Stephen Young, MPT, OCS

Stephen Young, MPT, OCS

Stephen Young, PT, DPT, OCS, started Mountaineer Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in August of 2001. He has had the privilege of treating over 16,100 patients in the surrounding area and helping them recover and return their lives to normal. Dr. Young specializes in treating outpatient orthopedic and sports injuries, but being in a rural setting; he treats a multitude of movement dysfunctions. He is the only certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy in the area. Additionally, he is one of only approximately 15,000 physical therapists to be certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy (ABPTS) in orthopedics.

The certification demonstrates an advanced knowledge level of joint and muscle dysfunctions and clinical expertise. Dr. Young has an appointment as an adjunct clinical faculty member for West Virginia's Physical Therapy Program, where he has spent over 10,000 hours educating students in the last ten years. Additionally, he has received the Sandy L. Burkhart clinical instructor award in 2013 and has been a guest lecturer for civic, professional, and educational organizations. While working and building his practice, he received his Doctoral degree in physical therapy in 2013. He enjoys going to continuing education to further his knowledge in the profession he loves and has averaged over 100 hours of instruction each year since becoming a physical therapist in September of 2000. He feels lifelong learning is essential to being responsible for caring for the community.

Stephen is very active in all aspects of physical therapy, along with other organizations. He is the vice chair of the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. He is also a payer relations board member with the West Virginia Physical Therapy Association. Stephen also sits on the board of the Mid-American Rehab Network. 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. Locally, he sits on the board of the Summersville Rescue boat and is a founding member of the Summersville Rotary and the Summersville Youth Athletic Association.

Stephen lives in Summersville, WV, with his wife, Amy, son Connor, and their two dogs, Coal and River. When not busy, he enjoys being out in the woods hunting, fishing, or riding his side-by-side.

When asked about practicing locally for the last 21 years, Stephen says, "I feel I had a calling to stay here and take care of the community that helped make me who I am. I have enjoyed all the long hours and the calls later in the night because I feel I have made a difference." Mountaineer Physical Therapy does have a passion for caring, expertise for healing, and devotion to helping!

Amanda Neal, PTA

Amanda graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mountain State University in 2010. Prior to joining Mountaineer Physical Therapy, she has experience in SNF, inpatient and home health settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Collin and their two beautiful children, Adalyn (9) and Parker (4).

Whitney Hanshaw, PTA

Whitney was born and raised in Summersville WV. She attended Fairmont State/Pierpont Community and Technical College and graduated in 2011. She has experience in Skilled nursing facility and outpatient settings. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, fishing and riding her side by side with her husband Timmy. She also loves to spend time with her Yorkie, Mia.

Cole Taylor, PTA

Cole attended Fairmont State/ Pierpont Community and Technical College and graduated in 2022 with his Physical Therapist Assistant Associates degree. He has experience in outpatient/ nursing home settings. In his free time he enjoys hunting with his hounds and volunteering to referee for little league basketball.

Crystal Blankenship, PTA

Crystal attended New River CTC and graduated in 2015 with Associate of Applied Science. She has experience in outpatient orthopedics since graduating, but soon to be working with birth to three. Her in PT started after having PT in 8th grade for an ankle sprain. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her daughter.

Jaclyn Wood, PTA

Jaclyn attended The College of West Virginia, graduating in 2000 from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program. She has experience in a-cute care, long term care, and outpatient settings. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her family such as camping, hiking and biking with her 3 children and dog.

Abby Carpenter, PTA

Abby graduated from Fairmont State/ Pierpont Community and Technical College in 2022 with an Associates in Health Sciences/ Medical Administrating and Physical Therapist Assistant. She has experience in outpatient and Skilled nursing rehabilitation settings. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, playing xbox and playing with her dog, Frodo Puggins.

Wendy Malcomb, Office Manager

Wendy attended New River Community and Technical College with a certification in phlebotomy, Health Information Technology and Technical Studies. She has 20 plus years of office experience in healthcare and enjoys working with patients, insurances and billing.