Physical Therapy Staff
Preston “Rusty” Walker, PT, MPT
Rusty Walker, PT, MPT, owner and physical therapist, has over fifteen years experience including working in orthopedics, acute care, neurological rehab, home health and pediatrics. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1992 and went on to receive his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rusty’s treatment philosophy is based on utilizing effective evidence based interventions to achieve maximum results. This philosophy coupled with his belief in treating each patient in individually with personalized one on one treatment accentuates his commitment to relieve pain and restore function at an accelerated rate. His philosophy is based on utilizing effective, evidence-based interventions to achieve maximum results.
Meghan Karol, DPT
Meghan joined our Sneads Ferry team June 2016. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2011 and since then has focused her practice in Outpatient Orthopedics and developing her speciality in Vestibular Therapy as well as Balance and Fall Prevention. Meghan’s first clinic offered specialized care in Vestibular Therapy and worked in the same office space as an otoneurologist offering her invaluable hands on experience early in her career. In 2015, she attended a week-long advanced training course to further her Vestibular training to help patients manage vertigo, disequilibrium and balance issues.
Meghan highly values one-on-one patient treatment time providing individualized focus to each patient to maximize their successful outcomes. She emphasizes education to allow patients to better understand how they can best manage their own recovery and long-term management of their condition.
Paula Rock, PT
Paula brings over 17 years of varied orthopedic experience to our Sneads Ferry location. Her expertise coupled with our one-on-one treatment philosophy allows Paula to “Relieve Pain and Restore Function” at an accelerated rate. Paula “believes in providing quality therapy with a personal touch” and is looking forward to working as a partner with you to help your patients regain their independence and function!
Tiffany Bailey, PTA
Tiffany joined Hampstead Physical Therapy in October of 2008. Her desire to practice in an outpatient orthopedic clinic and her acquired skills has allowed her to excel. Most of the time you will find Tiffany is the primary physical therapist assistant to Rusty. They make a fantastic team and always provide the best of care for each and every patient.
Tina Keels, LPTA, LMBT
Tina has over twelve years experience as a PTA (physical thrapy assistant) and has also been a licensed massage therapist for six of those years. She received her Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Fayetteville Tech, her NC Board Certified Massage Therapy training at The Whole You School of Massage, and her Pilates Mat Certification in Asheville, NC. Before joining the staff at Hampstead Physical Therapy she worked for Black Mountain Physical Therapy. TINA NOW OFFERING MASSAGE ON SATURDAYS AT THE HAMPSTEAD CLINIC!
Her family connections in the area brought her and her daughter, Savannah, back to Hampstead.
Billing Specialist & Office Manager
Geri is the primary billing specialist for both Hampstead and Sneads Ferry. She also serves as the office manager in our Sneads Ferry office. With many years experience in the medical billing industry we consider her an expert, however her primary focus is to provide our patients any administrative help they may need. When you visit our Sneads Ferry office you will always be greeted with a smile.
Tiffany Walker, Administrator & Insurance Specialist
Tiffany Walker graduated with a degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University. After working for several different companies over nine years and having a baby, she and Rusty decided to open Hampstead Physical Therapy.
Her business background and hands on knowledge of insurance enables her to handle all aspects of billing and claims and gerenal administration. Rusty and Tiffany have a son Preston and live in Hampstead where they really enjoy the small community, the beach and their family time.