Our Team is Your Team
Every member of the MVP Therapy team is on your side, for the long haul, working with you hands-on and one-on-one. We make your goals our goals and your priorities our priorities. While we use the most extensive methods available for rehabilitating your current injury and relieving your pain, it all comes down to people. Ours value putting your experience first, treating you with support and encouragement, empathy and compassion. In other words, treating you as our Most Valuable Patient in every way we can. And that applies to everything from helping you get back to your normal, pain-free life to helping make sure your insurance claims go through smoothly.
Brandon Ream, Owner, PT, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
“As a resident of Midlothian, my goal is to operate a community-based outpatient clinic that answers only to the quality I want to deliver to our patients. I’m most proud that the type of care and the culture or ‘brand’ that I dreamed of creating has given us all so many great relationships over the years.”
Brandon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Gettysburg College in 1996, his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Old Dominion University in 1999, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of St. Augustine in 2014. As an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University, he performs clinical teaching for doctoral students. He’s worked with local semi-professional sports teams and has a wide range of experience in the field of orthopedic physical therapy. In 2010, Brandon left a franchise PT operation and started working in home health, visiting post-surgical patients who were still unable to get out to do their PT. This led to his founding MVP Therapy as a community-based, independent outpatient clinic.
Brandon is the proud husband of Elizabeth and father of three wonderful daughters. In his free time he enjoys hunting, soccer, and spending time with his family.
Jane Cash, PT, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy)
Jane attended UVA for her undergraduate work and MCV for her Master’s and Doctorate in PT. Dr. Cash has been practicing in the outpatient orthopedic setting, specializing in shoulder, knee and foot/ankle rehab, since 1998.
Jane is a member of the Triathlon Club, Richmond Area Bicycling Association and Road Runners Club. She brings an understanding of athletic injuries from personal experience. She competes regularly in Ironman and Half Ironman distance triathlons as well as running road races and cycling races, including cyclocross.
Jane is a member of Old Dominion University’s adjunct faculty in clinical education for the doctorate program in PT. In her practice, Jane sees middle school, high school and college students as well as the middle-aged athletes. Jane also enjoys working with the active older population and assisting them in their return to full function.
Sarah Vytlacil, CNA, our Clinical Coordinator, has been part of the MVP Therapy team since graduating as a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2010, the year we opened our doors. Sarah enjoys working with patients as a member of the clinical team and managing our scheduling, staffing and daily operations. She also contributes to the marketing and public relations team at MVP. In her free time, Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, exploring Richmond and spending time with friends and family.
Greg Banks, DPT, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Wake Forest University in 2010 and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University. Greg’s a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is active in the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. He enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions and uses both manual therapy and exercise-based techniques in his practice. In his free time Greg enjoys wake-boarding, kayaking, ultimate Frisbee, and hiking.
Karen Myers, MSPT
After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, Karen Myers went on to earn her Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) from Duke University in 1998. Karen has practiced in outpatient orthopedics since 1998 and brings extensive experience to the MVP team. She specializes in treating orthopedic conditions including sports-related injuries, core stability and strengthening, and foot/ankle bio-mechanics. Karen is particularly interested in the prevention and treatment of conditions – including pelvic floor dysfunction, pre and postpartum conditions and menopause/osteoporosis – that are common to women across their lifespan. As a runner herself, Karen likes studying running mechanics and treadmill gait assessment for treating running-related injuries. In her spare time Karen enjoys exercising, reading, spending time outdoors with her husband and their two children, and works as a volunteer both at her children’s schools and at church.
Laura L. Wheeler, PT, DPT graduated from Virginia Tech in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Health Education. In 1996, Laura completed her Master’s in Physical Therapy and, after having three children, returned for her doctorate degree in PT in 2006. Dr. Wheeler has practiced outpatient orthopedics for more than 20 years and enjoys working with all types of patients, and has a special interest in spine injuries. In her spare time, Laura enjoys raising her children, exercising, playing tennis, travel soccer and playing the piano.
Melanie Springston, Physical Therapy Assistant, received her Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1990 from Penn State University and has been practicing as a licensed PTA ever since. She brings extensive experience in outpatient orthopedics to the MVP team, specializing in core stability strengthening, athletic injuries and gait/balance training. Melanie is especially skilled in manual therapy techniques of the extremities. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, enjoying outdoor activities including scuba diving, hiking in the mountains and paddle boarding.
Gaelyn Elliott joined MVP Therapy as a PT Technician and Front Office Coordinator in 2018. She received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and recently completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Certificate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University with the hopes of gaining entrance to medical school in the near future. While attending university, Gaelyn worked as the Director of Choral Programs for The Virginia Choristers and volunteered as a Medical Lay Volunteer at The Health Brigade. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, singing at church, visiting with her three sisters, the Oxford comma, and cuddling with her Siberian cat, Sugarlump.
Maddie Negaard joined the MVP team as a Rehab Technician after receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Virginia Tech. She volunteered at MVP Therapy & Sports Medicine and other PT clinics in college which helped her decide to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She is currently applying to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs for Fall 2019. In her free time Maddie enjoys yoga, hiking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities.
Alexa Crump began her career in therapy as a volunteer at Sheltering Arms at age 18. She became a rehab technician trained in acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. After graduating from Longwood University with a degree in Psychology, Alexa worked in outpatient orthopedic PT before joining the MVP team as a Rehab Technician in 2018. Her hobbies include running, playing guitar, enjoying live music, and visiting the beach.
As Front Office Coordinator, Janine Cole is MVP’s stellar “Master of First Impressions.” She enjoys facilitating a smooth on boarding and scheduling experience working closely with our therapists and patients. Janine’s extensive history in healthcare management has brought new energy in our efforts to always find ways to improve MVP Therapy & Sports Medicine and the patient experience. In her downtime she enjoys being with her family, gardening, knitting and biking.
Melissa Truong, MVP Therapy’s Billing Coordinator, has been a medical biller since 2005. She LOVES working for our patients’ best interest by keeping insurance claims correctly processed. Melissa is happily married and mom to a wonderful son. For fun, she and her family enjoy biking, hiking and swimming for outdoor fun and spending time with Baby the Cat and family movie nights for indoor fun.
As Clinical Liaison, Elizabeth Ream is responsible for marketing, community partnerships, and promoting “no referral needed” PT at MVP Therapy. She holds a degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her background is in nonprofit management, but the draw of working with her awesome husband brought her formally to the team in 2016.
The whole group exudes compassion, kindness, patience and understanding.
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