DPT, Owner, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Alexa Buist was born and raised on the West Coast, growing up just outside of Sacramento, CA. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Willamette University, and went on to attend the University of South Carolina to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has experience in the outpatient setting including treating orthopedic injuries, working with women undergoing breast cancer treatment, treating pelvic floor disorders and TMJ dysfunction. Alexa enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and spending time on the beach in her spare time.
Ashton Saxon was born on Halloween just outside of Atlanta GA and was raised just outside of nearby Savannah, GA. Ashton attended the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA where he specialized in Biochemistry, Hematology, and Sézary Cell Leukemia research before he attended South University to pursue his degree as a PTA. Ashton enjoys reading, playing sports, and playing guitar in his spare time.
PT, DPT, CMTPT, STMT, FMT
Dr. Jeanine Russman, graduated Summa Cum Laude with her undergraduate degree in pre-med from the University of Pittsburgh and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has over 15 years of experience in the field and has practiced in a variety of settings, which has given her the opportunity to treat patients at various stages of their care. She specializes in manual therapy and Myofascial Release for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders and orthopedic injuries and has an advanced level certification in Dry Needling. She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and has lived on Hilton Head Island for five years and has since earned an excellent reputation among the medical field in the area. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, playing with her dogs, hanging out at the beach and various activities on the water.
Iris Smith is from the mountains of North Carolina but has called the low country home for over 16 years. She has managed nursing homes and physician practices prior to working at LAVA. She enjoys engaging with the patients and staff with her various accounting and administrative duties. When not at work she is running after her two girls.
Brooklyn Watts was born and raised in Chillicothe, OH, but moved to Hilton Head Island in the fall of 2019. She graduated high school in 2016 with honors and as a proud member of National Honors Society. She attended Miami University in 2016, before transferring to Shawnee State University to further pursue her education degree. When she moved, she decided to move in a different direction for her career, thus becoming office manager for LAVA Physical Therapy. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing guitar or piano, being on the ocean, and spending time with her best friends.