"My vision is to provide the best care possible to individuals who entrust me with their care, while offering a cheerful and nurturing environment. I feel strongly about using an approach that considers not only the physical, but also the emotional component that is so necessary for healing."
Rachel Larsen, physical therapist and certified lymphedema specialist, is the president of Forté Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. She received her training in lymphedema management in 1997, and promptly established and managed the lymphedema clinic at Health South RIOSA prior to establishing Forte in 2002. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for the UTHSCSA Department of Physical Therapy, and has been guest lecturer at the UTHSCSA and the Army-Baylor physical therapy schools. She is a frequent lecturer for numerous professional and community organizations on the subject of lymphedema and other physical disorders resulting from the effects cancer and its treatment. She authored the chapter, “Decongestive Therapy for the Treatment of Lymphedema” for the fifth edition of Beards Massage, Principles and Practice of Soft Tissue Manipulation. She is an active sponsor of DIVA, a free exercise and nutrition program for breast cancer patients and survivors, offered through the non-profit organization ThriveWell. She is a member of the Oncology section of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Texas Physical Therapy Association, and the National Lymphedema Network.
Diana Lewis graduated from the St. Philip’s College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in May 2011, following a 24-year career as a federal probation officer in San Antonio. Since obtaining her PTA license in July 2011, Diana has been employed as a PTA with Forte Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Her compassion, sense of humor, and ability to connect with patients on a personal level is integrated with her clinical expertise to enhance her treatment sessions.
Sonja Arnold, LMT received her massage license from the Texas Department of Health Services in Austin, TX in 1996. She worked in a variety of massage settings in the San Antonio area prior to joining Forté Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in 2009. She obtained a massage instructor certification in 2008, and provided continuing education to area massage therapists through 2010. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of massage and assisting clients in improving their health and quality of life.