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.
Merci Ortenzi Treaster PT, DPT
A native of Georgia, Merci obtained her Doctorate of Physical therapy at Mercer University and a BS in Health Sciences from Georgia State University.
Merci began her pelvic floor training at Women First Rehabilitation and has received continuing education with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute. In addition to her training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Merci is also certified in trigger point dry needling. Merci completed her clinical training at Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy, Northeast Atlanta Rehabilitation, and Women First Rehabilitation. She fell in love with the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation after witnessing patients succeed after numerous unsuccessful interventions. She has had experience working with patients recovering from musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, joint replacement surgery, neuromuscular disorders, as well as patients with pelvic floor disorders. Merci is passionate about the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation and strives to incorporate the latest evidence into the treatment of her patients. She is a member of the APTA section on Women’s Health.
Merci lives with her husband, son, and labradoodle in Decatur, GA. She enjoys running with her dog around Piedmont Park and the Beltline, practicing yoga, traveling, and playing tennis.
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.
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 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.
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.