Mills River Staff

Jeanette Witherspoon

Nick Mang, PT, DPT
Clinic Director

Nick Mang graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with his doctorate degree in physical therapy in August 2015. He finds great pleasure in serving those with orthopedic and neurological conditions. In addition to providing an array of manual therapy techniques, Nick is certified in dry needling through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. Dry needling is an evidence-based skill set that has proven to decrease pain and restore muscle, joint, and connective tissue quality and function. Nick is also skilled in assessment of foot and ankle dysfunction and in corrective custom foot orthotic fabrication. Many patients have found great relief from chronic foot/ankle pain with these insoles. When Nick is not at work, you can find him playing his trumpet or piano, serving his community, and enjoying lake life with his family.

Jeanette Witherspoon

Jeanette Shoemaker, DPT
Physical Therapist

Jeanette received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in April of 2017. She also graduated with a Bachelor's in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University in 2014. She has a background in treating patients with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, and musculoskeletal issues in both outpatient and hospital settings. She is certified in Dry Needling which she uses to treat trigger points and tight musculature in certain patients. She is originally from Ohio but decided to move to North Carolina with her fiancé after her graduation. She loves the hiking and views that the mountains in this area offer, making this an excellent place to live. If you have any suggestions on places to hike or things to do in this area, don't hesitate to give her suggestions! She also enjoys swimming, searching for waterfalls, reading, and spending time with her fiancé at home. She joined the Mills River Physical Therapy team in 2017 and is thrilled to have found such an excellent place to work with such wonderful people.

Jenny Alderson

Jenny Alderson, DPT
Physical Therapist

Jennifer Alderson "Jenny" earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2011. She is passionate about helping persons with neurological conditions maximize their functional mobility so that they can reach their goals and experience high quality of life. She has experience working in neuro-rehab and tailoring exercises to meet the needs and abilities of patients in a variety of settings both domestically and internationally including: inpatient rehab, skilled nursing facilities, in home therapy, and *her very favorite setting* outpatient rehab. In 2013, Jenny's drive to grow in her ability to provide excellent care to patients with neurological conditions led her to further pursue this passion by becoming board-certified (through the American Board of PT Specialists) as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Additionally, Jenny is certified in Parkinson's Wellness Recovery, an evidence-based approach for slowing the rate of progression of Parkinson's Disease. She has also participated in advanced training for the treatment of various vestibular conditions. If you are struggling with dizziness, unsteadiness or general immobility, or if you've been diagnosed with stroke, Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain Barre, concussion, or another neurological condition, Jenny would love to work with you! In her free time, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter while enjoying the mountains, rivers and waterfalls of WNC, traveling the world, artful baking, and capturing meaningful moments through child and family photography.

Maura Fortin

Maura Fortin, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Maura graduated from Springfield technical college in Massachusetts as a physical therapist assistant in 1987. She moved to Hollywood, Florida where she practiced in outpatient/sports and rehab centers until physical therapy brought her back into a sports center in 2016. Maura then relocated to NC and was hired by Mills River PT in 2020. She is gifted in helping others heal and improving the quality of their lives. She is honored and privileged to continue with PRO Physical Therapy to carry on the "Lacy Dylewski legacy" in Mills River.

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