Kara Mae Hughes, PT

DPT, scs, CSCS

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DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

SPORT CERTIFIED SPECIALIST

CERTIFIED STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING SPECIALIST

CERTIFICATE IN DRY NEEDLING

Advanced training in Upper Extremity Pathologies


Mae exceeded my expectations for PT and was a huge resource throughout my recovery.

Taylor Ward

Mae Hughes is a physical therapist and Board Certified Sports Specialist as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She completed her Doctorate at Belmont University after receiving her Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University. Mae continued post-doctoral training through her completion of a sports residency at Vanderbilt where she gained extensive experience treating both professional and Division 1 collegiate athletes.
     She uses her certifications in Selective Functional Movement Assessment, personalized blood flow restriction and dry needling to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment of high-

level athletes.
    As a former volleyball and softball athlete herself, she developed a passion for working with overhead athletes and has received advanced training in the treatment of upper extremity pathologies.
        Born and raised in New Jersey, Mae developed her love for softball, volleyball and general fitness. She remains active in several of Nashville’s indoor and sand volleyball leagues. She lives in Nashville with her husband and beloved dog, Monroe. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, attending local sporting events and building furniture with her husband.


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I was lucky enough to work with Mae after I fractured my back in the summer of my freshman year of high school. It was a very serious injury, and I had a long road ahead of me. Flash forward to the next summer and I'm committed to a ranked college baseball team. This would not have happened without Mae's help. With any serious injury, the PT that comes with it is a very tedious process. She made it the opposite. Along with being the most helpful and skilled Physical Therapist I have ever worked with, she was an absolute pleasure to be around.  If you are ever lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Hughes, I highly suggest you to take advantage of it.

Jack Goodman
Pepperdine University Baseball Commit

Mae’s communication and diligence gave me confidence and trust throughout my treatment. Mae helped me to recover quickly from multiple injuries and to get back into swimming pain-free. She has exceeded my expectations for PT and was a huge resource throughout my recovery. I could not recommend anyone better for Physical Therapy treatments. I would not have recovered as quickly or effectively without having her as a resource and I am grateful to have had Mae’s knowledge and assistance throughout my recovery process.

Taylor ward
Vanderbilt Swimming

Kara Mae was very important in my rehab journey and she is truly the reason why my transition went so smoothly. She got me in great shape and helped me get back stronger than I was before. She pushed me and well as motivated me every day to get back to where I left off. Without her help, I would have never come as far as I did with my Achilles injury. I am very thankful that I was able to work with her and I would recommend any athlete that has a serious injury to her.

Brinae Alexander
Vanderbilt women's basketball

I met Mae when I returned to college after having major elbow surgery during the offseason. During the time I spent with her, she was always open and communicative with each step of my rehab protocol. She has the expertise to answer any questions; her explanations helped me gain an understanding of the importance of each movement I was making. In addition to being extremely good at what she does, Mae has a genuine personality that is really easy to get along with. I will always be in debt to Mae for the work she has done to get me back into playing shape.

Spencer Jones
Vanderbilt baseball

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