Sarah Ritchie was born and raised in Johnson City, a small town in Northeast Tennessee. She is the middle of three children, sandwiched between an older sister and younger brother. She spent her childhood running around playing, all different sports and involved in nearly every activity available. Early on, Sarah found a passion and love for soccer and, many tournaments and teams later, that passion provided her with a scholarship to UT Chattanooga.


She grew a lot in the game and as a person during her time at UTC, but realized there was more to life than soccer. Two years later, Sarah transferred to UGA, where she continued to pursue her love for soccer on the club team, while focusing more on school and learning about exercise science. 

Sarah experienced several injuries while playing soccer which led to her love and infatuation with physical therapy.  Her compassionate, caring, and determined personality helps her stay motivated as she guides her patients to improve their quality of life and maintain an active lifestyle.

After much hard work and determination, Sarah received her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. Post graduation, Sarah moved to Atlanta and worked in an outpatient physical therapy clinic for 7 years before realizing she wanted more for herself and for her patients.  She wanted to find a more unique approach, one that would allow her to spend more time with her patients and to individualize their plan of care, which is what ultimately brought her to Functionize. 

Sarah lives in Dunwoody with her husband, Mike, and two children, Anniston and Grayson.  Even though she spends a lot of her time chasing her little ones, she has learned to also take care of herself. She enjoys running/working out, family adventures, girls nights, hiking/mountains, the beach, and, of course, Georgia Football.



  • BS in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of GA, 2008

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy from East Tennessee State University, 2013

  • Trigger Point Dry Needling

  • Vestibular Dysfunction