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Chad Luth, PT, MPT, founder

Chad Luth, founder of George Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center, received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Mississippi State University and his Master’s of Physical Therapy at Southwest Baptist University.

For almost 20 years, Chad Luth has dedicated his professional career to serving the sports medicine and rehabilitation needs of metro Atlanta patients.

He began his practice as a staff physical therapist in 1997 and soon earned a leadership role with the largest outpatient sports medicine group in Georgia. He worked with that firm for nine years and ran more than 10 facilities.

At that point he recognized a special need in the northern suburbs for sports medicine and rehabilitation.

He started the Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in Alpharetta, GA. in 2006. Specializing in dry needling, aquatic therapy and sports medicine, this clinic quickly became recognized by the community and local physicians as a clinic of rehabilitation excellence.

With the help of a great staff, he opened a second clinic in Canton, GA in 2012 and then partnered with Polaris Spine to run their new spine rehab and wellness center in 2015.

Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center continues to expand in the metro Atlanta area with new clinics in Cumming & Woodstock.

In his spare time, Chad likes to spend time with his family and friends and play golf.

 

Jennifer Hughes, MPT

Jennifer Hughes received her Masters of Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Teas.

As a published clinician, she brings a variety of experience while she leads our Cumming location as Clinic Director.

Her sports medicine career began in the clinic and was followed through on the field allowing her to work with high school teams as well as college and Olympic athletes.

She worked in an orthopedic based home care environment, highly focused on acute total joint replacements and pediatrics (neonatal-18).

Her continuing education has allowed her to complete a manual physical therapy curriculum with the University of St. Augustine and become a certified instructor for pre/post-partum patients. She recently completed her concussion certification.

Her unique ability to relate across all age ranges and gain positive results is a result of her expertise and skill.

 

Aimee Bennett, PT, DPT

Aimee Bennett was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA.  After completing her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia in 2012 and finishing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.  She returned home to Alpharetta to join Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in July 2016 and currently serves as our Alpharetta Clinic Director.

Additionally, she has gained experience doing clinical rotations at several clinics and facilities in Georgia.  Since graduation, she has completed advanced training in FMT, Functional manual techniques, and is Dry Needling certified through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.   

Aimee was drawn to a career in physical therapy at a young age as she had to attend physical therapy for her own injures acquired through competitive cheerleading.  Through her rehab, she saw how impactful a PT can be in helping someone regain not only strength and stability, but also confidence to return to their sport or activity. 

When she is not working, Aimee enjoys spending time with her husband, puppy and friends, working out, and traveling the world. 

 

Bill Tjaden, MPT

Bill Tjaden was drawn to a career in physical therapy when he experienced first hand how effective it was in rehabilitating his injuries as a high school athlete.

Fascinated by the structure and potential of the human body, he began to learn more about his potential career and discovered he had a natural aptitude for understanding and correcting its biomechanics.

Now affiliated with the Alpharetta and Polaris (Atlanta) facilities, Bill began his studies in Pre-Physical Therapy at Creighton University and then obtained a Master’s of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He gathered experience working in Endurance Rehabilitation in Scottsdale, AZ and Barrow Neurological Associates of Phoenix where he established and managed the physical therapy practice for the world class neurological firm prior to joining Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in September of 2012.

He specializes in working with runners, endurance athletes, cyclists, and swimmers as well as performing spinal rehabilitation, myofascial release, and evaluating gait and foot/ankle dysfunction.

                                            

Bonny Spears, PTA

Bonny Spears achieved her Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) degree at the University of Indianapolis and joined Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in January of 2013, where she is the Clinic Director for our Canton Location and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1998.

Prior to that she worked for 13 years in a multidiscipline outpatient clinic with a heavy emphasis on manual therapy.

Bonny was drawn to her career because she not only loves helping people, but she is interested in getting them to understand how to help themselves.

When she was 14, she went to physical therapy with her grandfather and was intrigued as she watched his improvement and how the physical therapist got excited about helping him achieve more mobility and improvement. She was hooked.

She volunteered in a hospital system both in an inpatient and outpatient setting throughout high school.

As she puts it, life and love occurred and she did not pursue her dream career immediately. But when her son was two, she decided to go back to school and started the PTA program at the University of Indianapolis.

They moved back into the Canton area which the family has loved being a part of and she settled into her new career.

When she is not working, Bonny loves spending time with family and friends. She is the immediate past president of the Service League of Cherokee County and attends Canton First United Methodist Church. She is part of the Give A Kid a Chance program and is involved in many community events for the City of Canton as a volunteer.

Paige Biringer, PT, DPT 

Paige Biringer completed her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Shortly after Paige ventured to Austin, TX to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Paige graduated in 2017 and quickly moved home to join the Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center family. 

Paige has completed clinical rotations in various physical therapy settings. In addition, Paige is FMT, functional manual techniques, certified through RockTape, is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and has received advanced training in the evaluation and manipulation of cervical and thoracic spine, the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, and cranio facial regions. 

Paige became interested in the field of physical therapy at a young age after rehabbing various sports injuries from playing competitive basketball and soccer. The creativity, the engaging and personable atmosphere, as well as the rewarding feeling of helping others are some components of what makes this field so enjoyable. 

Outside of work, Paige loves spending time at the lake, running, watching sports, cheering on her Vols, and exploring new restaurants. 

Deborah Styron, PT

Deborah Styron was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida.  After receiving her Bachelors of Health Science in Physical Therapy degree at the University of Florida in 1993 she moved to Atlanta.  Despite growing up in Florida, she has deep roots in South Georgia where her parents are from and has called Georgia her home for the past 25 years.

Deborah has always had a strong desire to work in Healthcare.  Her choice of a Physical Therapy career is a perfect combination of her love for helping people and exercise/fitness.  She has worked in several clinical settings including Acute Care/Hospital, Home Health, Assisted Living and Outpatient clinics during her career.  She enjoys working with patients of all ages and diagnoses and has focused her career on Outpatient Orthopedics primarily.  Deborah joined Georgia Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center in Canton in January 2018.

When not treating patients, Deborah is a wife and mother of two active children and a step-mother to a teenager.  She stays busy and devoted to her children's athletic activities and is a proud soccer and basketball mom in the evenings and on the weekends.  She attends Woodstock City Church and enjoys exercising. 

Joshua Philip Yokel, PT, DPT

Josh Yokel completed his Bachelors of Science from the University of South Carolina in 2014.  He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2018, and accepted a job with Georgia Physical Thearpy at our Alpharetta Clinic shortly thereafter.  Throughout school Josh focused on orthopedics, sports medicine and treating athletes.  He spent his 4 clinical rotations in Charleston, SC, Seattle, WA, Cincinnati, OH and Salt Lake City, UT where he developed a greater love and understanding of various cultures.

Due to the many injuries he sustained throughout his early years he was introduced to the profession at a young age.  Growing up playing soccer led to his ultimate love for injury rehabilitation and prevention.

In his free time you can find Josh enjoying time with family and friends; working out in the gym or enjoying any athletic activity; cheering on his beloved Gamecock sports teams; snow skiing; or relaxing on the beach. 

Lauren Calamari, PT, DPT

Lauren Calamari completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2014.  She then completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2018.

Lauren completed her clinical rotations in various physical therapy settings at locations around the country.  She enjoyed the diversity and variety of all settings but found that she wanted to establish a career in the outpatient sports and orthopedic setting.  Lauren moved to Atlanta following graduation to start working with the Georgia Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine team.

Lauren was an avid soccer player growing up, and she discovered her interest in the physical therapy field while rehabbing multiple knee injuries.  She enjoys helping patients return to the sports and activities that they love.  Outside of work Lauren enjoys going to the beach with her family, hiking, reading and watching sports. 

Whitney Swanson, DPT, ATC

Whitney grew up in rural Missouri where she played college softball and graduated with a BS in Athletic Training in 2008.  That led her to Mercer University in Macon, GA where she pursued a Master's in Education while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.  There she met her husband and they moved to Marietta, GA after graduating in 2010.  She began work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic with occasional outreach coverage but realized her passion for rehab.  She decided to go back to school to better herself clinically and graduated from The University of St Augustine in Florida in 2015 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Whitney joined Georgia Physical Therapy team May 2018 predominately treats at the Canton and Woodstock locations.  

Whitney became interested in the field of physical therapy and sports medicine when she was injured playing sports in high school.  She had such a wonderful experience rehabbing and seeing the benefits that she quickly set her sights on following this career path.  Her favorite part of her job is being able to educate patients oh how to take care of themselves through movement and exercise and seeing the results. 

Between various clinical rotations, work experience and her lifelong involvement in sports, Whitney has taken a special interest in working with female athletes, runners, and endurance athletes.  In her free time, she enjoys running and training for half and full marathons, hiking, traveling and spending time with her husband and son, their two dogs, and friends and family. 

Shannon Moore, PT, DPT

Shannon Moore joined GAPT in June 2018 and treats patients at our Canton and Woodstock Clinic locations.

Shannon graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science in 2012.  During her time at KSU Shannon started a physical fitness training company and worked as an office manager at a Physical Therapy clinic.  Shannon has always known she wanted to help people and go into a field of medicine, and it was these work experiences that led her to begin her path towards an education in physical therapy.  She was able to witness the recovery process that was made possible when compassionate healthcare providers work together with the patients to make them better.  Shannon attended Brenau University and graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018.

Shannon states, "I love that I can provide the knowledge and skills to help people recover and heal, but that they also gain an understanding about their body and how to care for it themselves."

When not in the clinic Shannon likes to spend time training, cooking, being outdoors and hanging out with friends. 

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