The Staff

Meet the team

Broadway V.A. Location Staff

Bill Whiteford

Bill Whiteford

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduated from East Carolina University in his hometown of Greenville, North Carolina, in 1976 and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in August 2009. His work experience has included acute care, teaching, and private practice. In 1986, Bill teamed up with Colleen Murphy to open Appalachian Physical Therapy in southwest Virginia, and they later relocated the practice to Harrisonburg and also married. His vision to combine fitness and physical therapy became a reality when Appalachian Physical Therapy and Fitness Center moved to a new facility in 1994. Bill specializes in orthopedic disorders, and has a special interest in foot problems. When not working, Bill enjoys hunting and training Labrador retrievers.

Colleen Whiteford

Colleen Whiteford

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist

Completed her physical therapy training at Saint Louis University in 1984, and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in August 2009. She also completed advanced training in trigger point dry needling and manual techniques, and became certified to perform dry needling in 2010. She worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, home health, and private practice until joining Bill in their own practice in 1986. She is well versed in treatment of orthopedic problems, and has a special interest in muscle pain, trigger points, and treatment of the widespread problems they cause. Colleen is originally from Warren, Michigan, and likes to garden, play music, bird hunt with Bill, and enjoys outdoor recreation.
Adam Van Nortwick

Adam Van Nortwick

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Certified Athletic Trainer

Graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. He was employed at Longwood University for three years as an athletic trainer before deciding to return to school to pursue a career in physical therapy. Adam earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in May 2013 and joined our staff at the Broadway office. He has a special interest in neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, sports medicine, and temporomandibular joint disorders. In December of 2013 he earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified from the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, which enables him to recognize and treat patterned pathomechanics which affect movement throughout the human body. Adam is originally from Saranac Lake, New York, and currently resides in Harrisonburg with his wife and son. He speaks Spanish and enjoys playing guitar, running, and spending time outdoors with his family and dogs.

Jennie Grove

Jennie Grove

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and a minor in Spanish. Upon graduation she earned her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) designation. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania in February 2010. After graduation, Jennie spent two years providing pro-bono physical therapy services and community development activities to the under-served residents of rural Jamaica. Upon returning to the U.S. in 2012 she moved to Virginia and has served as a home health and outpatient physical therapist working with the geriatric population in the Shenandoah Valley. She has also continued her work abroad leading and participating in short-term mission trips to Guatemala and Haiti. She believes in promoting overall health and fitness across the age spectrum, and has a special interest in Parkinson’s disease. In 2014 she became certified in LSVT BIG®, a treatment methodology that has been shown to improve gait speed and balance as well as the overall quality of life of patients with Parkinson’s disease. Jennie and her husband recently relocated to Harrisonburg, and are now anticipating the arrival of their son in January 2017. Originally from Ruch, Oregon, Jennie enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, volunteering, baking, sports and outdoor recreation, and reading a good book.

Pinehurst N.C. Location Staff

Karen Backall

Karen Backall

Physical Therapist

Graduated from Hahnemann Medical College’s Physical Therapy program in 1989. Karen’s work experience has included acute care, geriatrics, women’s health, and outpatient orthopedics. Karen recently participated in a research study for treating low back pain due to her placement in the top 10% of over 300 physical therapists nationwide for successful outcomes for this diagnosis. Karen has a special interest in outpatient orthopedics and women’s health. Karen and her spouse, Ray, reside on a farm in Cameron, NC. Home includes 9 horses, 3 dogs, and 3 cats. When not working or doing “farm chores,” Karen competes in the amateur hunter division and ballroom dances.

Ray Metzger

Ray Metzger

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist, graduated from the Ohio State University’s Physical Therapy Program in 1971. Ray’s specialty interests are pain management, outpatient orthopedics, sports medicine, and wound management. He is certified in myofascial trigger point dry needling through Myopain Seminars. Ray and his wife reside on a farm near Carthage, NC; “family” includes assorted horses, dogs, and cats. Ray’s off-duty interests include recreational riding and farm work; he is a certified ice hockey referee, a Master’s level ice hockey coach, and a fledgling ballroom dancer.
Teresa Walsh

Teresa Walsh

Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, graduated with her Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2011. She then attended Elon University where she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014. Teresa’s special interests include pain management, orthopedics, and sports rehabilitation. Teresa, who more commonly answers to “Teri”, is a native North Carolinian who now resides in Southern Pines. In her free time, Teri enjoys participating in outdoor sports, watching sports and movies, attending shows, and spending time with her family.

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