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Functionize Health and Physical Therapy seeks to promote a more knowledgeable and healthier community where access to a high quality of care and maximizing one’s functional well-being is the top priority.

Why are we different?

We see treatment differently at Functionize Health and Physical Therapy.  We feel that our hands are our most effective tool.  Rather than rely primarily on modalities and exercise, we prefer a hands-on approach where we can feel and treat your problems. Providing you with individualized exercises that you can then complete at home will reinforce your treatment.  You can expect to receive extensive one-on-one hands-on treatment followed by instruction or review of functionally based exercises.  Time for questions and discussion is also allotted.  Through this approach, our clients can achieve better results in a much faster time period.

When you consider the time savings of fewer trips to the clinic and the value of resolving your problems more quickly than average, you are truly getting the “biggest bang for your buck” at Functionize Health and Physical Therapy.

Our Team

Lauren Sok, MPT, Owner of Functionize Health & Physical Therapy

Lauren Sok, MPT
Physical Therapist/Owner

Lauren has a Masters in Physical Therapy and is an experienced Manual Therapist. She founded Functionize Health and Physical Therapy out of a need for a higher standard of physical therapy care where the focus is on treating the whole person through their life span, rather than treating one injury at a time.

A native Pennsylvanian, Lauren obtained a Masters in Physical Therapy and a BS in Health Sciences from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2000.

During her career, Lauren has specialized in diverse Manual Therapy techniques. She strengthened her skills through Continuing Education courses and has trained with many experts in the field. Through years of experience, Lauren has refined and broadened her Manual Therapy skills for fast, effective results. In addition to her extensive background in Manual Therapy, Lauren is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Trigger Point Dry Needling, Women’s Health, and Stott Pilates. This broad background allows for a comprehensive approach to treating injuries.

Lauren lives with her husband and 3 children in Dunwoody, GA. She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Jake Reynolds, Physical Therapist

Jake Reynolds, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist

Jake earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Mercer University after graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. Following the completion of his doctorate program, he completed a clinical residency in orthopedic physical therapy at Mercer University as well.

Jake holds memberships with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).

Jake’s expertise in athletic and sport performance rehabilitation can be traced back to his own background as a 4-year member and team captain of the University of Alabama Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving program. Jake has 20+ years of experience in swimming, which includes beginner and elite level training, competing, coaching, and stroke analysis. Jake’s orthopedic clinical residency focused on advanced clinical reasoning, pain science education, movement analysis, and manual therapy. His combined athletic qualifications and educational training are what drives his passion in helping individuals from all athletic backgrounds and experiences attain their goals.

Outside of work, Jake is an avid runner, swimmer, and overall workout enthusiast. Leisurely, Jake enjoys trying new restaurants around Atlanta and listening to podcasts.

Sarah Terpin PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

A native of Oregon, Sarah completed her undergraduate
studies at the University of Oregon, and graduated with her
Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in
2008. She relocated to Atlanta early in 2019 and is excited to join
Functionize Health and Physical Therapy.

Although strong manual treatment skills are the backbone
of her practice, Sarah’s approach emphasizes a whole-body
perspective to patient recovery and focuses on the benefits of
healthy movement during the rehabilitation process and transition
back to normal life. She finds great satisfaction in working with
patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and
physical abilities, acting as an advocate for health in all aspects of
their lives.

Additionally, through her work with concussion treatment in
younger athletes and automobile accident patients, Sarah began
work in vestibular rehabilitation (the treatment of dysfunctions of
the inner ear). Over the last several years she has had the unique
experience of working with some of the leading experts in the field
to refine her skills, and enjoys helping these patients reclaim their
lives.

Outside the clinic, Sarah can be found spending time with
her partner Roscoe, relaxing with coffee or a good book, and
gathering friends together for delicious meals. She is passionate
about all things outdoors, and looks forward to exploring all the
wild places Georgia has to offer.

Remi McRae
Front Office Manager

Remi received her BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. While in school, Remi participated in clubs, intramurals, and a sports medicine program that traveled to Australia in May of 2016.

She is currently applying to graduate programs in pursuit of a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Since starting at Functionize Health & Physical Therapy, she has become interested in the field of pelvic health and hopes to specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation one day.

Remi lives in Old Fourth Ward with her Holland Lop bunny, Jax. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, listening to records, and kickboxing.

Amanda Martin, Pilates Instructor

Amanda Martin
Pilates Instructor

Amanda is a veteran Pilates instructor and dancer.  She holds a BFA in Dance from Florida State University.  She is certified in Pilates through the Kane School of Core Integration (NYC) which offers a unique approach to realignment through proper biomechanics and manual touch. Her teaching offers clients an opportunity to explore their movement habits and restore balance.

She is also certified in GYROKINESIS® instruction. Through these two methods, her teaching philosophy pulls from her diverse dance and fitness backgrounds to provide an educational and creative movement experience.

While she specializes in Pre- and Post-natal fitness, nothing compares to the education she has received these last 18 months as a new mama.

 

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Allyson Balzuweit, Dietician

Allyson Balzuweit, MPH, RDN/LD

Allyson has 20 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, working in a variety of settings providing nutrition counseling and education to individuals and groups with a multitude of nutrition needs. She enjoys helping others embrace a healthy and realistic approach to eating through a positive and solution based approach.

Allyson received a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 1996.  After completing her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, she relocated to the Washington DC area, where she began working as a clinical dietitian, and eventually transitioned to outpatient counseling for several years. She is certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent weight management.

Allyson has Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University, and became a consultant for a non-profit organization that was committed to providing access to high quality health care to all individuals.

After moving to Atlanta in 2005, Allyson has worked with private clients with a variety of nutrition related health issues, consulted for local fitness clubs, and has spent the last 5 years in public health, specifically focusing on patients with HIV and compromised immune status.

Allyson lives in Smyrna, GA with her husband, 3 children and her newly adopted black lab.  She enjoys running, cooking, and family time.

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