Dr. Love obtained his physical therapy degree from the University of Central Florida in 1998 and his doctorate in physical therapy August of 2007 from the Medical College of Virginia campus of Virginia Commonwealth University (DPT designation). He is a board certified specialist in orthopedics (OCS designation). He has obtained a wide range of experiences which have encompassed Skilled Care, Long Term Care, Acute Care, Out-Patient Orthopedics and Home Health. After only two years in the field, Dr. Love became the Clinical Director at Southside Rehab in South Boston. While working in South Boston he was honored with the Therapist of the Year Award in 2001 from Rehab Management. This honor came from a field of over 100 therapists.
In 2002, Dr. Love returned to South Hill to open In Touch Therapy. Throughout his time in the physical therapy profession, he has worked toward specializing in spinal and orthopedic manual therapy. In addition to this specialized care, there are many different types of musculoskeletal and neurological problems that he cares for such as those who have had a stroke, multiple sclerosis, sports injuries and weight loss. Dr. Love has a ceritification in spinal manipulative therapy from the Spinal Manipulation Institute of the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.
Heather Baisey graduated as a physical therapist assistant in May 2008 from TCC, the Virginia Beach campus. Upon graduation Heather received the Tidewater Physical Therapy Association Clinical Excellence Award. The TPTA presents this award each academic year to an outstanding graduating TCC-PTA student who demonstrates clinical excellence as nominated by their clinical instructor. Baisey is a member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) in which she feels is important to professionalism in helping our career grow. Baisey was named to the President’s List at Tidewater during each semester. This recognition constitutes the highest academic honor that the college bestows upon its students each semester. Due to Baisey’s superior academic achievement and hard work culminating in attainment of scholarly success she was inducted into Psi Upsilon, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter of the Virginia Beach campus of the International Honor Society. She has been exposed to various aspects of Physical Therapy including skilled nursing facility, acute care and inpatient, and outpatient clinic. She enjoys working with all types of patients and enjoys working with athletic injuries and orthopedic conditions. She started her education at Longwood University after graduating high school in 2003. A year later she started her prerequisites for the PTA program and graduated in 2008 from TCC of Virginia Beach. Heather is formerly a resident of South Hill and returned back to the area after graduation. Baisey reports that her long-term goal is to eventually receive her doctorate in physical therapy. Baisey stated, “I’m happy to say I LOVE my job!” When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, scrap-booking, hunting, fishing, the lake, camping, swimming, aerobics, shopping and learning something new everyday!
My name is Susan Hatchel and reside in LaCrosse, VA with my husband, David, and son, Brad.
I graduated with high honors from Nash County Community College, Rocky Mount, NC, in May, 2005, with an Associate Degree, Physical Therapy Assistant, and have been licensed to practice since June, 2005. While at Nash I received two scholarships based on recommendations from advisors, feedback from patients and instructors on my clinical, performance in the PTA program and grade point average. Some of the continuing education programs I have completed include Balance and Fall Risk Reduction in the Elderly and Physical Therapy of the Shoulder.
I have been employed with In Touch Therapy since June, 2005, and enjoy working in a friendly, caring, and professional environment. I made a decision in 2003 to change careers and pursue a career in the medical field where I could help people physically, restoring function in areas that many of us take for granted, and returning them to a more active lifestyle.
David Love, PT. DPT, OCS
(OCS - Orthopedic Certified Specialist)
Susan Hatchel, PTA
Heather Baisey, PTA
Candy McAvoy, PTA, M.S., A.T., C.
Originally from the Northern Virginia area, Candy and her family relocated to this area (and love it!). She graduated with honors from Bridgewater College in 1993 with a degree in Health Science. There she was a part of the Athletic Training Program for all four years. Upon graduation, she went on as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Radford University. While there, she completed her Masters degree with honors in Physical Education, with a concentration in Sports Medicine. At the completion of her degree, she went on to work as a high school Athletic Trainer for 11 years before joining In Touch Therapy. She recently returned to school and graduated with a Physical Therapy Assistant degree. While attending Nash Community College she received a scholarship based on her academic and clinical performances. Candy is licensed by the State of Virginia to practice as both a Physical Therapy Assistant and a Certified Athletic Trainer. When not at In Touch Therapy, Candy enjoys spending time with her two boys.
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