Our Rehab Services Team

Beth Baxley, MS, CCC-SLP

Beth has been with Harris/Swain Hospitals since 1992.  She has worked in a variety of settings including the public schools, home health, skilled nursing facilities, ICF/MR group homes and Inpatient Rehab.Beth has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and did clinical supervision at WCU for many years.  Beth specializes in adult neurogenic swallowing/speech/language disorders and voice disorders. In her off time she is a beekeeper and helps her husband and daughter in their dream business, Baxley's Chocolates.



Erin Bock, PT, DPT 

Erin obtained her Master’s of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree from Western Carolina University in 2006. She later obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2012. She has been practicing as a full-time physical therapist since 2006, working in a variety of settings. When she is not working, Erin enjoys gardening, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and their three dogs.   



Melissa Branscum, PTA

Melissa is a licensed physical therapist assistant.   



Melissa Cabe, PTA 

Melissa is a physical therapist assistant.  Melissa is a graduate from Western Carolina University where she earned her B.S. in Sport Management with a concentration in exercise science.  She went on to attend Southwestern Community College where she completed the Physical Therapist Assistant program.  She has been practicing in an outpatient setting upon graduating in 2014.  Melissa has been with Harris since 2017 and enjoys working with orthopedic conditions and with athletic injuries.  Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and hiking outside of work.

Lauren Carnes, PT, MPT, CLT 

My name is Lauren Carnes, and I have been practicing physical therapy since 2011. I have worked with all age groups from birth to 100 years old. My main interests lie with pediatric and adult patients, specifically those with neurological and sensory integration difficulties. I am working on my certification for sensory integration to better serve this population. I also completed my lymphedema certification in 2010 and have started working closely with this population. Outside of physical therapy I enjoy cake decorating and photography. Please let me know how I can serve you and your family.


Angela Conley, PT, CHT

Greetings! I am Angela Conley, a therapist of 26 years and a CHT for 15 years. I also have recently obtained the Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist of Upper Extremity. I have extensive experience in manual skills, custom orthoses fabrication, KiniseoTaping and thinking out of the box to help my patients return to the things they love. I am well versed in treating injuries both traumatic and repetitive. As well as working with patients with arthritis, teaching joint protection and activity modification . I love working with all ages, having a playful attitude I can relate well with the pediatric orthopedic patients. I joined Harris Regional Outpatient Physical Therapy October of 2017 from Lakeland Florida. My primary location will be at the Western Carolina University office. I received my BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 1991, and yes I bleed Orange and Blue. I have vacationed over the last 15 years in WNC, where my parents live seasonally. I love hiking, fishing, painting and playing various musical instruments. I bring with me My TDI certified therapy dog, Bentley, and we look forward to being plug in here helping to brighten patient’s stay in the hospital.

Sandy Davis, PT, MPT, PCS, MSW

Sandy is a physical therapist and a board certified specialist in pediatrics.  She received her Master's in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 1998 and has been working with Harris Regional Hospital providing physical therapy to young children since 1998. She serves as clinical coordinator for Harris Regional Hospital's pediatric rehabilitation services. Sandy also has a Master's in Social Work from University of Georgia.  She has 11 years of experience as a social worker, primarily working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.


Tracy Extine, PTA

Tracy earned her associates degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant from Southwestern Community College in 1998. She is a native of Sylva, NC and has been practicing at Harris Regional Hospital in the Outpatient setting since 1998. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for PTA students. Tracy coordinates the Women's Health Program she enjoys assisting all patients pre and post partum to improve their quality of life and return to recreational activities per her patient’s goals. She is an adjunct instructor at Southwestern Community College for the PTA program teaching various women’s health topics. Tracy has experience in a variety of settings of therapy, as well as treating different populations of patients. She finds fulfillment in working with all patients in the community to assist them in reaching their full functional potential.  In her free time she enjoys group fitness, any form of exercise, running, and spending time with family and friends.

Heather Farson, PT, MPT, LAT, ATC
Director of Rehab Services  

Heather is a licensed physical therapist and licensed and certified athletic trainer.  Heather graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2007, where she worked with the women’s basketball, football, and track and field teams. She graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 2010. Her professional interests include orthopedics, neurologic, and sports rehabilitation. Heather specializes in vestibular rehabilitation and has taken seminars to advance her training to pursue vestibular rehabilitation certification. Heather is responsible for building the vestibular program at Harris and she is passionate to assist patients with vestibular dysfunction to decrease and/or abolish these deficits to return to a more normal lifestyle. Heather is an APTA Credential Clinical Instructor and assists with clinical education for WCU Physical Therapy and Athletic Training programs. She assists with guest lecturing and competency assessment for these programs. In addition to Heather’s physical therapy duties, she also works with Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to provide athletic training services to local area high schools. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and photography.

Leslie Hall, PTA

Leslie is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated from Southwestern Community College in 2010. She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2013. She has had experience in a variety of settings and is primarily specializes in pediatrics. Leslie is passionate about assisting patients to return to their full potential. She is a local resident of Jackson County and in her free time she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family. 


Jude Hammond, PT, CMT

Jude is a licensed physical therapist. Jude graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in physical therapy.  She got her manual certification for Manual Therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia with Manual Concepts in 2002. She has been trained in prescriptive and hemi-prescriptive orthotics. She has worked in several clinics and comes with a rich clinical and eclectic background in neurology, orthopedics, acute and long-term rehabilitation. Jude is passionate about the incorporation of home exercise programs into one’s daily activities to maintain strength and daily activities. She came to this area interested in kayaking and continues to enjoy the rivers and hiking along the AT with friends and family.

Faye Harris, PTA

Faye is a Physical Therapist Assistant, practicing since 1988. She has been working at our Franklin Outpatient facility since March 1995,  in the outpatient rehabilitation department. Faye enjoys helping people return to their maximum level of physical function using therapeutic exercise, various modalities, manual therapy, and myofascial release.  Life should not be lived in pain and I take pride in helping people through the difficult process of recovery from injuries.


Ashley Hyatt, PT, DPT, NCS

Ashley received her BS in Neuroscience from Lafayette College, where she played Division I basketball. She later got her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Ashley is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy, and has a Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification. Additional certifications she has received include Neuro-IFRAH (Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation), Selective Functional Movement Assessment, and Interactive Metronome for Neuro-dynamic functional rehabilitation. Ashley is a professor in the WCU Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, focusing on the instruction of neuroscience. She has played an integral part in creating the Mountain Area Pro Bono Physical Therapy Clinic where students have an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom by serving the community. Ashley has clinical experience in multiple settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, long-term acute care, skilled nursing and home health. She currently spends her free team with her twins, Harper and Hudson, and her husband Cole. They live on a cattle farm in Waynesville, NC, which has been in the Hyatt family for five generations.


Matthew Jeffs, PT, DPT, PSM, CEAS 

Matthew is a licensed physical therapist.   


Joshua Jones, DPT, OCS, DAC, Cert. DN

Dr. Josh Jones graduated from Western Carolina University with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. During his tenure at WCU, he aided in developing a Pro-Bono physical therapy clinic for under served, and under-insured individuals residing in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. His work was recognized by his induction into the Pro Bono National Honor Society upon graduation. While working in both the outpatient orthopaedic, and inpatient neuro-rehab settings post-graduation he developed a passion for manual therapy, chronic pain, professional development, and neuro-science. His passion led him to seek formal post-graduate training and mentor-ship by completing Residency with Nxt Gen Institute of Physical Therapy under the guidance of Francois Prizinski. He looks forward to beginning a Fellowship in the near future, and ultimately would one day like to share his passion and fervor for the profession by teaching at the Doctoral level. Currently, Dr. Jones is a clinical coordinator, guest lecturer, rugby enthusiast, and all around mountain man who loves the outdoors. He enjoys having students, participating in pro-bono work, using gymnastics strength training for his fitness programming, engaging in his Church community, and spending quality time with his wife, Jess, 10-month old son, Gideon, and dog, Margot.


Jill Manners, PT, MPT, LAT, ATC, COMTnbsp;

Jill is a licensed physical therapist.   


Ellen Meekins, MHS, OTR/L, CHT

Ellen has been an OT since 1989 and Certified Hand Therapist with experience in helping people achieve their highest level of improvement for getting back to doing valued activities.  Ellen’s  areas of special interests include working with upper extremity injuries from trauma as well as repetitive motion and arthritis.  Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1989 and a Master in Health Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Florida in 2010. She also achieved the clinical specialty of becoming a Certified Hand Therapist in 1994. Ellen had previously worked for nine years as the Occupational Therapy Team Coordinator at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and is happy to return to the beautiful mountains with her husband and teenage daughter.

Catherine Overbay, MA, CCC-SLP

Catherine has been a speech pathologist at Harris Regional Hospital since 2011. She started her career here after moving to North Carolina from Baton Rouge, LA where she attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate and graduate school. She specialized in pediatric speech, language, and feeding disorders. She works in the outpatient clinic at Harris as well as covering therapy needs at Summit Charter School in Cashiers. When she is not at work, she enjoys life in Waynesville with her husband and children.


Cara Perciaccanto, PTA

Cara is a physical therapist assistant with experience in acute care, long-term care and outpatient settings since 2004. She received her PTA degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College and Associate in Science and Associate in Arts from Sandhills Community College. Dedicated to quality patient care, Cara has received the "Employee of the Quarter" award from Sandhills Regional Medical Center and received multiple peer-nominated "Essential Piece" awards from Granville Medical Center. Having suffered her own athletic injury requiring two subsequent knee surgeries, Cara has a firsthand knowledge of the important benefits physical therapy provides as well as the ability to empathize with her patients. She and her husband moved from the Raleigh area to open a fly-fishing outfitters in Bryson City. Cara's hobbies include creative writing, traveling, and scuba diving.


Meagan Phillippi, PT, MPT

Megan is a licensed physical therapist.   


Tim Robinson, PTA

Tim is a graduate of Southwestern Community College Class of 2008 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Tim is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and a Certified Clinical Instructor, working at Swain Community Hospital since 2008. Tim covers outpatient, inpatient and swing bed patients. Tim was born in Haywood county and currently resides there with his wife and daughter.


Megan Russell, MS, OT, CHT

Megan is a licensed Occupational Therapist and has been practicing since 2004. She has her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, from Carthage College in WI, and a degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a Certified Hand Therapist, meaning that she has specialized in the treatment of upper extremity orthopedic and neurological disorders. She is in the process of expanding her practice to include the treatment of pediatric/developmental diagnoses and is excited to integrate her orthopedic and psychology backgrounds.  She recently moved to Cullowhee, NC, from the Chicago area, and is looking forward to milder winters. And no, she does not miss Chicago traffic. She enjoys exercise, the arts, and spending time with her husband and two young boys.

Lauren Sides, PT, MPT, CLT - Rehabilitation Manager

Lauren is a licensed physical therapist and certified lymphedema therapist.  Lauren graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2007. She graduated with a Masters of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 2011.  Her personal interests include orthopedics, lymphedema rehab, oncology, and neurological conditions.  Lauren has assisted in building the Physical Therapy Lymphedema program and networking with Oncologists to build a comprehensive oncology rehab program. She received her Lymphedema training from the Academy of Lymphedema Studies in 2014. She performs manual lymphatic drainage, compression bandaging, patient education and ordering equipment for the self-management of this condition.
When she’s not at work Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking, and hiking.

Kelsea Sonnier, MOTR/L

Kelsea received her masters in OT from the University of St Augustine Florida, graduating with high honors and a scholastic achievement award in 2014. She began her career at Florida Hospital practicing in outpatient ortho/neuro and inpatient care. Currently, Kelsea treats primarily hand/upper extremity cases as well as neuro. Kelsea was born and raised in northern Minnesota with a passion for the outdoors.


Jake Watkins, PT, DPT

Jake is a licensed physical therapist who graduated from Western Carolina University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2014. Prior to his post-graduate education, Jake graduated from Western with his Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. Jake has been working in the outpatient clinic at Harris Regional Hospital for over a year now and has gained continued competencies in the examination and treatment of the shoulder as well as credentialing in the clinical education of physical therapy students. Jake enjoys treating a variety of conditions whether it be treating adults post-surgically or working with young athletes for return to sport. Jake is building his experience as a physical therapist and plans to one day seek specialization in orthopedics or sports medicine. When not in clinic, Jake loves being outdoors with his wife Katie and young daughter Autumn.

Todd Watson, PT, DPT

Todd Watson, DPT is a licensed physical therapist who received his MPT from Idaho University and his doctorate from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences with an emphasis on orthopedic manual therapy. He is board certified as an Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Therapists. Todd is also certified in dry needling. Currently, he teaches Doctoral of Physical Therapy students at WCU, focusing on examination and intervention of musculoskeletal conditions. Todd is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons. 

Sherri Watterson, PTA, CLT

Sherri is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and has been practicing since 1998. She graduated from University of Indianapolis, IN in 1997 with an Associates degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. She received her Lymphedema certification from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2005.  She has worked in multiple settings including outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, neurological and ergonomics. Sherri is the Facilitator of the LiveStrong Cancer Transitions program at Harris Regional Hospital. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Sherri works with our lymphedema population and assists with teaching patients how to successfully manage this condition.  Sherri is passionate about community awareness and education about precautions and management of lymphedema. In her free time, Sherri enjoys coaching Middle School Cross-Country, running 5K races with her family, watching her children play sports, playing with her pets and gardening while spending time outside in beautiful WNC.

Dave Wheatley, PTA

Dave is a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southwestern Community College in 2008. He has had numerous years of experience in outpatient physical therapy as well as home health and acute inpatient facilities. Dave’s specialty is in sports medicine and orthopedic conditions such as total joint replacements, ligament reconstructions, and other problems with the knee and shoulder. He also is a firm believer in injury prevention is a large part of athletics and believes education is key. In his spare time, he spends most of the fall in the woods. Dave is also an avid fly fisherman of 20 plus years and also enjoys restoring classic cars.


Carlos Wilson, PT, MPT

Carlos is a licensed physical therapist and completed his Physical Therapy degree at WCU in 2007. He has extensive training in manual therapy techniques as well as experience in orthopedic and geriatric rehabilitation. Outside of work, Carlos is an avid cyclist, woodworker, and musician.




Amanda Young, MS, CCC-SLP



Front Office Staff

  • Shelby Miller - WCU clinic
  • Nikki Hall and Elizabeth Smoak: Harris
  • Vanessa Smith - Swain

Our Rehab Services Team:

Beth Baxley, MS, CCC-SLP
Erin Bock, PT, DPT
Missa Branscum, PTA
Lauren Carnes, PT, MPT, CLT 
Angela Conley, PT, CHT
Sandy Davis, PT, MPT, PCS, MSW 
Tracy Extine, PTA 
Heather Farson, PT, MPT, LAT, ATC 
Leslie Hall, PTA
Jude Hammond, PT, CMT
Faye Harris, PTA
Ashley Hyatt, PT, DPT, NCS
Joshua Jones, DPT, OCS, DAC
Ellen Meekins, MHS, OTR/L, CHT
Catherine Overbay, MA, CCC-SLP 
Cara Perciaccanto, PTA
Tim Robinson, PTA
Megan Russell, MS, OT, CHT
Lauren Sides, PT, MPT, CLT
Kelsea Sonnier, MOTR/L
Jake Watkins, PT, DPT
Todd Watson, PT, DPT 
Sherri Watterson, PTA, CLT 
Dave Wheatley PTA
Carlos Wilson, PT, MPT


Harris Regional Hospital
68 Hospital Road
Sylva, NC 28779
Phone: 828.586.7235
Fax: 828.586.7227

Swain Community Hospital
45 Plateau St.
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: 828.488.4009
Fax: 828.488.4256

Franklin Medical Park
55 Holly Springs Dr.
Franklin, NC 28744
Phone: 828.349.5027
Fax: 828.349.5035

Harris Sports Medicine &Physical
Therapy: Western Carolina University,
Health & Human Sciences Bldg.

3971 Little Savannah Road, Suite 113
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Phone: 828.293.5174
Fax: 828.293.0440