Brian Hicks is an athletic trainer with OrthoTennessee. He received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee.
Brian has been an athletic trainer since 1994. He is affiliated with the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
He became an athletic trainer to stay involved with athletics and to help people achieve their goals. He describes his role in the clinic as being a clinician that will help patients meet their rehabilitation goals and is functionally minded with a focus on the whole body when treating injuries.
According to Brian the most enjoyable thing about being an athletic trainer is having the ability to help individuals return to their previous level of function. “I enjoy helping people realize their potential whether they think they can do it or not,” Brian says.
He says he enjoys working with young athletes in the area of performance enhancement and also enjoys hunting and spending time with his family.
Brett Bjornstad is a Physical Therapist Assistant with Ortho Tennessee. Brett received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his PTA degree from South College.
Brett’s role in the clinic includes following the patient’s treatment plan and progressing them back to their previous level of function as quickly and as safely as possible.
Brett has been involved in sports all of his life and has been injured several times, some requiring surgery to repair the damage and therapy to regain lost function. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol in Ober Gatlinburg where he has been a volunteer and pro-patroller for twenty five years. He serves as a First Responder First Aid Caregiver.
When asked about therapy, Brett says, “I have been through a lot of therapy myself and have had great results. When delivering therapy, I enjoy getting to know my client and assisting them back to prior activity levels. I feel that my experience as a patient assists me in putting patients at ease, because I truly understand what they are experiencing.”
A lifelong interest in both health and sports made occupational therapy a natural career choice for Tami. Originally from Michigan, Tami completed her undergraduate at Central Michigan University earning her bachelor’s degree in health fitness and corporate promotion. She continued her education at Western Michigan University earning her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She began her career in 1995 working with hand surgeons in Michigan prior to moving to East Tennessee. Tami obtained her hand certification in 2003 and continues to enjoy the complexities that accompany such an injury that can have such an impact on a patient’s functionality and independence.
Tami enjoys the challenge that each day brings with the variety of injuries and conditions she helps patients work through to return to daily activities, work and hobbies. Outside of working diligently with patients through recovery, Tami volunteers with local dog rescue organizations. She also enjoys boating, hiking and working on home improvement projects.
Charles “Chuck” Korzybski is a physical therapy assistant with OrthoTennessee. He received an associate’s degree in physical therapy assistance from South College in Knoxville.
Chuck has been a physical therapy assistant since 1999. He says his role in the clinic includes following the patient’s treatment plan and progressing her/him back to normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
“I became a physical therapy assistant to help people,” Chuck says, “–especially those attempting to return to sports or athletics.”
In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, playing softball, and attending sporting events—especially football and baseball.
Melissa as always had an interest in sports medicine and in high school served as manager for the wrestling and football teams where she worked closely with the team physical therapist and developed a love for the profession.
Melissa began her professional career as a pediatric therapist where she practiced for 13 years. She enjoyed the constant challenge of incorporating work and play in working with children. She has since returned to general orthopedics which is truly where her passion lies. She enjoys working with patients through the hurt and fear to achieve a functional return to life with independence and decreased pain.
She and her husband have two girls and they enjoy traveling together as well as watching movies.
Carolyn Pendergast is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist with 12 years experience in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and the fabrication and fitting of upper extremity orthotics. She specializes in treating disorders of the hand and upper extremity. Carolyn's drive to become an Occupational Therapist was fueled by her desire to help individuals with injuries or illness return to independent living.
Carolyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in 1995 and a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman's University in 1999. She began practicing in 1999, and later in 2003, became a Certified Hand Therapist.
If Carolyn were to describe her role to her patients, she would say that her desire is to work with patients in establishing and helping plan their rehabilitation goals. She most enjoys meeting members of the community and helping them achieve their goals. In Carolyn's spare time she enjoys reading, camping, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with her family.
Marketta Styles is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee and has been working with patients for 20 years. “I became a physical therapist because I was involved in gymnastics and was very interested in how the body works,” Marketta says. She is also a certified athletic trainer.
Marketta has been a physical therapist since 1997. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Marketta would describe her role to her patients as being an educator on how to improve health and proper recovery from surgery or an injury. She most enjoys meeting new people and making a positive impact on the lives of others. In her spare time, Marketta enjoys going to the lake, biking, hiking, watching her children enjoy sports, dance, and hanging out in her backyard. She married to her husband, Damon, and has three children.
Emily Boyer is a doctor of physical therapy new to OrthoTennessee in May of 2017. She has been practicing physical therapy since May of 2016 and enjoys working with a variety of patients. She became a physical therapist because she enjoys working with people and getting to know them. Emily says, "This profession allows me to build relationships with those that I am able to serve."
Emily attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. Later she attended the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, where she received her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. She has experience in both neuro and orthopedic specialties.
Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being involved in her church, and spending time hiking, running, and being outdoors.
Ross Stevenson is a doctor of physical therapy at OrthoTennessee. Before becoming licensed in 2015, Ross was an intern at OTN in 2013 as a physical therapy student. Ross says he wanted to become a physical therapist because of his interest in exercise and its role in the rehabilitation process after an injury or after surgery.
Ross has a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Ross' role to his patients as a physical therapist is to evaluate each patient's limitations and develop a plan for exercises, activity, and manual therapy that will help reduce and eliminate those limitations. After this process, patients can carry out a plan to become more knowledgeable about how to prevent injury recurrence.
In his spare time, Ross enjoys fishing and hiking with his family. He and his wife live in Knoxville with their son.