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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, ITPT

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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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Sherry WilliamsOffice Manager

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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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Kelsey BucknerFront Office Assistant

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Kelsey was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. She was homeschooled K-12, which allowed her the time to dance competitively, as well as play basketball and travel softball for several years. She attended Southwestern Community College, where she was a member of the National Technical Honor’s Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She also led Southwestern’s Sonography club as vice president. She graduated in 2017 with her Associates degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Upon graduation, it was difficult to find a job in her degree in this area, as she loves our WNC mountains too much to leave. She began exploring alternative options that had always excited her heart, so she came to us as a PT technician to be taught another form of caring for others. She is now exploring the idea of going back to school, thanks to our clinic!

In her free time, she is a dog mom, a Dollywood fanatic, a middle school girls church leader, a coffee lover, a mountain hiker, and a singer…only in the car. Above all, she is thankful for Specialized Physical Therapy for opening a door filled with kindness and laughter.

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Andrew GrissomPT, DPT, TPI, ITPT

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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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Joe McGheePT, DPT

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Dr. Joe McGhee was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, where he attended a private high school before continuing his education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Joe discovered his passion for Physical Therapy from spending time with and learning from his grandfather, who had a prosthetic leg. His grandfather showed him how PT can help people overcome their limitations and live their best life.

During his time in Birmingham, Joe worked with an organization called BamaCovered, seeking to improve access to health care for uninsured citizens. He also volunteered with several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, and a local dog rescue. Joe graduated from UAB with a B.S in Health Care Management in 2015. After completing his undergraduate education, he married his high school sweetheart, Hailey, before going on to pursue his career in Physical Therapy. Joe graduated from UAB with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018.

After graduation, Joe made the move from Birmingham to Asheville to be closer to the mountains and all the outdoor adventures that the area has to offer. He now lives in Hendersonville with his wife, 2 dogs, and cockatiel. When not in the clinic, Joe enjoys being outdoors, hiking, woodworking, working out, and spending time with his family.

Joe’s primary career interests are in orthopedic and neurological rehab. He has a passion for helping people overcome their limitations to achieve their optimal level of wellbeing.  


Education
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Doctor of Physical Therapy, December 2018

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Bachelor of Science, Health Care Management, May 2015

 

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Britta ConradPT, DPT

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Dr. Britta Conrad was born in Pennsylvania and lived in rural Illinois throughout her middle and high school years, but has been living back in the Philadelphia area the past 7 years. She became interested in physical therapy during high school when she was a cross country and long distance runner in track, and experienced multiple overuse injuries resulting in many fun physical therapy visits. She is a recent graduate of Arcadia University where she enjoyed volunteering as a coach for Girls on the Run and Top Soccer throughout physical therapy school, and participated in cross country her senior year of undergrad. Some other highlights of Britta's time at Arcadia include having a clinical in rural Jamaica, and studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland and Cape Town, South Africa for a semester each. Britta's favorite part of physical therapy is making connections with her patients, and getting to know people from all different walks of life. 

In her free time, Britta enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hiking, camping, biking, running, and anything else that is active and/or outdoors! She also enjoys reading when it's chillier outside, and board game nights with friends. 

Education
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Doctor of Physical Therapy, January 2019
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, May 2016 

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Montana FainPT, DPT

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Montana first found her love for physical therapy when her dog required rehab after knee surgery. She decided to put her service industry/office management background and her love of helping people to work in another way by earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. Montana has a love of movement and enjoys finding new ways of keeping active. She is an avid yogi, CrossFit enthusiast, and hiker, but is always exploring new activities. Outside of the clinic, Montana can be found helping her partner run Rise Above Deli and Bakehouse or hanging out with their 3 dogs: Charlie, Pepper, and Scully.

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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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Denise DaviesTech, Personal Trainer

Denise recently moved to Asheville from Northern Virginia/D.C. where she was working as a professional personal trainer at a high end fitness club. She attended Louisiana State University and graduated with a degree in kinesiology, specializing in a pre-physical therapy track. Currently, she is in the process of applying to Physical Therapy school to work towards her goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. Denise has always loved sports and staying active. She grew up swimming competitively and moved on to become part of the Triathlon team in college. In addition to being a personal trainer of five years, she is also an official USA Triathlon certified coach. In her spare time, Denise loves to read (she read over 100 books last year!), watch Jeopardy, hang out with her two cats, and explore the restaurants and hiking trails in the area!

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Anna BurchfieldPT Tech

Anna was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she attended high school and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She spent a semester abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel, studying middle eastern history and foreign communications. Anna has enjoyed working in the medical field for several years and is a certified Personal Trainer as well as an EMT. She is passionate about physical fitness and wellness, and her hobbies include volleyball, snowboarding, ski-joring and caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. Anna recently moved to Asheville, North Carolina in order to be closer to family and explore new career opportunities.

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Susan AldermanPT Tech

Susan is a native of Western North Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Mars Hill University. She has a strong background in Science and is also a practicing Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist.

She has a great love for the outdoors. Susan started out as a long distance runner and competing in
individual races. Her love for competition eventual lead her to the world of adventure racing. She has
been racing competitively with Checkpoint Zero Team since 2004. When not racing Susan enjoys going for epic mountain bike rides in Bent Creek and Pisgah and spending time with her two golden retrievers.

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