Our therapists are graduates of accredited Physical Therapy programs and have advanced training in Orthopedic and Sports-related techniques.
Debbie Yates, PT, MS
Debbie has enjoyed the practice of physical therapy in the Northeast Georgia area for the past 30 years. She is passionate about helping patients get to the root cause of their musculoskeletal symptoms with the goal of returning to an active lifestyle. “It is our job as physical therapists to empower each client with knowledge to understand what is causing their pain and limitations and then teach and motivate them in ways that they can actively facilitate their healing process.” She enjoys treating a wide range of Orthopedic patients but has a special interest in the area of spine, foot and ankle, and vestibular and balance conditions.
Debbie has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia and an Advanced Master of Science in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. She continues to develop her expertise and practice by completing continuing education in areas of interest. Recently she has completed coursework in Dry Needling, Selective Functional Movement Assessments (SFMA). Malalignment and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunctions, and Certification courses in Vestibular and Balance Therapy.
Debbie, and her husband David, have four sons, 2 daughters-in-law , and 2 adorable grandsons. She is an active member of First Alliance Church in Toccoa where he serves on the Administrative Board. She loves traveling and spending time outside in beautiful Northeast Georgia.
Ellen Seib, PT, MBA
Ellen has cared for a variety of patients over the last 33 years as a physical therapist in the Northeast Georgia area. Specializing in the care of orthopedic patients, she enjoys the opportunity to encourage individuals to improve their posture, establish a new exercise habit, and take steps toward improvements that allow them to return to their families and favorite activities.
She is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, vestibular and balance rehabilitation, and Selective functional movement assessment. Her specific areas of interest are orthopedics, from spine to joint and musculoskeletal-related problems, as well as vestibular and balance.
Outside of Physical Therapy Specialists, Ellen enjoys staying active, spending time with family and friends, and working in various community organizations. She loves supporting the Ga Bulldogs, spending time with friends and family, hiking, traveling with her husband, Ron and relaxing on Lake Seed.
Keaton Yearwood, PT, DPT
Keaton graduated from The University of North Georgia with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2016. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from North Georgia College & State University. He is certified in Dry Needling. His clinical interests include orthopedics, dry needling, and cupping. Keaton was born and raised in Toccoa and is proud to serve his local community. He enjoys being outside, playing golf, spending time with his wife, Jordan, and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs. Keaton and Jordan are active members at The Pointe Church.
Joseph Taylor, PT, DPT
Joseph Taylor received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Augusta university (Medical College of Georgia) in 2017. He specializes in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, with an interest in treating low back pain. He also has experience working with amputees. He is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. He grew up in Clarkesville, Ga playing varsity basketball for the Habersham Central Raiders. In his free time he enjoys hiking, playing golf, going to sporting events ands traveling.
Brittany C. Parker, PTA
Brittany, PTA, has been a member of the Physical Therapy Specialist team since 2010. She says that one of the most rewarding parts of her work is helping patients develop the confidence that they can get well.
"When someone first begins at the clinic and they are simply overwhelmed with pain, I count it a crucial part of my job to not only work with them to get well but develop the confidence that they can get well."
When she's not working at PTS, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and three children.
Ben Ramsey, PTA, L-AT
Ben, PTA, L-AT, enjoys both the rehabilitation process and relationships built with his patients. Especially interested in orthopedics, from orthopedic trauma to joint reconstruction, Ben loves to motivate patients throughout their rehabilitation. He likes his patients to be: mobile, agile, and hostile.
"Somewhere, someone is relying on each one of us to be all we can be."
“Mental toughness is doing what you know you should do, all the time.”
Ben regularly pursues further education in athletic performance and training for the adolescent as well as the aging athlete. Whether you're a competitive athlete or not, Ben continues his training to have an edge in his ability to help you reach a high level of performance than you thought possible.
Ben and his wife lead an active lifestyle. They enjoy exercise, working with their church's Wednesday night youth group, spending time outdoors in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. For five years, Ben has served as Camp Counselor for Camp Sunshine - a camp that provides summer programming and opportunities for child cancer patients.