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We believe we can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment paradigms in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!

Our Team

Sean SimondsClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CKTP

ssimonds@specializednc.com

Dr. Sean Simonds earned his BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2007, with honors. During his undergraduate years, he spent time volunteering in an outpatient physical therapy clinic and in-patient facility with occupational therapy, served as a teaching assistant, and ran an exercise physiology lab. Sean earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at St. Francis University in 2010, with honors. During his Doctorate education, he enjoyed the exceptional opportunity of completing a Clinical Rotation in Tuscany, Italy. In 2010, Sean passed his physical therapy national board examination for full certification as a practicing physical therapist.

In 2014, Sean participated in a sub-specialty residency in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through a combined program between Movement for Life and the University of Southern California. He went on to pass the boards in the discipline and is now one of only a select few physical therapists who hold a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS).

In addition to the above degrees and certifications, Sean is a certified Kinesio-Tape Practitioner (CKTP), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Instructor (therapeutic boxing for patients with Parkinson’s Disease). Sean possesses expertise in multiple fields of Physical Therapy. His specialty interests include sports performance enhancement, sports injury avoidance, and Orthopedics. He recently published a book on the prevention of cruciate ligaments in athletes. Sean married his wife, Katherine, after proposing at St. Giles Cathedral in Scotland. His wife is an Art History PhD candidate at the University of Arizona. Sean is an avid sports enthusiast (soccer above all else!), and loves traveling. He spends his free time playing with his Labrador, studying Italian, exercising, biking, hiking, and boating. His hobbies also include Scottish history, photography, and playing stringed instruments (guitar, mandolin, and ukulele).

Liz KochPT, DPT, Cert.DN

lkoch@specializednc.com

Liz was raised in western Kentucky, Paducah. She then played soccer at TN Tech while pursuing an engineering degree. She finished her engineering degree at the University of Kentucky. After taking a year off of school, she completed her doctor of PT at the University of Kentucky. She has a primary interest in orthopedics, with a special interest in the adult athlete. She wants to mesh her love of whitewater kayaking and mountain biking with physical therapy. She also enjoys spending time and exploring with her husband and dog.

Education
Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2014
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, May 2010
Tennessee Technological University, Cooleville, TN

Jim GregoryPT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, USAW

jgregory@specializednc.com

Dr. Jim Gregory has lived in the Asheville area for the past 7 years, with his amazing wife Ashley, after relocating from Washington State.  While at Clemson University, Jim completed a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and was a collegiate rugby player, which began his exposure to physical therapy.  In 2008, he received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, FL, specializing in manual therapy and highlighted by a clinical rotation with the Utah Jazz of the NBA.

Following graduation Jim completed a mentorship and received his Manual Therapy Certification through The University of St. Augustine in 2009. Since that time Jim has practiced primarily in outpatient orthopedics specializing in spinal manipulation, sports medicine, pain science, and strength training. Dr. Gregory’s post graduate training has included a heavy emphasis on spinal and extremity manipulation, strength and conditioning, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)/ Functional Movement Screen (FMS).

He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW), Certified in Functional Dry Needling through KinetaCore, and is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) through the APTA.  In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Gregory serves as adjunct faculty at Western Carolina University’s DPT program and is a certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA. Outside of his professional role, Jim enjoys powerlifting, being involved in the local chapter of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, exploring the outdoors, and playing music with his wife.

Robert ConradPTA

rconrad@specializednc.com

Bob grew up in Niagara Falls New York. At the age of 18 he joined the Navy as an Aviation Electrician. During boot camp, he volunteered for Aircrew school and after a few years of training, Bob started his Naval career flying EC130Q aircraft (sorry, his job was classified and we can’t talk about it). For his first shore duty rotation, Bob became a drug, alcohol, and weight control counselor for inpatient and outpatient treatment. After 3 years, it was time for sea duty again and Bob who never backs down from a challenge decided to volunteer for the P-3 Flight Engineer program. Bob completed the program at the top of his class and after completing his internship, he became a Flight Engineer and then the squadron NATOPS Instructor Flight Engineer. Not done yet, he went to the Flight Engineer school in Jacksonville, Florida to become a classroom instructor teaching new engineers. Bob received many awards during this Naval career, Five Navy Achievement medals, National defense Service Medal, Four Sea Service deployment ribbons, Two Southwest Asia Service Medals, Three Nave “E” ribbons, Kuwait Liberation Medal, NATO Medal Armed Forces Service Medal, Four Navy Good Conduct Medals, etc. to name a few.

After his career in the Navy he wanted to start a career in health and fitness, so he became a personal trainer, cycling instructor, yoga instructor, Pilates instructor and later a PiYo instructor.

Now it was time for Bob to start his own business, he started RPC Computers Inc. in Orange Park Florida. After 10 years of a successful business, it was time to live his childhood dream, to work in the health care field.

Bob had a conundrum, what job could he start at 50 years old? After exhaustive research, Bob came up with the answer, he would just ask his wife what to do. It worked, she came up with PTA and Bob started down the road to his true dream job. Now, Bob is a newly licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in the state of North Carolina and ready to start his next adventure helping others. 

Education
Keiser University - Jacksonville, Florida
Associate of Science: Physical Therapist Assistant

Florida State College at Jacksonville - Jacksonville, Florida
Associate of Science: completed prerequisite for PTA program




Jacqueline BurrisPTA, CHES

jburris@specializednc.com

Jackie is a native of Western North Carolina and is thankful to call this area her home.  She originally went to college with the intention of becoming an English teacher but then her father had a life-changing stroke.  Watching him go through rehabilitation sparked her interest in Physical Therapy and soon after she completed her degree at Southwestern Community College in Physical Therapist Assistant. She is dedicated to the field of physical therapy and has been involved in many aspects of it, from working as an Adjunct Instructor at SCC to holding an office in the NCPTA Mountain District.   In 2016, she was awarded the Advanced Proficiency in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy recognition by the American Physical Therapy Association.  Her passion for health and wellness and educating her patients inspired her to return to college, completing a Bachelor’s degree in 2016 in Health Promotion.  She became a Certified Health Education Specialist in October 2016 and has used her education to work on community health programs and Diabetes education.  Jackie is currently studying for her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist credential as part of her strong belief in continuing to learn and grow as a clinician.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two kids and husband, preferably outside. She is an avid runner, reader, traveler, coffee lover, and baseball fan.  

Education
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, August 2016
Minor: Sociology

Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC
Associate in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assistant, May 2009

Sherry WilliamsOffice Manager

swilliams@specializednc.com

A loving mother of three daughters, four grandchildren and Hendersonville, NC native, Sherry has had an extensive career spanning over 30 years.  After working in software sales and Family Law in Atlanta, GA Sherry returned to WNC to care for her mother and began working in the medical field as an account specialist.  There she gained experience processing insurance claims and grew passionate about patients and advocating on their behalf.
 
Sherry was excited to join the Specialized Physical Therapy Team as the Front Office Manager to ensure that our patients have the best experience possible.  Contagiously cheerful, Sherry loves to meet and engage with new people.  When Sherry isn't working you can find her spending time with her family, entertaining friends, and showing off her dance moves!

Alex KothmayerOffice Assistant

akothmayer@specializednc.com

Alex Kothmayer, the newest member of our team, is a native of Tuscon, AZ. She earned a bachelor's degree in Health Care Management from Appalachian State University and worked her way through college while gaining experience in primary care, mental health, and behavior health settings. She brings with her years of customer service experience.

Alex is an animal lover and an all around handy-woman. She loves tinkering and fixing home appliances. When she isn't working she can be found snuggling with her pet cat.

Michelle KuhnenPersonal Trainer

With a passion for health and fitness, Michelle has expansive knowledge as a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM and NCCPT) and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Performance. Before graduating Michelle worked with Florida Gulf Coast University's athletic program as an intern strength and conditioning coach.

She also spent time at one of the nation’s top heart hospitals in Naples Florida as an intern exercise physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation. She is a former Division I athlete in both cross country and soccer and having gone through various sports related injuries through her years as an athlete she found a special interest in how the body responds to sports and exercise. She has experience working as a Physical Therapy tech in the Asheville area and specifically enjoys working with clients through various limitations in order to improve overall range of motion, flexibility, and strength. In her free time she enjoys the beautiful outdoors of Western North Carolina with rock climbing, mountain biking, and running. Michelle's motto is “Be healthy, live purposefully!"

Michael RaymondBusiness Development Director

mraymond@specializednc.com

Michael Jay Raymond, originally from Jackson, Mississippi, moved to North Carolina while serving in the United States Army. After transferring into the North Carolina Army National Guard, Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina, Asheville Magna Cum Laude in just three years with degrees in Philosophy and Spanish. Immediately following graduation, Michael began working in management and business development for local health systems and primary care offices in Western North Carolina.

Michael is excited to continue to serve Western North Carolina through his continued service in the North Carolina Army National Guard as a Platoon Sergeant and Combat Medic. In his personal time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and son. Together they enjoy exercising, hiking, camping, and traveling together.

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