PT, OCS, MTC, CCTT, CODN
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Fit Core Physical Therapy
Fit Core Physical Therapy
4779 S. Atlanta Rd., Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30339
Prior to founding Fit Core Physical Therapy, Dr. Vaughan worked as a physical therapist at The Sports Rehabilitation Center from 2004-2008, with a focus on sports-related injuries. From 2008- 2013, Dr. Vaughan was a physical therapist at One On One Physical Therapy, treating exclusively one patient per hour, and worked successfully with a wide variety of clients, ranging from young college athletes to middle-aged business professionals to retired senior citizens. It is during this period at One On One that Dr. Vaughan’s evaluative, assessment, and manual treatment skills flourished.
In 2015, Dr. Vaughan decided launched her own practice, Fit Core Physical Therapy. She has come to develop a true appreciation for one-on-one care and believes in the importance of strong patient-therapist bonds. Dr. Vaughan also believes in treating each individual as a whole, not just a body part. From a musculoskeletal standpoint, she approaches each patient by examining the entire body and assessing how the injury relates to the rest of the body. She also feels it is important to consider and address injuries according to the patient’s emotional and psychosocial well-being, as each can have a significant impact on physical health.
Dr. Vaughan is trained in Redcord Neurac, and is a PMA Pilates Certified Teacher and Polestar trained Pilates Instructor. She is qualified to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling, and has been trained in the Osteopathic approach to manual therapy for spine, ribs, and extremities via Michigan State University. Dr. Vaughan is also trained in the evaluation and treatment Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic Section, and a member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. She continues professional education with advanced coursework, research, and The American Physical Therapy Association conferences. Dr. Vaughan is a Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor. Having this certification, Dr. Vaughan is able to perform golf specific functional movement screens, in order to assess areas of limitation or dysfunction that might impair an individual’s golf swing mechanics. She is also certified in examining an individual’s golf swing and determining specific swing characteristics that might put an individual at risk for musculoskeletal injury. Dr. Vaughan truly enjoys working closely with golf pros in order to collaboratively maximize a client’s golf swing potential with minimal risk for injury.
Dr. Vaughan was born in Sicily to an American diplomatic family and grew up in various locations overseas; she is fluent in Italian and French, and also familiar with Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Vaughan is married to Woody Vaughan and they have a daughter, Aurelia, and a son, Luca. Dr. Vaughan loves outdoor activities, including running, mountain biking, rollerblading, and hiking. She also enjoys playing golf, tennis, volleyball and scuba diving.
Prior to joining Dr. Vaughan at Fit Core Physical Therapy, Dr. Gustin worked as a physical therapist in Johns Creek, GA, at a private practice where she had the privilege of treating one patient per hour. While working in Johns Creek, Dr. Gustin completed a 13-month Orthopedic Residency through Mercer University, which allowed her to advance and develop her Clinical Reasoning skills and manual therapy techniques. Dr. Gustin gained experience treating a wide variety of clients, ranging from adolescents through older adults. However, while working closely with a local pre-professional dance studio, she developed a passion for sports medicine, with an emphasis on adolescent dance medicine and the special considerations needed for the growing and developing athlete.
During this time, Dr. Gustin developed a deep appreciation for one-on-one, patient-centered care and the ability to treat the whole person, including the emotional and psychosocial components of pain, injury or time away from work/sport.
Dr. Gustin has completed advanced training in the Pilates Method through the Physical Mind Institute and in The Gyrotonic Expansion System. She has also been trained in the evaluation and treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). She maintains professional memberships in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and The Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG). She is also a member of the Orthopedic Section and the Sports Physical Therapy Sections of the APTA. In 2016, Dr. Gustin joined the board of directors for the Georgia Foundation for Physical Therapy, which offers grants to encourage the completion and dissemination of research advancing the physical therapy profession and scholarships to provide financial assistance to PT and PTA students who demonstrate superior capabilities and the potential to significantly contribute to the growth of the Physical Therapy profession. Dr. Gustin is also an active board member for the Eating Disorder Information Network (EDIN), a non-profit organization committed to preventing eating disorders through education, outreach and action.
Dr. Gustin grew up in the greater Atlanta area and attended Wesleyan School, in Peachtree Corners, for middle and high school. In her free time, Dr. Gustin enjoys running in her neighborhood of Virginia Highlands, and playing with her dog, Misty, at Piedmont Park. She also has a passion for cooking and enjoys eating her way through Atlanta’s restaurants.
Alyssa has always enjoyed staying physically active. During her time in PT school and her subsequent residency program, she started taking Pilates group and private lessons. She enjoyed the principles of Pilates and appreciated how they could supplement her physical therapy treatments. In 2015 she completed an extensive rehabilitation-based Pilates training program through Polestar Pilates in Peachtree City, GA. She enjoys incorporating Pilates principles into her treatments in order to maximize her patients’ results.
Alyssa enjoys treating an array of diagnoses. Her specialties orthopedic injuries, persistent pain, TMJ disorders, manual therapy, pelvic health/postpartum health, and dry needling.
She enjoys spending time with her husband Kelvin, their young son Camden, and their dog Ozzie. She likes spending time outdoors and together they like to explore Atlanta’s parks, the Beltline, and local breweries.