Physical Therapists

 

Dr. Herdman
Susan J. Herdman, PhD

Being Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program has been an amazing experience. I know I am bragging but the Emory faculty is superb and the students represent the best of the best. Our academic program recognizes the challenges involved in an ever-changing healthcare environment and has the flexibility to meet and anticipate those changes. Emory is definitely an exciting place to work and learn. I am fortunate that my doctoral and post-doctoral training have enabled me to combine my research interests in recovery of function with my clinical practice specializing in the treatment of patients with vestibular deficits. The focus of my current research is determining predictors for successful rehabilitation of people with vestibular loss. These studies also examine the development of the mechanisms involved in the recovery of gaze stability. By identifying these mechanisms, we can develop more effective treatment protocols.

Dr. Hoder
Jeffrey M. Hoder, DPT

Dr. Hoder received both his DPT and MS degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received his clinical subspecialty certification in Neurology (NCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dr. Hoder has significant experience in neuro-rehabilitation that he obtained while working at the Rusk Institute at New York University and at the Kessler Institute. While at Rusk, he was the Clinical Specialist for Adult Inpatient Services and led the development of a specialized stroke unit. At the Kessler Institute, he was the lead therapist on the Brain Injury and Stroke Units. Additionally, he has advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation and in neuro-developmental therapy (NDT Trained). At Emory, Dr. Hoder spends time as a clinician in the Movement Disorders Clinic, specializing in the treatment of individuals with Parkinson's Disease, Huntington's Disease and Cerebellar ataxia, as well as time in the Dizziness and Balance Center.

Dr. Johanson
Marie Johanson, PhD

Dr. Marie Johanson is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She completed her professional training in physical therapy at Emory University in 1982 and earned a post-professional master's degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (1991) and a PhD in Higher Education (2003) from Georgia State University. She has been a certified orthopedic specialist since 1994.

Dr. Johanson's primary teaching responsibilities within the DPT program are Course Director for Introduction to Physical Therapy Assessment (PHT 530b), Course Director for Orthopedic Physical Therapy (530d), Course Coordinator for Pathophysiology of Orthopedic Disorders (PHT 543b), and Instructor for student research projects (550b-e). Her research focuses on the relationship between lower extremity impairments and gait kinetics/kinematics and the effect of physical therapist interventions on lower extremity impairments and gait. Dr. Johanson also serves on the Specialization Academy of Content Experts, American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties, and as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education.


Jasmine Allen

 Diane Bechwith

Diane Beckwith is a staff physical therapist in outpatient services at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  Diane has been working in the Rehab. Center for 24 years, the past 16 years of which have been to coordinate services in the Wheelchair Seating clinic.  She has a strong background in neuro-rehabilitation, having practiced on the head injury and stroke unit for many of her earlier years at Emory.  In addition to evaluating and fitting patients for new equipment in the Wheelchair clinic, she also serves as  the consulting PT in our comprehensive ALS clinic.  Diane received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 1984.  She is now certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner, a credential awarded by the Rehab. Engineering Society of North America.  

Carol Ann Beine 

Carol Ann Beine, PT is a Physical Therapy Coordinator at Emory University Hospital.  She received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976.  She has been on staff at Emory for 31 years.  Her areas of interest include Pulmonary Rehab, cardiopulmonary and orthopedics.  She serves as the Safety Representative on the Safety Management/Environment of Care Committee.

Lori Berdo

Lori Berdo, PT  is a physical therapist in outpatient services at Emory Center for Rehabilitation  Medicine.  Lori is a former professional classical ballerina and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 1996.  Her current special interests lie in manual therapy for all injuries, aquatic therapy and stroke rehabilitation.  She has been at Emory Rehab for 10 years.

Sarah Bittner

Sarah Bittner, PT, MPT is a staff physical therapist at Emory University Hospital. Sarah completed her Bachelor degree in Health Promotion and Education from The University of Georgia in 2003. She completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Medical College of Georgia in 2006. Her professional interests include adult neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonary rehab and geriatrics.

Ben Braxley

Anne Brinker

Anne Brinker, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital. Originally from Texas, Anne completed her Bachelor degree in Sociology and Business from University of Oklahoma in 2004. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 2008. Her professional interest includes acute care physical therapy.

Anna Chambers

Kelly Conley

Amy Cooper

Sabine Copar

Sabine Copar, PT, DPT is a staff physical therapist at the Center of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a native of Austria. Sabine Copar holds a primary school education degree from Austria and a Bachelor degree in Biology/Premed from Georgia State University in 2004. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Georgia State University in 2008. Her professional interests include rehabilitation medicine in the neurological and orthopedic clinical setting. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Megan Cullen

Megan Cullen, PT, MPT is a physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Megan is an Atlanta native and completed her Bachelor's of Science in Education majoring in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Georgia in 2003. She attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta where she received her Masters in Physical Therapy degree in 2005.   

Taressa Davis

Taressa Davis, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital. Taressa is a native of Durham, North Carolina and completed her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 2002. She completed her Master of Physical Therapy in 2005 and later completed her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007.  Both of her post graduate degrees are from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.  Her professional interests include acute care, orthopaedics, and neurology.         

Beth Fordyce

June Garber

Donna Gordon

Donna Gordon, P.T. is the manager of Rehabilitation Therapy at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Donna is a native of New York and completed her Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY in 1978. She has maintained a  31 year career with Emory Hospitals specializing in  cardiopulmonary and acute care therapy.

Casey Harmon

Casey Harmon, PT, MPT is a physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She has worked for Emory since July 2007.  She is a native of Alabama and attended the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor degree in Psychology. She completed her Master of Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in 2007. Her clinical interests include neurology and wound care.

Melanie Harris

Amelia Haselden

Amelia Haselden, MMSc, PT  is a Physical Therapist at Emory University Hospital.  Amelia is a native of Tennessee  and completed her Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Alabama - Birmingham in 1981.  She completed a Master of Medical Science degree in Physical Therapy at Emory University in 1997.  Her professional interests include Medical Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery with emphasis on Heart Transplantation and Ventricular Assist Devices.  Amelia is certified  by the  American Heart Association as a  BLS (CPR/AED) instructor.

Amy Hastey

Amy Hastey, PT, MPT is a Physical Therapist at Emory University Hospital.  Amy was born in Wyoming and completed her Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Oklahoma Baptist University in 1998.  She completed her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in 2002 and began working at Emory Hospital in 2003.  Her professional interests include neurological injuries and manual therapy.

Teresa Hoskins

Leslie Hoyer

Leslie Hoyer, PT, MPT is a Physical Therapist and Outpatient Supervisor at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  She graduated from Austin College in Texas with a  B.A. in Biology.  She completed her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 1992.  Leslie has worked at Emory since 1992.  Her professional interests include orthopedic injuries and manual therapy.

Julia Hutcheson

Julia Hutcheson, PT, DPT has been a staff physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown since May 2008.  Julia was born in Roanoke, VA and received her B.S. in Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University in 2004.   She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Emory University in 2008.  Her professional interests include treating individuals with neurological diagnoses and manual therapy.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Jessica Ignatius

Kelly Imes

Kelly Imes, PT, DPT is a therapist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  Kelly received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Georgia in 2000 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in 2003.  Kelly has worked at Emory since 2004 on the brain injury team.

Candace James

Candace James, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. Candace James began her Bachelor degree in Science at Tennessee State University. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2003. Candace's professional interests include neurological disorders and non traumatic brain injuries. Her main specialty is stroke rehabilitation. She has worked at Emory Healthcare for 5 years.

Alecia Johnson

Jim Johnson

Primrose Kalembo

Varsha Kanvinde

Varsha Kanvinde, PT, MSPT, CCS is a staff physical therapist at Emory University Hospital.  She has been at her present job since July, 2007. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy form the University of Bombay, India in 1983 followed by an advanced Master's degree in Physical Therapy in 1986 majoring in cardiopulmonary physical therapy. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  She is also a Board certified specialist in cardiovascular physical therapy since 1995. Her professional interests include heart & lung transplant patients as well as other patients with other cardiac & pulmonary disorders.

Sabrina Khor

Sabrina Khor, PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Sabrina completed her Bachelor degree in Biology from Georgia State University in 2000. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in 2006. Her professional interests include wound care and acute care therapy.

Rinu Kokoth

Rinu Kokoth, PT, MPT is a staff physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown since 2000. Rinu was born in Nigeria, Africa and raised in Augusta, GA where she completed her Bachelor degree in Biology from Augusta State University in 1996. She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Medical College of Georgia in 1999. Her professional interests include acute care, wound care and outpatient rehab. She is also a American Physical Therapy Association certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students.

Mary Lawton

Molly Balke Lincoln

Devvie McLam

Devvie Mayo is a Physical Therapist at Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital.. Devvie is a native of Atlanta and completed her Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976. She worked at Emory University Hospital from 1976 - 1983.  Devvie was away from P.T. for an extended time in order to focus on raising four children..  She came back to the Emory Healthcare family in 2004 when she returned to work at Wesley Woods Hospital.  Her professional interests include Clinical Education and Acute Medicine.

Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mitchell, PT, MPT is a Physical Therapy Coordinator at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  Jeff was born in Alabama and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Montevallo in 1987 and his Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1992.  His interests include spinal cord injury, multi-trauma injuries, and general rehabilitation.  Jeff has enjoyed working at Emory since 1998.

Reid Morgan

Reid Morgan, PT, MPT is a Physical Therapist at Wesley Woods Hospital.  Reid is a Georgia native and received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University in 2004.  He completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2007 at Georgia State University.  He is currently completing his transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the University of Montana.  His interests include fitness/disease prevention, and geriatrics.

Nath Rekha

Denise O'Brien-Bourg

Cheryl O'Brien

Toni Olliff

Toni Olliff, PT is a Physical Therapy Coordinator at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  Toni has been with Emory since 1977. She received her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in 1976. She received her Master's degree in Exercise Science in 1985.   She has Neuro Developmental Training (NDT) certification and professional interests include Adult Neuro Rehabilitation.  Toni has traveled overseas frequently on Mission Trips and has worked in a Medical Orphanage in Odessa, Ukraine .

Maggie Paddock

Maggie Paddock, PT is a Physical Therapist at Wesley Woods Hospital.  She is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Health Sciences Center in New Orleans in 1988.  Maggie has worked at Emory since 1990. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Sara Parham

Carmen Paul

Carmen Paul, PT, MPT is a Physical Therapy Coordinator at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  Carmen is a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science in 1995.  She received a Master of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1997.  Her current interests are inpatient and outpatient orthopedics and neurology. 

Tami Phillips

Tami Phillips, PT, DPT, MBA is the physical therapy supervisor at the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine.  After attending the United States Naval Academy, she completed her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami in 1994.  While practicing full-time at a Level I trauma center in Minnesota, she earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of MN in 2000.  Tami has worked at Emory for 7 years and during that time, she finished a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Miami (2003).  Her clinical areas of interest include neurorehabilitation, multiple trauma injuries, and burn rehabilitation.  She is an adjunct faculty member of the Emory University Physical Therapy Program and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Wendy Phillips

Sara Pullen

Sara Pullen, PT, DPT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2004 from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She practiced in Boston for 2 years before moving to Atlanta where she has worked at Wesley Woods Hospital since September 2007. She has a special interest and research background in the area of creating physical therapy protocols and treatments for people living with HIV/AIDS. Sara is currently in her second year of a Master of Public Health program at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health where she is specializing in Prevention Science.

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson, PT is a physical therapist at Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. Amy is a native of New York who completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Tufts University in 1972. She also has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin (1975) and a Certificate in Physical Therapy from Emory University (1982). Amy has worked at Emory since December 1990, while her clinical area of interest is rehabilitation of neurologically impaired patients.

Julie Rodriquez

Nichole Bowditch Rowe

Joseph Todd Sanders

Joseph Todd Sanders, PT is a Physical Therapist Supervisor at Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital.  Todd is a native of Georgia and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986.  Todd has been at Emory since 1991.  Todd's clinical area of interest is orthopaedics.

Elise Thomas

Cheryl Wardlaw

Cheryl Wardlaw PT MMSc CFMT is the Manager for Rehabilitation Therapy at Emory University Hospital.  In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she also treats complex neurologic and orthopedic outpatients.  Cheryl is one of those rare native Atlantans and has been on staff at EUH since 1977.  Her degrees and certification include: a BS in Biology from Georgia College (1975), a BS in Physical Therapy from Medical College of Georgia(1977), a MMSC in Neurology and Education from Emory University (1985)and a certification in Manual Therapy (2004) from the Institute for Physical Art.  Cheryl teaches basic and advanced manual therapy courses throughout the United States for the Institute of Physical Art and has trained in Australia with the Neuro-Orthopedic Institute.  Her professional interests include advanced mobilization and facilitation techniques for the nervous and musculoskeletal system.

Leigh Whitton

Leigh Whitton, PT, DPT is a staff physical therapist at Emory University Hospital Midtown.  Leigh is from Carrollton, Georgia and received her Bachelor degree in Chemistry from the University of West Georgia in 2005.  She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Emory University in 2008.  Leigh has been on staff at EUH-Midtown since July 2008.  She completed the American Physical Therapy Association Competency Course for Vestibular Rehabilitation and her professional interests include the treatment of vestibular disorders and wound care.

Wendy Williams

Wendy Williams, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapy Supervisor at Emory University Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital.  She has worked for Emory Healthcare for five years.  She is a native of Massachusetts, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She completed her Masters of Physical Therapy at Ohio University in 1998 and then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from A.T. Still University in Arizona in 2008.  Her professional interests include evidence based research, teaching and writing within the profession, neurology, orthopedics and general medicine.

Jerri Winston

Janet Wolfson

Janet Wolfson, PT, CWS, CLT-LANA is a physical therapist and a 1981 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS) since 2001 and treats wound patients at the Wesley Woods Wound Care Center. She was trained in the treatment of Lymphedema in 2004. Ms. Wolfson obtained her national certification (CLT LANA) in October 2007 and treats lymphedema patients at the Wesley Woods Rehabilitation Department. She is a member of the Lighthouse Lymphedema Network Board of Directors, Atlanta area CLT roundtable, American Academy of Wound Management, Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the National Lymphedema Network.

Merritt Yandell-Ahmad

Laura Zajac-Cox

Laura Zajac-Cox, PT, NCS is a senior staff physical therapist on the inpatient stroke program at the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. She received her physical therapy degree in 1992 from the Medical College of Georgia. She worked in acute care practice for 5 years prior to moving to Atlanta to specialize in stroke rehabilitation. She joined the Emory Healthcare team in 1997. She holds an adjunct faculty position with the Emory University Physical Therapy Program and has been actively involved in teaching since 2001. She received her board certification from the American Physical Therapy Association as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2003.