Our FYZICAL Team
Our Asheville and Woodfin team!
Dawn Rouse Owner, PT, CWT, CMTPT, CWC
Dawn is a native of Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans in 1989 with a BS in PT. She was an athletic trainer for LSU in Baton Rouge for 5 years prior. Upon graduation, Dawn’s first job was in Nashville, TN, where she acquired many manual therapy skills, and received guidance and encouragement regsrding the business aspects of physical therapy. Dawn started her first private practice in Louisiana providing therapy to underserved children in rural areas.
She loves the mountains and decided to move to Brevard where she was encouraged by a physician to open Perfect Balance Physical Therapy in 2003. Specializing in outpatient orthopedics and womens health, she expanded her practice to Asheville in 2012. She is a member of the Orthopedic, Women’s Health, Aquatic and Private Practice sections of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as a member of the Independent Private Practice Group of NC And SC. She also serves on the board of South College of Asheville"s Physical therapy program.
In October 2011, Dawn was one of the first therapists in the state of North Carolina to be certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. She's also a certified weight trainer and wellness coach. Dawn decided to join Fyzical Therapy & Balance centers in 2017 to increase the resources that would be available to her staff and patients while maintaining 100% ownership. Currently she is serving on the Franchise Advisory Council assisting nearly 350 clinics.
Dawn is active in the Asheville and Brevard communities, served on the board of Rise and Shine’s afterschool program and supports the United Way.
She enjoys hiking and biking with her partner and playing with her two Bichon Frises (Maya and Bella). Dawn feels blessed with wonderful employees, referring physicians and patients who she feels have become her family. Her favorite saying, which was printed on her first homemade brochure, is “for it is in giving that we shall receive.” Though the quote is no longer on her brochures, one can feel it when they visit each of the Fyzical locations.
Jessica Riddle DPT
Jessica, graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Sports Medicine and then continued her education at Lynchburg College, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She enjoys treating general orthopedic conditions as well as vestibular rehabilitation. Jessica has expressed improving patient’s quality of life is one of her top priorities when treating patients. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. Jessica and her husband have recently welcomed their first bundle of joy into the world!
Huanne Jackson OTR/L
Huanne has lived and worked in western NC since 1987. She obtained a degree in English/Political Science from Clemson University and her OT degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has worked in a variety of settings however has a specialized interest and training in neurological and movement disorders. She has presented at numerous Parkinsons support groups and is certified in LSVT "BIG". In addition to her patient care delivery she serves as an adjunct professor at South College in the occupational therapy assistant program. Huanne loves all types of music but especially enjoys playing the piano. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking with her two grown children and dog. She feels grateful to work for a company that is supportive and encourages professional growth and quality patient care.
Wendy Medina-Haas PTA, Assistant Clinical Director
Wendy Medina-Haas attended South College of Asheville for her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She has been practicing since 2013 with Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers. She enjoys working with all age groups and people of all backgrounds. Wendy has a special interest in orthopedics with a focus on a manual approach to back, hip, and knee injuries, in addition to post operative rehabilitation, core/pelvic stabilization, aquatic therapy, osteoporosis bone health and balance dysfunction.
Wendy’s main focus is on treating the whole person and tailoring treatments to include task specific functional strengthening as well as using manual techniques to restore mobility, stability, and decrease pain. Helping patients succeed and achieve their goals, brings her great personal satisfaction.
Wendy has enjoyed the Western North Carolina mountains with its hiking, kayaking, music and art festivals.
Hannah Manik DPT
Hannah is a North Carolina native who earned her doctorate of physical therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has specialized training in pelvic health rehabilitation and an academic background in chronic pain management. Hannah recognizes that “quality of life” means something different for everybody and is passionate about individualizing care to meet your personal needs and goals. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, drawing & painting, cooking, and music & art festivals.
Diana Grimm Physician Liaison
Diana loves interacting with everyone that she meets! She calls herself an “information ambassador” as she is compelled to share with others her diverse knowledge and personal experiences from over 30 years in the health & wellness field. She and her husband Raymond moved to Brevard in 2001 from Clearwater Florida and now live with their two weimaraners Jasper Jo and Bella Blue in Pisgah Forest. Diana enjoys the outdoors, sunny days, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.
April Byrd CCS
April is an Asheville native and started with Fyzical in July 2019 as a client care specialist. April has many years of experience in the healthcare field, with a heavy background in medical scheduling. April has a son and she is very involved with all his sporting events and extracurricular activities. In her free time, April likes to read about and watch crime documentaries.
Savannah Porter Financial Operations
Savannah relocated to Brevard in 2016 from North Dakota, but spent most of her childhood in North Carolina's Piedmont Triad. She joined our team in March of 2019 and brings with her a background in banking and hospitality. In their free time, Savannah and her fiance like to take their two dogs on adventures in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest by their home. She also enjoys going to community benefits and studying criminal justice.