Our Team


Dr. Caitlin Vela, PT, DPT, CSCS, CF-L1

Owner, Lead Ph
ysical Therapist

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With a background in strength and conditioning, and doctorate level training in rehabilitation of injuries, Dr. Caitlin is a game-changing clinician for rehab and recovery.


"I was always interested in helping people and trying to find a way to make their lives better, or their days happier. I have always loved anything active - playing sports, workouts, watching sports - I just wanted to be part of it. Now, I love CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting.

Originally from Kentucky, I applied to graduate school to specialize in physical therapy after college and moved to Texas. Went through rigorous training in physical therapy school and got my first job - two jobs in fact. I was working all the time, burning the candle at both ends, and still wasn’t getting to provide the quality care, time, and value that I knew my patients deserved. I felt guilt for working with multiple patients at once- someone was always waiting on me.


That was the sacrifice - to get paid, we had to crank up the volume, decrease quality care and time with our patients, and decrease the value of our profession as a whole.

That’s when I started researching: to start my own private practice. Ultimately, I quit both of my jobs to pursue this dream. 

In April 2021, I opened Forged Physical Therapy and Performance, PLLC. 

And here we are - I’m a licensed physical therapist, focusing on my niche of functional fitness-ers and recreational activity-based adults who prioritize health and exercise. I get to treat YOU, and offer one-on-one sessions with my clients. I can offer value and time to my clients. They spend LESS time at physical therapy each week, and can get back to their sports more quickly. They’re happier, and I’m happy with being able to do what I wanted to do in my career all along - make people’s lives better."

Licenses, Certifications, and Credentials:

  • Bachelor's Degree (BA) in Psychology by Bellarmine University

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) by UT Health San Antonio

  • Licensed Physical Therapist (PT) by Texas Board of PT Examiners

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by National Strength and Conditioning Assn.

  • Level 1 CrossFit Coach (CF-L1) by CrossFit, LLC

  • Dry Needling Certified by Institute for Athlete Regeneration

  • Advanced Manual Therapy Skills by Institute for Athlete Regeneration

  • Pelvic Floor Skills by Alcove Education

Dr. Jodi Thornton, PT, DPT
Staff Ph
ysical Therapist

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"My dream job is to work in a sports PT clinic where I am able to spend time 1-on-1 with clients so that I can ensure that they are receiving the attention and care that they need to meet their goals.”


I am originally from Wortham, TX, but I moved to the “big city” of College Station where I attended the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Blinn. I then received my Bachelor of Science at Texas A&M before ultimately fulfilling my dream of completing the PTA to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. I have spent the last seven years working in the outpatient setting with primarily orthopedic patients, but my passion has always been working with athletes and active adults of all ages. I have committed to lifelong learning, and I am excited to continue my journey at Forged Physical Therapy and Performance so that I can push people to get moving and stay moving!

Licenses, Certifications, and Credentials:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) by University of Texas Medical Branch

  • Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Science by Texas A&M

  • Associates of Applied Sciences Physical Therapy Assistant

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 1 (SFMA)

  • Kinesiology Taping Certification by RockTape