About Pro Motion

Why We Are Very Different

I can’t tell you how many patients have come to my office after having PT elsewhere who comment, “I can’t believe the difference in how you practice – I wish I’d known about you sooner!”

15 years ago I made an important decision. After 6 years of working for a large PT practice where quantity of patients seen was a higher priority than the quality of work done with each individual patient, I decided to change the way I worked. I opened a practice in the metropolitan DC area that was one of the first of it’s kind. I went back to how physical therapy was meant to be delivered. One patient, one physical therapist, one goal … to provide that person I was seeing at that time with the best I had. Many peers told me this model will not be profitable enough to do without having aides or assistants deliver most of the care. But I believed it would because patients would see and feel the difference, and spread the word. It was more successful and rewarding than I could ever imagine.

In 2007 our family relocated to Nashville, TN and I introduced this model of quality over quantity into the Nashville market. I honestly believe I have one of the best jobs because each day I get to help people improve their health and I do it in a way I feel good about. I’m not seeing them in a rushed environment. I’m not just passing them off to other people to deliver their care. I’m personally impacting them one person at a time.

Our Therapists

Perry Smith, PT, MPT
Owner

From an early age I have always loved discovering how things work. Toys didn’t last long at my house. I would take them apart, study how they moved and functioned, put them back together (sometimes!), all the while thinking about how I could make them better. The engineering of movement fascinated me. I also loved being active, playing sports, and TRAINING. Yes, training. While most people hate training, I loved it. I loved pushing the limits of what my body could do and preparing my body for whatever sport I was playing. I read everything I could about exercise and fitness. During high school, I took an aptitude test that explored my talents and suggested careers that used those talents. “Physical therapist” was at the top of my list along with engineer and bus driver (no joke). Being the inquisitive person that I am, I wanted to explore this field of physical therapy so I volunteered at a small PT practice owned by a physical therapist who specialized in treating orthopedic injuries and sports medicine. I was hooked. Physical therapy combined so many things I was passionate about. I got to tinker with the greatest invention ever – the human body. I also learned how valued a great physical therapist is. We help people get out of pain and recover from injury. Pain is an awful thing. When you are injured and hurt it can impact so many areas of your life. That is when you need a resource that is there for you, and is passionate and dedicated to helping you get back to all the things that you are passionate about. That is what I have been doing for over 20 years and, just like the physical therapist who let me volunteer with him all those years back, I chose to open my own small private practice where I could provide the level of care that I feel you deserve. For you and me it is a win-win.

In my personal life what else am I passionate about? My family. I have a great wife and 2 amazing daughters. If there was any career that could ever take me away from physical therapy it would be to be a full time basketball coach for both my girls, but it seems I may just have to settle for this as my off hours gig. And yes, I still like pushing my body. A leisurely Sunday bike ride with my wife can often turn into “conditioning” much to her chagrin, but I am who I am and that is a good thing for you!

Credentials:

Graduated from Emory University’s School of Physical Therapy which is currently ranked in the top 5 in the nation.

Certified in Manual Medicine from Michigan State University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. This program is considered the gold standard for manual therapy.

Certified in Integrative Dry Needling – The Next Generation of Dry Needling.

Certified in ASTYM – a regenerative soft tissue therapy that rebuilds and heals soft tissue injuries.

Certified in SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) – The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

Mary Claire Aaron PT, DPT

I have been helping others recover from injuries as a physical therapist since 2011. My undergraduate degree is in Exercise Science from University of Memphis where I ran Track and Cross Country for their Division I team. After working through several injuries during my running career, I became interested in the rehabilitation process, and the importance of taking a proactive approach to treat injuries and correct the biomechanical causes of them to prevent future re-injury.

These experiences led me to obtaining an advanced degree in physical therapy. After graduating from University of Memphis, I attended University of Tennessee Health Science Center where I received my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. My specialization is in orthopedics and sports medicine. My own experiences as a competitive distance runner are always on my mind as I treat endurance athletes to prevent overuse injuries by correcting faulty biomechanics and improve running form.
I am also a POSE certified running technique specialist and I am trained in Functional Movement Screening. These tools allow me to analyze and evaluate the way the body moves to help people heal and correct imbalances to be able to function effectively, efficiently, and without injury. I also have a strong background in ACL injury prevention and specialized training in treating female athletes. I love motivating people to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle through my occupation.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and my dogs, treating family members, running, swimming, and taking as many trips to the lake and the beach as I can.

Credentials:

Earned a DPT from University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

POSE Method Certified Running Technique Specialist – the Pose Method is the only method of teaching running technique with scientific and clinical evidence of reducing impact on knees by virtually 50% and dramatic reduction of pain and disability associated with the chronic compartment syndrome.

Certified in Integrative Dry Needling – The Next Generation of Dry Needling.

Angie Gill PT, DPT

My “aha” moment came in the early 90’s when I had the privilege to pitch on the Division 1 softball team for the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill and study exercise and sport science.  It was here that my longstanding interest in sports and the human body converged. From hours in the exercise lab to years on the softball field training with the best in strength/conditioning, sports psychology, and sports nutrition, I appreciated and learned from every challenge.

Flash forward more than 20 years: With my doctoral degree in physical therapy and valuable work experience including my service as lead therapist in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma Unit, I enjoy helping clients in all walks of life (and when possible, aspiring athletes).

From people who have sustained acute traumatic injuries to those suffering with chronic pain who are ready to live life free from pain medications, I have experience restoring quality of life through pain-free therapy techniques.

I incorporate different styles of manual therapies, teach self-mobilization techniques, utilize certified intramuscular therapy “IMT” (also referred to as functional dry needling “FDN”), and carefully prescribe treatment plans toward correcting: postural asymmetries, faulty muscular activation patterns, overuse/underuse habits, and predispositions to sports related injury.

When I am not at the clinic, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters and taking in all that Nashville has to offer. I love hiking, backpacking, and giving back to the sport that I loved so much by helping young softball players and pitchers sharpen their skills.

We are all sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, and caregivers. By helping one person, we may change the lives of many.

Love. Learn. Move.

Credentials:

Earned a B.A. in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she also received a full scholarship to pitch for the Division 1 Lady Tarheel softball team.

Earned doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from Belmont University in 2001. Primary author in research group comparing the effects of cervical spinal traction.

Certified in Functional Dry Needling.

Certified in SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) – The assessment provides an efficient method to systematically find the cause of symptoms, not just the source, by logically breaking down dysfunctional patterns and diagnosing their root cause as either a mobility problem or a stability/motor control problem.

Trained in Mulligan and Maitland manual therapy techniques.