Our Team

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Jürgen Cowling, P.T.

President
Healing Hands Physical Therapy Centers

Why We Love What We Do . . .

Other people might call this the Biography Page or the About Us section, but we have a different perspective on a lot of things here at Healing Hands and this page is not just our background, but a heartfelt explanation of why we do what we do and who we have to thank for the opportunity:  YOU !

These stories help explain the reasons why we have such a strong commitment to your health and happiness. They may even make you smile!

As part of our caring contribution, we find out a lot about you and your lifestyle. We think it’s only fair that you know something about us as well! So here are our stories, inspired by our passion for care and our gratitude for your trust:

“The real secret to our success is love.”

I always knew that I wanted to be someone who facilitated people in their journey to optimal health and I never diverged from that path. In high school and college I was a passionate long-distance runner and basketball player, but when I started seeing all the injuries and pain my fellow athletes suffered, my vision for the future really started to come into focus.

Physical therapy was the natural progression of everything I had been thinking about and experiencing in my life, so I committed myself to mastering the profession, starting with my formal education. That journey still continues today, because there is always something more to learn in order to bring the highest-level contribution to our patients.

My 30-year history in health care included four years in a hospital setting, where I discovered that relationships with patients were strictly professional and human interactions were as sterile and predictable as the facility itself. The technical care was often excellent, but I felt like there was more to offer patients than just treatment. My desire to provide care with a heart connection inspired me to go out on my own and do something extraordinary.

From day one Healing Hands focused on the whole person (often called a “holistic” approach). That meant seeing people as not just an injured right shoulder or a lower back-pain sufferer, but as a whole human being. Part of that perspective is getting to know not just about your symptoms, but about your lifestyle, your hopes, and even your fears. Because knowing that your neck hurts, for instance, is not as important as knowing that you want to be able to enjoy your work again, or go snow skiing with your friends, or pick up your grandchild. A properly functioning body is not a luxury option; it’s the foundational core of your life and your lifestyle.

This patient-focused approach led to a successful business that grew to an additional location and attracted top-notch talent who share my philosophy and vision. The Healing Hands staff is the “Dream Team” of physical care and there is nobody, big or small, who can come close to the level of technical skill and caring attitude this team brings to our patients every day. I truly feel that these people are my family and that Healing Hands is my home.

I am passionate about making constant, positive changes to Healing Hands and I invest a great deal of time, energy, and money to ensure that we are always on the leading edge of scientific knowledge and that we are using the most-effective techniques, in addition to honing our people skills. Like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s a job that’s never over, but it means that you can rest assured that the care you receive here is second to none.

I want Healing Hands to be the best it can be. I want it to be a place where patients come to enjoy their experience, not just endure it. Seeing a healthcare professional should be a “want to” and not a “have to,” so we want every visit here to be an exceptional human interaction, not a transaction.

Part of your Healing Hands experience is learning more about how your body works, what you can do on your own to improve your physical and lifestyle outcomes, and what changes you can make to avoid injuries and chronic problems. So education is a big part of my passionate commitment to you.

My promise to every patient we serve:

  • We will listen to your needs with an open mind and a caring heart.
  • We will treat you as a whole person and not just a list of symptoms.
  • We will partner with your physician to personalize a care and treatment plan that’s unique to you.
  • We believe that you are our patient for life, so we are committed to helping you live your best life, free from pain and ready to step into your full potential as a human being.

The real secret to our success at Healing Hands is love. We love what we do. We love to learn and improve. We love our fellow team members. And we love the people we get to serve every day.

Thank you for making all of this possible.

 

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Ernest Bloom, PTA CSST

Operations Director
Healing Hands Physical Therapy Centers

First of all, you can call me Ernie. My job title should actually be “Ensurer of Happy Experiences” because it’s my responsibility to support and inspire the dream teams at our Thomson and Augusta locations to provide the best possible experience for our patients. I also provide hands-on care for select patients because physical therapy has always been my passion.

Most of my family was in construction, but I was always interested in the medical field. I was in a car accident with my mother and she was seriously injured. I used to go to physical therapy with her and I saw her go from being in extreme pain and barely being able to turn her head, to a full recovery. That magical experience stuck with me as a kid because I thought it was so cool to be able to create that kind of an outcome for another person.

My home town in Pennsylvania was so rural that it had no cell-phone service; you practically had to turn a crank on the wall-phone and ask for the operator to connect you! I was the oldest grandson out of dozens and I was surrounded by love, but there was something in me that knew I had to get out to “the big city” and follow my own path through life. It was the best decision I ever made.

When Jürgen and I joined forces here at Healing Hands, I knew I had found my home. I shared his philosophy of caring and his vision for creating an exceptional patient experience along with providing the latest and most-effective treatments. We also share a love of sports and all things automotive.

I love classic muscle cars and have more recently started to appreciate German cars with my first BMW purchase—a convertible. Recently, my spouse and I purchased a huge 1986 military truck with 40-inch tires that requires a stool to get into! It’s great for exploring the great outdoors with our dogs Chloe, Cody and Bella or just running stuff over and playing like a kid again! You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy!

Among other designations, I am a Certified Senior Strength Trainer, which helps me make an important contribution to the seniors in our community. I eat a “paleo” diet with no processed foods, but I’m no modern-day caveman. I stay on the leading edge of my profession and ensure that our dream team does the same. We are all professionals on the top of our game—that’s important to us.

I still love the country, hiking, and anything to do with the great outdoors, but my real passion is my work. They say that when you truly love what you do for a living, then you have found heaven on earth. Jürgen and I feel fortunate to be able to provide a center of excellence for our patients.

Shanita Banks

Assistant Operations Director 
Healing Hands Physical Therapy Centers

I guess you could say that I bring a feminine touch to the “boys club” management of Healing Hands–and by that I mean that I’m here to get things done and make patients happy! (You didn’t think I meant lace curtains and throw pillows, I hope!)

I attended the “Real GSU” (Georgia Southern University) by way of my hometown of Macon, and I’ve been with Healing Hands for four happy years. In that time I’ve grown in my appreciation for the contribution we make here and in my own growth as a human being. It’s been an amazing journey!

I started out as a Physical Therapy Technician, but I grew into the Clinical Supervisor role and now I’m officially the Assistant Operations Director (that job title is code for “Gettin’ It Done!”–and that’s exactly what I love to do!) I’m here to work behind the scenes to ensure that the day-to-day functions of both clinics are running like clockwork.

In short, I’m the go-to gal at Healing Hands. My most important job is making sure that we’re helping as many people as possible and that our patients are not just healthy, but happy. That involves a lot of meetings, daily problem solving, TONS of emails, (and did I mention meetings?) but I enjoy every minute of it because I can truly see the growth and progress of the company, which inspires me to contribute even more.

Growing up I adopted my dad’s work ethic and played competitive sports. This made me a hardworking, driven person, which has helped me in the physical therapy world. But I never lose sight of the fact that this is a human business and that we don’t treat patients, we help human beings.

I welcome and embrace the challenges of my work. I thrive when I’m learning and growing and helping others, and this is a job that gives me those opportunities.

We’re here to serve you and to help you not just manage, but eliminate your body aches and pains. We don’t just work ON you; we work WITH you to ensure that you’re getting the best possible results. It’s a partnership with a promise: we won’t stop until we get you back to being 100% you!

Now enough about me! Let’s get to work!

Rebecca F.

Patient Coordinator – Augusta
Rebecca is our Patient Coordinator in the Augusta Clinic who orchestrates scheduling, transportation for patients who need it via the Healing Hands van, and provides personalized service including helping patients fill out forms and verifying insurance. “After working in an orthopedic practice for eight years, I was referred to a physical therapy practice and appreciate being able to watch patients improve with therapy. I have been a physical therapy patient myself for work on my knee and know the benefits that therapy provides. I have a fantastic working relationship with the rest of the Healing Hands team.”

 

Jenny Weatherford, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Most of my friends call me Jenny.  I graduated from The Georgia Institute of Therapeutic Massage, specializing in neuromuscular therapy.  When I was around nine years old, I knew that I wanted to be a massage therapist.  I practiced by giving my family neck and shoulder massages.  Pretty soon, they were saying how good it felt, and what strong hands I had. Well I followed my dream, and I have been practicing since 1999.  My grandmother’s hand became paralyzed from a stroke, and it was such a great feeling to be able to help her.

I love working with people.  There is no greater joy, than knowing that you helped someone to feel better.

As I continue to grow and learn new techniques, I love my work even more. Not only did I follow my dream, I have found my dream job. Working at Healing Hands with an amazing team that loves helping people, is as good as it gets.

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Benny Harrison

Physical Therapy Technician
Benny has more than 13 years experience in the field of physical therapy. But, what’s most important is that his caring and compassionate attitude his patients experience he’s always displayed from day one! Benny’s patients love him! He really listens to what their unique needs are and give his best every day to help them become pain free and resume the activities they enjoy. During his off time, Benny is the consummate sports fan – go Cowboys! Anything you want to know about what is happening in the sports world, ask Benny!

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Ashley Spires

Physical Therapy Technician                                          

Ashley obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of South Carolina Aiken.  She works with patients of all ages to utilize the exercise equipment at our centers in order to address their specific needs.  Following up with a home exercise treatment program, Ashley monitors the patient’s progress.                      

A life long resident of the CSRA, Ashley enjoys teaching clogging and Irish dance and spending time with her family who reside in South Carolina. 

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Patricia Burnley, CPC

Billing Specialist
With ten years of experience in Medical Billing, Patricia expertly handles the Healing Hands billing, filing of insurance claims and follow-up to keep all the paperwork on track.  She enjoys working with the patients to assist on the financial end. Patricia is also responsible for obtaining the up-to-date credentialing of the therapists on staff.

Patricia is a lifelong resident of Thomson and is married with a daughter in college.

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Lisa Walton

Patient Coordinator – Thomson
Lisa is our friendly face at the front desk in the Thomson clinic. Lisa will be happy to assist you in all of your physical therapy related needs.  Lisa brings her expertise in scheduling to the table with her years of experience in the healthcare field.

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Scott Boyer, PT DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

My Physical Therapy interest began thirty years ago after my older brother was in a major auto accident. I was able to see, first hand, how my brother was able to regain his strength and daily functions with the care and guidance of a skilled Physical therapy team over several months.

It was clear, then and there, what I wanted to be when I grew up. My educational focus was full steam ahead into the medical field.

My formal education was through the University of Michigan, where I had the honor of graduating from their first Doctorate Degree program in 2002. My career, like many other therapists, began in the local hospital where I was able to help many people get back on their feet. After one year working Orthopedic Rehabilitation, I began split shifts working in the Sports Medicine Clinic. I was able to go from helping people get back on their feet, to helping them excel in their chosen sport.

My career progressed to out patient Physical Therapy twelve years ago, and I have been hooked every since. As a Licensed Physical Therapist, I have never stopped learning. Continued and constant education is an absolute must, and requirement, for optimal progression of patient care.

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Courtney LeFevre, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Hey there! My name is Courtney, and I am basically Scott’s “right hand man” (or woman, but you get the picture!). I work with him, as well as our physical therapy technicians, to help you reach your personalized goals.

I first attended Georgia College and State University where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. GO BOBCATS! I learned about all of the different ways exercise affects the body as well as techniques to target the right areas for the best results. Also during that time, I was able to shadow a physical therapist assistant. It was then that I realized I could apply all of these techniques in ways that could change people’s lives drastically. So back to school I went! Two years later, I got my degree as a physical therapist assistant.

In my free time, I like to do anything outdoors: hiking, camping, recreational sports…you name it! When I’m not doing that, you can usually find me anywhere with great food or great coffee. I’m a huge foodie and want to try a new restaurant as frequently as possible! I also really enjoy traveling. I’m down for a road trip any day!

My biggest goal is to make a positive impact on people’s lives. When I first met the Healing Hands team, I knew it would be the perfect fit for me. Everyone works together to make sure that the patients are getting the best care possible. Teamwork makes the dream work! I look forward to doing what I love to help you get back to doing what YOU love.

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Kenierra Neloms

Physical Therapy Technician

Hi my name is Kenierra Neloms, but here at Healing Hands Physical Therapy, you can just call me “Byrd” and that’s with a Y. I am a resident of Thomson, GA. I am a proud graduate of Armstrong State University (GO PIRATES) is where I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Science and I minored in Neuroscience. When I am not flipping cartwheels around the clinic, I am practicing ballet and teaching competitive cheer at Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Center.

I started off as an intern with Healing Hands and officially became a part of the team shortly after. I enjoy watching the patients grow and smile because they know and understand that they play a huge role in their own healing process. My goal is to become a Physical Therapist in the very near future so that I can gain more knowledge to help my patients reach their maximum potential.