James Davis, PTA is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at the Vereen Rehabilitation Center. A graduate of Darton State College, James has worked in the field for over 10 years. He has a background as a Certified Nursing Assistant and worked two years as a PRN staff therapist for Vereen before coming on board full time in 2018.
Raised in Doerun, James now resides in Moultrie with his wife. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with local substance abuse recovery programs, working in his yard, and spending time with friends and family.
As a PTA on the Vereen Team, James will work primarily in the areas of inpatient care and home health.
James Davis is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at the Vereen Center. He grew up in Doerun, Georgia. He decided to pursue a career in healthcare and became a Certified Nursing Assistant, graduating from Darton State College in 1999.
After graduation, Davis got hired as a CNA at Cook Community Center. He specialized in restorative care, and his main job duties were to help patients with their range of motion and walking therapies. While at the center, Davis was considering a career shift. He went back to Darton in 2015 and was studying to be a social worker, but a friend of his, Frank George, encouraged him to stay in healthcare.
“Frank is an Occupational Therapist,” Davis said. “He convinced me to switch to Physical Therapist Assistance as it was similar to what I do now. So, I decided to give that a try.”
After getting his PTA certification, as well as a degree in health information, Davis started working at South Georgia Medical Center in 2016. He later learned of an opportunity to fill a position at the Vereen Center through George. He joined the staff full time in 2018.
Davis said his job now is similar to his role as a CNA, but he is more hands-on and given more responsibility.
“My workday varies,” he said. “ A PTA can work at a variety of places and environments. I look at my schedule, PT evaluation, and goals. I begin to administer treatment. The only difference is I can’t do evaluation and discharge.”
He is satisfied with the transition into his new role.
“Vereen is an umbrella organization, and it covers outpatient and home health,” he said. “I love working with home health and seeing people get better. Seeing that smile come on their face is a reward.”
Davis resides in Moultrie with his wife. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering with local substance abuse recovery programs, working in his yard, and spending time with friends and family. He also coaches flag football in the summer.
“I love helping the youth as well as being outdoors and playing sports,” he said. “Doing what I love while helping others is my life.”