Columbus Staff

Dan LaPlaca, MEd, ATC, Physical Therapist

Dan is an owner and co-founder of PRO Physical Therapy, Inc. He holds degrees from Plymouth State University of the University System of New Hampshire, University of Virginia, and Medical University of South Carolina. He has experience in several healthcare settings and patient populations as a Physical Therapist. As a Certified Athletic Trainer, he has worked with athletes at all levels from recreational to professionals. His professional memberships include both the National and South Carolina chapters of the APTA.

Erin Alley

Erin Alley, MPT, Physical Therapist

Erin earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University where she played soccer and was an All American lacrosse player. Her Graduate Degree in Physical Therapy was earned at the University of Colorado Health Science Center. Erin has expertise in orthopedics, myofascial release, gait and balance problems, injury prevention and women’s health vestibular.

Nick Mang, DPT

Nick Mang, DPT, Physical Therapist

Nick Mang, who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in August 2015 with his doctorate of physical therapy, is the newest member of the PRO Physical Therapy family. He was raised in Hendersonville, NC, and is happy to be back home in the mountains to serve those living near and around Columbus. Nick has experience working with clients who require skilled intervention for orthopedic-related issues, as well as individuals who have neurological conditions. He has a special interest in treating those with foot and ankle ailments and has begun the service of custom foot orthotic fabrication at an affordable rate. In his free time, Nick enjoys engaging in church activities, spending quality time with his family, hiking, playing basketball, and playing his trumpet. He is excited that he has begun his career at PRO Physical Therapy and desires to provide the best quality physical therapy services for the community.

Theresa Wagoner

Theresa A. Wagoner, Physical Therapist

Theresa earned her physical therapy degree form Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. In her 20 year history as a physical therapist, she has practiced in various settings ranging from hospitals to specialized outpatient therapy clinics.

Theresa has experience with a wide range of orthopedic diagnoses and also has continuing education certificates in manual therapy, LE biomechanics and spinal care therapy.

Lori Geddings

Lori Geddings, Occupational Therapist

Lori attended undergraduate school at Georgia Southern University and she earned her Occupational Therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She has experience in a variety of healthcare settings and wide range of patient populations. Her expertise includes orthopedics, hand injuries, splinting, stroke and general rehabilitation. Lori lives in Tryon with her husband Jay and her two beautiful children Jackson and Madison.

Yvonne Dessoffy

Yvonne Dessoffy, Physical Therapist Assistant

Yvonne received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from St. Petersburg College, Florida. She has primarily practiced in outpatient orthopedic clinics with experience in many facets. Yvonne has been involved in the health and fitness profession for over 20 years. In addition to enjoying her role as a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, she is an enthusiastic group exercise instructor of fitness classes.

Kyle Barton

Kyle Barton, Physical Therapist Assistant

Kyle graduated the PTA program from Greenville Tech in 2008 and began working for PRO. Kyle has experience in Aquatics, Orthopedics and neuro. Kyle has a strong interest in athletic performance. Along with, Njele, our fitness director, Kyle has worked to develop SportFIT. This is a program designed to improve athletic performance while reducing the risk for injury.

Hannah Crawford

Hannah Crawford, Physical Therapist Assistant

Hannah graduated from the PTA program at South College in Asheville in 2014. She works in all areas of treatment in the physical therapy department, but really enjoys working with our aquatic therapy program here at PRO. Hannah, who is originally from Gaffney, SC, has been living in Polk County with her husband, Brad since 2013. She has two daughters, Hattie and Roselee. She enjoys her off time with the family.

Nancy Cunningham

Nancy Cunningham, Senior Class Instructor

Nancy graduated as a French major from Muhlenberg College, in Pennsylvania. After graduation she and her husband made their home in the U. S. Virgin Islands and Costa Rica, Central America for more than thirty years. Nancy’s first foray into the health field was a Personal Trainer Certification from “El Instituto de Salud” (Institute of Health) in Costa Rica and later as an AAFA Certified Trainer. She has now been in the field for over fifteen years. The Carolinas have been home for the past 10 years.

Tammy Warren

Tammy Warren, Administrative Assistant

Tammy has been a resident of Polk County for 15 years. She has been in the medical/mental health field for 13 years working as an assistant accountant and 3 years working at the front desk of a doctor’s office. She also has experience in Nutritional counseling and has helped many on the road to better health and losing weight. Tammy is office manager of the PRO Health & Fitness Center and serves as Administrative Assistant to owner, Dan LaPlaca. She is also a licensed Zumba Instructor and enjoys bringing passion for Zumba to her class.

Billie Jordan

Billie Jordan, Member Services Coordinator

Billie first came to PRO as a physical therapy patient after shoulder surgery. She is the Member Services Coordinator for the Fitness center and is the support staff for the Fitness Director and Personal Coaches. Billie spent most of her career in marketing and was a founding staff member of public radio station WNCW. She also worked as a textile design artist for 12 years. She enjoys family time, playing music, photography, hiking, traveling and camping.

Dianne Green

Dianne (Di) Green, Therapy Aide

After 30 years of teaching Elementary Physical Education in Polk, Buncombe and Henderson Counties, Di retired in June of 2013. She joined the PRO staff in 2014 and is currently a Physical Therapy Aide and Class Instructor. When not at PRO, Di stays busy at Tryon First Baptist Church singing in the choir, ringing hand bells and serving as a Deacon. Di and her husband, Mike, have two grown daughters, Carrie and Jamie. Although Di has learned to love the mountains, she misses the Outer Banks. She grew up in Elizabeth City, NC and still makes that trip often to see her family.

Leslie Hillenbrand

Louise (Lou) Hillenbrand, LMBT – Massage Therapist

Lou graduated from the Atlanta School of Massage in 1990 and specializes in deep tissue, neuromuscular, trigger-point and Swedish massage. In her spare time, she enjoys photography with a special interest in capturing nature and children/babies.

Monriel Harbison

Monriel Harbison, Administrative Assistant

Monriel works as the Insurance Specialist for the Physical Therapy department where she oversees insurance verification and case management for patients with worker’s compensation, veteran’s benefits, Medicare and Medicaid as well as other policies. She enjoys spending time with family, attending church and good action movies. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.

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