Physical Therapy Staff

Damon Rouse, Owner, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at Asheville Family Fitness
Damon Rouse, MPT, Director, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Hi I’m Damon, the founder & director of Asheville Family Fitness & Physical Therapy. I graduated from the (previously Masters) PT program at Western Carolina University in 2001 and in 2008 was board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Our 1-of-a-kind fitness & aquatics facility was born in late 2012 to provide an inspiring & fun rehabilitation, fitness, and lifelong wellness experience to the West Asheville & Leicester communities. After taking a year-long ‘sabbatical’ and living in the coastal city of Gijon in northern Spain with my family, I now call Yancey county home, where I enjoy being immersed in the beautiful South Toe river valley with my daughter Alma, son Oscar, & wife Molly.

"Jessan Hager, PT
Jessan Hager, MPT, Staff Physical Therapist
I specialize in head, neck, jaw, and other sources of facial pain. In previous incarnations as a garage-door guy and web designer/usability guy, I gained an acumen for problem-solving and listening to all kinds of folks. And through traveling the globe via plane, train, bus, boat, etc., I gained even further perspective into what it means to be a human walking this planet. These days a beautiful wife, two little ones, two furry canines and a satisfying career have me at home a lot more. I enjoy gardening, cooking, live music, and the occasional camping and fishing trip.


Marc Modica, DPT
Marc Modica, DPT,  Rehab Manager, Senior Physical Therapist I am the Rehab Manager and resident “foot guy” at Asheville Family Fitness. Originally a 1992 Physical Therapy graduate of The University of Buffalo, I completed my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. I’m also a certified provider of Trigger Point Dry Needling. I have worked extensively with all types of clients, using an approach that supports the whole person in attaining optimal health and wellness. Outside of work I enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, hunting, woodworking, and gardening.


Chris Power, DPT
Chris Power, DPT, CSCS, Staff Physical Therapist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist  I earned my BS in Exercise Science from the University of North Florida in 2011. While there, I became a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and worked in sports performance with NFL athletes during the lockout season. I earned my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in 2015, specializing in manual therapy and orthopedics. I’m a cancer survivor, avid outdoorsman, and Land Rover enthusiast. When not at work I can be found hiking with my dogs Huck and Scout, or riding horses at the farm with my wife Lauren. I’m a proud Jacksonville Jaguars fan and a member of the US Soccer supporters known as the American Outlaws.
Andrew Roth, PTA, Staff Physical Therapist Assistant at Asheville Family Fitness
Andrew Roth, PTA,  Staff Physical Therapist Assistant

I work with our excellent Physical Therapists (PT) to complete each patients’ individual plan of care. I do this on “land” through a combination of therapeutic exercises, manual therapies, and different modalities. I also treat a variety of patients in our Endless Current aquatics system, using both exercise and manual therapy. My special training includes a technique called Bad Ragaz, pictured. I love this work – helping people reach higher function and a better life!



Lisa Rose, Administrative Assistant at Asheville Family Fitness
Lisa Rose, BFA, Clinic Coordinator

I’ve been traveling on a winding road that has taken me from a career in visual arts to teaching young children knitting and crocheting, to graphic design, to my current position as head paperwork tamer. My Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I explored everything I could-from photography to bookbinding to welding. I am very interested in exercise and healing and love working with this great group of people in a place where that is happening every day.