Molly began her active lifestyle at a very young age. She's earned a 3rd-degree black belt in TaeKwonDo and continues to remain active in sports including swimming, running, and biking. Molly is an accomplished pianist and enjoys cooking healthy meals, gardening, exercising, volunteering in the community and walking Lola and Luna, she & James' canine family members. 

Molly has completed 3 half marathons, 1 sprint triathlon, and 1 Olympic triathlon. Molly loves educating and encouraging people toward healthy lifestyles so that they can continue to enjoy what they do.





Growing up on a Texas ranch introduced James to a love of the outdoors. An active sportsman, James enjoys playing football, hockey and golf. He enjoys archery, deer hunting, gardening, landscaping, hiking, biking and walking and running with he and Molly's dogs, Lola and Luna. He's also a woodworker and enjoys creating things in his garage. Giving back to the community is important to James, and he is an active community volunteer. James chose the physical therapy profession as he loves enriching the lives of others through exercise and education.





Doctors of

Physical Therapy

We improve the lives

of people we serve by 

maximizing their physical capabilities while guiding 

them toward overall wellness.

Our mission

Meet the Poenitzsch's

Dr. Molly Poenitzsch and Dr. James Poenitzsch met while pursuing their Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas. Now married and living in Pearland, Texas, they share interests in exercise, volunteering, their pet dogs, participating in community events, and improving the lives of others through health and well-being. 


Movement builds strong hearts, muscles and bones. It helps maintain balance and coordination. Beyond the physical, movement is a significant contributor to overall mental health and well-being. Physical therapy can advance a person’s ability to move, restore function, reduce pain and prevent disability. Physical therapists are experts in movement and the human body.


At Live to Move Physical Therapy & Wellness, we believe that what you do after physical therapy concludes is as important as the physical therapy itself. To encourage you to continue your journey toward a lifestyle of wellness, individual consultation for plant-based nutrition, personal training, and therapeutic yoga classes are available. Therapeutic yoga is taught by a certified yoga teacher and offers modified ways to perform yoga poses based on your individual physical ability.


The Poenitzsch’s are motivated by the benefits of an active lifestyle and want to help you maximize your physical abilities through a lifestyle of wellness.


The sun-like image in the logo summarizes the story of Live to Move Physical Therapy & Wellness. The sun provides life-sustaining nurture every day. Like the sun, movement provides the nurture our bodies need to optimize our health and enrich our lives.


Live to Move Physical Therapy & Wellness. Because moving is living.


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Caleigh was raised in Boulder, CO where she grew a love for the mountains and outdoors through hiking, camping, and trail running with her dad. She recently graduated with her DPT from University of New England in Portland, ME and continues to backpack and hike across the country with her dog Loki. She also likes to rollerblade and jog in her spare time as well as volunteer in underserved communities.




Henry is a DPT graduate from UTMB Galveston and has recently moved back to Houston. He enjoys playing basketball, lifting weights, and bike riding. He is starting to get into running, and hopes to complete a half marathon in the near future. Henry hopes to help others improve their lives with physical therapy and exercise, just as it did for him growing up. 



Administrative Assistant

Bailey is currently an EMT student working to earn her license soon. She enjoys being outdoors, working out, shopping, and cooking. She is the oldest of ten siblings of a military family, so she has lived in many different places around the country, her favorite being Washington, DC. Bailey also was a gymnast for twelve years, and of those, competed for six! 

Admin Assistant / Rehab Technician




Erin is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. She has earned her Bachelors degree in Kinesiology Motor Behavior and two minors in Business Administration and Psychology. Erin is now attending Physical Therapy Assistant school and hopes to achieve her dream of helping others with their health and fitness. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, volunteering at animal shelters, yoga, working out at the gym, and listening to True Crime podcasts.



Live to Move Physical Therapy & Wellness Therapist Credentials

Molly and James both completed their Doctor of Physical Therapy programs at Texas Woman's University in Houston. After a bachelor's degree has been attained, a doctoral degree in physical therapy may be pursued. The DPT is typically a 3-year program with clinical rotations and an internship.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Plant-based Nutritionist

Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT)

Molly and James both completed their Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist programs through OPTIM Manual Therapy in Houston. Caleigh is currently participating in the program. Becoming a COMT adds advanced manual therapy skills for the Doctor of Physical Therapy. 

Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)

Molly is a certified plant-based nutritionist and provides individual education about plant-based nutrition.

Molly is a Certified Yoga Teacher and teaches therapeutic yoga classes at Live to Move Physical Therapy & Wellness.

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Fellowship of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists

Molly and James are both Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. This certification is athletic and competition-oriented. 

James is currently a fellow-in-training, working towards full fellowship status with the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists. Earning Fellow status is an advanced achievement for a physical therapist and requires a combination of advanced learning, years of experience and supervised mentorships with a current physical therapist with fellowship status. 


Committed to Community

Outside of the practice of physical therapy, Molly and James Poenitzsch are committed to giving back to the communities they serve. Check out below some of the events the Poenitzsch's have participated in.

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Help After Harvey


Following Hurricane Harvey, Molly and James volunteered and helped with clean up at several area homes. They pulled nails, hung new sheetrock and cleared trash and other debris from the homes.