Dr. Toko Nguyen
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Nguyen is the founder and owner of the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports Medicine. He is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the field of sports rehabilitation, sports manual therapy, and sports recovery. In addition to serving his clients in the rehabilitation setting, Dr. Nguyen is also the founder and owner of the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Education Systems, where he educates, mentors, and develops other clinicians nationally and internationally to become the best of the best specialists and experts in the field of manual therapy, dry needling, and sports rehabilitation.
Born in Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen and his family immigrated as refugees to the United States. Raised in Quincy, Illinois, a very small mid-west town, Dr. Nguyen spent the majority of his time participating in as many sports as he could get involved in. This fortunately exposed him to the profession of sports rehabilitation, which he decided at an early age would be his career pursuit.
Dr. Nguyen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University) where he was also an All-Conference collegiate football player. He received his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Southwest Texas State University and his Doctor of Physical therapy from Texas’s Women’s University. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr. Nguyen strongly believes clients who seek health solutions deserve the highest levels clinical expertise delivered in an environment that allows attention to detail. He also believes the best clinicians continue to learn and evolve their approaches to fit the natural changes of the human body and the movement demands of sports and daily activity. This belief, and the pursuit to be the best, drove Dr. Nguyen to achieve the prestigious identity of Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT), which makes up the top 2% of all physical therapists in the world.
Dr. Nguyen began his career in corporate practice where he spent 5 years as a corporate partner and clinic director in 2 outpatient orthopedic clinics. In order to pursue his love for clinical education and mentorship, he joined a large hospital system to create post-professional residency programs for physical therapists and athletic trainers. Based on his experiences in corporate and hospital practice, he quickly learned the challenges that insurance driven rehabilitation departments have in providing clients the care they truly deserve.
Dr. Nguyen created the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports Medicine with one mission, to afford clients an experience that exceeds all expectations. A truly athlete-centered focus has allowed IARSM to become the current in-season and off-season home to a large number of MLB, NFL, NBA, and Olympic athletes who trust the IARSM approach in managing their therapy and recovery strategies.
In addition to IARSM, Dr. Nguyen serves as a Team Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Consultant for the Houston Texans Football Team and the University of Houston Baseball Team. Dr. Nguyen spends his free time with his amazing wife, Linh, and beautiful daughters, Marli and Matea.