About

Quality care. Expertise.
Collaboration.

History

To provide the most comprehensive quality care, we offer expertise in our field and a constant pursuit of up-to-date clinical care that is backed by research. We have a high emphasis on manual therapy (hands on care) and focused individualized treatments with up to 1 hour of one-on-one treatment time directly with a professional. With our desire to help people heal, we strive to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to attain the best outcomes possible.

RehabFirst is the longest standing privately owned therapy company in Northwest Arkansas, since 1983. Every 6 months we select a local organization to donate some of the proceeds from our business profits. We grew up here, love this community, and want to give back!

 

 

 

 
 

Therapists

 
 
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owner and Physical Therapist

Tristan Tiarks, DPT

Tristan has been a physical therapist for eight years with six years experience in outpatient physical therapy treating orthopedic, non-surgical and surgical issues, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, TMD, vestibular/balance disorders, and upper extremity splinting; two years experience incorporating aquatic physical therapy; one year experience with inpatient rehab treating conditions like stroke, parkinsons, MS, SCI, and amputees. Additionally, he has two years experience in pediatrics in the school, outpatient, and home health settings; one year experience using horses for therapy with kids (hippotherapy), splinting for children, and orthopedic rehab.

 

Education

CLINICAL DOCTORATE
PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT)
University of Central Arkansas 2010

BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE
PSYCHOLOGY
Missouri State University

Certifications/Expertise

  • Dry Needling

  • Instrumental Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTIM)

  • Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (PBFR)

  • Advanced Vestibular Rehab (36 hrs Continuing Education)

  • Manual therapy, including Spinal and Extremity High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) Mobilizations.

  • Upper Extremity Splinting

 
 

 
 
 
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owner and Physical therapist

Nathan Tiarks, DPT

Nathan is currently completing a PhD program at the University of Central Arkansas. His dissertation is “The Effects of Different Intervals of Blood Flow Restriction Cycling on Hemodynamics, Energy Cost, and Perception in Men and Women.” Nathan has been selected as a Platform Speaker at the OPTIMIZE Arkansas Physical Therapy Association conference 2018 and will have a poster presentation at the National Combined Sections Meeting 2019 for the American Physical Therapy Association. He is scheduled to move to Beijing, China to work with the Chinese Olympic Team for 1-2 years.

 

Education

PhD CANDIDATE
ACADEMICS AND RESEARCH IN
PHYSICAL THERAPY, due fall 2018
University of Central Arkansas

CLINICAL DOCTORATE
PHYSICAL THERAPY (DPT)
University of Central Arkansas 2015

BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE
EXERCISE SCIENCE
University of Arkansas

Certifications/Expertise

  • Dry Needling

  • Spinal and Extremity High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) Mobilizations

  • Blood Flow Restriction Rehabilitation (PBFR)

  • Certified Clinical Instructor

 
 

 
 
 
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Physical Therapist

Scott Ironside

Scott Ironside is a physical therapist with over 35 years of professional experience and a native of Northwest Arkansas.  He is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas physical therapy program, has an undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas ( Fayetteville) in Natural Sciences, and attended  Hendrix College.  He has had extensive continuing education training to progressively build  his professional skills.  He has had  unique specialty training over 20 years in John F. Barnes , P.T.  Myofascial Release (MFR) techniques.  Scott has worked in many therapy settings over the years and has been associated with RehabFirst  since 1991.  He has been a director of  hospital physical therapy services in acute care, rehabilitative, out-patient, and home health services after initially working at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Arkansas.  He has experience with local home health and skilled nursing facility rehabilitation as well. He has been a member of the Arkansas chapter and the American Physical Therapy Association  (A.P.T.A.) for over 35 years. 

 

Education

BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE
PHYSICAL THERAPY
University of Central Arkansas

BACHELOR’S OF SCIENCE DEGREE
NATURAL SCIENCES
University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Certifications/Expertise

  • John F Barnes, PT Myofascial Release (MFR) Techniques

  • Acute Care, Rehabilitative, Out-Patient, Home Health

  • Member of American Physical Therapy Assoc for over 35 yrs

  • Associated with RehabFirst since 1991