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Seth Coulter, Physical Therapist, Owner

Seth Coulter, a dedicated and experienced physical therapist, founded Coulter Physical Therapy in Russellville in November of 1989. Coulter Physical Therapy is the longest standing physical therapy practice in the area.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Coulter is a native of Crossett, Arkansas. He met his future wife, Janice (Parker), in middle school and they started dating in junior high school. They were married in 1984 and made their home in Russellville.

Seth started his career working with Robert Pilgram, PT, of Pilgram Wellness Management Services as the director of physical therapy at Dardanelle Hospital. He also worked as the staff therapist at St Mary’s Regional Medical Center and staff therapist at Pilgram’s outpatient clinic.

He worked long hours, meeting the needs of the community by providing services in patients' homes as well as area nursing homes.

The Coulters had a goal to be in private practice within three years and left the area in 1986, moving to Monroe, Louisiana, where they opened their first practice. Pilgram and Coulter remained close, and it was obvious that the Coulters preferred to live and raise their future family in Russellville, so they returned in 1987. He became the clinical director for Pilgram Wellness Management Services which operated approximately 30 facilities in seven states.

Tragically, Pilgram died in a plane crash in November of 1987. The company was sold, and Coulter accepted the director of the hospital division position with the new company.  After a couple of years, he returned to private practice, opening Coulter Physical Therapy on Skyline Drive in Russellville.

He jokes sometimes that his whole physical therapy career is based on lies.

“When I was about 12 years old," Coulter says, "I met a physical therapist relative who drove a really cool car.  I quickly figured out that as a PT I, too, could drive a cool car.  As it turned out, he was not a physical therapist, and the car was not that cool (a modified Volkswagen beetle). But the research I completed into the world of physical therapy opened an avenue for me to be able to work hands on with people and help them improve their lives.”

Coulter has been very active in the profession, having been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1982. He remains active with the national association, the state chapter and the private practice section.

He previously served a couple of years as the national book review editor for the Private Practice Section’s journal.  He currently is serving as the state chapter’s chair of the legislative committee.

Coulter was appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy by Governor Bill Clinton in 1989 and remained on the board until July of 2010, having been appointed by four different governors. He served as Chairman of the Board for more than 15 years.

He was a founding member of a preferred provider group of Arkansas private practice therapists that ultimately became known as Rehabilitation Network of Arkansas. He also served as president of the group for 10 years and remains an active member.

Seth and Janice Coulter enjoyed raising their children, Katie, Kelsey and Courtney, in Russellville. They enjoy watching their grandson, Baker, grow up.  The Coulters have attended Central Presbyterian Church for over 30 years.  

Seth is active in the Rotary Club and the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as the Chamber’s chairman of the board.

When he is not working, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

  

Brenda Minks, Physical Therapist

Brenda Minks was born and raised in Ozark, Arkansas, graduating from Ozark High School prior to attending the University of Central Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree in 1990.

Brenda has experience in acute care, home health care and outpatient physical therapy.

She has advanced training in Work Steps, Work Well pre-work screening programs and Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs).

Brenda selected her profession because she wanted a fun but challenging job that involved working with people.

When she is not working she enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys community work, serving as a volunteer youth leader, and as a parent volunteer with the Dover schools. 

She is married to Danny Minks.  They have two daughters.

Jon Tripod, Physical Therapist

Jon is the newest member of our staff and recently moved here from Paragould, AR.  He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with highest honors in Physical Therapy after completeing undergraduate work at Arkansas State University.

For the last 20 years Jon has been the Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, AR prior to which he was a Director of Physical Therapy for Beverly Enterprises. 

Jon was named the Most Outstanding PT student of the UCA class of 1992, manager of the year at AMMC, GEM award for volunteerism at AMMC, served on the Greene County Community Fund executive board, was a league president for Paragould Youth Baseball and coached numerous youth athletic teams for the Boys and Girls Club.

Jon brings years of experience treating various counditions including orthopedic and sports injuries, work injuries and neurological conditions such as strokes.  He incorporates hands on manual therapy with various other treatments, exercises and personalized teaching to help patients have optimal outcomes. 

He is married to Melissa and between them they have six children and one grandchild.  When not working he enjoys golf, the outdoors and traveling.

Sarah Lair, Physical Therapist Assistant

Sarah was born and raised in southwest Arkansas and relocated to Russellville in 2014.  She is a 2010 graduate of Northeast Texas Community College and has been practicing as a licensed PTA since December 2010.

She has experience in acute care, inpatient rehab, home health care and outpatient therapy.  Sarah has been a part of the Coulter Physical Therapy team since February 2017.

When not working she enjoys camping, canoeing, being outdoors and spending time with family, friends and her corgi.

Sarah is married to Graham Lair.

Ruston Bauer, Physical Therapist Assistant

Susan Hall, Office Manager

Native of Russellville, AR, Susan Hall has been with Coulter Physical Therapy since April of 1995. She gained her interest in office management while experiencing an office education career class in high school. This led her to work with a major company in the office of the traffic department for five years. She attended Arkansas Tech University in 1971. She is married to Steve Hall of Russellville, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Susan directed The TLC, a state licensed program with the First United Methodist Church of Russellville, from 1984 to 1995. During this time, she became acquainted with the Coulter family, and when her children were older, she decided to work full time. She felt Coulter Physical Therapy would be a perfect fit.

When not working, she enjoys reading, cooking, family time, vacations, movies, leisure drives with her husband in his antique El Camino, and spending time with her grandchildren. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church since 1972.

Sheila Randall, Front Desk Administrator

Sheila Randall became a part of Coulter Physical Therapy in June 2010. Sheila was born and raised in Texas, but she has been an Arkansas resident for over 15 years. She received her experience at Mortgage Co. of Texas as a refinance/modification specialist, and spent several years working with St. Mary’s business offices in customer service and Medicaid billing here in Russellville.

She enjoys the different aspects of the job her positon requires. The most enjoyable aspect for her is meeting and getting to know the patients during their time at therapy.  

When Sheila is not working, she loves to spend time with her grandchildren, family and friends. She enjoys gardening (mostly flowers), shopping at flea markets and antique stores, reading, and exercising.

 


Coulter Support Staff

Eric Newbold, Physical Therapy Tech/Licensed Massage Therapist

Michelle Payne, Physical Therapy Tech