Physical Therapy Team

Joe Nicholson, PT

Joe Nicholson, PT

Joe is the Director of Spectrum Medical. He is a Licensed Physical Therapist and is a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in 1983 with a degree in Biology and then completed his BS Degree in Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University in 1985. He has been practicing as a Physical Therapist for 27 years. Joe’s interest in rehabilitation is general orthopedics and Pediatrics. He enjoys spending time coach basketball, hiking, gardening, and running.

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Mary Ellen Woods, MS, PT, COMT

Mary Ellen Woods, MS, PT, COMT

Mary Ellen is Licensed Physical Therapist and a graduate of North Carolina State with a BS degree in Biological Sciences and then went onto Duke University to complete her Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy. She is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through Maitland Physiotherapy. Mary Ellen has 15 years of practicing as a Physical Therapist with her primary specialty in orthopedics. She has interests in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and peripheral and spine mobilization and rehabilitation.

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Cortney Herndon, DPT, COMT

Cortney Herndon, DPT, COMT

Cortney has been a Licensed Physical Therapist since 2003. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She also has a certification through Maitland Physiotherapy as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist. In the 9 years of practicing in PT, she treats post surgical, general orthopedics, and sports medicine patients. During this time, she also spent time in acute care and home health setting. Cortney’s interest is in manual therapy and sports medicine. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children.

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Leslie C. Lovelace, PT

Leslie C. Lovelace, PT

Leslie is a Licensed Physical Therapist. She has been with Spectrum Medical since 2010. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS Degree and then went on to Winston Salem State University to attain her Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. She focuses on outpatient rehabilitation. Leslie enjoys water sports at the lake and bowling.

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Patti Pierce Snead, DPT

Patti Pierce Snead, DPT

Patti is a Licensed Physical Therapist. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Chowan University. Patti earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Old Dominion University in May 2007. She has gained experience within a variety of settings including adult and pediatric outpatient, school-based pediatric and home health locally and in the Hampton Roads area. Patti enjoys spending time with her family. She is also a member of the Junior Wednesday Club and enjoys philanthropic service for the local community. 

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John Wilkinson, DPT

John Wilkinson, DPT

John is a Licensed Physical Therapist. He has been Spectrum Medical since 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BS Degree in Biochemistry and proceeded to go onto to Marymount University to attain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. He has an interest in working with patients recovering from neurological impairments (such as stroke, SCI, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and traumatic brain injuries). John enjoys spending time with his family, running, hiking, and camping.

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Jennifer Davis, PT, DPT

Jennifer Davis, PT, DPT

Jennifer Davis has been a Licensed Physical Therapist since 2003. She joined Spectrum Medical in July of 2017. Jennifer received her Masters and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from Shenandoah University. She has practiced in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient, home health, skilled rehab, as well as Early Intervention. Jennifer’s current interests are in general orthopedics, sports medicine, and vestibular rehab. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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Heath Hylton, PTA, CMT

Heath Hylton, PTA, CMT

Heath is a Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist. He has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Carson Newman where he also participated in football. He then went on to Jefferson College of Health Sciences to receive his Physical Therapist Assistant degree where he has been practicing for 10+ years. He also graduated from Richmond Academy of Massage and has been a Certified Massage Therapist since 1995. Heath has spent time working FMS and is certified. He has been practicing in Pittsylvania County/Danville City area since 1998. Heath’s focus has been in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He enjoys being active and has interest in restoring muscle cars/trucks and physical fitness. Heath is also a Marketing Executive for Malaleuca Wellness Company.

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Alexis Farmer, PTA

Alexis Farmer, PTA

Alexis is a graduate from Jefferson College of Health Science in Roanoke, Va, where she obtained an Associate in Applied Science and now works at DOC Rehab as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Alexis enjoys making people smile, singing, and spending times with her family. She takes pride in helping others, and believes no matter how big or small the gesture, every bit counts. 

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Drew Gunnell, PTA

Drew Gunnell, PTA

Drew Gunnell is a Physical Therapist Assistant at Spectrum Medical. He graduated in May of 2017 from Jefferson college of health sciences, and began his career at Spectrum soon after. Drew enjoys talking with patients during treatment and encouraging them to work hard towards their goals. Outside of Spectrum, Drew is an active member of his church serving in youth and outreach ministries, and playing guitar on the worship team. He also does missionary work with his church.

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Brittany Stovall, PTA

Brittany Stovall, PTA

Brittany is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Exercise Science. She continued her education at Jefferson College of Health Sciences to earn her Associates Degree as a PTA. Her focus is outpatient therapy. Brittany enjoys spending time with family and outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking, and swimming.

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Elizabeth Faucette, PTA

Elizabeth Faucette, PTA

Elizabeth is a graduate of Jefferson College of Health Sciences with an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. She is now a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at Spectrum Medical. She also has a BS in Athletic Training from Methodist University. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her dogs, and going to Smith Mountain Lake.

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Aaron Taylor, MS, ATC

Aaron Taylor, MS, ATC

Aaron is a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer since 2002 and state licensed by Virginia and North Carolina. He graduated from Davis & Elkins College with a BS degree in Physical Education and Health and attained his Masters degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University. He has certifications by JTech Medical for Functional Capacity Evaluations, FMS for the Functional Movement Screen, and is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for Averett University Athletic Training Program. Aaron also provides consulting for sports medicine to the four Pittsylvania County High Schools

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Tim Torborg, ATC

Tim Torborg, ATC

Tim is the Head Athletic Trainer for George Washington High School in Danville, VA. He is a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer with a license to practice in Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a BS degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Tim is certified through the Red Cross for CPR/AED from the Professional Rescuer. He has 12 years of experience with half of his time at Hargrave Military Academy and the other 6 years in clinical outreach setting. He enjoys working with high school age athletes. Tim also enjoys traveling, cooking, grilling, and watching college football.

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Sandra Waller, Physical Therapy Aide

Sandra Waller, Physical Therapy Aide

Sandra is the Head Physical Therapy Tech for Spectrum Medical with 17 years of experience. She is a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) that she gained through Danville Community College. She enjoys helping the elderly by doing Private Sitting for In Home Care and she loves to read and fish.

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Janet Thomas, Physical Therapy Aide

Janet Thomas, Physical Therapy Aide

Janet Thomas joined Spectrum Medical in our Martinsville office in January of 2017. She has had more than 20 years experience in the health care field as a CNA and Rehabilitation Technician.

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Brandon T. Owen, ATC, CSCS

Brandon T. Owen, ATC, CSCS

Brandon Owen is an athletic trainer at Spectrum Medical in Danville, VA. He assists the orthopedic doctors with casting, splinting, brace fitting and fracture reductions. Brandon also provides sports medicine outreach to Danville Public Schools. He graduated from Averett University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. He has worked as a wellness program coordinator which included movement screening, application of corrective exercises and program design. Brandon then became the head athletic trainer at Hargrave Military Academy before taking his current position at Spectrum Medical. Brandon enjoys playing golf and is an avid sports fan.

Brandon is a native of Danville, VA and currently resides in Chatham, VA with his wife and two year old son

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Meet Our Business Team

  • Martha Knick
    Martha is the Rehabilitation Office Manager. She has been with our Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation team since 2007. Martha has been working in billing and insurance for over 30 years.

  • Angie Jackson
    Angie has been working at Spectrum Medical since 2008. She helps with patient scheduling and billing. Angie is a graduate from Danville Community College with Associates Degree.

  • Diana Booth
    Diana has come back to our  Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation front office team. She has been employed since 2012 doing check-in and patient scheduling. Diana has experience in sales, customer service, and management. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a BSBA with a major in management. Diana enjoys spending time with her friends and family while being a member of Faith Memorial Baptist Church.

  • Lacey Romero
    Lacey joined our office team in 2014. She will be handling scheduling and administrative duties. She enjoys fishing, roadtrips, touring historical sites and is a member of the Timberlake Baptist Church.

Meet Our Physical Therapy Team

We have a well rounded staff that includes 6 Licensed Physical Therapists, 3 Licensed Physical Therapy Assistants, and 2 Certified Athletic Trainers. Our approach consists of developing an individualized program using the latest rehab equipment, modalities, and manual therapy techniques to maximize your recovery. 

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Physical Therapy Patient Forms

Please print and complete the necessary forms before arriving at your appointment time, this will allow us to optimize your time at our facility. If you are a new patient that has not been at a Spectrum Medical’s facility or has not been seen within the last year, please print and complete the following forms for registration and also complete one of the questionnaire forms or Pain Sheet for your Initial Evaluation.

Complete any of the following that is associated with your specific injury:

If none of the previous questionnaire forms relate to your specific injury, please print and complete the Pain Sheet before you arrive at Spectrum Medical Rehabilitation for your Initial Visit.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office at (434) 797-1807 for help.

We Evaluate:

  • Strength
  • Mobility
  • Range of Motion
  • Pain
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Posture
  • Body Mechanics
  • Coordination
  • Endurance
  • Walking
  • Running
  • Functional Mobility
  • Overall Functional Ability

Functional Dry Needling

FunctionalDryNeedlingThe intent of dry needling is compatible with manual therapy techniques to improve muscle function, induce relaxation and decreased pain as defined in the Guide to Physical Therapy Practice. This technique requires a written order from a physician at our facility.

This technique works in combination of a physical assessment, exercises, and hands-on mobilizations. This will require that each patient is an active participant in their own treatments. Dry needling involves placing a small needle into the muscle at the trigger point which is typically in an area which the muscle is tight and may be tender with the intent of causing the muscle to contract and then release, improving flexibility of the muscle and therefore decreasing symptoms.

There are times when Functional Dry Needling is contraindicated or not recommended:

  • Bleeding disorders (hemophiliacs)
  • Pregnancy (1st trimester)
  • High Dose anti-coagulants
  • Immune-suppressed patients – (Cancer)
  • Local Infection
  • Over joint replacement, breast implant, pacemaker or spinal stimulator
  • 12 weeks post surgical to the area of the body that had surgery
  • 6 weeks post surgical to a different area of the body than what you had surgery on (i.e. Knee surgery and needling to shoulder)

Common Conditions Treated

  • Non-Traumatic Tendonitis/Tenosynovitis
  • Bursitis & Capsulitis
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Movement Disorders/Dysfunctions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis/ Achilles Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

How Many Treatments are Suggested

There is no specific pre-set number of treatments for patients but typically positive results are apparent within 3-5 treatment sessions but can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms, and overall health of the patient. However if at any point the patient no longer wishes to continue with dry needling therapy, this treatment will be removed from their physical therapy treatment plan.

What is a Trigger Point

A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot in the muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is tender when pressed and can give rise to characteristic referred pain and tenderness, motor dysfunction and autonomic phenomena (Travell).

Difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture

There is a difference between the two treatments styles. Our Therapist only perform dry needling techniques. Dry Needling is not an entry level skill, it should be administered by physical therapists who have taken the necessary coursework to perform this technique.

  • Dry Needling treats neuro-musculoskeletal systems based on pain patterns, muscular dysfunction and other orthopedic signs and symptoms (Intra Muscular Manual Therapy)
  • Dry Needling depends upon physical examination and assessment to guide treatment
  • Acupuncture is a treatment based on eastern medical diagnosis requiring traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Needles are only one part of treatment for TCM practitioners and Acupuncturists: Other techniques are involved: herbs, nutrition, psychology, pulse diagnosis, etc…

Kinetacore and Functional Dry Needling (FDN) was featured on Terry Bradshaw’s “The Edge”. Go to Kinetacore’s website and click on the video for more information on the benefits of Functional Dry Needling.

Click Here for Kinetacore’s Video

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