Amy Hardy is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Amy has been a physical therapist since 2000. She helps coordinate the operations of the clinic and communicates with the orthopedists regarding physical therapy treatment. She strives to provide quality physical therapy to help patients return to a desired level of activity.
What she most enjoys about her work is getting to know people and advising them on how to recover from an orthopedic surgery or injury.
Christy Headla is a physical therapy assistant with OrthoTennessee. Christy’s passion for physical therapy began after her cousin suffered an ACL injury from skiing. Christy saw firsthand how physical therapy “scored the winning goal” in essence by facilitating the recovery post-surgery. Interacting with patients and playing a vital role in the recovery process is what Christy enjoys most about her position.
A graduate of Knoxville Business College, Christy holds an associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistance. Her career as a PTA began in 1999 and she enjoys working closely with the physical therapists to carry out the plan of care individualized for each patient. She has been in the field for 18 years.
Christy describes her role in the clinic as someone who helps patients with physical injuries and/ or surgery to regain strength, manage pain, and help them return to their daily functions. She most enjoys being able to witness and take part in a her patient's progressions. An avid sports fan, Christy and her husband enjoy tailgating and traveling and together to watch the Vols.
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.
Lindsey Smith is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with OrthoTennessee since 2017. “I became a physical therapist to help others get through their injuries or surgeries with as much care as my PT did through my own personal injury when I was in high school,” says Lindsey.
Lindsey received a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She has been practicing since May of 2016.
Lindsey describes her role in the clinic as someone who assists patients in gaining function in order to return to performing daily activities to the best of their ability, and hopefully, make them laugh throughout the journey. She enjoys getting to know people in the rehabilitation process and seeing them positively progress over time. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, concerts, UT sporting events, traveling, and reading. Lindsey adds, "Go Vols!"