Physical Therapy

Dr. David Lower, PT, DPT, CMPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Owner

Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist

David received his Master of Physical Therapy in 1995 and went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy in August of 2005 from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. In 2015, he finished a year long fellowship level course to receive his Certification as an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. He was born and raised in Gainesville and has been professionally involved in the field for over 20 years. His experience spans sports medicine (emphasis on shoulders and knees), post-surgical rehab, stroke and brain injury, geriatrics, foot and ankle injuries, orthotics, and spine rehab. David is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is also a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association. He has been a triathlete and raced in ultra-marathon (over 100 mile) bike races, including the team RAAM (Bike Race Across America) in 1993. David is married and has five children. He enjoys cycling, going to the beach, and spending time with his family. Have Questions, email me!

Dr. Erienne Blanchard, PT, DPT, CMPT, CFC
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist
Craniofacial Certified
Certificate of Vestibular Therapy

Erienne graduated in 2008 with her Bachelor of Health Science and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011, both from the University of Florida. She was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida. She is a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2015, she received her Certification as an Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. She received her Craniofacial Certification in January 2017 and her Certification in Vestibular Disorders in 2019. She specializes in facial pain, headaches, migraines, TMJ dysfunction, dizziness, vertigo, and all disorders above the collar bones. She is knowledgable in all areas with all musculoskeletal disorders. She teaches with the University of Florida Doctor of Physical Therapy Program as an Adjunct Lecturer in Differential Diagnosis and Functional Anatomy. Have questions, email me!

Dr. Alicia Hopkins, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Alicia received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan, and has practiced in California, Oregon, Wyoming, and now Florida since 2003. She received her undergraduate degree from Andrews University in Anatomy and Physiology. She was a student teacher in the anatomy lab. Alicia has specialty care in post-mastectomy and Women's Health. Alicia and her husband have two small children. They enjoy traveling to new destinations as well as being active as a family outdoors. She enjoys ocean sports such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, and would love to learn how to surf. Have questions, email me!

Dr. Kaylee Williams, DPT, ATC/L
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer

Kaylee graduated in 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of North Florida. She completed her internships working with Jacksonville University’s football team, the University of North Florida’s women’s beach volleyball team, and other local Jacksonville high school sports teams. She went on to earn her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2018 from the University of St. Augustine. Her passion is primarily focused on orthopedic injuries and sports medicine. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Florida Physical Therapy Association. She was born and raised in Middleburg, Florida. Kaylee played collegiate soccer. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy weight lifting, running, and spending time with family. Have questions, email me!

Tiffany Thames, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Tiffany has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2006 with primary focus in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Tiffany has worked as an Office Manager, Director, and Clinical Instructor for PTA students throughout her career. She has also worked as a traveling therapist and has been licensed in over 10 states. Originally from Mississippi, she moved to Gainesville from Juno Beach, FL in 2017. In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking and attending sporting events.

Ethan O'Hearn, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Ethan recently graduated as a Physical Therapist Assistant earning his second associate's degree from Santa Fe College’s PTA program. He earned his first associates degree in 2016 from Florida Gateway College in Lake City, FL. Ethan is a member of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) as well as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He has a passion for sports medicine as well as outpatient orthopedics. Ethan moved to Florida with his family in 2012, then moved to Gainesville from Lake City in 2016. Ethan has been an athlete all his life. He grew up playing baseball but switched to playing soccer in high school. He played soccer both competitively and for school and continues to play pick-up games in his free time. Ethan has been a grade 8 soccer referee in the state of Florida since 2013, increasing his passion and knowledge of the game. In his free time, he loves being active, participating in all kinds of athletic events (Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, fitness challenges, etc), spending time with friends and family, and cheering on all forms of Gator athletics.

Occupational Therapy

Cathie Tinsley, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, CEAS
Masters of Occupational Therapy
Certified Hand Therapist
Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist

Cathie’s education includes four years at the University of Florida and completion of the occupational therapy master’s degree program at Nova Southeastern University (summa cum laude) in 1998.  After practicing for five years and accumulating over 4,000 hours of treatment for hand and upper extremity disorders, Cathie passed the rigorous certification exam and earned the distinction of certified hand therapist.  She is one of 6,674 certified worldwide.   Her experience spans 20 years and includes emphasis on post-operative care and rehabilitation.  Cathie is married and in their free time, she and her husband, Jim, enjoy spending time with family, camping, and Gator athletics!

Business Manager

Missi Lower
Business Manager, Owner

Missi is originally from Tallahassee. She moved to Gainesville to go to College. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 with a Bachelors in Zoology and a Masters in Science Education. She has worked in public and private schools as a Math and Science teacher. She left teaching to be a full time mom and homeschooled her and David's five children. Missi is excited to work in health care and build the business that she and her husband have started here. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, with God, playing volleyball, swimming, and vacationing at the beach.


Administrative Assistants

Kimberely Walsh
Administrative Assistant

Kimberly joined our team in Spring 2016. She has 10+ years experience as an administrative assistant in merchandising, budget, and advertising management. Originally from Nebraska, she has been living in Gainesville since 2007. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, painting, and interior design.

Michelle Theus

Michelle joined our team in the Summer of 2017. She was born and raised here in Gainesville, FL. She graduated with a computer degree from Santa Fe College. She was previously employed at Santa Fe College for over 11 years accommodating students with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

We are always open to new staff who fit our DNA. Please submit applications via email for:

DPT, OT, Exercise Specialist, LMT, and Administrative Assistants.

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Gainesville Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC.    4113 NW 6th St., Suite C, Gainesville, Fl 32609     Phone: 352-376-6300   Fax: 352-372-0661