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"Professional portrait of Dr. Erica Franks, owner, taken by Shoccara Marcus

Dr. Erica D. Franks,


is a native of Atlanta, GA and has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics since 2008. She is the owner of Invigor Physical Therapy which was established in 2014 for orthopedic patients within their homes. In 2022, she opened within a gym space in Marietta, GA. She is a board-certified Orthopedics Certified Specialist (OCS). 

Dr. Franks earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2008. In 2005 she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy; and Minor in Dance Arts from Howard University in Washington, DC. 


Dr. Franks was recently recognized and honored as the only physical therapist for Top Doctors of America for 2023 for demonstrating dedication, leadership and professional excellence. She was also awarded by the Atlanta Tuskegee University Alumni Club nonprofit the Pioneer Award 2023 for her contributions to society and impacting the lives of others in physical therapy.  She is also a published author of an eBook titled, "How do you start a Physical Therapy Practice."


Dr. Franks clinical experience includes treatment of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine cases and Vestibular Rehabilitation at Genesis Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Luna On Demand Physical Therapy, Benchmark Physical Therapy, Select Physical Therapy, home healthcare with Gentiva/Kindred and inpatient rehabilitation at Emory University Hospital Midtown. She served as the Clinic Director at Genesis Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation-Cascade for 8 years.

Dr. Franks also offers Virtual PT services, focusing on health and wellness components such as injury prevention, nutrition, and customized exercise programs, ensuring accessibility and continuity of care for her clients beyond the confines of a physical location.

Dr. Franks clinical education has included: Certification in Dry Needling from the Dry Needling Institute (Cert. DN), Certification in Kinesio Taping (CKTP), Certification in Blood Flow Restriction Training from B Strong, Neural Mobility, Differential Diagnosis, Evidence Based Management of the Lumbopelvic-Spine, Orthopedic Certified Specialist Residency, Vestibular Rehabilitation with the American Institute of Balance, Shoulder and Knee Advanced techniques, Primal Reflex Release Techniques (PRRT), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Spinal Manipulation 1 & 2 with the Spinal Manipulation Institute, Manual Therapy and Self Care techniques, Concussion and Mild TBI, Post-operative Rehabilitation and Joint Replacement, Strengthening Core Stability, Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Seminar, Nutrition Support for Injury and Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Weight Management and Special Topics in Dance Medicine with Atlanta Dance Medicine.

Her interest and passion include working with athletes and dancers. She has 20+ years of extensive competitive and professional dance training including: Howard University dance program, Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Intensive, Super Bowl XXXIV Performing Dance Team, Dallas Black Dance Theatre Internship, Debbie Allen School of Dance Summer Intensive Internship, Ballethnic Dance Academy, Price Performing Arts Center Senior Company, Spelman Dance Theatre and Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre. While at Howard University, she performed works by: Dr. Sherrill Berryman Johnson, Eleo Pomare, Kim Bears-Bailey, Kevin Iega Jeff, Ronald Brown and Assane Konte. Dr. Franks currently dances in her spare time at Dance 101 in Atlanta, GA. In addition to dance, in high school she played soccer.

In her spare time, Dr. Franks is devoted to working with students as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter. She is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Association of Black Physical Therapists (NABPT), International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Inc. (IADMS), Epsilon Tau Sigma National Society of Allied Health, Golden Key International Honor Society Alumni Association, and Bill Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Association. She enjoys giving back and has served as a clinical instructor and mentor for students. Currently, she sits on the Career Technical and Agricultural Education board for Benjamin E. Mays High School.

In addition to dance and mentoring, she enjoys traveling, exercising, water sports, self-care and spending time with friends and family.

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