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North Asheville

We can do more together than we can alone. Our goal is to improve the lives of those we touch by applying current and effective treatment in a healthy, healing atmosphere, encouraging progress. We look forward to serving you!

Meet our team

We believe the most important thing about life is how we move through it. Guided by the 3-A’s, we believe physical therapy should be Accessible to all who need it, provided in a positive Atmosphere, and rooted in proven Ability.

We don’t just focus on the how or what of an experience, but also the why. As the largest employee-owned outpatient physical therapy team in the nation, we provide the level of individualized and specialized care we would want ourselves.

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858 Merrimon Ave

Asheville, NC 28804

phone: 828.552.4217

fax: 828.417.3149

 

Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Taylor Leiby

Clinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

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Taylor Leiby

Clinic Director - PT, DPT, OCS

Taylor grew up in California and his love of tennis found him playing 4 seasons of collegiate level tennis at Fresno State. As a young athlete who dealt with shoulder and knee pain, Taylor found himself attending physical therapy where he came to realize that he was suited for a career in this field. Taylor graduated from Fresno State in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree and then from Long Beach State in 2015 with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree. 

 

Taylor has been practicing since 2015 and has chosen to deepen his knowledge of orthopedics by becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy in 2018. Less than 6% of US Physical Therapists have earned this degree. Taylor is also certified in dry needling and blood flow restriction training. 

 

Taylor lives a very active lifestyle, continuing to compete in USTA tennis tournaments. In 2019 he ended up ranked #1 in North Carolina for Men's Open Singles. He is happily married to his wife Chelsea and has a daughter named Zoey.

Education
California State University Long Beach
Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2015

California State University Fresno
Bachelor of Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, December 2011

Nathaniel Goodwin

PT, DPT

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Nathaniel Goodwin

PT, DPT

Nathaniel was born and raised in Huntersville, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science while competing on a nationally ranked division I soccer team. In 2019, Nathaniel graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University. During his doctoral studies, he was the lead researcher exploring the neurophysiological effects of manual therapy. He has a certification in Dry Needling, Advanced Manual Therapy, Blood Flow Restriction, and a FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine.

Additionally, Nathaniel is a Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery certified therapist (PWR!Moves) and leads the Knock Out Parkinson’s Boxing Program in North Asheville. With an interest in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, he plans on pursuing Board Certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy.

Outside of the clinic, Nathaniel lives an active lifestyle with interests in weight training, hiking, and sports. He is a performance coach at D1 Asheville Sports Training Center and enjoys working with soccer athletes and improving their game.

Education

Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina 

Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2019

 

University of North Carolina Wilmington, North Carolina

Bachelor of Science-Exercise Science, 2015

Laura Wolff

PTA

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Laura Wolff

PTA

Laura was raised in Northwest Indiana where team sports are an integral part of life. Laura grew up playing multiple sports but developed a love for volleyball. She received an athletic scholarship to play Division I volleyball for Indiana University as a libero and defensive specialist. Her Sophomore year they excelled to play in the NCAA Sweet 16 tournament, which has not been repeated since.

After a sports-related injury at IU, Laura decided to pursue physical therapy as a career. She received her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Fox College in 2015. Following graduation, Laura worked in the Chicagoland area for 5 years in the outpatient setting specializing in post-operative care and sports-related injuries. She continues the pursuit of knowledge and training through continuing education, developing a focus on health, recovery, and longevity of the body.

In 2020, Laura and her husband moved from the suburbs of Chicago, IL to the Asheville area to pursue their love of the outdoors and mountains. Outside of the clinic, Laura is very active in trail ultrarunning, mountain biking, yoga, and hiking with her two dogs.

Education

Fox College Tinley Park, Illinois

Associate of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant Program, August 2015

 

Indiana University 2012

Bachelors Degree

Essie Soleil

Front Office Manager

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Essie Soleil

Front Office Manager

Essie Soleil grew up in Charlotte and came to settle down in Western North Carolina nearly a decade ago. Essie’s prior professional roles have focused on service to people with various needs, including cooking and providing ambulatory/access assistance for elderly and infirmed clients and working in a small chiropractic office. Before moving to the Specialized Physical Therapy front desk position, Essie supported clients to meet their goals in the back of the clinic as a physical therapy aide/tech.

During her years on the staff of a small family-owned inn tucked into the mountains north of Asheville, Essie developed a love of the winding trails, the magnificent views, and the bounty and beauty of the small and delicate flora of this region. So when she isn’t managing the front desk, enjoying local homemade cuisine, or playing a game of Scrabble, Essie invests much of her personal time in quietly exploring and studying the natural wonders of the Southern Appalachian hills.

Anna Easterling

PT, DPT

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Anna Easterling

PT, DPT

Anna grew up on a small farm in Belton, Texas. As a teenager, she was an avid swimmer on a local team and began practicing yoga while healing from a repetitive motion shoulder injury. Several years later, she rediscovered a passion for mindful movement and wellness practices during her undergraduate theater studies. Since then, she has received over 2,000 hours of mind-body instructor training, including multiple yoga certifications and comprehensive Pilates certification. Anna continues her mind-body movement studies with special interests in trauma-sensitive practices and the science of breathing.

In 2017, inspired to further her understanding of evidence-based movement methodologies, Anna embarked upon the journey to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University. There, she completed advanced elective coursework in adult neurological rehabilitation, integrative movement therapies, and narrative medicine. She assisted on a physical therapy research team studying best movement practices for patients with heart failure within a hospital setting. During her culminating didactic semester, Anna presented an evidence-based master class on emerging research of yoga techniques that may benefit Parkinson’s Disease. One day, she hopes to deepen her understanding of neurological clinical practice through the pursuit of a Neurologic Specialist Certification.

Outside of the clinic, Anna enjoys creative writing, sharing in the practices of yoga and Pilates, volunteering for the Crisis Text Line and SAGE Connect, and exploring the natural beauty of the Appalachian region with family and loved ones.

Education

Columbia University, New York, New York

Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2020

 

Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Theater, May 2006

Colin Hunt

PT, DPT, CSCS

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Colin Hunt

PT, DPT, CSCS

Colin was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina, graduating from Asheville High School in 2008. He attended Appalachian State University, studying renewable energy technologies and green building science, graduating in 2013. In 2021, he earned his degree as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University. During the interim between his studies, Colin traveled North and South America as a professional whitewater kayaker. His various injuries and rehabilitation as an athlete led to a deep appreciation for the physical therapy profession. His time as an instructor, helping people to learn new movement patterns and achieve their goals, directly led to Colin pursuing the PT profession himself. He now enjoys spending his free time mountain biking with his wife, playing disc golf with his dog, and remaining active within the local whitewater community. Colin is a Certified Strength and Condition Specialist and continues to coach kayakers, helping them to achieve their goals; whether it be learning the fundamentals, exploring a new river, or training for the famous Green River Narrows Race.

Education 

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Doctor of Physical Therapy, May 2021

 

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Bachelor of Applied Science, Appropriate Technology, May 2013

Kaleb Drake

PT, DPT

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Kaleb Drake

PT, DPT

Kaleb was raised in West Monroe, Louisiana. He stayed in Northeast Louisiana until 2018, when he moved to Searcy, Arkansas to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Harding University. Before receiving his physical therapy degree in 2021, Kaleb completed a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course and began coaching while in school. Aside from physical therapy, Kaleb enjoys coffee, fitness, everything outdoors, and talking with anyone that will listen.

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