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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

Taylor LeibyClinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

tleiby@specializednc.com

Taylor grew up in California and his love of tennis found him playing 4 seasons of collegiate level tennis at Fresno State. As a young athlete who dealt with shoulder and knee pain, Taylor found himself attending physical therapy where he came to realize that he was suited for a career in this field. Taylor graduated from Fresno State in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and then from Long Beach State in 2015 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. 
 
Taylor has been practicing since 2015 and has chosen to deepen his knowledge of orthopedics by becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy in 2018. Less than 6% of US Physical Therapists have earned this degree. Taylor is also certified in dry needling and blood flow restriction training. 
 
Taylor lives a very active lifestyle, continuing to compete in USTA tennis tournaments. In 2019 he ended up ranked #1 in North Carolina for Men's Open Singles. He is happily married to his wife Chelsea and has a daughter named Zoey.

Education
California State University Long Beach
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2015

California State University Fresno
Bachelor of Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, December 2011

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Nathaniel GoodwinPT, DPT

nathaniel.goodwin@specializednc.com

Nathaniel was born and raised in Huntersville, North Carolina. Growing up Nathaniel competed in various sports, but his love for soccer outweighed the rest. He went on to play club soccer for Charlotte Soccer Academy, competing across the country. He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science while playing Division I collegiate soccer on a nationally ranked team. In 2019, Nathaniel graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University. During his doctoral studies, he was the lead researcher exploring the neurophysiological effects of manual therapy. He is committed to lifelong learning and recently earned certification in Advanced Manual Therapy and a FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine. With an interest in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, he plans on pursuing Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Nathaniel lives an active lifestyle with interests in weight training, running, hiking, and sports. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as exploring new places. 

 

Education

Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina 

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2019

 

University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science-Exercise Science, 2015

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Santiago PatiñoPT, DPT

santiago.patino@specializednc.com

Santiago was born in Cali, Colombia, and moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. He grew up loving the sport of soccer and went on to play for a nationally ranked Charlotte Soccer Academy team during his high school years. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington while playing for its division 1 nationally ranked soccer team all 4 years. In 2020, he earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University. During his doctoral studies, his embodiment of altruism landed him on several leadership positions as an advocate for pro bono health services both locally and globally. He also extended his skills and leveraged his fluency in Spanish to provide a community in Taulabé, Honduras with pro bono medical services as part of service-learning enrichment. Santiago’s commitment to lifelong learning and passion for this profession enables him to carry out his ultimate purpose to serve; to serve as a way to improve people’s lives. Santiago balances his time in the clinic with a dose of nature: hiking, camping, fishing, river tubing, and swimming in waterfalls. He pursues wellbeing and longevity by weight training, running, biking, playing soccer, eating healthy, and cherishing time with friends and family.

Education

Western Carolina University

Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2020

 

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, May 2016

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Essie SoleilFront Office Manager

essie.soleil@specializednc.com

Essie Soleil grew up in Charlotte and came to settle down in Western North Carolina nearly a decade ago. Essie’s prior professional roles have focused on service to people with various needs, including cooking and providing ambulatory/access assistance for elderly and infirmed clients and working in a small chiropractic office. Before moving to the Specialized Physical Therapy front desk position, Essie supported clients to meet their goals in the back of the clinic as a physical therapy aide/tech.

During her years on the staff of a small family-owned inn tucked into the mountains north of Asheville, Essie developed a love of the winding trails, the magnificent views, and the bounty and beauty of the small and delicate flora of this region. So when she isn’t managing the front desk, enjoying local homemade cuisine, or playing a game of Scrabble, Essie invests much of her personal time in quietly exploring and studying the natural wonders of the Southern Appalachian hills.

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