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Scott Johnson

Co-Founder, Physical Therapist

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson, a Huntsville native, co-founded Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists in January 2003. Scott began playing baseball and basketball at an early age, which he continued through college. He graduated from Grissom High School, where he lettered in baseball and basketball, and went on to play baseball at Gadsden State Community College. He then played baseball at Birmingham-Southern College, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Psychology.

Scott went on to receive his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and later received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. Having undergone physical therapy due to numerous injuries in collegiate sports, Scott always had an interest in the profession. Scott received his Alabama PT license in 1994, and worked as a Physical Therapist/Manager at Baptist Health System for 4 1/2 years. He then worked as a Physical Therapist/Administrator at HealthSouth for 4-1/2 years.

Scott is married to the former Carrie Cason, and they have two children, Sam and Abby. Scott enjoys treating post-operative and nonoperative orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries with manual therapy emphasis. His areas of interest and expertise include shoulder and knee injuries, scoliosis rehabilitation, and rehabilitation of athletes. In his spare time, Scott loves to spend time with his family and friends, play golf, and serves as a board member with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Todd Hayes

Co-Founder, Physical Therapist

Todd Hayes

Todd Hayes, a Huntsville native, co-founded Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists in January 2003. Todd has an extensive background in sports. He played baseball and basketball at Grissom High School, where he graduated in 1987. Todd was no stranger to sports related injury; he broke his tibia and fibula in his right leg during a baseball collision. The importance of quality rehabilitation became evident at an extremely young age. After graduation from Grissom, Todd played baseball for two years at Gadsden State Community College, and then went on to play at Lipscomb University.

He received a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Math upon graduation from Auburn University, and later a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon completing his Physical Therapy degree, Todd worked at HealthSouth for three years. He married his high school sweetheart, Monica Lancaster Hayes, and they have three children: Katie, Carter, and Lauren.

In his spare time, Todd loves to coach youth sports, play golf, snow ski, travel and spend time with his family. He enjoys serving on his church mission board and as board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Todd receives extraordinary joy from being a physical therapist because he is able to return people back to the things they love to do.

Brent Congo

Clinic Director, Physical Therapist

Brent Congo

Brent Congo, from Athens, AL, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in 2003 because of the excellent camaraderie among staff and the ample time he was able to spend with his patients. Growing up, he had an interest in science and anatomy. As he studied he became fascinated with how the human body heals or, in many cases, does not heal properly. Physical therapy afforded Brent a career where he can have a positive influence in the body’s healing process. He loves being able to provide education and hands-on treatment to patients so that they can understand how to take care of their own bodies properly to prevent injury and to promote good health.

Brent received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham, and a Manual Therapy certification from the University of St. Augustine. He is a certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy through the ABPTS. Brent is also a certified dry needling practitioner. In his spare time, Brent enjoys boating, reading, coaching baseball and basketball and being active in his church. Professionally, he enjoys neck, shoulder and back rehabilitation.

Jacqueline "Jacqy" Stone

Physical Therapist

Jacqy Stone

Jacqy Stone, a Huntsville native, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in 2003 because it was privately owned, already had wonderful team of therapists on staff, and had a reputation of treating patients throughout their complete recovery process. Jacqy chose the profession of physical therapy because she desired a vocation which allowed her to stay active and assist others in achieving their goals using science and hard work. She especially enjoys treating patients who have orthopaedic issues including trauma, multiple fractures, total joint arthroscopy, cervical/lumbar spine (general pain), shoulder, knee, ankle and epicondylitis.

Jacqy received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Music at the University of Montevallo, and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cycling, hiking and playing with her dogs. She is a member of APTA, The Orthopaedic & Geriatric Sections and Alabama PTA.

Jack Bice

Physical Therapist

Jack Bice

Jack Bice, a Huntsville native, has been a physical therapist at Johnson & Hayes since 2003. He became interested in the profession after receiving physical therapy many times for various injuries he has sustained. Jack received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. In his spare time, Jack enjoys cycling and target shooting.

Patricia "Ricia" Garrard

Physical Therapist

Ricia Garrard

Ricia Garrard, from Mobile, AL, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in 2004 because she wanted to work with a company that was owned by physical therapists where the needs of the patients were a priority. Growing up, Ricia wanted to find a career where she could combine her love of science with the opportunity to work with people, and physical therapy provided just that. She finds if extremely rewarding to work to improve a patient’s quality of life. Her interests include manual therapy and treating spinal pain ranging from body mechanics and posture training to core stabilization exercises to Pilates. She greatly enjoys instructing individual clients in Pilates training at THE STUDIO at Johnson & Hayes.

Ricia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama – Birmingham. In her spare time, Ricia loves to travel, work out, hike, read and play with her two very spoiled dogs.

Megan McKenzie Miller

Physical Therapist

Megan Miller

Megan Miller, a native of Huntsville, joined Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists in 2012 because of the compassionate and friendly staff she met, and the "small town" feel when patients entered the clinic. Through school and internships, she found that patient-focused care rendered the best outcomes and desired to work in a PT-owned clinic that allowed PTs to treat their patients through their full recovery. Growing up, Megan enjoyed helping others and found Human Anatomy and Physiology to be her favorite High school class. A career in Physical therapy has allowed her to pair these two together, with each patient presenting unique problems that keep her on her toes.

Megan graduated from UA Huntsville with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences with an Exercise Physiology Minor. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine after graduating with High honors. Since 2012, Megan has completed continuing education towards earning a Manual Therapy certification. Beginning in 2015, Megan began her training through the University of St Augustine in Craniofacial Physical Therapy after finding that there was a lack of care in North Alabama for patients suffering from jaw and facial dysfunction. In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, cheering on her Vols/Packers/Predators/Trash Pandas, and spending time with her husband Larry, and kids- Callie and Landon.

Allison Lindsey

Physical Therapist

Allison Lindsey

Allison Lindsey, from Memphis, TN, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in 2013, after working with them as a student in 2010. She was interested in returning to work at Johnson & Hayes because she realized everyone on the team was a great group of people who loved that they did, and that they were able to really make a difference in the lives of their clients. She knew this was the profession for her because she wanted to help improve other’s quality of life. Allison received her Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. In her spare time, Allison loves good food, biking and helping educate people on ways to make their life better.

Allison Stanford

Physical Therapist

Allison Stanford

Allison, from Mobile, joined the Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists team in 2015 because she appreciated the J&H approach to patient-therapist consistency throughout the rehabilitation process. Allison developed her interest in physical therapy at Ole Miss, where she was a member of the cross country and track & field teams. In the training room after practices, she was able to watch and experience physical therapists aid her, her teammates and other athletes in returning to their favorite sport- sometimes even stronger than before. Allison received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In her spare time, Allison loves running, reading, playing the violin, and traveling to Oxford, MS for a weekend of tailgating and Ole Miss football.

Drew Stanford

Clinic Director, Physical Therapist

Drew Stanford

Drew Stanford, from Hoover, Alabama, joined the Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists team in 2015 because he appreciated the environment and approach to patient-first care. He became interested in the field while receiving physical therapy after his own baseball related shoulder injury. Drew played baseball at Troy University where he graduated with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology before receiving his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In his spare time Drew loves hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors and watching baseball and football.

Josh Cash

Clinic Director, Physical Therapist

Josh Cash

Josh Cash, from Huntsville Alabama, joined the Johnson and Hayes team in August 2016 because he was drawn to the patient-first care that was demonstrated by all of the employees at Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists. Josh orginally was a Physical therapy technician here at Johnson and Hayes Physical Therapists roughly four years ago and has just returned to Huntsville as a full fledged Physical Therapist.

Josh first became interested in Physical Therapy after injuring his low back playing tennis in high school and experienced first hand how integral Physical Therapy is for any type of rehabilitation after an injury, whether it is an injured athlete, after a surgery, or simply the aches and pains of life. Josh received his Psychology degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of South Alabama. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing Tennis, golf, and mountain biking. He also enjoys watching Alabama football and spending time with friends and family.

Sara Dorr

Physical Therapist

Sara Dorr

Sara Dorr is a Madison native who joined Johnson & Hayes as a physical therapist in 2019. Sara joined for the opportunity to focus on the Vestibular and Balance populations and she loved the quality one on one time that she saw was given to each patient. She has had an interest in physical therapy since high school. She loves getting to help people return to their normal functional levels, improve their understanding of their body, and creating long term goals to help with sustaining function. She played volleyball throughout high school and college and greatly enjoys the work it takes to push to do your best every day. Sara received her Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Belmont University. Sara enjoys spending time with friends and family in her spare time as well as travel and experiencing new foods. Sara also enjoys serving and learning with her church and small group.

Hunter Dreaden

Physical Therapist

Hunter Dreaden

Hunter grew up in Muscle Shoals, AL and joined the Johnson & Hayes team in July 2021. He went to Huntingdon College for his undergraduate education, where he played baseball and received his Bachelors in Athletic Training. Hunter worked as an athletic trainer and physical therapy tech for a year in Montgomery, where he discovered a passion for helping patients return to their normal activities after sustaining an injury. He went to Alabama State University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and met his wife Katlynne, who is also at physical therapist. In his free time, he loves to duck hunt, play golf, and hang out with his wife.

Nathaniel Lang

Physical Therapist

Nathaniel Lang

Nathaniel Lang, from Snead Alabama joined Johnson and Hayes in June 2020. He developed his interest in physical therapy after multiple injuries in high school. Nathaniel received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Troy University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Nathaniel is also a board-certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Nathaniel recently completed his Orthopedic Manual Therapy certification through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments. Throughout his career, Nathaniel has worked with various patient populations from general orthopedic, sports medicine, vestibular, neurological and sport performance. Nathaniel is married to Tiaya Lang and recently welcomed a new daughter Harper Reed. In his spare time Nathaniel enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing golf, and working in the yard.

Susan Adamson

Physical Therapist Assistant

Susan Adamson

Susan Adamson from Cullman, Alabama joined the Johnson and Hayes team in March of 2019. Susan chose the Johnson and Hayes team due to the rich history of patient satisfaction and individualized quality of care. Susan played multiple sports in high school including volleyball, softball, and basketball that gave her the passion to pursue her career in Physical Therapy. She received her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Alabama in Birmingham before pursuing her physical therapist assistant degree from Wallace State Community College. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, working out, cycling, spending time with family and is a fanatic basketball fan.

Selea Cooper

Physical Therapist

Selea Cooper

Selea Cooper, from Madison, AL, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in June of 2019. Selea always wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Once in high school, Selea participated in a program in which she observed various healthcare professions. It was in this program that she discovered her passion to become a physical therapist. Selea recieved her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Alabama and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama. Selea shadowed at Johnson & Hayes one summer as an undergraduate student. She also had one of her clincial rotations at J&H. Selea enjoyed the overall environment of J&H and the ability to make meaningful connections with patients. In her free time Selea enjoys watching Alabama football games, reading, going for walks with her rescue dog (Sugar), and spending time with family and friends.

Ethan Hodges

Physical Therapist

Ethan Hodges

Ethan is from Grant, Alabama and joined the Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists team in June 2019. Ethan first worked with Johnson & Hayes as a PT tech/aide starting in 2013 and up until his acceptance into PT school in 2016. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Auburn University in Fall 2012 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in May 2019. During his time at SBU, Ethan served on multiple international missions to Lima, Peru and Zambia, Africa, providing physical therapy and evangelistic services. Throughout his previous work experiences, as well as his doctorate education, Ethan has learned he loves working in orthopedics and with all age groups, but especially enjoys working in sports rehabilitation. In his spare time, Ethan enjoys playing competitive ultimate frisbee and has been involved with the Huntsville Ultimate community for over 10+ years, traveling throughout the southeast region competing in the open and mixed divisions organized by USA Ultimate. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, McKayla, and family and friends, going to concerts, movies, and playing yard/board games.

Charlene Mcardle

Physical Therapist Assistant

Charlene Mcardle

Charlene is a Rocket City native, coming from a family joined at the hip with the military (both Army and Marines). She attended St. John Paul II Catholic High School and graduated in 2012. She then obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant Degree from Calhoun Community College in 2018.

Charlene’s first passion was to pursue a career in softball as a pitcher but several injuries precluded her from continuing that quest. After the first of several injuries, Charlene came to Johnson & Hayes where she was impressed by the compassion and professionalism of her therapist, who knew exactly how to provide the proper care and management of her injuries.

Charlene performs volunteer work with the Huntsville Human Society and CampLIFE in Danville, AL. She is the recipient of several awards such as Science Fair Regional Award, MVP and All Area in Softball, and the Huntsville Essay Contest. Charlene was also a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority while attending the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

Charlene is very excited about working at Johnson & Hayes PT. She will be the teammate of Josh Cash, DPT, OCS.

Kendall Blasi

Physical Therapist

Kendall Blasi

Kendall’s roots are in Knoxville, TN but also claims Huntsville as her home since moving here in 2012 to begin her collegiate volleyball career at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. At UAH, she earned her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with an Exercise Physiology cognate. Prior to college, Kendall developed a passion for Physical Therapy through personal experience and shadowing opportunities of various patient populations. It was early she developed a strong drive and passion for patients with neurological disorders affecting mobility and balance. Kendall was accepted into Belmont University’s DPT program where she graduated from in August of 2019 and got married one week later! It only took an 8-week clinical rotation in 2018 for her to know J&H was a special place. In October of 2019, Kendall accepted a position in the Dizziness and Balance program to assist the very patients she is most passionate about. She believes Physical Therapy is a valuable tool to help those with mobility disorders regain an active lifestyle and improve quality of life through movement and community. Outside of work, Kendall enjoys practicing Pilates, hiking, being on the lake, playing volleyball, and spending time with her husband, Conner, family and friends.

Jessica Hissam

Physical Therapist

Jessica Hissam

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Jess is a Huntsville native who joined the Johnson & Hayes Physical Therapists team in December 2019 because of their passion to serve others with quality and compassionate care. Jess was a former PT tech at Johnson & Hayes in Fall 2016 prior to physical therapy school. Jess earned her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology from Samford University in May 2016, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Alabama-Birmingham in December 2019.

Jess was exposed to physical therapy at the age of 15 after a meniscal repair from a collision on the soccer field. During this time, Jess found her passion for fitness and wellness promotion with an emphasis on strength and conditioning that led her to pursue physical therapy. Jess also desired to work in the healthcare field where she could serve others with compassion because of her personal journey with hearing loss. Jess was inspired by the compassionate care from her speech therapists and audiologist that enabled her to live a successful life with cochlear implant technology.

After Jess began her career as a PT, Jess realized her passion is to serve her community as a pelvic floor and women's health therapist. Jess works with a variety of orthopedic and pelvic dysfunction diagnoses, and educates her patients with the tools to live their best active lifestyles where her patients can have meaningful and pain-free relationships. In her free time, Jess enjoys cooking new recipes, exercising in her spin and barre classes, wake-surfing at the lake, advocating for children who use cochlear implant technology as a deaf blogger, and spending time with her husband Chris, family, and friends.

Susan DuPre

Physical Therapist - DPT, MS

Susan DuPre

Susan DuPre’, a native of Macon, GA, joined the Johnson & Hayes team in its infancy in 2003.  She had met Johnson & Hayes owners through church events and, when she learned that they were opening a new, private practice where patients would see their same therapist consistently, and where customer service would be at the top of the list, she actually contacted the owners and asked to be their first PT hire!  The owners welcomed her, and she has been in and out as an employee (interrupted by maternity leaves and a calling to homeschool her children) since then, but always looks forward to being a whole-hearted team member at J&H.

Growing up, Susan was a competitive tennis player and played the Southern Circuit for many years through high school.  It was through the sports world that Susan became fascinated with the human body and how nutrition and movement play such a huge role in health and function. Her desire was to find a career that would connect her with people one-on-one and enable her to share her knowledge of health and healing with others.  She has treated patients in various settings including outpatient orthopedic, home health, and the school system. Her favorite aspect of physical therapy is treating patients with dizziness or balance disorders, which she began doing in 2000.

Susan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Art History from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s degree in Health and Sport Science from Wake Forest University. She earned her Master’s degree and later her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University.  In her spare time (ha!) Susan enjoys spending time with her 4 teenagers and her husband, homeschooling her kids, teaching high school classes, volunteering for Revelation Wellness, the Christian fitness ministry she is involved in, working out, and attending church functions and fellowships.

Lisa Palacios

Office Manager

Lisa Palacios

Lisa started with J&H in 2006 and has enjoyed growing with the company over the last 15 years. She has lived in Alabama for 25 years. She is married and has two daughters.

Emily Shadoan

Physical Therapist

Emily Shadoan

Emily grew up in Madison, AL and joined the Johnson & Hayes team in January 2021. She played tennis in high school and has always had an interest in learning how to help people continue to do the activities they love. She went to Auburn University for her Undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. She then moved to Birmingham, Alabama and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The University of Alabama-Birmingham. Emily had a clinical rotation at J&H in Madison in the Summer of 2020 and enjoyed working with the staff and patients so much that she accepted a position to join the team as an orthopedic therapist. In her spare time she loves to tackle a new cooking/baking project, walk her rescue dog Harvey, upgrade her home coffee setup, and spend time with her friends and family.

Karen Strickland

Business Development, Alabama

Karen Strickland

Karen Strickland is a Huntsville native and joined Johnson & Hayes in 2015 as Marketing Director. Karen attended the University of Alabama and the University of North Alabama where she played scholarship tennis. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in both Marketing and Finance.

Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters and their husbands. She also continues to enjoy competitive tennis locally and traveling to tournaments, beach trips with friends and involvement with her church at Church of the Highlands.

Mary Emily Sockwell

Physical Therapist

Mary Emily

Mary Emily grew up in Muscle Shoals, AL and joined the J&H team in September 2021. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and minored in Psychology. She then moved with her husband, Austin, to Chattanooga, TN, where she attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Mary Emily grew up playing high school sports and enjoyed learning about the human body in her anatomy and physiology classes. She always had a passion for serving others and loves the ability to help people of all ages regain mobility and functionality to improve their quality of life. One of her favorite aspects of her career is having the ability to build relationships and rapport with her patients. In her free time, Mary Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family. She also enjoys cooking, eating good food, spending time on the lake, and taking her two dogs, Sammie and Copper, on walks.

Jake Odom

Clinic Director, Physical Therapist

Jake Odom

Jake Odom, DPT, a native of Smithville, Tennessee, joined the Johnson & Hayes family in October 2021. Jake has an extensive background in sports and is very familiar with athletic related injuries. He played football at Dekalb County High School where he was first exposed to physical therapy following an ACL injury and became fascinated with the healing process during his recovery.

Jake received a Bachelors Degree in Kinesiology upon graduation from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and later a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. Upon completing his physical therapy degree, Jake was a physical therapist for Benchmark Physical Therapy. Jake is certified in Dry Needling and has extensive education in treating Vestibular disorders.

In his spare time, Jake enjoys going to the gym and spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking, and playing golf. Jake loves being a physical therapist because of the amazing sense of gratitude he receives when people are able to return to their normal lives without pain.

Lindsay Gandy

Physical Therapist Assistant

Lindsay Gandy

I grew up in the small town of Elkmont, Al and shortly after graduating in 2016 I moved to Madison, Al. I wasn't completely sure what career I wanted to pursue, thinking I may be interested in personal training due to my background in fitness and nutrition. When I took my first anatomy class, I absolutely fell in love with the body and wanted to expand my knowledge even further, so I applied and was accepted into the PTA program at Calhoun Community College. I graduated with my Associate's degree and became a licensed PTA in May 2021.

I have worked at many different types of settings, such as pediatrics, outpatient orthopedic, and a balance oriented clinic. I determined with further training, I had the most passion for patients with balance disorders and dizziness, but also have a love for orthopedics.

I heard about an opening at Johnson and Hayes through an employee, and after hearing all of the amazing reviews from patients and employees, it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I am now able to focus balance and dizziness patients one-on-one, which I absolutely love and have always wanted. Outside of work, I love doing anything outdoors, especially hiking or traveling to new places, going to the gym, and spending time with my two fur-babies!

Ramona Witzgall

Business Development

Lindsay Gandy

Ramona comes to us from a long, successful career in pharmaceutical sales. Her dream to become an entrepreneur became true when she opened her own women’s boutique nearly 12 years ago. The opportunity to use her skills in marketing and sales with Johnson & Hayes is very exciting to Ramona because she has missed being involved in the medical filed. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband and enjoys spending time with her adult children, granddaughter, and adorable puppies.