Brigina Wilkerson is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She received a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in biology from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1988 and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 1990 where she also completed post-graduate work. She received her Manual Therapy Certification from the University of St. Augustine in Florida in 1997. She is also certified in Graston, and KinesioTaping.
Brigina has practiced physical therapy in East Tennessee since 1990 and has experience in acute care, home health, nursing home, outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine.
“My practice especially has been focused in outpatient orthopedic and the sports medicine arena over the past 20 years,” Brigina says.
She says her role in the clinic is the clinical site coordinator for operations at the West location. She manages both physical therapy and occupational therapy services. In addition to her administrative functions, she also performs a clinical role performing initial musculoskeletal evaluations and testing, sets up treatment plans to address mechanical or functional limitations, carries out therapeutic intervention, and assesses the ongoing effect of the intervention. She also supervises support staff.
“I became a physical therapist because I enjoy interacting with people,” Brigina says. “I was an athlete and experienced it first-hand.”
What she enjoys most about her job is interacting with staff and seeing the end result of an individual returning to the highest functional level—whether it’s work related or the result of a sport or recreational activity.
She has served as an adjunct faculty member in the physical therapy assistant programs at Walters State and Roane State Community Colleges. She is a member of the physical therapy committee for the state licensing board and current chair.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association, an instructor for the American Red Cross, and is a volunteer with various community organizations. She is a board member of EWGA-Greater Knoxville Chapter.
In her spare time, Brigina enjoys traveling, athletics, golf, scuba diving, fly fishing, and spending time with her family—“especially my nephews.”
Shane Fulmer is the Director of Hand Therapy and an occupational therapist with OrthoTennessee. He received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University, completed a hand therapy fellowship in Houston in 1998 and received the hand therapy certification in 1999.
An occupational therapist since 1992, Shane enjoys having the opportunity to improve the daily functioning of individuals in need.
“I like to meet new people, Shane says, “and my role is to assist in returning you to your prior level of functioning.”
In his spare time, Shane likes to be home with his family. He has two daughters, Madison, 10 and Sidney, seven.
Andrea McDowell is a physical therapy assistant with OrthoTennessee. “I became a physical therapy assistant because I enjoy working with people and helping them through the recovery process,” Andrea says. She has worked in outpatient orthopeadics he entire career.
Andrea received an associate’s degree from Roane State Community College and has been a practicing physical therapy assistant since 2003. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor, and she is certified in Graston technique.
She describes her role in the clinic as carrying out treatment programs to get patients back to doing what they enjoy and improving their quality of life. In her spare, time she enjoys cycling and spending time with her family. She is married and has three daughters and one stepson.
Cathy Shope is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She has been a physical therapist since 1981. “I decided to become a physical therapist when I was in middle school after going to a physical therapy session with my dad,” Cathy says. “He had hand surgery and they helped him return to work and playing golf.”
Cathy received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.
Cathy says her role in the clinic is to specialize in all aspects of orthopedic treatments and rehabilitation including industrial medicine. She works with patients injured at work and strives to return them to enjoying life again. She enjoys working with people and seeing patients return to work, sports, and normal activities quickly. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys being on the lake, water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. She has two sons and one grandchild.
Tommi Stubbs is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia.
Tommi has been a physical therapist since 1974 and describes her clinical role as evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions to enable patients to return to work or sports in a timely fashion.
“I became a physical therapist because I wanted to work with the public and thought physical therapy would be a very rewarding career. What I enjoy most about my job is patient interaction.”
In her spare time, Tommi enjoys walking, reading and traveling with family.
David Whaley is a physical therapy assistant with OrthoTennessee. He has been a physical therapy assistant since 2001. “I became a physical therapy assistant to help people return to activity, sports and recreation,” David says. “What I enjoy most about my work is helping people.”
David received an associate’s degree from Walters State Community College and has always been interested in outpatient orthopeadics. As a credentialed clinical instructor, he enjoys supervising student PTAs and other observation volunteers.
David says his role in the clinic is to assist therapists in carrying out the plan of care for patients. In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports and movies, hiking, and spending time with his family.
Siri Hamilton is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. A physical therapist since 1997, she has a special interest in the treatment of patients with disorders of the spine. “My goal is to educate patients, thus empowering them to become independent with daily self treatment and prevention of recurrence of back pain.”
Siri received an associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 1984 from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 1997. She has completed post graduate training and certification at the McKenzie Institute USA in the McKenzie Method of Medical Diagnosis and Therapy.
In her spare time, Siri enjoys exercise, in the gym and outdoors, hiking, cycling and running.
Danna Carver is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She has been practicing in the field for 21 years. "Both of my parents were in the healthcare profession, so it was all I ever knew," says Danna. "When in college, I volunteered at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic and then worked as a PT Tech here in town." She enjoys working and forming relationships with her patients the most.
Danna studied Pre-Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Knoxville and obtained her bachelor of science degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She has a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from St. Augustine where she obtained a Manual Therapy Certification as well. After school, she worked as a traveling PT for several years in Florida, Texas, and Washington.
Danna says her role in the clinic is to learn about her patient's physical conditions and symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help them achieve any functions deficits. "I'm here to offer support and hep my patients understand how to make sense of their diagnosis," says Danna. She enjoys fishing, playing golf, and spending time with her two daughters in her spare time.