Kayla Gittens, OTR/L

Kayla started her career at Athens Orthopedic Clinic as an occupational therapy technician in 2012. During that time she was attending Brenau University and in 2015 earned the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Prior to rejoining the hand therapy team at AOC as an occupational therapist in […]

Brandon Vlahos, PA-C

Brandon has trained experience with performing physical exams, radiologic interpretations and management of musculoskeletal complaints. He also has professional experience in the role of first assist in OR settings. Brandon has served in many volunteer capacities and is also a member of several societies including The American Academy of Physician […]

Clay Carroll, PT, DPT

Clay joins Athens Orthopedic Clinic as a Physical Therapist on the SPARC (Sports Performance And Rehabilitation Center) team. As a graduate from Augusta University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Clay has experience working with many patients recovering from a variety of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. It is his belief […]

Katey Larson

Katey joins the Athens Orthopedic Clinic Spine & Total Joint team after working 5 years in Chicago, IL. During that time, she developed her physical therapy skills working with a variety of patient populations from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Katey attended DePauw University in Indiana where she played on the volleyball team […]

Kayla Emmett, PT, DPT

Kayla joined Athens Orthopedic Clinic in October of 2018 as a Physical Therapist for the Spine/Total Joint and SPARC therapy teams. Prior to joining AOC, Kayla worked in Greensboro, GA where she treated a variety of Orthopedic and Neurological conditions from Stroke patients to Total Joint surgery patients. Kayla received her Bachelors […]

Micah Sales, PT, DPT, CSCS

Micah joins Athens Orthopedic Clinic as a Physical Therapist for the SPARC therapy team after graduating from the University of Missouri Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Originally from Danielsville, GA, Micah looks forward to working close to home and to being near his beloved Georgia Bulldogs! He received his Bachelor […]

Nick Caropino, PT, DPT, TPI-C

Nick joins Athens Orthopedic Clinic as a Physical Therapist for the Spine and SPARC rehabilitation teams. Having completed his therapy training at The University of St. Augustine with an emphasis in orthopedics and manual therapy, Nick is excited to incorporate his clinical knowledge in providing care for patients of all […]

Maria Carrelli, PT, DPT

Maria has a special interest in endurance athletes of all types–rehabilitation, injury prevention, functional mobility, and bike fitting. She actively participates in competitive cycling, both mountain and road, for United Healthcare p/b 706 Project–the same team for which she is the physical therapist liaison. Her love of cycling has carried […]

John DeGenaro, PTA

John has been caring for patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports medicine injuries and conditions as a PTA since he was first licensed by the State of Georgia in 1993. He has worked with patients ranging from 10 to 90 years of age and is a great motivator […]

Will Gillespie, PT, ATC, CSCS

Will was born and raised in Athens, GA and has been employed at Athens Orthopedic Clinic since graduating physical therapy school in 2002. He enjoys working with patients of all ages with orthopedic and sports related injuries. Will finds helping others rewarding and enjoys his job the most when he […]

Peter Heusner, PTA

Peter Heusner has been a member of the AOC Spine Rehab team since 2012 after graduating from Athens Technical College. Peter takes a hands on approach, utilizing manual therapies to help restore function and proper movement patters. He then reinforces those movement patterns with functional exercises to ensure a happy […]

Deanna Long, PT, MPT

Deanna Long, PT, MPT graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She joined the AOC team in 2014. Deanna has spent over half her career specializing in spine therapy. She enjoys using her skills to care for patients with both acute […]

Zach McCain, PTA, TPI-C

Zach McCain is a physical therapist assistant (PTA). He graduated from Athens Technical College. Zach has been practicing physical therapy since 2014 and has been with Athens Orthopedic Clinic since August 2015. Zach specializes in Spine, Total Joint and Aquatic rehab. Zach is also Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified. […]

Jennifer Morlock, MS, PT

Jennifer moved from Kingsport, Tennessee to complete her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia receiving a BS in psychology and a Dance minor. She moved back to Tennessee to receive her masters in physical therapy at East Tennessee State University. She began her practice in 2001 with an emphasis […]

David Pate, MS, MSPT, CSCS

David is a graduate of Appalachian State University in 1992 with a MS in Exercise Physiology and North Georgia College and State University in 1995 with a MS in Physical Therapy. In addition to his extensive experience in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine, including ten years as a […]

Heather Slonaker, PT, DPT, ATP, CKTP, VRT

Heather has experience working with patients of all ages with complex musculoskeletal diagnoses. As a high school and collegiate athlete, she experienced rehabilitative medicine first-hand through multiple injuries and surgeries.  Heather came to Athens, GA after working in Tampa, FL with high school, collegiate, and professional sports teams around the […]

Ansley Stewart PT, DPT

Ansley joins Athens Orthopedic Clinic as a Physical Therapist for the Spine and Total Joint rehabilitation team. She completed her training at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with an emphasis in Spinal and Extremity orthopedics. With a prior career as a personal trainer, Ansley has a passion […]

Paul Baker, MD

Dr.Baker joined Athens Orthopedic Clinic’s Trauma Specialist Team in 2017. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.  Dr. Baker completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.  After his residency, he went to St. […]

John R. Dorris, III, MD

Dr. Dorris is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans.  Dr. Dorris completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory University.  After his residency, he went to Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado to complete his fellowship.  Dr. […]

Logan K. Fields, MD

Dr. Fields is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Fields attended the Medical College of Georgia for his medical degree.  He then did his residency at the West Virginia University Orthopaedic Surgery followed by his fellowship at the Orthopaedic Research of Virginia – Sports Medicine […]

Mason N. Florence, MD

Joined 2013

Dr. Mason Florence is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. Originally from the small town of LaFayette, Georgia, he attended the University of Georgia where his childhood love for the Dawgs continued.

Dr. Florence went on to pursue his M.D. at […]

Joseph T. Johnson, MD

Joined 2002

Dr. Johnson was first drawn to specialize in foot and ankle surgery when he was a surgical technician specializing in orthopedics and also as an orthopedic resident. There were few orthopedist specializing in this area and he wanted to fill this void to give patients the option of a specialist […]

Stephen B. Johnson, DO

Dr. Johnson is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee as well as in Sports Medicine. He completed his orthopedic training at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta with special interests in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Traumatology. He went […]

David I. Katz, MD

Joined 2011

Dr. David Katz is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a certificate of added qualification in hand surgery who specializes in the treatment of the hand, wrist and upper extremity. As a native of Richmond, Virginia, he attended the University of Virginia where he was an Echols Scholar.

After graduation, he […]

Mitchel Leavitt, MD

Dr. Leavitt earned his medical degree from Mercer University in Savannah, GA, and subsequently finished his residency at Emory University’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Atlanta, GA. After his residency, Dr. Leavitt completed a fellowship in Anesthesia, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He also […]

John R. Manfredi, MD

Joined 2007

Dr. John R. Manfredi received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. His areas of specialty at Athens Orthopedic Clinic include Total Joint.

Julian P. Price, MD

Joined 2011

Dr. Julian Price is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive and reconstructive surgery of the neck and spine.

Dr. Price is a native of Swainsboro, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in exercise and sports science. After completion of his certification for athletic training, he attended medical school […]

Bradley C. Register, MD

Joined 2010

Darrell Stumler, PT, DPT, MS, Cert. MDT, CSMS

Darrell has been practicing Physical Therapy in Athens since 2005. He has 18 years of experience in Outpatient Orthopedics and Acute Care in private practice and hospital based settings. He completed his MSPT in 2000 from UNG and more recently finished up his Musculoskeletal Management DPT through EIM in 2016. […]

Colin Sutton, PT, MPT

Colin joined the Athens Orthopedic Clinic team in November 2015. He has worked exclusively in outpatient orthopedics and sports therapy since graduating from the Medical College of Georgia in 2004. He spent the last 8 years of his career at Gwinnett Medical Center where he was part of a veteran […]

Joe Hale, PA-C

Matt Westcott, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC

Matt joined the AOC team in 2014.  He is a residency trained, board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy and a certified athletic trainer. He enjoys caring for patients of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions of the spine and extremities. Matt believes strongly that the best results in […]

Michael Mansfield, PT, DPT, TPI-C, Cert DN

Michael joined AOC in 2014. Michael has a wide range of background experience from orthopedics and sports medicine, to geriatrics and neurological patients. His passion for connecting with people and helping them reach their goals is what led him to the field of physical therapy. He believes in truly doing […]

Ginger Banner, MS, OTL, CHT

Originally from Gainsville, Georgia, Ginger earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Brenau University.  She developed a strong interest in hand therapy early in Occupational Therapy school and focused on opportunities to advance her exposure and knowledge in this arena, winning a competitive hand therapy internship. After graduating, Ginger continued […]

Jefferson Rabe PA-C, ATC

Jefferson Rabe is a native of coastal South Carolina. This is where he first found his interest in sports medicine through becoming a student athletic trainer. He furthered this interest by attending College of Charleston where he majored in athletic training and gained his certification. This allowed him to gain […]

Lauren Brown, OTR/L, CHT

Lauren graduated from Medical University of South Carolina with a master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2007. At the start of her career as an occupational therapist, Lauren primarily worked with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and multiple traumatic injuries in an inpatient setting. Once she […]

Jeremy Cryder, OTR/L, CHT

Jeremy is a 2007 graduate from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. He developed a love for hand therapy during his undergraduate years observing a Certified Hand Therapist in Athens. Jeremy knew he wanted to be a CHT by the beginning of […]

David S. Ryan, MD

Dr. Ryan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Ryan completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Florida.  After completing his residency, he went to Richmond, Virginia to complete his fellowship at the Orthopaedic Research […]

Joseph M. Savitz, DO

Joined 2007

Dr. Savitz grew up in Tampa, Florida. After completing college and medical school, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Surgeon. He was the Senior Flight Surgeon at Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, California where he then went on to become the Senior Flight Surgeon/Medical […]

Michael S. Shuler, MD

Joined 2008

Dr. Shuler was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate education. He then attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for medical school. He trained in orthopedic surgery at Emory University and then spent an additional year in Seattle […]

Matthew Waldron, PA-C

Matt grew up originally in Cumming, Georgia. After high school, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. He became interested in becoming a Physician Assistant after doing some volunteer work with Compassionate Care Clinic in Milledgeville, Georgia while obtaining his undergraduate degree. After college, Matt […]

Pat Monroe, OTR/L, CHT

Pat joined AOC in 2008 when hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Michael Shuler began his hand practice at AOC. Pat has over 25 years of experience in treating hand and upper extremity injuries. She achieved a Specialty Certification in Hand Therapy in 1993. Her career path has included working […]

William C. Tally, MD

Joined 2010

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