Athens: 195 Miles Street · Athens, GA 30601 · 706.546.1333
Lavonia: 12605 Augusta Road · Lavonia, GA 30553 · 706.356.1333
( Serving Royston, Toccoa, Hartwell, and NE Ga. )

Physical Therapists

Jill Smith, DPT, ATC  received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2006 after completing her Athletic Training/BS Education in Exercise Science at the University of Georgia in 2003. She worked in various outpatient orthopedic, pediatric and acute care settings before joining Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy in 2008.

Jill believes in a holistic, research-based treatment approach in developing individual treatment programs tailored to fit each person’s unique needs, and encourages the patient to be an active participant in treatment planning, implementation, and goal setting. Her ultimate goal is for the patient to be equipped to prevent and/or manage his/her condition independently and to increase his/her quality of life.

Jill is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. She was certified in Vestibular therapy in 2006. She has a particular additional interest in the physical therapy of Female Pelvic Pain, to include treatment for incontinence, dysmenorrhea and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Jill and her husband recently welcomed their first child—a daughter—into the world.

Jason Kimsey, MSPT joins us from Ty Cobb Healthcare Systems where he was director of Physical Therapy and lead outpatient physical therapist for 6 years. Jason is a native of Hiawassee, GA, and a graduate of North Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1997 and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2000.  Previous to Ty Cobb Healthcare, he was at Gainesville Physical Therapy, a nationally-recognized leader in the teaching and treatment of sacroiliac dysfunction. Jason’s continuing education and ongoing credentialing has centered around the Maitland-Australian physiotherapy method of evaluation and treatment of patients. Behind its high-tech, strong evidence-based techniques lies Maitland's core principle that "sublimation of self and possession of a positive personal commitment are necessary to understand what the patient is enduring, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient". We are honored that Jason brings his experience, fund of knowledge and patient-centered dedication to Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy. 

Jason lives in Royston with his wife and their three sons.

Marla VanDyck, PT was practicing in Atlanta a few years ago when she created a Back Injury Prevention Program that was adopted by Coca-Cola for use by all of its employees. Coke's implementation of the program was a ringing endorsement of Marla's solid understanding of spine mechanics, risk factors and injuries; and the emphasis upon prevention illustrates what must be learned by a patient after the current issue/injury/flare-up is treated, in order to have a long-lasting result.

Marla received her Physical Therapy degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.  She has practiced all phases of physical therapy—outpatient, inpatient, and extended care.  For the last two years, Marla has brought her warmth, qualifications and rich experience to Physicians Back and Neck Clinic / Athens Physical Therapy to capably treat and teach our spine and general physical therapy patients. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. And for those who wonder about such things, Marla is married to Peter VanDyck, M.D., endocrinologist in Athens, and is the proud mother of two terrific children.

Kevin Mobbs, PT, DPT, received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2010.  He completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree in 2001 from the Medical College of Georgia and his Bachelor of Science in Education/Exercise Physiology from Samford University in 1999. 

Kevin has worked in the inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings.  He was the wound care coordinator for a hospital in Lexington, Kentucky for five years.  Just before coming to PBNC, he was the director of an outpatient clinic in Commerce, Georgia for four years.

Kevin is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and takes a multifaceted, research based, approach to patient care.  He is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with his family.

Kevin lives in Jefferson with his wife and two sons.