Biographies

John McCollum, PT, MTC
John McCollum, PT, MTC

John graduated from Georgia State University in 1981 with a bachelor degree in physical therapy. He worked in the private practice physical therapy setting in Georgia for 10 years before moving to North Carolina. He worked in Asheville, North Carolina since 1990, working 10 years at the Mission Hospital System, 2 1/2 years at Combined Therapy Specialties and in his own practice, the Center for Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc (COPT) for 13 years. While in the hospital system he co-authored their low back clinical pathway and two educational books on exercise and body mechanics: Functional Movement and Conditioning and Functional Movement and Body Mechanics for the Spine. He has specialized in orthopedic physical therapy since 1984 and attained his manual therapy certification from Stanley Paris's Institute of Physical Therapy in 1987. After certification, he taught nationwide with the Institute from 1988 to 1992. Since 1992 he developed and taught 10 manual therapy courses to other physical therapists and physical therapy assistants. John has been fortunate in his 35 plus years of physical therapy practice to have had many mentors and people who taught him their theories and life work. He has used this knowledge to create an effective treatment philosophy. Since founding the Center for Orthopedic Physical Therapy in 2003, John  directed his educational skills toward teaching and mentoring the therapists that worked in his organization. He became certified in the Meeks Method Level 1 a proven treatment approach in the treatment of osteoporosis on August 20, 2012. Unfortunately, the therapists who worked for the Center for Orthopedic  Physical Therapy did not want to take over the reigns of the company; thus, company dissolved in August of 2016. John will continue his specialty seeing patients on a cash basis in East Asheville in 2017. When not practicing physical therapy John enjoys cycling, hiking, camping, relaxing and listening to music.