St. Mary's Medical Center | Huntington, WV | (304) 526-1234

Staff Bios

Adam Forrest

Adam Forrest, OTR/L, CDRS

Manager of Rehabilitation Services

Education:

  • Currently finishing MBA in healthcare administration from Western Governors University – expected graduation in 2014
  • Bachelor of Health Science in occupational therapy, University of Florida

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Occupational Therapy

Certifications:

  • National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)
  • Certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS)
  • Certified CPI instructor for non-violent crisis prevention and intervention

Memberships:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
  • Association of Driver Rehabilitation Professionals (ADED)

Clinical areas of interest:

  • Neuro rehabilitation
  • Visual and perceptual deficits
  • Driving assessment and rehabilitation
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • Worksite evaluations

Brenda Marcum

Brenda Marcum, PT, Cert MDT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in physical therapy, D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY

Licensures:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy
  • Kentucky Board of Physical Therapy
  • New York State Board of Physical Therapy

Certifications:

  • McKenzie Institute USA (Cert MDT)
  • Certified clinical instructor through American Physical Therapy Association

Clinical experience:

  • Skilled nursing
  • Acute care
  • Outpatient

Specializations and interests:

  • Mechanical and non-mechanical disorders of the spine, orthopedics, including post-operative rehabilitation, total joint replacements, geriatrics, neurologic disorders, manual therapy and sports
  • Functional movement assessments

Craig Swisher

Craig Swisher, PT, DPT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in biological sciences, Marshall University
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Elon University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient

Specialization and interests:

  • Orthopedics
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • McKenzie therapy
  • Industrial rehabilitation

Emma Brillantes Park

Emma Brillantes Park, PT, Cert. MDT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in biology, Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Science in physical therapy, Virgen Milagrosa Educational Inc., Philippines

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Physical Therapy Board

Certifications:

  • McKenzie Institute International
  • Clinical instructor
  • CEEAA (certification as an exercise expert for aging adults)

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient
  • Skilled nursing
  • Acute care
  • Home health
  • Long-term care
  • Pediatrics

Specialization and interests:

  • Mechanical and non-mechanical disorders of the spine, geriatrics, orthopedics, cardiopulmonary management, oncology and neurological disorders

Membership:

  • McKenzie Institute USA

Mark Nichols

Mark Nichols, PT, CSCS

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in physical therapy, Winston Salem State University
  • Army medic and LPN
  • Trained directly in the philosophy of Gray Cook

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Certifications:

  • Strength and conditioning (CSCS) and NSCA
  • Functional movement screening and select functional movement assessment
  • Graston® instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient

Specialization and interests:

  • Sports medicine
  • Orthopedic therapy and sports performance
  • Manual techniques
  • Exercise and education of movement

Membership:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Mary Alice Pullen

Mary Alice Pullen, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Education:

  • Undergraduate: WVU
  • Graduate: Drexel University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Certifications:

  • Mechanical diagnosis and therapy
  • Clinical instructor

Specialization and interests:

  • Balance disorders
  • Disorders of the spine, including pain of mechanical origin
  • Management of movement disorders of neurologic origin

Clinical experience:

  • Acute care
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Outpatient services

Patients most often seen:

  • Balance disorders
  • Vestibular disorders
  • Spinal conditions
  • Neurologic disorders

Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • McKenzie Institute International

Michele Deal

Michele Deal, OTR/L, CLT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy, Eastern Kentucky University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Occupational Therapy Board

Certification:

  • Lymphedema therapist

Clinical experience:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Acute care
  • Outpatient

Specialization and interests:

  • Lymphedema
  • Driving assessment
  • Stroke
  • Head injury
  • Orthopedics

Sarah Kiser

Sarah Kiser, OTR/L

Education:

  • Bachelor of the Arts in psychology, Shawnee State University
  • Master of Science in occupational therapy, Shawnee State University

Licensures:

  • West Virginia Occupational Therapy Board
  • Ohio Occupational Therapy Board
  • Kentucky Occupational Therapy Board

Clinical experience:

  • Adult and pediatric outpatient rehabilitation

Specialization:

  • Adults with physical, neurological, cardiac and orthopedic disorders

Sarah Sturm

Sarah Sturm, PT, DPT

Education:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Findlay
  • Regents Bachelors of Arts, Marshall University
  • Physical Therapist Assistant, Marshall Community & Technical College

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Certification:

  • Certified clinical instructor through American Physical Therapy Association

Clinical experience and interests:

  • Outpatient

Patients most often seen:

  • Spine patients utilizing McKenzie-based therapy approach
  • Outpatient orthopedics, including shoulder and hand injuries, geriatrics, neurological disorders, total joint replacements and sports injuries

Shauna Freeman

Shauna Freeman, MOT, OTR/L

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in natural science with concentration in biology, Shawnee State University
  • Master of Occupational Therapy, Shawnee State University

Licensures:

  • West Virginia Board of Occupational Therapy
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Certification:

  • Fitting and training of Saebo Flex/reach dynamic orthosis

Clinical experience:

  • Acute care/long-term acute care
  • Skilled nursing
  • Outpatient

Specialization and interests:

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction/disorders
  • Lymphedema
  • Pediatrics
  • Neurological disorders
  • CVA/strokes
  • Geriatrics

Julie A. Neal

Julie A. Neal, OTR/L, COTA

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science, University of Findlay
  • Associate Applied Science, Shawnee State University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Occupational Therapy
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Certification:

  • Vestibular competency certification, Emory University

Specialization and interests:

  • Vestibular rehabilitation with a focus on dizziness and balance disorders

Clinical experience:

  • Acute care
  • Inpatient rehabilitation
  • Community-based TBI
  • Outpatient services

Patient most often seen:

  • Vestibular disorders
  • Balance disorders

Memberships:

  • The American Occupational Therapy Association
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation Board

Rachel A. Bailey, PT, Cert. MDT

Rachel A. Bailey, PT, Cert. MDT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from West Virginia University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Certifications:

  • Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy from the McKenzie Institute in 2005
  • Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association

Specialization and interests:

  • Sports medicine
  • Various orthopedic conditions including: disorders of the spine, shoulder pathology, post-operative rehabilitation
  • Manual techniques and treatment

Clinical Experience:

  • Outpatient
  • Skilled nursing
  • Long-term care

Gregory S. Bowling, PT

Gregory S. Bowling, PT

Education:

  • Master of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12, Concord College

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Specialization and interests:

  • Orthopedic therapy with interest in shoulder rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Lumbar and cervical spine treatment
  • Joint replacement treatment

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient

Brandy Casto, PTA

Brandy Casto, PTA

Education:

  • Associate in Applied Science Physical Therapy Assistant, Marshall University Community & Technical College

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Specialization and interests:

  • Orthopedic therapy

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient orthopedics

Rob Crowder, MSPT

Rob Crowder, MSPT

Education:

  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Health, Marshall University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Specialization and interests:

  • McKenzie technique
  • Mulligan technique
  • Gary Gray approach

Clinical Experience:

  • Outpatient orthopedics
  • Acute care
  • Home health

Membership:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Michael Kennedy, PT

Michael Kennedy, PT

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, Georgia State University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Specialization and interests:

  • Outpatient orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Manual therapy
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Industrial rehabilitation

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient orthopedics
  • Inpatient acute care
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Work conditioning/work hardening
  • Home health

Membership:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Mallory Smith, PTA

Mallory Smith, PTA

Education:

  • Physical Therapy Assistant degree, Marshall University

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Specialization and interests:

  • Outpatient orthopedic therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Industrial rehabilitation

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient

Joey Watson, PTA

Joey Watson, PTA

Education:

  • Associate degree in applied science (PTA), Marshall University Community and Technical College

Licensure:

  • West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy

Certification:

  • CPR, American Heart Association

Specialization and interests:

  • Total joint replacements
  • Sports performance

Clinical experience:

  • Outpatient