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Physical Therapists

Jill Smith, DPT, ATC

Jill Smith received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2006 after completing her Athletic Training/BS Education in Exercise Science at the University of Georgia in 2003. She worked in various outpatient orthopedic, pediatric and acute care settings before joining Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy in 2008.

Jill believes in a holistic, research-based treatment approach in developing individual treatment programs tailored to fit each person’s unique needs, and encourages the patient to be an active participant in treatment planning, implementation, and goal setting. Her ultimate goal is for the patient to be equipped to prevent and/or manage his/her condition independently and to increase his/her quality of life.

Jill is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She was certified in Vestibular therapy in 2006. She has a particular additional interest in the physical therapy of Female Pelvic Pain, to include treatment for incontinence, dysmenorrhea and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Jill and her husband recently welcomed their first child—a daughter—into the world.

Jason Kimsey, MSPT, COMT

Jason Kimsey joins us from Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems where he was director of Physical Therapy and lead outpatient physical therapist for 6 years. Jason is a native of Hiawassee, GA, and a graduate of North Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1997 and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2000.  Previous to Ty Cobb Healthcare, he was at Gainesville Physical Therapy, a nationally-recognized leader in the teaching and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunction. Jason’s continuing education and ongoing credentialing has centered around the Maitland-Australian physiotherapy method of evaluation and treatment of patients. Behind its high-tech, strong evidence-based techniques lies Maitland's core principle that "sublimation of self and possession of a positive personal commitment are necessary to understand what the patient is enduring, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient. We are honored that Jason brings his experience, fund of knowledge and patient-centered dedication to Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy. 

Jason has currently passed his certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT) and is currently using these skills to assist in the improvement/recovery of our patients helping allow them to meet their individual goals while in therapy and return to their active way of life.

Jason lives in Royston with his wife and their three sons.

Marla VanDyck, PT

Marla VanDyck was practicing in Atlanta a few years ago when she created a Back Injury Prevention Program that was adopted by Coca-Cola for use by all of its employees. Coke's implementation of the program was a ringing endorsement of Marla's solid understanding of spine mechanics, risk factors and injuries; and the emphasis upon prevention illustrates what must be learned by a patient after the current issue/injury/flare-up is treated, in order to have a long-lasting result.

Marla received her Physical Therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.  She has practiced all phases of physical therapy—outpatient, inpatient, and extended care.  For the last two years, Marla has brought her warmth, qualifications and rich experience to Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy to capably treat and teach our spine and general physical therapy patients. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. And for those who wonder about such things, Marla is married to Peter VanDyck, M.D., endocrinologist in Athens, and is the proud mother of two terrific children.

Kevin Mobbs, PT, DPT

Kevin Mobbs received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010.  He completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2001 from the Medical College of Georgia and his Bachelor of Science in Education/Exercise Physiology from Samford University in 1999. 

Kevin has worked in the inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings.  He was the wound care coordinator for a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky for five years.  Just before coming to PBNC, he was the director of an outpatient clinic in Commerce, Georgia for four years.

Kevin is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and takes a multifaceted, research based, approach to patient care.  He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family.

Kevin lives in Jefferson with his wife and two sons.

Natalie Ellison, DPT

Natalie Ellison received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in 2005 after completing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in human resource management/financing form the University of Texas.  She worked in different phases of physical therapy-outpatient, aquatic therapy, and home health before coming to Athens Physical Therapy.  She served as the Director of a successful outpatient clinic in Suwanee Georgia prior to joining us.

Natalie is certified in ASTYM (augmented soft tissue massage) which helps break up scar tissue, aquatic therapy, and has taken several Maitland manual therapy courses.  She believes in researched evidence based treatment approach which includes getting the patient involved in their treatment, planning, and life style changes.

Physical Therapy Assistants

Laura Angle, BS, PTA

Laura Angle graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology before coming to Athens where she graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Athens Technical College and was licensed in 2008. She received PTA fraternity honors, and was vice president of her graduating class.  A lifelong athlete, Laura was a varsity softball player while at Maryland. More recently she has run 5K races and half-marathons.

Kerri Hulme, PTA

Kerri Hulme graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Athens Technical College and was licensed in 2009. She was president of her graduating class, and was on the college student council.  She is a member of APTA.  She is a native of Hartwell, GA where she continues to live.  Kerri is known among our staff for her positive attitude and the encouragement she gives to patients who are struggling with their physical issues.   

Ross Wise

Ross Wise is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up playing competitive soccer and other athletic activities.  In 2008, he moved to Athens and attended Athens Technical College where he obtained his Associate’s degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA).  He joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2011.  Ross has a passion for endurance sports which helps aide him in returning people to an active lifestyle. 

Prior to joining Athens Physical Therapy, Ross was a PTA with Physiotherapy Associates.  Before fulfilling his dream to be a therapist he was an account auditor with AmeriPark, a national parking company.

Ross currently resides in Statham, Georgia with his wife Christina, son Taylor (8), and daughter Briana (2).  He is an avid runner and cyclist who competes in triathlons and half marathons.

Conditions Helped by Physical Therapy

ACL sprains
ACL reconstruction
MCL sprains
LCL sprains
Rotator cuff impingement
Biomechanical analysis
Rotator cuff repair
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Cervical radiculopathy
Lumbar radiculopathy
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Physical Therapy Clinics Serving Northeast Georgia

We have physical offices in Athens, Ga and Lavonia, Ga. However, if you live in Hartwell GA, Royston GA, Toccoa GA, or anywhere in NE GA, we'd love to see you too. Call us, and we'll help you with directions to the office closest to you.

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