PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PILATES INSTRUCTORS

Heather Herod Cole Portrait

Heather Herod Cole, PT, COMT, CPI, CMTPT
Owner, P3

Physical Therapist
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist – Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars
Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Myopain Seminars
Pilates Instructor & former Educator – Polestar Pilates
Trained in STOTT PILATES Level I program

Heather Herod Cole minored in Business Administration while earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. She has extensive post-graduate experience in orthopedics, manual therapy and dance medicine, including completing the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries “Principles of Dance Medicine” curriculum. She is certified in orthopedic manual physical therapy via Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She is the official physical therapist for New Dialect, helps with PT for Found Movement Group, and has previously served as a physical therapist for Nashville Ballet.

Heather earned her rehabilitation-based certification in Pilates in March 2012 via Polestar Pilates. Combining Pilates into her physical therapy practice had been a long-term goal of Heather’s and is what motivated her to start a practice that combined both modalities together. Heather is privileged to work with an amazing group of people that make P3: Precision Physical Therapy & Pilates what it is today. The superb continuity of care that patients receive is due to the talented team of Pilates instructors & physical therapists.

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Jeannie Newton, DPT, COMT, CMTPT

Physical Therapist
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist – Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars
Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Myopain Seminars
Certified Pilates Instructor – Polestar Pilates

Jeannie Newton has been a physical therapist since 2002, with practical experience in acute care, home health and outpatient settings. She was also part owner/operator of a physical therapy business for three years, and is now an enthusiastic new addition to the P3 family.

Jeannie was certified as a Pilates instructor by Polestar Pilates in 2000, where she had the privilege of studying under owner Brent Anderson, PT. She first began studying and practicing Pilates in 1990 in New York City while attending NYU. She was also a professional dancer for thirteen years and performed at Opryland as well as in various CMT videos and various shows around the country.

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Amanda McGee, PT, DPT, CPI, CMTPT

Physical Therapist
Trained in Manual Therapy – Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars
Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist – Myopain Seminars
Certified Pilates Instructor – STOTT PILATES 

Amanda McGee is originally from Nashville, TN where she quickly realized her love for dancing and movement. She received a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University and is a STOTT PILATES reformer certified instructor. She is certified in dry needling for myofascial trigger points via Myopain Seminars in 2019. Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. During her time at FSU, Amanda was a member of the Dance Repertory Theatre under the direction of Lynda Davis. She has worked with internationally recognized choreographers such as Dan Wagoner, Gerri Houlihan, Monica Bill Barnes, Alan Danielson, Stephen Koester, and Wallie Wolfgruber. In 2008, Amanda choreographed and had her work produced in the Days of Dance concert at Florida State University. In 2009, Amanda received an arts administrative internship at Susan Marshall & Company and a physical therapy internship at Westside Dance Physical Therapy, under Marika Molnar, as a part of the FSU in NYC dance program. She is a physical therapist for Found Movement Group in Nashville, TN.

Amanda’s passion for physical therapy and Pilates resulted from a personal experience after an ankle injury and surgery while dancing. She has clinical and work experience in the areas of outpatient orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, acute and sub-acute care rehab, and skilled nursing. Amanda has numerous years of experience teaching dance and Pilates to all ages. Amanda is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including the Orthopedics and Performing Arts Special Interest Group. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and loves being a part of the P3 team!

Amanda is married to another physical therapist, and they have two sweet sons and a dog. They all enjoy family, friends, and being outside as much as possible!

Ashley Hodges, DPT

Physical Therapist
Certified in dry needling – Integrated Dry Needling
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
Active Release Technique – Trained

Ashley received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Belmont University in 2011, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee. She has extensive training in manual techniques including a full body certification in Active Release Technique, Functional Range Conditioning mobility as well as being certified in Dry Needling.

Being a former dancer herself, Ashley had a special interest in working with the performing arts population. She spent two years as the touring physical therapist for Billy Elliot the Musical before working in New York City on multiple Broadway shows including The King and I, The Lion King, West Side Story, and more.

Ashley most recently served as Shania Twain’s personal physical therapist on her NOW world tour, and also traveled with Duran Duran treating the band members on their latest world tour.

Ashley is very excited to be back in her home state of Tennessee, and thrilled to be on the team at P3!

Ashley Hodges Portrait

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Alex Bars, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
Pilates Instructor – Trained – Polestar Pilates
Dry Needling – Trained – Myopain Seminars

Alex received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University in 2014. As a Nashville native, she decided to move back to her hometown and pursue her career in physical therapy driven by her passion for helping others and serving the Nashville community. Alex received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University in 2018.

Alex has clinical experience in the areas of outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and pelvic health. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association. She has completed the 1st level of the CAPP (Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health) pelvic series of the APTA. She is also trained in the Comprehensive Series of Polestar Pilates. Additionally, Alex is trained in dry needling for myofascial trigger points via Myopain Seminars.  She is excited to be joining the wonderful P3 team!

In her free time, Alex enjoys being outdoors, watching football, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Fallon Messer, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist
Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
Certified Running Gait Analyst
USATF (Track & Field) Coach Level 1
Trained in Manual Therapy—Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars
Dry Needling – Trained—Structure and Function
*Social Media Coordinator – P3*

Fallon is originally from Virginia where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia in 2014 where she pursued a Distinguished Major’s tract which culminated in a formal written thesis and independent research project in the field of epigenetics. Fallon originally wanted to pursue a MD/PhD however was drawn to physical therapy after training for her first half marathon. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018.

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Barbara Zwerner, MSPT, CPI

Physical Therapist
Orthopedic Manual Therapist – Trained
Certified Pilates Instructor – Balanced Body Pilates

Barbara has been a physical therapist for almost 20 years since obtaining her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. She has practical experience in a chronic-pain management clinic as well as acute care and pediatrics; but, her primary experience and focus has been in outpatient orthopedics. She has had specialty training in a number of exercise approaches and manual therapy techniques, and she is also a comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Pilates certification through Balanced Body in 2010 and had the privilege to train under Elizabeth Larkam, co-founder of Polestar Pilates and nationally recognized as a pioneer of merging Pilates with rehabilitation.

Prior to moving to Nashville, Barbara practiced physical therapy in Alabama and California while her husband attended medical school and residency. They have been happily settled in Nashville for over 10 years and find it the perfect place to raise their family. She has a passion for physical therapy and helping people achieve pain-free movement. She has always identified as an athlete and despite hitting mid-40’s and raising 3 busy boys, being physically active is still a high priority. Her current favorite ways to keep moving are biking, hiking, running, Pilates, yoga, barre classes, rock climbing and playing tennis and ultimate frisbee.

Chris Williams, PT, PhD, DPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

– Doctorate of Physical Therapy
– Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist
– Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists

Chris started her graduate studies in the field of biochemistry, earning a PhD from Vanderbilt University. After several years in the research world, she decided to change careers, earning her DPT from Belmont University. A life-long learner, she has continued her post-graduate education through residency and fellowship programs with the Ola Grimsby Institute, a manual therapy and exercise-based curriculum that marries the subcellular detail of her biochemical background with biomechanical and neurophysiologic principles utilized in physical therapy rehabilitation. In the outpatient clinic, she has worked primarily with chronic pain patients. This population can be difficult, as often there are postural and movement pattern changes that resulted from the original injury that last beyond the normal tissue healing. Untangling these changes and optimizing a client’s mobility and strength is a challenge she embraces.

In her spare time, Chris enjoys competing in triathlons, open water swimming, yoga, roller blading, reading and doing puzzles.

Chris Williams Portrait

 

PELVIC HEALTH TEAM

Katie Lakoff, PT, DPT, Cert MDT

Physical Therapist
Pelvic Health Specialist
Certified MDT Therapist
Certified – IPSI Pain Neuroscience Education

Originally from Memphis, TN, Katie moved to Nashville upon graduating from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with her Doctor of Physical Therapy and Alpha Eta honors.  Prior to that, Katie played collegiate soccer at Freed-Hardeman University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

Katie’s interest in physical therapy began after minor injuries while playing soccer throughout the years.  She began her physical therapy practice in orthopedics before specializing in pelvic health physical therapy. Katie is passionate about treating a variety of pelvic health conditions and educating others on the importance of pelvic floor rehabilitation.  She has completed the Pelvic Floor Capstone through the Herman and Wallace Institute as well as numerous other courses in pre-partum, post-partum, post-menopausal, post-prostatectomy, and rectal/pelvic pain rehabilitation.  Katie has attained the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) through Herman and Wallace as well. She is a Certified MDT clinician with training in pain neuroscience education, Maitland-Australian approach, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment.

In her spare time Katie enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her Husband, Lincoln and dog, Huey.

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Abby Conrady, PT, DPT, Cert MDT

Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Certified MDT Therapist
Pelvic Health Specialist
ISPI Pain Neuroscience Education – Certified

Abby graduated with honors from Saint Louis University with her Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2014 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2016. Upon graduation, Abby moved to Nashville to start her career in physical therapy in the outpatient orthopedic setting.

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Becca Eddings, PT, DPT

Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Pelvic Health Specialist
Manual Therapy – Trained
Functional Dry Needling – Certified

Becca received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University in 2019, after
graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from The University of Tennessee in 2015.
Upon graduation, Becca solidified her passion for pelvic floor physical therapy while working at
a pelvic health specialty clinic in Boulder, CO. As a Nashville native, Becca has made the move
back home to continue her career as a pelvic floor physical therapist closer to family and the
Nashville community.

She has experience treating a variety of pelvic health conditions and has completed numerous
courses through Herman & Wallace Institute specializing in rehabilitation for pelvic pain,
pregnancy, post-partum, voiding dysfunction, and other pelvic-related populations. She is
extremely passionate about pelvic PT and loves educating and normalizing the importance of
rehabilitation of this region of the body. In addition, Becca is certified in functional dry needling
through Evidence in Motion. She is thrilled to be joining the P3 team!

In her free time Becca enjoys all things outdoors, long walks/hikes, a good true crime novel or
podcast, spending time with her fiancé, Charlie, and snuggling her cat, Finn.

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Michele Baeder PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Pelvic Health Physical Therapist—Herman and Wallace
Certified Dry Needling—Evidence in Motion
200 Hour Level Yoga Instructor— LYT Yoga

Michele earned her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Army-Baylor University in 2015. She started her career as an active-duty Army physical therapist and served for 8 years. Her clinical experience in and out of the army spans hospital, out-patient orthopedic, and pelvic health settings. Michele is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedics and is trained in pelvic health through the Herman and Wallace Institute. In 2020, she became certified as a yoga instructor through LYT yoga, an anatomy-based yoga practice.

Michele has been a lifelong competitive athlete and found her interest in physical therapy while recovering from injuries herself. She is passionate about working with endurance athletes return to the activities they love.  Michele is also experienced in working with a variety of pelvic health conditions, with time spent working in a specialized pelvic health clinic. She is educated in trauma informed care and is dedicated to creating a comfortable environment for all patients.

Michele competed as a division 1 varsity rower at the University of Dayton and continues to row competitively. She enjoys running, yoga, swimming, hiking, and reading in her free time as well. She made the move to Nashville in 2020 and is loving living in central Tennessee.

 

PILATES INSTRUCTORS

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Dawn Murry

Certified Pilates Instructor
*Available for virtual sessions only*

Dawn, a native of New England, moved to Nashville from Bedford, New Hampshire in June of 2017. She is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor and has been teaching Pilates since 2000. After teaching all types of group fitness for many years, Pilates became her true passion and she was STOTT PILATES certified in Mat & Reformer (2005) and Injuries & Special Populations (2011). Dawn is an American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Group Exercise Instructor and holds additional certifications in TRX, Spinning, and Kickboxing.  Her work as a group exercise instructor and as a Pilates trainer has provided extensive experience training athletes as well as individuals with injuries or chronic conditions.

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Michal Harvey

Certified Pilates Instructor

Michal Harvey is a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor through Balanced Body, a ballet teacher, and a former professional ballet dancer. Michal was first exposed to Pilates as a supplement to her ballet training at the age of fifteen. She saw an immediate improvement in her alignment, strength, and flexibility, and has continued to cross-train with Pilates throughout her professional career. As an instructor, she is passionate about instilling a love of anatomical precision and the joy of movement in every youth and adult she encounters.

A Nashville native, Michal trained with The Centennial Youth Ballet. In 2010 she earned a B.A in Dance from Belhaven University. After graduation, Michal pursued a number of dance performance opportunities with regional companies in Jackson, MS; Jerusalem, Israel; and Fort Worth, Texas, where she danced professionally with Ballet Concerto for three years.

Michal relocated back to Nashville in 2013 to a full-time faculty position with The School of Nashville Ballet. She received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Belmont University in 2019. Michal is excited to be joining the P3 team!

When Michal isn’t in the studio, you’ll find her gardening, hiking Radnor Lake with her black lab Jess, or out on the dance floor with her husband Benton!

Michal Harvey Portrait

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Sarah Englert

Certified Pilates Instructor

As a teenager, Sarah was introduced to the Pilates practice through mat classes, to strengthen her core as a ballet dancer. Later in life, Sarah experienced the benefits of the Pilates Reformer to tone the finer local muscles for injury prevention and precision in movements. Receiving her training in the Polestar Pilates method to bring physical therapy knowledge into movement sequences, Sarah is also NCPC (formerly PMA) certified.

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Casey Blackwelder, PT

Certified Pilates Instructor

Casey has been a physical therapist since graduating from The University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017 and has experience in both neuro and orthopedic settings. Her interest in Pilates began when she observed the difference one of her patients was making in body awareness and control after beginning Pilates classes. Casey began learning more about Pilates and taking classes herself. She quickly fell in love with the functional combination of mobility and stability involved in Pilates and realized how beneficial this could be for her patients. She completed her education and is an official graduate of Polestar Pilates comprehensive Pilates program. When not treating patients or teaching Pilates, Casey attempts to be outside as much as possible. She enjoys hiking, going to concerts, running with her husband, and snuggling with their dog Beaux.

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Tammy Wilson

Certified Pilates Instructor

Tammy is a certified comprehensively trained Balanced Body Pilates instructor. After challenging postpartum issues following the delivery of her second child, Tammy found and used Pilates as a way to continue her physical therapy regimen and healing process. Pilates helped her alignment and gave her a sense of freedom within her body that she had not experienced since giving birth.

Tammy is certified in May other movement modalities including barre and Y12SR yoga, which aids in the healing of trauma and addiction. She is also a vinyasa yoga teacher and has studied yin yoga and the anatomy of breath (with Leslie Kaminoff). Prior to pursuing a career as a movement professional she worked in the rehabilitation world as a COTA. Tammy’s training and personal journey have given her a keen eye for alignment and the wisdom to aid others on their path to wellness and healing.

Tammy currently lives in Brentwood with her amazing husband, awesome two kids and spunky two labradoodles.

Hannah Yoder

Certified Pilates Instructor

Hannah is a comprehensively certified STOTT Pilates instructor of 12 years, a former dancer, and assisted stretch therapist specializing in back pain and post-rehabilitation. During her 6 years owning a rehabilitative Pilates studio in Austin, TX, Hannah worked with a myriad of clients with needs ranging from scoliosis management to elite athletic conditioning.

Her interest in therapeutic exercise began after suffering chronic back pain for many years as a dancer. Her dedication to her personal healing journey led her to study Pilates, fascial stretch techniques, and assisted PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) modalities, as well as receive mentorship from experts in physical therapy, rolfing and chiropractic.

Her precise approach is aimed to help you release areas of restriction, align your body to its optimal position, and strengthen your correct alignment and movement patterns so you can enjoy the activities you love pain-free. Whether you are recovering from an injury, managing stress, or are reaching for your next athletic goal, Hannah is here to help.

Hannah Yoder Portrait

FRONT DESK TEAM

Our Amazing Front Desk Team

(Pictured Left to Right)
Whitney Whittaker (Office Manager), Brianna Razo, Lora Hatchett, Matthew

 

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