MEET OUR STAFF 2018-07-29T03:41:37+00:00


Dr. Laura Sanner, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Physical Therapist, Director of Clinical Services, Owner

The variety we see in our small clinic setting is great and keeps me busy and always thinking and growing. Treating back pain is my favorite, I love figuring out the different pieces of the puzzle to get to the root of what’s going on.

I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science and played club sports at the University of Pittsburgh (2004). I went straight to PT school from there, earning my Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the #1 program in the country, the University of Delaware (2006).  I was born in Glen Burnie and I’ve lived in northern Anne Arundel County my entire life, except while away for school. I love the area since it’s close to the water, the city, but also has room to stretch your legs,

In the last 3 years, my husband TJ and I have made the conscious effort to change some habits, mostly diet, to improve our own health.  After watching the Documentary Fed Up we took the Fed Up Challenge: no sugar for 10 days. It was tough, but it was the spark we needed! Fast forward to today, our kids are eating more greens, fresh fruits, and other whole foods than we ever dreamed they would.  Most of the time we’re vegetarian, sometimes vegan, but it usually goes out the window for special occasions and road trips!

My days off are spent with TJ and our 2 children.  I love cooking, music, sports and Halloween! I’m lucky and thankful for our family time.  Our calendar as business owners and parents of kids in 2 different levels of school looks daunting, but our support network of my and TJ’s parents is truly what makes it all possible. Around the time we had our first daughter, we started scheduling routine family dinners. Each of our parents host a weekly dinner which is a huge help, especially now! It’s become a staple on our schedule, and we love time to catch up when it’s otherwise just ‘hi’ and ‘bye’. It takes a village and we’re lucky to have ours, as well as our work fam here at Atlas.

Megan Davis, PT
Physical Therapist

I was born in Dayton, Ohio, moving to Severna Park when I was 15. After learning to love steamed crabs, sailing, and Orioles Baseball, I graduated from Severna Park High School. I followed in my father’s footsteps, attending Duke University, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology, in preparation for earning my Certificate in Physical Therapy from University of Pennsylvania in 1981. I started my career at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore,on the rehab team treating people with spinal cord injuries, head injuries and strokes. After a brief stop in rural Pennsylvania, doing orthopedics and home care, I married the love of my life and came back to this area. I worked as the Director of P.T. at a comprehensive outpatient rehab. facility in Baltimore for several years, until our first child was born.

Once we started having children, I enjoyed working for myself, in private practice.  When our sixth child was born, we found a house that fit all the kids, the Labrador Retriever, and my P.T. practice. I treated pain problems, orthopedic issues, and neurologic problems (e.g., cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s & stroke), as well as 23 years providing P.T. to students with multiple learning differences, including Autism spectrum disorders, at The Harbour School of Annapolis.

My husband, Steve, and I have been blessed to see kids moving on to college, their own careers and lives, with the last of our seven children at Archbishop Spalding High School.  I have been active in my church, helped coach pee wee soccer, junior girls lacrosse, and kept busy with a variety of community activities. We like beaches, hiking and outdoor recreation; mountains will always draw me. I love road trips to explore areas of the U.S.A. I have not yet seen.  As our family evolves, I have phased out my home practice to allow more time for direct patient care and family.

I have gained a serious interest in natural approaches to health. This has led to a “growing interest” in gardening, as well as encouraging people to get in touch with nature, eat foods that heal, spend less time on screens, and more time with in-person connections to promote well-being. Many healthcare problems stem from looking for quick fixes rather than investing in healthy lifestyles; I believe Physical Therapists can help people develop healthy habits, making drugs and surgery last resort options for severe cases.

I am thrilled to be part of the Atlas team, sharing my experience while learning from the high level of professionalism of my colleagues. The environment of personal attention and individual care that I have offered my patients over the years is an integral part of the Atlas philosophy.

Dr. Lauren Arihood, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Physical Therapist

I was born in Philadelphia and moved to Baltimore in Aug 2017. I received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2004. I then went on to obtain my Master’s of Science Degree in Forensic Biology from the State University of New York-University at Albany.  Prior to becoming a physical therapist, I was a forensic scientist for almost ten years. I mainly worked on obtaining DNA evidence from remains and crime scene samples. Despite this glamorous lifestyle, as portrayed on numerous television shows, I decided it was time to make a change.

After several stints in physical therapy and due to my love of analyzing movement patterns and physical fitness, I decided to go back to school and obtained my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from George Washington University in 2016.  I began my career as an outpatient therapist in San Antonio, TX. Both there and at Atlas Physical Therapy I treat orthopedic conditions, gait abnormalities, as well as provide vestibular rehabilitation. I have advanced training in manual, hands on techniques, that I utilize with all patients. I enjoy continuing education opportunities that involve manual therapy, including joint manipulation. I am a firm believer in manual therapy and believe that manual therapy, along with skilled corrective exercises, is the way to recovery. I obtained my certification in May 2018 in Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, which allows me to perform trigger point dry needling on patients with chronic pain, headaches/migraines, low back, neck, shoulder, and jaw pain just to name a few.

Outside of physical therapy I enjoy spending time with my husband Brent and our two dogs, Paddington and Nymeria. I am a military wife and have enjoyed meeting people of all different walks of life in the various places where we have lived. That being said, I am very proud to be from Philadelphia and am a huge Philadelphia sports fan! As you can imagine, I was beyond ecstatic when the Eagles won the Super Bowl this year! People call me crazy but one of the best days of my life! Overall though I love sports and can talk sports with the best of them.

I also am a fitness enthusiast and participate in many different forms of physical fitness. I currently participate in heart rate training and weight lifting. I firmly believe the way to minimize injuries is to lead an active lifestyle. I enjoy working with patients who are either fitness enthusiasts or trying to slowly get into a workout routine. I love analyzing movement patterns and often gym injuries are sustained when performing an exercise incorrectly. I find it very enjoyable to correct 1-2 ways a patient is doing an exercise and the benefit is almost immediately apparent.

It’s a pleasure being part of such a great team at Atlas Physical Therapy. I love the personal attention that is given to our patients and I am glad to be a part of it!

Dr. Sam Essy, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota but grew up in State College, Pennsylvania better known as Happy Valley home of the Penn State Nittany Lions. After Graduating from State College Area High School in 2008 I attended Penn State University. My passion for human physiology and exercise science lead me to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology, which I obtained in 2012. I took two years off before starting graduate school working as a physical therapist aide as well as a bartender in the evenings.

I began graduate school in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University in 2014. This was my first time living far from home and in a big city, the experience was both overwhelming and exciting. I graduated in May 2017 with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy and became a licensed therapist in August 2017. During my time at Thomas Jefferson University I had a passion for orthopedic conditions, low back pain, as well as manual techniques which I was able to further pursue during my clinical rotations.

My interests outside of Physical Therapy include cooking, sports, and anything outdoors from hiking to hunting and fishing. I am new to the Baltimore area and looking forward to experience all that it has to offer. I am thrilled to start my career with Atlas Physical Therapy and grow both as a professional and an individual.

Dr. Rebekah Gillin, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapist

I was born and raised in Easton, MD and was homeschooled with my 4 older brothers. I convinced my mom to let me try boarding school for my final 2 years of high school and graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy in 2009. I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland (2014). I then attended the University of Delaware and received my Doctor of Physical Therapy in December 2016.

While I was in PT school, one of my clinical instructors was completing an orthopedic physical therapy residency program. It seemed like so many of the skills she learned she had told me she had learned in residency. I decided that I wanted to also continue with another year of optional residency training after school so I could specialize in orthopedics and learn new techniques to help my patients. While completing my residency I had the opportunity to treat a wide array of orthopedic conditions, and I developed a passion for treating knee and low back conditions. I completed my orthopedic residency at the University of Delaware in February 2018.

Outside of physical therapy I enjoy cuddling with my 2 cats and spending time with my family (lots of siblings = lots of nephews… and 1 niece). I love the beach, listening to podcasts, reading, and playing piano (although this has gotten a little rusty without much access to a piano in college). I also enjoy cooking and love finding new, healthy recipes to try.

My husband and I decided that while we loved our time in Delaware, it was time to return to our roots in Maryland to be closer to family. I was immediately impressed with the personal attention Atlas provides to all patients and the camaraderie I felt between all the staff. I knew immediately I had to be a part of this team, and I am so excited to be joining the Atlas fam!

Sydney Taylor
Office Manager & Compliance Officer

I was born in Silver Spring, MD and have since lived all over Maryland! Since I was 5, I have always played sports. I started playing soccer and tee-ball as a kid, then started swimming, softball and did cheerleading for ten years. I graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2014.

I love working with children, animals and people in general! After high school, I went to Anne Arundel Community College in pursuit of and Elementary Education degree. I was planning on becoming a second-grade teacher. As I went through school, I realized that I just wasn’t as passionate about it as I had thought. I decided to take some time off from school and figure out what I wanted to do. I worked in the service industry for 4 years and would have never thought that I would enjoy an administrative role…but I love it (it makes me feel like a real adult)! I love working behind-the-scenes of a medical practice. Although I’m not a Physical Therapist myself, I still get to help people accomplish their goals and get back to their lives and daily activities, pain-free!  I have been through PT myself for three different sports-related injuries and always found it fun and interesting.

Outside of work, my plans for the future consist mostly of traveling. I dream of seeing the world! I would love to go Thailand, Australia and Ireland, just to name a few. I love everything about the outdoors; being by the water, the fresh air, the sunshine, I love it all! In July 2017, I completed my first hike, conquering Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. It is the end of the Appalachian Trail and the highest mountain in Maine with an elevation of 5,267 ft., about a 12-mile hike. Within the next five years, I plan on thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, starting at the Mexican border and ending at the Canadian border. I’m sure I will need some PT after that!

Becky Dukan
Physical Therapist Technician

I was born in Baltimore County and lived in Harford County my entire life. I went to Joppatowne High School for my freshman year. I realized that I learn better on my own, so I completed my remaining 3 years in about 6-8 months online, with Penn Foster. After high school, I took a year off to work and decide which career path to follow. I decided to get my physical therapy aide certificate with Penn Foster and finished it in a little less than a year.

Other than English, I can speak Russian and Ukrainian. I’ve attended a Slavic church in Baltimore City my entire life, so keeping up with my other languages is a must. I’m very passionate about fitness and nutrition; I love taking care of myself and helping others around me. If I’m not at work, I’m with my friends or at the gym. My favorite thing to focus on at the gym is my legs…. Every day is leg day. I mostly deadlift and squat. My sister Jenny is my gym buddy and my grandfather was a professional gymnast when he lived in Ukraine, I would say being active runs in the family.

I enjoy being outside, only when its warm out. I love to hike, swim, and explore new places with my friends. Visiting Finland is definitely at the top of my list to go explore. I love to sing, growing up I had no choice especially since I was in the children’s choir. I grew to love it. The more I sang in church, the more comfortable I became singing in front of a crowd. The one thing I love more than anything is Chick-Fil-A, if I could eat it every day, all day, I would. On my lazy days I enjoy watching the office on Netflix. My favorite quote from The Office is “Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott

I enjoy working at Atlas Physical Therapy, It’s the best job I’ve ever had. I love my Atlas fam. I also love meeting and talking to all the patients that come in.

Jo Daniel
Phsyical Therapist Technician

I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland and I grew up in Damascus where I attended high school at Damascus High School. I have lived in the same house my whole life and my mom has been in the same home for the past 32 years.

In high school, I played basketball and football. I played 1year of high school football and got pulled up to varsity but after a long season of basketball, I decided to stop playing football and start focusing on basketball. I started 3 out of the 4 years on the varsity basketball team but I ended up having a severe ankle injury that resulted in surgery. This injury ended my chances to play college basketball, which was a long-term dream of mine.  It was a 5-month recovery process and physical therapy was hard.

I graduated from Damascus High School in 2014 after which I attended Montgomery Community College. At first, I wanted to follow in my Dad’s footsteps and be a Civil Engineer but after a couple semesters of classes in the field, I realized that my real passion was physical therapy. I transferred to Towson University now as an Exercise Science major and am striving to get into Physical Therapy school after I finish my Bachelor of Science.

I started looking for a Physical Therapy Tech jobs to help me see if this is truly where my heart is. I found Atlas and they made me 100% positive this is what I want to do with the rest of my life.  Being at Atlas reminded me of the 1 on 1 physical therapy that I had during my recovery process. The 1 on 1 treatment and real patient care is what made me fall in love with physical therapy and inspired me to want to help others in the first place. This is exactly the way that I was helped and cared for when I was at one of my lowest times. Being at Atlas gives me reassurance that this is the career path I want to follow.

Outside of work I still try to play basketball as much as I can. I hang out with my friends and I love watching sports. I really want to travel throughout Europe and South America. Traveling is an experience that I love. Different than most people, I don’t mind driving to places. I feel likebeing on the road with whoever you are with can be just as fun as the actual trip! I absolutely HATE the cold.  My retirement plan is California or Florida. Somewhere I won’t have to worry about the snow.

Mallory McGee, RMP
Front Desk Coordinator

I was born in Baltimore County and have lived in Dundalk my entire life. I attended Dundalk High School as well as Sollers Point Technical School. My schooling days have been nothing but busy. Ever since I was in elementary school I have done everything extra circular. During high school I played volleyball, and softball being the captain of both teams, I truly love volleyball and have an extreme passion for the game. While in high school my grandmother was in and out of the hospital and it was a difficult time for the family but being there every day after school made me really appreciate the medical industry. When I found out I could go to Dundalk High School but also attend a second school to get my Certified Nursing Assistant license I was all in. Attending two schools made life difficult because it involved a year of summer school to get all my credits required to graduate, but I was dead set on working in a hospital to help people like my grandmother. I graduated in 2016 from both schools and started my internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During the internship it made me realize I wasn’t cut out to be a nurse and it made me have a new-found love for nurses who do their jobs every day.

After I graduated I realized I still wanted to help people heal, just maybe not in a hospital setting. One month after I graduated I started massage school, it was a short program, but I did receive my massage license and worked as a massage therapist for a couple months. I began working my first job as front desk coordinator while I attended massage school and worked in that position for a year before moving to the back of the facility to massage. It was beneficial for me to know the ins and outs of the company working the front and then working in the back and becoming the boss of my own schedule. I soon realized the culture wasn’t a good match, I loved the new skills I had learned, but was ready for a change. So, I began job searching and it led me right here to Atlas!! I’m so glad to be a part of a company I truly stand behind. I’ve been to physical therapy two times before with two separate companies and nothing compares to Atlas. Their mentality and the pride they take in educating and going the extra mile for their clients is nothing I have ever seen before.

Outside of work I love going to the gym, not as much to work out but I love to tan. It may not be good for you but it’s something I enjoy, and I don’t go every day, maybe once a week. Other than that, I love spending time with my family. During the summer we spend Sunday’s with my grandparents eating delicious crabs! Most of my time is spent with my adorable 1-year-old puppy Rocky, who’s my world! He’s crazy and bad to the bone but I still love him. He loves long walks on the beach… just kidding, but he does love walks! He has a lot of energy and it’s hard for him to relax, so we are always on the go!

Other than that, I love coming to Atlas, the environment is one of a kind, no matter the mood everyone puts a smile on your face!

TJ Sanner
Chief Operating Officer

I have been a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County except when I attended University of Maryland Baltimore County for Mechanical Engineering.  I also attended University of Maryland University College for Finance. Even though I’ve never used either of those educations directly, I feel they have added a tremendous amount of value and knowledge to my life. I have been the Assistant Harbormaster at Gibson Island Yacht Squadron since 2006 and have worked there since I was 14-years-old alongside my father who has been there since 1984.  I am a United States Coast Guard Captain with a 100-Ton Masters License and have been a captain since I was 20 years old.

I am an avid hunter and greatly enjoy my time outdoors. I’m also the owner and operator of Baydogs Waterfowl & Retriever Services where I specialize in guided waterfowl hunts and retriever training on the Chesapeake Bay. My wife (Dr. Laura Sanner) and I opened Atlas Physical Therapy in June 2016. Since then I’ve worn every hat except the PT hat.  I’ve handled the front desk, tech (I was terrible), benefits coordinator, internal & external marketer, custodian, handyman, grocery getter, equipment acquirer, human resources, and COO.  I am so grateful and proud for the amazing culture and network our Atlas family has created and love seeing our patients and extended Atlas Family out and about.

More importantly, I am a husband and father of 2 smart and beautiful daughters who are the perfect combination of my wife’s intelligence and good looks and my stubbornness. Our life revolves around them and Atlas right now, and I seem to lose track of time and blink and the year has passed. The best part of being a parent is the unsolicited “I love you Daddy” and hugs and kisses. I love experiencing things for the first time with them, and I also love the happiness even the smallest things mean to them like a pretty flower or “daddy cardinal” on our bird feeder.

My favorite failure in life was in 9th grade, the first day of high school. I showed up for 4th period band and expected concert band like I was accustomed to since 4th grade when I began playing saxophone. Instead, I was welcomed by a room of 40 kids eagerly working away loading and unloading instruments, not the first day of school class; these kids were well accustomed to this routine. Come to find out I was signed up for Marching Band and they were already a month into preparations for their Fall show. They practiced until 4:30pm every day (school let out at 1:55pm), and I was so confused. They asked what I played, I told the director saxophone, he said how about bass drum, I said what, and he handed me a bass drum. I called my mom to tell her I was staying after school, had no idea what was going on, she was confused and thought I was probably lying. One week later, my back hurt, I wanted to go home and sleep, ready to quit and not sure why I didn’t on day one. I called my mom again she said oh well you told them you’d play drums, see you after rehearsal.  So give or take 7 years, 4 months, and 14 days later, I married the prettiest, smartest, girl I’d ever seen. Oh, she was a saxophone player by the way… Best. Failure. Ever.

Jake Sanner
Gone to PT School ETA 3 years…

I live locally in Pasadena with my wife and dog Daisy, a lab chow-chow mix (chowbrador), in a little house on the Magothy River. I graduated from Chesapeake High School in 2011 and Towson University in 2015 and entering class of 2021 of University of Maryland Baltimore. I have been accepted into the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and start in June of 2018. It will be so nice attending PT school in Maryland and not having to uproot my family and move to a different state. I have aspirations to one-day work at Atlas as a Physical Therapist to offer my services as a health professional to our incredible patient body. Physical Therapy has intrigued me since I first shadowed Laura when I was in 8th grade and have been diligently working toward that goal ever since. I have such a fortunate privilege working with such amazing Therapists at Atlas that it keeps my love for the profession alive and is a constant reminder of why this field is my true calling. I am most excited to see all the different demographics that a Physical Therapist can work while in school. Right now, working in the office setting interests me most, but I am excited to discover a new passion that I can bring to Atlas.

In my spare time, I enjoy working my vegetable and flower gardens with my companion, Daisy, and cycling on the B&A Trail on the weekends with my wife, Rachel. Gardening is a hobby that was passed down from my grandmother. I can remember picking tomatoes and pumpkins and being amazed! I figured I should start working out the kinks before I have kids of my own someday. I want them to be impressed and amazed just as I was as a little kid! I try to vary what I grow every year and keep a journal of what did well and what did not. I have mastered the cherry tomato, but my spaghetti squash attempt was a failure. This year eggplant is on the list which will help facilitate our new plant-based diet and will make grocery bills a bit lighter!

Cycling is my favorite means to exercise. I was first introduced to it 2 years ago and have not looked back. It has been my first means of exercise that I actually enjoy. I never believed those fitness junkies that said, “Exercise makes me feel better!” until I started cycling. It truly has enhanced the quality of my life and I hope it will help me live a longer healthier one! If you’re ever on the B&A Trail on Saturday mornings, you might catch my car there!

I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy sharing new pieces of information I have learned in my studies and even the occasional fresh veggie from my garden with our patients and friends at Atlas. My family and friends are the foundation of my life and I spend as much time with them as possible. After I graduate PT school and my wife finishes her Master’s Degree, we plan on starting a family of our own! We plan on staying in the area to raise our family, but who knows where our professional careers will take us, but as long as our family stays local (or at least on the East Coast) I don’t see us going anywhere! From holidays, to barbeques, or even the Sunday night Game of Throne premier, I am a proud husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew and cherish everyday with everyone.