Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Team

Downtown | Leeds Avenue (Peds) | Mount Pleasant - East Cooper
Mount Pleasant - Chuck Dawley | North Charleston | West Ashley

Downtown

Michelle Mills, MSPT, OMT-C joined MUSC as a Physical Therapist in 2006 and is the Team leader of the Outpatient Therapy clinic located on Ashley Avenue, in downtown Charleston. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2002 and went on to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004 from The Ohio State University. She obtained an advanced certification in orthopedic manual therapy in 2017. She utilizes her manual therapy as well as dry needling skills in her outpatient therapy practice. She enjoys working with sports medicine and general orthopedic patients, and is a clinical instructor for physical therapy students. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, hiking, and going to the gym.

Dr. Patricia Bennett, PT, DPT, OCS graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2012 from the University of South Carolina and went on to complete her Doctor in Physical Therapy in 2015 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has further specialized in orthopedics with becoming a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist, achieving the Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certification and with the performance of dry needling. She is a current member of the American Physical Therapy Association. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time with her family, cooking and discovering new Charleston restaurants.

Dr. Rebecca English, PT, DPT, MSR graduated from MUSC with dual degrees in both Occupational and Physical therapy, in addition to a Masters in Rehabilitation Science. In 2009, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Stills University. She has advanced training from Emory University in Vestibular Rehabilitation, and treatment of complex balance disorders. She joined our MUSC team in 2016.

Dr. Stephanie McGowan, PT, DSc, OCS joined MUSC as a Physical Therapist in 2005 and practices in the Outpatient clinic located on Ashley Avenue in downtown Charleston. In addition to her outpatient physical therapy practice, Stephanie is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy of the College of Health Professions at MUSC, where her teaching expertise is in the areas of Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment, Human Biomechanics, Gross Anatomy, and Orthotics and Prosthetics. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has a special interest in working with runners and running athletes.

Dr. Sarah K Murphy, PT, DPT, OMT-C completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina. She went on to attain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has further specialized in orthopedics and has achieved an advanced certification as an orthopedic manual therapist. In addition to working with a variety of orthopedic patients, she also specializes in facial nerve rehabilitation in which she has completed advanced training with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She was a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Movement Disorders clinic that is now certified by the Parkinson's Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and traveling.

Dr. T. Victoria Wilson, PT, DPT, NCS is a board-certified Neurological Clinical Specialist (NCS) who enjoys working with people having a variety of neurological conditions. Victoria completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science at North Carolina State University in 2013. She went on to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017 and completed the Medical University's neurological physical therapy residency in 2018. She is certified in LSVT BIG, a therapeutic program specific to Parkinson's disease aimed at maximizing movement efficiency and is the primary physical therapist serving in the Interdisciplinary Movement Disorders clinic. In her free time, Victoria enjoys working out, volunteering, and reading.

Dr. Gretchen Seif, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT has over 25 years experience working with individuals with musculoskeletal dysfunction as a clinician in an outpatient physical therapy clinic. She is an Associate Professor at The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), teaching in the musculoskeletal lab series. She also serves as the faculty co-coordinator of the MUSC student run interprofessional free PT/OT clinic. She received her BS in Physical Therapy from The Ohio State University in 1993, her Master’s in Health Sciences from MUSC in 1997 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Regis University. She maintains a current clinical practice.

Dr. Jon Mayer, PT, DPT, CSCS joined MUSC as a physical therapist in 2020. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2014 from Immaculata University. He went on to obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and enjoys helping patients of all ages achieve optimal function. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and dog and staying active with exercise.

Kelly Rishe, MSOT, OTR/L graduated with her B.S. in Biological Science from Mississippi State University in 2013 and completed her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2015. She has special interests in neurologic conditions and served as the team champion for inpatient spinal cord injury for four years. Kelly is an adjunct instructor within the Division of Occupational Therapy at MUSC, where she teaches in the areas of neurologic injury, vision, functional cognition, and acute care skills. In her free time, she can be found embracing the great outdoors with her family.

Dr. William Buck, PT, DPT joined MUSC as a Physical Therapist in 2018. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2009 from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from University of Nebraska Medical Center. He enjoys working with sports medicine and general orthopedic patients, and is trained in Trigger Point Dry Needling. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring everything the area has to offer.

Leeds Avenue (Pediatrics)

Jill Monger, PT, MS, ATP holds degrees in Biology/Adaptive PE (1982) Physical Therapy (East Carolina University 1984) and a Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MUSC 1996). She is certified by RESNA (Rehab Engineering Society of North America) as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. Jill has been a practicing Physical Therapist since 1984. She began her focus on Spinal Cord Injury Rehab, prosthetic gait training, and seating and mobility at MUSC in 1987. She has been teaching continuing education coursework regionally, nationally and internationally since 1995. Jill has many years of experience working with people with disabilities of all ages as a coach for wheelchair sports and as an advocate in her community. In addition to her role as coordinator of the MUSC wheelchair seating and mobility clinic she currently practices as a consultant for clinics, technology providers and manufactures as well as individuals with disability. She works with teams recommending and designing specialty equipment used by people with mobility impairments.

Mount Pleasant - East Cooper

Renée Garrison, PT, MTC, CLT-LANA has been working at MUSC as a physical therapist since 1998 treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and circulatory issues. She attended Clemson University for undergrad and then transferred to MUSC to complete her physical therapy degree. Renée received her Manual Therapy Certification through Kaiser Permanente in 2004 and her lymphedema certification in 2011 through the Norton School of Lymphology. Her areas of interest are women’s health, lymphedema, sports medicine, and spine health.

Cristopher DeLuna, OTR/L, CHT graduated from MUSC in 2010. Since graduating, he has been working in a hand therapy setting and is a certified hand therapist. His concentration of treatment is elbow, wrist, and hand. Cris enjoys traveling, exploring the food scene in Charleston, and spending time with friends and family.

Amy Maurer PT, MSR is a 2000 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. She spent the first three years after graduation working in the acute setting with general and post-traumatic orthopaedic patients. She then transitioned to the outpatient orthopaedic area of rehabilitation, loved it, and has worked with this patient population to date. In her free time, Amy spends time with her family, is an avid runner, and practices yoga.

Vaughn Pyles, PTA graduated from the PTA program at Greenville Technical College in 2005. He has experience in a variety of PT settings, outpatient is his area of the most expertise. He has an advanced certification in MUSC’s only BTE machine, used in the athletic and return to specific function patient populations. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with his congregation, and playing and watching multiple sports and sporting activities including golf.

Vicky Whalen, OTR/L graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1997. She has been practicing occupational therapy at MUSC for the last 15 years of her career. She has worked in both the acute care and outpatient settings. Her primary focus is outpatient neuro rehab with a special interest in stroke and TBI rehab as well as movement disorders. She is working towards her Geriatric Certification. She is LSVT-BIG and Saebo certified. Her hobbies include trail run marathons and ultra-marathons, hiking, and working in her yard. She spends all her time outside of work with her golden retriever and her husband.

Laurie Woods, PT, MHS joined the MUSC Physical Therapy department in 1995. She graduated from College of Charleston and completed her Physical Therapy degree and her Master’s in Health Science at MUSC. She is both NDT and LSVT BIG certified. Laurie provides comprehensive physical therapy services, and her special interests include neurological care, vestibular rehab, Parkinson’s LSVT BIG program, and orthopaedic care.

Angela Works, PT graduated from MUSC with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1992. She specializes in treating patients with both neurological and vestibular dysfunctions. She loves treating and interacting with patients and their families. Her hobbies include being a mother to her two children and going to the beach.

Dr. Nathan Harris, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS graduated from MUSC with a doctorate in Physical Therapy after attending the University of South Carolina and becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer. While at USC, he worked with many of USC’s athletic teams, including football, baseball, men’s soccer, swimming/diving, and cheerleading. Prior to joining MUSC’s therapy team, he previously worked for the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Pirates, providing care to elite athletes. He specializes in treating athletes, but enjoys working with patients of all ages with a variety of orthopedic conditions. In his free time, Nate enjoys playing golf, running, and spending time with his family.

Dr. Erin Leger, PT, DPT graduated from Duke University with a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. She is passionate about women’s health and specializes in pelvic floor physical therapy while also treating orthopedic conditions. She loves dancing, cooking, and spending time at the beach.

Rebecca Lynn, PT graduated with a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina in 2007. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from College of Charleston. She has over 11 years experience in outpatient orthopedics. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and two young children, doing anything outdoors, and practicing yoga. She and her husband also serve as Elders at Seacoast Church West Ashley.

Jennifer Kirlin, PTA joined the MUSC team 2 years ago after spending most of her career in a large trauma hospital in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from Harcum College PTA program in 1994. She started her career in a sports medicine clinic in PA, but also has experience in pediatrics, acute care and post acute rehab facilities. With over 28 years of experience, and a focus on manual skills, she provides care to the orthopedic and neurologic patient populations with a goal to make patients enjoy coming to therapy.

Mount Pleasant (Chuck Dawley)

Dr. Jodie Rush, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in 2005 and her Doctor of Physical therapy in 2008 from Duke University. She has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing and acute care, before finding her passion in outpatient orthopaedics. She has an advanced certification as an orthopaedic manual therapist, and is also a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. She serves students as both a clinical instructor as well as an adjunct professor with the College of Health Professions. In her spare time, she loves hanging out at Sullivan’s Island, yoga and Pilates, and spending time with her family.

Dr. Chris Ellis, PT, DPT graduated with a B.S. in Human Performance and Exercise Science from Milligan University in 2015, and he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory and Henry College in 2019. He has completed the MUSC Physical Therapy Orthopedic Residency Program and will sit for his board certification examination in the coming year to become a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist. He has also completed the MUSC Orthopedic Manual Therapy Certificate course and will sit for examination in the coming year to become a certified orthopedic manual therapist. He enjoys playing sports and reading in his off time.

North Charleston

David Bishop, PTA graduated from the PTA program at Trident Technical College in 1998. He has experience in a variety of PT settings but outpatient orthopaedics is his area of expertise. He also has advanced training in Kinesio taping for the orthopaedic population. In his spare time, he enjoys having different building projects around the house and traveling to new places.

Dr. Dana Meadows, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Temple University and her Doctor of Physical therapy from The University of Miami. Her passion has always been for outpatient orthopedics with a desire to help her patients gain confidence in their movement abilities as well as helping prevent injury in the active population. She has an advanced certification as an Orthopaedic Manual Therapist and carries a Board Certified Clinical Specialty in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. She has a huge passion for baking, being outside with her Great Dane, Riggins, and all things football- GO BIRDS, GO CANES!

Rod Tyler, OTR/L, CHT, CSFA has over 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist. His clinical specialty is hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and achieved his Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential in 2005. He is also a Certified Specialist in Functional Assessment (CSFA), performing FCEs (Functional Capacity Evaluations), worksite evaluations, ergonomic assessments, and pre/post-employment screenings. He enjoys all aspects of hand therapy and has a clinical interest in flexor tendon repair/reconstruction, custom orthosis fabrication, thumb CMC arthroplasties/reconstruction, burn rehabilitation, and elbow injuries. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, international travel/mission trips, and backpacking.

Dr. Rebecka Murga PT, DPT, CSCS, OMT-C graduated from Arcadia University with a B.A. in Sports Psychology and Health Administration. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University School of Medicine. She treats a variety of patients including vestibular, musculoskeletal, headaches and concussions. Rebecka has advanced vestibular training through Emory University and completed her Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy training in 2019. Becka enjoys volunteering with local and international organizations to provide physical therapy to those who are under insured. In her free time she enjoys international travel, attending concerts, camping, and playing soccer.

Missy Durante, PTA graduated from Trident Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant in 2007. She excels in treating orthopedic conditions earning the Advanced Proficiency in Orthopedics Award from the American Physical Therapy Association in 2014. She currently serves as an On-Site Reviewer for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education as well as guest lecturer at Trident Technical College. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs as well as competing in triathlons.

Kalynne Ballares, PT, NCS, ATP graduated from Medical University of SC with MSR in PT in 2003. She completed a MUSC’s Neurological Residency in Physical Therapy in 2015. She is double board certified as a Neurology Certified Specialist in physical therapy (2015) and as an Assistive Technology Professional (2019). She currently serves as the Mentor for MUSC’s Neurological Residency in Physical Therapy program. She is also Parkinson Wellness Recovery Certified (PWR! Moves trained therapist 2017.) She serves as a committee member for SC APTA Research and Education Committee, and as committee member for the Parkinson’s Foundation Carolinas Chapter Mission Outreach committee, specifically Underserved Committee Outreach. She also works with the Cane Bay Family YMCA with their PWR! Moves Wellness program. She enjoys spending time with her family, and gardening.

West Ashley

John Austin, OTR/L, CHT is a Certified Hand Therapist with 35 years’ experience in the treatment of upper extremity injuries and disorders. A Charleston native, he is a graduate of the MUSC College of Health Professions with a degree in Occupational Therapy. He received his advanced Certification in Hand Therapy (CHT) in 1991 with the first national certification of CHT’s by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. Undertaking his initial clinical training at the Chattanooga Hand Rehabilitation Center, Inc., he eventually served as the companies Chief Operating Officer for 10 years before returning to MUSC in 1998 to become part of an expanding Hand Therapy team. He is active in his national association, the American Society of Hand Therapists, having served as Chairs of the Professional Relations Committee and Website and Technology Committee and Executive Board Member at Large.

Dr. Margaret Gee, PT, MS, DPT graduated with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from MUSC in 1991. She then went on to complete a Master’s in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in 1996, and ultimately graduated from Marymount University in 2007 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. She is certified in dry needling and has a lot of experience in various manual therapy techniques. She has completed all the McKenzie spine courses. She has a personal interest in treating orthopaedic spinal issues, but enjoys problem solving and treating all types of orthopaedic pain and dysfunction.

Dr. Rebecca Janney PT, DPT, COMT attended MUSC and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree after graduating from Clemson University. She treats a variety of patients with diagnoses including TMJ dysfunction, Musculoskeletal impairments, and Neurological diagnoses. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her husband, son, and their dog, Addie.
Bruce Reeves, PT graduated from MUSC in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. He enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnosis including orthopaedics and has received advanced training in manual therapy. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and 2 dogs, traveling, and playing music around town with his band.

Dr. Michael Barr, PT, DPT, MSR is the Sports Medicine Manager and a Physical Therapist at MUSC Health. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston. Michael then went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehab Sciences – Physical therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2004. After practicing for 4 years, Michael continued his education and completed a Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2008.

Since starting at MUSC Health in 2006, Michael is responsible for the day to day operations of the Sports Medicine department including overseeing MUSC Health’s athletic trainers, outreach program, and event coverage. Michael is the team Physical Therapist for the Charleston Battery, Charleston RiverDogs, South Carolina Stingrays and Lowcountry High Rollers in addition to a number of other area high schools, recreation and club teams, and leagues. Michael currently treats athletes from all over the Lowcountry out of MUSC Health’s West Campus Physical Therapy Office.

In addition to his medical background, Michael is a former collegiate soccer player at the College of Charleston; as well as a former collegiate, youth, and national level coach. Michael currently holds multiple soccer coaching licenses including a USSF “B” License and goalkeeping licensure.

Dr. Jhoanna Cuellar, PT, DPT is an outpatient Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Physical Therapist at MUSC. Her passion for fitness and wellness led her to obtain an undergraduate degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. While completing her undergraduate degree, she also assisted with pre-season screenings for the women’s soccer team at the University of Florida. She then went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University and graduated in 2016. She continues to enjoy keeping up with the latest Physical Therapy research, in order to help recreational athletes, adolescent athletes, and pediatric orthopedic patients achieve their maximum potential while also focusing on injury prevention. Jhoanna has also provided injury prevention courses at various dance studios and dance schools and provided strategies for success for young dancers. Her special interest is in rehabilitation for the female athlete, and dance medicine. Jhoanna believes in guiding her patients through their rehabilitation journey, while providing them with the knowledge necessary to be successful when returning to sports.

Dr. Andrea Word, PT, DPT received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton in 2014. She has been working in the outpatient orthopedic field since time of graduation and has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses. She is certified in trigger point dry needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and has taken various courses in myofascial, manual and mobilization techniques. Andrea has a special interest in treating orthopedic injuries related to running and weight lifting. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband & dog as well as participating in her fitness regime that includes weight lifting, HIIT, yoga and running.

Tina Johnson, PTA attended Iowa Western and graduated with honors in 2016. She enjoys treating patients of all ages but is especially fond of the geriatric population. When not working, Tina enjoys watching sports and spending time with her family and 2 dogs. .