Stephen Young, MPT, OCS
Stephen Young, MPT, OCS started Mountaineer Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in August of 2001. He has had the privilege of treating thousands of patients and helping them recover and return their lives to normal. Stephen specializes in treating outpatient orthopedic and sports injuries. He is the only certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in the area. Additionally, he is one of only approximately 3000 to be certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy (ABPTS) in orthopedics. The certification demonstrates both an advanced level of knowledge about joint and muscle problems and clinical expertise about how to correct them. Recently, Stephen accepted an appointment as a clinical faculty member for West Virginia's Physical Therapy Program. Currently, he is also pursuing his Doctoral degree in physical therapy as well as an advanced certification in manual therapy.
Stephen was the Valedictorian of Richwood high school in 1992. He then received his Master of Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University in 2000 and 1996 respectively. Stephen currently resides in Summersville with his wife, Amy. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, West Virginia Physical Therapy Association, American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, and American College of Sports Medicine.
"Physical Therapy consists of addressing the underlying cause of a person's injury or condition and educating him or her on the correction and prevention of recurrence," says Stephen, who believes in taking a proactive approach to reducing pain and increasing function in his patients.
Crystal Blankenship, PTA
Crystal is a physical therapist assistant here at Mountaineer Physical Therapy. She has 2 years experience in the PT field including orthopedic injuries. She first became interested in physical therapy after sustaining a knee injury in high school that required surgery and PT to recover. She has an Associates of Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting from New River Community and Technical College. She earned her PTA license in 2015 after passing the board exam.
Jaclyn Wood, PTA
Jaclyn joined the team at Mountaineer Physical Therapy in 2014. She graduated from the College of WV with and Associates in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant in 2000. She has 17 years of experience in the field of physical therapy which include outpatient, acute care, geriatrics/long term care, and management. She resides in Summersville with her husband and two young sons and enjoys many of the outdoor activities this area has to offer.
Talicia Kaylor, PTA
Talicia studied at Mountain State University in Beckley from 2006-2008. She earned her Associate Degree for PT assistant in 2008 and began her career with Mountaineer PT. She has worked in both a SNF and out-patient facilities for 9 years and has recently returned to Mountaineer PT. Within this time her family has grown. She and her husband, Delt of 10 years, proudly have a daughter Emma, a son Easton and nephew Brantlee. The Kaylor family reside on a small farm in Fayette county where they also raise pigs and chickens. Talicia is a proud mother, wife and PTA, and happy to be a member of the MPT team and to provide physical therapy services to our local community.
Taisha Hayhurst, CMAA, CEHRS
Taisha joined Mountaineer Physical Therapy in July of 2015. She currently has 4 years of insurance billing experience. In January 2016 she received her career certification in Medical Administrative Assisting. Taisha and her husband Josh are proud parents of an 11 year old daughter, Makenzie. The Hayhurst family currently live in Cowen, WV an are active members at Gauley Mills Church in Camden. Taisha feels that God lead her to this position at MPT and she hopes to serve Him and the patients at MPT with the best of her ability.