Office Manager & Billing Coordinator
Mrs. Nicole Styron is the office manager and billing coordinator for Vertex PT Specialists. She was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Nicole has worked in the physical therapy field for over 5 years, and prides herself on creating a welcoming atmosphere for all patients.When she is not focused on patient care, Nicole is studying to become a certified yoga instructor. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, reading a good book, and playing with her 3 dogs.
Dr. Tristan Faile
PT, DPT, OCS
Tristan, a South Carolina native, earned her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Francis Marion University, where she was a starting third baseman for the Patriot softball team earning various awards such as Team MVP and PBC All-Conference Third Baseman. Her biggest interest within the world of physical therapy is in the athletic and tactical strengthening communities; however, she prides herself on her ability to build relationships with patients of all ages and activity levels. Tristan enjoys various outside activities, such as rock climbing and trail running. She competed in obstacle course races regularly, until she was stopped by an injury – which she rehabilitated at Vertex PT Specialists. As such, she’s excited to go on the other side of the wall and help patients like herself get better, faster.
Dr. Katherine Fischer
PT, DPT, EMR, CSCS
Katherine earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2018 and her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Exercise Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2015.
Originally from Baltimore Maryland, Katherine grew up with a passion for sports playing lacrosse, and college field hockey. She is a certified emergency medical responder and has enjoyed working with college athletes at Radford University and middle school and high school athletes at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. When she is not at work, Katherine enjoys running, lifting and exploring with her dog Tucker.
Dr. James (Jim) Floyd
PT, DPT, CSCS, CSPS, Cert DN, FMSC, TPI
Dr. Jim Floyd is the co-owner of Vertex PT Specialists. Additionally, he serves in a Clinical Associate Faculty role in the University of South Carolina Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Floyd earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Carolina in 2009. He has continued his post graduate training by earning certifications in Dry Needling through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, the Functional Movement Screen through Functional Movement Systems, and golf assessment and training/rehab through the Titleist Performance Institute. Dr. Floyd has worked as a specialized personal trainer since 2007 and has attained the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Special Populations Specialist credentials through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has also been a featured presenter on movement assessment and treatment principles at multiple conferences and university community events.
Dr. Floyd specializes in the treatment of orthopedic conditions through the use of advanced manual therapy techniques, dry needling, movement assessment, and skilled exercise intervention. Through this comprehensive approach to orthopedic physical therapy treatment and exercise training, he has established himself as a premier provider of rehab and wellness services for the region.
Dr. Floyd’s special interests include movement assessment and biomechanics, performance training, and manual physical therapy treatment principles.
Dr. Reed Handlery
Reed received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Carolina. Reed is passionate about the use of preventative exercise in people with orthopedic and neuromuscular deficits and is starting a program at the YMCA to help those with movement disabilities lead a life full of physical activity. Reed is a competitive obstacle course racer and was a contestant on NBC’s Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge. When he isn’t scaling walls or jumping over fire, you can find him hiking with his wife and dogs or mountain biking in Columbia. Reed practices what he teaches and is driven by people who want to get better, faster.
Dr. Sean Jacobs
PT, DPT, CSCS, CF-L2
Sean earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Wingate University in 2017, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from James Madison University in 2013.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Sean has travelled the country and overseas while growing up in a military family. He always had a strong interest in a variety of sports, but focused mainly on hockey and lacrosse. He began coaching CrossFit in 2012, and is currently a CrossFit Level-2 Trainer, a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. His passion in physical therapy lies in treating active populations of all ages. Recreationally, Sean regularly competes in CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting, and enjoys helping others to achieve their fitness and competitive goals.
Dr. Elizabeth Regan
PT, DPT, OCS
Elizabeth is a physical therapist and yoga teacher and enjoys the blend of both perspectives in educating clients in wellness and rehabilitation. She received her Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2004, her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 from Elon University and her Orthopedic Specialty Certification in physical therapy in 2008. She has more than a decade of experience as a physical therapist specializing in spine rehabilitation as well as running and yoga injury and injury prevention. She is currently a PhD student in Exercise Science with a concentration in rehabilitation at the University of South Carolina. Elizabeth has 2 small children and enjoys running after them, running for exercise and her own yoga practice.
Dr. Brandon Vaughn
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Brandon Vaughn is the co-owner of Vertex PT Specialists and is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). A graduate of The Citadel, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science in 2007 with high honors. He then completed his graduate work at The University of South Carolina where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2010. Dr. Vaughn furthered his specialized training by earning certifications in Spinal Manipulation and Dry Needling through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. He is also an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), is certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), certified in concussion management through the American Institute of Balance, and most recently underwent training at the Romanov Academy to become a certified running technique specialist. He was also voted 2015’s Best Physical Therapist by readers of The State Newspaper.
Dr. Vaughn specializes in combining advanced manual therapy skills with dry needling, functional movement, and mobility restoration. Dr. Vaughn has utilized these techniques while rehabilitating several world-class athletes including NFL players, Olympians, and CrossFit Games athletes at the highest level.
In his spare time, Dr. Vaughn enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter as well as training and competing in Ironman triathlons and local CrossFit competitions.
Vertex PT Specialists Locations
2829 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
3541 Dreher Shoals Rd., Ste 3
Irmo, SC 29063
1825 Laurel Street
(At Carolina CrossFit)
Columbia, SC 29201