Peak Rehabilitation, Fitness and Performance Center, LLC brings physical therapy, fitness and performance training to one facility. We operate in a fun and comfortable environment that exhibits the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, integrity and compassion.
Our mission is to achieve the highest standard of rehabilitation and fitness to maximize your potential.
Our goal is to return you to work, sport or play in the shortest amount of time with individualized treatment plans and comprehensive care.
Our staff of rehabilitation and fitness experts will assist you in meeting your personal goals so you can reach your PEAK potential.
Lonnie is from Nebraska and received his BS in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1989. He continued his studies with US Army-Baylor to complete a Masters of Physical Therapy in 1991. Lonnie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCC, 1993). He then became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) in 1996 and is Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS 1996, 2006). Lonnie is our lead therapist for trigger point dry needling (2012). In 2010, he and Gary Gilbert founded Peak Rehabilitation, Fitness, and Performance LLC.
Gary R. Gilbert PT, DPT
Gary comes from Northern California and received a B.S. in Human Movement from the University of Oregon in 1989. He then attended Army/Baylor graduating with a Master of Physical Therapy in 1991. His duty assignments included Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Pentagon as Chief Physical Therapist, and Heidelburg, Germany from 1995-1998. Gary, his wife, and family moved to Augusta in 1998 to join Orthopaedic Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. In 2010, he and Lonnie Hergott founded Peak Rehabilitation, Fitness, and Performance LLC. Gary is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and received his Doctor in Physical Therapy from US Army/Baylor University in 2010.
Luke D. Heusel PT, DPT, OCS
Luke hails from Eastern Ohio and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1996 with a degree in Biology. He finished his M.A. in Human Performance and Health Promotion specializing in exercise physiology at the University of New Orleans in 1998. Luke graduated from the US Army/Baylor program with a master’s degree in physical therapy in 2000. He then moved to Augusta with his wife and family to serve at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft Gordon, GA and deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2002. Luke began at Orthopaedic Associates Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in 2005 after leaving the military. Luke received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from US Army/Baylor in 2008. He is board certified in orthopedics (OCS) and has McKenzie training in treating low back pain. Luke serves as the clinical education coordinator (CCCE) for physical therapy students and director of the Peak Performance Lab.
Karla N. Deal PT, MPT
Karla is a native of Roswell, Georgia. She received her B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina, Columbia and graduated from Medical College of Georgia with a Master of Physical Therapy in 2006. Karla joined the Orthopaedic Associates team in 2008 and transitioned to PEAK in 2010. She has previous physical therapy experience working in both acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Karla also has experience in coaching recreational and competitive gymnastics. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and traveling to the beach.
Allison joined the PEAK Rehabilitation Fitness and Performance team in 2011. She began practicing physical therapy 12 years ago and has specialized in orthopedic rehabilitation for the past 10 years with a concentration in manual therapy. Allison also has previous experience in both acute care and pediatric physical therapy. Allison is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin with her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine (2001) and master’s degree in physical therapy (2003). She enjoys being active in the outdoors, traveling with her family, and playing tennis in local leagues throughout the CSRA. She currently resides in Aiken with her husband and daughter.
Aren resides in Aiken, SC. He graduated from University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Physical Education emphasis in Athletic Training 2006. He furthered his education at Medical University of South Carolina graduating with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. After joining the Peak Rehabilitation team in 2011, he completed a post graduate orthopedic residency with Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions in 2013. He is currently studying with Myopain Seminars to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists (CMTPT). Aren enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He is also an avid University of South Carolina Gamecocks fan.
Vann F. Jordan, PT, DPT, OCS
Vann graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Physiology. He then attended the Medical University of South Carolina where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011. Vann has been employed by Peak since 2011 where he completed his orthopedic residency and is now a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS). Vann treats all orthopedic conditions and has a special interest in the overhead athlete. He played competitive baseball at the collegiate level, has experience coaching high school baseball, and with competitive body building. He is our lead therapist for the Peak Strength and Conditioning Baseball and Softball programs.
Marie is a native of Augusta, GA and graduated with a degree in Biology from Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida in 2010. She continued her studies in physical therapy and graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of North Georgia in 2014. Marie has been a member of Peak Rehabilitation since 2014. She is currently enrolled in Evidence in Motion’s orthopedic clinical residency program to obtain her OCS certification. Marie has been an active member of PTAG and APTA. She presented at the American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine in October 2013 and has clinical interests in becoming dry needling certified. Marie has personal interests in swimming and running, spending time with her family, and traveling both domestically and internationally.
Caleb graduated from The University of Georgia in 2011, where he studied athletic training. In his time at UGA, he worked with their football, softball, track and field, and competitive cheer teams. He also spent time working with the Jacksonville Jaguars during training camp and preseason. He continued his education at Georgia Regents University where he received his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014. He is continuing his commitment to improving patient outcomes by participating in an orthopedic residency program to receive his board certification in orthopedics (OCS). Caleb is trained in McKenzie treatments for low back pain and neck pain. He is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Caleb is passionate about improving your quality of life and returning you to function. His clinical interests include spine, athletes, and helping patients return to work.