Why are we different ?

Why Choose Us

I have multiple specialized certifications in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.  

You work with a Doctor of Physical Therapy one-on-one who has 25+ years of experience.

Our mission of is to help you feel better and do better.  

We use American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) clinical practice guidelines and evidence based medicine.

 Come visit our clinic to restore your health and learn about your capacity to live life pain-free.

How We Can Help You

 Pura Vida Physical Therapy is ready when you are. Next-day appointments are offered for most services at either one of our Kansas City metro locations. 

See the Difference

 Skilled therapies can be used in different ways during your healing journey. Discover how we use these therapies to discover a healthier you. 

The Therapy Team

Dr. Tony Child, DPT


 Dr. Tony Child has been practicing for over 25+ years. He attained his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University (PA) in 2017 and .  He earned his Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine (FL) in 1997 and his Bachelors in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from Brigham Young University (UT) in 1994.  After graduation, Dr. Child relocated to Texas, where he practiced and managed clinics for 8 years. In 2005, he moved to Kansas and opened Pura Vida Therapy with a goal to provide physical therapy that was best for the individual, not the corporate entity. Dr. Child speaks fluent Spanish, and is certified in McConnell Taping and  Kinesiotaping, SFMA, Functional Capacity Evaluations.  When Dr. Child is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He is an avid runner having completed 8 marathons.  

Richard Brandl, PTA


 Richard Brandl, PTA, MA, is a Midwest native. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha with Masters Degree in Exercise Science. Rich also graduated from Penn Valley Community College with his A.A.S. as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Rich has been working in the field of physical therapy for over ten years. He has a vast amount of professional experience in patient care, home health rehabilitation and sports rehabilitation and joint replacement. When Rich is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He also enjoys lawn and garden work, WWII reenactments and training for different obstacle courses throughout the year.  

Maria Veronica, Office Manager


 Maria was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from University of California, Riverside with a degree in Humanities. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. She moved to Kansas in 2017 to pursue a career in the medical field and is now concentrating on getting to know the community and providing the best costumer service. Having worked and volunteered for many years in the medical field, Maria is very competent and understand all patients have different needs. 

Insurance In-network

  • ACN/Optum Health (United Healthcare)
  • ACS–US Department of Labor
  • Aetna
  • Align Networks
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Cigna
  • Corvel
  • GEHA -Government Employees Health Association
  • Humana/Choice Care
  • Integrated Health Plan
  • Medicare
  • Medicare-Railroad
  • MedRisk
  • Multi-Plan (Aetna) / PHCS Network
  • Network Synergy Group
  • Personal Injury Protection Auto Insurance
  • Preferred Health Systems
  • Premier Workcomp Management Network
  • Prime Health Services
  • Rail Road Medicare & Medicare Advantage
  • Theramatrix
  • TriCare / TriWest Health Care Alliance
  • UMR
  • United Health Care
  • US Department of Labor
  • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • Car Accident Insurance

Our Specialty Services

Physical Rehabilitation


We use evidence based kinesiology along with exercise prescription and education to treats chronic or acute pain, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage, arthritis, gait disorders and physical impairments.

Dr. Child has worked in PT clinics for 30 years.

Work Conditioning


 A 4-hour physical exercise program designed to restore specific strength, flexibility, and endurance for return to work following injury, disease, or medically imposed rest.

Work Rich who has Master in exercise science and a decade of experience in such programs.

Functional Capacity Evaluation


A 3-4 hour series of tests to determine the ability to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner.  May be used with disability payments in the case of permanent disability. 

Dr. Tony Child is a certified FCE evaluator for the past 20 years

Graston Myofascial Release


The Graston technique is an Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM) technique used to help improve mobility and range of motion. Use of specifically designed stainless steel instruments to detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

Dr. Child attained a certification in IASTM with Graston.

McConnell Taping


 McConnell taping can improve knee cap tracking issues. While wearing the tape, most patients feel immediate pain relief and  are encouraged to exercise with the tape in place to provide the muscles with the appropriate feedback to correct the problem. McConnell taping can be used in the clinic or taught for home use. 

Dr. Child was trained with Jenny McConnell as the instructor for the shoulder, knee and lumbar spine techniques. 



 The Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a systematic way to look at movement patterns and determine the restrictive issues that are contributing to a problem. Exercises are developed that are directly related to correcting your condition, instead of a bunch of general exercises that you could have found on the internet.

 This means you will progress quickly and be able to get back to the activities that you enjoy.

Dr. Child holds a SFMA and a “Y Balance” certification.

Exercise is Medicine.

Shawnee, Kansas

The personalized care you deserve

Please contact us directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.

Feel free to fax any documents to (855) 898-3660 

Pura Vida Therapy

12480 West 62nd Terrace, Suite 100, Shawnee, KS 66216 United States

(913) 248-8888


Monday - Friday: 8am - 5 pm. By appointment only

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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Pura Vida Therapy

5701 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66102

(913) 788-8888 We are inside of the United Medical Group building.


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08:00 am – 12:00 pm

 Monday - Friday: 8am - 5 pm. By appointment only

Saturday - Sunday: Closed

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