Meet the Pawleys Island Team

Physical Therapists

Melissa J Patton

Melissa J Patton

DPT, CWcHP (Owner / Director)

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Melissa (Nightingale) Patton grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is an avid Steeler’s fan. She attended Slippery Rock State College with a major in biology. She finished her Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy with honors from Stony Brook University on Long Island in 1980. In 2010, she returned to school to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She gained invaluable knowledge and experience working at Bellevue Hospital, New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and in private practice in New York City, Northern Virginia and finally Myrtle Beach, SC. She has continued in private practice since 1985.

In September of 2005, Melissa opened Low Country Physical Therapy. The overwhelming success of the Low Country Physical Therapy prompted Melissa to open a second location in Pawley’s Island in 2012. As one of the most “senior” therapists on the staff, Melissa continues to love what she does…37 years and counting. As each year passes, she and her staff have enjoyed tremendous success and have been blessed with a wonderful team of therapists, technicians, and front office staff to take care of all of their clients’ needs. From the very beginning, Low Country Physical Therapy’s motto has always been “we treat you like family”.

There is not a day that goes by that someone doesn’t pull Melissa aside to tell her what a wonderful business she and her team have. Whether it’s the talented therapists, team work, positive attitude, sincere caring, innovative equipment, hands on treatment or the unique combination of them all; the Low Country Physical Therapy staff is proud to be part of something special and looks forward to working with their clients and their families.

Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth Gibson

MS PT, CWcHP

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Elizabeth is from Georgetown, SC. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in biology from Davidson College in NC, and went on to earn a dual-degree of Masters Degree in Health Sciences/Physical Therapy and BS in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1999. She resides in Pawleys Island with her husband and 2 children, who keep her busy with soccer, lacrosse, and art. She joined Low Country in 2011, after working for Three Rivers Therapy and Georgetown Hospital System.

Gretchen Hafner

Gretchen Hafner

DPT

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Originally from St. Mary’s County, Maryland (SOMD), she recently moved to Pawleys Island after being hired to join the LCPT team. Gretchen attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA for her BS in Health Science and minor in Psychology and continued on to complete her doctorate of physical therapy, graduating in May 2016.

After years of playing field hockey and lacrosse in high school and college she has now become an avid runner, participating in multiple racing events of various distances throughout the year. Still on her bucket list is to complete a full marathon and sprint triathlon.

Gretchen is excited to explore and enjoy all that the low country area has to offer while starting her career as a physical therapist.