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Meet our Physical Therapy (PT)/Occupational Therapy (OT) Staff

John Austin, OTR/L is an occupational therapist who has been with MUSC for many years.  He is a certified hand therapist, specializing in treating those with elbow, wrist, and hand disorders.  He works alongside both the plastics surgeons and upper extremity orthopedic surgeons.

David Bishop, PTA graduated from the PTA program at Trident Technical College in 1998.  He has experience in a variety of PT settings but outpatient orthopedics is his area of expertise.  He also has advanced training in Kinesio taping for the orthopedic population.  In his spare time, he enjoys having different building projects around the house and traveling to new places. 

Rebecca English, PT, DPT, MSR graduated from MUSC with degrees in both Occupational and Physical therapy, in addition to a Masters in Rehabilitation Science.  In 2009, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Stills University.  She has advanced training from Emory University in Vestibular Rehabilitation, and treatment of complex balance disorders.   She joined our MUSC team in 2016.

Renée Garrison, PT, MTC, CLT-LANA has been working at MUSC as a physical therapist since 1998 treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and circulatory issues.  She attended Clemson University for undergrad and then transferred to MUSC to complete her physical therapy degree.  Renée received her Manual Therapy Certification through Kaiser Permanente in 2004 and her lymphedema certification in 2011 through the Norton School of Lymphology.  Her areas of interest are women’s health, lymphedema, sports medicine, and spine health.

Margaret Gee, PT, MS, DPT graduated with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from MUSC in 1991.  She then went on to complete a Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy at Georgia State University in 1996, and ultimately graduated from Marymount University in 2007 with her Doctor of Physical Therapy.  She is certified in dry needling and has a lot of experience in various manual therapy techniques.  She has completed all the McKenzie spine courses. She has a personal interest in treating orthopedic spinal issues, but enjoys problem solving and treating all types of orthopedic pain and dysfunction.

Sheri Baughman Howle, MHA, OTR/L received her Master’s in Health Sciences in 1999 from MUSC and went on to complete a B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1998.  Prior to attending MUSC, she worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for 6 years.  She has been practicing in the field of OT for 23 years, working in various settings including acute care, rehab, subacute, long term care, acute and outpatient burn rehabilitation, as well as outpatient hand therapy.  Sheri’s true love and specialty is outpatient hand therapy.  She utilizes various techniques including desensitization, range of motion, and strengthening programs to restore functional independence which allows patients to return to their previous activities of daily living and occupational role duties.

Sarah Kenney, PT, DPT completed her undergraduate degree in exercise science at the University of South Carolina in 2009. (Go Gamecocks!)  She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2012 from MUSC.  She specializes in treating patients with orthopedic issues – shoulders, hip and knee issues are her favorite.  In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her hubby and her adorable kitty, Lilly.  She loves to cook, eat her way through Charleston’s restaurants, travel, take Barre classes, and run.

Marguerite Lenahan, PT, DPT, COMT attended undergraduate at Duke University and completed a B.S. in Economics with a minor in French.  She then graduated with honors from MUSC in 2011 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  She has further specialized in orthopedics and achieved advanced certification as an orthopedic manual therapist.  Marguerite loves making a difference in other people’s lives and the pursuit of life-long learning.  Outside of work, she is enjoys hiking, camping, paddle boarding, yoga instruction, historic preservation, traveling, and spending time with her husband, Ed, and her dog, Maggie.

Samantha Linder, PT, DPT was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.  She received a B.S. from Clemson University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from MUSC.  The majority of her experience and interests lie with orthopedic therapy.  She is married to a wonderful husband, Mac, with whom she loves to go boating with their two dogs, Mojo and Diggy. 

Rebecca Janey, PT, DPT attended MUSC and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree after graduating from Clemson University.  She enjoys treating a variety of patients with diagnoses from orthopedic to neurological conditions.  She recently became certified in LSVT BIG to assist those with Parkinson's disease improve their movement patterns.  She is also currently working on her manual therapy certification.  In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and her dog, Addie.

Amy Mauer PT, MSR is a 2000 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina.  She spent the first three years after graduation working in the acute setting with general and post-traumatic orthopedic patients.  She then transitioned to the outpatient orthopedic area of rehabilitation, loved it, and has worked with this patient population to date.  In her free time, Amy spends time with her family, is an avid runner, and practices yoga. 

Stephanie McGowan, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS joined MUSC as a Physical Therapist in 2005 and is the Team leader of the Outpatient clinic located on Ashley Avenue in downtown Charleston.  In addition to her outpatient physical therapy practice, Stephanie is a Faculty member with the Division of Physical Therapy in the College of Health Professions at MUSC, where her teaching expertise is in the areas of Musculoskeletal Examination and Treatment, Human Biomechanics, Gross Anatomy, and Orthotics and Prosthetics.  She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.  In her downtime, she enjoys all-you-can-eat dinner cruises, gambling, and nasty gangsta rap.

Michelle Mills, MSPT graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science in 2002 and went on to complete her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2004 from The Ohio State University.  She has worked in outpatient PT at MUSC since 2006, and enjoys working with sports medicine patients and orthopedic patients.  When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, and going to the gym.

Lori Nicholson, PT graduated from the Medical College of Georgia and has over 30 years as a practicing physical therapist with 20+ of these at MUSC. She primarily treats outpatient orthopedic patients with an interest in clinical teaching/mentoring.  She particularly enjoys treating MUSC employees with the variety of job descriptions and physical demands they present.  Her hobbies include her dog Balou, music, walking on the beach, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Bruce Reeves, PT graduated from MUSC in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy.  He enjoys treating a wide variety of diagnosis including orthopedics and has received advanced training in manual therapy.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and 2 dogs, traveling, and playing music around town with his band.

Jodie Rush, PT, DPT, COMT, OCS graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in 2005 and her Doctor of Physical therapy in 2008 from Duke University.  She has worked in a variety of settings including skilled nursing and acute care, before finding her passion in outpatient orthopedics.  She has an advanced certification as an Orthopedic Manual Therapist, and is also a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist.  She is involved with the SC Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association as the Research Committee Chair.  In her spare time, she loves going to Sullivan’s Island, yoga and Pilates, and spending time with her hubby, daughter, and chocolate lab.

Rebecka Schafer, PT, DPT, CSCS recently graduated from Duke University in 2016. She treats a variety of patients including those with Parkinson’s disease, TBI, SCI, vestibular dysfunctions, and other neurological conditions.  She is certified in LSVT BIG, and as strength and conditioning specialist.  In addition to working with the neurological population, Rebecca also enjoys working with athletes and orthopedic patients.  In her free time she works as a personal trainer and volunteers with local and international organizations to provide physical therapy to those in need.

Gerry Scibilia PT, DPT, ATC attended Westchester University in Pennsylvania and attained degrees in both Athletic Training and a Masters in Physical Therapy.  He worked as the head athletic trainer at the University of St. Augustine in Florida.  He went on to own multiple outpatient PT practices in NJ and Johns Island.  His areas of focus are:  Sports medicine and orthopedics (with a special interest in the spine and upper extremity, and total joints).

Rod Tyler, OTR/L, CHT has 18 years of experience as an occupational therapist.  His clinical specialty is hand and upper extremity rehabilitation and achieved his Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) credential in 2005.  He is also a Certified Specialist in Functional Assessment (CSFA) and performs Functional Capacity Evaluations for the department.  He enjoys all aspects of hand therapy and has a clinical interest in flexor tendon repair/reconstruction, post-operative Dupuytren’s contracture release/manipulation, and elbow injuries.  He enjoys the open and collaborative approach to patient care he shares with MUSC physicians and hopes to see MUSC become a national leader in hand and upper extremity surgery and rehabilitation. 

Vicky Whalen, OTR/L graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1997.   She has been practicing occupational therapy at MUSC for the last 15 years of her career.   She has worked in both the acute care and outpatient settings.   Her primary focus is outpatient neuro rehab with a special interest in stroke and TBI rehab as well as movement disorders.  She is working towards her Geriatric Certification.  She is LSVT-BIG and Saebo certified.   Her hobbies include trail run marathons and ultramarathons, hiking, and working in her yard.  She spends all her time outside of work with her golden retriever and her husband.

Laurie Woods, MSPT joined the MUSC Physical Therapy department in 1995.   She graduated from College of Charleston and completed her Physical Therapy degree and her Master’s in Health Science at MUSC.  She is both NDT and LSVT BIG certified.  Laurie provides comprehensive physical therapy services, and her special interests include neurological care, vestibular rehab, Parkinson’s LSVT BIG program, and orthopedic care.

Angela Works, PT graduated from MUSC with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1992.  She specializes in treating patients with both neurological and vestibular dysfunctions.  She loves treating and interacting with patients and their families.  Her hobbies include being a mother to her two children and going to the beach.


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