Front Desk Coordinator
Quinton is from Spartanburg South Carolina, and is pursuing his undergrad in Mechanical engineering. He has his CF-L1 and coaches Saturday classes at Carolina CrossFit. He is passionate about spending time with his dog Cashew, competing in local CrossFit competitions, and Elton John’s music.
Front Desk Coordinator
Marlaina grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is currently a student at the University of South Carolina finishing up her Exercise Science Undergraduate degree. She hopes to pursue Physical Therapy school in the future.
For the past few years, she has been an avid weightlifter and is passionate about fitness. She plans to continue her education in personal training and earn her CSCS certification.
In her down time, Marlaina loves to spend time with her friends, family, and dog, Ace.
Dr. Mara Argyriou
PT, DPT, CSCS
Mara is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and is passionate about injury prevention and performance. She enjoys working with athletes and active individuals of all ages with the goal to not only return to sport/activity but to enhance performance and quality of life.
Dr. Thavi Chhoun
Thavi was born and raised in Spartanburg, SC and went on to complete her undergraduate career at Clemson University in 2017, with a B.S. in Bioengineering. As a daughter of Cambodian refugees, she held a specific passion for cultural competency which led her and others to chartering a sorority that aimed to spread cultural awareness. This is where she realized she loved working with people, not computers. Therefore, she pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at UofSC and recently graduated this past August!
She is heavily involved in the local amateur adult soccer leagues and has played since she was six, which influences her interest in treating soccer athlete and injury prevention/management. She hopes to begin her PT career pursing certifications and courses that enhance her ability to work specifically with athletes but enjoys working with people of all ages and showing the benefits of movement! In her free time, Thavi enjoys traveling, eating good food, spending time with her dad, and chasing her dog with her boyfriend.
Dr. Thomas DeHaven
Thomas was born and raised just off the coast in Charleston, SC. He developed a passion for health and human performance as an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard. During his time on the beaches, he worked as a United States Life Saving Association Trainer and ensured his guards could perform at the highest level when necessary. While in Charleston, he attended the College of Charleston to improve his understanding of human performance graduating with a B.S in exercise science.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Thomas worked in a variety of physical therapy settings including inpatient rehab and an outpatient physical therapy facility. He completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of South Carolina in 2020 and has called Columbia home ever since.
In his off time Thomas enjoys mastering new skills in the gym, playing golf, playing beach volleyball and exploring the great outdoors near Columbia, SC. On the weekends you can find him playing frisbee with his dog Moki. His clinical strengths include a wide array of manual therapies aimed to reduce your discomfort and get you back to doing what you love as quickly as possible.
Dr. Aimee Depelteau
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Pelvic Health Specialist
Dr. Josh Jeffery
PT, DPT, MS, CSCS
Chief Operating Officer
Josh grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and completed his undergraduate work at the University of Dayton in 2012, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. He moved to Columbia, SC in 2013 to begin graduate school at the University of South Carolina, earning a M.S. in Exercise Science in 2015 and his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2019. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, an OPEX coach and a CrossFit Level 2 trainer.
Josh began his career in the strength and conditioning field and has experience working in multiple settings. He has worked with the athletes at USC, NFL players, Olympic athletes, elite level CrossFitters, weightlifters, powerlifters and everyone in between. As a former college baseball player, Josh enjoys working with throwers and other overhead athletes as they work to get back to their sport. He also enjoys working with functional fitness athletes and has coached Crossfitters to the CrossFit Games, regionals and sanctional events.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs, traveling the country to teach continuing education courses, and training and competing in CrossFit and weightlifting.
Dr. Brandon Vaughn
PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Full Body ART®
Chief Executive Officer
Brandon 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. Brandon 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, certified Pose Method running technique specialist, and most recently certified Full Body Active Release Technique® certified.
Brandon specializes in combining advanced manual therapy skills with dry needling, functional movement, and mobility restoration. Brandon 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, Brandon enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as training and competing in Ironman triathlons and local CrossFit competitions.
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