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We are a dedicated group of certified therapists and rehabilitation specialists who strive to help you achieve your personal 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. Click here
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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, 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 preventionDr. Brian Ulrich, PT
Brian is originally from central Pennsylvania and moved to Ashe County in July 2014. He currently lives in Glendale Springs with his wife, Whitney, who also is a physical therapist. They have two children, a daughter named Braya and a son named Hayes. Brian is an avid runner with years of competitive running experience. He also enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time outdoors with his family, especially on the nearby Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.
- Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, 2010
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, N.C.
- Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2014
Running-related injuriesBill 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 DiseaseDoug Miller, PT
Doug Miller has nearly 40 years of physical therapy experience, including 20 years of which was spent as a certified orthopedic specialist. He also previously spent time working as a physical therapist on the Senior PGA Tour.
Appalachian State University
- Bachelor of Science in psychology, 1981
Eastern Carolina University
- Bachelor of Science in physical therapy, 1984
Rocky Mountain University, Provo, Utah
- Transitional Doctorate in physical therapy, 2005
Titleist Performance Institute Level 1 Certification
Sports InjuriesChris Stone, PT
Chris Stone has been a physical therapist for more than 25 years. She lives in Fleetwood with her husband and many rescue dogs. When she's not at work, Chris enjoys running, spending time with family and friends or volunteering with various animal rescue groups. She also has two adult children.
Widener University, Chester, Pa.
- Master's of Physical Therapy
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisc.
- Exercise Specialist
Neurological diagnosis, including stroke, TBI, Parkinson's and MS
Balance problemsTamara 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 techniquesHannah Copeland Osborne, M.S. CCC-SLP
Hannah Copeland Osborne is a Watauga County native, who now lives in Todd, with her husband Seth, their daughter, dogs, and horses. She spends as much time outdoors as she can with her family. They enjoy riding horses, water recreation, especially kayaking, and love to ski and play in the snow. Hannah is a lifelong equestrian that competed in USPC, 4H, and in the open division of IHSA during her undergraduate career at Appalachian State University. When the weather cools down she is most likely to be found in her kitchen with her daughter baking for friends and family. Hannah was initially drawn to being a speech language pathologist when she was working with young children and helping them find their voice while working at Appalachian State University's Child Development Center during her undergraduate studies. However, in graduate school, she was given the opportunity to complete a practicum at a level III trauma center in southwestern Virginia and instantly knew this was the population she wanted to serve.
Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.
-Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders, 2012
Radford University, Radford, Va.
-Master of Science in Communication Sciences & Disorders, 2016
Traumatic Brain Injury
VitalStim certified provider
Clinical educatorSydney Grubb, M.S., CF-SLP
A native of Ashe County, Sydney Grubb, whose mother is a special education teacher, was drawn to speech therapy in middle school after deciding that while she wanted to help those in need, she didn’t want to be limited to the classroom. Sydney enjoys spending time with her husband, Cooper Short, who is a youth pastor at Burlington Westside Fellowship, in Elon, N.C., and the rest of her family. She also enjoys cheering on the University of North Carolina basketball team with her dad.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in speech hearing sciences, 2021
North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.
- Master's degree in communication sciences and disorders, 2023
Pediatric Speech Therapy
Assisted and Alternative CommunicationBill 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