Birgit Barnes, PT - Birgit graduated from physical therapy school in 1983 from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. I started working for Baptist Hospital upon graduation from PT school in inpatient physical therapy for 2 years and then in rehab for another 2 years. I left Baptist at the beginning of 1988 to work in an outpatient clinic for about 4 years during which I received extensive training and experience treating spine patients for back and neck pain. Then I worked in another outpatient sports setting (Brentwood Bone and Joint) for a few months before leaving and going to work for a company contracted with Metro Davidson County Schools, where I worked with disabled children that had a variety of physical and mental disabilities. I returned to work for Baptist Hospital in 1993 at our Work Smart location where we saw primarily workmans comp injuries. This is where I became trained in Work Hardening, Work Conditioning and FCE's (Functional Capacity Evaluations).
Since my return to Baptist Hospital, now St Thomas Health, I have worked in various outpatient clinics belonging to this system and treated various types of orthopaedic and sports injuries as well as patients in the Work Hardening/Conditioning Program and performing FCE's. I am married and have 2 children. I am a runner and enjoy various outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, water and snow skiing, and swimming. I am passionate about my work and in assisting my patients in achieving their personal goals in order to improve their level of function at home and in the community.