Brad Freemyer, PT
With more than 25 years of experience, Brad has a treatment philosophy that values personalized, hands-on care. He believes in finding and treating the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. Brad previously assisted in the design of and operated the outpatient physical therapy department at Northside Hospital Forsyth, served on the Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy, and owned and operated his mobile practice prior to opening his current practice.
Brad has an extensive background in sports and offers great insight to sports related cases. Brad has played soccer for over 30 years including collegiate soccer at Berry College. Brad was very involved in the sport as a high school coach for ten years and he presently supports the athletes of the surrounding schools - Fellowship Christian, Blessed Trinity, and Roswell High. He understands what it takes to meet the physical therapy needs of sports enthusiasts through personal and specialized programs. In addition, Brad has expertise in the area of Geriatrics and Vestibular Rehab. He enjoys working with seniors and believes that age should never be a reason to either, be in pain or restricted from activity.
Brad is heavily involved in his community and participates in local politics that affect Physical Therapy and how it is presented and legislated throughout the state. He was a member of the PTAG legislative committee in 2015 and was instrumental in lobbying to make Direct Access in Georgia a reality. He continues to keep his ear to the ground in regard to therapies and treatments that are on the forefront of the field. Through Brad's direction and leadership, A Step Ahead is moving forward headlong into health and wellness, promoting a Women’s Health Series, Functional Movement Screening and Corporate Wellness. He believes that preventative physical therapy can reduce or eliminate the need for rehabilitative therapy for many patients. He and his staff are busy conducting educational research and development of the individualized treatment model that his clinic demonstrates and he hopes to see the use this model in curriculum that future Physical Therapy students will benefit from.
Amy Keating, PT, MSPT
Amy has been practicing as a physical Therapist since 2006. Prior to becoming a therapist she was a physical therapist assistant for 6 years working in both acute (hospital) care and sub acute (rehabilitation facility) care. Her experience as a physical therapist includes general outpatient, geriatric outpatient in assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing. Her areas of strength include geriatrics and vestibular rehabilitation. Amy loves to learn and is always interested in advancing her knowledge and clinical skills.
Her degrees include: B.S. Biology, St. Mary's College, A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant, Gwinnett Technical College, M.S.P.T. Physical Therapy - University of Georgia
Amy is a native of Roswell and grew up about 1/2 a mile from A Step Ahead. She currently resides in Crabapple with her husband, James and their children, Ainsley and Will. Her extracurricular life includes church activities at St. Thomas Aquinas, social committee member for her neighborhood, and medical contributor for Local Life Publishing (Milton and Canton Magazines).
Jim Lewis, PT, DPT
Dr. James Lewis joined us in the fall of 2012. He graduated in 1988 from the University of Georgia majoring in exercise and sports sciences and obtaining his certification and license as an athletic trainer. His successful accomplishments at this undergraduate level allowed the opportunity to pursue his PT degree from Georgia State University graduating in 1990. Dr. Lewis has been practicing PT for 21 years in the out-patient setting. He is a member of the APTA and the education section with service currently as a federal affairs liaison. His experience includes a focus on orthopaedics and joint related injury of the spine and extremities. He has 8 years experience in management including overseeing the startup and operations of two clinics. He returned to school and completed his DPT from Boston University in January 2007 and began his teaching career in 2010 as a part time instructor at GSU transitioning to a full time faculty position in May 2010. He has since taught in gross and functional anatomy including lab with a focus on joint anatomy, osteokinematics and arthrokinematic. Dr. Lewis' past experience in the clinic and continuing education in relation to the evaluation and treatment of joint pathologies has prepared his ability to teach in this area and serves to enhance the students learning experience to apply the knowledge concepts of anatomy in preparation for their future work in PT.
Kimberly Richards, PT, DPT, OCS.
Kimberly Richards is a graduate of Columbia University where she obtained a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2006. She also holds degrees in dance and psychology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She enjoys lecturing and teaching lab at Georgia State University as a part time instructor and remains vibrant and active in the college scene. Her background in developing injury prevention programs with local circus arts and dance performers is an amazing addition to benefit our patients and future clientele in our Athletic Wellness and Injury Prevention programs.
Kim, her husband and small daughter recently moved to the Roswell area and she is anxious to get involved in this wonderful community. She will continue to lecture, treat patients and develop new ways to reach out to the community as she starts this new phase of her career.
Steven Owens, PT, MPT, OCS
Steven Owens comes to us with over 10 years experience in clinical Physical Therapy and holds degrees in Physical Therapy and Secondary Chemistry Education. Steven completed an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) credentialed orthopedic residency at the University of Virginia-HealthSouth, and became a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). We are thrilled to have someone with his useful and diverse skill set. His love of learning and desire to help his patients to attain health and wellness pushes him to continue to strive for a greater understanding of the human body and how to achieve healing and optimal health. He is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and he is our resident expert in that discipline.
He and his family currently reside in Atlanta but he is actively looking to relocate into North Fulton and become involved in the local community. He is an avid runner and understands the needs and desires of the athlete. His goal is to help anyone from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete attain their athletic ambitions while achieving balance and avoiding injury. We are thrilled to welcome Steven and look forward to seeing our practice grow as a result of his expertise!
Dawn Harrison, PT, DPT
Dawn Harrison began her career as a Physical Therapist in 1995. After graduating with her doctorate in Physical Therapy, she began to practice in one of the largest out-patient sports medicine practices in the southeast. There, she gained a tremendous amount of experience in the rehabilitation of a diverse patient population with both surgical and non-surgical patient cases. She later went on to teach Physical Therapy at the Assistant level for 5 years prior to relocating to North Atlanta. Dawn was actually one of the original therapists when ASAPT opened almost 9 years ago. So, now that she has rejoined us, you could say that she is both the newest member of the team and the one who has been around the longest! She came back to us at the beginning of the year and we are so pleased to have her here. Dawn is passionate about prevention, health and wellness and promoting physical therapy first. She has firsthand experience that trying PT first can lead to better outcomes, reduced health care costs and faster return of function. Dawn has lived in East Cobb with her family for over 10 years where she is actively involved with her kids, the neighborhood, her church and the community.
Mattie joined the A Step Ahead Physical Therapy family as the Accounts Coordinator in June of 2015. By the end of the year her role at the office had expanded substantially and she is now our Office Manager. Her background in medical office management, customer service and insurance billing lends itself perfectly to the position. She loves to organize and innovate and is a person who enjoys being in this role.
On a personal note, Mattie was a patient here for several years before becoming an employee. As a result of her medical history, she has a keen understanding of the patient's needs and strives to make each client's experience here as pleasant and productive as possible. She has been an avid runner and participant in the Atlanta running community for many years and is currently pursuing her love of nature by walking and hiking. She enjoys music and is involved in her church's worship team. She is married to Joe and they have 5 children. They have lived in the area for over 13 years and attend Cobb Community Church.
Front Desk Coordinator
The search for the perfect Front Desk Coordinator has concluded! We are thrilled to have found Tori among the many applicants that were interviewed for the position. Tori is a newlywed and recently graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of Missouri, a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Minor in Business. Her desire to serve and make a difference in our community set her apart from the crowd and we feel truly blessed to add her to the team. She and her husband have set down roots in North Fulton and are proud parents to two lovely cats who are named after Tori's favorite things, Sweater and Toast. Please make a point to welcome her when you stop by the office.
Director of Marketing & Steward over Human Resources
Denise joined the A Step Ahead Physical Therapy team in April of 2015. Denise has a background in sales and endows our team with exceptional leadership capabilities and organizational skills. Her calm demeanor and easy laugh make all who walk through our doors feel comfortable and welcome. She has enjoyed raising her family of 4 children with her husband Mike and has been an active member of the community for over 23 years.
Denise has transitioned from an administrative role within the company to the Director of Marketing and Steward over Human Resources where her intrinsic abilities as a student of human nature and her natural team building abilities are being well utilized. She is an expert on southern idioms and her sweet Spirit and southern charm can win over even the most hardened curmudgeon.
Training Coordinator & Director of Community Relations
Joyce is our most seasoned employee. She joined the A Step Ahead Physical Therapy family in September 2009 and her role has expanded as our business has grown. She not only schedules and greets our patients; she answers phones, trains our new hires, represents us at community events and generally keeps us all in line. She recently celebrated her sixth anniversary with us. It is such a blessing to have someone who has been such a faithful support member of our team over the years! Joyce is married to Don and they have two sons, Ryan and Jake. After many years at home taking care of her family, Joyce has brought that nurturing spirit and attention to detail to benefit everyone at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy, both staff and patients.
Stephanie Wotiz and James Ledbetter are tag teaming as our PT aides.
Stephanie graduated from the University of Alabama and has a back ground in health care as a financial analyst. While she enjoyed the health care field, her desire to make a difference in people's lives led her to go back to school to become a physical therapist. She is currently working toward that goal. She and her husband Blake have 2 small children and when she is not running after them for exercise, you'll find her on the tennis courts!
James, or Jamey as we call him, is a recent graduate of Georgia State where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. He is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a Physical Therapist by applying to grad school and gaining experience here at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy. He hopes someday to open his own physical therapy practice. Jamey also enjoys playing tennis and has been living in the North Fulton community since graduating college.
Brad believes in training up young people in the way they should go, so here at A Step Ahead Physical Therapy we often offer high school students their first job in an office setting. Through mentoring these young people they gain real world experience in a caring, professional environment and we benefit by their seemingly boundless energy and vivacious personalities! We also have the privilege of seeing their growth as they mature and eventually move on to college and beyond. We count it as an honor and a gift to be a part of their lives in these important formative years. Our current support staff consists of Lexi, Tanner, Abigail, Emma, and Rhema. They support the PT's as well as front office staff in various duties.