Functionize Health and Physical Therapy seeks to promote a more knowledgeable and healthier community where access to a high quality of care and maximizing one’s functional well-being is the top priority.
Why are we different?
We see treatment differently at Functionize Health and Physical Therapy. We feel that our hands are our most effective tool. Rather than rely primarily on modalities and exercise, we prefer a hands-on approach where we can feel and treat your problems. Providing you with individualized exercises that you can then complete at home will reinforce your treatment. You can expect to receive extensive one-on-one hands-on treatment followed by instruction or review of functionally based exercises. Time for questions and discussion is also allotted. Through this approach, our clients can achieve better results in a much faster time period.
When you consider the time savings of fewer trips to the clinic and the value of resolving your problems more quickly than average, you are truly getting the “biggest bang for your buck” at Functionize Health and Physical Therapy.
Lauren Sok, MPT
Lauren has a Masters in Physical Therapy and is an experienced Manual Therapist. She founded Functionize Health and Physical Therapy out of a need for a higher standard of physical therapy care where the focus is on treating the whole person through their life span, rather than treating one injury at a time.
A native Pennsylvanian, Lauren obtained a Masters in Physical Therapy and a BS in Health Sciences from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2000.
During her career, Lauren has specialized in diverse Manual Therapy techniques. She strengthened her skills through Continuing Education courses and has trained with many experts in the field. Through years of experience, Lauren has refined and broadened her Manual Therapy skills for fast, effective results. In addition to her extensive background in Manual Therapy, Lauren is also certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Trigger Point Dry Needling, Women’s Health, and Stott Pilates. This broad background allows for a comprehensive approach to treating injuries.
Lauren lives with her husband and 3 children in Dunwoody, GA. She enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jake Reynolds, PT, DPT
Jake earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Mercer University after graduating from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science. Following the completion of his doctorate program, he completed a clinical residency in orthopedic physical therapy at Mercer University as well.
Jake holds memberships with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
Jake’s expertise in athletic and sport performance rehabilitation can be traced back to in his own background as a 4-year member and team captain of the University of Alabama Men’s NCAA Swimming and Diving program. Jake has 20+ years of experience in swimming, which includes beginner and elite level training, competing, coaching, and stroke analysis. Jake’s orthopedic clinical res
Outside of work, Jake is an avid runner, swimmer, and overall workout enthusiast. Leisurely, Jake enjoys trying new restaurants around Atlanta and listening to podcasts.
Front Office Coordinator
Indigenous to Georgia, Audrey received a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science from Georgia State University in 2015. During her undergraduate career, Audrey spent time volunteering at the Georgia Aquarium and interning with the biology department at her school.
With a holistic educational background, she is excited to begin pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. As an avid animal lover, she also plans to earn her certification in canine rehabilitation.
Audrey currently resides in Grant Park with her sheltie puppy, Jude, and rescue cat, Yoda. When she’s not busy studying, she enjoys doing yoga, gardening, and cooking.
Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Medical Exercise Trainer
Phillip began working as a certified personal fitness trainer in 2008. In 2010, he became a certified Medical Exercise Specialist, expanding his scope of practice to working with individuals with conditions. That same year, he founded Health Care Fitness Integrations LLC. In 2013, Phillip and Don Alley became business partners on a venture called Medical Exercise Trainers, a practice that is still thriving in Washington, DC. In early 2017, Phillip moved back to Georgia to open another Medical Exercise Trainers location.
Phillip Served as the American Society of Fitness Professionals President from 2011-2013. Phillip has been featured in Mens Health, The Washington Post, NPR Radio, Reuters, and other media/news outlets as an industry standards expert. He has also worked with a number of organizations like the Arthritis Foundation and US Soccer Foundation.
Phillip lives in Decatur with his wife Daphne and their son. He loves playing softball, walking and biking the neighborhoods, hitting the Atlanta dining scene, and watching UGA football, the Braves, Hawks, and Falcons in his free time.
Merci Ortenzi Treaster PT, DPT
A native of Georgia, Merci obtained her Doctorate of Physical therapy at Mercer University and a BS in Health Sciences from Georgia State University.
Merci began her pelvic floor training at Women First Rehabilitation and has received continuing education with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Institute. In addition to her training in pelvic floor rehabilitation, Merci is also certified in trigger point dry needling. Merci completed her clinical training at Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy, Northeast Atlanta Rehabilitation, and Women First Rehabilitation. She fell in love with the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation after witnessing patients succeed after numerous unsuccessful interventions. She has had experience working with patients recovering from musculoskeletal disorders, sports injuries, joint replacement surgery, neuromuscular disorders, as well as patients with pelvic floor disorders. Merci is passionate about the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation and strives to incorporate the latest evidence into the treatment of her patients. She is a member of the APTA section on Women’s Health.
Merci lives with her husband and labradoodle in Midtown, Atlanta. She enjoys running with her dog around Piedmont Park and the Beltline, practicing yoga, traveling, and playing tennis.
Front Office Manager
Remi received her BS in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. While in school, Remi participated in clubs, intramurals, and a sports medicine program that traveled to Australia in May of 2016.
She is currently applying to graduate programs in pursuit of a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Since starting at Functionize Health & Physical Therapy, she has become interested in the field of pelvic health and hopes to specialize in pelvic floor rehabilitation one day.
Remi lives in Old Fourth Ward with her Holland Lop bunny, Jax. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, listening to records, and kickboxing.
Allyson Balzuweit, MPH, RDN/LD
Allyson has 20 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, working in a variety of settings providing nutrition counseling and education to individuals and groups with a multitude of nutrition needs. She enjoys helping others embrace a healthy and realistic approach to eating through a positive and solution based approach.
Allyson received a BS in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 1996. After completing her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, she relocated to the Washington DC area, where she began working as a clinical dietitian, and eventually transitioned to outpatient counseling for several years. She is certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent weight management.
Allyson has Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University, and became a consultant for a non-profit organization that was committed to providing access to high quality health care to all individuals.
After moving to Atlanta in 2005, Allyson has worked with private clients with a variety of nutrition related health issues, consulted for local fitness clubs, and has spent the last 5 years in public health, specifically focusing on patients with HIV and compromised immune status.
Allyson lives in Smyrna, GA with her husband, 3 children and her newly adopted black lab. She enjoys running, cooking, and family time.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the outstanding care that I received over the past twelve weeks. The kindness and professionalism that I was shown during every therapy session really helped to put me at ease. This has been one of the most difficult times in my life but coming to PT twice a week made me feel more in control and a little less helpless. Thanks for helping to make my therapy experience positive and productive.Zenobia T.
Last December, I was operated on for a severe rotator cuff tear and large bone spur. The first weeks after surgery were tough, and had me wondering if and when I would regain full and effective use of my arm and shoulder. Those first few challenging weeks were handled professionally by my therapist Lauren Sok and she has taken me from immobility to a stage at which I am now confident of an excellent long-term result. I now feel that I will be able to return to mountain biking, hiking, rafting, camping.William S.
I would recommend Lauren Sok to my friends and associates because of the great knowledge, her great ability to educate patients about the reasons why problems exist, and how to gradually work toward improvement. She has a great ability to encourage completion of patients’ goals even when the patient wishes to give up.Gloria V.
My physical therapy with Lauren was exceptional. She is very knowledgable and professional. She responded appropriately to my needs and concerns. On a scale of 1 to 5, I’d rate my experience a 5!Patricia W.
Mrs. Sok is outstanding. The individualized treatment options are phenomenal. Each patient that I observed during my treatment received specialized care. It would be great if you could replicate her.Brenda G.
I have been enjoying one-on-one Pilates coaching from Lauren Sok since January 2013! Lauren is extremely knowledgeable as a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor and a Physical Therapist. Using the Reformer equipment, she develops a different and individualized weekly session for me incorporating exercises for strengthening, endurance, balance, alignment, and breathing. She is intuitive and caring, always checking in with me at the beginning of each session to learn if I have specific needs or questions.
I am grateful to have Lauren Sok as my personal Pilates Coach and Physical Therapist! Thanks to her Pilates coaching and therapy, I feel stronger, more invigorated, and increasingly confident my physical self.Marcia K.