YOUR REHABILITATION TEAM

Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy is an outpatient rehabilitation practice that specializes in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation as well as complete Physical Therapy services. As Certified Hand Therapists (CHT’s), our specialists have the highest levels of training in the profession for treating the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. As Physical Therapist we specialize in the treatment of a wide range of diagnoses to ensure restoration of function and quality of life. Our facilities are equipped to offer our patients an excellent opportunity to reach their optimal functional abilities.

To our patients, we commit to providing the most effective, clinically superior occupational therapy humanly possible at a fair price. The measure of our success will be found in the trust we build and in the hearts of those we heal.

To our employees, we commit to providing a positive, respectful, and fair work environment. We will invest in their professional growth to ensure a compassionate and knowledgeable team of professionals. The virtues of integrity, honesty, and loyalty will make up the moral fiber that bonds us.

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Donald Greg Pitts
OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Founder and Rehabilitation Director 

Greg Pitts is the founder and owner of Commonwealth Hand & Physical Therapy. He received his first degree, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, from Eastern Kentucky University in 1986. After graduation, Greg was commissioned an Officer in the U.S. Army where he served four years of active duty. From 1990 to 1996, Greg continued his military service as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. 

Greg received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from EKU in 1992 and immediately began practice in an outpatient orthopedic setting. Here he received extensive mentorship and training in hand therapy, ergonomics, and industrial rehabilitation. In 1995, Greg became the Clinical Director for On-Site Rehabilitation for Toyota Motor Manufacturing. 

In 1996, Greg accepted a position as the Director of Occupational Therapy for Dr. Ralph Herms, a well-known hand surgeon. He worked closely with many renowned hand and orthopedic surgeons and in 1997 became a Certified Hand Therapist. He went on to become the Hand Program Coordinator for Easter Seals Kentucky. During this time, Greg also served on the graduate faculty of EKU. He became a well-known lecturer in the areas of hand therapy, industrial rehabilitation, and ergonomics. He has authored/co-authored numerous book chapters and research articles which have been published in prestigious medical journals. 

In 2002, Greg reached another career goal when he opened Kentucky Hand & Physical Therapy in a small 700-square-foot basement office. The company quickly grew in size and reputation. KHPT included 5 stand-alone clinics and 2 satellite clinics and was a recognized leader in the performance of innovative and results-oriented rehabilitation in Central Kentucky. 

Greg is the current owner of four Commonwealth Hand & Physical Therapy private practices located in Lexington, Georgetown, and Berea Kentucky. The clinics focus on state-of-the-art care for traumatic hand injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, and total body pathologies that inhibit occupational Performance. Commonwealth Hand & Physical Therapy is a Regional Rehabilitation Center for Central and Eastern Kentucky. The clinic also provides training for up to 25 interns per year and active research with the University of Kentucky, Spalding University, and Eastern Kentucky University.

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Greg has received numerous awards and recognitions in his professional life, including Kentucky Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year for 1995-1996. Outstanding Alumnus EKU Occupational Therapy 2002, and Member of the Riordan Hand Society 2006. He has served as President of the Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association and American Hand Therapy Foundation Board of Directors.

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Hand Therapist; National Chair American Hand Therapy Foundation; Board of Directors hand therapy certification commission; American Society of Hand Therapists; American Occupational Therapy Association; American Association for Surgery of the Hand; Kentucky Occupational Therapy Association; Deep Physical Agent Modality Certification; Hand Therapy Certification Exam Committee 

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Greg’s home life is as exciting as his work life. He is a native of Berea, Kentucky. He lives in Lexington with his wife and six children (five girls and a boy) and is an active member of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Church. He enjoys outdoor activities, particularly hunting and fishing.

Certified Hand Therapist

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Kyle Mullins
OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Kyle has been at Commonwealth Hand & PT since its opening in 2017. He earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014. Since that time, Kyle has worked exclusively in hand therapy, developing extensive knowledge and skills in a wide range of upper extremity conditions. He earned his Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation in 2018. In 2022, he completed his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Spalding University. He is also certified in the use of Deep Physical Agent Modalities and has a DPAM supervisor designation. Kyle uses a variety of splinting and treatment techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients. He feels privileged to work with such a talented group of therapists. Outside the clinic, Kyle enjoys spending time with his wife and family, working on home projects, and following/attending Kentucky basketball and football. 

Anne Chambers
OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Anne is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist from Russellville, Kentucky. Anne received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Louisville in 2011 where she graduated Cum Laude and was also a member of the University of Louisville swim team from 2007-2011. She then earned her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2014, at which time she began working in outpatient hand therapy. Anne received her board certification in 2017 from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission. In 2022 she finished her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Spalding University. Her clinical interests include custom splinting, orthopedic injuries and conditions of the upper extremity, and post-surgical rehabilitation.

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Ryan Foister
MS, OTR/L, CHT

Ryan is a 2002 Occupational Therapy graduate from Eastern Kentucky University.  He has worked primarily in the arena of hand and upper extremity rehabilitation with traumatic and cumulative trauma cases for 16 years and a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) for 11 years.  Ryan has focused particularly in industrial rehabilitative services and is currently the lead hand therapist on site at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) acute care clinic, with clinical focus and training in the realm of Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs), ergonomic evaluations, post offer/pre-employment testing, job analyses and preventative programs.

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Hillary Klingel
OTD, OTR/L, CHT

Hillary is a 2017 Occupational Therapy graduate from Eastern Kentucky University. She graduated with a Bachelor's in Occupational Science and a Master's in Occupational Therapy. She is originally from Waldo, Ohio, but moved to Lexington to pursue a career in hand therapy rehabilitation. She obtained her board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist in 2021 and her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2022 from Spalding University. Her clinical interests include orthotic fabrication, cumulative trauma rehabilitation, and Peripheral Nerve injuries. Hillary enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, playing sports, and watching movies. Hillary chose to enter the field of Occupational Therapy because she enjoys helping people restore their independence, confidence, and quality of life.

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Luke Nolte
MS, OTR/L, CHT

Luke grew up in Goshen, Kentucky prior to moving to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky from 2011-2015.  Luke studied Special Education for Moderate and Severe Disorders during his undergraduate academic years. Following this experience, he attended Eastern Kentucky University earning his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018. Since graduating, Luke began his career path at Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy and obtained his hand therapy certification in 2021. In addition to this accomplishment, he has been active in the opening of two clinic branches within the company. Luke is currently the clinical manager at the Hamburg location. Luke’s clinical interests include fabricating orthotics, mentoring graduate students and new therapists, and assisting a wide variety of individuals reach their therapy goals. Outside of work, Luke enjoys playing golf and volleyball, waking up early to watch English Premier League soccer and cheering on the Cats.

Madison Cook
MS, OTR/L, CHT

Madison was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. Madison graduated from Spalding University with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in August of 2018. Madison wishes to continue studying under her mentors at Commonwealth Hand Therapy to become a board certified hand therapist.

Occupational Therapist

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Christian Gryszowka
OTD, OTR/L

Christian is originally from the Chicago area, but he loves living here in the Bluegrass State. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Christian received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in Louisville, KY, and went on to receive his Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2022. His passion for working with people and wellness can be traced to the early days of his life through his involvement in sports, social clubs, and true enjoyment of being able to be around people. Christian is passionate about wellness and making people feel good. Whether as president of his occupational therapy class or a part of a team, he likes getting people excited about the things he is excited about; especially if they can share a good laugh together! Outside of rehab, Christian is committed to continuing his education as a therapist as well as his journey of traveling, learning about cultures, and new life experiences. Christian is also looking to practice new language skills (he is a fluent/ native speaker in Polish).

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Lauren Ray
MS, OTR/L

Lauren is a native of eastern Kentucky who earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2018. Prior to obtaining her degree in Occupational Therapy, she gained a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of Pikeville in 2014. Lauren is currently an employee at our Hamburg location where she enjoys mentoring graduate students and customizing therapy plans to help individuals achieve success in everyday occupations. With the guidance of her mentors at Commonwealth, Lauren is currently studying to prepare for her specialty certification exam in hand therapy. Outside of work Lauren enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her basset hound, Oscar.

Jacob Boone
MS, OTR/L

Jacob is originally from Leitchfield, Ky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's in Exercise Science. While working in a rehabilitation hospital Jacob developed a passion for assisting people to regain their independence after a traumatic injury or illness. With that focus in mind, Jacob pursued his master's in Occupational Therapy at EKU. Jacob is now working diligently under the guidance of his mentors to become a Certified Hand Therapist.

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Ashley McCowan
MS, OTR/L

Ashley is originally from London, Ky. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science in 2019 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in August of 2021. Ashley has been interested in hands since her junior year in college and is excited to get to work and learn from such a talented group of therapists. In her free time, Ashley likes to go to the gym, bake, and spend time with her puppy, Daisy.

Jamie King
MS, OTR/L

Jamie is originally from Corbin, KY. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 with a bachelor’s in Occupational Science then in 2017 received a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy. Jamie is excited to learn and grow as a therapist under the gifted mentorship of the Commonwealth team and aspires to be a Certified Hand Therapist. Outside of the clinic, you can find Jamie exploring the local community with her mini Aussie, Duke.

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Elizabeth Able
MS, OTR/L

Lizzie is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She attended Eastern Kentucky University and received her bachelor’s degree in Occupational Science in 2019 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in July of 2022. Lizzie is excited to be a part of the Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy team and aspires to become a Certified Hand Therapist. Outside of work, Lizzie likes to read, bake, hike, or relax at home with her husband, Cody, and two cats, Dottie and Rupert.

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Matthew L. Baumann
DSc, MS, OTR/L, CSCS
 

Matthew is a passionate and proficient clinician who joined the Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy team after serving on active duty in the United States Army as an occupational therapist for 8 years. In 2010, Matthew graduated Cum Laude from Bellarmine University with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, where he was also a member of the men’s soccer team from 2006-2010. Matthew then went on to earn a Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Spalding University in 2014, and a Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Baylor University in 2016. Matthew is highly experienced at researching, designing, and delivering holistic health and wellness programming to accommodate an array of adult learning styles and abilities. During his time in service, Matthew worked in a variety of treatment settings and was recognized by the U.S. Military as a subject matter expert and leader in the areas of human performance optimization, injury prevention/risk mitigation, and upper extremity neuro-musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Matthew has published in four different peer-reviewed journals (including the Journal of Hand Therapy), and presented to advanced practicing providers at the national, state, and local level. Matthew’s work was recognized for the “Best Research Paper of the Year” award at the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) Annual Conference in 2018 and the U.S. Army Medical Specialist Corps Mary Lipscomb Hamrick Best Research Manuscript Award in 2019. Outside of clinical work, Matthew has instructed three separate post-professional doctoral courses to two cohorts of doctoral fellows and he has earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) advanced certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Matthew is currently working with his mentors at Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy to become a Certified Hand Therapist and sit for the board exam this calendar year. Matthew chose to become an occupational therapist because he loves helping others optimize individual function, mitigate/prevent further injury, and accelerate return to duty post-injury. Outside of the clinic, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife (Sarah) and two children (Margot and Leo). He is an avid soccer fan and also serves as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Physical Therapist

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Chad Hamilton, DPT
PT Program Director

Chad is a Physical Therapist and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from Owensboro, KY.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Exercise Science in 2010 and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2014.  He has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics for over 5 years and his clinical interests include injuries of the spine, shoulder, and upper extremity injuries, lower extremities, vestibular dysfunction, TMJ dysfunction, and dry needling.  Chad obtained his Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) in 2019 from the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments (IAMT).  Outside of the clinic he enjoys hiking, traveling, watching sports, playing with his dog Leo, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Alex Vaughan
PT, DPT

Alex Vaughan PT, DPT has joined our team as a staff physical therapist. He graduated in 2016 from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor's in Kinesiology and Exercise Science with a business minor and in 2019 graduated from the University of Evansville Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Alex has experience treating musculoskeletal conditions related to the shoulder, spine, hip, knee, foot, and ankle as well as a passion for neurologic conditions, neuroplasticity, and the therapeutic neuroscience of pain. He believes in making meaningful changes by putting people first and looks forward to solving problems from head to toe at Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy.

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Josh Hayden
PT, DPT

Josh is originally from Owensboro, KY. He received his bachelor's in kinesiology from the University of Kentucky in 2015. He then went on to attend the University of Evansville where he completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019. Josh enjoys treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions and has worked with his professors to publish several research papers in the sports medicine field. Josh is certified in functional dry needling and ASTYM therapy. Outside of the clinic, he enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats in football and basketball.

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Isaac Buck
PT, DPT

Isaac is a physical therapist originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated from Centre College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 2018, he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western Kentucky University. He has three years of experience in both outpatient and school-based physical therapy settings. He treats a variety of musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions and most enjoys seeing pediatric, geriatric, and vestibular patients. He is certified in dry needling. Outside of physical therapy, Isaac enjoys hiking, traveling,

photography, cooking, watching Kentucky basketball and football and playing with his dog Zoe.

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John Wright Polk IV
DPT, OCS

John Wright is a Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist originally from Somerset, KY. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a degree in Biology and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2014. John Wright has also completed an orthopedic residency program to receive his OCS in 2017. He has been practicing for 8 years specializing in orthopedics, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, pain science, sports rehab, amputee rehabilitation, vestibular dysfunction, and dry needling. John Wright is married to his wife Kaylie, with 2 children, and enjoys spending time with them most of all. In his free time he enjoys cheering on the Cats, hiking, fishing, reading, and serving his Georgetown community.

Tim Uhl
PT, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Tim Uhl, PT, PhD, ATC, FNATA has been practicing physical therapy and athletic training since 1985 in various sport medicine settings.  Tim received his Bachelors of Health Science from the University of Kentucky in Physical Therapy.  He practiced physical therapy at the Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center and served as Head Athletic Trainer at Transylvania University until 1988.  He pursued his Masters’ Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan.  At Michigan, he worked with the UM Football team under Coach Bo Shembechler, where working toward a team goal is emphasized.  Tim served both on the staff and as the director of outpatient physical therapy at the Human Performance and Rehabilitation Centers in Columbus, GA.  This rehabilitation center served 18 orthopedic surgeons and the Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital. Founded by Jack Hughston, MD, this was the first sports medicine hospital built in the United States.  Under Hall of Fame Athletic Trainer Joe Gieck, and Hall of Fame Orthopedic Upper Extremity surgeon Dr. Frank McCue, Tim completed his Doctorate in Sports Medicine (PhD) from the University of Virginia in 1998. His studies were focused on shoulder motor control theory.  Dr. Uhl is currently a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Athletic Training and Director of the Musculoskeletal Laboratory at The University of Kentucky.  He works clinically at Commonwealth Hand Therapy as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. He enjoys treating patients with upper extremity traumatic and overuse injuries.

 

Tim’s clinical and research interests are in musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation, with particular interests in neuromuscular control and shoulder function.  He has secured funding for his research in the area of scapular kinematics and shoulder rehabilitation from private industry and non-profit organizations.  He has over 120 PubMed peer-reviewed publications.

 

Here is a link to his publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1TywvgnOhMKkv/bibliography/48571273/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

 

Tim is active member of the Sport Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association; he also a past-president of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. Tim is one of five physical therapists in the United States that is an affiliate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons society since 2004. He is currently the co-leader in creating Clinical Practice Guideline for Shoulder Instability for The American Physical Therapy Association and was co-author of “Shoulder Pain and Mobility Deficits: Adhesive Capsulitis” J Orthop Sports Phy Ther 43(5):A1-A31, 2013

Brett Lemmons
PT, DPT, COMT, OCS, CDNT 

Brett Lemmons is a physical therapist and clinical educator originally from Henderson, KY.  He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with a degree in Biology and received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2010.  Brett is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through both Maitland Australian Seminars and the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments.  He has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) since 2015 and a Certified Dry Needling Therapist (CDNT) since 2017.   He is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association and has been practicing for 12 years living in Nashville, Louisville, and Lexington.  Brett is motivated by clinical mentoring and teaching with an emphasis on higher-level clinical reasoning.  He specializes in the treatment of all orthopedic conditions including vestibular and craniofacial disorders.  Brett is married to his wife Ragan and has 3 children.  When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, listening to podcasts, and cheering on the Cats!

Dan Ryan
PT, DPT

Dan earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree (DPT) from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY in 2020 where he also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. Before coming to Commonwealth Hand and Physical Therapy, Dan worked as a therapist in a sports medicine outpatient clinic. He has worked with several musculoskeletal conditions including TMJ, cervical, low back pain, joint replacements, vestibular, and chronic pain, and has worked with athletes of all ages. Dan is also certified in Dry Needling and in SFMA. He believes in providing a custom treatment program to each person based on their needs and goals. In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing ice hockey, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, woodworking, flint knapping, playing guitar, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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Eliza Waller
PT, DPT

Eliza is a Physical Therapist from Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science and minors in Psychology and Counseling. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 2022. Under the expert guidance of her mentors at Commonwealth Hand & Physical Therapy, Eliza is currently pursuing her board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and sweet pup, Millie.

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Lauren Day
PT, DPT, COMT

Lauren is a staff physical therapist and Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from Louisville, KY.  She graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Biology in 2011 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky in 2014.  She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics for over 8 years and her clinical interests include orthopedics, vestibular dysfunction, TMJ disorders, and dry needling.  Lauren obtained her

Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT) in 2017 and her Certified Dry Needling Therapist (CDNT) in 2019 from the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments

(IAMT). 

 

She has considerable training in upper and lower extremity conditions, spine disorders, craniofacial pain, dry needling, and vestibular dysfunction. Lauren has a passion for improving the quality of people’s lives by helping them to get out of pain and achieve their goals. Lauren is married to her husband, Chris, with 2 bonus daughters. Outside of the clinic she enjoys traveling, water sports, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.