Physical Therapy Team

Lara Ring, PT, MPT, Aq
Masters of Physical Therapy

       Lara Ring established Propel Pediatric Therapy in 2009, and since that time has delighted in participating in the development of children and therapists. After a knee injury in high school, she started working as a physical therapy aide where she worked all through her collegiate career falling in love with the profession and especially the patients realizing she belonged in the world of rehabilitation.

Cassandra N. Murphy, 
Certified in Neuro-developmental Treatment

       Cass is a licensed physical therapist who graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in January of 2000. Since her graduation she has worked in four different pediatric settings. Initially she worked in a school system in Stamford, CT for four years servicing children ages 3-21 with a variety of special needs.

Melissa Day, PT
Pediatric Physical Therapist

       Melissa received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1999.  She went on to work as a school-based PT in Albany, NY where she treated children with a range of abilities.  Melissa moved to Greensboro in 2005.  Her experience here has included working in an outpatient orthopedic clinic, specializing in the treatment of back and neck injuries.  In 2014 Melissa joined Propel Pediatric Therapy where she loves helping children and families achieve their goals. Melissa is married and has a 7 year old daughter.

Tracie Coffman, PT
Masters of Physical Therapy

       Tracie received her Masters of Physical Therapy degree (MPT) from the University of Michigan in 1993. Tracie has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, and home health care. Tracie has recently returned to physical therapy after staying home with her four children. Tracie enjoys working with all ages of children in their natural environment, in the clinic setting, and in the pool. Tracie has worked with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, the following: Autism, Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders, Orthopedic Injuries, Torticollis, and Toe Walking. 

Elizabeth Mark, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy 

       Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2013. She is originally from Winston-Salem, NC and found, through experiences volunteering at the Children’s Center in Winston-Salem, NC and working one on one with children with special needs, that she had a strong passion for helping children. Upon receiving her Doctor of Physical therapy degree, she began working in the outpatient pediatric physical therapy setting and now treats children both in the outpatient setting and in the home setting. She works closely with her patients and their families to establish and help them achieve their individual goals. She loves working with children of all ages and is experienced in treating a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: Developmental Delay, Torticollis, Hypotonicity, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Coordination Disorder, and Toe Walking. Elizabeth spends her free time working on craft projects, scrap booking and spending time playing outside with her family. 

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Mary Clark Hauser, MPT
Masters of Physical Therapy

       Mary Clark graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2004. Following college, she served as an intern at Dolphin Human Therapy, a facility that performed dolphin assisted therapy for children and adults with a variety of diagnoses. Mary Clark loved her time with the dolphins and the children, but was especially impressed with the achievements the children with Autism made using the specific approach of therapy called Applied Behavior Analysis.   Following her internship, she spent the next several years training and practicing in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy. 

       In 2007 she and her husband moved to Winston-Salem where she attended and received her Masters of Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University in 2009.  Following graduating she worked in a variety of settings including home care for children, and outpatient assisted living and nursing care for adults. Mary Clark started working for Propel Pediatric Therapy in January of 2015, following the loss of her still-born daughter Sadie.  Sadie was diagnosed prenatally with a fatal genetic disorder, but was loved and carried until she was 37 weeks gestationally. Walking through this grief with her husband she knew she was being called to serve not only the children that she had always loved working with, but the mom and dads who were caring for them.  

       Mary Clark’s primary experience is working within the early intervention home setting, but she has experience working in the clinic as well as aquatic settings. She really enjoys the home setting because she loves being able to build relationships with the children and their families; and witnessing such great progress when the whole family is involved in the therapy process.  

Mary Clark lives in Bethania, NC with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys playing and reading with her children, and attending and serving at her church. 

Genevieve Anthony, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy 

Genevieve has been a pediatric Physical Therapist for 3 years. She grew up in Mt. Airy, NC and moved to Wilmington for school. Genevieve has experience in school-based, early intervention and outpatient therapy. She has always enjoyed working with kids, their energy and love for life; she loves the idea being able to contribute to her patients care or quality of life. Genevieve feels that her compassion and desire to do her best to resolve what concerns a child may be facing, along with her ability to collaborate with other professionals are some of her strongest qualities as a therapist. Outside of work Genevieve is happiest spending time with her husband and family, while they await the arrival of their first child. 

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Candace Shelton, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Candace received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is 2014 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 where she had multiple rotations in pediatric settings. She has always enjoyed working with children even from a young age teaching horseback riding lessons. When she is not working, Candace enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their dog, Dempsey.

Jayme Jarrett, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

       Jayme received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University in 2014 and her Physical Therapist Assistant Associate degree from Surry Community College in 2018. Jayme found her passion for working with children at a young age volunteering with special education programs throughout high school, coaching youth sports and babysitting. She has worked in the home, clinic, and school settings and enjoys treating children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses. In her free time, you can find Jayme either doing something crafty or hiking and camping with her husband, 7 year old daughter, and 2 dogs. 

Laura Reker, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

        Laura graduated from the University of Evansville in 2010 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and an A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant. She has had a wide variety of pediatric experience including working in hospital, school, early intervention, and outpatient settings. Laura always knew she wanted to work with children and began her career at a children’s hospital. However, after a couple of years she decided she was ready for an adventure. Laura spent the next few years as a traveling PTA, which allowed her to explore the country while developing her clinical skills. Most recently, Laura was living in California working in outpatient pediatrics before moving to North Carolina in 2019. 

        Laura began working with children at an early age, teaching tap, jazz, and ballet classes through high school. Growing up she volunteered at a school for children with special needs where her grandmother worked, and was inspired by her grandmother’s compassion and motivation to help her students to succeed. Laura loves watching her patients achieve their goals and reach new levels of independence. 

        In Laura’s free time she loves traveling, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling her Goldendoodle Cooper. 

Melinda Bethune, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Bio in progress.

Jessie Kendall, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

       Jessie is originally from Gastonia, NC and graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She went on to graduate from Elon University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program where she completed clinical rotations in pediatric acute care and pediatric outpatient settings. She found she loved working with children early on through a variety of activities, such as mentoring in a children's health and wellness program, assisting in her Mother's elementary school classroom, and helping kids in an adaptive dance class. Jessie spends her free time playing soccer, reading, watching superhero shows and movies, and hanging out with friends.

Michelle Eiben, PT
Certified in Early Intervention

       Michelle Eiben graduated from Northeastern University in Boston MA with her degree in Physical Therapy in 1996. She practiced physical therapy for several years in a hospital setting, outpatient clinic, and home healthcare. She started in early intervention in MA and earned her early intervention certification. Michelle moved with her family to NC in 2005.

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Amber Fleming
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Bio in progress.

Sarah Miller, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sarah graduated from High Point University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and continued on at HPU to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She had the opportunity to complete an outpatient pediatric clinical with Propel Pediatric Therapy before starting to work for our company the next year. Sarah also completed clinical rotations with neurological patients giving her a deeper understanding of various conditions. She has always enjoyed working with children and found a passion in physical therapy after spending a week working alongside physical therapists on a mission trip in Mazatlan, Mexico. 

Occupational Therapy Team

Rebecca Thompson, ORT/L
Masters of Occupational Therapy

Rebecca is an Occupational Therapist who recently joined our team, serving Forsyth, Stokes and Surry County children ages birth - 18 in the new Pilot Mountain Clinic. She is a second career OT, previously working in Public Health Education as a Health Educator for many years. Rebecca received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Winston Salem State University in 2016. Rebecca is licensed by the NC Board of Occupational Therapy, and registered with the National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Rebecca has specialty training in the areas of physical rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, custom orthotic fabrication (splinting), fine motor, amputation, brain injury, modality use, sensory, movement and play. When not working, Rebecca loves to spend time with her family (husband and son), and their 2 dogs.

Amber Shaw, OTR
Masters of Occupational Therapy

       Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-Professional from Appalachian State University in 2014, and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir Rhyne University in 2016. After receiving her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, Amber began working in an outpatient setting and after a couple of years, began providing services in early intervention setting. Amber believes in working with her families to collaborate, which includes helping them learn new techniques to better their child’s ability to be successful in their natural environment and develop skills for the child to become as independent as they can be. Amber has worked with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to: Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Genetic Abnormalities, Dysphagia, Cerebral Palsy, and Sensory Processing Concerns.

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Masters of Occupational Therapy

Cassie graduated from Milligan University in 2019 with her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree and is a licensed occupational therapist in North Carolina. She has served as an occupational therapist in a skilled nursing facility and learned how to treat individuals and collaborate with their families. She is excited to begin her career as a pediatric occupational therapist with Propel Pediatric Therapy. She cultivated an interest and passion for serving children through a variety of experiences, such as pediatric outpatient clinical rotations, working as a theatre camp counselor at Victory Junction, serving in a community-based residence for young adults, and teaching dance classes. Knowing she wanted pediatric occupational therapy to be her niche, Cassie became a long-term trainee of the Vanderbilt Consortium Leadership Education in Developmental Disabilities from 2018 to 2019. Cassie is currently a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is so thankful to be a part of the Propel Pediatric Therapy Team and cannot wait work with children to increase their independence, better engage in their environments and social circles, and collaborate with families for optimal outcomes.   

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Nikki Gray
Pilot Mountain

Bio in progress.

Kayla Rogers

Bio in progress.

Latrelle Kornegay

Latrelle has been in office settings for the past 13 years. She has worked in medical, non-medical, and religious agencies as well as Human Resources, helping with onboarding recruits, trainings, and company marketing. She also has over 15 years of experience working with special needs and is an instructor for Positive Behavior Support trainings. In her free time, she enjoys being a a wife to her husband, and you can find her traveling, spending time with her godchildren and little brother, and being adventurous with new arts and crafts. 

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Lydia Hughes

Bio in progress.

Administrative Team 

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Sydney Prior

Bio in progress.