Human Performance and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday7:00-5:30
  • Tuesday7:00-5:30
  • Wednesday7:00-5:30
  • Thursday7:00-5:30
  • Friday7:00-5:00
  • SaturdayWe are closed
  • SundayWe are closed

Location Therapists

Bryce W. Gaunt, PT, SCS

Department Director, Physical Therapist

Bryce Gaunt, PT, SCS, is a licensed Physical Therapist who received his Physical Therapy degree from Saint Louis University in 1992. He became a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) in 1998. He has been a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET) since 2000 and has served in many capacities, including President. Bryce has been employed with HPRC since 1992 and is currently Clinical Director of Physical Therapy at The St. Francis Rehabilitation Center Main Campus in Columbus, Georgia. Since 2002, more than 98% of his patient population has consisted of people with orthopaedic shoulder conditions. Bryce has presented over 200 scientific and profession presentations with the majority of these focused on shoulder rehabilitation and he has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. Bryce is also co-editor of and a primary contributor to the reference book A Systematic Approach to Shoulder Rehabilitation.

Michael Balkcum, PT

Department Director, Spine Physical Therapist

Michael Balkcum, PT is a licensed physical therapist in Columbus, Georgia, and has been employed with HPRC since 1992. He is Director of Spine Rehabilitation at St. Francis Rehabilitation. He received his B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1992 from Georgia State University. He also has a Respiratory Therapy degree from Columbus State University in 1982, and an A.S. degree in science in 1980 from Chattahoochee Valley Community College. His interest is orthopaedics, and he is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He enjoys sky diving and stain glass work

Gretchen Hinson OT, CHT

Department Director, Occupational Therapist

Gretchen M. Hinson, OT, CHT, is a licensed Occupational Therapist and is Director of Occupational Therapy at St. Francis Rehabilitation Main Campus in Columbus, GA. She has been employed with HPRC since 1990. She obtained her pre-requisites from The University of Georgia and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA in 1990. She obtained her certification in Hand Therapy in 1996. She is also certified in Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM). She was the 2013 recipient of the George M. McCluskey, Jr. Award presented by HPRC, Inc. Her specialties are elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA), American Society of Hand Therapists and Georgia Upper Extremity Special Interest Group. She has served as Vice-President, Columbus-District GOTA from 1992 – 1997. Gretchen lives with her husband, Marc, and their children in Midland, GA. Her hobbies include traveling and exercise.

Karri Iten, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Karri Iten, PT, DPT, OCS is a licensed Physical Therapist and became employed with HPRC in 2016. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University of Omaha, NE in 2009. She became a Certified Specialist in Orthopedics (OCS) in 2014. She is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopedic Section and Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). Karri lives with her husband, Chris, and their dog, Marley. In their free time, they enjoy sports, being outdoors, and traveling.

Brian Phillips, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Brian Phillips, PT, DPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist who has been employed with HPRC since 2006. He received the following degrees: D.P.T., University of Scranton in 2008; M.P.T., Medical College of Georgia in 2003; and B.S. in Health Science, Columbus State University in 2000. His practice interests include shoulder rehabilitation and sports medicine. He is a member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists (ASSET) where he serves as the Communications Chair, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

Brittany McLeod, PT

Physical Therapist

Brittany McLeod, PT, DPT, is a licensed Physical Therapist, and has been employed with HPRC since 2013. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2012 at Upstate Medical University in New York and her BS degree in Heath Science at SUNY Brockport New York in 2009. She is credentialed as a Clinical Instructor. Her specialties and interests include orthopedics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section. She lives with her husband, Dave and their daughter in Columbus, Georgia.

Elizabeth Ross, OTR/L, CHT

Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth Ross, OTR, CHT is a licensed Occupational Therapist at St. Francis Rehabilitation in Columbus, GA, and has been employed with HPRC since 1995. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy in 1995 from Medical College of Georgia, and a B.S. in Education in 1988 from Columbus State University. She is a Certified Hand Therapist and specializes in hand therapy. She is certified in Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM). She is a member of GASOPT (Georgia Association of School Occupational and Physical Therapists) and GOTA (Georgia Occupational Therapy Association). She lives with her husband, Robin, and family in Columbus, GA.

Joseph Kostuch PT, SCS

Physical Therapist

Joseph Kostuch, PT, SCS, is a licensed Physical Therapist having graduated from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse in 1997. He has been employed with HPRC since 1998. Joe is an APTA Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy (SCS). His current interests include shoulder rehabilitation along with extremity orthopedics and sports medicine. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Sports & Orthopedic Section of the APTA; past District Director for PTAG (Physical Therapy Association of Georgia); and current Communications Committee Member and Past President of ASSET (American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists). He lives with his wife, Krista, and their two daughters in Cataula, GA.

Kimberly Green, PT

Physical Therapist

Kimberly Green, PT, is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been employed with HPRC since 1993. She received her MSPT degree in 1993 from Duquesne University, and her BS in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia in 1991. She is certified to perform functional capacity evaluations and impairment ratings, and her clinical interests include shoulder rehabilitation, fractures, dance rehabilitation, instrument assisted soft tissue massage, and running biomechanics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic Section. She lives with her husband, Richard and their three children in Ellerslie, Georgia. Her hobbies include running, biking, and fishing.

Lindsay Blair Merrick, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Lindsay Merrick, OTR/L, is a licensed Occupational Therapist and has been employed with HPRC since October 2014. She received her Masters of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Medical College of Georgia (Georgia Regents University) in 2014. She also has a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2011. Her specialties and interests are hand therapy, wound care, and sports medicine. She is certified in Physical Agent Modalities (C-PAM). She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). Lindsay’s hobbies are running, dancing, outdoor activities, and traveling.

Maison McKee, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Maison McKee, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist and has been employed with HPRC since 2013. Maison received his Bachelor's degree in 2010 from Florida State University, and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2013 from University of North Florida. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. His specialties and interests include rehabilitation of the spine. Maison is a sports enthusiast and is an avid runner.

Natalie Day Sandoval, PT

Physical Therapist

Natalie Day Sandoval, DPT, PT, is a licensed Physical Therapist and has been employed with HPRC since 2009. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Alabama in 2009, and a B.S. degree in Biology also from the University of South Alabama in 2006. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. She is certified in ASTYM therapy for the upper and lower extremities and trunk, as well as Functional Dry Needling for the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction. Her practice interests include rehabilitation for shoulder and upper extremity injuries; lower extremity rehabilitation for knee, foot, and ankle pathologies; sports injuries; running biomechanics; and post-operative rehabilitation. Natalie resides in Columbus, GA with her husband, Roland, and their twin boys, Samuel and Sawyer. She values her family time and being outdoors. Other hobbies include yoga, traveling, gardening, wining and dining with her husband, and comedy.

Rachel Chariton, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Chariton, OTR, is a licensed Occupational Therapist and has been employed with HPRC since 2013. She works in the Occupational Therapy Department specializing in elbow, wrist and hand injuries. She received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013 from Mount Mary College. She also received a Bachelor's degree in Management of Health and Fitness from Northern Michigan University in 2005. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). As a native of Wisconsin, Rachel appreciates the ability to enjoy the outdoors year round. Her hobbies include running, biking and traveling.

Sachiko T. Garner, MS, PT

Physical Therapist

Sachiko Garner, PT, is a licensed Physical Therapist, and has been employed with HPRC since 2005. She received her MSPT degree in 2004 at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and her BS degree in Exercise Science/Athletic Training at Columbus State University in 2001. She is credentialed as a Clinical Instructor and certified in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction with dry needling. Her specialties and interests include shoulder rehabilitation, post breast cancer rehabilitation including lymphedema and running biomechanics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and Orthopedic Section of the APTA. She lives with her husband, Jeremy and their three children in Salem, Alabama. Hobbies include boating, running and enjoying quiet family time.

Samuel Coley, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Samuel Coley, PT, is a licensed Physical Therapist, and has been employed with HPRC since 2011. He received his DPT degree in 2011 at Georgia State University and his BS degree in Exercise Science at Columbus State University in 2008. He is a certified ASTYM provider of the Upper & Lower Extremity and he is certified in the treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction with dry needling. His specialties and interests include orthopedics, TMJ treatment, sports performance, and manual therapy. He is a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and Orthopedic Section of the APTA. He lives with his wife, Lacy and their two children in Columbus, GA.

Steven F Winfree, PTA

PT Assistant

Steven Winfree, PTA, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and has been employed with HPRC since 2011. He received his PTA degree from South University in 2011. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Orthopedic Section of the APTA, and Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. He is a credentialed clinical instructor and enjoys shoulder and sports rehabilitation. He lives in Auburn, AL with his wife, Ashley, and their three children. Steven's hobbies include golfing, fishing, and outdoor activities.

William “Morgan” Scarbrough, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Morgan Scarbrough, PTA, is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, and has been employed with HPRC since February 4, 2016. He received his Associate PTA degree in 2015 at South University in Montgomery, AL and his BS degree in 2008 at Auburn University. Morgan and his wife Jana have one daughter, Lela. Morgan’s interest include hunting, and working out at the gym.