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Physical Therapy Services

Improving Your Condition

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For questions or information about our physical therapy services, call (804) 828-1122.

The VCU Sports Medicine Clinic’s physical therapists help patients improve mobility and motion, reduce pain without medication and in some cases, avoid surgery.

We focus largely on exercise and manual therapy but use modalities as needed including ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and dry needling. We perform return to sport testing which includes isokinetic testing and perform biomechanical foot evaluations for custom orthotics.

Our physical therapists are experts in how the body moves and will collaborate with you and your physician to help achieve your long-term health goals.

We help patients suffering from conditions including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Leg and foot pain
  • Overuse injuries
  • Postoperative rehabilitation
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sport-specific evaluation and treatment
  • Sprains, strains and fractures

Appointment FAQs

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Initial visits typically last between 60 and 90 minutes. Please arrive 15 minutes early to your first visit to allow time for completing new patient paperwork.

Will insurance cover my visits?

We accept most major insurance plans, but you can call the member services number on the back of your insurance card to be sure. We are usually listed under “VCU Health System.” We also offer a variety of flexible self-pay and payment plan options.

Many plans require that you make a co-payment at the time of your visit. We accept credit cards, checks and cash. The amount of your co-pay is determined by your insurance carrier and should be listed on your insurance card.

Some insurance plans may require that you get authorization from them before you visit us. Since this varies by plan, we encourage you to contact your insurance company and let us know before your appointment that you need an authorization.

We understand that your injury may have a profound impact on your finances and are committed to finding a way to help you in a cost-effective manner.

What do I need to bring to my first visit?

Please bring a copy of your physical therapy prescription from your health care provider as well as a photo ID and your insurance card(s).

What should I wear to my visit?

Please wear comfortable, loose clothing and athletic shoes. For women with shoulder or back problems, a tank-top or sports bra under your T-shirt would be ideal. Shorts are encouraged for hip, knee and ankle issues. We have facilities for changing your clothes if needed.

What should I expect during my physical therapy visits?

A visit can last from 15 minutes to 2.5 hours depending on your situation. Treatment for your condition may take only a couple of visits or span over several months.

What is your cancellation/no-show policy?

We request that you kindly give us 24-hour notice if you are unable to come for your appointment so another patient can be offered an appointment with adequate notice. Patients who are no-shows for three visits will no longer be seen at our facility.

Meet Our Physical Therapy Staff

Hillary L. Tiller, PT, DPT, OCS
Hillary is the team lead of the VCU sports medicine clinic after joining in March of 2017. She enjoys treating all orthopaedic conditions with a special interest in treating lower extremity injuries and return to sport. Hillary is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy, has performed additional training in manual therapy techniques through the Virginia Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute, and is certified in dry needling. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopaedic sections, and the Virginia Physical Therapy Association. She is also a Certified Clinical Instructor through the APTA and is a mentor in the VCU Sports Residency program.

Hillary received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the Roanoke College and her DPT from Lynchburg College.

Chad Taylor, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, ATC, CSCS
Chad joined VCU Sports Medicine in 2015. Chad enjoys working with all athletes, particularly those with injuries of the lower extremity and shoulder. He also performs biomechanical foot evaluations and casts patients for custom orthotics. He has a history of working with young adolescents up to professional athletes.

Chad holds the distinction of a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy and Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Chad is also a certified athletic trainer through the National Athletic Training Association, as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Chad is an assistant professor in the VCU Department of Physical Therapy where he teaches courses in musculoskeletal physical therapy. Chad serves as the Director of the VCU Sports Residency program. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Sports Academy.

Chad received his undergraduate degree in 1998 from the College of William and Mary. He earned his MSPT in 2001 and his DPT in 2007 from VCU.

Liz Trinchere Brown, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS
Liz joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in summer of 2016. Liz enjoys working with athletes of all ages, particularly the youth and collegiate athlete populations. She enjoys treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions, with special interest in athletic injury and return-to-sport rehabilitation.

During her first year with VCU, Liz completed the VCU Sports Physical Therapy Residency program, providing her additional opportunities to work alongside the VCU Athletic Training staff and to serve as a teaching assistant with the VCU Physical Therapy School. She has maintained involvement with these programs and has served as a mentor in the VCU Sports Residency program since 2018. She has additional training in performing biomechanical foot evaluations for custom orthotics and is certified in dry needling. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy

Liz received her undergraduate degree in 2013 from Virginia Tech, where she played Division I volleyball. She earned her DPT in 2016 from VCU, a sports specialist certification in 2018, and an orthopedic specialist certification in 2019.

Mark Haith, PT, DPT, OCS
Mark has been part of VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy since 2017, after spending the previous 7 years at a spine and sports clinic. Mark has served as a volunteer, both at home and overseas, through the AmeriCorps and Peace Corps and has a passion for teaching and helping others, which he carries in his practice. He enjoys treating all orthopaedic conditions, with a special interest in treating lower extremity injuries. Mark has board certification through the APTA as a Clinical Orthopaedic Specialist, which he obtained in 2013. He has also completed advanced training in orthopaedic manual therapy through the Virginia Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Institute.

Mark completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia in 2002 and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from VCU in 2010.

Clayton Rainie, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clay joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in July 2017. Clay’s interest in sports medicine goes back to high school athletics, experiencing sports injuries himself and personally benefitting from physical therapy. Clay enjoys evaluating and treating the entire spectrum of orthopaedic conditions that the outpatient physical therapy setting has to offer, particularly sports injuries, and particularly the glenohumeral (shoulder) and tibiofemoral (knee) joints. Clay is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has taken continuing education courses on running biomechanics and injuries, chronic pain, and return-to-sport training and criteria for ACL injuries and shoulder injuries. Clay spends some Saturday mornings volunteering at the CARES pro bono physical therapy clinic in Richmond.

Clay received his undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech in 2013 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Magen Sanders, PT, D.P.T., OCS
Magen joined VCU Sports Medicine in 2019. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from Radford University in 2014 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2018.

Magen enjoys treating all orthopedic conditions. Special interests include: pregnant and post- partum individuals, pelvic girdle pain, and performing arts. She plans to further pursue education and certifications in the treatment of pelvic health conditions.

Magen is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopaedic and Sports Sections, and the Virginia Physical Therapy Association.

In her free time, Magen strives to lead an active lifestyle with hobbies including weight training, high intensity interval training classes, and aerial silks.

Katie Greenberg, PT, DPT, SCS
Katie joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in July 2019. She enjoys treating athletes of all ages and skill levels and has a special interest in treating concussions. Katie is also interested in education and is a Certified Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Academy (APTA).

During her first year at VCU, she completed a sports residency where she worked on the sidelines with the VCU athletic trainers and served as a teaching assistant in the physical therapy department. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy. Katie is a member of the APTA, American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy, and Virginia Physical Therapy Association.

Katie received her undergraduate degrees in Biology and Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from VCU in 2019.