Meet The Volk PT Team

Get to know the Volk Physical Therapy team by clicking on their photos below:

Dean Volk, PT, MPT

Owner and Physical Therapist


Dean gets people moving, active and feeling young again, even after years of aches and pains.

Dean, graduated with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University in 1992.

Dean has furthered his studies with numerous post-graduate courses focusing on the shoulder, knee, and back, with a strong emphasis in manual therapy. Recently completed courses in Total Motion Release (Levels 1 and 2), has afforded him an excellent way to relieve pain and restore function quickly and effectively. With 20+ years experience in Physical Therapy, Dean has practiced in various orthopedic and sports focused clinical settings, in both the Phoenix, AZ, and the Charlotte regions. During his years of service, Dean has had the privilege of caring for a wide variety of clients: from school-aged children to retirees, from homemakers to business professionals, from weekend warriors to professional athletes.

Dean and his wife, Trudy, have 2 sons, both presently attending the College of Charleston. Dean is an avid sports fan, enjoys spending time with his family and working with his clients to improve their lives.

Dean Volk, PT

Physical Therapist

Lauren Tramel, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant


Lauren loves to get people moving, active and feeling young again, even after years of aches and pains.

Lauren graduated cum laude from South College-Asheville with an A.A.S. degree in 2016, where she was the valedictorian of her PTA class and was consistently on the Dean’s List. She was licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) October 2016, and is excited to begin her PTA career with Volk Physical Therapy! Her clinical experience was mostly outpatient, though she also worked in skilled nursing facilities and in pediatrics. Lauren gets to know each client individually and likes to tailor each therapy session around activities that are important to them. She loves to learn new skills and concepts and cannot wait to grow as a PTA!

Lauren was born and raised in Asheville, NC, but relocated to the Charlotte area in November of 2016. She has a passion for sports, so in her spare time you will likely find her at a Carolina Panthers game, or cheering on the Tarheels at the Dean Smith Center. She loves spending time with friends and family, adventuring to new places, and discovering the city of Charlotte!

Lauren Tramel

Physical Therapist Assistant

Dawna Brookins

Office Manager


Dawna, our office manager is a self-proclaimed “army brat” and grew up all across the country. She graduated from Colorado School of Healing Arts with an associates in Massage Therapy in 2010 while living in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Charlotte that same year where she worked full time as a massage therapist. She later returned to school and in 2016 she graduated magna cum laude from DeVry University with a degree in Business Administration.

Dawna keeps us all in line and on top of things. She loves being a mom to her great daughter, Jayda. In her spare time, you can catch her cheering Jayda on in all of her activities.

Dawna Brookins

Office Manager

Jen Rappisi

Client Care Specialist


The smiling face you see when you enter our Concord office… Our world Traveler who has been to Africa, Germany and most recently Brazil, over the past few years.

Jen has unique pets, Pizon and Draco, who are desert tortoises that she raised from their hatching 14 years ago!!!!

 

Jen Rappisi

Client Care Specialist

Lily Reed

PT Aide / Trainer


Lily is originally from Rockville, Maryland but recently moved to Charlotte from Asheboro, NC, where she spent the last 12 years. Lily will be the first to tell you that fitness and nutrition are her life. This is why she is a firm believer that God is using her to help others on their fitness journey. She has been a certified trainer since 2009 and is also certified with several nutrition certifications. In addition, she is an NPC bikini competitor.

Lily decided to take her career more along the physical therapy path after tearing her ACL and lateral meniscus in 2018. She overcame her injury and was able to compete in two NPC bikini competitions that same year. Lily's passion is helping others overcome their injuries to get back to a normal, healthy lifestyle.

Lily Reed

PT Aide / Trainer

Avery Wheless

Physical Therapist


Avery loves getting people moving, active and feeling young again, even after years of aches and pains. He was born and raised in Kannapolis, NC, graduated from NW Cabarrus HS, and then from UNC Wilmington (Magna Cum Laude). Following graduation, Avery worked as a Fitness Specialist at the YMCA in Kannapolis, NC before pursuing his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Elon University. He received his doctorate degree in December 2018, and then joined our team as lead PT in our Concord location. Throughout his schooling, he was part of a school driven clinic -called the Hope Clinic; this clinic provided care, at no cost, to individuals who did not have insurance.  He found his passion for outpatient orthopedics after 8 months of clinical rotations within that setting. Avery has a passion for treating people of all ages and abilities. Due to his background in exercise science, he has a special interest in treating weight lifters and helping them reach their personal goals.

On his free time, you can find him fishing, running, snowboarding, kayaking, or doing just about anything outdoors. When football season comes around, you will find him cheering on his Carolina Panthers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Avery Wheless

Physical Therapist


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