New Year, New Faces at NPT

We’ve recently had some staff additions and changes that will enhance our ability to serve even a wider population of patients at an expert level.

First, we want to wish a fond farewell to Allison Gilland, DPT, who was with us for more than 2 years as a staff physical therapist. Allison and her husband Derrick welcomed their first baby, son Jack, in early January. Allison is now a full time mom and enjoying the joys and challenges that comes with that. We miss her smiling face each day!

To fill Allison’s void, Charlotte Weingartner, PT, DPT, OCS, has now come on as a full time physical therapist. Charlotte previously treated patients about 7 hours/week at our clinic while she worked full time with home health patients. You can read more about Charlotte here, where you’ll see that she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clinic. We are truly excited to have her proficiency in women’s health, hand therapy and orthopedic certification.

We have also added a part-time Physical Therapist Assistant to our team. Brooke Ashe, PTA, has been working for us on an as-needed basis for about 6 months, and now comes to us permanently on Mondays and Thursdays. Her professional and positive demeanor is a hit with patients and we are glad to see her twice a week!

Finally, we’ve added another element to our goal of overall wellness for our patients. Dr. Charlie Vargas approached me months ago about teaming up to provide medical acupuncture at our clinic – he provides the brains, we provide the building. Dr. Vargas is well respected in the community and known for treating his patients the “old school” way – not rushing them, listening to their concerns, and truly being compassionate. You can read more about medical acupuncture here, and I encourage you to talk with your therapist or your primary care physician to see whether or not you’d be a good candidate for this treatment.

As always, I welcome feedback that you have, both good or bad, as we work to grow, improve and serve the people of Western North Carolina. So please contact me if you’ve had an experience you want to share to help us with those goals. I want to hear about therapists you’ve had a good relationship with, therapists who may not fit with your personality (and why), exercises or treatments that are or aren’t working, equipment you like….anything that you feel can help us do our jobs better. We thank you for your business.