Our Team

Kelli Backhaus, Program Director

With her strong background in Education, Communication, and Health, Kelli has a passion for helping others learn, decompress, and thrive. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education from Augusta State University, and also completed studies in language, listening, and communication skills at the U.S. Army Defense Language Institute. Kelli is a certified K–12 teacher, and has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 2012. She also has extensive training in various bodywork modalities.

When Kelli joined the Health Care Therapies team in 2014, she brought many years of Professional Development Training, Human Resources Coaching, and Staffing experience with her. She specializes in Workplace Communication, Safety and Compliance Training, and Life Skills Coaching.

Shortly after joining HCT, Kelli became a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Lifeguard in order to provide therapy to individuals both on the table and in the water. Kelli’s love for learning and healing led her to attend the Advanced Massage Therapy course to become trained in Shiatzu, Zero Balancing, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Orthopedic Massage. She hopes to continue expanding HCT’s team of compassionate professionals as well as its menu of specialized services.

Under Chris’s leadership, the HCT team has steadily broadened its reach to include a diverse community of clients. It remains Chris’s personal mission, and that of HCT, to support and advocate for all individuals and families living with special needs and disabilities. But as an avid outdoorsman and father, Chris also knows first-hand the extraordinary benefits that well-planned medical massage can bring to people of all ages and levels of ability, who are seeking support for injury, surgery, aging, or athletic performance. Following the needs of the community and an ingrained philosophy of inclusion, HCT is now helping more Texans identify and attain their personal wellness goals through therapy.

Chris continues to provide direct treatment to his long-time clients while working to expand the populations and services covered by Health Care Therapies. When not studying medical journals or leading educational endeavors for the community, Chris enjoys spending time outside with his son, performing and recording music, and advocating for increased accessibility for those experiencing physical and/or cognitive differences.

Kelli Backhaus, Program Director