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Colt Norton

Front Desk Receptionist / Scheduler

Colt Norton works as front desk receptionist / scheduler two days a week at the Manchester TOP Rehab office. He is a former patient, who was able to overcome a Spinal Cord Injury, after a motor vehicle accident (MVA) in 2016. Colt is a member of the Nashville Sled Preds Ice Hockey team. He participates in multiple extracurricular activities, including kayaking, zip lining, and wheelchair tennis. He is part of the Centron Study at Middle Tennessee State University. He is an inspiration to all who meet him.

Testimony of Injury and Ability to Overcome
My name is Christopher Colt Norton. I work in the lobby at the Manchester office. On December 23rd, on my way to work I was involved in a wreck. I was stopped and about to turn left when I was rear ended by a Ford Ranger traveling at a high rate of speed. I awoke to a light shining in my eyes from a flight nurse who witnessed the accident. She held my neck still until the ambulance arrived. Her words were, 'I can't believe you survived this wreck." The truck hit me so hard that it broke off the driver’s seat and the seat belt. I ended up in the back seat on the passenger’s side. When the ambulance and fire truck moved me to the stretcher, I was experiencing excruciating neck pain. The paramedic said, "You must have someone looking over you to have survived that." At 2 a.m., my entire body went numb. My parents drove me to St. Thomas Midtown in Nashville where more scans and X-rays were completed. The tests revealed that my spinal cord was compressed to the size of a ribbon and after I had surgery, I was paralyzed for 9 days. I had to be turned every few hours to prevent bedsores. Then, the nurses used a sling to put me in a sitting position because I could not sit on my own. I had to have an NG tube because my digestive system had shut down. This is when the thoughts of never being able to do anything caused depression to set in. I was devastated. I did rehab at Trustpoint, followed by outpatient services at TOP Rehab. I am now fortunate enough to be able to work alongside amazing people that have helped me along my journey and recovery. I’m a member of the Nashville Sled Preds Ice Hockey team. I also like to go Kayaking, zip lining, and participate in wheelchair tennis. I am also a part of the Centron Study at Middle Tennessee State University, where I use the underwater treadmill and balance machine. I am now able to drive again, and have recently purchased and renovated my own home. I am truly blessed


Crystal Hale, LMT

Front Desk Receptionist / Licensed Massage Therapist

Originally from central Illinois, Crystal Hale went to the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Wellness in 2003. While there, she received an award for being one of the top 3 with the most volunteer hours (working on pre and post sports massage for the Quad City Steamwheelers). After graduating Crystal moved to Manchester, Tennessee and started at Top Rehab in Feb of 2014. Crystal is a licensed massage therapist as well a receptionist and clinician in the Manchester office.

Crystal is married and has 2 children. She loves to be with her family, especially at sporting events and trying foods from different places or countries. She also enjoys movies, music, and making people laugh.

Therapy Staff

Ashley McMurtry, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Ashley McMurtry received her undergraduate degree from Newberry College while being a dual-sport athlete in basketball and softball, and her doctorate degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Physical Therapy. In her professional career, Ashley has served both children and adults with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to Autism, Down's Syndrome, gross motor skill developmental delay, CVA, spinal disorders and orthopedic impairments. She has gained experience in a variety of settings such as acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, and the school system. Ashley currently lives in Tullahoma with her husband, Cody and daughters Hartleigh, Kinsleigh, Presleigh, and Retteleigh. She enjoys all things sports and being active and spending time with family.


Paisley Reed, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Paisley Reed received her undergraduate degree from Motlow State and her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Chattanooga State. In her professional career, Paisley has served both children and adults with the majority of her focus being in pediatrics. She treats a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephalus, Torticollis, and Spina Bifida. Paisley works in both the Tullahoma and Manchester clinics, as well as in the Tullahoma school system. Paisley currently lives in Estill Springs where she recently purchased her first home. She enjoys watching movies, traveling, attending sporting events, and spending time with family in her spare time.


Diane Wiedemann, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Diane Wiedemann graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1988. Now in her 31st year of treating patients, she has experience working with all ages from 0-99 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including nursing homes, outpatient, home health, hospital, Psychiatric and school settings. Diane has worked with a wide range of diagnoses including: Down's Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabled, a variety of chromosome disorders, Sensory Processing Disorder and TBI. Diane is a single mom of 6 children with Cerebral Palsy, who currently lives in Sewanee. She can relate to patients through her own experiences raising children with Autism, ADHD, ADD and Apraxia. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with God and family.


Bethany North, COTA/L

Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Bethany North received her B.S. degree in Human Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Child and Family Studies from University of Tennessee at Martin. She received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Nashville State Community College. Bethany has worked with both children and adults in various settings such as the school system, outpatient rehab and skilled nursing. She has experience working with children with a variety of diagnosis including but not limited to: Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fine motor / visual motor delays, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy.
She's originally from West Tennessee and currently lives in Manchester. She loves spending time with her husband, Ed and two daughter's Lyndsey and Anne Catherine.


Jill Emerson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Jill received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Alabama in Communicative Disorders. In her professional career, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of populations and disorders. She has also gained experience working as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of settings including long term care facilities, schools, homes, and outpatient clinics.

Jill has had the opportunity to work with children and adults with Developmental Delays, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Articulation/Phonological Disorders, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Feeding/Swallowing Disorders. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and their families. Jill is licensed by the board of Tennessee and has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Jill is married to DJ Emerson and they have two children.


Haley Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Haley has worked at TOP Rehab as a speech language pathologist since 2016. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders at MTSU in 2014 and her master’s degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Alabama A&M in 2016. During her studies, she gained experience in public schools, rehabilitation, and hospital settings. During her time at TOP Rehab, she has served both children and adults with a variety of diagnoses, such as articulation disorders, phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, receptive and expressive language delays, dysphagia, and cognitive communication disorders. She lives in Shelbyville with her husband, Shannon, daughter, Claire, and 2 dogs, Lincoln and Wrigley.


Bobbie Albertson, M.S., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Bobbie Albertson MS. CF-SLP. Bobbie graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky and then went on to University of Tennessee in Knoxville and received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. She is originally from Indiana, but now proudly calls TN her home. She enjoys all things outdoors as well as reading and watching Netflix. She loves to travel and has even made trips to Japan and Czech Republic.


Ron Clippard, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ron's adventure in complimentary care began when he was a young adult and developed hobby interests in Yoga, nutrition and Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. After listening to Dr. Andrew Weil speak at a book signing, Ron was inspired to become a massage therapist. He soon attended and graduated from the Tennessee Institute of Healing Arts with a certification in Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) from the NMT Center in St. Petersburg, FL. He began a private practice and joined the TOP Rehab team in 2001. Since graduating in 1997 Ron has avidly pursued his education by completing over 1000 hours of continuing education in various techniques and related studies. He has more recently become an Emmett Practitioner and continues along this path to date. Emmett technique is a unique form of bodywork that employs light touch to help with pain and discomfort. Ron's goals remain dedicated to refining technique and treatment for improved patient outcomes.

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