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Carolina Sumner, MPT

Photo of CarolinaCarolina was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. She is a 2002 physical therapy graduate of the University of São Paulo, and has been practicing physical therapy in Knoxville since shortly after moving here in 2005. Since then, Carolina has been treating a variety of orthopedic conditions, specializing in lower extremities injuries and custom orthotics fabrication. She has a strong Manual Therapy approach to the treatment of all of her patients and is certified in Dry Needling. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her husband and two energetic little boys.

 

 

 

Shonda Watson, PTA

Photo of ShondaShonda graduated South College in 2012, with an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  She has over 7 years of experience in outpatient therapy and specializes In Diastasis Recti.  Shonda lives in Hardin Valley with her husband Shane, while her son, Derek, attends Middle Tennessee State University

 

 

 

 

 

Ryan Hanigan, PTA

Ryan has over 17 years of experience as a physical therapist specializing in orthopedic and sports injuries.  He is a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and has practiced physical therapy all over the country before settling in Knoxville.  His experience ranges from working with stunt doubles in Los Angeles to collegiate athletes in the Midwest.  He has a manual therapy approach to rehabilitation including a certification in dry needling and a golf certification through the Titleist Performance Institute for performance and rehabilitation.  He believes in a multifaceted approach to recovery and the benefits of continued maintenance after a restoration of function.   He developed a passion treating the overhead athlete during his time as a collegiate baseball player and is still an avid golfer.  In his spare time, he continues to enjoy being on the baseball diamond or golf course with his wife and 2 kids.

 

Dani Burnette, Physical Therapist Assistant

Dani graduated from Roane State Community College before continuing her education at South College to become a physical therapist assistant in 2019. Dani started working here at Knoxville Spine and Sports as a chiropractic therapy assistant in July of 2020. She is from a small town where she comes from a large family that she enjoys spending most of her time with. When she is not at work or with family, Dani prefers being outside hiking or playing with her fur baby, Sirius.

 

 

 

 

Danielle Smalley, PTA

Danielle graduated from South College with an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She has been with Knoxville Spine and Sports since graduating in March 2020. She and her husband Robert are both retired veterans who served more than 20 years in the Air Force. After traveling the world they chose to make their forever home in Halls where they live on a small farm with their three children, Jacob, Wyatt and Autumn.

 

 

 

 

Hannah Kimbler, PTA

Hannah graduated from South College in 2020 as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is from Athens, TN and moved to Knoxville in 2019. You can find Hannah out in the Smoky’s hiking, camping, fishing, playing with her dog, traveling, decorating, and crafting with her mom. In practice, patient care is the number one priority. Her passion for being a PTA comes from a desire to understand and care for all patients.

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    8029 Ray Mears Blvd, Suite 300
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    United States
    Phone: (865) 229-8796
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    8029 Ray Mears Blvd, Suite 300
    Knoxville, TN
    37919
    Phone: (865) 229-8796

    office hours

    Monday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Tuesday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-5pm
    Wednesday
    7am-1pm
    Thursday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Friday
    7am-12pm & 1pm-4pm
    Saturday & Sunday
    Closed

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