Black Mountain Physical Therapy provides a team of highly skilled Physical Therapists with advanced training, post-graduate certifications and years of extensive clinical experience in treating a multitude of patients and conditions. Each of them offers their personalized, one-to-one attention to each individual with expert assessment and effective treatment procedures.

“Clifford demonstrated four skills vital to my recovery: extensive knowledge of the human body, patience, a sense of humor, and determination to help me get better.”

Eleanor Kulleseid


Clifford Shulman, PT, CFP, CTP is director of Black Mountain Physical Therapy and has been helping people move better for over thirty years. He has achieved a reputation amongst patients and physicians for his outstanding and thorough care which addresses each individual in a skilled, informed and wholistic manner. He has advanced training in multiple orthopedic and manual therapies, as well as in therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular reeducation approaches. His training includes certifications in myofascial release, dry needling and craniosacral methods as well as specialized movement education approaches such as Feldenkrais, Trager, Laban Movement Analysis and Ideokinesis. Through years of study and practice, he has found that these methods often complement most traditional services and offer considerable options for change even for people who have not been helped by physical therapy previously.

Cliff is especially interested in helping people learn how to develop the movement habits that allow themselves to move more comfortably. A respected educator as well as therapist, he has led workshops and seminars for numerous audiences, including Cheshire Fitness Center, Black Mountain Yoga, The Arthritis Foundation, Gilda’s Club, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, Cabrini Medical Center, New York Open Center, and others.

In his spare time, Cliff enjoys hiking, music, dancing, yoga, and visiting art galleries. He is also learning to play the hammered dulcimer. He was raised in Virginia and Maryland and now enjoys the beauty of the mountains and the abundance of cultural activities in the Asheville area. Prior to relocating to North Carolina, he was in private practice in New York for over ten years.


Jason Gulley, DPT, OCS joined BMPT after working in outpatient clinics in Bend, Oregon and in Washington. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through American Physical Therapy Association with over 12 years experience. Additionally, he brings a background in sports medicine and extensive post-graduate training in manual therapies, as well as therapeutic exercise. His patients enjoy and benefit from his attentiveness and skills in working with conditions ranging from orthopedics and post-surgical rehabilitation to chronic pain. His hobbies include trail running, mountain biking and hiking with family.


Jennifer Lias, PT, OCS has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient, hospital and home care. She is a board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association.  In addition to her physical therapy degree from Chatham College in 1998, she holds degrees in Exercise Physiology, Physical Education and Sport as well.  She is experienced with orthopedics, vestibular, neurological and cardiopulmonary conditions. Jen enjoys helping individuals thrive, and excels in treatment involving complex medical issues. She is also a faculty member in the physical therapy department at South College.


Sidney Tavss, MPT specializes in outpatient orthopedics and has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings. He has a passion for helping patients achieve their goals and restore function so they can live an active lifestyle.  He has worked in clinics in California and Idaho and returned to North Carolina in ­­­­­2005.  He has a special ability to identify the needs of each patient and assist them in their rehabilitation through the application of manual therapies and therapeutic exercise. Over twenty years experience allows him to be effective with patients from adolescence to geriatrics.  Sid loves the mountains and is an avid cyclist in his spare time.


Jennifer Ownbey serves as office manager for Black Mountain Physical Therapy and interacts with patients and staff. She is known for her attentiveness to the needs of the office and her smiling, jovial presence. Jennifer goes out of her way to assist patients in their needs, whether it is scheduling, insurance questions or other demands. She has a prior background in Special Education and enjoys creative writing, reading, cooking, singing at church and photography. She also volunteers with organizations assisting homeless or displaced people.