Episode 106 - Denise Campbell, part 1: Carrying My Failures With Me

Denise Campbell, PT, ATC, OCS, FAAOMPT, DIP. MDT


Denise Campbell, PT, ATC, OCS, Dip MDT, FAAOMPT received a Physical Education B.S in Secondary Education/ Athletic Training from Texas A&M in 1983 followed by Physical Therapy Degree from UTMB @ Galveston in 1985 She became Credentialed in MDT in 1992 and went on to complete her Diploma in Wellington, NZ in 1994.  Denise became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2011 and became a Fellow in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015.   She is also currently near completion of a Master’s of Science from the Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences. 

  Denise has been in private practice for 15 years as Founder/CEO of Southwest Sport & Spine, Inc. (SWSSC) in Las Cruces, New Mexicoand has recently expanded the practice to four clinics in New Mexico and Texas. Denise was recently honored as Professional of the Year 2015 in Physical Therapy by Americas Registry of Outstanding Professionals.  Denise is a passionate Entrepreneur and Innovator in the area of aligning the three aims of Healthcare reform with rehab medicine. She is working in the areas of Primary care PT’s for LBP and sports medicine, Telehealth, and Chronic Pain. She’s a mother to 3 children and grandmother to one and lives on her small farmwith her husband of 35 years.


Personal and Professional Background

Denise’s mechanical mind began when her father gave her a car that she fixed and renovated. Her clinical career began in athletic training and teaching, eventually leading to a formal training in Physical Therapy. After clinical affiliations with Dr.’s Hughston and James Andrews, Denise was very driven to be the best for her patients due to the high expectations of these surgeons. 

Denise’s introduction to MDT began with a personal story involving a very positive outcome to a her own lateral shift. Her powerful connection to MDT continues to drive her practice moving forward throughout her career. 

Experiences with Robin

Denise speaks about the rigors of the Diploma program, the excitement of treating with Robin McKenzie and his colleagues, and experiences at The Lodge. She explains what MDT has to offer for the chronic pain population after experiencing treatment at The Lodge, and the importance of classification and education within this population.     

Memorable Patient Stories

Patient with and anterior and posterior derangement at different levels
Patient whose derangement was reduced with heavy loading 

Learning Points from the Diploma

Therapeutic alliance
Getting to the point
Importance of research and critical thinking
Importance of teaching and being ready to speak on MDT

Current Work

Denise’s Clinics are sites for the McKenzie Residency program. Her staff is trained in MDT, and she encourages her staff to become credentialed.

Denise is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Health, focusing on fear avoidance and it’s effects on breathing patterns and cognition.

Advanced Practice Physical Therapy: Denise talks about the impact on healthcare that increasing the autonomy of physical therapists by educating them and equipping them to take on the role of a primary care clinician.

For more information on Denise’s team, visit Southwest Sport & Spine, Inc.