our daughter, reading, learning, being outside, exercising, taking care of our farm, and trying to experience life’s blessings to the fullest.
Taylor Sparks, PT, DPT
Hi! My name is Taylor Sparks and I am a licensed Physical Therapist. I received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana (2013) and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from LSU Health Science Center-New Orleans (2016). After graduating from PT school in 2016, I left my home state of Louisiana to join my husband, Adam, here in College Station. I’ve been practicing in the BCS area ever since. I have advanced training in dry needling, extensive experience with vestibular rehabilitation, and a special interest in Parkinson’s disease.
Outside of the clinic, I enjoy spending time with Adam and our Yorkshire terrier, Sammy. We love playing tennis, watching college football, traveling, and doing crossword puzzles.
Melissa Spiller, Front Desk Administrator
Hello, I am Melissa Spiller and it is a privilege to be part of the INSPIRE team. I am usually the person who greets you at INSPIRE. I have worked in the medical field in Bryan/College Station for 20 years. I'm from a small town in East Texas but moved here with my high school sweetheart, Craig, and we've made this our home since 1996. We have been blessed with three daughters who keep us entertained and active. My motto is "giving, caring, loving, sharing" and there is no better place to live that out each day than INSPIRE Physical Therapy.
Jodi Thornton, PTA
Howdy! My name is Jodi Thornton, and I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. I graduated from the Blinn PTA program in 2015. After working in Houston for 2 years, I returned to Aggieland to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Allied Health with a minor in Psychology at Texas A&M. Having recently completed this, I am now preparing to continue my education at the University of Texas Medical Branch where I will graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant to Doctor of Physical Therapy Bridge Program in 2022. Meanwhile, I am excited to continue to learn and grow as I serve my community with my family at Inspire!
I have a passion for helping people improve their quality of life, even if that simply means a few small changes in movement and posture. I am certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and I get particularly excited about pushing my patients as they enter the higher-level activity phase of their rehabilitation.
I grew up in Mexia, TX and graduated from Wortham High School. I have always enjoyed being active and playing sports. I love spending time with friends and family, and especially my 2 beautiful dogs! I have been extremely blessed to join the Inspire team, and I look forward to continuing this journey!
Kelli Thornton, PT
Hi there! I am Kelli Thornton. I am a licensed Physical Therapist and a 1996 graduate of Texas State University’s Physical Therapy Program.
I have advanced training in dry needling, women’s health and am certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment.
I have a heart for service and a passion for the practice of physical therapy. For 23 years I have been blessed to work in a field that affords me the opportunity to develop authentic, Christ-honoring relationships through the provision of innovative and individualized care. I am committed to helping each patient realize their full potential while celebrating and sharing in their successes along the way.
I am new to Inspire Physical Therapy but I am not new to this community. In the last 16 years, I have had the distinct honor to own a small private practice and to mentor some pretty awesome people along the way. Recently, however, God began moving me back to what he called me to do in the first place…and that was not pushing papers and crunching numbers in an office!
Stepping out in faith can be scary and is usually uncomfortable…but WOW! I could not have tailor picked a better place to finish out my career. I am excited to be a part of Inspire Physical Therapy, a team that puts loyalty, teamwork, stewardship, and accountability to practice.
My husband Mark and I have been married for 22 years and we are blessed with two sons, Braden and Zayne. After years of burning the candle at both ends and trying to do it all, It’s time for this girl to slow down, catch her breath and be present for each messy moment, because after all….home with these 3 guys and our dogs…that’s my most favorite place to be.