B.S. Exercise Science
East Tennessee State University
DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
East Tennessee State University
(Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist)
Running Coach Certification
RRCA (Road Runners Club of America)
(Certified Dry Needling Therapist)
PT, DPT, COMT, CDNT
My Why: I want everyone to live the healthy and active life that they want without restrictions because of aches and pains and limited strength or mobility.
My Personal Life: I was born in southern California and lived there through my childhood until my family relocated to northeast Tennessee. I went to college and PT school in East Tennessee then moved to Nashville. I live here with my husband, Jack, and our miniature schnauzer, Baxter. I have a 10 year old stepson who is one of the smartest kids around. I have loved seeing him grow and change over the years. My husband and I love to travel, both in the US and around the world. Most of our vacations center around adventure and aren’t necessarily what you’d call relaxing, but it’s our favorite way to do it.
My Professional Life: I started Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance after being frustrated with the standard model for PT I had spent 9+ years of my career in – high volume clinics with very limited time spent with each patient. It didn’t feel fair to the patient. I wanted to do things differently, spending quality time listening to and getting to know my patients and not having corporate or insurance dictating what I needed to do with my patients.
My Favorite Color: Favorite as in I have to pick just one?! I love red, but I also really like purple. Red has always been a color I love seeing, so bold and vibrant. It makes me feel alive when I see it. I also love purple though. It was my Mom’s favorite color and I always think of her when I see it.
My Hobbies: I have really gotten into woodworking lately. I remember helping my Dad with things like that growing up and I thought it was really neat. I guess that early exposure to it coupled with enjoying working with my hands made it the perfect hobby for me. So far, I’ve built a dining table, coffee table, barstools, and a side table. I’m always looking for the next project.
My Favorite Quote: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
- John Muir
My Belief on Physical Therapy: Physical therapy should be accessible to all as the first line of defense for aches and pains that come up and keep us from doing what we love. Physical therapists are the best equipped providers to handle these issues as well as work to prevent them in the future. Everyone should have a “go to” PT that they love working with and can call and see whenever they need something.
My Passions: I love living an active lifestyle. I am an avid runner, rock climber, hiker, cyclist, and love lifting weights too. I’ve been known to do Crossfit, yoga, and bootcamps on occasion as well. I really enjoy spending time in our National Park system and hope to get to all of them one day. I just went to my 25th park recently (Channel Islands in CA) so I’m well on my way!
DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist
Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine - McKenzie Institute
School of Physical Therapy - Belmont University
PT, DPT, OCS, CERT. MDT
My Why: To Educate, Serve and Inspire others so that they can have Purposeful Endeavors
My Personal life: I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where I played sports year-round and worked for our family business. After graduating from high school, I left Wisconsin to go to Clemson University. This is where I met my best friend who later became my husband, fell in love with sailing, and decided to become a Physical Therapist. From there I moved to Nashville, TN to pursue my doctorate in Physical Therapy from Belmont University. When my husband and I are not at work, you can find us at the lake with our yellow lab and golden retriever.
My Professional life: After several years of working as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist here in Nashville, I felt a calling to do things differently and to dedicate more time to teaching and inspiring future physical therapists to develop the career of their dreams. This calling led me away from the corporate PT setting, and back to Belmont where I am now an associate professor in the school of physical therapy. At the same time, I also felt inspired to start my own practice – one that didn’t have a corporate feel to it and was focused more heavily on prevention of injuries and improved performance. I started Velocity Performance and Prevention in 2014 and am now beyond thrilled to have merged my practice with Brittany to become Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance!
My Favorite Color: Purple
My Hobbies: Boating, Sailing, paddle boarding, biking, golfing, rock climbing, traveling, Clemson football and just about any activity involving our dogs. (I know it’s a long list….)
My Favorite Quote: “Life isn’t about YOU. It’s about who you were placed
here to SERVE.” – author unknown.
My Belief on Physical Therapy: I believe that a physical therapist is the ideal healthcare provider to offer “full-circle care” to people who want to stay active. Full-circle care means offering services that are a continuum - From Prevention of injuries to Rehabilitation of an existing injury to Post-Rehabilitation programs. This continuity of care by a Physical Therapist affords you the ability to obtain your goals while minimizing the risk of re-injury and decreasing the likelihood of developing a chronic condition.
My Passions: My love for animals and my desire to have a positive impact on others, has led me to become very passionate about Therapy dogs and Service Dogs. A long-term goal of mine is to one day train a service dog for someone in need. In the meantime, my yellow lab, Layla, and I have undergone a significant amount of training to become a registered pet therapy team. Together we volunteer at Vanderbilt in various areas such as Pediatric Rehabilitation, the neuro ICU, and the oncology clinic at Children’s Hospital, where we help decrease stress and anxiety, assist in therapy sessions and simply spread joy to others. It’s one of my favorite things that I do, and one of the most impactful.
PT, DPT, COMT
My Why: To help people live a life without limits of pain or worry of injury. There is no better feeling than freeing someone of debilitating and/or chronic symptoms.
My Personal Life: I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio with my parents and younger sister. With Cleveland in my blood, I grew up and remain a loyal Browns and Indians fan (as painful as it may be sometimes). I received my undergraduate degree in Pre-Physical Therapy from the University of Dayton, performed a physical therapy internship at the Cleveland Clinic, and completed my Doctor of Physical therapy degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating from Pitt, I headed south to Nashville! I now reside in the Gulch with my fiance Pat and our 85 lb baby, a Golden Doodle named Brady. We love spontaneity and travel, frequently taking weekend trips to visit friends and family all over the US, and also try to sneak in a beach vacation when we can!
My Professional Life: I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have been practicing for 6+ years, and for the last 3 years I was the clinic director and head physical therapist for a leading outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in the Greater Nashville area. As an outpatient orthopedic manual therapist, I treat patients of all ages, with a specialized interest in young athletes, skaters and dancers. Since starting in the outpatient orthopedic realm, I found myself frequently frustrated by the industry's pressures to treat high patient volume, limiting the time and individual care necessary for each of my patients. Ultimately, I knew there had to be a better way to do it! Joining the Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance team was my answer. I am able to truly connect with my patients and spend the necessary time required to achieve optimal outcomes for all that I serve.
My favorite color: White. (Haha Is that weird? Wait, is white even a color?) White is simple, fresh, and light - how I like to keep life.
My Hobbies: Outside of my family, my friends, and physical therapy....figure skating is my love. I have been involved in figure skating in some capacity since I was 4 years old . Early in my life I trained as a competitive skater, which transitioned into coaching during my college years. I was then brought on as a coach locally with the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at the Ford Ice Center. I currently stay involved with the sport by skating as a member of the NHL's Nashville Predators Energy Team during their games at Bridgestone Arena. I also enjoy sand volleyball, yoga, pilates, running, dog park adventures with Brady, and taking advantage of the Nashville music and awesome restaurant scene.
My Favorite Quote:
"There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask "What if I fall?"
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?"
- Erin Hanson
My Belief on Physical Therapy: Physical therapy has a unique opportunity to use a holistic approach in order to identify injuries and the underlying causes of pain. A physical therapist can help treat conditions without becoming reliant on medication. A physical therapist can prevent re-injury and ultimately lead to a successful return to physical activities. It excites me everyday to have an opportunity to influence a patient's outcome, working to solve the problem in a systematic way that allows the patient to live without pain. I feel extremely lucky and humbled to have the knowledge and skills that I gained over my career to provide this service for all of my patients!
My Passions: Skating. Christmas. Red wine. And Brady. Skating brings me joy, clarity, and freedom. It is 'my thing' that I hope all of my patients can find for themselves. My family nicknamed me the Christmas Elf because I love everything about Christmas and the holiday season. From the festive lights and decorations, to movies, candy canes and cheer, there is something about the holidays that brings true joy to my heart. More so, I cherish every minute I can spend with friends and family during those special days. There's just something about a glass of red wine on the couch at home that helps warm my soul, but even better when Brady, my dog, is curled up on my lap with me. Above all, I try my best every day to be present, be kind, and smile.
PT, DPT, COMT
My Why: I value physical and mental health and recognize the connection between the two. I am dedicated to helping people return to the activities that they love and that keep them healthy and happy!
My Personal Life: I am a Tennesseean at heart, although we moved several times, my two siblings and I spent the majority of our time in Knoxville and Memphis. Sports were a key element for all 3 of us. I played soccer for over 10 years and we were on swim teams in the summers. In high school I became a pole vaulter(best sport ever). I now live in East Nashville with my coonhound Kingston and I have had a few roommates come and go. I run with the East Nasty crew on occasion, and I love getting out to the trails around town with the big dog whenever I can.
My Professional Life: I received my Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from UT Knoxville in 2005 and my PT degree from the University of Evansville in 2014. Since graduation, I have worked exclusively as an outpatient PT in high volume clinics. I have learned so much in the last 5-6 years but I really look forward to doing PT the right way. I am very excited to be a part of Nashville Physical Therapy & Performance and feel great about the support and mentorship I have already received.
My Favorite Color: Easy answer is Tennessee Orange, but the real answer is blue. I’m not sure why, that’s just what its always been. No questions.
My Hobbies: When I’m not working or training, I like to travel, renovate my house, or get out in my yard or garden. My most recent trip was to a volcano outside Mexico City called Iztaccihuatl. It is neighbored by the active Popocatepetl which erupted several times during our hike! Crazy stuff. Domestically, I have some serious house projects going which include everything from wiring and plumbing, to framing up new walls or tiling floors(I have been restoring my house for waay too long). In the spring and summer I always raise a vegetable garden, it’s pretty relaxing digging in the dirt.
My Favorite Quote: “Ninety percent of the game is half mental” - Yogi Berra
My Belief on Physical Therapy: I want to change the perception of what physical therapy is. Both of my parents went through ACL reconstruction and rehab when I was growing up and there were plenty of jokes about torture etc. This perception persists. PTs are also still viewed as secondary to physicians and as glorified personal trainers, but we are so much more. We are the neuromusculoskeletal experts and we have deep knowledge of this system that no other healthcare provider can offer.
My Passions: Athletics - always and forever. Soccer was my first love, then pole vaulting. Since college, I have become a runner. I have done 5ks, 10ks, and a couple half marathons. I really enjoy trail running(only a 25k, nothing crazy yet) and hiking. Thanks to peer pressure, my next challenge is the Half IronMan in Memphis in October 2020. Shout out to Jason, Dave, and Tim!