AOC Services

Physical & Occupational Therapy Services

AOC Physical Medicine

Specialized therapeutic services are available for your convenience and to enhance the continuity of care between our physicians and therapists. Our therapy clinic is equipped to manage all orthopaedic conditions and is staffed with licensed professionals to provide the highest quality of care.

AOC Therapy Services

  • Comprehensive orthopaedic physical rehabilitation
  • All modalities, state of the art rehabilitation equipment
  • Joint mobilization/manipulation
  • Certified hand therapist
  • Custom splint/orthotic fabrication and design
  • Workers compensation patient tracking
  • Sports medicine
  • Computerized extremity strength testing

If you have questions regarding Therapy for Worker’s Compensation, please call: 

Tara Jones
Workers’ Comp Specialist & Supervisor for Therapy Department
Office (251) 410-3693 Fax (251) 410-3790 tara_jones@alortho.com

Lindsey McColeman
Workers’ Comp Administrative Assistant for Therapy Department
Office (251) 410-3689 Fax (251) 410-3790 lindsey_mccoleman@alortho.com

Additional Therapy Resources

New Patient Paperwork

www.aota.org

www.apta.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is therapy covered by my insurance?
A:Most insurance companies do cover physical and occupational therapy services in full or partially. As a courtesy, we will call your insurance company to confirm your benefits prior to your therapy evaluation. We also work directly with patients who need special payment arrangements. If you have any questions please call the therapy department.

Q: Does therapy require a physician’s referral?
A:Yes, in the state of Alabama a signed physician’s referral is required for treatment.

Q: I have heard that therapy will hurt. Is this true?
A:It is not our intent to cause either increased or additional pain. Sometimes there are temporary increases in pain levels particularly after the initial evaluation or when beginning a therapeutic exercise program. Our goal is to restore maximum function without increasing discomfort or pain, but excellent pain relief can be provided by your therapist if there is a temporary increase in your pain.

Q: How long will each therapy session last?
A:You can expect your average therapy session to last from 45 to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

Q: What should I expect on my first therapy visit?
A:You will be evaluated by a therapist licensed in the state of Alabama with specific qualifications to deal with your orthopaedic condition. He/she will explain the treatment regimen, expected outcomes, and appropriate exercises/activities that will enhance functional outcome.

Q: What should I wear to my therapy session?
A:Lose fitting clothes or shorts and tennis shoes are preferred.

Q: When would I receive occupational therapy services versus physical therapy?
A:Both occupational and physical therapists work closely with the orthopaedic surgeons to provide evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care for patients with musculoskeletal, cumulative trauma, and a wide variety of soft tissue injuries. The focus of occupational therapy at AOC is on rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity to assist individuals with maximizing functional independence.

AOC Physical and Occupational Therapists

Charles Scearce, PT, MEd – Director of Therapy
University of Missouri
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy 1971
Texas Tech University
Master of Education 1976
Advanced Neuromuscular Studies, Army Academy of Health Sciences
Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association,
Alabama Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic Specialty Section
Licensure: Alabama

Cary S. Helton, PT, DPT – Assistant Director of Therapy
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy 1998
Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions
Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2014
Memberships: American Physical Therapy Association,
Alabama Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic Specialty Section
Licensure: Alabama

Beth Allen, PT, DPT
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Pre-professional Health Science 2005
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2007
Licensure: Alabama, California

Phillip D. Bradley, OTR/L, CHT
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy 2002
Memberships: American Occupational Therapy Association,
Alabama Occupational Therapy Association
Licensure: Alabama

McKenzie T. Lott, OTR/L
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi
Master of Occupational Therapy 2014
Memberships: American Occupational Therapy Association
Licensure: Alabama, Mississippi

Leslea S. Wallis, PT, DPT
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Human Movement 2006
University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Doctorate of Physical Therapy 2010
Licensure: Alabama