Our Team

We are physical and postural therapy scientists, educators, and inventors. We are exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, and biomechanists. We are computer scientists, technologists, engineers, and interactive healthcare IT innovators.

Our Team

We are physical and postural therapy scientists, educators, and inventors. We are exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, and biomechanists. We are computer scientists, technologists, engineers, and interactive healthcare IT innovators.

Our Team

Operating Partners

The PTX Team of Operating Partners represent a combined total of more than 100 years of high-level executive service as CEO, CFO, COO, CMO, Chairman, and other senior level positions within the nation’s largest organizations of health & fitness, digital healthcare, disease management, senior housing, insurance, employee benefits, managed-care, and government agencies.

We are a team of therapy and technology scientists working tirelessly to deliver muscle and joint pain relief to the world. We are dedicated to giving people hope and seeing lives changed with posture therapy. PTX Therapy is dedicated to making a difference for patients, and we’re here to prove it.

John Lemme

President, Chief Science Officer

Professional Background

 

John has developed posture therapy & strength programs for over 20 years and is the founder of PTX Therapy. After working in numerous clinical settings he spent over a decade developing the Patented Postural Therapy delivery system, US Patent No. 8,715,176. As its inventor, the proprietary technology and trade-secrets of this Virtual Therapy intelligence system originated from John’s study and experience as an athlete and clinician working with thousands of clients. Throughout his life, John has held a tremendous passion for athletics and sports related activities, only surpassed by his career in orthopedic rehabilitation — linking posture to pain and giving people hope to heal. John’s unique approach as a therapist has proven equally applicable to patients with chronic pain conditions, and athletes looking for measurable functional performance improvement. He has personally worked with over 100 NFL players, PGA and LPGA Tour Pros, and NBA players (including many Hall of Famers from each those professional leagues). John has helped numerous High School teams (in TX and CA) as football strength and speed coach, was Head Rehab Specialist and Director of Fitness Trainers at the world-renowned Pebble Beach Company, Senior Therapist and Director of Seminars & Education for The Egoscue Method in San Diego, California, and Senior Postural Therapist at the Peak Wellness Center in Greenwich Connecticut. John is currently a distinguished Faculty member and Advisor of the International Medical Wellness Association.

 

John’s initial idea of virtual therapy, was, well, ahead of its time in 1999 — many years before the first iPhone. He tested some early expert system versions for a couple of years, with success. Beginning in 2001 he got serious: John would leave his clinic in Newport Beach, and take hundreds of patient files each time, to the mountains or beaches of southern California.There he would spend days just writing therapy protocols based on patient profiles. Those work-getaways—to focus only on the rehab process of postural therapy’s unique scientific sequencing—turned into countless hours, and many months, then many years, writing algorithms and the foundations and vision for what is now PTX.

During this time, John had a staff of trainers, therapists, and code-writers at his clinic in Newport. He was also working with his team on an early tele-rehab / tele-therapy program, where patients from all over the country would call in, for ½ hour therap

sessions—the patient would put the therapist on speaker phone and the therapist would then walk them through their therapy session…and people got well! This successful data was captured, including the intake / evaluation portion of the calls, and John used those phone sessions to develop initial versions of the patient’s online interactive questionnaire. In those early days (’01 thru ’11), a full intranet beta version of an automated therapy system was tested, and was successful. So, he continued, with more advanced contracted code-writing teams, from Israel to India, from Silicon Valley to San Diego—John grew his clinic facility staff to almost 20 people.
 

In 2014 John sold his direct-pay clinic and sports-training center of almost 14yrs, in pursuit of solely the remote-therapy business. He moved his family to the Hill Country of Texas (between Austin and San Antonio) that same year, and spent several additional years writing more algorithms and therapy protocols, advancing the system towards machine learning, then A.I. (artificial intelligence). He moved into new iterations of the backend therapy-engine that was proven successful, including going head-to-head in third-party studies against licensed physical therapy clinics; John’s digital therapy system proved to be statistically superior for symptom mitigation in many categories and body regions. John worked for years with fellow therapist Carol Gamboa who had already begun growing a network of like-minded Postural Therapists around the world, and they together branded the PTX name. John also spent several of these years working with patients, physicians and medical groups, testing the new powerful versions of the system—further proving its success—while he capitalized the company, sold into different markets, and assembled a very talented PTX team of therapy and technology scientists.

THE RESULT: 20 years in the making, today the PTX Therapy system is far superior to anything else on the market, because it is rooted in two-decades of clinical experience, testing, and success of countless healed patients!

 

Getting Personal

 

John really enjoys coaching-up and watching his boys play football and daughter play volleyball, as well as being with his wife and kids on the weekends watching football games together — Go Bears!

Dr. Fred Lybrand

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

Dr. Lybrand is an educator, systems expert, theologian, speaker, executive and business consultant, productivity coach, and author. Those who know Dr. Lybrand might say he’s like a polymath (having expert or near-expert status in dozens of disciplines & sub-disciplines). He would say he’s just a mono-math (specializing in only one field) in that he focuses on permanent-problem-solving with every subject. Dr. Lybrand has the diverse combination of formally studying law, linguistics, writing & English Literature, structural dynamics, leadership/management, four languages, and dynamics of human personality. He is the author of 10 books—including The #1 Success Habit (for Managers) — and is the co-founder of TrimTab Solutions / GR8 Solutions Group (an Energy Industry consulting firm). His client list includes the United States Air Force, State Farm Insurance, Valero, Chick-fil-A, Pioneer Natural Resources, Continental Oil, Maplewood Investment Partners, Acufocus, Encana, and Marathon Oil. Dr. Lybrand has supported PTX for several years as a business consultant and strategic advisor as well as executive coach to John Lemme (the company’s founder). 

Carol Gamboa

VP of Therapy and Developmen

Professional Background

 

Carol has been with the company since it’s inception and she has clinical posture therapy experience dating back to 2005. After graduating with a degree in exercise science, and working in various industries, she found her true calling 4 years later in the field of posture therapy. She owned a therapy practice in Chicago where she provided therapy for years to private clients and Chicago Bears players. During this time she was also passionate about mentoring new therapists and growing a world-wide network of like-minded therapists. It was through these therapist connections that she met John Lemme and the PTX name was born. She continues to lead the therapist division of PTX as well as manage ongoing product development within the broader vision of PTX.

Getting Personal

 

When she’s not talking to therapists or overseeing projects, Carol is cooking new dishes, meeting up with friends for some beach volleyball or heading to the beach with her husband and 3 kids.

Charlie Furgason

Director of Therapists

Professional Background

 

A graduate of Michigan State University, Charlie has been utilizing posture therapy with clients for almost 20 years. He is a Licensed PTX Therapist and a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. He has worked in the health and fitness field since 1997 in the areas of posture therapy, physical therapy, personal training, weight management, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Much of the last 20 years was spent as a posture therapy business owner. Charlie is now the Therapy Content Manager for PTX.

Getting Personal

 

When he’s taking a break from research and writing therapy content, you might catch Charlie buffing up on Civil War history, chowing down pizza, or vacationing with his wife at Disney.

Sarah Scott

Director of Client Relations

Professional Background

 

Working with people has always been a Sarah’s passion. After an early career in sales and property management, she was drawn to the creative industry. During her career in digital media, she was introduced to John Lemme. He had a need for digital marketing, and she had a need to fix a shoulder pain that wouldn’t go away. After just 1 session of doing PTX Therapy she felt relief in her shoulder that she hadn’t been able to solve in any other way. In her role as creative director she merges her passion for the creative with her passion for sharing the message of hope that drives PTX. Sarah works tirelessly to create new strategies and plans to share the PTX message with the world. She loves working with all of the clients and members of PTX Therapy and seeing their success.

Getting Personal

 

When she’s not busy designing and dreaming up ideas, you might find Sarah grabbing some family time going swimming, reading, watching movies and getting snuggles from her husband and 5 kids.

Jeffrey Pollock

Director of Senior Sales & Services

Professional Background

 

Jeffrey has spent the past 25 years in healthcare finance, primarily focused on senior housing and care. He had a twenty-year career as a General Partner and Board Member of Mabon, Nugent & Company (a NYSE member founded in 1892) where he successively oversaw corporate and municipal bonds and investment banking. Jeffrey served as outside director of Medical Resources for a diagnostic imaging company owned by GE Assurance and John Hancock, from 2001 to 2008. He graduated with a B.A. from Yale University. Jeffrey has assisted in the development of the PTX senior living model, including initial market testing, and has brought PTX relationships which he maintained and cultivated in the senior space for several decades—owners, operators and influencers at the highest levels of the industry.

John Sievers

Director of Medical Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

A healthcare executive with three decades of experience, John has worked extensively in operational and business development roles for an integrated health system, an ambulatory surgery center company and a nationwide provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation services. John’s unique leadership abilities combine both program development and strategy implementation. Prior to PTX Therapy, John served as VP of Development for Upstream Rehabilitation, a national provider of outpatient physical rehab services. He was also VP for Nueterra, an ambulatory surgery center company where he served in operational and business development roles. Prior to Nueterra, John was SVP of Clinical Outreach and Employer Health for Health Midwest, a Kansas City based integrated healthcare provider. He holds an MPH and MHA from the University of Missouri.

Emily Wich

Video Production

Professional Background

 

Emily founded her first business at age 23 and and has been the Owner, Executive Producer and Writer for Wich Productions since it’s beginning. Her background in performance has led to on camera and live event spokesperson positions for Cable Television providers, cellular industry leaders, medical and dental companies. She also organizes the philanthropical arm of Wich Productions that donates video production services to local charities.

Bo Wich

Video Production

Professional Background

 

Bo began his career in Television and Film over 20 years ago. He received his B.S. Degree in Television, Film and New Media from San Diego State University and has worked for Tribune Media and News Corp at O&O Television Stations in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX. Later he managed the medical Video Production Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Opportunities in client commercials prompted him to form his company Wich Productions where he and his wife specialize in high end video production for corporate partners.

Amanda Lemme

Director of Public Relations & Community Outreach

Professional Background

 

Amanda assists in community outreach and patient engagement through the PTX communication and support system. She also is involved with overall public relations for the Company. Amanda has a special place in her heart for reaching people through the PTX Cares (non-profit) program—underprivileged kids and families, missionaries throughout Africa and the world (inc. clinician missionaries who use PTX to stay pain-free in remote clinic / hospital settings). Amanda has been instrumental as a contributor to many business and marketing ideas behind most of the PTX programs. Her background includes internal sales and quality control & service for two Fortune 500 companies. Amanda worked as a volunteer for over eight years for Olive Crest—homes & services for abused children, and full-service adoption agency. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations from Vanguard University.

Getting Personal

 

Outside of work Amanda is very active in the lives of her three kids, including as a professional “chaufeur” to sporting events and as a volunteer at school. She loves hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family on her Hill Country backporch. :)

Kathryn Lester

Accounting and HR Manager

Professional Background

 

Kathryn is a very seasoned and highly motivated Small Business Bookkeeper and Human Resources Manager. She thrives on contributing to the continued financial success of the company and building strong relationships with the members that makeup the PTX family. Previously, she worked in the oil and gas industry for over 5 years. Prior to that, Kathryn worked in the banking and finance world finding her passion in assisting small business owners achieve their dreams. She enjoys the financial tracking of day-to-day operations and has also taken great pride in being the extra support and voice for employees when they are in need of anything.

Getting Personal

 

When she’s not working, you might find Kathryn going for long runs, having playdates with her 2 kids on the chicken farm her husband manages, or eating hotwings.

Jacob Knotek

Director of IT

Professional Background

 

Jacob has been in the web development space for over a decade. He worked as an independent software engineer and consultant for 8 years. During this time, he had the privilege of leading projects in the education industry, and helped bootstrap several startups. Jacob joined the PTX team in 2016, guiding the development of major platform updates as the lead software engineer. He now oversees the growing team of passionate web and mobile developers and designers at PTX Therapy.

Getting Personal

 

If Jacob’s not up late working, you might find him reading, running, or planning his next adventure.

Gina Reese

UI / UX Designer

Professional Background

 

Gina Reese has been practicing and studying graphic, digital, and print design since 2012. Combining her understanding of psychology with design principles, Gina understands her users when it comes to their reactions, experiences and thought process. She has worked together with Chevron, Prestone, and NASA just to name a few on regulating brand guidelines for their products and managing their websites. She was also the Graphic/UI Designer of the winning team at the Houston Hackathon in 2018 developing a platform for empowering local citizens to address local municipal concerns and cleaning up the great City of Houston. Gina now serves as the UX/UI Designer at PTX and continues to pursuing excellence in user experience and digital design.

Getting Personal


When Gina’s not busy knocking out quality designs in record time, you might find her out with friends singing or dancing, or binge watching her favorites, Pirates of the Caribbean and Locke & Key.

Christopher Williams

Front-End Developer

Professional Background

 

Christopher was born in Virginia, but to paraphrase an old saying, he got to Texas as fast as he could. Computers have been a large part of Christopher’s life since he received his first one, a Commodore VIC-20, in 1984. While he always knew he wanted to be a software developer, he took the long road. He first studied to become an archaeologist, got experience as a fishmonger, apprentice baker, customer relations rep, and then spent 18 years in IT management. In late 2018 an opportunity to beat IT burn-out and get serious about software presented itself. Looking for a more creative and happy career path, Christopher jumped into a boot camp and spent the better part of a year working toward the goal of landing a new career. Now that he is here at PTX, Christopher says, “I know that I made the right choice in 2018 and only wish I’d made the jump sooner!”

Getting Personal

 

This Texan loves to travel and enjoys eclectic cuisine, and when Christopher’s not coding for PTX you might find him dabbling with electronics, guitar or gaming.

Lawrence Roberts

iOS Developer

Professional Background

 

Lawrence has been working in technology over the last 20 years in various startups and positions. While his focus at PTX is on creating advanced applications for iOS & Android, he also brings a breadth of full stack and SEO development experience to the team. He loves to work in mobile technology and craft applications people will love using.

Getting Personal

 

When not coding, you might find Lawrence doing martial arts, skateboarding, surfing and hanging out with his family.

Walt Foss

VP of Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

Walt has had a career in Sales and Marketing management, where he served two tours with Cisco Systems, first as an AVP of Sales and later in Marketing and as VP of Sales for Monterey Networks. He helped reboot Aruba Wireless Networks as a Sales Manager and investor and served on the Board of Directors for VeriCenter. He has since focused on investments in early to mid-staged growth companies that have a positive impact on people, and is owner of a digital marketing company. He has a BS in General Business from Boston College and completed the SEP at Stanford University. Mr. Foss has supported PTX leading a national team of sales personnel, as well as being a key marketing, and technology advisor to the company.

Chad Wable

VP of Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

Mr. Wable is currently the CEO of Pipeline Health (East)—City Hospital, Dallas TX. For 14 years he served as President and CEO of Saint Mary’s Health System and Hospital. When Trinity Healthcare of New England acquired St. Mary’s, he served two years as COO of Trinity. Mr. Wable has a track record of success by setting clear strategies, supported by a rigorous data-driven management approach, strict adherence to fiscal integrity, and operational excellence to consistently exceed goals. He is a servant leader with significant operating experience, committed to growing the business and creating operating margin while enhancing reputational value and quality of care, as well as attracting and retaining best-in-class talent. He is a valuable link into hospital and medical communities, as well as a key management resource on the operations side for PTX.

Dr. Scott Conard, MD

VP of Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

Dr. Conard has taken his 34 years of medical practice and teaching experience to be an early advocate for employee-centric healthcare within major Dallas corporations. He served as Chief Medical and Strategy Officer for the 510 physician multi-specialty group Medical Edge until its sale to Texas Health Resources in 2010. In the past eight years he has initiated a successful benefits model as Corporate Medical Director for Fortune 500 companies through his company Converging Health. He has been a key driver in the strategic Channel Partner relationships for PTX.

Tim Schier

VP of Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

Mr. Schier is a former Managing Director of Cain Brothers, where he spent his entire 25-year career advising health systems, physician groups, developers, entrepreneurs, and investors on a wide variety of financing transactions. Mr. Schier has advised on over $10 billion of healthcare mergers and acquisition transactions. He is currently an operating partner of Havencrest Healthcare Partners. Mr. Schier has been published in Medical Economics, Healthcare Financial Management, Modern Healthcare, Modern Physician and other leading publications on physician and hospital financing issues and healthcare real estate. Mr. Schier earned a B.A. in Economics and Managerial Studies and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Rice University. He has assisted PTX as a capital advisor.

Dr. Ron Hart, PhD

VP of Sales & Service

Professional Background

 

Dr. Hart is one of the preeminent scientific and medical professionals in the United States, with extensive leadership involvement at the highest levels of business, medicine, government, and education. Dr. Hart was the previous Director of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, and he served as Chair of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Hart also served as the Scientific Advisor to three Presidents of the United States — Ronald W. Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton. He serves on the teaching faculty of eight international universities, and since 2002 has helped in the development of business strategy for several start-up companies Dr. Hart has made recent presentations on behalf of the company to help secure state and federal government agency contracts—including co-authoring tele-rehab / tele-medicine bills recently passed by state legislature. Dr. Hart has been actively involved on science and strategy for PTX since its inception, and is on the Board of Directors of the company.

Sherman Wyman

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

 

Mr. Wyman is a senior financial advisor, CPA, and operating executive for companies in real estate, energy, and asset management. He has served as CEO, EVP, and CFO to many large firms and substantial family offices. Drawing on both his experience as a partner in a major public accounting firm and his chief roles within organizations, he is supporting PTX as a key financial planning and execution advisor. Mr. Wyman has also made several key strategic personnel and contract introductions to PTX.

Chris Hollister

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

 

Mr. Hollister is a senior executive and global entrepreneur with 28 years experience in senior living. He is CEO of Pegasus Senior Living which he co-founded. He served as an outside director of Sunrise Senior Living from 2014-2018. He was co-founder and CEO of Southern Assisted Living, which he grew to $100 million in revenues and sold in 2006. He was also Chairman of the Board of Vision Senior Living, which was also acquired in 2011. Mr. Hollister has sat on the board of directors of several of the largest senior housing companies and organizations in the country. He has supported PTX professionally in the senior living space.

Kurt Read

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

 

Mr. Read is the senior partner leading the origination and management of RSF Partners’ multiple investments in the senior living sector. Prior to his involvement with RSF, Mr. Read was a partner with The Hampstead Group, a Dallas based private equity fund that invested over $790 million of equity, including $277 million in the senior living sector. Mr. Read is currently chairman of NIC (the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care), the largest organization of professionals that provides data, analytics, and connections that bring together investors and providers. He has been an early and valuable advisor to PTX in the senior living space.

Dr. Jesse Eisler, MD, PhD

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

 

Dr. Eisler completed MD and PhD programs as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program sponsored by the National Institute of Health. He also completed an orthopaedic surgery residency in New York City at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and a combined Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Spine Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Eisler founded the Connecticut Back Center and is on staff at Hartford Hospital’s Bone & Joint Institute. His goal is to look to conservative care via a non-surgical approach. Says Dr. Eisler, “I believe so much in Postural Therapy and the full-kinetic chain approach of treating underlying postural faults and muscular dysfunctions, that I hope to put myself (as a surgeon) out of a job.” This like-mindedness brought him to join PTX as an advisor and lead generator into medical institutions.

Cole Arledge

Chief Operations Officer

Professional Background

 

Mr. Arledge is a Vice President at AV Capital (Austin, Texas), and President of the Aragona Family Office (Mr. Joe Aragona, co-founder of Austin Ventures). He serves on the board of directors of American Insulated Glass, and prior to AV Capital he was a Senior Associate at Golden Gate Capital where he focused on both industrial and software investments. Previously, Mr. Arledge was a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain and Company where he spent time in both the general management consulting practice as well as the private equity group. He graduated from Harvard University where he played on the baseball team, worked in a diabetes focused laboratory, and earned an A.B. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cum Laude. Mr. Arledge also serves as a board member for The Champ Foundation which focuses on supporting research toward better treatment options for Pearson Syndrome.