Physicians and Staff

APM Spine and Sports Physicians is a multidisciplinary group of professionals who specialize in reducing or eliminating pain. We are specialists in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of conditions that interfere with an individual’s ability to function. Close teamwork means we have the advantage of having a second expert opinion right here on the premises. Known as physiatrists, our physicians have advanced medical training in treating pain due to illness or injury of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints and ligaments.

Physicians


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Lisa Barr M.D.

Dr. Barr, a Hampton Roads native, is a seasoned physician with a passion for treating people with musculoskeletal conditions that cause pain and dysfunction. She is a double alumna of EVMS finishing as Chief resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1988. As the founding partner at APM Spine and Sports Physicians, she focuses her energy on developing innovative methods to help  guide people to optimal recovery, assisting them to achieve their best functional outcome. By embracing both the newest technologies and the “fine art of healing” she is recognized as a driving force of change in the medical field both locally and nationally.  Over the last 15-20  years she has  focused a lot of her energy on biologic healing modalities including  PRP and stem cells that facilitate the body to heal itself.  She was the first physiatrist in Hampton roads to do this as well as the first to integrate this into her unique medical model which includes:  PRP, stem cells,  traditional  interventional pain management,  osteopathic manipulation, energy work,  use of  diagnostic  musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Mind- body concepts and integrative medicine.  Her patients range from High School and Professional Athletes, fire fighters, police officers and board room execs to adoring grandparents and budding Master Gardeners. When necessary she draws on her vast network of colleagues across different specialties and alternative healing modalities for assistance in helping her patients achieve optimal health and function.  She has consistently been honored  by her peers as a “Top Doc” in Hampton Roads and was selected as one of 2012’s Hampton Roads Business Women of the Year.

Over the last 3 decades  she has been involved on many different hospital and community boards.  Currently, she devotes much of her personal and professional time seeking new ways to expand integrative concepts in health and healing and she is actively pursuing writing as a creative means of expression. A teacher at heart, she is interested in helping people understand the mind-body connection and how the patient and doctor function best in a therapeutic partnership.  On a more practical level she  serves as a mentor for young people interested in pursuing careers in healthcare.

On a personal level, she loves the great outdoors and regularly plays tennis,  golf and enjoys hiking, horses and paddle boarding. She has an adventurous spirit and is a seasoned traveler and experienced sailor. Spending time with family and friends is her favorite past time.   She has a son who is a middle school teacher and a daughter who is an ER Nurse.

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Bonnie Nock D.O.

Dr. Bonnie Nock earned her doctorate of medicine from the Health Science Center of North Texas. She completed her internship at Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center and then completed residencies in Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation she served as chief resident at the MetroHealth Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University. Prior to medical school she obtained a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Physiology at North Texas University. She joined APM Spine and Sports Physicians in 1995 and currently practices in all of our offices.

She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation since 1996. Dr Nock served as the medical director for DePaul Medical Centers Rehabilitation Unit for 9 years and is still affiliated with the hospital. Professional organizations include the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Virginia Society of PM&R and the American Medical Association. She has lectured on topics related to stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and pain management. Clinical areas of interest include myofascial pain syndrome, sacroiliac pain, discogenic pain, musculoskeletal problems, Botulinum toxin injections, and Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG).

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Robert Spear D.O.

Dr. Robert Spear earned his doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England. He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice/Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University Medical Centre in Connecticut. He then completed a three-year residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation and was chief resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. He joined Advanced Pain Management in 1998. He currently practices in our Virginia Beach and Norfolk offices.

He is board certified in PM&R. He lectures nationally on headache and its treatment as well as locally on spine spasticity and myofascial pain management. He serves on National Advisory Panels for headache and spasticity.

Dr. Spear has been an active investigator on multiple medical trials with emphasis on headache related research.

Clinical areas of interest include head and neck pain, myofascial pain syndrome, spasticity, non-allopathic mechanical dysfunction, with conservative treatment emphasis of osteopathic manipulative therapy, peripheral musculoskeletal procedures, botulinum toxin, and fluoroscopically guided spinal injections.

Hospital associations include, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and DePaul Medical Center.

Physician Assistants


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Gretchen Loyola PA-C
Physician Assistant

Gretchen Loyola is a 2008 graduate of the Master of Physician Assistant Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is the recipient of the Eugene Stead, JR, MD Award (2008) and is a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society.

She did her undergraduate studies at Butler University where she earned degrees in Science and Music Performance as a violinist. She then attended Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating with a Performance Diploma in violin studies.
Gretchen joined APM Spine and Sports Medicine in 2015. Before joining this practice, she worked in the field of adult cardiology

In her free time, Gretchen enjoys spending time with her husband and children, baking, exercising and playing the violin.

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Eric Rymal PA-C

Eric is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physician Assistant program in 2012. He joined APM in September 2012. He is NCCPA board certified and an active member of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA). He strives to provide quality and effective care in a timely manner. Prior to attending Physician Assistant school, he served as an enlisted active duty service member of the United States Navy (USN) for 8 years in various locations. During his time in the navy he served partly as a rescue swimmer and participated in several mission trips in foreign countries. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife, reading, golfing, and paddleboarding.

Physical Therapists


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Kathryn Bragg PT

Kathryn Bragg has been practicing physical therapy for over 30 years, and has been with APM Spine & Sports since 1997. She received her Bachelors Degree in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1982. After graduation she was involved in Pediatrics with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools for two years, before moving to an acute care program with Sentara Leigh. While at Sentara Leigh she specialized in Work Hardening and Rehabilitation, as well as becoming more involved in manual therapy. She started specializing more in myofascial release/manual techniques in 1986. She was Director of Rehabilitation Services at DePaul Medical Center from 1990 through 1993 and Site coordinator with HealthSouth from 1993 – 1997 before coming to work at APM Spine and Sports Physicians.

Mrs. Bragg has been specializing in manual Therapy for over 25 years, primarily focusing on Myofascial Pain and Soft Tissue Dysfunction. She has been trained in Myofascial Release, Strain/Counterstrain, TMJ Dysfunction and CranioSacral Therapy. She works with chronic pain issues, as well as any other problems associated with soft tissue restrictions that adversely affect posture. Emphasis of therapy is on decreasing the soft tissue restrictions, increasing postural awareness/retraining, and helping patients learn self management skills leading to independent management of symptoms.

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Scott Burch MS, PT

Scott Burch received his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York in 1991. He also received a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven Pennsylvania in 1985.

His clinical experience includes Director of Spineworks from 1996 through 2010, Clinical Director at Peninsula Physical Therapy and Associates, Inc from 1993-1996 and physical therapist from 1991 – 1993. He served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Old Dominion University in the School of Athletic Training from 2002 – 2003. He has been a continuing education instructor for the American Physical Rehabilitation network since 2003. He is the co-developer and instructor for the instructional course, “The Pelvis, the First Link in the Chain”.

He has attended over 30 continuing education seminars. The focus of his education has largely been on manually based approaches to treatment. This has included the School of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Other areas of focus have been in Craniosacral and Myofascial techniques, Adverse Neural-Dural Tension, as well as Neuromuscular Stabilization through the Praque School of Medicine

He resides with his wife and child in Chesapeake, Virginia. When he is not spending time with his family, he continues his quest to perfect his golf game.

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Carmen Cellon PT

Carmen Cellon has been an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for over 25 years. She received her BS in Health and Physical Education from the University of Alabama, her MS degree with an emphasis in Sports Medicine from the United States Sports Academy, and her BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

She began her career as an Athletic Trainer working at the Federal Law Enforcement Center, the University of Florida, and the United States Naval Academy. As a Physical Therapist and a military spouse, she worked in a variety of settings across the country. This included Sports Medicine, Orthopedics, Acute Care, geriatrics, and Chronic pain.

She joined the staff at APM SPINE & SPORTS in December 2010 after working at Spineworks Physical Therapy in Norfolk, VA. from 2004 -2010.

She has attended multiple continuing education seminars always focusing on a manual approach to treatment, postural restoration and neuromuscular re-education. She is trained in Cranio-sacral Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Strain Counter Strain, Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Mobilization, as well as Postural dysfunction and Restoration.

Carmen resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and three children. She enjoys boating, skiing, reading and exercise.

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Janet Hare
Physical Therapist

Janet Hare began her career as a physical therapist in 1998 after graduating summa cum laude from Old Dominion University. She was recognized at ODU with the Phi Kappa Phi academic excellence award and was also recognized nationally with the National Outstanding Academic and Community Service award by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals.

Janet joined APM in 2014. Since 2005 she has focused on adult orthopedic care with a specialty in manual medicine and balance disorders. She has studied dry needling, osteopathic manipulative techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral, and active release technique. Janet has treated many patients across the continuum of rehab settings including acute hospital, subacute skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehab facilities, home health, and outpatient orthopedic, geriatric, and pediatric care. Her emphasis for treatment includes correcting postural and mechanical dysfunction with focused re-education of muscle function. She helps the patient gain awareness of movement patterns and posture that may be contributing to pain and educates the patient in self-care to correct the root of the cause of pain or balance difficulties.

She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and 2 teenage daughters. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Favorite activities include travelling, hiking, yoga and pilates, and studying the mind body connection.

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Robin Levine PT

Prior to joining Advanced Pain Management, Robin worked as a staff physical therapist at Spineworks Physical Therapy from 1997 to 2010. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University, Sargent College in 1988. She has also worked at Peninsula Physical Therapy Associates, initially as a staff physical therapist and then as Director of Physical Therapy from 1992 – 1997, and as a Staff Physical Therapist at Ballston Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Associates in Arlington, Virginia.

She has taken numerous continuing education courses ranging from Sports Medicine to myofascial/soft tissue techniques to pre and postnatal treatment programs. She is also McKenzie certified (Part A, B, C, D).

Robin is married and has three daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and going to the beach.

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