Dr. David “Tony” Friedrichs
Dr. Tony Friedrichs is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and certified manual physical therapist (CMPT). He grew up in St. Peters, MO and is a proud alumnus of Francis Howell Central High School. Dr. Tony attended the United States Air Force Academy from 2003-05 where he received high honors for his academic, athletic, and military performance. He returned home to attend Saint Louis University where he completed a minor in Spanish, B.S. in Exercise Science (summa cum laude), and Doctorate of Physical Therapy, graduating at the top of his class. In 2013, Dr. Tony earned a Level III Manual Therapy Certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). His professional career has emphasized the treatment of sports, orthopedic, and chronic pain conditions. He has broad clinical experience which includes working with injured collegiate and professional athletes, children with orthopedic conditions, and seniors with gait and balance disorders. Dr. Tony has presented numerous rehabilitation topics to groups of St. Louis-area physical therapists and medical doctors. In January of 2015, Dr. Tony established "Friedrichs Physical Therapy, LLC" (re-named Spirit Physical Therapy in 2018) to introduce his unique physical therapy model and to provide patients with more one-on-one time for hands-on treatment, supervised exercise, and education.
Dr. Tony enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children. He is an avid Cardinals and Blues fan, and continues to play men's fast pitch baseball in St. Louis. Dr. Tony remains active in the Saint Louis University community as a member of the physical therapy program's External Advisory Board.
Dr. Patrick Rich
Dr. Patrick Rich is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) specialist. Originally from Strongville, Ohio, Dr. Patrick relocated to St. Louis in 2012 to complete clinical internships for his DPT degree from Bradley University. While at Bradley, Dr. Patrick received a Minor in Business Management and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. His post-graduate training includes RockTape kinesiology taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) with Graston M1, Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) studies, Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT), and Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) training. Dr. Patrick has experience with all orthopedic and neurologic conditions. His areas of focus include the treatment of post-operative knee, hip, and shoulder conditions; sports-related injuries of high school and collegiate athletes; and the improvement of the functional capacity and performance of all people. He has a special interest in strength and conditioning with an affinity for improving the sports performance of the high school and CrossFit/weightlifting athlete, as well as the 5k race time for the weekend road warrior.
Dr. Patrick's hobbies mirror what he teaches his patients every day... "Movement is medicine." When not in the clinic, he enjoys weightlifting, hiking, camping with his wife and two dogs, backpacking, hunting, watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, barbecuing, and hitting the links for a round of golf.
Dr. Kate BlackburnDr. Kate Blackburn is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and certified STAR therapist (oncology rehabilitation specialist). Originally from Beardstown, IL, Dr. Kate moved to St. Louis to attend Saint Louis University where she received her minor in Psychology, B.S. in Exercise Science, Masters of Physical Therapy, and ultimately Doctorate of Physical Therapy, graduating at the top of her class (summa cum laude). Her professional career has focused on treating orthopedic and neurological conditions throughout the lifespan. Dr. Kate has experience with a wide variety of patients ranging from pediatric developmental disorders to complex neurological conditions (Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury) to geriatric balance and gait dysfunctions. She has also participated in community outreach events to help individuals decrease their risk of falling. Dr. Kate is an adjunct faculty member at St. Louis University assisting with the physical therapy program. She has a special interest in health and wellness as well as return to sport.
Dr. Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. Most of her free time is spent at her children’s various sporting events. She enjoys working out and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.