Originally from Madison, Alabama, Aaron graduated with a degree in mathematics in 2013 from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a member of both the football and track and field teams. He earned his doctorate of physical therapy program at UAB in 2016. Aaron’s clinical interests are sports performance and rehabilitation, manual therapy, and shoulder girdle dysfunction. In his free time, Aaron enjoys hiking, traveling, strength training, and playing music.
Allison graduated from UAB in 2010 with a degree in biomedical engineering and earned her doctorate of physical therapy there in 2013. She is certified in the LSVT Big protocol for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and is also an American Physical Therapy Association-credentialed clinical instructor. Her clinical interests include manual therapy, the biomechanics behind spinal dysfunction, functional exercise, and balance dysfunctions. Allison runs the EW Balance program (Homewood location) and enjoys developing and implementing strategies to improve balance and decrease fall risk. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time at the lake. Allison is happily married with one dog.
Ally graduated from the University of Alabama in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology. After working for a year at Eskridge & White as a physical therapy aide, she enrolled at UAB and graduated in 2014 with a doctorate of physical therapy. During PT school Ally was able to participate in pediatric research with Dr. Edward Taub. Ally was certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) in 2015 and enjoys both teaching yoga at EW as well as using her yoga skills with her therapy patients. Ally has worked with all types of clients in yoga, from collegiate athletes to those in wheelchairs to everyone in between. In her spare time when she’s not pursuing her own yoga practice, Ally enjoys kayaking and spending time with her husband and their dog, Kaiser.
Amanda graduated from UAB in 2008 with a degree in exercise science and then earned her doctorate of physical therapy there. Originally from the Chicago area, she has lived in Birmingham since 2004. Her clinical interests include sports rehabilitation, manual therapy, and working with post-surgical patients. Some of her hobbies include longboarding, trail running, bouldering, and other various outdoor ventures.
Angel Davis is a certified Pilates instructor as well as a certified public accountant. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alabama and practiced public accounting with Price Waterhouse Coopers until 2001 and internal audit for several Birmingham area banks until 2005. During her first career, Angel developed her personal Pilates practice as a student, completing her first certification as a Pilates mat teacher in 2001. After several years as Tuscaloosa’s first Pilates instructor, in 2005 Angel completed an additional comprehensive Pilates certification from Core Dynamics Pilates and Michele Larrson of Santa Fe, New Mexico. At that time, she left accounting and began teaching the method full-time at Pilates studios in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. As a Pilates instructor, Angel strives to empower each of her students to move with fluidity, power, and grace but without pain. She believes each person has the ability to harness Pilates for their body, with no regard to age or fitness level; that Pilates can shape the awareness of functional movement patterns; and that Pilates can serve as the best cross-trainer for life. Angel loves trail running, whole foods, summer gardens, and Alabama football. She lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband, Jim, their three children, and two dogs.
Becca graduated from Auburn in 2011 with degrees in biomedical sciences and Spanish. She went on to attend UAB and graduated in 2014 with a doctorate of physical therapy. She is certified in dry needling and teaches yoga at EW’s Trussville clinic. Becca enjoys being involved with her church, running, reading, and spending time with her husband and dog. She grew up in Montgomery and currently lives in Birmingham.
Ben is originally from Dothan, Alabama. He decided to become a physical therapist in 2006 after undergoing rehab following an ankle break he suffered while playing football in high school. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in exercise science and then graduated in May 2015 with a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Ben has worked at EW Motion Therapy since 2015. His emphasis is on sports injuries and rehabilitation. His faith and church are central to his life, while CrossFit training, sports, hunting, and fishing are a few of his hobbies.
Ben graduated from UAB in 2008 with a degree in exercise science. While at UAB, Ben was a member of the Blazer baseball team. Ben has been married to his wife, Lindsay, for four years and they have two sons, Nolan and John Luke. He enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, and exploring new places with his wife. Ben truly enjoys helping individuals meet their maximum fitness potential and especially enjoys working with young athletes.
Brad Atkinson was born and raised in near Birmingham. He has been an athlete his whole life playing several sports his favorite being tae kwon do. He got his first degree black belt when he was a junior in high school and has been involved in several other martial arts throughout the years. He graduated from Pelham high school in 1998. After earning a degree in computer science he enlisted in the United States Air Force, served four years and traveled all over Europe. Upon returning home he decided to become a personal trainer because of his love for exercise and health. Brad now lives in Bluff Park with his wife, 18 month daughter, and has another baby due this winter. They love spending time outdoors and playing with their two boxers.
Over his ten year career, Brad has acquired several certifications in strength and conditioning; Cross-fit and Strong First kettlebell certifications and Titliest Performance Institute level 1, which is a golf specific certification. Brad has worked with clients ranging in age from 12 to 75, from athletes to clients in wheel chairs. He has a genuine passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals.
Candy attended Montevallo University from 1988-1990. She graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a degree in health promotion and exercise science. Candy also attended Samford University from 1993-1995 and graduated with a degree in athletic training. While at Samford, she was a student athletic trainer and worked with various sports teams. Candy has been with EW as an athletic trainer and marketing liaison since 2000. Her clinical interests include sports injuries, pre- and post-mastectomy work, rehabilitation, and manual therapy. Candy enjoys shopping, food, and watching her son, Manning, play sports. She and her husband, Greg, live with Manning and their dog in Gardendale.
Caroline is from Columbus, MS. She became interested in physical therapy through multiple ACL injuries from playing basketball in high school. She attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science in 2014. She went on to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS and graduated in May 2017 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Her clinical interests are manual therapy, dry needling, back and neck injuries, youth athletes, pediatrics, and patients with neurological diagnoses. She enjoys hiking, traveling, music, and being outside with her fiancé and dog.
Caroline was born and raised in Vestavia Hills. She received her master’s degree in exercise physiology from UAB in 2015, where she was the fall commencement speaker. She played tennis for five years for UAB and was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll every year. Caroline is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Physiologist. Her hobbies include hiking, fishing, hunting, and various outdoor activities. She is very active in her church and considers herself a family girl. Caroline believes that exercise is medicine and seeks to help her clients become fully functional in their exercise goals.
Chris graduated from the University of Alabama in 2011 with a degree in kinesiology. He then worked at EW Motion Therapy for two years as physical therapy aide and motion specialist before returning to school. Chris graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2015 with a doctorate of physical therapy. His clinical interests include manual therapy, spine dysfunction, sports performance, and rehabilitation. Chris enjoys traveling, hunting, and being outdoors with his wife and two dogs. He is originally from Houston, Texas and currently resides in Tuscaloosa.
Chris attended Auburn for two years and then graduated from UAB in 2011 with a degree in biology. He then attended Jefferson State Community College to become a physical therapist assistant. He enjoys baseball, mountain biking, and playing with his dog, Roxie.
David is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has also attained Level 1 Sports Performance Coach status through USA Weightlifting. He graduated from UAB with a master’s in exercise physiology in 2014. David has worked with EW FIT since 2010. His training philosophy recognizes that each client is unique in terms of movement, performance, and goals, each of which must be thoughtfully addressed.
Ellie Jo graduated from Samford University with a degree in natural and theoretical sciences and a minor in French. In 2002 she received her doctorate of physical therapy from Belmont University in Nashville. Ellie Jo’s interest in educating others to care for themselves both physically and mentally led her to pursue a 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification in 2010. Ellie Jo combines her talents and knowledge from both physical therapy and yoga to help her clients develop a personal yoga practice focused on their specific needs. She believes the greatest value of yoga lies in learning awareness and humility and is grateful she has the opportunity to help others pursue this goal. Her interests include music, cooking, running, reading, traveling, and playing outside with her children. Her greatest joy is being mother to Eli, Mary Logue, and Jeremiah and wife to her husband, Faris. They reside in Homewood.
Gunnar is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Sports Performance Coach through the United States Weightlifting organization. Originally from Portland Oregon, Gunnar attended Linfield College, where he competed in both football and baseball. After graduation in 2011, Gunnar went on to attend Central Washington University, where he earned his master’s degree in 2014. Gunnar and his wife, Katie, have lived in the Birmingham area since the summer of 2016 and enjoy spending time together and getting to know the city.
Hilary graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in exercise science and earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina, where she also taught undergraduate health and fitness classes. After working as a fitness director for a year after graduation, Hilary realized that physical therapy was her true passion. She moved to Birmingham and earned her doctorate of physical therapy at UAB. She believes that staying active is the key to maintaining health. Hilary ran track and cross country throughout college and has a special interest in running injuries and injury prevention. Hilary enjoys running, cycling, weightlifting, hiking, Pilates, and spending time with her husband. They live in Pelham.
Ivy Spencer is a licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates reformer instructor. A 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia, Ivy managed the Aspen Fitness and Sports Medicine Institute in Aspen, Colorado and later taught anatomy lab at San Francisco State University. After graduating from the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Physical Therapy in 1997, she practiced physical therapy in the outpatient department at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital for five years. In 2003, Ivy joined the staff of the Mountain Brook YMCA as a personal trainer and in 2005 was certified by Phi Pilates to teach on the Pilates reformer. Since then she has taught more than seventy people a week, privately or in groups of up to four. Ivy focuses on postural awareness and alignment while teaching healthy movement patterns, giving her clients the tools to create lasting habits for more efficient, pain-free activity. Her clients range in age from 15 to 83 and include marathoners and triathletes as well as people with multiple joint replacements. Ivy loves exercise, cooking and nutrition, sunshine, and a healthy balance of play and work. Her goal is to educate adolescents and adults on the importance of good posture, particularly while using technology. Ivy, her husband, Tom, and their three children live in Homewood.
Jason graduated from the University of Alabama in 2009 with a degree in mathematics. In 2012 he graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with a doctorate of physical therapy. Jason’s clinical interests include manual therapy, spine/sacroiliac dysfunction, and sports performance and rehabilitation. His future professional goals include receiving his Manual Therapy Certification and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certification so he can specialize in helping his therapy clients with golf-related injuries and performance. In his spare time, Jason enjoys going on dates with his wife, playing various sports, and being involved in his church. Jason is happily married and has one daughter.
Kaley graduated in 2013 with a degree in exercise science from Samford University, where she played Division 1 soccer. She is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kaley worked as a strength and conditioning coach with high school and middle school girls for two years. She became certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers in 2015 while working as a trainer at Gold’s Gym. Kaley is passionate about teaching proper technique and helping people achieve their goals through fitness. Her hobbies include just about any outdoor activity, especially hiking and fishing.
Kareth graduated from Samford University with a degree in exercise science. After working as a physical therapy aide at Eskridge & White, she earned her doctorate of physical therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and has attained Manual Therapy Certification (MTC). Kareth has also been trained in Pilates through Balanced Body. She enjoys applying Pilates principles to her patients, as well as teaching individual and small group Pilates classes. Her clinical interests include spinal/pelvic dysfunctions, neurological disorders, and helping patients understand the importance of proper alignment and activation throughout their movements. Kareth is from the Birmingham area and enjoys running, Pilates, and spending time with her dog, Charlie.
Katherine graduated from Samford in 2006 with a degree in exercise science. She earned her doctorate of physical therapy from UAB. Katherine has worked at EW Motion Therapy since 2010. She is an American Physical Therapy Association-credentialed Clinical Instructor and serves as the EW Center Coordinator of Clinical Education. Her clinical interests include lower extremity kinetic chain injuries, spinal dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, and women’s health. She has completed continuing education courses in prenatal and postpartum physical therapy. She is trained in Pilates through Balanced Body, teaches Pilates classes at EW’s Homewood location, and enjoys helping her physical therapy patients achieve healthy movement patterns through Pilates’ postural alignment and core stability principles. In her free time, Katherine enjoys swimming, working out, reading, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and spending time with her husband and their dog.
Kathy graduated from Auburn University with a degree in human movement studies in 1988and later received a master’s degree in exercise physiology in 1989. She earned a master’s degree in physical therapy in 1993. Kathy has worked at EW at various times since the clinic opened in 1999. She enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband, Ethan, live with their children in Homewood.
Leigh Ellen graduated from Auburn University with a degree in exercise science and earned her doctorate of physical therapy at UAB. Her clinical interests include manual therapy, pediatrics, and vestibular dysfunctions. Leigh Ellen grew up in the Birmingham area and lives with her husband and dog in Homewood. She enjoys running half marathons, swimming, and spending time with her family.
Marika graduated from UAB in 2011 with degrees in psychology and exercise science and has been with EW Motion Therapy since then. Marika was a competitive cheerleader, group fitness instructor, and gymnast. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking, wakeboarding, and listening to music.
Mark grew up in Birmingham and graduated from UAB with a degree in psychology in 2011 and a doctorate of physical therapy in 2016. His clinical interests include manual therapy and orthopedic and sports medicine. While not at work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He also enjoys exercising, playing golf and baseball, and being outdoors.
Matt, who joined EW FIT in 2011, is certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in health promotion. Matt played baseball and football and enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding and trail running. Matt’s specialties include the EW FIT functional training approach.
Mike James is a fitness professional born and raised in Phenix City, Alabama. He graduated from UAB in 2002 with a degree in physical education with a concentration in fitness leadership. Mike is certified as a Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He enjoys exercise, music, dance, and laughter. His true passion is helping people reach their potential through health and fitness.
Stacey is a physical therapist assistant and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA.) She graduated from UAB with a degree in exercise science and South University-Montgomery with an associate degree in physical therapist assisting. She is currently working to become a TRX Group Fitness Instructor. Stacey incorporates the knowledge and skills she has gained as a therapist assistant to help her training clients avoid injuries and safely reach their fitness goals. Stacey enjoys working out, training for triathlons, and mentoring youth at her church.