Samuel Spillman, DC
Staff Chiropractor Dr. Samuel Spillman attained his chiropractic degree in 2008 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon. His undergraduate study was spent at Miami University of Ohio where he earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Philosophy and International Studies in 2001.
Dr. Spillman’s introduction to chiropractic indirectly resulted from a serious back injury he obtained while practicing the martial arts he had studied from a young age. Prior to his chiropractic career, Dr. Spillman immersed himself in Japanese culture and martial arts, which not only influenced his undergraduate course of study but led him to Japan following college. During his time in Japan, he studied aikido, karate, judo, and other martial arts while also participating in and observing tournaments. It was at this time he sustained a back injury and chiropractic care kept him from surgery. This led to a change of career and a return to the United States to complete his pre-med requirements before enrolling in Western States Chiropractic College.
Dr. Spillman retains the principles of rigor and discipline from his background in martial arts, which in turn influence his appreciation of the complex machine that is the human body. His experience leads him to be especially interested in sports medicine and the treatment of acute injuries although his practice also emphasizes whole-body wellness and the prevention of injuries through appropriate exercise and healthy diet. An avid fitness proponent, Dr. Spillman competes regularly in obstacle course races like the Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac and continues his training in the martial arts with Brazilian JiuJitsu.
An avid learner, Dr. Spillman takes frequent seminars and continuing education courses. Along with traditional chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques, Dr. Spillman specializes in soft tissue and muscular injury and therapy exercises. He is fully certified in both the Graston Technique and Active Release Techniques. Dr. Spillman has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute as a level 3 medical provider, and SFMA.He moved to Charlottesville to begin practicing; he chose it, simply, because he thinks it’s a great place to live. Dr. Spillman enjoys treating sports injuries of all types along with TMJD and has a special interest in pain science and chronic pain.
Bryan Esherick PT, DPT
Staff Physical Therapist Bryan, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, completed his undergraduate degree at IUP in Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. in biology and minor in nutrition in 2013. Soon after graduating he attended Lynchburg College where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016. When he is not in the clinic he enjoys mountain biking, playing hockey, walking his dog, and rooting for all Pittsburgh sports teams.
Bryan’s clinical philosophy is to put the patient in control of their own recovery and incorporating concepts from the biopsychosocial model of treatment. By placing the patient in control of recovery, it prevents them from becoming over-reliant on the therapist leading to quicker results. You can expect the initial sessions to incorporate appropriate manual therapy (joint mobilization, manipulations, and soft tissue release) to correct impairments found at the evaluation and to reduce pain. As you progress you can expect active goals specific exercises to become the cornerstone to your recovery. By progressing away from manual therapy and towards more active treatment, the patient assumes a greater responsibility for their rehabilitation and thus will likely achieve a better outcome.
Kate Wason PT, DPT
Staff PT Kate is a licensed physical therapist with an advanced specialization in sports PT. She is a 2018 graduate of Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program and a 2019 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sports PT Residency.
Kate, a Philadelphia native, first came to Virginia to earn her B.S in Biology from the College of William and Mary. She then spent two years working and interning for Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Springs, CO where she coached runners, cyclists, and triathletes of all ages and abilities. Kate returned to Virginia for her master’s degree in exercise physiology, which she obtained right here at UVA in 2015. Charlottesville stole Kate’s heart and she could not be happier to call it home again.
Kate’s greatest passion as a doctor of physical therapy is working with athletes. During her residency she had the privilege of working with elite marathoners, high school athletes, and all of VCU’s Division I teams. Kate worked especially closely with VCU Women’s Soccer, providing them with emergency care on the field at practices and games as well as guiding their best players back to the field following major injuries. Her experience in coaching, as well as her additional certification in manual therapy through the Virginia Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Institute (VOMPTI), allow her to progress her athletes past traditional rehabilitation towards their best performances. Kate recently sat for her board certification exam in sport specialty practice, and is awaiting results this summer. She has a special clinical interest in treating hip labral pathology, stress fractures, and guiding athletes through return to sport following ACL reconstruction.
Outside the clinic, you can likely find Kate adventuring in the Shenandoah Mountains with her dog Gryffin, chasing her own endurance sport goals (running, cycling, swimming, and strength training), or reading Harry Potter with a cup of Shenandoah Joe’s.
Yerodin Samuels, LMT
My first therapeutic massage I gave to my mother in 1996 to help relieve back pain that was a result of a surgery she had. In 2008 I attended the Virginia School of Massage, and I’ve been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2010. I use a combination of massage techniques to help clients with pain management, and restoring range of motion. I primary do deep tissue work, but I will customize the experience to suit our clients needs.
Rosemary, Practice Manager
Rosemary recently joined our clinic as Practice Manager and she eagerly awaits answering questions you may have regarding your care here. Rosemary is a transplant from D.C. with the wealth of her experience centered in business management for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, life-science fields, philanthropic and education arenas. In her downtime, Rosemary enjoys spending time with her family traveling, gardening, kayaking and cooking.
Angie, Front Desk Coordinator
Angie is our receptionist, always ready to greet you with a warm smile. When she’s not at work she manages a busy family with four kids, dogs, cats and a husband. She also has a rich life in the church and enjoys training in brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is in and out of the office these days but you can still catch her when she is subbing for Jack or Lynn!
Jack, Front Desk Coordinator
Lynn, Front Desk Coordinator
Lynn is a Virginia native and ventured out to Colorado for 27 years to explore and gain a wealth of patient care experience. She enjoys hiking, walking her dog Bodie and trying out the local culinary scene. She particularly enjoys sushi and tacos (not together) Lynn is thankful to be here at Balanced, where we focus on the wellness and preventative side of strength and care.