Meet Our Specialists

Our therapists assess strength and work with patients to develop personal goals and a treatment plan.

Jason Baareman, PT, DPT

Specialties: orthopaedic rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, stroke rehabilitation

Education: Doctorate, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2012; Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Sport Science, University of Georgia, 2008

John Belcher, PT, MPT

Specialties: orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses, aquatics and functional capacity evaluations

Education: Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2006; Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science, Georgia College and State University, 2004; advanced certification in functional capacity evaluations and aquatic therapy

Terri Cherni, PT, MPT

Specialties: musculoskeletal, neurological and general orthopaedic conditions

Education: Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Sacred Heart University, 2004; Bachelor of Science, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University, 2001; LSVT Big certified

Jeffrey S. Dowling, PT, DPT, MHE, Practice Site Manager

Specialties: foot and ankle pathology and lower extremity biomechanical dysfunction

Education: Doctorate, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine, 2008; Master of Health Education, Georgia Medical College, 1993; Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1989

Paula Finley, PT, Senior Physical Therapist

Specialties: orthopaedic, sports medicine and musculoskeletal issues

Education: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1991; Bachelor of Science, Biology and Minor in Mathematics, Brenau College, 1986

Jack E. “Ted” Hanson, PT, Cert MDT, Senior Physical Therapist

Specialties: applying the MDT principles to the upper and lower extremities as well as the spine

Education: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1997; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, King College, 1994; Certified Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) clinician

Stephanie Johnson, MHS, OTR/L, Senior Occupational Therapist

Specialties: neurological and movement disorders; ALS Clinic and Interdisciplinary Clinic for Movement Disorders; LSVT BIG certified

Education: Master of Health Science, Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2008; Bachelor of Science, Biology, Shorter College, 2005; advanced certifications in LSVT Big and aquatic therapy

Caleb Mellinger, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, Cert. DN

Specialties: orthopaedic injuries, including post-operative care, chronic pain, functional movements and return to sport

Education: Doctorate, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2014; Bachelor of Science, Education (emphasis in Exercise Science and Athletic Training), University of Georgia, 2011

Jordan Mellinger, PT, DPT, ATC

Specialties: spine, orthopaedic and sports injury

Education: Doctorate, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2012; Bachelor of Science, Exercise & Sports Science and Athletic Training, University of Georgia, 2009; certified athletic trainer

Alyson O’Banion, PT, DPT

Specialties: outpatient rehabilitation for those with orthopeadic, neurological and vestibular dysfunctions; Computerized Dynamic Posturography, an evaluation tool used for those with dizziness and imbalance; LSVT BIG certified, a treatment protocol for those with Parkinson’s disease

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, A.T. Still University, 2014; Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1998; Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science and Biology, University of South Carolina-Aiken, 1996

Cheryl Moores Priessman, OTR/L, Senior Staff Occupational Therapist

Specialties: hand and upper extremity rehabilitation

Education: Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1985

Stephanie Eleazar Reyes, MS CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist

Specialties: voice, dysphagia, head and neck oncology and speech-language rehabilitation

Education: Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, 2012; Bachelor of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Minor in Public Health Sciences, University of South Florida, 2010; LSVT certified, interactive metronome certified

Tracey Rogers, PT, Senior Physical Therapist

Specialties: neurological rehabilitation, vestibular disorders, pediatrics, orthopaedics and manual therapies; LSVT certified

Education: Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 1991; advanced training and certifications in traumatic brain injury, vestibular rehabilitation, stroke, spinal cord, and Parkinson’s Disease; LSVT certified for Parkinson’s Disease, certified brain injury specialist

Nathalie Steely, MHS, OTR/L

Specialties: neurological rehabilitation, upper extremity orthopaedics; ALS Clinic; LSVT BIG certified

Education: Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, Georgia Regents University, 2015; LSVT BIG certified for Parkinson's Disease

Tim Wixson, PT, MPT, Senior Physical Therapist

Specialties: orthopaedics, spine, progression of sport-specific rehabilitation

Education: Master of Science, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Georgia, 2006; Bachelor’s of Science, Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University, 2004