Our Physical Therapist:


Felipe J. Mares, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, LAT, CAFS


Dr. Felipe Mares Owner/CEO of PT First LLC


My Background & Career Journey

Hello and bienvenidos! My name is Felipe J. Mares and I am the proud owner of PT FIRST Physical Therapy Sports and Spine. We have now been in operation and serving this wonderful market for 8 years. I look forward to many more years of service in New Mexico.

Being a native New Mexican I am honored to serve the people of this great state. I was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico. Upon my high school graduation I attended New Mexico Military Institute Junior College. Upon completing my studies at NMMI I completed my undergraduate degree in athletic training at the University of New Mexico. While at UNM I was blessed and afforded the opportunity to work with both ESPN and the Atlanta Braves Professional Baseball Organization. In 2006 I finished my masters of physical therapy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

In 2015 I completed my transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree through Evidence In Motion. In 2016 I became the first physical therapist in the State of New Mexico accepted into the prestigious American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. In 2017 I passed and was boarded in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. I am so honored to work with patients of all ages and ability levels. My unique skill set of manual therapy and my background in sports has been a great asset in helping people reach their goals.

My passion for life and people is a gift I share with all my patients. I feel honored to do a job I love every day. My staff and I work hard to serve all your physical therapy needs. I take the mission of the company to heart and look forward to seeing you at PT FIRST.

In health,

Felipe J. Mares, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, LAT, CAFS



Our Treatment Philosophy

Healing from an injury caused by accidents or sports activity requires early and skilled physical therapy treatment. We believe that there are three key components to the speedy recovery from injuries. These are the patient’s commitment to treatment regime, setting and achieving a series of small recovery goals, and maintaining a positive mental attitude. Our physical therapists will develop an individualized treatment plan for specific your type of injury, explain the reasons for treatment methods, and will work with help you throughout the process.

We place high importance on creating an upbeat, friendly and positive environment for all our patients. We want to establish a good rapport with our patients, empower them with the knowledge necessary to prevent re-injury, as well as to get their feedback on their happiness with the recovery progress.