Lea Lyle is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee and has served 31 years in the PT field. She most enjoys working with people on a personal level and helping them return to what they enjoy doing. “I became a physical therapist because I had a desire to be involved in helping people achieve their goals,” Lea says. “I also had an interest in anatomy and exercise.”
Lea received a bachelor’s degree in deaf interpreting and education from Maryville College and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Lea is also LSVT BIG certified.
She would describe her role to her patients as someone who is a supporter, an encourager, and a motivator. She helps patients return to normality and most enjoys her interactions with them and other staff members. "I enjoy watching and helping patients achieve their goals," Leas says. "We have a great positive environment in our clinic." In her spare time, Lea enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, church, and cooking.
Lynne Johnson is a physical therapist and certified hand therapist for OrthoTennessee. She became a physical therapist to assist people in returning to the highest level of function and quality of life. She's served 24 years as a PT, 19 years as a CHT, and she is passionate about treating upper extremity issues. She also enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle. Lynne is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists.
Originally from Bucksport, ME, Lynne completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and quickly became a volunteer at heart. She went on to earn her degree in Physical Therapy from Tennessee State University. Lynne began her career as an Athletic Trainer and worked in a clinical setting as well as on the field with various high school teams. At OrthoTennessee, Lynne enjoys working with all age groups and levels of fitness and function.
According to Lynne, she would say her role is to guide patients in the recovery process from injury or surgery through safe and effective exercise, activity modification, posture training, and use of assistive devices as needed. She most enjoys the communication between her patients and herself. She loves teaching patients why therapy will help them and she enjoys helping them understand their injury/recovery process. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys mountain biking, Zumba, gardening, walking, hiking, and pottery. She also enjoys precious time with her family.
Jon van Leeuwen is a physical therapy assistant at OrthoTennessee. He became a PTA because he likes the variety of different personalities and diagnoses he sees in his patients. He also enjoys the challenge of helping patients meet their goals and return to their jobs or their sport.
John has an associates degree in science from South College in Knoxville. He has been a PTA for 5+ years and was self employed as a contractor for 20 years before he sold his company to attend school to become a PTA. He is also LSVT BIG certified.
John's role to his patients is to follow the right treatment plan and progress accordingly. He most enjoys the challenge in helping patients return to their recreational activities and everyday lives. "When a patient leaves our PT office and they walk like no injury or surgery ever occurred to them, then I feel as if we honored our commitment to helping them in the recovery process," John says. In his spare time, John enjoys church activities, shooting sports, realoading, and gunsmithing. He is married and has one child.
Susen Varghese Thomas is an occupational therapist with OrthoTennessee. “I became an occupational therapist because I wanted to work with people and wanted to see people get better,” Susen says. “What I enjoy most about my work is the interaction with patients.”
Susen received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy and a master’s in occupational therapy with a concentration in neuro rehabilitation from Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, University of Bombay. She has been practicing since 1992 and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Tennessee Occupational Therapy Association. Susen is also CHT certified.
Susen describes her role in the clinic as someone who helps patients regain their physical function and skills to a level comparable to previous function. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, reading, listening to music, and collecting coins and stamps.