About Us

Meet Our Physical Therapists and PTAs

  Jason Kimsey, MSPT, COMT, Cert. DN

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
 Jason Kimsey

Kevin Mobbs, PT, DPT, Cert DN

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
Kevin Mobbs

Jill Smith, PT, DPT, ATC

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.

Education

  • University of Georgia, Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science (2003)
  • Emory University, Doctor of Physical Therapy (2006)

Certifications/Specialized Training

  • Athletic Training Certified
  • Vestibular Therapy Certified

Work Experience

  • Various outpatient orthopedic, pediatric and acute care settings
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2008

Areas of Interest

  • Building and learning new manual skills/techniques
  • Treating athletes
  • McKenzie spine based therapy
  • Total motion release
  • Leg length discrepancies and scoliosis treatment
  • Foam roller therapeutic techniques
  • Cupping

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) since 2003
 Jill Smith

Jonathan Weathers, PT, DPT, OCS, CCI

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)
  • 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
 Jonathan Weathers

 Justin Barrow, PTA

Justin utilizes his experience, education, and personality to provide optimal patient care with compassion and friendliness ensuring patients and clients not only return to function but also improve their overall quality of life. Justin believes that the best outcomes for patients are achieved when they meet their goals and also have positive experiences and relationships in the process.

Education

  • Athens Technical College, Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapist Assistant (2015)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Marketing (2018)

Work/Clinical Experience

  • Clinical rotations in outpatient, skilled nursing, and acute care to include Anmed Health and rehab(Anderson, SC), The Oaks skilled nursing facility (Athens), and Athens Physical Therapy (Lavonia).
  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2015.

Areas of Interest

  • Orthopedic treatment techniques and conditions: with continuing education and clinical experience with advanced treatment techniques with shoulder and knee rehab.
  • Sport related injuries and return to sport rehab.
  • Local musician and avid mentor and volunteer with local youth and church activities and programs.

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • APTA Orthopedic section member
Justin Barrow

Kerri Guarnella, PTA

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

Laura Angle Garrett, BS, PTA

Laura has a broad interest in patient care, ranging from spine injuries to neurological deficits to athletes rehab. She works hard to provide her patients individualized treatments, specific to their needs and encourages wellness beyond their time in the clinic. Laura is an enthusiastic team player, deeply committed to delivering quality care and achieving superior patient outcomes.

Education

  • University of Maryland, College Park, Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (2005)
  • Athens Technical College, Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapist Assistant (2008)

Specialized Training

  • Mulligan Course: Upper Quarter-Peripheral Joints, Cervical and Thoracic Spine
  • McKenzie Course A (Lumbar Spine) and Course B (Cervical Spine)

Work Experience

  • Joined Athens Physical Therapy in 2008
  • Worked PRN at Athens Regional Medical Center, Acute Care (2008-2010)

Areas of Interest

  • All Orthopedic conditions
  • Women’s Health
    • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
    • Peripardum, Pregnancy and Postpardum
  • Rehabbing Athletes to return to play

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