Success is measured in terms of recovery.  Physical Therapy plays an integral role in reaching full recovery as quickly as possible.  Our orthopedic-focused physical therapy is located just one floor above the physicians office and communication between our physicians and our therapists is unparalleled. 


Melissa Tippets, Clinic Director

Melissa attended Nova Southeastern University on a basketball scholarship and received her undergraduate Bachelor degree in Sports and Recreation management. Her interest in physical therapy grew from her personal experience as a patient after seeking treatment for injuries sustained while playing high school and college sports. Melissa continued her education, receiving her Doctor of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University in Mesa AZ. Melissa began her career working in pediatric physical therapy in Arizona.  Melissa joined the AOA team in 2014. Melissa is certified in DN1 (lower extremity dry needling.) Melissa is passionate about motivating her patients and helping them meet their goals.

Vickie Smith

Vickie attended Gadsden State Community College, Jefferson State Community College, and the University of Alabama.  She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, making jewelry, watching movies, and shopping. She really enjoys taking care of her patients and seeing them improve with rehab.

Meagan Cabrer

Meagan joined AOA in 2018 following her graduation from Alabama State University with her Doctor of Physical Therapy. Meagan graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in Biology. Meagan was a standout volleyball player in high school where she led her team to back to back state championships. Meagan has a passion for patient care and enjoys seeing her patients excel. recently undergone training for dry needling and is excited to implement that with her patients.  She also enjoys spending time with animals of all kinds, most notably dogs. She resides at home with her fur baby, Mila. In her spare time she enjoys free diving with sharks and exploring the great outdoors. Meagan aspires to travel cross county in a camper and see the world.

Laurel Lafferty, LPTA, BS

Laurel is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. She received her Associate in Applied Science from Wallace State in Hanceville Alabama. She has practiced in skilled nursing facilities as well as orthopedics. Laurel also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Central Connecticut State University. Laurel is a pursuer of knowledge, she is meticulous in her treatments, with attention to detail to optimize patient outcomes. Laurel is the mother of four children.

Karen Turgeon, OTR/L

Karen is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist specializing in elbow, wrist and hand injuries and conditions.  2022 will be her 25th year in her field.  She graduated from Auburn University and went on to Tuskegee University for her OT degree.  Karen began working for AOA PT in 2013.  Karen lives in Jacksonville with her husband, a local financial advisor, and their three sons.

Jeremy Forrest, LPTA, BS Clinical Lead Therapist

Jeremy is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise science and wellness. He completed his Associate in Applied Science in the physical therapist assistant program from Jefferson State Community College in 2005. Jeremy began working at Anniston Orthopaedics Physical Therapy in 2007.  In 2020 Jeremy defied all odds and recovered from heart transplant surgery. Jeremy is passionate about making therapy fun and beneficial for his patients. Jeremy and his wife have one son


AOA office staff.


Anniston Orthopaedic Associates, P.A., is conveniently located in the Tyler Center on the campus of Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center.  Our office is on the third floorwith easy access to the parking deck attached to the north side of the building.

731 Leighton Avenue, Suite 300
Anniston, Alabama 36207

Phone: 256-236-4121
Fax: 256-237-5254

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