Our Approach
Canton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation is a private physical therapy practice that focuses on providing quality, individualized patient care. We are community oriented and pride ourselves in providing one-on-one attention and treatment plans to match each patient’s goals. Our staff consists of highly trained and credentialed healthcare professionals who are compassionate and eager to help you reach your full potential!

Our Mission
Serving our community by enhancing health and quality of life through individualized treatment, exercise, education, and hands on care.

Our Goals

  • Quality care
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Patient trust and relationship development
  • Community service

Our Story
Judy Rossi founded the Canton Institute for Physical Therapy (CIPT) in 2006. After successfully serving Canton, GA for 10 years, she was ready to expand her practice. She brought on Daniel Tari to assist her team in further developing the orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation programs. Together, they have rebranded the practice, and CIPT has become Canton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation.

  • Growth and vision

Our Team

Judy Rossi, PT

In June 2006, Judy was proud to open Canton Institute for Physical Therapy, finally realizing her dream of clinic ownership. Previously, she had been the director of a successful clinic in Woodstock, Georgia. As a clinic owner, she had the opportunity to treat her patients with the number one goal of offering quality, individualized care in a friendly, personalized environment. Her hope is to be a facilitator in helping her patients achieve their maximum attainable function through the use of a personalized exercise program, hands on manual therapy, and the use of various modalities to speed the healing process.

Judy graduated from California State University at Long Beach in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Through her 30 years of practice, she has furthered her education with innumerable continuing education classes primarily focused in orthopaedics and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Judy’s clinical interests include trigger point dry needling and trigger point release, soft tissue mobilization, post-operative treatment, kinesiology taping, treatment of vertigo and fall prevention. Judy is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG) and is clinical instructor for the University of North Georgia physical therapy students and for Lanier Technical College physical therapist assistant students.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dining out, ballroom dancing, travel, working out at the gym and spending time with her husband Matt, their six adult sons and two grandsons.

Daniel Tari, PT, DPT, OCS

Daniel received his Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Health Science from Kennesaw State University in 2012, where he played ice hockey for the Owls. In Fall 2014, he was awarded the Georgia Physical Therapy Education & Research Foundation Scholarship at Mercer University. Daniel received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mercer University and was the recipient of the Merit Award for his class in 2015. Following PT school, he completed Mercer University’s Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program in 2016. Following completion of the residency program, Daniel joined Canton PT and Sports Rehab

Daniel’s clinical interests and specialties include orthopaedics, sports rehab/injuries, dry needling and trigger point release, spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, postoperative treatment, movement analysis, kinesiology taping, and injury prevention and wellness.

Daniel is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), and he is Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia (PTAG), and he is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. Daniel and his wife, Jessica, live in Canton, GA with their daughter, Tessa, and dog. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys coaching hockey for Kennesaw State, playing golf, kayaking, and watching the Toronto Maple Leafs and Georgia Bulldogs.

Jessica Stokkeland, PTA

Jess attended Kennesaw State University for 4 years studying Biology before graduating from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Chattahoochee Technical College in December 2012. She joined Canton PT and Sports Rehab in March 2013. Her clinical interests include orthopedics, musculoskeletal dysfunctions, kinesiology taping, post-operative treatment, and injury prevention and wellness.

Jess and her husband, Justin, live in Woodstock with their son, Landon. They are expecting their second child in September 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring with her family, reading, and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.

James Walker – Front Office Coordinator

James Walker, a native of Smyrna Georgia, has been a member of Canton Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab for nearly three years, working in the capacity of Customer Service and Front Office Coordination. Prior to joining the CPTSR team, he garnered customer service and administrative experience for 10 years as a Paralegal in various occupations in the legal field; he has applied years of customer relations and problem solving to the world of physical therapy, and relishes his position as the ‘front line guy.’ From insurance verification to simply greeting new and current patients, James is proud to be one of the many faces of CPTSR.

He currently resides in Canton with his wife Samantha, daughter Audri, and exchange student Zishan Su, where he pursues fitness and music in his spare time.

Miranda Hassan, PTA

Miranda attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. After graduation, she became a Certified Personal Trainer, discovering her love for anatomy and physiology. She then decided to return to school to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Athens Technical College in 2010. Since graduation she has worked in Out Patient settings as well as Assisted Living Facilities as a Rehab Manager. Her clinical interests include orthopedics, sports rehab, post-operative treatment, soft tissue mobilizations, myofascial release, wellness, injury prevention, and balance disorders of the aging population.

Miranda and her husband, Zach, live in Woodstock with their daugther, Elleigh, 2 dogs, and cat. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, going on walks, time at the pool, and taking Pure Barre and Pilates classes. Watching sports is a huge part of her home life, and her favorite teams are the Georgia Bulldogs, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Braves and Golden State Warriors.

Yajaira Haygood

Yajaira graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2017 with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Pursuing a career in physical therapy, she came to CPTSR for observation hours, and she is now the full time PT aide.

In her spare time, Yajaira and her husband, Dylan, enjoy hiking and lake adventures with their dog and friends, traveling and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There’s no better season than football season, Rise Up!

James Partida, LMT,CMT

James Partida has had over 20 years of experience as a massage therapist. He was the team massage therapist for the NHL Anaheim Ducks for 12 seasons and was also a part of the 2007 Stanley Cup team. He and has worked alongside Physical Therapists, Orthopaedists, Athletic Trainers, and Acupuncturists. Starting his career as a practitioner of Shiatsu-anma therapy (acupressure), James moved on to sports medicine at Pacific College of Southern California. He obtained a diploma in Myotherapy/Physical Medicine Asst. He also was an instructor of massage therapy, teaching various styles and methods.

He believes in establishing a strong professional relationship by listening to the needs of the client as well as providing education for long lasting results. James brings the same model he used in Professional Sports. Integrating massage techniques and active body movements to provide optimal health to his clients. Some of successful practices are ART(active release techniques) or fascial work, cupping techniques, stretching and exercise techniques during the session as well as many other forms and styles of massage therapy. James customizes each session to his clients strengths and needs and actively discovers which methods work for his clients.

James and his wife Kathleen recently relocated from California to Woodstock, Georgia. They have 4 children and three grandchildren. James belongs to the AMTA, is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Georgia. James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Canton Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation and looks forward to providing long term solutions for his clients.

Bethany Wheeler, MS, RD, LD

Bethany is a registered and licensed dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition, body image, and eating disorders/disordered eating. She received her Bachelors of Science in Dietetics from the University of Georgia as well as a Masters of Science in Applied Exercise and Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from Kennesaw State University. She is a former distance runner and dancer, and has personal experience of how nutrition and having a healthy relationship with food and the body can impact sport performance.

Prior to opening her private practice, Bethany worked at Kennesaw State University (KSU) for almost 7 years where she was a founding member of the university’s eating disorder treatment team, provided outpatient nutrition therapy for students and also provided nutrition services for student athletes. She is also formerly part-time faculty within the Exercise Science and Sport Management Department at KSU.
Bethany practices from the philosophies that all bodies are good bodies, everyone deserves quality, non-discriminatory health care, eating and movement are meant to be enjoyable and that compassion is an integral part of nutrition. Bethany is a member of the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), Eating Disorder Registered Dietitians and Professionals (EDRDPRO) and the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians (IFEDD).

Bethany currently resides in Dallas, Ga with her husband, daughter and fur kids (dogs). In her spare time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, dining out, being outdoors, attending sporting events (Go Falcons! Go Braves! Go Atlanta United! Go KSU!) and spending time with friends and family.

Rebekah Warlick

Becca is a graduate of the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program through the Center of Yoga in Woodstock, Georgia. She recognizes that yoga is for anyone & everyone, no matter what stage of life you are in. Becca has a passion for restorative style classes, gentle yoga flow, and styles emphasizing alignment for safety and best practices. Becca is a 200 hour registered yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Outside of the classroom Becca enjoys gardening, learning about homesteading + all things holistic, and spending time in the outdoors with her rescue mule, horse, & dog.

Our Approach – Why Canton PT & Sports

  • Private practice model
  • Quality treatment
  • Individualized, patient-centered care
  • One-on-one attention
  • Compassionate and caring
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Community involved and oriented
  • Treatment plans to match each patient’s goals