Meet Our Team


Darby Brighton
Licensed Physical Therapist, Owner
Darby is a licensed physical therapist. He received a Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 1996. He owns and runs Innovative Spine Rehab right here in Little Rock, and has over 20 years of experience in the science of rehabilitation. Darby is also a veteran of the Little Rock Marathon and a competitor in Mixed Martial Arts and boxing.
Lauren Ryan
Physical Therapy Assistant
Van Davis
Physical Therapist

Van has ridden in four centuries (one hundred mile bike rides). He has clocked speeds of up to 52 miles per hour (downhill, of course!) He enjoys fly fishing and kayaking. A nice Friday night for Van is "floating around the bookstore with a cup of coffee". He describes himself as a "small town guy that enjoys a big city".

Beth McKitrick-Bandy

Beth McKitrick-Bandy is a licensed Schroth Method physical therapist. The Schroth Method is a nonsurgical treatment for scoliosis. It uses exercises that are customized for each patient to return the curved spine to a more natural position. 

Derek Birginske
Physical Therapy Assistant
Lindsey O'Daniel
Office Manager

Lindsey O'Daniel describes herself as "Darby's brain". She is the Innovative Spine Rehab office manager. Lindsey has a secret: "Me and Darby are best friends, but he only admits it every other week." Lindsey is a dog person. Her chocolate lab, Governor, is a duck school graduate and one of her cuddle buddies (she has several dogs). Lindsey's favorite stretch is the frog stretch. "It's not something we use often at the clinic, but it sure gives me a stretch right where I need it on my bad hip!"

Derrick Nelson
Therapy Technician

Derrick Nelson is a therapy technician at Innovative Spine Rehab. He says going to work at ISR is the best thing that has happened to him this year. He describes himself as a very family-oriented guy, one who appreciates waking up "not hurting" everyday. He understands that atmosphere in a physical therapy practice is critical to the healing and comfort of those who choose the team at ISR for their care. "The staff makes each person feel special and wanted. Individualized care is what you will get at Innovative Spine Rehab." Want Derrick to surprise you? Ask him about his music playlist! 

Madie Gatlin

Madie Gatlin is likely to be the first smiling face you'll see at Innovative Spine Rehab. She is ISR's receptionist and front line patient care team member. Madie is the proud mom to three kids, ages 14, 11 and 8. In her spare time she likes to hang out with the kiddos, work out at the gym and be outdoors. Madie's favorite exercise(s)? "Traction and corner stretch! You just think corner stretch is easy until you are there for three minutes..."