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NO REFERRAL NEEDED!
We are a dedicated group of certified therapists and rehabilitation specialists who strive to help you achieve your personal mobility goals. We offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and speech therapy.
At Ashe Memorial Hospital, you will begin your rehab journey with a personal, 1-on-1 evaluation to get an overview of your individual needs. We will then custom tailor a rehab program to your current condition, goals and aspirations to help you perform at your highest level.
Rehabilitation Services Offerings Include:
General orthopedic care: back, neck, shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot
Post joint replacement rehab
Neuro: Post CVA, TBI and Parkinson's
Gait and balance dysfunction
General weakness/functional training
Modified Barium swallow studies
Meet Our Staff
Dr. Dustin Absher, PT
Dustin Absher is an Ashe County native who currently lives in West Jefferson with his wife, Katie, and their daughter, Hattie. Dustin is a huge sports fan and loves being outdoors. Aside from work as Director of Rehabilitative Services at Ashe Memorial, he works closely with the athletes on the Gold and Red basketball teams at Oak Hill Academy, volunteers with the Ashe County High varsity football team on Friday nights and also serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Ashe County High varsity baseball team.
-Bachelor of Science in Health, Exercise and Sport Science
Emory & Henry College
-Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Sports Physical Therapy
Athletic Performance TrainingDr. Judith Saas, PT, CLT/MLD, ACSM
Judy Saas-Senter moved to the mountains in 2013 and is married to Ashe County native Travis Senter. She and her husband currently reside in Ashe County with their daughter. She enjoys staying active and is passionate about family, yoga, light running, golf and aquatic activities. You can often find her in the gym or yoga studio, playing with her daughter, hiking, on the river, gardening, cooking or skiing. Judy loves being a part of the community whether it's going to the farmers market, showing up at a local 5k, volunteering with a race, attending community events or volunteering at Heart of the Husky. She believes in a well-balanced lifestyle and hopes to help patients find a balance that works for them. In doing so, she tries to stay current with the latest research and takes a variety of continuing education courses in hopes of providing her community with a well-rounded treatment that they would receive at a larger hospital system.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
-Bachelor of Sciences in Exercise Sports Science and Dietary, 2005.
-Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2011.
Return to Sport
Women's Health (Pelvic Floor Level 1)
Whole body awarenessDr. Seth McGrady, PT
Seth McGrady is a native of Ashe County. He and his wife, Caitlin, currently live in West Jefferson with their daughter, Kyah. Seth loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting, sports and being outdoors.
East Tennessee State University
- Bachelor of Exercise Science, 2015
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2018
Pain Neuroscience Education
Back PainDr. Daniel Holchin, PT
Daniel Holchin is from Taylorsville, N.C. He recently got married in June 2021, in June and he and his wife, Alex, are in the process of moving to Jefferson with their golden retriever, Honey. Daniel enjoys spending time with friends and family. His hobbies include anything outdoors, including hunting, fishing, trapping and hiking.
Western Carolina University
-Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, May 2018
-Doctorate of Physical Therapy, May 2021
Balance and fall preventionBill Mohr, PT
Bill Mohr brings over 40 years of experience to Ashe Memorial Hospital as a Physical Therapist, having worked primarily in outpatient orthopedic settings. He resides in Blowing Rock with his wife, Tanga. The couple has two daughters who live in Asheville and Victor, Idaho. Bill enjoys running, spending time at the beach with family, visiting his daughters and hiking.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
- Physical Therapy Certificate, 1979.
Ohio University, Athens, OH
- Bachelor of Science in Zoology, 1979.
Neurodynamics, Pain Management
Manual Therapy, Myofascial Mobilization
Treatment of the Neck and Shoulder Complex
Myokinesthetic System, Upper Body
Tai Chi, Chi Kung ExerciseMarc Boston - Clinical Exercise Physiologist, ACSM, CEP, EP
Marc Boston was born and grew up in Morganton, N.C. He moved to Ashe County after graduating from Appalachian State University in 2012. Marc currently lives in Jefferson along with his wife, Taryn, and two daughters, Harper and Emryn. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, golfing, exercising and wood working. Marc can often be seen in the community at the Ashe County Heart Walk.
Appalachian State University
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Cardiac Rehab, 2011
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary DiseaseBrian Ulrich, PT
Tamara Bigner, OT
Tamara Bigner is originally from Denham Springs, La. She was a traveling Occupational Therapist across the United States for 12 years before deciding to make her home in North Carolina. It was the people, the beauty of the mountains and being able to experience four seasons that drew her to Ashe County. She loves coffee, art, animals, hiking, being outside in nature, traveling and gardening. Tamara enjoys Occupational Therapy because it is rewarding to help people return to independence and to help improve their quality of life.
Southeastern Louisiana State University
-Bachelor of Science, 2000 -
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
-Masters of Occupational Therapy, 2004 -
Orthopedics, upper extremity
Home Accessibility Recommendations
Energy Conservation and Breathing techniquesJanet Edsell, ST
Janet Edsell and her husband, Bob, moved to Jefferson in 2015 to begin their semi-retirement life. A native of Bronx, N.Y., Janet spent 28 years as a Speech Language Pathologist at Carolinas Rehabilitation/Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte prior to moving to Ashe County. She enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, traveling and being outdoors.
City University of New York, Queens College and Hunter College
- Bachelor's and Master's degrees in speech language pathology
Traumatic Brain InjuryBill Coggin, PTA
Bill Coggin made the move from Down East, N.C. to Wilkes County in 2013 and lives with his wife, Doris, and daughter, Taylor. He was a multi-sport athlete playing baseball, basketball, and soccer in high school, soccer and football in college. Bill is a retired paratrooper from the US Army. His interests include hiking, fly-fishing, water sports, and discovering new places with his family.
Bill enjoys Physical Therapy because it gives him an opportunity to help others regain the freedom of movement that he was able to following a traumatic incident in Iraq, thus enabling him to connect and empathize with an array of patients.
Surry Community College
-Associates in Physical Therapy