Professional Staff

Physical Therapists

darnell1Mike Darnell, PT received his BS in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1975 and his BS in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1977.  His early work experience included Emory University Hospital before starting a private practice in Atlanta that was devoted primarily to the treatment of the spine and patients with TMJ pain / dysfunction.  He started North Georgia Physical Therapy Associates in 1988 and has served the North Georgia area since 1983.  His specialties include orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation including high velocity low amplitude thrust manipulation and the assessment and treatment of peripheral neuropathic conditions.

gina1Regina Patton, PT, Cert. MDT received her BS in Physical Therapy in 1984 from Ohio State University. She has worked in both hospital and outpatient clinic settings in both clinical and administrative roles. Her postgraduate clinical education has focused on the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions.  She obtained her certification as a Mechanical Diagnostic Therapist through the McKenzie Institute in 2003.

BrettBrett Minter, PT received his BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Georgia in 1996. He is a certified Neuro-Development Theory Practitioner and has a vestibular competency certification from Emory University. His specialties include orthopedic and sports rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and balance retraining.


Physical Therapist Assistants

anneAnne Long, PTA, received her AS in Physical Therapy Assisting at St. Petersburg College.  She is experienced in a variety of settings, including acute care, skilled nursing facilities and home health.  Interest areas include geriatrics and neurological rehabilitation.

John Steinberger, PTA



Our Locations

Ellijay, Georgia
97 Hefner Street
Suite 100
Ellijay, GA 30540
Tel: (706) 635-1440
Fax: (706) 635-1439
ngpta@ellijay.com

Blue Ridge, Georgia
5425 Appalachian Highway
Suite 2
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Tel: (706) 632-8535
Fax: (706) 632-8485
ngptabrfo@ellijay.com

Copperhill, Tennessee
144 Medical Center Drive
Bldg. A
Copperhill, TN 37317
Tel: (423) 496-4390
Fax: (423) 496-4392
ngptacb@ellijay.com

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