Why come to Bourgeois Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab

How are we different from other PT clinics out there? What sets us apart?

To keep it simple, we believe that there’s a better way to deliver physical therapy treatment. We focus on utilizing a hands-on, personalized approach to provide high-quality care. At Bourgeois Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab our patients only see a physical therapist. We do this so each patient feels that they’re receiving care from the expert in their profession. We also do this to provide individualized treatment to help our patients achieve their functional, occupational, and sports-related goals. By providing individualized treatment, we can provide a higher level of care and we can give our patients the individualized attention they deserve.

We focus on utilizing manual therapy, treatment with the hands, to address our patients’ problems. We follow this up with an individualized therapeutic exercise program designed to enhance the benefits of manual therapy as well as to further address any limitations that may be present.  In addition to physical therapy, we offer a welcoming, comfortable environment, where the health and well-being of our patients are always considered. If you want a better physical therapy experience where you will receive the individualized attention and care you deserve, please come see us. We are here to help you move and feel better.

Meet Our Staff

Christian Bourgeois: Owner, Physical Therapist

Christian Bourgeois grew up in Ascension Parish and graduated from St. Amant High School in 1996. After High School, he attended LSU where he played baseball from 1997-2000 and was fortunate enough to be on 2 National Championship teams. After finishing his undergraduate degree in 2000, Christian continued on at LSU earning his Master’s Degree in Education (MEd) in 2002. While working towards his Master’s degree he married his high school sweetheart Melissa in 2001. After teaching and coaching in the public school system in Ascension Parish for 2 years, Christian decided to change careers and entered physical therapy school in 2005 at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL. He graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine in August of 2007. He practiced physical therapy in St. Augustine for 7 years and also taught for the University of St. Augustine for 6 years before deciding to move home to be closer to family and open Bourgeois Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab. While in St. Augustine, Melissa and Christian’s son Noah was born in 2009. Even though Christian had finished PT school in 2007, he continued to distinguish himself as a therapist earning his ASTYM certification in 2008, his Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) in 2009, his Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2013, and his Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) certification in 2014.

Christian Bourgeois, Bourgeois Physical therapy

Christian Bourgeois, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS, FAAOMPT, CMTPT, Med

Jason Schexnayder:  Physical Therapist

Jason grew up in Hahnville and Kenner, LA and attended high school at Ridgewood Preparatory School. Jason was the starting pitcher in the 1A baseball state championship his junior year and earned the honor of 1st team all-state as a pitcher his senior year in 2005. After high school, he attended Southeastern Louisiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Human Performance with a minor in Exercise Science in 2011. Upon graduating, he was named the most outstanding graduate in the Kinesiology major with a focus on fitness and human performance.

He worked as a physical therapy technician from 2011 – 2013 at River Region Rehab in Luling, LA before attending the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. He was taught by our owner, Christian Bourgeois, in Mock Clinic in PT school. Jason also met his wife, Sam, at physical therapy school and after graduating, they moved back to Louisiana buying a home in Prairieville, LA. He took his first job as a therapist at Baton Rouge Physical Therapy-Lake in Gonzales, LA in early 2016 but left after several months in order to work with Christian, becoming Bourgeois Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab’s first employee.

Jason and his wife made the decision to begin travel physical therapy, taking contract work around the country and did this from 2017 – 2019. They accepted contracts around the country travelling to many places including Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Alaska, Italy, Greece, Florida, and North Carolina. During this time, Jason became an avid hiker and photographer and has many photographs depicting their travels together. After having their son, Graham, they settled back down in Prairieville, LA in 2019. He then returned to Bourgeois Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab.

Jason enjoys educating his patients about their conditions, anatomy, and anything involving health and well-being. He’s a strong believer in combining education and exercise in order to get his patients better. He recently received his dry needling certification with Myopain Seminars earning the credentials CMTPT in 2020. Jason is a wildlife enthusiast, an avid traveler, loves photography, and is also a big sports fan (especially the New Orleans Saints as he’s been a season ticket holder almost his entire life). Jason says he’s happiest when his wife, Sam, smiles and laughs at their son, Graham, because it’s a “true laugh” and shows how much his wife loves their son.

Christian Bourgeois, Bourgeois Physical therapy

Jason Schexnayder, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Kishan Shah: Physical Therapist

 “Kish” was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He went to Woodlawn high school graduating in 2010. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the Kinesiology major in 2014. He worked as a physical therapy technician at Go Physical Therapy during his undergraduate years and then also began working as a technician for Sage Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA. He continued doing this for 1 year after receiving his bachelor’s degree. He then attended the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX and received his doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2018. He began working for Bourgeois Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab after receiving his degree in physical therapy.

Since working as a physical therapist Kish has received a certification in Concussion Management from Complete Concussion Management Incorporation and also received his dry needling certification from Myopain Seminars earning the credentials CMTPT in 2020.

Kish is an avid sports enthusiast (especially of the LSU Fighting Tigers!), and currently plays volleyball, basketball, and soccer. He enjoys working with all populations, and loves being a mentor to young patients. Kish is fueled by his passion to treat every individual and helping them get back to their normal activities and enjoys educating them about their condition. He also loves to learn more each day from colleagues in order to become a better physical therapist. Kish likes to say, “teamwork makes the dream work” and “let’s make it happen.” He loves to travel and enjoys taking on adventures where he hopes to meet his soulmate.

Christian Bourgeois, Bourgeois Physical therapy

Kishan Shah, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Ryan Roussel: Physical Therapist

Ryan Roussel grew up in Lutcher, LA and attended Lutcher High School graduating in 2002. Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana Monroe where he played linebacker for the football team from 2002 – 2007. He then attended Louisiana State University of Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2011. He has experience working in a variety of physical therapy inpatient and outpatient settings, but he specializes in outpatient orthopedics.

As a former athlete, Ryan is passionate about helping injured athletes safely return to their sport. He also provides post-rehab sports performance enhancement services for athletes who are interested in optimizing their abilities. While working in the inpatient acute care setting, Ryan was the lead therapist on the orthopedics floor of a large health system where he was an instructor for pre-operative joint class and helped to update post-operative protocols for patients undergoing joint replacement surgeries. During this time, he also provided treatments and aided in discharge planning for patients with various orthopedic injuries and surgeries. Additionally, Ryan is committed to expanding his personal knowledge through evidence-based practices and remaining up to date with the latest promising treatments. He participates in ongoing continuing education.

Ryan is certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment- Movement-based diagnostic system and Astym certified (an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization to shorten average recovery time after injuries). Also, he recently earned his CMTPT (Certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist) in Trigger Point Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars.

Ryan and his wife, Kassie, are both natives of St. James Parish. They have two sons named Ty and Lennon, and one daughter named Weslie. During his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and playing competitive foosball (yes, you read that right!).

Christian Bourgeois, Bourgeois Physical therapy

Ryan Roussel, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Kim Henderson: Secretary

Kim is our friendly face at the front desk. She does a great job making our patients feel welcome and she is certainly our most festive employee. She grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and attended Istrouma High School graduating in 1973. Kim was a partner for a business called Physical Inspections Inc. for 17 years in 3 different states. She then pursued a career in the Casino industry in 1994. She started as a pit clerk but moved her way up to where she became a part of the executive board about 6 years after beginning this career. She finally worked for Hollywood Casino as a shift manager until 2018 and then left that position and began working for Bourgeois Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab.

She’s been married to Donald Ray for 14 years, but they have been together for 30 years. As a joke, Kim likes to say she didn’t want to rush the relationship. Kim has 2 children of her own from previous marriages and one stepchild with Donald Ray. She has 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. Kim likes a good time, a good drink, country music, and a friendly conversation.

Christian Bourgeois, Bourgeois Physical therapy

Kim Henderson