PT, DPT, Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy

David Smelser

David joined A Step Ahead Physical Therapy in 2016. As a lifelong runner, David enjoys focusing on orthopedics and gait analysis. In addition to sport and orthopedic conditions, David has trained in the treatment of vestibular impairments and regularly treats clients with vertigo.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Florida College and went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Georgia State University. During his doctorate work, he completed graduate research on nonsurgical management of ACL tears and conservative treatment of plantar fasciitis. He currently teaches Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology as an Adjunct Professor for Florida College. In 2018, he joined Georgia State University as a Part-Time Instructor and lectures in the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders series. David has also completed postgraduate training in dry needling and is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist.

As a member of the cross country team in college, David participated in his division’s national championship. Now married to a pediatric physical therapist, David and his wife are involved with the Atlanta Track Club. David and his wife are also active members at Powers Ferry Church of Christ. When they aren’t running or treating clients, David and his wife love caring for their Brittany puppy, Milly.