Our Staff

We have a highly skilled staff that has many years of experience, training, and certifications in numerous areas of rehabilitation. Although Athens Physical Therapy began as a Spine Specialty Clinic, we have evolved over the years to specialize in a variety of areas including pre and post op orthopedics, sport-specific rehab, and neurological rehabilitation. 

Our Athens Staff

With experience in a variety of clinical approaches, Jason uses a multifaceted and research based approach to physical therapy. He treats with a heavy emphasis on manual therapy and believes that it leads to optimal results. He has experience ranging through all ages and stages of human development from pediatrics all the way to geriatrics. Jason believes that through proper diagnosing, with patient input and influence, the best and most appropriate plan of care can be determined to a successful physical therapy experience and a return to normal function with excellent quality of life.

Education
  • Young Harris College (1993-1995)
  • North Georgia College and State University, Bachelors of Science (Major of Biology/Minor psychology 1997)
  • North Georgia College and State University, Masters of Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy 2000)
 
Certifications/Specialized Training
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT)
  • Dry Needling Certified
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
 
Work Experience
  • Ty Cobb Healthcare systems (3 years)
  • Gainesville Physical Therapy (2 years)
  • Rehabilitation Director Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems (6 years)
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy- Clinical Director in 2011
 
Areas of Interest 
  • Manual therapy
  • All orthopedic conditions
  • Rehabilitation of athletes
  • Weight lifting and outdoor activities
 
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic Member Section
  • APTA Manual Therapy Member Section
  • APTA Sports Physical Therapy Member Section
Kevin takes a multifaceted, research based, approach to patient care. His experience in both the hospital and outpatient physical therapy setting gives him a better understanding of each stage of rehab, from beginning to end. Kevin believes that the best care involves the cooperation of the patient and clinician in formulating a plan of care to meet the patient’s goals.

Education
  • Samford University, Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science (1999)
  • Medical College of Georgia, Master of Physical Therapy (2001)
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Doctor of Physical Therapy (2010)

Certifications/Specialized Training
  • Dry Needling Certified
  • APTA Certifiled Clinical Instructor

Work Experience
  • Regional hospital in Lexington, KY- orthopedic care and wound care coordinator (5 years)
  • Clinic director of outpatient clinic in Commerce, GA (4 years)
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2011

Areas of Interest
  • Orthopedic conditions: emphasis on shoulder, knee, foot rehab
  • McKenzie spine education courses
  • Avid runner and enthusiastic coach of youth sports

Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic member section
Katherine has worked in a variety of outpatient orthopedic and aquatic clinics around the country treating patients of all ages and orthopedic conditions. She believes in a hands-on approach to treatment with the goal of improving function and quality of life while empowering her patients to become independent in self-management of their conditions. She recently became C1 certified in the Schroth method of treatment for scoliosis and other postural dysfunctions and is excited to bring this knowledge to Athens to help an underserved population.

Education 
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Miami (1999-2003)
  • Masters of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University (2004-2006)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Montana (completed 2017)
 
Certifications/Specialized Training
  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Certified Schroth-Barcelona C1 Scoliosis

Areas of Interest
  • Scoliosis
  • Aquatics
  • All orthopedic conditions

Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Sidney takes a very functional and individualized approach to patient care. She likes to develop treatment plans that are patient-driven, with emphasis on education in order to meet personal goals and quality of life. Her experience ranges in all ages and varieties of conditions to include: athletic injuries, acute post-surgical conditions, and chronic illness related conditions. She is excited to bring a decade of experience with her to Athens from the Atlanta area.

Education

  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Education (2002-2006)
  • Georgia State University, Doctor of Physical Therapy (2007-2010)

Certifications/Specialized Training

  • Dry Needling Certified
  • Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certified

Work Experience

  • Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers, 2010-2017
  • Wellstar Health System Orthosport Physical Therapy, 2017-2020
  • Benchmark Physical Therapy 2020-2021
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2021

Bethany delivers individualized and goal-oriented patient care using an evidence-based approach. She promotes optimal health and recovery through a combination of therapeutic exercise, manual therapy techniques, and patient education. She believes lasting effects occur when patients are equipped with knowledge and tools to continue improving function and quality of life upon discharge. She is especially passionate about women’s health and strives to bring awareness and deliver specialized care to patients with pelvic dysfunction and pain.

 

Education

  • University of Georgia, B.S. Biology (2018)
  • Augusta University, Doctor of Physical Therapy (2021)

 

Work/Clinical Experience

  • Clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, outpatient neurological rehabilitation, acute care, and pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2021

 

Areas of Interest

  • All orthopedic and neurological conditions
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction and/or pain
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Artistic Sports (gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, etc.)

 

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Pelvic Health Section
Alan is passionate about providing the best possible patient care and getting good results as a therapist through his education and critical thinking skills along with his comforting and easy-going nature. He desires to provide an atmosphere which facilitates positive attitudes and achievement of goals.

Education
  • Berry College, Bachelor of Science (1998-2002)
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science (2008-2009)
  • Athens Technical College, Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapist Assistant (2017)

Work/ Clinical Experience
  • Clinical Rotations including outpatient at Anmed Health Quinn Physical Therapy in Hartwell, GA, skilled nursing facility at PruittHealth Athens Heritage, and acute care at Piedmont Athens Regional
  • Inpatient and outpatient experience at Piedmont Walton hospital in Monroe, GA
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2018

Areas of interest
  • Rehabilitation techniques for orthopedic conditions
  • Low back disorder rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy and muscle energy techniques
  • Continuing education and research for specialized training and certifications

Mary Hannah is compassionate and believes patient care starts at the core of who each patient is. She believes that good communication and better listening can and will bring better outcomes to her patients. She brings knowledge and experience from other settings to adequately care for those who will cross her path.

Education

  • Chattanooga State Community College, Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapist Assistant (2018)

Work/Clinical Experience

  • ATI Physical Therapy (2018-2021)
  • 2 years of clinical experience in a variety of settings including outpatient, pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, and acute care.
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2021.

Areas of Interest

  • Sport-related injuries
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Overall health and fitness
  • Spending time with family
Ross uses an integrated movement approach when addressing the needs of each client. By observing movement patterns, he is able to gain insight into each person’s individualized needs and individualized pain pattern. To him “No pain is the same.” While we may be treating the hip, neck, low back, shoulder, etc… “We are all functionally dysfunctional” and have compensation patterns that contribute to our pain. By identifying and working to correct these patterns he is able to help each person to achieve a better quality of life.

Education
  • Athens Technical College, Associates of Science Physical Therapy (2011)

Certifications / Specialized Training
  • Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT)
  • Certified KinesioTape Practioner (CKTP)
  • Functional Movement Technique (FMT)

Work Experience
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2011

Areas of interest
  • Orthopedic conditions: Emphasis on foot, Hip and Thoracic Spine
  • Functional Neurology, Neuroplasticity and Mobility
  • Avid runner, Endurance Sport Specialist and Personal Fitness Coach

Our Lavonia Staff

With experience in a variety of clinical approaches, Jason uses a multifaceted and research based approach to physical therapy. He treats with a heavy emphasis on manual therapy and believes that it leads to optimal results. He has experience ranging through all ages and stages of human development from pediatrics all the way to geriatrics. Jason believes that through proper diagnosing, with patient input and influence, the best and most appropriate plan of care can be determined to a successful physical therapy experience and a return to normal function with excellent quality of life.

Education
  • Young Harris College (1993-1995)
  • North Georgia College and State University, Bachelors of Science (Major of Biology/Minor psychology 1997)
  • North Georgia College and State University, Masters of Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy 2000)
 
Certifications/Specialized Training
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT)
  • Dry Needling Certified
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
 
Work Experience
  • Ty Cobb Healthcare systems (3 years)
  • Gainesville Physical Therapy (2 years)
  • Rehabilitation Director Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems (6 years)
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy- Clinical Director in 2011
 
Areas of Interest 
  • Manual therapy
  • All orthopedic conditions
  • Rehabilitation of athletes
  • Weight lifting and outdoor activities
 
Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic Member Section
  • APTA Manual Therapy Member Section
  • APTA Sports Physical Therapy Member Section
Jonathan has 10 years of clinical practice which comes from a variety of settings and experience including acute care, Skilled nursing facility with emphasis on subacute rehab, and outpatient physical therapy including private practice and hospital setting. His current practice is based on latest research in conjunction with primary therapeutic principles and manual therapy techniques from a variety of areas and philosophies including Maitland, Mulligan, and McKenzie.
Education 
  • University of South Alabama: BS with concentration in Exercise Science (2005)
  • University of South Alabama: Doctor of Physical Therapy (2008)
 
Certifications/Specialized Training
  • Board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
  • Dry Needling Certified
  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor

Work/Clinical Experience
  • 10 years of practice in settings including acute care, SNF, and hospital-based/private practice outpatient facilities with experience in variety of conditions
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2016

Areas of Interest
  • Spinal manual therapy
  • Evidence-based practice for sports medicine, post-operative, and spinal conditions

Professional Involvement
  • APTA and orthopedic section member since 2005

Bentley believes in evidence-informed practice and patient specific interventions to optimize patient outcomes. She actively works to create a positive, encouraging environment for her patients to enhance the rehabilitation experience. She has clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, subacute rehab, and outpatient neuro rehab. She believes that educating patients about their conditions and specific interventions can help patients reach their goals and create a lasting improvement in their quality of life.

Education:

  • Bemidji State University: B.S. Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude (2016)
  • Western Carolina University: Doctor of Physical Therapy (2020)

Work Experience:

  • Hart Care Center (2020)

Areas of Interest:

  • All orthopedic and neurological conditions
  • Balance and gait deficits
  • Health and wellness
  • Helping her husband on their farm and hiking in the mountains

Professional Memberships and Certifications:

  • Otago Fall Prevention Certified
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic Member Section
  • APTA Neurologic Member Section
  • APTA Geriatrics Section
Allison brings knowledge and experience from different phases of rehab including outpatient, acute care, and skilled nursing facilities. She has spent the majority of her career with emphasis in the outpatient setting and believes in a hands on approach to help improve patient function and successful therapy is a team effort between the therapist and patient. She emphasizes the importance of a good home based exercises program to achieve optimal outcomes. She wishes for each patient to feel engaged with their therapy and each experience to be positive and fun.
Education
  • Athens Technical College, Associates of Applied Science, Physical Therapy Assistant(2003)

Work Experience
  • Life Care Centers of Copper Basin 2003- 2007
  • Starr Regional Medical Center 2007-2019
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2019

Areas of interest
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Sports related injuries
  • Kinesiology taping techniques

Aaron believes in providing individualized patient care to help patients reach their functional goals and improve quality of life. He utilizes an evidence-based approach when administering interventions and educating patients on their conditions. Aaron seeks to create an engaging and positive environment to optimize patient’s progress and treatment outcomes.

Education

  • Athens Technical College, Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapist Assistant (2021)

Work/Clinical Experience

  • Clinical rotations including outpatient at Athens Physical Therapy (Lavonia) and acute care at Anmed Health Medical Center

Areas of Interest

  • Evidence-based practice for treatment of orthopedic and neurological conditions
  • Manual treatment techniques
  • Community engagement

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • APTA Orthopedic section member
Kerri believes in a research based hands on approach using manual techniques that directly aid in complete restoration of patient function. She is very avid in implementation of home exercise programs which are patient specific to improve overall progress. She takes a knowledge based interest to each patient condition with emphasis on education to help each patient understand their condition as it pertains to PT and how to promote optimal quality of life despite circumstances. Kerri believes that positive experiences and education are important in reaching full potential with PT.
 
Education
  • Associates of General Science, Gainesville State College (2007)
  • Athens Technical College, Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant (2009)

Work/ Clinical Experience
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in August 2009
  • Works PRN at Hartwell Healthcare treating a variety of patients for short term and long term rehabilitation since September 2012

Areas of interest
  • Spinal injuries and conditions as they pertain to sports specific tasks and work related conditions
  • Orthopedic and neurological conditions
  • Vestibular Rehab
  • Joint mobilizations of shoulder, knee and pelvis
  • Outdoor activities, health and fitness, spending time with family

Professional Memberships
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic member section

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