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.
Lauren Sok, MPT
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.
Jake Reynolds, PT, DPT, OCS
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 res
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
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
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
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.
Mary Kathleen Toner
Social Media Manager
Mary Kathleen received her BS in Journalism at Auburn University in Alabama. While in school, Mary Kathleen was part of the Auburn University Marching Band as a member of the drumline.
She first began her journey with Functionize as a patient for pelvic health, which is a topic she will gladly discuss with anyone who’s curious. Now, she enjoys serving as our in-house wordsmith and social media manager!
Mary Kathleen recently moved into a mid-century modern house in the historic neighborhood of Northcrest near Doraville. She and her husband, Brian, are slowly updating their home and will gladly take any advice or recommendations you may have regarding such a project! They have two dogs, Cotton and Burlap, and one cat, Knuckles.
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.
Brie Gibbs, Front Office Coordinator
Brie is an Atlanta transplant from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her background is primarily in childcare and she has 10+ years of experience in the field.
After discovering her passion for interacting with others on a deeper level, she joined the Functionize team as our front office coordinator. She enjoys being in a position that allows her to both cultivate individual relationships with each of our patients, as well as learn more about health/wellness.
Brie and her husband, Bennett, recently moved to Atlanta and are enjoying city life. Out of the office, Brie enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and reading. She will gladly take all of your book recommendations!
Casey Noble, Personal Trainer
A certified personal trainer since 2002, Casey has 17 years of experience that he employs to help individuals improve strength, body composition, athletic skills, and physical performance. From professional athletes to moms and dads to those coming back from injury, Casey has experience with people from all walks of life. With an approach to training based on current sports science and each clients unique requirements, he has had opportunities to work with many different ages and physical abilities.
His experience ranges from employment at big box gyms to directing athletic development for RCS Tennis Academy (now LifeTime Tennis), a U.S.T.A. regional training center in Alpharetta, Georgia. For the past five years, Casey has been training at Druid Hills Golf Club.
He spends his time outside of work raising his beautiful daughter and enjoys strength training/martial arts.
To schedule a time with Casey or to learn more, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 972-571-0602.
-National Academy of Sports Medicine (2013)
Advanced certifications in Corrective Exercise and Performance Enhancement
-FASTER Global Functional Training Expert (2015)
Advanced Functional Training
Rule the Kettlebell
Stop, Turn, Accelerate
-Gray Institute Certification in Applied Functional Science
-Functional Movement Screen
-ACE Sports Performance
-Escape CMT (Core Momentum Trainer)