Mark Hernandez is a licensed physical therapist in Texas, Colorado, and Arkansas who specializes in musculoskeletal wellness and treating complicated and chronic musculoskeletal disorders. For more than 25 years, his Austin, Texas-based clinic, Physical Therapy Specialists, has provided comprehensive manual care to patients with an emphasis on instruction and self- directed home recovery.
From treating chronic pain and physical impairment to injury and physical performance enhancement, Mark is respected for his clinical skills and innovative approach to helping patients cope, improve and find relief. Since 1994, he has provided more than 30,000 one-on-one treatment hours, serving pediatric, geriatric, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury patients, as well as general outpatient orthopedic clients seeking higher levels of care. Additionally, Mark’s practice sees high profile athletes including NBA basketball players, professional baseball players, professional triathletes, professional cyclists, elite and Olympic runners, Olympic swimmers, and PGA golfers; nationally known leaders from the business and medical communities; and has volunteered with one former U.S. president who has nicknamed him, “Hands.”
Throughout his career, Mark has focused on expanding his knowledge and skills through deliberate practice to advance patient care and inform self-care strategies for long-term wellness. In addition to his unique approach to manual therapy, Mark’s expertise includes comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation, postural correction, prescriptive exercise, target tissue training, joint mobilization, myofascial release, vacuum therapy, soft tissue mobilization, kinesio taping, lymphatic drainage, and integrative dry needling.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and received and second Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1994. In 1996, he completed a two-year post-graduate program in orthopedic physical therapy and started his private practice, Physical Therapy Specialists, PC in 2000. Since graduating from physical therapy school, he has completed more than 1000 hours of diverse continuing education course work. He has also been a guest lecturer, clinical instructor, and was awarded Outstanding Clinical Faculty in 1999 at Texas State University’s Physical Therapy Program. Currently, he teaches dry needling for the Integrative Dry Needling Institute. In addition, he also provides pro bono support to the W100K wounded warrior project, wounded veterans, first responders, and various disadvantaged individuals in the Austin area.
Outside of the clinic, Mark is a devoted husband and father and enjoys traveling, fly fishing, mountain biking, and virtually all outdoor activities. He ran track and cross-country at the University of Texas on an athletic scholarship and has continued to run throughout the years. Utilizing his knowledge to keep his own body healthy, his over 45 years of age finishes include: Austin Triathlon Sprint Distance (first overall); Capital of Texas Triathlon Sprint Distance (first overall); 2015 Aquathlon World Championships (45-49 age group/7th) 2016 Aquathon World Championships (45-49 age group 12th), Alcatraz Challenge Aquathon (Fifth overall), Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (97th overall), and has had many other top10 finishes overall in running, aquathlon, and triathlon. His over 45 5k personal record is 16:23.
Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin May 18, 1991
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos Texas December 17th 1994
Post-Graduate Program in Orthopedics from the Kelsey Institute in Austin, Texas September 18th, 1996
CIDN: Certified in Integrative Dry Needling