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Broadway Office
Colleen Whiteford
, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist, 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, 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 orthopedic and musculoskeletal dysfunction, sports medicine, and temporomandibular joint disorders. He is currently seeking certification through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, which focuses on addressing patterned pathomechanics extending throughout the body. Adam is originally from Saranac Lake, New York, and currently resides in Harrisonburg with his wife and infant son. He speaks Spanish and enjoys playing guitar, running, and spending time outdoors with his family and dogs.

Bridgewater Office
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 phyiscal 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.

Tara Fulk, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Athletic Trainer Certified, graduated from Virgina Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia's physical therapy program in 2001, and completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in December 2009. After graduation in 2001, she joined Appalachian Physical Therapy at the Broadway facility and then managed the Harrisonburg South office before consolidating our Harrisonburg offices. She now manages the Bridgewater facility. Tara has a special interest in orthopedics, sports medicine, and wound care.  She is originally from Bridgewater, where she now resides with her husband and two children. Tara enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, sports, and reading.

Pinehurst Office
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, Physical Therapist, graduated from the Ohio State University’s Physical Therapy Program in 1971. Ray’s specialty interests are pain management, outpatient orthopaedics, sports medicine, and wound management. 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.

Jonathan Cole, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and is now a proud resident of Southern Pines. He began collegiate education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science in 2008. He then continued his education at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011. While on an Internship during his physical therapy education, Jonathan discovered Appalachian Physical Therapy in Pinehurst, realizing the patient-first care and evidence based practice was the epitome of the physical therapist's dream and began working for Appalachian Physical Therapy in the summer of 2011. Jonathan became a physical therapist in order to actively improve the quality of life for the members of his community, not only to educate patients, but also to learn from them. Outside of the clinic, Jonathan enjoys running with his dog, Shiloh, spending time with family, and participating in a wide range of exercise disciplines.
Taura Olsen, Physical Therapist, Doctor of Physical Therapy, began her education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Exercise Science in 2010. She continued her education at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Clinical internships provided her with experiences in orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, postural restoration, and spinal manual therapy. Her interests for further professional development include dry needling, selective functional movement assessment, and women’s health. Taura strives to provide patient empowerment and the tools needed for patients to obtain their optimum potential in both function and performance. She strongly believes that a reduction in quality of life does not need to accompany the natural aging process. Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the military has brought Taura, her husband Isaac, and their Labrador puppy, Moose, to reside in Aberdeen. Taura has a long history of competitive sports including soccer, gymnastics, swimming, and track. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, trail running, and exploring the beautiful downtown areas of Moore County.

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