Dr. Laura Watterson, the owner of Charlotte Sports Performance and Rehab, has a passion for helping athletes. She specializes in treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and sports performance optimization. Utilizing numerous cutting edge rehab techniques and her diverse skill set, Dr. Watterson treats athletes of all levels from amateur to professional. Unlike traditional sports rehab which focuses on the specific area of pain, she focuses on identifying the root cause of the injury by looking at the body as a whole, rather than just on the injury site.
Since founding Charlotte Sports Performance and Rehab in 2014, Dr. Watterson has worked with professional athletes from the NFL, NASCAR, AHL, MLL and PGA. She has worked with and treated professional athletes during season and off season, guiding them through athlete specific strength and mobility classes to complement their current training goals and programs. She specializes in repairing acute and chronic soft-tissue injuries minimizing games and training missed for professional and amateur athletes. Her approach allows athletes to maximize their training efforts. To reduce the likelihood of future injury she addresses current complaints while working to establish proper movement patterns. Dr. Watterson listens to the challenges faced by her athletes, works with coaches and trainers, learns about their particular routine and goals, and is determined to address each athlete’s specific needs during a particular training period.
Dr. Watterson also consults health and fitness instructors and strength coaches to help them deliver safe and effective exercises and programs, so that their athletes can optimize training and results while avoiding injury. Dr. Watterson’s track record of success with professional/elite athletes has helped her establish numerous relationships and partnerships with coaches, trainers, and therapists to successfully co-manage athlete therapy – benefiting all parties, and most importantly helping the athlete remain healthy and focused.
Additional Background Info
Dr. Watterson earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic degree, Cum Laude, from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL.
Prior to her chiropractic studies, Dr. Watterson attended Wingate University and graduated Cum Laude where she competed at the NCAA level for the Wingate University women’s swim team. Her university swimming career earned her CSCAA All-American and Academic All-American awards. In fall of 2017, Dr. Watterson was inducted into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame for her successful collegiate swimming career.
Dr. Watterson has been active throughout her life. In high school, she competed in track, volleyball, and basketball, and while in college she worked as a personal trainer. She is a Boston marathon qualifier, and spends time running in Charlotte neighborhoods, greenways and White Water Center trails. On the weekends, you can almost always find her swimming laps at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Aquatic Center in preparation for a US Masters Swimming competition or her next open water race. Dr. Watterson enjoys spending time practicing and teaching yoga, kayaking and enjoying the outdoors, and most of all, spending time with her husband Greg, her son Robert, and their two cats Garth and Wayne.
Doctor of Chiropractic – National University of Health Sciences, Lombard, IL
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Exercise Science – Wingate University, Wingate NC
Dry Needling Technique
American Chiropractic Association
North Carolina Chiropractic Association
U.S. Masters Swimming
Connect with Laura: Email: Laura@CharlotteSportsRehab.com | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laurawattersondc
Dr. Kylie Rabe
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Kylie P. Rabe has been working towards her dream of becoming a chiropractor since she was in 8th grade. While in high school, she juggled playing 4 sports and completed the first year of her undergraduate degree by taking advanced courses all behind the support of her parents and younger brother. From here, she attended Des Moines Area Community College, where she played softball and was named to the Academic All-American Team. She then transferred to Grandview University where she was awarded the prestigious Presidential Transfer Scholarship for her GPA. Dr. Kylie finally made the move to Davenport, IA where she spent the next 3 and 1/3 years completing her Doctorate in Chiropractic at Palmer College.
From the time she started her first trimester at Palmer, she held a class officer position and was involved in several community services projects put on by the school. Dr. Kylie took several elective courses including Advanced Soft Tissue and Motion Palpation Institute courses that focused on the Rehabilitation Treatment of the athletic population of all levels and advanced courses in Pregnancy and Pediatrics. Through her time in the clinic system at Palmer, Dr. Kylie showed advanced skills in patient education and treatment which granted her the extreme honor of being selected as a Clinical Excellence nominee with a select few other students in her class. Upon graduation, Dr. Kylie chose to take a job in the beautiful Charlotte area, drawn to the Great Smoky Mountains and the proximity of the Atlantic Coast. With her love of community and wellness, Dr. Kylie hopes to help those in the Greater Charlotte area receive proper treatment for a variety of conditions while also being a source of support and someone to look towards for advice within the health care field. With her background in athletics, she has a vast knowledge of injuries and preventative measures for athletes of all ages and skill level. She uses a wide variety of procedures and techniques all geared toward patient specific care. These include: spinal and extremity adjustments, myofascial release, low-tech rehabilitation exercises, and end range loading movements.
In her free time she loves to spend time outside with close friends and is always looking for a great hike; and you will catch her singing along with the radio the entire drive. Dr. Kylie also loves oil painting and cooking healthy recipes she finds on Pinterest and Facebook. She looks forward to continue serving the Greater Charlotte community and meeting your family!
Jessica is a longtime team member of Charlotte Sports Performance and Rehab. She has had the privilege of working with high level athletes as well as weekend warriors; focusing on resolving injuries, improving function and enhancing performance. She has a very hands-on approach to facilitating healing and sports optimization, and is always looking to help athletes with setting and achieving their individual goals.
Jessica received her Athletic Training degree from UNCC. As a health care professional, she specializes in preventing, recognizing, managing, and rehabilitating sports related injuries. Jessica has experience in both field and clinical settings that she refers to when implementing strategies for rehabilitation and athletic development. She is passionate about helping her athletes and patients return to the activities they love and perform at even higher levels. Jessica is also exceptional at establishing rapport with patients to help the team provide patient-centric care.
When Jessica's not at the office, she enjoys running, playing basketball, cross training, and attending sporting events with her husband.
Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training – University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
Connect with Jessica: Email: Jessica@CharlotteSportsRehab.com
Every successful practice needs a go-to person to keep things organized and operating smoothly. At Charlotte Sports Performance and Rehab that job belongs to Michelle, our Office Manager. Michelle is well versed in all aspects of chiropractic clinic management; therefore, it’s only fitting that she handles the day-to-day operations for the clinic.
Since moving to the Charlotte area from Maine in 2004, Michelle McClung has enjoyed working in several office management, accounting and accounts payable positions before joining Charlotte Sports Performance and Rehab. She loves the daily interaction with patients and clients and works hard to provide exemplary customer service. She enjoys a busy office and fast paced environment.
When she's not immersed in our office operations, Michelle loves spending time with her husband, three adult children, and three dogs. She relishes the time they can share as a family as two children have moved out of state and one is attending college. When all together as a family they enjoy volunteering at a local dog shelter, dining out and participating in outdoor activities such as running and kayaking.
Bachelor of Science in Business Management – University of Massachusetts, Lowell MA