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Physical Therapy

Improving Your Condition

Contact Us

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, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, iontophoresis and phonophoresis. Our equipment includes highly specialized rehabilitation machines.

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

Bob Izzo, PT, D.P.T., Cert MDT
Bob has worked at VCU Sports Medicine since it opened in 2000. His clinical practice includes treating patients with orthopedic and sports related injuries. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine through the McKenzie Institute USA. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Physical Therapy and holds an Advanced Clinical Instructor Certification through the A.P.T.A. Bob served for four years on The State Board of Physical Therapy.

Bob received his undergraduate degree in 1976 from Virginia Commonwealth University, his PT degree in 1981 from Old Dominion University, and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2007 from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ashley Harwood, PT, D.P.T.
Ashley joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in 2012. Ashley enjoys treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, with focus on the degenerative and post-operative hip, overhead athletes, and performing artists. She also enjoys guiding patients with ACL reconstructions from the immediate post-operative phase to the return to their sport or hobby, and in ACL prevention through specific exercises.

Prior to arriving at VCU, Ashley worked in a private orthopedic clinic for 7 years and worked closely with the Richmond Ballet, providing PT services to the professional company. In preparation for this role, she received extensive training at NYU’s Harkness Center for Dance Medicine in New York City. Ashley has worked very closely with the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography in providing screenings and injury prevention to the dance majors. Ashley is the volunteer coordinator for the clinic and enjoys sharing the field of physical therapy with VCU’s undergraduate students. She is also a Clinical Instructor for the VCU Department of Physical Therapy.

Ashley received her undergraduate degree from VCU in 2002 and her D.P.T. degree from VCU in 2005.

Liz Trinchere Brown, PT, D.P.T
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 orthopedic conditions, with special interest in shoulder and lower extremity injuries.

During her first year with VCU, Liz completed a year-long Sports Physical Therapy Residency program which provided her additional opportunities to work along-side the VCU Athletic Training staff and to serve as a teaching assistant with the VCU Physical Therapy School. She has been trained in performing running gait analyses in the VCU RUN LAB and in performing biomechanical foot evaluations with casting for custom orthotics. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Sport Section.

Liz received her undergraduate degree in 2013 from Virginia Tech, where she played Division I volleyball. She earned her DPT in 2016 from VCU.

Hillary L. Tiller, PT, DPT, OCS

Hillary joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in March of 2017. She enjoys treating all orthopaedic conditions with a special interest in treating lower extremity injuries. She also works in the VCU RUN lab doing 3D gait analysis for runners 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 performs 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.

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

Mark Haith, PT, D.P.T., 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 orthopedic conditions, with a special interest in treating lower extremity injuries. Mark has board certification through the APTA as a Clinical Orthopedic Specialist, which he obtained in 2013.  He has also completed advanced training in orthopedic manual therapy through the Virginia Orthopedic 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.

Chad Taylor, PT, D.P.T., SCS, 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 Board Certified in Sports 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 orthopedics. Chad serves as the Director of the VCU Sports Residency program. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and its Sports Section.

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.

Clay Rainie, PT, D.P.T
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. In the past, Clay has also enjoyed volunteering through the CARES pro bono physical therapy clinic in Richmond, and Camp Bruce McCoy (hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Virginia) in Chesapeake. 

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

Annie Cohen, PT, DPT
Annie joined VCU Sports Medicine Physical Therapy in 2017 after working with orthopedic and neurology patients since 2006. She enjoys treating all orthopedic conditions including post-op recovery, joint disease, and muscle injury. She is certified in BIG treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and has experience working with patients with Multiple Sclerosis.  

Annie competed for the University of Virginia Varsity Swim Team as an undergraduate and extended her athletic career in the sport of Triathlon. She now enjoys endurance challenges, including keeping up with her growing family.

Annie is an alumni of University of Virginia and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from VCU in 2006.