Chatham Sports Medicine is comprised of a talented team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapist assistants, certified hand therapists and athletic trainers. Our team strives to keep athletes in peak condition and return injured athletes to what they love to do.
Jason Hux, PT, MS
Jason is the director of Chatham Sport Medicine and a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, where he received a Master’s of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. His undergraduate degree is in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jason’s specialties include foot and ankle dysfunction with orthotic fabrication and golf-specific rehabilitation and performance. He has worked with weightlifting athletes at the national and Olympic levels and takes pleasure in returning all athletes to sports in optimum condition.
Clara Valoze, MPT
Clara is the office manager and received a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Touro College in New York. She oversees all scheduling and billing processes. Clara aspires to continually improve the communication between physicians, case managers and other members of the healthcare community, in order to provide the best care to patients.
Derek Johnson, MPT, MBA
Derek graduated in 1998 from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana, with his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Derek received a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in 2002. Derek has many years of clinical experience, with emphasis in sports medicine rehabilitation of shoulder, knee, foot and ankle injuries. Derek has a strong interest in athletics and enjoys combining this passion with his clinical expertise to help individuals care for and prevent injuries resulting from everyday to high-performance activities.
Kristy Varner, PT, DPT
Kristy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Georgia Southern University in 2003, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2005 and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2012. Her professional areas of interest include treatment of orthopedic impairments, particularly the shoulder joint, lumbar and cervical spine. She also provides volunteer physical therapy services locally at the Good Samaritan Clinic. Kristy enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends and being involved at her church.
Trent D. Stone DPT, MS, ATC
Trent relocated to Savannah by way of Baltimore, Maryland, in 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a Master of Science in Athletic Training, as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, from Shenandoah University. Since working with the athletic training staff of the Baltimore Ravens in high school, Trent has had an interest in the fields of physical therapy, athletic training and sports medicine. At Shenandoah, he further developed this interest with internships at the University of Arizona and the United States Naval Academy. Trent also enjoys running and playing all sports, especially golf, basketball and football, and following the Baltimore Ravens.
Jason Paul, PTA
Jason was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from South University in 2005. He has gained invaluable experience working with patients of all ages who have conditions ranging from sport and work-related injuries to post-operative rehabilitation. Jason has a strong commitment to helping his clients to alleviate their pain, so they can achieve their highest level of function. His hobbies include scuba diving and martial arts.
Dena Rhodes, PTA
Dena, raised in Savannah, Georgia, graduated from Savannah Christian Preparatory School. Along with graduating from South University’s PTA program in 2006, she holds a B.S. degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science. She is also a certified massage therapist. Since graduating from South, she has returned as a teaching assistant for various classes within the PTA program. Dena enjoys watching sports (especially UGA and GSU football), traveling and spending time with her family.
Andrew Sauers, PTA
Andrew is a native of Savannah, where he graduated from Benedictine Military School in 2003. He later graduated from South University in 2008 with his Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Since his degree, he has completed several hours of continuing education with an emphasis in manual therapy to address joint abnormalities, muscle tension issues and pain during movement. He also enjoys working with athletes from surrounding areas and is able to relate with a number of patients due to his own past sports injuries.
Amanda Soto, PTA
Amanda graduated from Effingham County High School and later from South University in 2009 with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. Amanda enjoys the close relationships that develop in a small, outpatient orthopedic setting. She plans to pursue a future in geriatric aquatic therapy. Her hobbies include reading and helping the youth at her local church.
Zach Zorbanos, PTA
Zach is a graduate of Athens Technical College, where he received his Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 2009. Zach has experience treating an array of orthopaedic conditions, including traumatic injury, sports medicine and post-operative rehabilitation. A 25-year Athens resident, Zach is a devout Bulldog fan who also enjoys cycling, kayaking and motor sports in his spare time.
Alison Walmsley, OTR/L, CHT, CLCP
Alison Walmsley, OTR/L, CHT, CLCP has been an occupational therapist for over 18 years with specialty certifications in hand therapy and work capacity evaluation. She has worked in several large hospitals and physician-owned practices to develop, manage and participate in rehabilitation programs. She takes great pleasure in working with patients with various traumatic and debilitating conditions and injuries. She has presented at various local, state and national conferences and has served on various state association boards and national committees for professional and volunteer organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and traveling.
Karen Harris, OTR/L, CHT
Karen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2000 from the University of South Alabama and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 2005. Karen has worked in a variety of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine settings in Birmingham and Atlanta. She developed and managed a hand therapy program for an orthopaedic practice in Birmingham. While in Atlanta, she specialized in worker’s compensation injuries in an occupational medicine setting. Karen relocated to Savannah in 2012. She enjoys working closely with hand surgeons and believes this helps to provide the best continuum of care for her patients.
Sara Simmons, COTA
Sara is a graduate of Florida State College at Jacksonville, where she received her Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. She is specifically interested in the therapeutic treatment of upper extremity and hand conditions, including traumatic injuries, neuropathies, repetitive strain injuries and occupation-related injuries. She continually strives to supplement her skills through continuing education with an emphasis in upper extremity rehabilitation. Sara also enjoys running, yoga, travel and spending time with family.