Staff

    At The Physical Therapy Center of Ocean Springs & Biloxi we take pride in the quality of our work. All of our staff members are trained professionals, and are here to help you recover during a difficult time. Here are just a few things you should know about the expertise of our clinicians who are committed to providing quality care and treatment:

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    Douglas Roll, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, CIDN

    Doug graduated from Ohio University School of Physical Therapy in 1989, and moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast later that same year. Shortly after moving to the Gulf Coast, he entered and successfully completed an 18-month post-graduate Manual Physical Therapy Residency Program in 1991. In 1996 he completed testing to become board a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Since achieving that designation, he has successfully recertified twice and holds the certification as Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist until 2026. Doug is one of only 16 Board Certified Specialists practicing in the State of Mississippi.

    In 1998 he opened the Physical Therapy Center of Ocean Springs (PTCOS). The level of care delivered was appreciated by both patients and the local medical community which led to the opening of WorkReady!™! (an Industrial Physical Therapy Program) at Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2012. Since that time, he has grown his business to include the Physical Therapy Center of Biloxi in 2016, and the addition of Aquatic Physical Therapy at PTCOS in 2017.

    Doug is has performed thousands of Functional Capacities Evaluations (FCE) since 1991; as of January 2017, he’s performed over 9,000 FCE’s!

    In 2015, Governor Phil Bryant bestowed a great honor by appointing Doug to a four-year term as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Physical Therapy, representing the 4th Congressional District. Doug is also a Clinical Faculty Member of the following Schools of Physical Therapy: University of Mississippi Medical Center, William Carey, University of South Alabama, Ohio University, and Loma Linda University.

    Locally, Doug is a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Rotary Club of Ocean Springs, Board of Directors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, and the Ocean Springs Yacht Club. When he’s not working Doug enjoys boating, fishing, hanging out at Horn Island with his wife, daughter and friends. Doug is also a competitive open water swimmer, routinely participating in open water swims up to 3.2 miles.

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    Aaron Pettis, MS, PT, FAAOMPT

    Aaron graduated from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY in 1995 with a BS/MS in physical therapy. He completed an advanced residency in manual therapy in 1997 with Gulf Coast Graduate Physical Therapy Institute and subsequently earned fellow status with the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists. Aaron is also trained and certified in trigger point dry needling.

    He has practiced in Pascagoula, MS and Birmingham, AL where his focus has been on evaluating and treating patients with orthopedic injuries and aiding them restore function to return to work and sport at the highest level possible. Aaron is the Program Director for WorkReady!™, our Industrial Physical Therapy Program in Pascagoula.

    Aaron and his wife, Nikki, live in Ocean Springs with their seven children and is an active member of Mosaic Church. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys supporting his kids in all their extra-curricular activities, reading, exercising and hunting.

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    Josh Becker, PT, DPT, OCS

    Josh is a 2013 graduate from Ohio University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and later, Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In addition to completing an internship with PTCOS, his clinical internships include a heavy manual-based rotation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Facility under supervision of a past OCS resident and a Neuro ICU rotation at Orlando Regional Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center.

    While at Ohio University, Josh earned national recognition for his work in the physical therapy department’s Motor Control Laboratory. His project titled, “The Effect of Pelvic Constraint on Joint Movements of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine During Reaching Tasks” won the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Research Section’s “Best Poster” award in the annual Combined Sections Meeting.

    Josh has advanced his physical therapy skills and knowledge by completing an orthopedic residency program through Evidence in Motion and is currently a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the APTA. Josh is active with the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association, currently serving as the Continuing Education Committee Chairperson.

    In addition to his professional career, Josh is a member of St Alphonsus Church in Ocean Springs. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, surfing, and running.

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    Rob DeLong, M.Ed., ATC, LAT, Athletic Trainer

    Rob is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC, before graduating from Barry University in Miami Shores with a BS in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. He holds a M.Ed. (Sports Administration) from Nothwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

    An active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Rob has worked in all levels of athletics; high school, collegiate, and the professional level. He has been the head athletic trainer at both the high school and collegiate levels. Rob gained experience in professional athletics as an intern with both the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals.

    His wife, Lori, is also an Athletic Trainer. They have two children: MacLynn and Braeden. They are parishioners of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Aside from his passion for his work as an Athletic Trainer, Rob greatly enjoys spending time with his family, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts.

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    Robert Bishop, OTR/L, MPH

    Robbie brings more than 20 years of experience to the PTCOS and WorkReady!™ team. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and later completed his Master’s in Public Health degree with an emphasis in Occupational Health and Safety, from the University of Southern Mississippi. Robbie has primarily worked in the industrial rehabilitation setting, treating a variety of injuries and diagnoses along with performing functional testing and impairment rating recommendations.

    He is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children: Abbie Grace, Blake and Bryce.

    Jeffrey Huesser, PT, DPT

    Jeffrey is a 2012 graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Exercise in Exercise Science and Athletic Training. He excelled further at University of Mississippi Medical Center, completing his Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2014. His clinical internships included a heavy manual based rotation with Therapy in Motion in Norman, OK, and a Neuro and Pediatric rotation in Fayetteville, GA. Jeffrey is currently pursing a board certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the Evidence in Motion residency program to enhance his ability to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions.

    Originally from Saint Marys, GA, Jeffrey recently relocated to the Ocean Springs area. In his spare time, Jeffrey enjoys soccer, running, college football, and traveling.

    Lauren Mattiace, PT, DPT

    Lauren is a 2009 graduate of Mississippi State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Clinical Exercise Physiology. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. As a student, she completed a clinical internship at the Physical Therapy Center of Ocean Springs and an additional orthopedic and sports medicine internship at the University of Kansas. After graduation, Lauren relocated to the Gulf Coast where she has been practicing in the orthopedic setting evaluating and treating patients, helping them restore function and return to activities they enjoy. She is currently enrolled in an orthopedic residency program through Evidence in Motion and upon completion will become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist.

    Locally, Lauren is a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Junior Auxiliary of Biloxi-Ocean Springs, and the Mississippi State University Alumni Association – Gulf Coast Chapter. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Richard, their two dogs, Muldrow and Stella, playing tennis, traveling, and being on the water with family and friends.

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    Cory Hegarty, PT, DPT

    Cory is originally from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Cory Completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2013. While at Saint Francis he obtained his minor in exercise physiology. From graduation until the present, Cory traveled the country as a traveling physical therapist. Over this three year span, Cory was able to not only experience different parts of the country, but also many different physical therapy settings and practices. Cory is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and in January will be pursuing a board certification in Orthopedic Physical Therapy through the Evidence in Motion residency program to enhance his ability to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. Cory’s wife, Christina, who he met traveling, is also a physical therapist. They have decided to settle down in Pascagoula and recently had their first child John Paul.

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    David Stone, LPTA

    David is a 2013 graduate of Bishop State College in Mobile, AL. Originally from New Orleans, he has lived on the Gulf Coast now for more than 30 years. He holds an undergraduate degree in Occupational Education and has extensive experience in orthopedics and geriatric physical therapy. David’s hands-on approach to therapy and his enthusiasm about patient care reflects in a positive manner in our clinic. In his time away from the clinic, David enjoys motorcycle riding, conditioning exercises (he was a Personal Trainer from 1999-2001), and working on miscellaneous projects. David attends Cedar Lake Christian Assembly in Biloxi, MS.

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