Elizabeth Record
Cherie Havard

Meet Liz

Elizabeth Record, owner of Ascent Physical Therapy, received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013 from Texas State University, San Marcos. She also earned a Masters of Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2007 and a BS in Management Science from UC San Diego in 2005. With over 10 years experience working with athletes and fitness clients, Liz enjoys helping patients from all walks of life achieve their movement and functional goals.

Prior to working at Ascent, Liz was the Assistant Coach for the UCSD Women's Rowing Team from 2005–2009 where her team earned back-to-back NCAA National Runner's-Up performances in 2007 and 2008. After moving to Austin she worked at the Austin Rowing Club as a masters coach from 2009–2013. Not satisfied with one Austin sport, Liz was a member and trainer of TXRD banked track roller derby from 2013–2015. She now enjoys obstacle course racing and hiking the green belt with her labrador, Athena, and great danes, Emma and Riley. [ ]

Meet Cherie

Cherie Havard earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Southwest Texas State University in 1998.

Since that time, she has focused on two areas of practice: orthopedic rehabilitation and the treatment of vestibular disorders.

Cherie is a board-certified Orthopedic Certified Specialist, with extensive experience in all phases of rehabilitation of orthopedic and musculoskeletal dysfunction. The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifies individuals who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in physical therapy specialty areas. She has experience treating patients in all phases of rehabilitation of orthopedic and musculoskeletal dysfunction, from immediate post-operative care to late phase rehabilitation and return to sports. Cherie has studied and practiced manual therapy techniques extensively, and uses these techniques when appropriate to facilitate return to function, improvement in biomechanics, and pain relief.

One treatment approach that Cherie provides is Functional Dry Needling. For those patients with certain mechanisms of injury and pain, Cherie may recommend and perform functional dry needling. This minimally invasive treatment is used within the practice of orthopedic physical therapy, to address many issues. Problems that may be treated by the use of functional dry needling include acute and chronic injuries, muscle spasm, and pain. A primary focus of her practice is educating the patient in exercise techniques, preventing training errors, and activity modifications, so the patient is empowered and able to return to the highest level of function after injury, surgery, or illness.

Cherie has a special interest in running and multi-sport injuries, and is an amateur triathlete who has competed in all distances, including the Ironman triathlon. She enjoys treating both the weekend warrior, and the high level competitive athlete.

Another special area of interest is vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular Rehabilitation is appropriate for those patients who experience dizziness, vertigo, balance, or gait problems due to inner ear problems. These problems can prevent a person from functioning in the home and work place. Cherie has both advanced training and extensive experience in evaluating and treating these problems. With individualized treatment, often these problems and symptoms can be minimized, and in many cases, completely alleviated. Cherie earned her Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation in 2008.