About Us

Oconee Physical Therapy is owned and operated by Sophia Waters who is a physical therapist and lives in Oconee County.


Sophia R. Waters, MS, PT

Sophia grew up in Athens, Georgia.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University in 1992 and a Master's of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994.  Sophia has worked in the Athens area in outpatient orthopedics and spine therapy since 1995.  Sophia opened Oconee Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation in 2004 with Kurt Gelfand.  The business was initially operated on Hog Mountain Road.  In 2017, the practice was moved to its present location on Macon Highway.  Sophia enjoys working with the wide variety of patients we treat at Oconee Physical Therapy.  It is important to her that all patients feel as though they are part of the Oconee Physical Therapy family. 

Sophia lives in Oconee County with her husband, David and their 2 children, Catharine and Thomas.  Her children are students in Oconee county schools and play softball, football, and lacrosse.

Justin Stewart, PT, DPT, CSCS

Justin graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Minor in Sports Medicine.  He then went to Elon University and graduated in 2009 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  He has worked in and around the Athens area in outpatient, orthopedic clinics and is happy to call Oconee Physical Therapy home.  He has specialized training in spinal rehabilitation utilizing Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment techniques from the McKinzie Institute, as well as other validated approaches from Maitland and Mulligan, to Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation techniques.  He values manual therapy, a hands on approach, and detailed education to empower patients on the road to recovery. 

He lives locally in Watkinsville and is married to another physical therapist. Together they have 2 kids and enjoy staying physically active and involved in their local church. 


Leigh Adams, PT, ATC

Leigh Adams earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Exercise and Sport Science in 1998.  She attended the Medical College of Georgia and earned her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2001.  She attained her Athletic Training Certification in 2002.  Leigh has been treating patients in the outpatient setting since 2002.  She works with a wide variety of age groups and specializes in orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries. 

Leigh's personal interests include lake activities, tennis, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Matthew Murray, PTA, ATC

Matt earned his Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Athens Technical College in 1999.  He also earned his Bachelor’s of Health Education to become a Certified Athletic Trainer in 2007 from Georgia College and State University.  Matt has worked in nursing homes, hospitals, home health, cardiac rehab, aquatics and in outpatient rehabilitation centers.  He has been a valued team member of Oconee Physical Therapy for the past 8 years.  As an athletic trainer, he has worked in a high school, college, and semi-professional setting and is currently the athletic trainer for Oconee County Middle School football.   

Matt and his wife, Mary Ann, have 3 children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and softball, camping, hiking, Georgia Bulldog football, and pretty much anything else outdoors. 

Lauren Harrison, PTA

Lauren Harrison earned her Associate of Applied Science Degree for Physical Therapist Assistant from Athens Technical College in 2009.  She has been employed by Oconee Physical Therapy since graduation, gaining experience in outpatient orthopedics.  

Lauren’s hobbies include spending time with her daughter, husband, and family.  She enjoys attending concerts and Georgia football games, as well as taking trips to the mountains. 

Chris Beshara, PTA

             Chris Beshara joined Oconee Physical Therapy in late 2015.  She has been practicing as a Physical Therapist Assistant for 27 years.  She has a variety of work experience that includes the hospital setting, home health, breast cancer, aquatics, as well as many years in the outpatient setting.  Chris is a dedicated clinician who enjoys guiding patients with exercises and teaching strategies to help them turn to the activities they love.  

Chris’ personal interests include hiking, cooking, live music, travel, as well as spending time with family and friends. 



     Patient Registration

     Past Medical History


Oconee Physical Therapy &

Sports Rehabilitation


Phone & Fax

  P: 706-769-6261
  F: 706-769-6316

 Oconee Physical Therapy 


Sports Rehabilitation


Oconee County: 8081 Macon Highway, Athens, Ga 30606

Phone 706-769-6261     Fax  706-769-6316



      Patient Registration

      Past Medical History



    M-F: 8 am to 6 pm