Columbus Staff

Dan LaPlaca, PT, DPT, MEd
Doctor of Physical Therapy

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.


Lori Geddings

Lori Geddings, OT
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.


Melissa Davis

Melissa Davis, MPT
Physical Therapist

Melissa Davis earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from Appalachian State University and a master's degree in physical therapy from Western Carolina University. She has diverse experience in orthopedic physical therapy as well as specialty training in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, including certification in LST BIG. Her expertise allows her to help those facing muscle, bone and joint issues and neurological conditions of all types.


Hannah Crawford

Hannah Crawford, PTA
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
Office Manager

Tammy has been a resident of Polk County for 21 years. She serves as the office manager for Columbus and Rutherfordton and the administrative assistant to the owner, Dan LaPlaca.


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.


Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson
Insurance Specialist

Nicole is a former admissions coordinator for a rehabilitation facility in Florida. She grew up in Rutherfordton County. In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her daughter, playing music and camping.


Heber Najera

Heber Najera
Lead Physical Therapy Aide

Heber graduated from Appalachian State University with a Degree in Health Science and Physical Education. He works as our lead therapy aide. On the weekends when he is not working, Heber loves to spend time with family and working out.


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 handbells 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.


Rogelio Najera

Rogelio Najera
Personal Coach

Rogelio is currently a Personal Coach, Class Instructor and a Physical Therapy Aide. He has been living in Polk County since he was 10 years old. He graduated from Polk County High School and later got his personal training certification. In his spare time he likes to play and coach sports such as soccer, basketball and football. He also loves spending time with his friends and wife and daughter. He also enjoys working out.


Njele Singogo

Njele Singogo
Personal Coach

Njele grew up in Polk County where he graduated from Polk County High School. In 2011, He earned his bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from UNC Chapel Hill. He intends to go back to school to get his doctorate in Physical Therapy. In his spare time he likes to compete in recreational sports such as basketball and football.