About BRPT-Lake

Therapy with a Personal Connection

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.

We were founded in

1963

2001

Marked a partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

External Mission

what we do

Our mission is to provide exceptional quality care validated by outcome data and delivered in the most cost-effective manner.

Internal Mission

who we are

Our mission is to create a culture that empowers our team members to live out our core values.

Core Values

Customer Service

Education

Leadership

Proficiency

Positive Impact

Teamwork 

Doing Our Part to Keep the Community Moving

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.

Owners

Seth Kaplan, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS

President & CEO/ Brittany Dr. Clinic Director
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Seth Kaplan, PT, DPT, MHA, OCS

President & CEO/ Brittany Dr. Clinic Director

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. In 1993, he received 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 an ASTYM system provider. He has completed Level I, II, and Functional training through Kinetacore in Intramuscular Manual Therapy (IMT)/Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN). Dr. Kaplan has almost 30 years of clinical practice in Orthopedics. He is the Clinic Director of the Brittany Drive location. He has served as President and CEO of BRPT-Lake since 2004.

Gus Gutierrez, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Senior Vice President / Gonzales Clinic Director
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Gus Gutierrez, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Senior Vice President / Gonzales Clinic Director

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, with recertifications in 2004, and then again in 2014. 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 has been a national instructor for this treatment since 2003. 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.

Greg LeBlanc, PT, DPT, OCS

Vice President / Denham Springs Clinic Director
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Greg LeBlanc, PT, DPT, OCS

Vice President / Denham Springs Clinic Director

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). He 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.

Administration

Dacia Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP

Chief Operations Officer
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Dacia Alexander, MA, CCC-SLP

Chief Operations Officer

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.

Melanie Sawyer, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
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Melanie Sawyer, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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.

Natalie Jones

Director of Human Resources
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Natalie Jones

Director of Human Resources

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.

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