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ABOUT US

THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF CARE

At CTPO, each patient and their family is treated with patience, kindness, dignity & respect. Our pediatric orthopedic doctors and medical staff have the extensive experience and specific training necessary to offer your child the very best care. 

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OUR HISTORY

Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics was founded in 1990 by Dr. Jay Shapiro, with the mission of serving Austin's community and setting the standard for exceptional pediatric orthopedic care.

 

Now with locations in Austin, Cedar Park, Westlake, Round Rock, and South Austin, we are a growing team of more than 70, including an amazing group of over 20 talented healthcare professionals all focused on taking care of the children of Central Texas.

 

Our 10 physicians are all pediatric fellowship-trained and certified in orthopedic surgery. Each of our 6 physical therapists along with our occupational therapist hold advanced and specialized degrees and focus solely on the rehabilitation of children and adolescents.

History

CONVENIENT

We aim to keep this specialized care close to home by offering 3 office locations and 5 physical therapy locations

We take the time to explain everything from cast changes to surgeries to both our patients and their parents.

It is our mission to guide children through trying times by restoring function with compassionate care and making the process as smooth as possible.

We utilize the latest technologies to minimize radiation exposure with 3D modeling of the body for treatment of complex surgical problems.

THOROUGH

COMPASSIONATE

HIGH TECH

MEET YOUR TEAM

meet your team

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DR. HILTON GOTTSCHALK

General Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Hand + Upper Extremity Specialist

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DR. BRIAN KAUFMAN

General Pediatric Orthopedics + Pediatric Spine Disorder Specialist

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DR. JOHN HEYDEMANN

General Pediatric Orthopedics + Neuromuscular, Foot and Ankle and Lower Limb

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DR. JAY SHAPIRO

General Pediatric Orthopedics, Spine Disorder + Congenital Abnormality Specialist

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DR. MATT ELLINGTON

General Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric And Adolescent Trauma + Sports Medicine

Kathleen Rickert, MD - CTPO

DR. KATHLEEN RICKERT

General Pediatric Orthopedics, Foot & Ankle + Lower Limb Conditions

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DR. CATHERINE SARGENT

General Pediatric Orthopedics + Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist

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DR. KIRSTEN ROSS

General Pediatric Orthopedics + Pediatric Spine Disorder Specialist

PAs

OUR AWESOME

Physician Assistants + Nurse Practitioners

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NATALIE PEREZ

MSN, APRN, CPN, FNP-C
 

MEET NATALIE

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Saturday Johnson

MPH, MPAS, PA-C

MEET SATURDAY

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Madison Hess

MPAS, PA-C

MEET MADISON

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Mackenzie Root

MPAS, DMS, PA-C

MEET MACKENZIE

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Katie Cavagnaro

MPAS, PA-C

MEET KATIE

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Kelly Woolley

DMSc, PA-C, CAQ-OS

MEET KELLY

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TRACY KUPER

MSN, APRN, CPNP

MEET TRACY

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SARAH TALBOT

BSN-RN, MAPS, PA-C

MEET SARAH

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April Perlaza

MPAS, PA-C, ATC
 

MEET APRIL

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Taylor Melian

PA-C, ATC, LAT

MEET TAYLOR

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Kara Spoto

MPAS, PA-C

MEET KARA

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Sophia Craft

MPAS, PA-C

MEET SOPHIA

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Olga Bravova

MPAS, PA-C

MEET OLGA

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Shreya Patel

MPAS, PA-C

MEET SHREYA

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JAMIE MOORE

MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC

MEET JAMIE

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Trina Wahle

MSN, APRN, FNP-C, MBA

MEET TRINA

PTs

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

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Kevin McHorse

PT, SCS, MDT
 

MEET KEVIN

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BRIAN KRATZ

PT, SCS, MPT

MEET BRIAN

Chelsey Dempski

CHELSEY DEMPSKI

PT, DPT 

MEET CHELSEY

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Sarah BEAULIEU

PT, DPT, PRC

MEET SARAH

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Jimmy Simmonds

PT, MSPT

MEET JIMMY

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CAITLIN LEE

PT, DPT 

MEET CAITLIN

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

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KAREN AYALA

MS, OTR/L, CHT

MEET KAREN

Occupational Therapy

WE GET KIDS

We take pediatric orthopedics seriously, but never forget who our audience is – We Love kids and do everything we can to make them feel comfortable and empowered.

 

 

With that in mind, our goal is to provide exceptional pediatric orthopedic care for the children of Central Texas, allowing each child to maximize their health and quality of life.