Meet Our Team

Allow us to introduce our doctors and therapists – all highly qualified physical therapy specialists.

Ryan Fenton, DPT, MTC


Dr. Ryan T. Fenton DPT, MTC, Certified Dry Needling, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. He went on to achieve his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree while graduating with honors from the University of St. Augustine.

Since 1996, Ryan has dedicated his work to research-based Orthopedic Manual Therapy and Rehabilitation of the spine and extremities. He achieved his post-graduate Manual Therapy Certification focusing on spine and joint manipulations. Ryan underwent a manual therapy mentorship in Colorado focusing on Trigger Point and Myofascial Release.

Dr. Fenton is certified in Functional Dry Needling by Evidence in Motion’s Kinetacore.  Ryan has thousand’s of hours of experience dry needling, helping his patients reach their wellness goals.

Ryan has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1994. 

He lives in Asheville with two boys, and dogs.

Ryan Fenton, DPT , MTC

Jessan Hager, MPT


Jessan is a veteran PT with over 10 years experience as a manual-based PT thanks to Grad school at Western Carolina University. He welcomes the challenge of working with difficult cases and enjoys the process of partnering with patients in their journey of managing their difficulties. He has found a specialization in head, neck and face (TMJ/TMD) issues, but employs a head-to-toe approach of assessment and treatment. He believes strongly in the value of persistent assessment which is a benefit of hands-on manual therapy, complimented and reinforced by novel and intentional movement.

He has a variety of professional experience ranging from making awesome websites to managing the ups and downs of garage doors to cafe management. After graduating with an Art Design degree he endeavored in more than a year of travel around the world, crossing several continents overland and a sailing passage across the Indian Ocean.

His true love is at home or on the road with his wife, son, daughter and 2 dogs. He spends his off time camping, hiking, fishing, gardening, cooking etc.

Jessan Hager

Katherine Hendrick, DPT


1 on 1 Physical Therapy loves having Dr. Katherine B. Hendrick, DPT as part of the team.

Voted Best Physical Therapist in WNC by the Mountain Xpress Readers Poll (2nd Place in 2018,) Katherine earned her doctorate in physical therapy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 2016.  Prior to becoming a doctor of  physical therapy, Katherine was a yoga instructor while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in exercise science at Appalachian State University in 2013.

Katherine applies numerous hands-on techniques including myofascial release, trigger point dry needling, neurologic dry needling, cupping, taping, Astym, gua sha, joint mobilizations and joint manipulation as well as other techniques and teaches specific exercises to optimize functional movement, decrease pain, improve quality of life and help patients to achieve their maximum potential.  

“I want my patients to know that I care about them not only on a physical level, but on a personal level as well.”

Favorite quote:
“Love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.” ~R. C. Sproul

She enjoys running, hiking, mountain biking, riding horses, kayaking, rock climbing, being outside, cooking and playing violin. She would like to learn more about gardening and beekeeping.

Katherine Hendrick, DPT

Cynthia Henson, DPT


Dr. Cynthia Henson, DPT, earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. She continued her education earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 2015. She has been practicing as a Physical Therapist locally since June 2015.

Cynthia is a dedicated and passionate clinician who strives to provide excellent client care.

“I value opportunities to expand my current abilities through evidence-based research, continuing education, community service, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.”

As a native to the area, she is blessed to call Western North Carolina her home. She is married to Travis Henson and currently resides in Henderson County.  Cindy and Travis are the proud parents of three boys and one girl.

Cynthia Henson, DPT

Monty Martin, PT, DPT, Cert. DN


Monty is a native of Macon, Georgia. He moved to Savannah, Georgia to pursue training as a Massage Therapist in 2008. After working in the massage field, he attended Georgia Southern University’s Armstong campus, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences with a minor in Psychology. He went on to attend Physical Therapy school at Georgia Southern, and graduated with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2019.

Since graduation, Monty has worked in outpatient orthopedic settings, and has worked with specialty populations including patients with headache, orofacial pain, and chronic pain. He has a special interest in manual therapy techniques, and has taken continuing education in dry needling and spinal manipulation through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.

When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three cats (he will gladly share pictures), playing guitar, reading, writing, and hiking in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains.

Monty Martin, physical therapist at 1on1 PT in Asheville

Ama Olson, DPT


Ama Olson graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish in 2007 from Berea College, KY. She also volunteered for three months in El Salvador and studied abroad for a year in Ecuador during this period of time.

After graduating from Berea, Ama spent three months traveling around Spain and then moved to Hawaii for nine years. While in Hawaii, she lived at Kalani Honua, an intentional community retreat center, for 2 years and taught aerial dance and yoga for 2 and 6 years respectively.

The time spent as a teacher inspired Ama to go back to school and study physical therapy. In 2021, Ama received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, CO. While in school, she participated in leadership, intercultutural and interprofessional development training.

Ama’s experience includes working at settings with orthopaedic, sport and vestibular populations. She has an integrated approach to PT and utilizes a variety of skills including dry needling, joint manipulation/ mobilizations to spine and extremities, IAST, pain neuroscience education, relaxation and breathing techniques, and therapeutic exercise to assist patients to meet personal goals and live a healthier, more purposeful life.  ​​

Ama Olson, DPT

Alex Shwahna, DPT


Welcome 1on1 PT Asheville’s newest addition to the physical therapy scene: Dr. Alex Shwahna, DPT! Born and raised in this vibrant community, Alex knows the heartbeat of the Hendersonville-Asheville community, the outdoor wonders of the region, and the health-conscious mindset that we are known for. This intimate knowledge, combined with his expertise in strength and conditioning, allows him to provide a tailored and holistic approach to healing, unlike any other.

His journey began at UNC Asheville, where he discovered his passion for health and wellness, forming the foundation of his remarkable approach to patient care.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Alex shares a beautiful love story with his wife Shannon, whom he’s been with since their high school days. Together, they cherish their time with their dogs, friends, and family, explore new places, and play Spikeball (if you don’t know, you should definitely check it out). Their zest for life mirrors the energy Alex brings to patient care, creating an atmosphere of warmth and positivity that is truly remarkable.

So, if you’re seeking a physical therapist who not only understands your health needs but also the heart and soul of Asheville, look no further than Dr. Alex Shwahna. His expertise, genuine care, and deep ties to this community make him the perfect partner on your path to recovery and wellness in Asheville. 

asheville physical therapist Alex Shwahna at 1on1 PT

Heidi Wheildon


I am office manager here at 1 on 1 Physical Therapy. I moved to Asheville from England in July 2018 with my husband. I have a four legged best friend named Martha the German Shepherd. I have been with 1 on 1 Physical Therapy since November 2019 and love the team. Thank you Asheville for giving me a fulfilling, fun and exciting new life.

Heidi Wheildon