Our office is staffed with a group of talented and compassionate employees whose primary goal is to assist our patients with the administrative side of healthcare. Together, we strive to create a positive, caring environment from the moment you walk in our door to the day your physical therapy care is complete.

Physical Therapist in Charlottesville - Melinda Smith, Practice ManagerMelinda Smith, AAS, Practice Manager

Background:
Melinda Smith grew up in Greene County, Virginia and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Piedmont Virginia Community College with an Associate in Science, Accounting Degree in 2004.

She rapidly advanced within our practice to an office manager position, and gained promotion to her current position as practice manager.  As practice manager, she provides regulation oversight, operational efficiency, payroll services, statistical analysis, insurance billing and accounts payable, oversees budget and financial functions, and provides long-term strategic planning for the practice.

Melinda lives in Greene County with her husband Jeff and her many cats. Her son Daniel lives in Northern Virginia where he works in the defense industry. Melinda enjoys spending her free time with her family, working in her flower garden, and bird-watching.

Physical Therapy in Charlottesville - Lindsay Coiner, Physical Therapy Intern at Move Better Physical TherapyLindsay Coiner, BA, Receptionist

Background:
Lindsay has always considered herself a native of Charlottesville, having been raised in the neighboring Orange County, Virginia. She graduated from Orange County High School in 2008 and completed her Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Virginia in May of 2012.

While attending college, she was very involved as a research assistant to Associate Professor Dr. Diane Whaley, with a concentration on sport and exercise psychology. She also devoted much of her time to Relay For Life at UVA as an executive committee member and chairperson.

Lindsay has transitioned her role at Move Better from a physical therapy intern to our senior medical receptionist to provide oversight to all front-office administration functions including scheduling, ordering supplies, patient surveys and follow-up, insurance verifications, and patient account management. Her kind demeanor and pleasant rapport helps to guide our patients through the administrative side of receiving care at Move Better.

Charlottesville Physical Therapy -Carla Pugh, ReceptionistCarla Pugh, Receptionist

Background:
Carla is a native of the Charlottesville, Va area who loves spending time with her family and friends. She studied Business Administration at Radford University and Piedmont Community College. Prior to joining our team at Move Better, Carla spent the past five years working in human resources at a major local retailer.

Her current focus is providing our patients exceptional customer service while scheduling, collecting co-payments, and managing their patient accounts. Her positive attitude and friendly smile are strong assets for our practice. Carla’s favorite past times include watching her nephew’s T-ball and football games, cheering for UVA baseball games, and supporting Relay for Life events.

Tyler Drake, Physical Therapy Intern at Move Better Physical Therapy in Charlottesville, VirginiaTyler Drake, BS, Physical Therapy Intern

Background:
Tyler has lived in the Charlottesville area since the age of nine. If you ever stop by one of the beaches at Lake Monticello you may run into her! She graduated from Fluvanna County High School in 2010 and received her Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Exercise, Sport, and Health Science from Radford University in 2014.

While attending RU, Tyler was a member of the Women’s Soccer team and spent the majority of her time playing soccer and attending classes. During her free time Tyler loves to run or pick up a great book and read for hours.

While interning at Move Better she hopes to acquire a better understanding of the physical therapy field and prepare herself for graduate school to become a physical therapist in the future. She will help assist the physical therapists with non-patient care duties, support evidence-based research projects, help with front-office duties, and provide oversight to our fitness membership.