- Damon Rouse, MPT, OCS, Owner, Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Hi I’m Damon, the founder & director of Asheville Family Fitness & Physical Therapy. I graduated from the MPT program at Western Carolina University in 2001 and in 2008 was board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. Originally Physical Therapy of Leicester, our fitness & aquatics facility was born in late 2012 to provide a holistic fitness, rehabilitation, and wellness experience to the West Asheville & Leicester communities. When I’m not wearing 8,000 hats at work, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my daughter Alma Rosalee, son Oscar, & wife Molly.
- 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.
- Kala Hildebrand, MPT, LMBT, Staff Physical Therapist
Hi I’m Kala, a staff physical therapist. I have a long background in dance that led to, and continues to inspire, my interest in bodywork. I was licensed as a massage therapist in 2006 after attending an extensive program in Seattle, WA. In 2010, I decided to further pursue injury treatment and prevention by attending Western Carolina University’s Physical Therapy Program. I’m excited to be on the staff of AFF!
- Marc Modica, PT, 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.
- Brian Moran, PT, L.Ac. Staff Physical Therapist, Acupuncturist
I have been working in physical therapy for 17 years, originally as a PTA, later as an acupuncturist, and now as a physical therapist, receiving a Doctor of Physical Therapy from University of Findlay in 2015. My interest in the healing arts stems from being involved in martial arts since childhood. My martial arts instructors were all acupuncturists and I underwent a traditional apprenticeship in Chinese Medicine. I became an acupuncturist in 2005 and eventually taught Acupuncture Energetics and Clinical Skills at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine for 6 years. I also taught Tai Ji, Qi Gong and Kung Fu since 1988 as owner of Smoky Mountain Kung Fu. For fun I love to spend time with my family and dogs in the great outdoors hiking and biking.
- Andrew Roth, PTA, Staff Physical Therapist Assistant
I work with our excellent Physical Therapists (PT) to complete the plan of care. I do this on “land” through Therapeutic Exercise, Manual Therapy and many different modalities. I also treat a variety of patients in the water, using both exercise and Manual Therapy. I have also been trained in Bad Ragaz, which is the technique pictured here. I love to work in this way and look forward to working with you.
- Tiffany Salido, PhD, DPT. Staff Physical Therapist
I love being a physical therapist at Asheville Family Fitness! PT is my second career, after I was lucky enough to figure out what I really wanted to do. I graduated from Western Carolina University in 2015 as a doctor of physical therapy. I enjoy working with all types of patients, including those with balance issues, post-stroke, and neurological diagnoses. I am certified in LSVT BIG, a treatment option for people with Parkinson’s. In my previous life, I earned my PhD at Wake Forest University in Medical Engineering with a specialty in cardiac MRI. However, my true claim to fame is that I am mother to 5 handsome boys.
- 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. 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.