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Jessica Tranchina, PT, DPT

Jessica Tranchina, PT, DPT, NASM-CPT, A.R.T Certified Provider, CKTP, owner PRIMO Performance & Rehabilitation, Inc.

Jessica has recently spent a lot of time in Kona treating Ironman athletes for the World Championships Race.

Has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1999 and specializes in the treatment of running, triathlon, and other athletic injuries. Jessica uses the Active Release Technique (A.R.T.); this method has proven tremendously successful in most all of the injuries encountered. Read more about this method here. Jessica pursued her doctorate degree in 2006 and defended her dissertation on the validity and reliability of provocative maneuvers for SLAP II lesions sustained in the pitching shoulder of baseball players.

Jessica's experience is primarily in orthopedics, manual therapy and sports rehab although she practiced in a variety of settings and is equipped to provide rehabilitation for all clients. She is especially interested in injury prevention. Being an elite triathlete herself, Jessica understands the muscular imbalances that can develop with training for events. She is also a certified personal trainer and has the ability to develop programs for injury prevention post-rehab.

Jessica has been involved in the fitness world since 1990 whereby she ran cross-country, track and played soccer in high school. She began instructing aerobics, kickboxing, spin/cycle as well as water rehabilitation and aerobics in 1996. She is an All-American triathlete, was Oklahoma Runner of the year 2007, has several 50k trail run records, has the STREND record, and qualified for Ford Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI in 2009.

She has recently taken all three kinesiotaping method courses and is CKTP (Certified Kinesiotaping Method Practitioner). Read more about the kinesiotaping method.


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Delfin Ward, OTR

Delfin Ward works as an occupational therapist at PRIMO Performance & Rehab, a hands on based PT and OT rehabilitation clinic in Austin, TX. He has years of therapy experience from working in a variety of settings including psychiatric, hospital, outpatient, and skilled nursing where he has treated the age spectrum from pediatric to geriatric. He likes to point this out because it has given him the intimate treatment knowledge of the human condition in its aging process and its relation to a holistic treatment approach.

Delfin is certified in Active Release Technique, ART, which is a hands on treatment approach of treating common conditions such as tendonitis, nerve entrapments, acute pain, and chronic pain. His clinical experience has led him to believe that manual therapy can be a big component to his patient’s plan of care.

Delfin is a strong believer in educating his clients about using good ergonomics in order to address the many conditions that can arise from soft tissue (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) being overused from repetitive movement patterns, prolonged static contractions, poor body mechanics, and work tasks that do not optimize optimal function. He has provided ergonomics consulting to a variety of clients ranging from individual machine operators to architects to entire nail salon technicians.

Delfin received his degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

When not at work, Delfin and his family are out and about in Austin enjoying the many wonderful things that this great city has to offer.

More about Delfin:

Delfin has spent the last 20+ years learning the art of making pretty darn good breakfast tacos- including such skills as choosing the right tortilla, scrambling eggs, what to put in the taco, and how spicy a salsa should be. He also has years of experience of finishing athletic endeavors such as runs ranging from the 5K to the marathon and a couple of triathlons- all usually towards the end of the pack; but all with a feeling of accomplishment at the other side of the finish line.


Ben Shook

Ben Shook, PT, DPT, COMT

Ben is a 2010 graduate of the doctorate of physical therapy program (DPT) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. He previously worked at ProActive Physical Therapy in Tucson, Arizona for 2 years focusing his training with the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM). He is a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) and is currently working towards his fellowship with IAOM. At ProActive Physical Therapy he worked closely with pain physicians to provide an integrated approach to managing difficult orthopedic pathologies. He often consulted with local physicians to recommend possible pain management interventions when necessary.

Specialty: Ben has focused his efforts as a lower extremity specialist to work with an athletic population both in Austin and the Tucson area. Ben is focused on working with movement patterns and really assessing how well a person moves as a whole and in everyday life. He is skilled in treating runners, cyclists, and high school and collegiate athletes. He also has a great interest in working with complex spine patients to restore movement and function. He also utilizes trigger point dry needling (TDN) to complement his manual therapy and corrective exercise program. He trained with renowned teacher and master Dr. Yun-Tao Ma in Boulder, Colorado and is certified with the American Dry Needling Institute. Ben also specializes in making custom orthotics and has trained for 2 years and works directly with Biomechanical Services in Brea, California to customize each pair of orthotics. His custom orthotics can be made to fit almost any type of shoe including most running shoes, dress shoes, cycling cleats, and even boots.

Personal Statement:

“I have an appreciation for movement and the intricacies that is has to offer with my own personal experience as a collegiate athlete. I am always amazed at what is possible when we people begin to move out of a place of fear and avoidance and into a place of restoration and healing. The body was meant to move freely and just because it isn’t right now doesn’t mean it can’t in the future. My goal with all my patients is to get them to move to a place of empowerment where they take control of their own bodies and am constantly amazed of what happens when they are able to do this.”

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