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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


Dr. Taylor Leiby grew up in Seal Beach, California; and his love of tennis found him playing 4 seasons of collegiate level tennis at Fresno State. As a young athlete dealing with shoulder and patellofemoral pain, Taylor found himself attending physical therapy where he came to realize that he was suited for a career in this field. Dr. Leiby graduated from California State University Fresno in 2011 with his Bachelor of Science and Pre-Physical Therapy degree. With his extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and performance-enhancing exercise science, Dr. Leiby graduated from CSU Long Beach in 2015 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. He chose to deepen his knowledge and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy in 2018. Less than 5% of US Physical Therapists have earned this degree.

Dr. Leiby joined Team Movement For Life in 2016 and is committed to continuing his education and increasing his knowledge of orthopedics and manual therapy so that he is best able to meet the needs of each individual he treats. He comes to Asheville after completing the Movement For Life Director’s Track training, preparing him for opening and directing his new clinic.

Taylor lives a very healthy lifestyle, continuing to compete in USTA tennis tournaments and also plays in local fast-pitch baseball recreation leagues. He enjoys the complex cases, social environment and rewarding aspects of physical therapy. He also wants to continue enhancing people’s performance and help people return to doing what they love.

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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Kari WillisFront Office Manager


Kari was born and raised here in North Carolina and has explored these mountains her entire life. While she has traveled and found homes other places such as Tennessee and Florida, the mountains always seem to call her back.

Kari graduated Suma Cum Laude with her associate’s degree and planned on continuing her education in special education, however life had other plans for her. Kari has spent almost twenty years working in the medical field and loves knowing that she is helping her patients better their lives. She is very excited to explore the opportunity and the challenge extended to her here at Specialized Physical Therapy and is anxious to begin work in her new office and assist it reach its full potential and more. When Kari is not at work she can be found playing games, trying out new recipes or getting lost in a book but, her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband and family.

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John GilliamPT, DPT, CSCS


John was raised in Western North Carolina. He attended Western Carolina University earning a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2013 and receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. John has experience in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA. Outside of work John enjoys spending time with his family, eating well, resistance training, and other forms of exercise.

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2016

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Bachelor of Science, Sports Management, May 2013

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