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!

+ TOM ERNST PT, MPT, OCS, COMT

Physical Therapist, Clinic Manager, Partner

“I enjoy practicing physical therapy because it is an opportunity to integrate the concepts of education, exercise, and wellness in a rehab plan. I’m excited about the opportunity to practice with OPTC because it is owned and operated by physical therapists that share my passion to provide the best care possible for each patient.”

Work Location:

  • Crestview Hills / Chancellor Dr
  • Independence
  • Florence
  • Dry Ridge

Education:

  • BS, Rehabilitative Sciences, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Masters, Physical Therapy, College of Mount St. Joseph
  • Graduate of Covington Catholic HS

Certifications:

  • Certified provider of Work Well Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified full service provider for Atlas Ergonomics
  • Board Certified Certified Orthopedic Specialist
  • Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist

Continuing Education:

  • Cervical & Lumbar Spine Evaluation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluation Training
  • Office and Transportation Ergonomics with Atlas Ergonomics
  • High School & College Sports Medicine Conference
  • Surgical & Rehab Advances in the Knee
  • Modality use in Patient Care
  • Rehabilitation for the Post Surgical Orthopaedic Patient
  • The art and science of medical screening for physician referral
  • MT3- Intermediate spinal seminar
  • MT-ST Stabilization training seminar
  • MT-O Evidence based orthopedic and diagnostic seminar
  • Current review of minimally invasive spine surgery

Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopaedic Section)

Personal Interests:

  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Outdoor activities – running , archery, hunting, fishing, camping, and boating

What is your favorite vacation you have ever taken? Why?: My favorite vacation was to Lake Cumberland with my family on our boat. I love Lake Cumberland and being on the water fishing, skiing, swimming and boating with my family is the best.

My bucket list (three things I want to do before I die): Go to Hawaii with my wife and kids Sky dive Elk hunt with my bow

If you could trade places for a day with someone, who would it be and why?: That is a tie between Doug Stange, editor of the infisherman (the guy fishes all the time and always catches a ton of big fish) or my wife. She stays home and gets to spend all day with our kids!

+ 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.


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.