A Johnson City, Tennessee native, I was born into a family of fiery redheads that love competition. Even from a young age, my 2 sisters and I were always involved in sports. I began swimming when I was 2 years old; competing by the time I was 6, and continued to compete into college. My coach used to ask me if I hid the Energizer Bunny in my swimsuit because I would just keep going and going….and going. I played basketball for 10 years, but really I just loved anything that kept me moving. I was (and still am) a very hyper person who likes to stay busy, so sports seemed like the best place for me to be. I became fascinated by how the body moves (both correctly and incorrectly) and went to East Tennessee State University for my B.S. in Exercise Science and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I worked for 6 years in various physical therapy settings throughout my academic and post-academic career, where I learned about corrective exercises for the injured body, which is why I was interested in working for Performance Therapy. I am certified in the Functional Movement Screen and am excited to be working with Brad at Performance Therapy® to get people back up to their peak performance, in sports and in life. As an athlete, I understand the frustrations of training and living with pain after an injury, so getting you back to your sport and your life stronger and healthier is important to me.
"Training for an Ironman triathlon is grueling enough, and the last thing you want to deal with are injuries during the crucial ramp up period prior to an Ironman race. For me it was my one shot at racing in the Ford Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. So I left nothing to chance when I suffered two over-use injuries during the several months of training leading up to that race. After much research and talking to other competitive triathletes who had worked with Mike at Performance Therapy, I chose to work with Mike to solve the problems I was having that was causing my injuries. Mike got right to work in identifying the injuries I had, what was causing the injuries, and put together a treatment program to address the problem areas so I would be ready for race day. The program worked and neither injury was a problem while racing in the World Championships in Hawaii in October."