Meet The Team


Nate Dixon

DPT, Owner

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Originally from Fremont, OH, Dr. Nathan Dixon is the owner of LAVA Physical Therapy and LAVA 24 Fitness in Hilton Head Island, SC. Before he obtained his doctorate in physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, he attended Ohio University and the University of Ohio. In his free time he loves playing with his golden-doodle, Duke, walking him on the beach and learning more about nutrition and wellness.


Lindy Popovich


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Lindy was born in the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She attended the College of Charleston for her undergraduate degree and moved onto the Medical University of South Carolina for her Master of Science in Rehabilitation-Physical Therapy. Lindy has over 15 years of clinical experience. She has traveled the United States practicing in every kind of setting with patients ranging from 4 to 102 years of age. Lindy has a hands-on approach and enjoys what she does thoroughly. Lindy is also a new mom and is loving every minute of it.


Thomas Puckhaber

PT, DPT, Cert. TMM

Dr. Thomas Puckhaber graduated from Coastal Carolina with his undergraduate degree in Health Promotion. While there, he served an internship as the strength and conditioning coach for Coastal Carolina’s inaugural football team. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine. He has 18 years of experience in the field, working in a variety of settings and proudly serving patients from ages 3 to 103. He specializes in manual therapy, and is a certified TMJ specialist who is also vestibular and concussion certified. He was born and raised in NJ, where he formed many relationships with the patients he treated over the years. Tom is excited for his future at LAVA PT and can’t wait to meet you! When he is not at work, he is home spending time with his wife and two young children and can be found at the beach or in the gym. 

Ashton Saxon


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.

Mark Bollinger


Mark Bollinger was born in Essex, England (sorry, no accent) and moved to the states in the early 90s. Mark attended Central Penn College where he achieved a degree as a PTA. Mark enjoys hiking, playing with his pup, anything outdoors, and talking about Game of Thrones. 


Iris Smith

Billing Manager/Administrator

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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.