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Emily Gilmore, PT, DPT, received her doctorate of physical therapy degree from UAB in 2012. Her career has been spent in outpatient orthopedics and women's health. She has received advanced training in dry needling, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobility, and pelvic rehabilitation. It was her struggles after having children that sparked a passion for prenatal and postpartum rehabilitation. She believes that every patient deserves an individualized and holistic treatment approach that focuses on their goals and is committed to life-long learning, collaboration with other professionals, problem-solving, and creativity to help you live your best life.

Emily lives in Cahaba Heights with her husband, Matt, and their two children, Ellis & Gunner. Outside of the office, Emily enjoys trips with her family, gardening, and working out. 


Rachel Moran, PT, DPT, received her doctorate of physical therapy from UAB in 2019. The focus of her practice has been outpatient orthopedics and pregnancy/postpartum rehabilitation. She has received advanced training in pelvic rehabilitation, functional dry needling, and hormonal health. Her passion for holistic health and wellness along with her love for fitness drive her comprehensive approach to patient care.


Rachel lives in Homewood with her husband (Nolan) and daughter (Danley). She enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring the outdoors!



Crista Hargett, PT, DPT received her doctorate of physical therapy in 2018 from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. She has focused her career on outpatient orthopedics treating wide variety of patients including high school athletes. She then developed a passion for patients with pelvic floor dysfunction and educating both the community and other physical therapists. She currently teaches the PTA program at Wallace State Community College. Crista’s passion for orthopedics, pelvic floor dysfunction and education has lead her to treat patients as a whole, not just their diagnosis.


Crista lives in Gardendale with her husband, Lee, and their son, Brooks.

In her free time, Crista enjoys spending time at church, exercising, and teaching at Wallace State to empower future generations of PTs!  


Darby Hutchison, PT, DPT is originally from Huntsville, AL. She received her B.S. in Exercise Science from Auburn University in 2018 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Samford University in 2021. While in PT school, Darby gained experience in treating women with pelvic floor dysfunction and completed further education in this area. Her practice has been in outpatient orthopedics and pelvic health with specialized experience in sports medicine, dance medicine, and pilates. Darby is excited to help her patients return to their normal by providing one-on-one, holistic care!

Darby lives in Hoover. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Caleb, visiting her parents in Huntsville, and hanging out with her friends at Auburn Community Church.



Louise Webb, PT, DPT received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Auburn University in 2013 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UAB in 2016. She has spent much of her career in the orthopedic field where she is passionate about holistic treatment and prioritizing one-on-one care. Through her own experience, Louise discovered a desire to help others have a positive pregnancy journey which ultimately led her to be part of the team at Thrive. She has received extensive training in Pilates and utilizes multiple apparatuses to aid in patient recovery. Louise focuses her manual therapy on soft tissue mobilization, dry needling intervention, and neuromuscular facilitation. Her goal is to empower patients through individualized goal setting, education, and to inspire patients to progress towards a life of health and wellness.

Louise resides in Vestavia with her husband and high school sweetheart, Spencer, their daughter, Tatum, and her two rescue dogs, Crosby and Marlowe. In the spring, Louise is the pitching coach for the Oak Mountain High School softball team but during the remainder of the year, you can find her enjoying local dining, boutique shopping, outdoor activities, and traveling.


Ann Bradford, PT, DPT, ATC received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Towson University where she worked with collegiate athletes in various sports. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Drexel University and has trained in pelvic rehabilitation through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Additionally, she received advanced training in functional dry needling, sports medicine, and corrective exercise in pregnancy and post-partum care.

Ann’s passion in physical therapy is to help empower patients through education, self-efficacy, and skillfully prescribed treatment to accomplish challenges once thought impossible because of their physical condition-and to have fun while doing it! She strives to provide holistic, individualized care to meet patients where they are, walk alongside them, and help them to achieve their goals.

Ann attends Shades Mountain Baptist Church and enjoys discovering new places and staying active with her husband Jackson, their daughter, Elle, & dog, Ollie. 



Leah Dennis, PT, DPT received her doctorate of physical therapy from Samford University in 2021. Originally from Vestavia Hills, Leah has practiced in outpatient physical therapy in the greater Birmingham area since graduation, where she gained experience with outpatient orthopedics and pelvic rehabilitation. She has received advanced training in functional dry needling, pelvic rehabilitation, and reformer Pilates, and is passionate about treating her patients holistically while empowering them through education. Her love of fitness and wellness drives her desire to provide holistic, individualized care to each patient.


Leah lives in Vestavia with her two children, Lyla and Wyatt, and enjoys spending time with family, exercising, and being outdoors during her time away from the office.


Kelly Johnson serves as our office manager. She has held many roles since receiving her bachelor of human science degree in hotel and restaurant management from Auburn University including hotel sales coordinator, gallery event planner, wedding director, and stay-at-home mom. Kelly currently manages both of our clinics, oversees our social media & marketing, and fills in the gaps where needed.


Kelly lives in West Homewood with her husband, Tyler, their two boys, Owen and Evan, and dog, Lulu. She enjoys weightlifting, shopping, singing, and chocolate!



Shay Sandlin serves as front office coordinator at our Cahaba Heights location. She received her degree in Athletic Training from Huntingdon College in 2016 and worked in orthopedics before joining the Thrive team. You'll find Shay fielding calls, scheduling appointments, and welcoming patients into the office each day!

Shay lives in Chelsea with her husband, Russ, and their dog, Wells. Outside of the office she enjoys CrossFit, time with family and friends, and a good cocktail.

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