Physical Therapy in Cookeville, TN (615) 933-1715


Nikki Orazine, PT

Movement Specialist | FMT, FMS, SFMA, CF-LI Trainer

Nikki’s Story:

Nikki received her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.  She began her journey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Murray State University in 2005 where she played golf for the Lady Racers from 2000-2005.   She has experience in golf instruction and biomechanics, programming and personal training as well as the clinical skills she possesses as a therapist.  Her career path has led her to compile all of these experiences in her current practice with a focus on skilled and outpatient rehab.  In the past 8 years Nikki has gained extensive knowledge in movement health and biomechanics with certifications in FMS, SFMA and as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer.  Nikki’s current practice involves a range of clients across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics.

Nikki’s innovative philosophy of movement health is what led her to begin Motus X to impart a change in the way our culture views aging and ability.  She is able to glean the truths from many different movement theories and principles and make application across all ages.

A note from Nikki:

My passion as a movement health specialist is to help my clients view their health through a different lens.  I want them to see what can be done to help them live healthier, more active lives well into their ‘Golden Years’.  I want to see people blessed with the ability to play with their kids and grandkids and remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.  It is my goal to impart a change in the way we view aging and what normal aging should be.  I want people to see the new normal and the difference it can make in their lives.

Sonya Briggs, PT

Movement Specialist | FMT, FMS, SFMA, CF-LI Trainer

Sonya’s Story:

Sonya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee.  Upon graduating she began her career in the acute care setting and outpatient rehab with a focus on sports rehab and work hardening.  Over the course of 20 years Sonya’s career path has led her to gain experience in ergonomic assessment, sports medicine and geriatric rehab with certifications in FMS, SFMA and as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer.  She has served as rehab manager for a multistate rehab corporation with a focus on geriatrics and outpatient services for the past 8 years.

The multitude of experiences across the landscape of healthcare combined with a continued desire for learning all things related to movement health is one of the driving forces leading Sonya to start Motus X with partners Nikki and Shehla.  She has a passion for improving movement health across the lifespan and helping individuals move better for longer.

A note from Sonya:

I want to tell you my Why.  Why do I do this?  In my teenage years I was on the receiving end of health and rehab services for a debilitating back injury.  I was by all accounts the epitomy of health and very active in sports however, I was suffering from horrible back pain.  I went to numerous health and rehab providers who spent short periods of time giving me a quick diagnosis and a laundry list of things to do and basically telling me “if it hurts, stop doing it”.  I felt unheard, powerless to change the outcome.  I felt I would hurt for the rest of my life.  It was a hard pill to swallow.  My goal is to always be a student of the human body and movement health in order to provide the most comprehensive care I can to any patient/client that sits in front of me.  I want to make sure they feel heard, understood and empowered to overcome what lies before them.  That’s my why.

Shehla Rooney, PT

Geriatric Specialist | GCS, FDN-1

Shehla’s Story:

Shehla received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Her career path has been diverse and vast, beginning with providing direct therapy services with a focus in Sports Medicine, from there, progressing to management of rehabilitation programs with a focus in post-acute care, to then Regional Consultant (responsible for 6 states) and eventually starting her own Rehab Consulting Company in 2002.  She provided clinical education, management training, program de elopement and software solutions to Senior management of large chain National Rehab Companies.

This experience exposed her to long-term care and the geriatric population which unbeknownst to her was her passion and calling.  This passion is why she became a Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.  She has served as a Clinical Mentor and Instructor for GCS residents for the past 7 years.

A note from Shehla:

After practicing as a physical therapist for 20 years, I have learned that the ‘Golden Years’ do not happen by chance but instead by deliberate intent.  My great passion has been figuring out how to help my patients/clients find this intent so they can live the life they want for as long as they want, no matter their age- which may in turn make the ‘Golden Years’ possible!