Matthew Parker and Allison King

Matthew Parker and Allison King

Performance Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in LaFayette has two new employees.

Matt Gregory, head physical therapist at Performance, said the two new hires are natives to the area. He said it is good to have two area natives return to work in their home towns.

This also allows Performance to spend more time with each patient and not have to rush people through each treatment, Gregory said.

LaFayette native Matthew Parker, a physical therapist at Performance, graduated from LaFayette High School in 2008.

Parker attended North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in biology in 2012. During his undergraduate career, Parker was a resident assistant for a freshman dormitory and an orientation leader for NGCSU's incoming freshmen.

Parker continued his education at the University of North Georgia, where he earned doctorate in physical therapy in 2017 as well as receiving the Frank Fearon and Scot Irwin Award for Clinical Excellence.

Chickamauga native Allison King, a physical therapist assistant at Performance, graduated from Gordon Lee High School in 2011.

She attended Kennesaw State University and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science.

She continued her education in the physical therapist assistant program at Chattanooga State and graduated in May 2017. While in the PTA program, King completed clinical rotations in local acute care, inpatient, and orthopedic settings.

"We are excited to get these two, Matthew Parker and Allison King, back to join our staff here and are excited to get these two locals back in the area, so now we have several locals who have returned here after going off to school and they've came back to treat people in the area and get them moving better," Gregory said.

King began her career at Performance over the summer and said in this profession, you get to really know your patients as you spend time with each one during therapy sessions.

"It's really a rewarding job to get to know somebody and help them feel better. It is like the ultimate goal," King said. "Physical pain is something that can really inhibit and it can take things away from someone and keep them from doing the things they want to do. So our goal and our job is to get people back to feeling the best they can feel at that point in their lives.

"It's been really cool to come back into an area you grew up in because you know people. There is hardly a day that goes by that someone doesn't walk in and not one of us know. I've got to treat old teachers from high school and just people that I had gone to church with me that I haven't seen in forever," King said.

Parker said he loves being back in his hometown.

"I've treated coaches that I had in middle school and high school. I get to work with people that I played football with, so it means a lot to me because those people did a lot for me as I was growing up," Parker said.

"To me, I don't feel like I come to work every morning. I feel like I come somewhere for eight hours to help people get better," Parker said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.