S. Asheville

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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).

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Andrew GrissomPT, DPT, TPI

agrissom@specializednc.com

Dr. C. Andrew Grissom was raised in North Carolina, growing up in Charlotte and attending a private high school located in Candler. He attended Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN for his undergraduate degree, where he realized his passion for helping others while shadowing a Physical Therapist who was tending to a close family friends daughter, who had recently been adopted from China and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After completing his undergraduate degree in the Pre-Physical Therapy program in 2014, Andrew and his wife Rebecca moved to Loma Linda, California where he completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University in 2017. While living in Loma Linda, Andrew helped build a health clinic called Street Medicine designed to supply health care to underserved communities in southern California and was heavily involved in a number of volunteer opportunities through the local children’s hospital. Andrew is a certified Titleist Performance Institute provider who utilizes the TPI movement screen to identify physical limitations which could increase someone’s risk for injury or limit their performance on the golf course. Andrew is an avid golfer, formally coaching a high school golf team, who also has a passion for helping clients return to playing golf following injury.

When Andrew is not in the clinic, he enjoys playing all types of sports, favoring golf and basketball, taking hikes/exploring Asheville with his dog and wife and playing guitar.

Education
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Doctor of Physical Therapy, June 2017

Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Bachelor of Science, Health Science, June 2017

Southern Adventist University, Collegedale TN
Associate of Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, May 2014

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!"

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Jenna ThomasPT Tech, Personal Trainer

Jenna is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Physical Therapy Technician who aspires to complete her education to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Her continual desire to learn, fascination with the complexity of the human body, and love for exercise gave her a desire to become a physical therapist.  During her studies, she performed several research projects in which she examined the correlation between exercise and cognition, as well as caloric expenditure between aerobic and anaerobic exercise.  In addition, she completed a short internship at Specialized Physical Therapy in 2015.   After graduating from North Greenville University in December 2016 with a degree in Health Science, she returned to the clinic as a PT technician. She will begin DPT school at Campbell University in January 2019 and intends to work in a pediatric setting following graduate school.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her nephew, staying active, and swing dancing.   

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Nick KlochkoffPT Tech, Personal Trainer

Nicholas Klochkoff was born in North Bellmore, NY, he has 4 older brothers and a twin sister (who got the looks and the brains). He attended Long Island Lutheran High School where he was a 3 sport athlete (football wrestling, and lacrosse). After high school he attended St. Johns University in Queens NY to pursue a degree in Business Management.  After Graduating he took several jobs such as sales representative, stockbroker, and marketing associate and realized he had chosen the wrong career. He decided to relocate to Asheville and earned his personal training license to align with his passion and is owner of NKFit that offers 1 on 1 personal training. He is currently taking undergraduate classes at AB Tech to satisfy DPT school requirements with the hopes of becoming a Physical Therapist in the future.

In his free time Nicholas enjoys spending time in the gym, reading philosophy, enjoying time with his friends and family, and solving all his sisters’ problems.

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