Our mission is to provide effective, pro bono physical therapy services to the under-served
and under-insured population of western North Carolina. We strive to improve quality
of life, health, and function of our clients while serving the community and fostering
Physical therapists diagnose movement dysfunction that interferes with quality of life at any age, design treatment plans to restore and optimize function and prevent disability, and also promote healthy lifestyles and injury prevention by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs.
Mountain Area Pro Bono Health Service serves uninsured or under-insured individuals in western North Carolina, regardless of socio-economic or health status.
If you do not currently have physical therapy coverage, please call for full eligibility details: 828-227-3527.
Through the generosity of Harris Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Mountain Area Pro Bono Health Services is able to use their physical therapy clinic space, located on the first level of Western Carolina University's Health and Human Sciences Building at 3971 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee, NC.
Is pain limiting your ability to work or participate in activities you enjoy? Have you fallen or are you afraid of falling? Have you had an injury or illness that has limited your function? Have you had a stroke and are still trying to regain function?
Call 828.227.3527 to leave a voicemail and make an appointment. If you do not currently have physical therapy coverage, please call for full eligibility details.
Physical therapy services are provided by Doctor of Physical Therapy students under the direct supervision of licensed physical therapists.
Elly is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh. Elly came to western North Carolina to the PT program at WCU, and she currently lives in Sylva, NC, and works at Cherokee Indian Hospital and PRN at CarePartners Inpatient Rehabilitation. Elly is particularly interested in Parkinson’s disease, stroke, balance and gait dysfunction, and vestibular rehab. Elly is certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s and Tai Chi for arthritis. Elly loves to go biking, hiking, and camping in the mountains and go dancing in her free time.
Sae earned his B.S. in Exercise Science with honors at Georgia State University in 2000 and then earned a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at WCU in 2004. Sae has since worked as a PT throughout western NC in diverse settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, private homes, and outpatient clinics. Sae has advanced training and experience treating vertigo and other dizziness and balance issues. He is Astym certified, meaning he has the tools and training to provide the only regenerative rehab therapy currently known. He also has a passion for manual techniques to mobilize joints and soft tissue. Sae has advanced knowledge in yoga, strength training, exercise physiology, and cycling.
Sandy is a physical therapist and board-certified specialist in pediatrics. She received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 1998 and has been working with Harris Regional Hospital providing physical therapy to young children since 1998. She serves as the Clinical Coordinator for Harris Regional Hospital's pediatric rehabilitation services. Sandy also has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Prior to working as a PT, she has 12 years of experience as a social worker, primarily working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Jon earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Franklin Pierce University in Manchester, NH in 2009. He currently works in the outpatient and inpatient settings with Mission Health, primarily at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and Angel Medical Center. He also has experience in inpatient rehabilitation and home health physical therapy. Jon has a variety of physical therapy interests which include manual therapy, soft tissue mobilization, and myofascial work. In addition, Jon has interests in working with a number of populations including geriatrics, general orthopedics, and patients with neurological and vestibular conditions. Jon is an avid runner and has completed several full and half marathons. He enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and trail running, fishing, cycling, farming, and spending time with his wife and three children.
Josh earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from WCU in 2015. He then completed an orthopedic residency at Nxt Gen Institute and is now a PT Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist. Josh currently works as the Clinic Coordinator at Harris Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy clinic in Cullowhee, NC. In addition, Josh has certifications in dry needling and direct access physical therapy (DAC). As a physical therapist, Josh finds particular interests in neuroscience and pain, neurophysiology, mechanical transduction through manual therapy, and exercise programming. He plans to further his professional career by pursuing a fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy.
Mountain Area Pro Bono Health Services Student Board members are elected each year from the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. This group of dedicated students is guided by faculty member Dr. Ashley Hyatt. The students' energy and commitment, along with Dr. Hyatt's experience and enthusiasm, make the clinic a reality. Current 1st-year students interested in joining the Student Board please complete the Application.
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