Michael T Gross, PT, PhD is an internationally recognized expert in the evaluation of joint problems of the lower leg and the fabrication of foot orthotics. Dr. Gross has published and lectured widely about the biomechanics of the foot, ankle, and knee, in addition to alignment issues that can also cause problems for the rest of the body. After a thorough evaluation including a walking analysis and individual joint assessment, Dr. Gross fabricates foot orthotics individualized for the specific needs of each patient.

mercer.jpgVicki Mercer, PT, PhD received her BS in physical therapy from the University of Missouri, her MS in physical therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her PhD in movement science from Washington University in St. Louis. She is involved in exam development (advanced item writing task force) for the national physical therapy licensure examination, and provides continuing education workshops for physical therapists. Dr. Mercer’s clinical practice focuses on neurological and geriatric rehabilitation. She has particular expertise in treating balance impairments that lead to decreased mobility and/or increased risk of falling. Many of her patients have age-related changes in balance abilities or have been diagnosed with neurological disorders such as stroke or Parkinson's disease. Dr. Mercer’s own research on balance and motor control informs her approach to the care of her patients.

Jo GuptaJyotsna Gupta, PT, PhD has received her BS in physical therapy from Bombay   University, India in 1986 and her PhD from Medical College of Virginia (VCU) from the Department of Anatomy in 1991.  Jo is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Mentor and has been mentoring for the University Physical Therapy practice for the past 17 years. She has expertise in a broad area of outpatient orthopedics, and has been practicing since 1991. Her advanced training in anatomy and neuroanatomy makes her particularly adept at diagnosis of orthopedic impairments and in understanding the functional consequences of a neurological problem. Dr. Gupta provides each patient with individualized attention and a focused intervention plan.

HackeJon.jpgJonathon Hacke PT, DPT, OCS has been a faculty member and practicing clinician in the UNC Division of PT since 1995.  Jon received a B.S. in Physical Education '76 from the University of Montana, B.S. in Physical Therapy and a MA in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina '80 and completed his DPT from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2012. He achieved his Board Certified Clinical Specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in 2001.  Although he has developed board expertise in the treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, Jon is especially skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and low back pain as well as rehabilitation of sports injuries. He gives each patient the time and attention needed to fully understand the patient's concern and to jointly develop an intervention plan that will work for each patient.

mcmorris.jpgMichael McMorris, PT, DPT, OCS is the assistant director of faculty clinical practice at University Physical Therapy. Mike completed a BA in Theology from Ambassador University, BS in Biology from California State University Los Angeles, MS from University of the Pacific and DPT from UNC Chapel Hill in Physical Therapy. He has experience in working with patients with various types of musculoskeletal injury ranging from the spine, peripheral joints and the temporomandibular joints. He is also an adjunct assistant professor with the UNC School of Dentistry, working in the Dental Faculty Practice’s Orofacial Pain Clinic. He is active with his church and enjoys spending time with his family as well as being outdoors. Occasionally he works on his finger calluses playing the bass guitar.

CarlaHill.jpgCarla Hill, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert.MDT received a BS in Psychology at the University of Florida, MPT in Physical Therapy from Emory University, and DPT in Physical Therapy from UNC-CH. In 2008 Carla was certified as a clinical specialist in orthopeadics (OCS) and in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy  by the McKenzie Institute. Carla treats a variety of orthopedic conditions in the clinic with a special interest in spine and shoulder rehabilitation. She uses an array of treatment techniques to improve her patients' functional status with an emphasis on therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and patient education. Carla is focused on patient-centered, evidence-based care and promoting lifelong wellness.

andrews.jpgCharron Andrews earned her degree in PT at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Building on her early work experience and education in gerontology, she has specialized in working with older adults in settings that include hospitals, outpatient clinics, home health and skilled nursing centers. She particularly enjoys working with people with balance and gait disorders, helping them to regain function that enables them to live the fullest life possible. Charron works at the Seymour Center on behalf of the UNC Division of Physical Therapy.

Mary Beth OsborneMary Beth Osborne PT, DPT, NCS earned her BS in physical therapy and DPT from UNC Chapel Hill.  She has obtained board certification as a clinical specialist in neurology, and her area of clinical expertise is primarily with adults with neurologic injuries and disease including people who have sustained brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries or have degenerative neurological diseases.  She serves as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill assisting with courses focusing on neurologic physical therapy and evidence based practice.   

Jennifer Cooke, PT, DPTJennifer Cooke, PT, DPT has been a physical therapist for over 11 years practicing primarily in orthopedics. She earned her BA in Exercise Science, Master of Physical Therapy and Doctorate of Physical Therapy all from UNC. Clinical interests and expertise include shoulder, knee, and lower extremity conditions. Jennifer also has advanced training in prenatal and postpartum physical therapy, orthotics fabrication, functional movement and corrective exercise, and advanced manual therapy techniques. This training has allowed Jennifer to blend manual therapy and exercise prescription for positive patient outcomes. In addition to clinical practice, Jennifer is a faculty member with the Division of Physical Therapy at UNC teaching both doctoral students and residents. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, traveling, outdoor and fitness activities, and Tar Heel sports.


The Orthopedic Residency Program is an advanced, post-professional program for licensed physical therapists to expand their knowledge and skills in clinical orthopedics to the level of a specialist.  The program is one year in length and comprised of didactic study, mentored time with expert therapists, orthopedic clinic coverage and focused clinical experiences with other orthopedic health care providers.  Orthopedic clinic work is completed in the UNC Division of PT Faculty Clinic and UNC Hospitals PT Clinics.

Marc BairMarc Bair, PT, DPT is a current UNC Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident.  Marc completed his Bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2006 and his doctorate degree from the University of North Florida's Physical Therapy Program in 2014.  During his graduate studies, he trained under several orthopedic clinical specialists and served as a research assistant for a study examining rotator cuff stiffness during passive stretching.  Marc enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and is focused on evidence-based treatment techniques with a patient-centered focus.



S. HolnessShemaiah Holness, PT, DPT graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Georgia State University in 2011.  Upon completion of this program, he worked at Grady Memorial Hospital, a level 1 Trauma center, in Atlanta, Georgia, as an acute care therapist treating a myriad of medical and orthopedic conditions.  He has been certified by the APTA as a credentialed clinical instructor.