DRY RIDGE CENTER STAFF


PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

+ CHARLEY MEADE PT, DPT, ATC

Clinic Manager

Physical Therapist, Dry Needling Specialist

“I have wanted to have a career in sports medicine since I was 16 years old and was first introduced to the field. To be able to think critically and functionally about a patient’s condition and work WITH the patient to achieve their goals is why I love what I do. I get fulfillment out of each interaction I have with a patient or athlete and attempt to make a positive difference in their lives.”

Work Location:

  • Independence
  • Dry Ridge

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • BS, Athletic Training, College of Mount St. Joseph

Continuing Education: High School and Collegiate Sports Medicine Conference Advanced Concepts for the Rehabilitation Professional Integrated Rehabilitation of the Lumbar Spine and Pelvis Evidenced-Based Evaluation & Treatment of Common Running Injuries Manual Therapy Assessment & Treatment for the Spine, Ribs, and Pelvis

Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopaedic Section)
  • Kentucky Physical Therapy Association

Personal Interests:

  • Sports: UK basketball & the Cincinnati Reds
  • Running, biking, and hiking
  • Spending time with family and friends

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Our family vacation to Italy when I was a young boy. The cultural experiences and places I saw will stay with me forever.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Complete a Triathalon
  • Travel the world- Australia, Alaska, and Europe
  • Open a pizza restaurant

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to switch places with anyone. I enjoy my life!

+ MATT ERNST PT, MPT, OCS, COMT

Physical Therapist, Dry Needling Specialist, Clinic Manager, and Partner

“I have been a part of the Physical Therapy field for the last twelve years, with the last eight spent as a therapist. I have worked in several organizations amongst the outpatient orthopaedic setting. I’m proud to be a partner in Oxford Physical Therapy Centers for the ability to share common interests with a talented group of clinicians. Being physical therapist owned and operated means there is an emphasis on quality care with a patient centered approach.”

Work Location:

  • Crestview Hills/Chapel Place
  • Dry Ridge Center

Education:

  • Masters, Physical Therapy, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • BS, Rehabilitative Sciences, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Graduate of Covington Catholic HS,(Member of the 1993 and 1994 State Championship Football Teams)

Certifications:

  • Board Certified Certified Orthopedic Specialist
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
  • Continuing Education:
  • Orthotics
  • Advanced Training in Post-Operative Rehab for the Knee and Shoulder
  • Advanced Training in Treatment Techniques and Manual Treatment for the Spine

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends Outdoor activities – hunting, fishing, and boating

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Any vacation is a great time! Most recently spending time in the Outer Banks with my wife and kids and extended family on the beach was a blast. The outer banks is a unique place that is very remote and undisturbed. I also enjoy anytime fishing at Lake Cumberland.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Go elk hunting with my bow
  • See all the national parks
  • Learn to play the harmonica

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Doug Stange - he is the "in-fisherman". This guy never misses! He always catches fish and has fun doing it.

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+ NATALIE DUNAWAY PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

"Helping people change their lives on a daily basis is why I love my job and thank God that He called me to this profession. Being able to motivate and encourage patients to take control of their health and functional mobility is what we do best, and the changes I have been able to witness patients make have been more rewarding than I ever imagined."

Work Location:

  • Dry Ridge
  • Independence

Education:

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky
  • BS, Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Graduate of Grant County Highschool class of 2009

Continuing Education: American Institute of Balance- Vestibular Rehabilitation Certification

Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Kentucky Physical Therapy Association

Personal Interests

  • Running, Biking, Hiking and Backpack Camping
  • Cooking and Baking
  • UK Basketball- Go Big Blue!
  • Spending time with family and friends

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My husband and I took an 8 day road trip from Cincinnati, OH to Denver, CO and back, visiting 9 different states along the way. The views were incredible, we laughed until our sides hurt, and we got to experience many hidden gems our country has to offer.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • Visit all the National Parks in America
  • Hike The Appalachian Trial or The John Muir Trail with my husband
  • Mission work in Africa

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Audrey Hepburn- I love her movies and the example she set by showing inner beauty, wisdom, humanitarianism, and love.


PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANTS

+ MIKE BARKER PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

“I am a people person at heart. I love being around my patients and co-workers in the clinic and making a difference in my patients lives. I really enjoy making them feel better.”

Work Location:

  • Independence
  • Dry Ridge

Education:

  • AS, Physical Therapy, University of Cincinnati, Clermont College
  • Holmes High School ‘93

Experience/Background: Recent graduate of UC Clermont College in the PTA program after working 16 years for Comair Airlines.

Personal Interests:

  • Distance running
  • Weight training
  • Spending time with my family

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: Skiing at Switzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die):

  • African Safari
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee jumping from the world's tallest bridge in New Zealand

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: Peyton Manning. He is a classy, respectful athlete and I have been a big fan of him for years.