Newberry Physical Therapy | EST. 1996 | (803) 276 - 7370

Meet Our Physical Therapists

Mark A. Waldrop, PT, DPT, Cert. DN, Cert. SMT, C.E., Cert. Osteopractic
Owner and President

Associations

APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)

SCAPTA (South Carolina chapter of APTA)


Certifications

Functional Capacity Evaluations (Blankenship Systems)

Ergonomics (Atlanta Back School)

Spinal Manipulations

FRAMS Technique

Dry Needling (American Academy of Spinal Manipulation)

Osteopractic Certification


Professional Background

Dr. Mark Waldrop is the founder and director of Newberry Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Clinic. Additionally, he is the President and co-owner of Chapin Rehabilitation Clinic in Chapin, SC.  


Mark completed his undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina-Aiken in 1991, majoring in Biology and working as an athletic trainer and strength & conditioning coach. In 1993, Mark graduated with honors from the Medical College of Georgia. After directing a rural county hospital PT department for 2 years, he entered private practice in 1996. Dr. Waldrop enjoys lecturing at Universities on physical therapy subjects, teaching select classes at the University of South Carolina, and teaching PT and PTA students from six different Universities. He was awarded the Clinical Instructor of the year in 2002 at USC. Mark furthered his studies in 2003 and finished his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah in 2005. 


He was a senior instructor for the Spinal Manipulation Institute (SMI) and taught seminars across the U.S. He currently teaches the IASTM fellowship course for the American Academy of Manual Therapy through SMI. He is a published author and researcher with JOSPT, and his research interests include spinal diagnostic rules and interventions. Mark is a member of the APTA, SCAPTA and Orthopedic Section. He is the developer of the FRAMS technique and sold the FRAMS trademark and company to the SMI in 2015.


Personal Biography

The most meaningful things in his life are his personal relationship with God, his wife, and two precious daughters. He enjoys golf, weightlifting, and watching The Carolina Gamecocks play football!

mEET OUR phYSICAL tHERAPistS

Matthew M. Whitaker, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN
Director of Clinical Operations

Associations

APTA

SCAPTA

Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Sections


Certifications

FRAMS Technique

Spinal Manipulations (SMI)

Dry Needling

Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist


Professional Background

Dr. Matt Whitaker joined the NPT family in 2008 shortly after completing a clinical rotation at our facility as a PT student. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science: Motor Development from the University of South Carolina in 2004 and graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008.  Matt's clinical interests include spinal instability, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), balance/vestibular dysfunction, manual therapy, and evidence based research. He has completed the Paris series of coursework, mastered levels I and II of Spinal Manipulation Institute, and is certified in upper extremity Dry Needling.


Personal Biography

Matt's hobbies include running, fishing, hiking, and camping. He enjoys spending time with his wife Rachael and his two sons, Grafton and Rhett. 


Caleen N. Hawkins, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist


Associations
APTA
SCAPTA


Certifications
Dry Needling
Personal Training (World Instructor Training School)


Professional Background
Dr. Caleen Hawkins became the newest member of the NPT family after her completion of a two-month residency. She received her B.S. in Biology from Claflin University in 2015 and graduated from Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC) with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. Caleen is currently certified in upper extremity dry needling and her clinical interests include sports medicine, chronic pain, and health & wellness.


Personal Biography
Caleen loves God, mentoring the youth, volleyball and spending time with family. She volunteers with the young adult and youth ministry at her church and coaches volleyball when time permits.