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Serving Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland Area Since 1985


Putnam Physical Therapy

Larry H. Burks

PT, Cert. MDT, Cert. SMT, Cert. DN
Physical Therapist / Owner

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In the Spotlight

Putnam Physical Therapy is celebrating 35 years of service to Cookeville, Putnam County and the Upper Cumberland Region. We have also been recognized by the Cookeville Mayor, Ricky Shelton and Putnam County Executive, Randy Porter.

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Larry is the owner of the practice and has been in private practice since 1985. He grew up playing basketball and loves sports in general, so physical therapy is a good fit for him. He spends quality time with his patients to help them return to the activities they love to do as quickly and safely as possible.

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He loves treating orthopedic and spine patients and uses a variety of techniques including manual therapy, dry needling, therapeutic exercises, and soft tissue mobilization. His manual techniques include a variety of schools of thought including McKenzie, Maitland, Mulligan, Paris, and Rocabado.

Larry received certification (Cert. MDT) in mechanical diagnosis and therapy from the McKenzie institute, dry needling certification (DN) and spinal manipulation certification (SMT). He has extensive training in dry needling including the Hobbs Masters Needling Series. As a practicing McKenzie therapist, Larry is heavily involved in patient education, teaching patients how to manage their spinal problems on their own and to prevent future episodes of pain. Larry received his B.S. degree in Biology from MTSU, and attended the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis for his PT degree. He is a certified clinical instructor for physical therapy students.

Larry is active in the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association and previously served as District Chairman of the Upper Cumberland District and on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association. He received the Carol Likens Award in 2016 in recognition of his exceptional service to the profession of physical therapy.

When not working Larry enjoys attending sporting events, especially football and basketball (Go Vols, Go Tech). He enjoys guitar, playing in a band, traveling, hiking, and working out at the YMCA. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. Larry is also actively involved in his church.

Erin Masters

PT, MPT Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist

Finishing high school with a strong love of anatomy and physiology, Erin Masters attended Northern Illinois University, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Science and her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy.

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After obtaining her degree in 2011, Erin practiced 2 years in a privately owned outpatient facility in Springfield, IL to be close to friends and family before deciding to pursue her passion for traveling the nation and became a traveling physical therapist. While working for Med Travelers, Erin has provided care to a variety of patients in over 10 Skilled Nursing facilities throughout Illinois and 2 Skilled Nursing Facilities in central Tennessee.

Yankee by birth, her heart resided in Tennessee as she decided to make the permanent move to this beautiful state and follow her dreams of returning to an outpatient setting. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Clinical Instructor for physical therapy students, Erin enjoys sharing her passion for the profession as well as a strong craving for learning new therapeutic techniques and ideas. Working at Putnam Physical Therapy allows her the opportunity to spend quality time with her patients in order to successfully address their functional concerns, celebrate each success, and develop a personal yet professional therapist to patient relationship.

When Erin is not working with patients you can find her spending time with her Husband and their dogs, attending Zumba, traveling, watching movies, doing crafts or artwork, video chatting with her family, assisting with her church's Youth Group or visiting Burgess Falls State Park.

Linzi Vetter

Physical Therapist

Born and raised in Cookeville, Linzi attended Tennessee Technological University, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science and Physical Wellness in 2012. She received her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis in 2015.

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After graduation, Linzi and her husband were blessed with the opportunity to return to Cookeville to work and be close to family. Linzi is excited to be able to work in an outpatient orthopedic setting where she can continue to grow her knowledge and experience. Putnam Physical Therapy offers individualized patient care in which Linzi can show her compassion for each patient, supporting a return to their prior level of function and providing quality care for each patient. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Linzi enjoys continual learning to provide patients with the best service available. Linzi recently served as the Upper Cumberland District Chair for her state association as well as the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.

When Linzi is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Hunter, her daughter Avery, and their dog. She enjoys reading, watching sports, being outside, hiking, camping, running and walking. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as traveling to new places with her husband. Linzi is also very active with her church family.

Chelsea Spivey


Motivated by the success of others, Chelsea is passionate about health and wellness. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Science in Nutrition in 2011.  She then obtained her Associate’s Degree in PTA at Volunteer State Community College in 2014. Chelsea gained experience working in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Paris, TN immediately after graduation, and then pursued the opportunity to become a traveling PTA before the love of her life wooed her to Cookeville where he lived and worked.

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The field of physical therapy and caring for people recovering from sports injuries, orthopedic injuries and surgeries is her Christian calling. She genuinely loves people and celebrates each patient’s success. She is able to pursue her passion as the newest full-time clinician at Putnam Physical Therapy. As an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Chelsea is able to build and refine her skills with the most up-to-date therapeutic interventions.

Chelsea is a native of Paris, Tennessee but has happily found her home in this area as her love for the outdoors, landscapes and people of the Upper Cumberland area grows. Chelsea enjoys hiking, kayaking, working out at Putnam County YMCA, traveling, attending football games at the University of Tennessee and spending time with her husband, friends and family.