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Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Debra Wittman

M.P.T. / Director of Physical Therapy

About Debra
Britney Ervin, OT

Emily Thompson

Doctor of Physical Therapy

About Emily
Britney Ervin, OT

Tarah Davis

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Blake McAfee - Director of Physical Therapy

Jacob Slusser

Master of Physical Therapy/Asst. Director

About Jacob

Miranda Taylor

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Alex Rucker

Physical Therapist Assistant

About Alex

Courtney Hinckle

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Savannah Frizzo

Physical Therapist Assistant

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Samantha Bailey

Patient Service Representative

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Joan Schaefer

Office Manager

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Tammy Halcom

Assistant Office Manager

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Debra Wittman, M.P.T.

Director of Physical Therapy

Debra received her Master’s in Physical Therapy degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa in 1997. Prior to that she attended and graduated with honors at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology. Debra began work with Alton Physical Therapy as a physical therapy aide in 1993. Upon finishing her masters she continued working for Alton Physical Therapy at Jersey Community Hospital Physical Therapy Department. Debra is currently the Director and Coordinator of Clinical Educating for physical therapy students.

Debra enjoys working in her community where she was raised. She specializes in manual therapy with orthopedic patients especially acute injuries and low back pain, pediatrics, and total joint replacements. Debra takes special interest in treatment for the whole body for your orthopedic/sports clients. She also treats lymphedema. Debra takes pride in her work and strives to excel to improve her patient’s daily function. She holds Licensure in the state of Illinois.

Emily Thompson

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Emily was raised in Brighton, IL, and currently lives in Fosterburg, IL with her husband and son. She graduated from Maryville University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. After graduation, she found her home with Alton Physical Therapy. She enjoys treating the pediatric and geriatric populations. When not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking, quilting, and serving at church.

Tarah Davis

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Bio coming soon…

Jacob Slusser, M.P.T.

Master of Physical Therapy

Jake joined the staff of Alton Physical Therapy at Jersey Community Hospital after receiving his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northern Illinois University in 2002.

He enjoys outpatient orthopedic physical therapy with his primary interests including athletic injuries and their prevention, low back pain, biomechanical evaluation of the foot/ankle, rehabilitation of injuries to the knee and shoulder.

Jake resides in Jerseyville with his wife and children where he is a member of the Jerseyville Kiwanis Club.

Miranda Taylor, P.T.A.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Miranda was born and raised in Alton, IL. During her senior year in high school, she took an anatomy and physiology class that exposed her to the world of physical therapy. After shadowing a PTA for several weeks as part of a research paper, she knew this was to be her career choice. Miranda received her Associates in Applied Science from Southwestern Illinois College in 2006. While doing a clinical rotation at Alton Physical Therapy’s Alton location, she fell in love with the staff and community relations of this company.

Miranda has been practicing physical therapy in Texas, Missouri, and Illinois since 2006. She has worked in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing/rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient therapy. She has been with Alton Physical Therapy since 2010. Miranda has been married since 2008 and has two daughters and a son.

Alex Rucker, P.T.A.

Physical Therapy Assistant

Alex was born and raised in Bethalto, IL. She graduated from Civic Memorial High School and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for one year. While there, she became interested in physical therapy after attending a football game and seeing the involvement of the physical therapists with athletes. She then was accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. During the program, she enjoyed a clinical rotation at Alton Physical Therapy. After graduating from the program, she was excited to become a member fo the APT family shortly thereafter.

Alex loves working in the outpatient setting, due to the great variety of patients. She especially loves working with runners, since running is a big part of her life, having completed 4 marathons, 12 half marathons, and 3 triathlons.

Courtney Hinckle, P.T.A.

Physical Therapist Assistant

Courtney was born and raised in Bunker Hill, IL. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 2012 and attended Lewis and Clark Community College after graduation where she received her Associates in Science. From there, she transferred to Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville for the Physical Therapist Assistant program and earned her Associates in Applied Science Degree in May of 2018.

Shortly after graduation, she began working as a clinician for Alton Physical Therapy in Jerseyville where she held a job as a tech for 3 years. Working as a tech was a reminder of why she chose to go into the therapy field and being surrounded by a great support system helped.

Savannah Frizzo

Physical Therapist Assistant

Savannah was born and raised in Bunker Hill, Illinois. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 2012. Savannah then attended Lewis and Clark where she received her Associates in Science. From there, she transferred to Southwestern Illinois College into the Physical Therapist Assistant program and earned her Associates of Applied Sciences degree in May of 2017. While completing a clinical rotation with Alton Physical Therapy’s Staunton location she fell in love with the company’s culture. Savannah has worked in skilled nursing/rehabilitation facilities and schools prior to joining APT.

Savannah currently resides in Bunker Hill, Illinois with her husband. Outside of work Savannah enjoys spending time with her husband/family, traveling, and being outdoors.

Samantha Bailey

Patient Service Representative

Samantha was born and raised in Greenfield, IL and graduated from Greenfield High School in 2017. Samantha recently received her medical billing and coding specialist certification from Purdue University Global in 2020. She is now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Samantha enjoys meeting new and familiar faces and feels it is a privilege to serve as a patient service representative for APT’s Jerseyville clinic.

Samantha currently resides in Carrollton with her son Jaxon. She enjoys spending time with her family/friends, traveling, and being outdoors.

Joan Schaefer

Office Manager

Joan Schaefer resides in Piasa, IL with her husband having raised three children. She was born and raised in Jerseyville and is happy to be serving the community there. After being an independent transcriptionist, Joanie joined Alton Physical Therapy at Jersey Community Hospital in 1994. Many changes have taken place through the years, and she continues to enjoy all the aspects of her position as Office Manager of Alton Physical Therapy at Jersey Community Hospital.

Tammy Holcom

Assistant Office Manager

Tammy resides in Brighton, IL with her three children: Derrek, Danielle, and DeAnna. She is a graduate of Southwestern High School. She enjoys spending time with her children and reading for relaxation. She is the Assistant Office Manager in our Jerseyville location. She enjoys the many aspects of working in Jerseyville and the interaction with the community.