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Balance & Neuro Physical Therapy Center - Houston TX

Meet Our Staff

Debbie Lee-Murray, PT, MPT
Certified Vestibular Therapist
Certified LSVT Therapist

Debbie Lee-Murray PT, MPT is a native Houstonian who graduated from University of Houston in 1994. She then went to University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and graduated with a Master's in Physical Therapy. Since that time, Debbie opened up Balance & Neuro PT in 2004.

Debbie has a passion for working with people that have neurological, balance & vestibular deficits. Her business model includes having one therapist working with one patient at a time.

"I do believe that the patients will greatly benefit from a one-on-one treatment. We witness remarkable improvements every day. Being in this field is truly a blessing."


Melissa Fortenberry, OTR
Certified Vestibular Therapist
Certified LSVT Therapist

Melissa Fortenberry OTR has worked for Balance and Neuro Physical Therapy for almost 8 years. She loves working there because it gives her the chance to work closely with clients that deal with a variety of complex coordination and strength issues as well as helping clients move past dizziness and forward with their lives.

Melissa is a native of Lumberton, Texas. She graduated from Texas Women's University with a degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996. She have spent her whole career with adults here in Houston. Melissa began focusing on medically complex patients and specializing in neurological disorders in 1999 when she moved from Memorial Hermann Rehab Hospital to Memorial Hermann Continuing Care Southwest.

Balance Physical Therapy has given Melissa the opportunity to gain her Certification in Vestibular Rehab, become a Bioness and a Saebo Trained Therapist. Melissa has been married for 17 years and has 2 daughters. She and her family live in Westbury and they love to spend time outdoors and socializing with friends.

"I love that I see many of my clients around the community getting back to their lives."


Kelly Twohey-Byrne PT, MS
Post-concussion specialty
Manual Therapist

Kelly Twohey-Byrne PT, MS joined BNPT in 2011 and has over 27 years of experience specializing in neurological, orthopedic, vestibular rehabilitation and balance/fall prevention. She graduated with a BS in biology in 1986 and her Masters of Science in physical therapy from Texas Woman's University in 1988.

Prior to joining BNPT, she worked for Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation, TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge community re-entry program and TIRR Outpatient focusing on patients suffering with neurological disorders, brain injury, stroke, multi-trauma, vestibular disorders and orthopedic injuries. She was instrumental in developing the PT program for Project Victory, a private grant-funded TIRR program for veterans and active duty soldiers suffering from mild traumatic brain injury and post concussion syndrome. The treatment regime for the soldiers focused on neurological, vestibular, orthopedic injuries and chronic pain.

Since joining Balance and Neuro PT, she has continued her passion for treating neurological, vestibular, and orthopedic diagnoses as well as specializing in the care of post concussion syndrome patients. Kelly is a member of the APTA, the neurological special interest group and Concussion Health. She is NDT certified and Concussion Certified Specialist. Kelly loves being able to provide the individual care that all patients deserve to reach their goals during and after therapy.


Mandy Smith PT
Certified Lymphedema Therapist
Manual Therapist

Mandy is grateful to call Balance and Neuro PT her work/ home. She has 34 years of experience in rehab, many of those at various locations at TIRR. She has practiced in both inpatient & outpatient neurological rehabilitation; community re-entry; and home health services. She is skilled in manual therapies that help relieve pain and improve functional self-care. She is also a certified lymphedema specialist. She believes that the continuity and time available for patient care in this clinic is very important to the best outcome in physical mobility, safety and optimum function. She enjoys being a part of the full spectrum of life.


Candace Puhl, PT, DPT
Certified Vestibular Therapist
Certified LSVT Therapist

Candace, a Louisiana native, completed her undergraduate training at Louisiana State University, where she graduated cum laude in Kinesiology. She then moved to Houston to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the nationally ranked Texas Woman's University. Candace began working at Balance & Neurological Physical Therapy in 2012 & loves it here!

She has experience working with a variety of vestibular disorders & has completed her Certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation. Her clinical experience also includes working with patients who have incurred brain injury, strokes, neurological injuries or illnesses, concussions, fall prevention, & prosthetic training after lower extremity limb loss.

When she is not seeing patients, Candace enjoys running with her dog, reading, & watching the LSU Tigers!


Lauren (Priestley) Chambers, PT, DPT
Certified Vestibular Therapist
Certified LSVT Therapist

Lauren began working for Balance and Neurological Physical Therapy in August of 2014. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Before entering PT school, Lauren received a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Fitness Management in 2010 from Lamar University. Lauren has experience and a passion for working with neurological patient populations and will be receiving her certification for Vestibular Rehabilitation in April of 2015. Lauren values individualized care for her patients, works hard to help patients meet their goals, and she hopes to equip her patients with the tools required to continue their pursuit for a healthy, active lifestyle. Lauren was born and raised in Houston, Texas and in her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching movies.


Brittney Vild, PT, DPT
Certified LSVT Therapist

Brittney received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from The University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to Dallas where she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She began working for Balance & Neuro Physical Therapy Center in January 2015. In June 2015, she became an LSVT BIG certified clinician.

Brittney has a passion for working with both neurological and vestibular patients to improve their everyday quality of life and achieve their goals.

When not in the clinic, Brittney enjoys going on long walks to the dog park with her puggle, Marley, traveling to all places tropical, and watching the Longhorns win, hook'em!


Kirstin Woods
VNG technician

Kirstin Woods is originally from Louisiana. She studied at Louisiana Tech University in Biology/pre-medicine, moved to Houston and completed her Master's of Art program at the Academy of Healthcare Professions. Kirstin is the VNG (Videonystagmography) technician and has worked at Balance and Neurological PT for 5-1/2 years. She completed the Micro Medical practical course in vestibular testing in Dallas, TX and the Micro Medical Assessment, Interpretation & Management of Balance Disorders in Galveston, TX.

"I have a passion for patient care; it changes my perspective on life. Working at Balance and Neurological PT has been the greatest experience where the patients are priority."


Office Staff

Kristin Puhl - Office Manager

Kristin joined BNPT in 2012 after studying at Louisiana State University. As our office manager, Kristin oversees all daily operations of the front and back office with professionalism and compassion. She contributes practical management knowledge to run an efficient and hospitable medical office. She makes it her responsibility to ensure that BNPT provides the best patient care, physician and therapist relations, and work environment.

Kristin also enjoys teaching ballroom dance, running, playing kickball through her church, and volunteering with local Houston charities. On weekends you'll find her at LSU football games! (Likely with her sister, Candace, who is a physical therapist here at BNPT.)


Jaime Henderson - Receptionist

Jaime is originally from Texas City, Texas. She relocated to Houston as a teenager where she graduated High School and went on to College. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Houston. Her greatest passion is for Patient Care and Customer Service. Jaime grew to love patient care and customer care after watching various family members show their gratitude to patients and customers in the medical field.  Jaime has worked in the medical field for over four years where she strives on a daily basis to please those around her including the patients making them feel more relaxed and comfortable in the medical environment.

"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness."
- Harold Kushner


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