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.
"I began competing in 1973. Covering more than 80,000 miles in training and competing in five US Olympic Trials, such long-term wear and tear means I now require a lot of recovery support to remain competitive. I stretch. I ice. I use a foam roller; however, the single biggest factor I have found in avoiding chronic injuries is regular body work with Brad McKay at Performance Therapy SC. He is diligent in understanding my biomechanical needs as a racewalker and has solved a long-term hamstring problem I developed from the constant turns in track races. This allowed me to set a US Master's indoor (50-54) record for the Mile racewalk in March, 2013 at 7:09. Whether you are injured or simply need to maintain supple muscles to excel in your event, I recommend a series of sessions with Brad."
Track and Field