Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy Team

Downtown | Leeds Avenue (Peds) | Mount Pleasant  
North Charleston | West Ashley

Downtown

Patricia Bennett, PT, DPT, OMT-C 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 the achievement of the Orthopedic Manual Therapy certification and with the performance of dry needling. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, spending time with her family, cooking and discovering new Charleston restaurants.

Minna Cho received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Dayton in 2015. She has numerous experiences in various settings where she was a traveling physical therapist for 4 years. Minna is certified in Dry Needling Level 1 and 2 for upper and lower quarters of the body; Selective Functional Movement Assessment- SFMA Level One with plans to achieve level 2 which is a comprehensive movement based diagnostic system used to classify movement patterns and direct manual therapy and therapeutic exercise interventions; and has a personal interest in treating sport athletes and general orthopedic issues, especially the spine, shoulder, and hip. In her spare time, she loves adventuring out at countless restaurants in Charleston, cooking, being outside especially near the water, continuously learning and spending time with friends and family.

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.

Rebecca English, PT, DPT, MSR graduated from MUSC with 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.

Marguerite Lenahan, PT, DPT, COMT graduated Duke University in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in French. She then graduated with honors from MUSC in 2011 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has further specialized in orthopaedics and achieved advanced certification as an orthopaedic manual therapist. She also has a special interest in women’s health issues and plans to pursue advanced certifications in this area. Marguerite came to the profession of physical therapy after working as a yoga instructor. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and especially spending time with her family.

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.

Mary Katherine Melroy OT, MHS CLT graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed her Occupational Therapy program with a Masters in Health Science from the Medical College of Georgia in 2006. She has worked at MUSC since 2008 and specializes in lymphedema therapy.

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.

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.

Victoria Wilson 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, reading, and exploring the water around Charleston.

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.

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

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.

Rebecka Fulmer, PT, DPT, CSCS, COMT graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. She treats a variety of patients including vestibular, musculoskeletal, neurological, sports and concussions. Rebecka has advanced vestibular training through Emory University and completed her Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapy training in 2019. She is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist and also works as a personal trainer. Becka enjoys volunteering with local and international organizations to provide physical therapy to those in need. In her free time she enjoys international travel, attending concerts, and playing soccer.

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.

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.

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 herapist, 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.

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.

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.

Maureen Cron, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University in 2013 and her Doctor of Physical therapy in 2016 from MUSC. She completed a Neurologic Residency program in Jacksonville, FL before returning to MUSC in 2018. She is a Board Certified Neurologic Specialist and enjoys treating a variety of neurologic, vestibular, and balance disorders. Additionally, she holds a certification in Pilates-based Rehabilitation and is an Integrative Health Coach. In her spare time, she loves running, teaching Pilates, and traveling.

Dana Meadows, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS graduated with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2012 and her Doctor of Physical therapy in 2015 from The University of Miami. As a student, she knew her passion was for outpatient orthopedics and has always worked in this setting. She has an advanced certification as an Orthopaedic Manual Therapist, and is also a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist. 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, post-operative Dupuytren’s contracture release/manipulation, and elbow injuries. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, international travel/mission trips, and backpacking.

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.

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.

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.