Jacques Courseault, M.D.- Dr. Courseault’s experience in fitness and exercise began at a young age.  He played organized sports throughout high school and began resistance training at the age of twelve.  Upon acceptance to Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) from which he received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology, Dr. Courseault served as the Head Student Athletic Trainer for the Tulane Football Team.

Afterwards, he worked as a Personal Trainer for the Reily Recreation Center at Tulane University.  Clientele included athletes (Kedra Holland-Corn, WNBA), students as well as men and women in the greater New Orleans area.  He taught group exercises classes and performed more than 2,000 body composition screenings in a program called “Fat Tuesday.”  He loved “prescribing” exercise and diet plans to help his clients lose weight, improve muscle strength and rehab physical ailments with which they had been dealing.  While completing his pre-medical education, Dr. Courseault also worked as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician.

Dr. Courseault began his medical career at Tulane University School of Medicine.  While a student, he continued to make an impact in his community as co-president of the Sports Medicine Interest Group and co-founder of a successful non-profit weight loss program named “Dont Weight to Lose,” which helped hundreds lose weight in the New Orleans community (view this video about the program or read an article about Don’t Weight to Lose in the Times-Picayune).  In addition to helping others improve their health, Dr. Courseault received grants from the Student National Medical Association, Tanita Scales and the Centers for Disease Control.  Further, more than 100 medical students participated in the program and were trained by Dr. Courseault. After completing medical school, Dr. Courseault was the Associate Chief Resident specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University, Dr. Courseault continued to promote fitness with the development of a home exercise program website, which demonstrated home exercises to patients.

After residency, he completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Baton Rouge General Hospital, while taking care of NCAA athletes at LSU and Southern Universities, as well as local high school athletes.

Dr. Courseault is Board Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) with a certificate of additional qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

After becoming Board Certified, he c0-founded Medical Board Review, LLC, which is an online board review website for physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, as well as, physical therapy students.

He now is practicing physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and electromyography at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Touro, he is the Physician Champion of the inpatient Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. Also in the hospital, he primarily takes care of patients with spinal cord injuries, stroke and severe polytraumatic injuries.

His outpatient clinical interests include the non-operative treatment of:

  • Musculoskeletal and Joint Injuries
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Sports and Exercise Related Injuries
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sports Concussion
  • Radiculopathy and Peripheral Nerve Injuries (“pinched nerves”)
  • Electromyography and Diagnostic Ultrasound

Dr. Courseault will be transitioning his clinical practice to the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine in January of 2018. For new appointments, please call 504-988-8476.

Exercise Menu is designed to present information regarding exercise, health and fitness from a doctor’s perspective.  He believes that factual information combined with small, practical changes can result in serious improvements in health and fitness.

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Ashley TheobaldAshley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama.  She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014.  During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben.  She is now working for Star Physical Therapy full-time and completing PRN work for Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, TN. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning yearly.