At BRPT-Lake, we care for the community with more skilled clinical specialists than any other physical therapy practice in Louisiana. It’s a commitment that’s connected us to patients for more than 50 years with a mission to provide exceptional quality care validated by outcome data and delivered in the most cost-effective manner.
Joe Nicolosi, PT, founded our company in 1963 and was joined by Francis Guglielmo, PT, in 1967. Through years of hard work and dedication, the company grew in both size and reputation. In 2001 a joint venture was formed with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for outpatient rehabilitation services, and the name of our company was changed to BRPT-Lake Rehabilitation Centers.
Your pain – and providing relief from your pain – is our top priority. So no matter your setback, our seven locations and team of therapists will be there to get you on the road to recovery and ready for a comeback. From the moment you dedicate yourself to training to the moment you cross the finish line, we’re dedicated to making you better than your best, every step of the way.
If pain is taking you away from the things you love, schedule a consultation with us today and we’ll create a personalized care plan to make you better than your best.
Our mission is to provide exceptional quality care validated by outcome data and delivered in the most cost-effective manner.
Our mission is to create a culture that empowers our team members to live out our core values.
With more clinical specialists than any other physical therapy group in Louisiana, our team has an outstanding reputation for providing a complete diagnosis and offering targeted, personalized programs to relieve your pain.
Dr. Kaplan is a native of Pickens, Mississippi. He attended Louisiana State University and is a 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He holds a Master of Health Administration from Tulane University. Dr. Kaplan received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010 from Evidence in Motion Physical Therapy Institute in Louisville, KY. Dr. Kaplan is a manual therapist, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 1999. His clinical expertise is in the area of orthopedics, sports medicine, and work-related injuries. Dr. Kaplan is a certified ART and ASTYM system provider. He has completed Level I and II training through Kinetacore in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)/Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). Dr. Kaplan is the program director for Swing Dynamics, which is a golf evaluation program, and he is the program director for BRPT-Lake's outcome data program. He has been practicing physical therapy with BRPT-Lake since 1989.
Gus graduated from the Louisiana State University, School of Allied Health, in 1986. Eight years later, he completed the Gulf Coast Graduate Institute of Manual Therapy Residency Program, focusing on advanced evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions with the use of mobilization and manipulative techniques. After completing the 18-month program, Gus received certification as a Level 2 Manual Therapist. He has earned the prestigious Fellowship status in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, and received his Orthopedic Certified Specialization distinction in 1994, and then again in 2004. In 2010, Gus received his DPT from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. With over 30 years of clinical experience, he has treated a variety of high school, collegiate and professional athletes. He has used Astym® treatment since 2001 on a wide variety of orthopedic patients and is a national instructor for this treatment. Gus has completed level I and II training in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) or Dry Needling through Kinetacore, in addition to Kinesiology Taping and is an Active Release Technique practitioner for the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. Dr. Gutierrez has enjoyed working with athletes and athletic trainers over his career and currently serves as the team therapist for a number of high schools as well as an LSU Track and Field physical therapist. He has been practicing physical therapy with BRPT-Lake since 1986.
Dr. LeBlanc is a native of Greenwell Springs, Louisiana and earned his undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at Louisiana State University. In 1999, he received a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Evidence in Motion Physical Therapy Institute in Louisville, KY. Dr. LeBlanc is a manual therapist and an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) in Physical Therapy as acknowledged by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His clinical interests are primarily sports rehab and manual therapy, including state-of-the-art techniques such as ASTYM and ART. He has also completed level I and II training in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT) or Dry Needling through Kinetacore. Dr. LeBlanc is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA). Along with being a member of the LPTA Executive Committee, he is the immediate past president of the LPTA. He also serves as a delegate, representing Louisiana Physical Therapists, to the APTA House of Delegates. Dr. LeBlanc has been practicing physical therapy with BRPT-Lake since 2000. In recognition for his achievements as a clinician and successes in professional association activities, Dr. LeBlanc was recognized in 2008 as the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Outstanding Physical Therapy Alumni. In 2010, he was recognized as one of the Baton Rouge Business Report 2010 Top 40 under 40 honorees.
Ms. Alexander is a native of DeRidder, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communications Disorders from Louisiana State University in 1991. Ms. Alexander is a speech-language pathologist with a certificate of clinical competence. Her areas of expertise are the treatment of neurological disorders and dysphagia. She joined BRPT-Lake in 2001.
Ms. Sawyer is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and received a Bachelor of Science in 1981. Ms. Sawyer received certification as a Certified Public Accountant in 1983, and she joined BRPT-Lake in 1984.
Ms. Jones is a native of Lutcher, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Southern University in 1999. Ms. Jones is an active member of Greater Baton Rouge Society of Human Resource Management and the National Association of Professional Women. She joined Baton Rouge Physical Therapy-Lake in 2015.