Our Staff

 

Dr. Ellis Wall, DPT, CPT, C-PS is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina before moving to the Greater Charlotte area where she graduated from Wingate University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Born and raised a Tar Heel, Ellis earned her Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Exercise & Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ellis developed her passion for physical therapy through her personal experience with sports-related injuries from soccer, basketball, and gymnastics.

Throughout her education and clinical rotations, Ellis gained experience treating concussions, neurological and vestibular conditions, geriatrics, post-surgical and orthopedic injuries, and sports-specific rehab. Because of her interest in optimizing human movement especially as it relates to athletic and fitness performance, Ellis became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has completed continuing education courses including Champion Performance Specialist, Updates in Concussion Management, Barbell Rehab, and Running Gait Analysis. She utilizes both manual therapy and corrective exercise approaches to deliver optimal patient care for better and faster results. Ellis plans to further her education by becoming an Orthopedic Certified Specialist and expanding her knowledge in pregnancy and postpartum care.

In her free time, Ellis enjoys participating in adult sports leagues, exercising with Camp Gladiator, hanging with her two pups, and cheering on the Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers! 

Amanda Barnhardt, LPTA, PTA Amanda is originally from Sanford, North Carolina. After high school she attended Western Carolina University and then moved to Savannah, Georgia. During her ten years in Savannah she obtained her Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy Assisting at South University.

Amanda has several years of experience in orthopedic outpatient working with every age and skill level. Amanda came to us with a passion for one-on-one, skilled, patient-focused care. Amanda moved back “home” to North Carolina in 2019 to be closer to family, friends, and the mountains. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, visiting friends, travelling, hiking, and working out.

Angela Tidwell, OT/L graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Occupational Therapy.  She has loved helping clients regain their functional independence as an OT for over 22 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, acute care, outpatient, and skilled nursing facilities, but is very excited to return to her favorite OT setting as an outpatient hand therapist! Her work experience in hand therapy includes: wrist, hand & elbow fractures, dislocations, tendon repairs, nerve repairs, amputations, digit replantations, wound care, burns, carpal tunnel syndrome, post-op care, repetitive strain injuries, and custom hand splinting/orthotics.  She has worked with clients of all ages. She has an extremely well-rounded work history having worked at a large inpatient rehab hospital in Orlando, FL where she rotated as the core therapist on the orthopedic, neuro/CVA, and spinal cord injury teams. She also covered the TBI and pediatric teams as needed.  She was a weekend supervisor for almost 2 years, having to staff a full team of OT’s at 6 local area hospitals. One of her favorite experiences was getting to treat Walt Disney World employees in a workers comp program for 4 years.
 
Angela moved to NC in 2010 and loves getting to finally experience all 4 seasons.  She enjoys watching sports (Go Gators!), gardening, and traveling with her husband, 3 children, and 3 dogs! She is very happy to join the Saylor team! 
 

Dr. Kayla Burrier, DPT was born in Staten Island, NY, and lived there for 22 years. She attended her undergraduate school at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Kayla then attended graduate school at Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences in Marion, VA where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She had always wanted to live in Charlotte, NC so she chose to complete her graduate school rotations here and make North Carolina her permanent residence. Her goal in becoming a physical therapist initially started in her interest of being an animal physical therapist but with more education and experience treating the human population she realized her purpose had changed. It is fulfilling to work with people, seeing their achievements or even setbacks, and working together to create an optimal plan of care. 

During her clinical rotations, she gained experience in treating geriatrics, pre and post-operative joint replacements, trauma, orthopedic and neurological conditions. Kayla provided gait training, strengthening, assistive device education, and even aquatic therapy. She has completed continuing education courses related to Evidence-Based Practice Updates of the Lumbar Spine and Shoulder Joint. She plans to further her education by becoming Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization certified. In her off time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her cats and boyfriend. 

Dr. Madison B Burzlaff, DPT, PT, EP-C is from Mount Pleasant, NC and graduated with honors from Appalachian State University with a Pre-Professional concentration major in Exercise Science and minors in Psychology and Chemistry. While there she played for the Appalachian State Women’s Club Soccer team, serving on the leadership team her last year. She went on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University where she graduated in December of 2020. Throughout the pursuit of her education, and because of her passion for assisting others to optimal health, Madison became a licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to joining our team at Saylor, she has served as a lead fitness trainer in Boone, NC and an independent Personal Trainer where she worked with an array of individuals as she lead 1-on-1 and group fitness classes, taught Arthritis Aquatic classes, lead Youth Strength and Development programs, created HIIT training regimes, and assisted with a Parkinson’s Boxing Program.

Through her past work and clinical education experiences Madison gained valuable practice in the treatment of a variety of direct access and orthopedic patients as she developed customized treatment plans for sport and non-sport related pathologies to address impairments, improve functional mobility, and enhance overall performance. She employs a diverse range of skilled interventions, use of therapeutic modalities, and objective outcome measures to ensure high quality of care for her patients. Madison believes there is an athlete in all of us, with the ability to transform health through exercise, hands-on treatment, and prevention and maintenance strategies. She is passionate about motivating and assisting others and is excited to meet her next patients at Saylor!

In her free time, Madison enjoys traveling with her husband, Daniel, and their 5-year old Chiweenie pup named Copper, as well as playing soccer, camping, hiking, and running. Madison also enjoys cheering on her favorite football teams and completing Spartan and other various mud races with her friends and family!

Tori Blanchard was born in Seaford Delaware and moved to North Carolina in 2005. So, I guess you could say she is a half and half. Tori also attends Mitchell Community College and is working towards her Degree in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management.
 
Tori has many years of experience in retail management, five of which were at Wal-Mart Supercenters. She loves working in the medical field now and applying her skillset to the high quality of care we have at Saylor. In her free time, Tori enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Debbra Capwell was born and raised in New York where she grew up. She moved to North Carolina about six years ago and loves it, her favorite hobby is off-roading with her fiance. Debbra loved working as a health care worker in assisted living for over 6 years and doing other fun activities in the area! They have two beautiful German shepherd girls and she is getting married soon. Debbra has many years of experience in the healthcare field and loves spending time with family and friends.

Jaclyn Fisher, is a Florida native who graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2009 in which she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. In 2015 she earned a Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding from Palm Beach State College. She is also CPR Certified.

After caring for a close family member that was lost to ALS, she aspired to be part of the medical field which she has proudly served in for over 10 years.  She enjoys the fast-paced ever-changing day-to-day of customer service and prides herself on a work ethic that ensures a positive image of herself and the company she represents. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her cat and dog and watching the Indianapolis Colts.

We look forward to assisting with your recovery!

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