(770) 297-1700
(770) 297-1702
1296 Sims Street, Suite A
Gainesville, GA 30501
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Our Staff

The Gainesville Physical Therapy team has one goal: providing you with effective and successful rehabilitation. We give you personal attention on every visit to ensure a continuity of care and to offer support and encouragement in your recovery. Our staff works closely with you and your physician to create a program that is specifically tailored to your needs. We know that "one size does not fit all," so we take into consideration your age, physical condition, pain level, range of motion and the nature of your injury to set realistic goals for your rehabilitation. Our front office and therapists then work closely with you as you go through the recovery process. We serve as both coach and cheerleader for you to achieve winning results.


Vicki Sims, PT, CHT

Co-Director, Physical Therapist, & Certified Hand Therapist 


Vicki Sims, PT, CHT is a 1976 graduate of Georgia State University. She has practiced in the Gainesville, Georgia community since graduating. She is Clinical Co-Director of Gainesville Physical Therapy. She served as Director of Physical Therapy at Lanier Park Regional Hospital for nine years. Her clinical specialties include evaluation and treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and low back pain, hand therapy (Certified Hand Therapist) and orthopedic manual therapy.

Vicki is active in research and has co-authored four clinical papers on the sacroiliac joint. In addition to her practice, since 1994 she has been teaching continuing education courses including "The Evaluation and Treatment of Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction." Vicki had the distinction of being invited to speak at the 1995 International Conference on Sacroiliac Joint and Low Back Pain in San Diego, California.

Vicki co-authored three articles for publication and was invited to present at the 5th World Congress on Lower Back and Pelvic Pain in Melbourne, Australia in 2004. She has also written "The Definitive Book on the Treatment of SI Joint Dysfunction."


Jeff Skorput, PT

Co-Director & Physical Therapist


Jeff Skorput, PT is a 1977 graduate of The University of Vermont. Jeff has practiced orthopedic physical therapy since 1977, and with Gainesville Physical Therapy since 1987. He completed his certificate program in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 1984. He teaches continuing education courses on the topic of Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Evaluation and Treatment. His clinical specialties include evaluation and treatment of sacroliac joint dysfunction, sports injury rehabilitation, treatment of TMJ disorders, and orthopedic manual therapy.


Joanne Hamilton, PT

Co-Director & Physical Therapist


Joanne Hamilton, PT is a 1978 graduate of West Virginia University. Joanne has practiced in Gainesville since 1981. She was the National Director of Occupational Health Services for Physiotherapy Associates from 1994-1999. She has given national presentations on various topics including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Validity Testing, Management of Injured Workers, and Work Site Assessments.

Her clinical specialties include, pre and post operative spinal rehabilitation, pre and post operative total joint rehabilitation, functional capacity evaluation, work conditioning programs, industrial education programs, and impairment ratings in accordance with AMA's Guides, Arthritis Foundation self-help course instructor, and orthopedic manual medicine.


Kristen Basinger, PT, CHT

Physical Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist


Kristen Basinger, PT, CHT is a 1995 graduate of St. Louis University. Kristen has practiced physical therapy in Gainesville since 1995. Her clinical specialties include hand therapy (Certified Hand Therapist), orthopedic manual therapy, treatment of lymphedema and dry needling.



Darren Hilchie, PT

Physical Therapist


Darren has been with Gainesville Physical Therapy for 6 years. He graduated from North Georgia College and State University in 2007.


Ree Hyatt, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant 


Ree has been involved in physical therapy for over 36 years. He worked as a physical therapy specialist in the U.S. Army from 1977 to 1980. He also worked as a technician in acute care at Lanier Park Hospital from 1980-1987. Ree has been at Gainesville Physical Therapy since 1987. In 2004, he got his Associates Degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) at Athens Technical College. He specializes in hand treatment and the custom fabrication splints. 



Sarah Edwards, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant


Sarah has been with Gainesville Physical Therapy since 2004. She grew up in Athens, GA and graduated from Athens Technical College in 2004. She currently lives in Jefferson, GA with her two children and dogs. Sarah actively participates with cub scouts and enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and swimming. Specialties include treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and the restorative disc program.