Eric Yarrington, PT, DPT

Dr. Yarrington received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Florida and Master’s and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. One-on-one, personalized care is the cornerstone of effective treatment and Dr. Yarrington believes in forming a strong working partnership with patients to help them improve their quality of life.  Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters, CrossFit, paddling his Bellyak, hiking, and doing GORUCK events.  Eric is co-founder and president of the Waynesville Main Street Mile, a charitable running race that benefits Shriners Childrens Hospital of Greenville, SC. He and his wife Shannon also own and operate CrossFit 2311 in Waynesville.  He is also a member of the Haywood County Search and Rescue Team.

Marta Kruglova, PTA

Marta received her A.A.S. from Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and is committed to keeping herself current with the most up to date, evidence-based therapy techniques. While earning her degree in A.A.S in Haywood Community College in Clyde, she showed great interest in human anatomy, science and movement and this led her to pursue her Physical Therapist Assistant degree at SWCC. Marta is very interested in manual therapy, balance training, IASTM and therapeutic taping, and sports rehabilitation. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and outdoor activities like mountain biking, running, hiking, and snowboarding.

Danielle Smith – Practice Manager

Danielle Smith is the smiling face you hear when calling the office.  She is our rock!  Danielle handles all billing, scheduling, managing and daily oversight of the practice and its work flow. Her positive attitude and spirit not only make our patients feel comfortable during their visits, but she ensures that their visits and necessary paperwork are seamlessly processed. When Danielle is not working, she loves spending time with her three wonderful children, Kielynn, Brayden and Jacob. She enjoys being outdoors with her children, hiking, and spending time at the lake. Her family attends Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska, NC.

Catherine Saccoccio, PT, MPT

Catherine received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee and her Master’s of Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University. She has worked in outpatient orthopedic settings in NC, MA, and RI since graduating in 2010. Catherine’s clinical interests include dry needling, sports medicine and orthopedic rehabilitation, biomechanics and manual therapy. She believes it is important to spend one-on-one time with each patient to develop individualized treatment plans.
Outside of work Catherine enjoys spending time with her family, and outdoor activities including hiking,biking and skiing.

Jake Watkins, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

Jake earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Western Carolina University in 2014 where he was apart of the inaugural DPT program. He also attended WCU in undergraduate, receiving high honors while achieving his bachelors degree.

Jake treats many different problem areas across a wide range of ages. He has specialized training in the evaluation and treatment of the back pain using the MDT approach. He is also certified in dry needling where he uses tiny needles to effect dysfunctional tissues. Jake employs corrective exercise to restore functional movement, strength, and power for return to previous activities.

Jake believes one of his biggest responsibilities is to empower his patients with education and encouragement. He wants each person to leave therapy having a better understanding of their body, particularly the region they are being seen for. He regularly stresses the resilience of the human body, the importance of regular exercise and fitness to help support joints, and educates on pain and it’s physiology.

When not in the clinic, Jake is likely with his wife and children, preferably outdoors somewhere. He enjoys community exercise with his F3 brothers and he is regularly signed up for some race or event to challenge himself physically. Jake also enjoys fellowship with his church family and supporting his western NC community.

Chelsea Williams, RDN

After working locally as a Clinical Allergy Specialist, Chelsea decided to pursue her interest in nutrition and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. Chelsea is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and currently is completing her Master’s in Health Science from Western Carolina University.  She is available for consultation for all of our therapy and fitness clients.
Chelsea has spent most of her life playing competitive soccer, practicing the art of Gracie Jiu jitsu, and having an avid interest in nutrition and wellness. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida in 2011 and moved to the beautiful mountains of WNC later that year.
Chelsea not only fell in love with the mountains and community of WNC, but also with her husband, Kevin. Together they are raising their son Rowen and could not think of a better place to call home.

Kelsea Sonnier, MOT/L, CHT

Kelsea is a Board Certified Hand Therapist who received her Masters in OT from the University of St Augustine Florida, graduating with high honors and a scholastic achievement award in 2014. Kelsea has been working with clients having hand and upper extremity diagnoses since 2014. Kelsea believes in understanding what matters most to each client, education and communication, and utilization of anatomy, biomechanics, and manual techniques are key in a successful recovery and therapy experience. Kelsea has lived and worked in the Waynesville, NC area since 2015 and can’t imagine any other place to raise her family. Outside of work, Kelsea enjoys being outdoors with her family, kayaking, hiking, church, and enjoying life.