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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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Britta ConradPT, DPT

bconrad@specializednc.com

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

montana.fain@specializednc.com

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.

Education: 

  • South College, Knoxville, TN

Doctor of Physical Therapy, June 2019

  • Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Bachelor of Science, Accounting, December 2006

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Isak HoltPT, DPT, ATC, CF-L1

isak.holt@specializednc.com

Isak was born in central Ohio, where he grew up enrolled in multiple sports throughout his childhood and teenage years. He fell in love with the professions of athletic training and physical therapy in high school after working with both when rehabilitating from a shoulder injury. Isak was able to experience first-hand the positive impact these individuals had on returning him to sport for his senior season. He then attended The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. After graduation, he worked as an athletic trainer in the high school setting for three years and had the opportunity to work for the Ohio Machine, a professional lacrosse team during the 2018 season. Isak then pursued his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at South College in Knoxville, TN. While enrolled as a graduate student, Isak completed his CrossFit Level 1 certification and coached at a local CrossFit gym as a way to connect with active individuals in the community. Outside of his professional interests, Isak enjoys staying active (preferably outdoors!), including sand volleyball, skiing, hiking, and experiencing new restaurants and venues with his friends and family.

Education

South College, Knoxville, TN

Doctor of Physical Therapy, June 2020

 

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, May 2015

 

 

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Hannah ManikPT, DPT

Hannah is a North Carolina native who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since graduating, she has completed specialized training in pelvic health and vestibular rehabilitation. Hannah loves getting to know her patients and is passionate about individualizing care to meet their personal goals. When she isn’t working, Hannah enjoys hiking, backpacking, bouldering, yoga, cooking, and spending quality time with family & friends. She recently discovered her hidden talent and was a runner-up in the Asheville Skee Ball League championship.

Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Doctor of Physical Therapy, August 2019

 

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Bachelor of Science in Sociology, May 2016

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Cassie White PTA

cassie.white@specializednc.com

Cassie was raised in the mountains of WNC, where she cultivated a love of nature and an active lifestyle. Her first exposure to the world of physical therapy occurred in high school, following knee surgery. It was unclear if she would be able to return to sport after the surgery, but she had an excellent PT who helped her recover and return to volleyball and running within a year. After completing her degree at UNC, she moved back to Asheville and worked for a women’s cancer center for 5 years. In that time at the cancer center, her interest in healing and rehabilitation grew as she learned more about the physical therapy side of the healing process for oncology patients. With sports and an active lifestyle being so important to Cassie, helping people recover from an injury seemed like the perfect career. She then went to SWCC to complete the PTA program in May 2019.

If it’s not pouring the rain, you can usually find Cassie in the woods on her mountain bike. She is an avid mountain biker who just completed a coast to coast mountain bike trip across Scotland (in the rain). Her other hobbies include running, swimming, snowboarding, horseback riding, reading, sewing, board games, and traveling.

 

Education

Southwestern Community College, Sylva, NC

Associate in Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, May 2019

 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Bachelor of Arts, American Studies, May 2006

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Meg McCallisterTech

Megan McCallister “Meg” is a native from Asheville who attended AC Reynolds High School.  She was a team captain for the state championship Rockets who brought home the first title for women’s soccer to the mountains in 2015.  She holds the school record with 152 goals scored during her four years and ranks second in goals scored for Western North Carolina. Meg attended Western Carolina University and graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy while playing Division I soccer for the Catamounts.  She was also a member of the women’s team for the Asheville City Soccer Club in 2018 and 2019.  

Meg started observing with Specialized at our South Asheville clinic in the summer of 2019 prior to applying to Physical Therapy programs in the fall.  She loved the upbeat and professional atmosphere of the clinic as well as the dedication to providing quality care to every patient.  

Meg is joining the Specialized team as a PT Tech prior to attending Elon University in 2021 to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  In her spare, Meg enjoys doing anything outdoors, playing/watching soccer, and spending the weekends at Lake James. 

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Kelsey BucknerFront Office Assistant

kbuckner@specializednc.com

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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Kyla MilneFront Office Assistant

kyla.milne@specializednc.com

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