Physical Therapy Staff
Keith E. Evans, MS, PT, DPT
For over two decades as a physical therapist, Dr. Keith E. Evans has been dedicated to serving the needs of others with his skills, ability and expertise in the challenging yet rewarding field of physical therapy. His desire to become a physical therapist began in high school but was solidified while undergoing rehabilitation for injuries received while playing college football at Missouri Western State University. A strong leadership base was developed at Missouri Western State University where he was the captain of the football team, vice president of the student government and involved in other campus organizations. After establishing a strong educational base with his exercise physiology studies at Missouri Western State University, Dr. Evans furthered his education by earning a professional degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1981. He continued his studies by obtaining a Master's Degree in Exercise physiology from Georgia State University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Alabama State University.
Dr. Keith E. Evans, a Missouri native, born and raised in Farmington and began practicing physical therapy in his home state in 1981 where he served as staff Therapist at Village Drive Physical Therapy in St. Joseph, Missouri and Physical Therapy Director at both Washington County Hospital in Potosi, Missouri and Lindell hospital in St. Louis Missouri. Later, he moved to Georgia and became the Director of Physical Therapy at a local Atlanta hospital. He opened his own private physical therapy and sports medicine practice in 1985 in a 1,000 square foot space leased in a small office complex in South Atlanta. After seven years in that location, he designed and expanded his facility to a 13,500 square foot stand alone building, adding a fitness center to provide the community with a total wellness center. Although his practice continues to grow, Dr. Evans remains committed to serving the physical therapy and fitness needs of the community under the name of Atlanta Human Performance Center.
Dr. Keith E. Evans is well respected among his peers. His rehabilitation services are often recommended to athletes from weekend warriors to professional athletes. The Atlanta Human Performance Residency Program is so highly sought after that, students from all across the nation request physical therapy rotations under his tutelage. He also takes the time to teach many of those same students about what is needed to establish a private practice. Dr. Evans' field expertise has led him to address groups of physicians, physical therapists, and exercise physiologist. He is also often contacted to speak to high school and college students and members of the general public on a variety of topics, ranging from motivation, injury rehabilitation and prevention to general fitness.
Dr. Keith E. Evans is a community leader. His company also sponsors Walking and Running Clubs and is a chosen provider by Medicare to provide exercise prescriptions for seniors through a program called Silver Sneakers. Dr. Evans is well known for his annual Fitness Extravaganza, which has become a south side tradition. It is a day of fitness education with activities that include a health fair, fitness evaluations and various aerobic activities. Dr. Evans, who is also a pilot, enjoys taking the time to expose young adults to the challenges and pleasures of aviation and provides free medical flights through the Angel Flight Organization. As a past member of the Board of Directors for Capital City Bank, Dr. Evans understands the importance of building a legacy to bank on and agrees that empowering our community is the way to accomplish this goal.
Clifford E. Sams, Jr., PT
Mr. Sams began his employment at AHPC in February 2011. He brings over 19 years experience to the AHPC Physical Therapy Department. He earned his Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. His special interests in physical therapy include home health rehabilitation with an emphasis on overcoming homebound barriers, orthopedic, neuro, amputee, and wound care skills, outpatient neck and back, orthopedic and sports related injuries. He has participated in Functional Restoration Programs consisting of pain management, industrial rehabilitation and support groups. His skills allow him to effectively evaluate and treat a wide range of conditions.
Phyllis M. Arnold, PTA
Physical Therapy Assistant
Mrs. Phyllis Arnold attended California State University in Bakersfield, California with an Athletic Scholarship in Women's High Jump with a personal record at 6'4-3/4". She was a member of the USA Track and Field Team and traveled in the US and Europe and retired in 1991. Mrs. Arnold received her Associate Degree in Applied Science with concentration in Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Austin Community College and obtained her Certificate in Neuromuscular Clinical and Sports Massage Therapy from Atlanta School of Massage. Mrs. Arnold contributes over 23 years of experience to the Atlanta Human Performance Center's Physical Therapy Department.
Markeisha Deathridge, BA, MS
Ms. Deathridge graduated from Hampton University and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She continued her education at Georgia State University and obtained her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology. She has contributed a significant amount of community volunteer work in Dance Choreography. Ms. Deathridge has also volunteered and dedicated many hours as a Physical Therapist Technician and Exercise Specialist. Ms. Markeisha Deathridge is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has been a member of our team since June of 2011.
Physical Therapist Technician
Ms. Karidza holds a Diploma in Medical Administrative Assistance with a secondary concentration and education in human anatomy. Ms. Karidza has been with AHPC since 2010 and contributes excellent care, etiquette, and good communication skills to our patients and staff. She provides the necessary assistance within the Physical Therapy Department to achieve efficient operations.
Terry Y. McGrady, BBA, Business Manager
The important job of Center management is entrusted to Ms. Terry McGrady who has been with the organization since 2000. Ms. McGrady received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with a specialty in Management from Saint Leo University. An experienced professional, Ms. McGrady's tenure reflects over two decades of Medical Office Management which include responsibilities with Atlanta Human Performance Center.
Telisha Phillips, BBA
Telisha Phillips holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and has over 10 years experience in Health Administration (and Medical Billing).
Beverly A. Perry
Ms. Perry began her employment at AHPC in February 2007. She brings over 20 years of experience in office administration and support services. Her interpersonal skills and diverse social service background enables her to effectively communicate and service clientele.