Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) are licensed professionals who have graduated from the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) educational program.  They  have participated in extensive classroom and clinical education and hold an Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapy. They have taken and passed the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.  PTA licenses must be renewed on a regular basis,  with mandatory continuing education as a requirement for renewal.  Our PTAs work as a team with our Physical Therapists and under their general direction and supervision. 

Joy Lewis, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant,  Certified Aquatic Yoga Instructor, APTA Certified Clinical Instructor

After 20+ years of working in the business world, Joy went back to school for a career change. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program in May of 2012 where she developed a passion for aquatic rehabilitation. She furthered her aquatic rehab education through the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute.  When she is not in the pool, Joy draws on her previous career and directs the company’s marketing and program development efforts.

In her personal life, Joy enjoys spending time relaxing at home with her family and her three rescued dogs, gardening, yoga, recycling/repurposing,  dining out and traveling .

Chelsea Wiliams, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Chelsea is a graduate of the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program at Anne Arundel Community College. She worked as a PT Aide for 7 years, and after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, she decided to return to college to earn her PTA degree. Chelsea loves learning new ways to challenge and problem solve through various injuries and diagnoses. She enjoys embracing and sharing the physical, mental and emotional journey of PT with her patients. 

When she isn't stretching out limbs and correcting posture, Chelsea savors the outdoors and going to the beach.

Debbie Cameron, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

After being a stay at home mom for 13 years, Debbie went back to school and graduated from the CACHE Physical Therapy Assistant Program in 2012. Debbie has a special interest in sports medicine with an emphasis on orthopedics. When Debbie is not working she loves to exercise and physically challenge herself daily. She is an avid jogger, rower and yoga enthusiast.

In her personal life, she loves to read, spend time with her husband and her children, when they are home from college. She is a dog lover with a history of yellow labs in the family. She is currently looking to add a new puppy either through rescue or breeder.

Lauren Shoul, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude from Anne Arundel Community College's CACHE PTA program in May, 2014.  As part of her curriculum, she completed a full time rotation in outpatient orthopedics and was a PT Tech at AFPT prior to graduating from the CACHE program. Lauren has experience in both land and aquatic rehabilitation.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys the outdoors, cheering for the Ravens, going to concerts, and spending time with her family and six cats. She is currently training for competitive women's powerlifting.

Meet our Physical Therapist Assistants

Holly Newquist, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Kinesiotape Practitioner, Certified APTA Clinical Instructor

Holly is a native of Annapolis.  She graduated from the CACHE Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2008 and has been part of the family at AFPT since graduation.  Holly has a special interest in orthopedics and sports medicine and in running.