Susan Henning, PT, PRC
Susan graduated from NYU in 1986 with a BA in Physical Therapy. She worked in major medical centers first in New York City, later in San Francisco, CA. Her early interest was in neurological rehabilitation. Due to a longstanding interest in dance and movement she began studies in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the early 90’s. She pursued training in manual physical therapy approaches including Paris, Maitland, Mulligan and Jackson.
Susan relocated to Pittsboro, NC with her husband and then young son. She opened a small private practice in 1998.
In 2002 Susan was introduced to the extraordinary work of Ron Hruska, PT, Postural Restoration. She was immediately drawn to its holistic, biomechanically based concepts and powerful therapeutic techniques. This was the beginning of a major paradigm shift in her way of viewing and treating dysfunction. She was certified as a Postural Restoration Therapist in 2008.
Susan has continued to pursue an ever deepening understanding of the complexities of Postural Restoration rehabilitation. Her fascination with asymmetry, respiration and movement brought about an interest in scoliosis. In 2013, Susan was certified in Schroth based scoliosis rehabilitation as taught by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School. She is very interested in combining these two tri-planar, asymmetrical and respiratory based methodologies to provide powerful treatment tools for this complex condition. In 2014, Susan was honored to be invited as a member of SOSORT – The ‘International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment‘. She is one of only a handful of American Physical Therapists with this designation.
Alongside her professional work as a physical therapist, Susan has been a student of Sensory Awareness, as taught by Charlotte Selver for over 30 years. This meditative movement practice enables her to incorporate work with the awareness of sensation and of breathing into her physical therapy practice.
Jean Masse, PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC
Jean Masse received her BS degree in Physical Therapy in 1991 from SUNY Stony Brook and in 1996, her MS degree in Human Movement Science from UNC Chapel Hill. Also in 1996, she completed the Sports Medicine Program at UNC Chapel Hill becoming a licensed athletic trainer. Jean has worked extensively with athletes ranging from NCAA elite to senior Olympians to Little Leaguers.
Jean became a nationally recognized Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association in 1999. She re-certified in 2009.
Still interested to understand why some patients do not seem to heal, Jean returned to UNC Chapel Hill where she earned a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy with the focus on pain management and began teaching at UNC Chapel Hill as adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy Department soon after, in addition to her work with patients at Advance Physical Therapy.
Incorporating Postural Restoration techniques with her previously acquired skills has further enhanced the depth of her comprehensive patient care. Jean completed years of training to attain her Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) in December of 2013.
Also in 2013, Jean combined the tri-planar Postural Restoration approach with a complimentary, Schroth-based approach to address more specifically, the tri-planar condition of scoliosis. Jean obtained advanced (C1 and C2) certification in Schroth-based scoliosis rehabilitation as taught by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS).
Jean Masse blends her passion for movement and function with patience, knowledge and consideration of each patient as an individual.
Joe Belding, PT, PRC
Joe Belding, PT, PRC, earned his BS in Physical Therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1975. Joe also has a 30 year history in Martial Arts, and has studied Tae Kwon Do, T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Chi Gong. He integrates the non-traumatic movement principles from these disciplines into his therapeutic exercise programs. Joe has recently developed a passion for surfing.
Joe has studied and utilizes a multitude of specialized manual techniques including joint mobilization, Connective Tissue Massage, and Counterstrain, a release of tension patterns through positioning.
Joe began studying Postural Restoration in 2005. Postural Restoration is a series of manual techniques and highly specific exercises that are extremely effective at relieving pain throughout the body, restoring mobility and improving health. Joe has attended basic and advanced classes in Postural Restoration since 2005, and became a Postural Restoration Certified therapist in 2008. At present, he is one of four PRC therapists in the state of North Carolina.
Joe has worked in various settings, including Lennox Baker Children’s Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, and Durham County General Hospital, MedVisit Inc., Interim Home Health Agency, and Carolina Handand Occupational Therapy. He joined Advance Physical Therapy in 2003.
Joe was a member of the Joint Mobilization Study Group at Duke University Medical Center in 1978, and a founding member of the Triangle Orthopedic Study Group in 1988. He was an instructor for Clinical Applicationsof Electrical Modalities for Duke University Physical Therapy students from 1980 to 1984, and the instructor (adjunct faculty) to the Duke University Physical Therapy students in Massage and Manual Therapy in 1989. He was an instructor for THE BACK SCHOOL at Durham County General Hospital from 1986 to 1992, and the author of BODY MECHANICS: A GUIDE FOR LIVING, an instructional booklet for clients of THE BACK SCHOOL. He developed a Functional Capacity Evaluation and Work Hardening program for Durham County General Hospital from 1986 to 1992, and was an exercise consultant for the Person Memorial Cardiac Rehabilitation program from 2001 to 2003. He presently teaches a class on balanced core conditioning called A FLATTER STOMACH, A LONGER LIFE.
Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Lisa graduated from Duke University with a Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1999. Understanding the value of education, she had the opportunity to complete the requirements for the (at that time) newly instituted Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Duke and obtained her Doctorate in 2000. She began her PT career in Sports Medicine at Duke University, but because of her passion for children, sought a position in pediatrics at Duke.
From 2000 to 2014, she gained a depth of knowledge of pediatric physical therapy in the acute care setting (hospital), home health (in the child’s natural environment), and also in the outpatient clinic at Duke’s Lenox Baker Children’s Hospital. She has a wealth of experience with many diagnoses of childhood and developmental delays. She was able to work closely with pediatric occupational therapists at Duke and has a thorough understanding of the importance of addressing sensory processing while addressing gross motor limitations.
Her dedication to treating the child with neurological impairments led her to pursue certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), which she completed in 2009.
Lisa obtained national recognition with her certification as a pediatric specialist offered by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) achieving the credentials of Pediatric Certified Specialist, (PCS) in 2010.
She obtained the Preliminary (C1) and Advanced (C2) Schroth scoliosis certifications in 2013 and 2014, respectively. She has been treating young people with scoliosis since with some promising results. (See blog on scoliosis bracing)
Because of her understanding of her own postural asymmetries and chronic back/joint pain that did not respond to traditional PT, she became a patient who was lucky enough be treated by a PT who is certified by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI). Her dramatic improvements in back and joint pain lead her to acquire more knowledge of PRI. She took her first continuing education course in Postural Restoration in 2009, and was certified as a PRC in 2014. She has been studying the adult-based philosophies with continued course work ever since and has been applying them to children. She has seen some great results in teenagers with musculoskeletal pain and in children who walk on their toes for no apparent reason. (About Toe Walking)
Lisa is one of a few clinicians in the country with the unique combination of certifications in pediatrics and postural restoration as well as training in NDT and the Schroth Method for scoliosis. Other populations of interest include, but are not limited to: the prevention of surgery in children with scoliosis (combining both Schroth and PRI principles), performance improvement in young athletes, children with undiagnosed pain that has proven to be difficult to manage with traditional forms of physical therapy and gross motor incoordination/ gross motor delay.
“The unique thing about using PRI with children is that we can teach them early how to prevent the formation of chronic, detrimental patterns of movement and breathing before they are more difficult to change!” Read more about what Lisa does with children at her website: www.ptforchildren.com.
Nancy Toole, PT
Nancy Toole, PT, has been a physical therapist for 27 years. She has a wide variety of experience in multiple settings but most specifically in outpatient physical therapy. Treatment focus includes post-operative surgeries of shoulders, knees, hips, ankles, and spine as well as more chronic conditions of neck, back, shoulder, hips, knees, and ankles. She has a particular comfort level with shoulder rehab, having had her own shoulder surgically reconstructed after an injury in the past.
Nancy was born and raised in Northern California. After finishing her first degree in behavioral science, she moved to Montana, where she earned her BS in physical therapy in 1988 from the University of Montana. She began her career at UNC Hospitals in 1988, while her husband pursued a Graduate degree at Duke University.
In 1992, she and her family moved back to Montana, where Nancy created the first physical therapy department for a health clinic in a large rural county. She then spent ten years working in the clinic as the only physical therapist in that area. To address the diverse needs of her patients, she began to specialize in the teachings of Shirley Sahrmann, PhD, PT, FAPTA. She found Sahrmann’s noninvasive approach to muscle imbalances and the correction of faulty movement patterns to be very helpful for many patients, particularly, but not limited to, those trying to avoid surgeries.
In 2005, Nancy and her family (David and three boys) moved back to Durham where her husband began working for Duke University. Before joining Advanced Physical Therapy, Nancy worked for six years at a busy outpatient orthopaedic clinic in the area, treating many types of post-operative repairs primarily of the shoulder, knees, ankles, and spine. She also saw a large number of patients seeking physical therapy to avoid surgery.
Over the years, Nancy added the manual therapy techniques of Maitland to her work. She uses the techniques of Postural Restoration in combination with Sahrmann based movement re-education. She has found that Postural Restoration techniques strongly complement and facilitate speedy improvement of patient conditions.
Shella LoBianco, MSPT
Shella received her MS in Physical Therapy form the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. She has over 18 years experiences in neurological and vestibular/balance therapy, treating patients with neurological impairments and multi-factorial gait disturbance.
Shella’s clinical experiences include treating patients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke in the acute setting including the surgical intensive care unit and also the inpatient and outpatient neuro rehab setttings. She has completed training in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) for adults with hemiplegia. Shella holds a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilition (2001) and in Vestibular Function Test Interpretation (2007) both from Emory University’s Department of Rehabilitation. She has 12 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders.
Shella is the previous owner of a successful private practice specializing in Vestibular Rehabilition Therapy (VRT) in Florida and has served as Program Director and Rehab Director for Vestibular Programs in New York. She has also served as consultant to various outpatient clinics around the country, assisting them in developing Vestibular Rehabilitation programs. In addition, Shella is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and incorporates many of the principals and forms into her treatment for patients with vestibular and balance impairments. She believes that all aspects of the patient’s health and well-being must be incorporated into a treatment plan in order to improve that person’s quality of life.
Deana McCollum, BBA Business Administration
Deana McCollum will be the person welcoming you and managing our busy office. Deana graduated from North Carolina State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has had experience in many different administrative capacities in various industries. The past 8 years have been in the healthcare industry, including mental health, general medical practice and now physical therapy. Deana enjoys interacting with patients and is a constant source of help and support. If need to know something, ask Deana first.
Beth Elder, NASM, ACE, PCC
Certified Personal Trainer, ChiWalking, ChiRunning, Pilates Instructor
Beth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991 and has worked as a personal trainer since 1997 in Durham and Chapel Hill area health clubs. Beth holds personal training certifications with the American Council on Exercise and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She believes in implementing training programs that reflect attention to the specific needs and wants of a client, “I think listening to what the client says is the most important part of personal training. It is by listening attentively, that I know how to best implement a workout routine that brings results.”
Beth attained instructor certification in ChiRunning and ChiWalking in 2007 and currently leads ChiRunning/ChiWalking workshops and private lessons. ChiRunning and ChiWalking teach efficient biomechanics to enable effortless and injury-free running/walking. ChiRunning/ChiWalking focuses on alignment and relaxation; core muscles are engaged and a technique of leaning into the movement allows gravity to propel your forward motion for efficient running/walking. The essence of ChiRunning/ChiWalking is to relax and let your body do what it was built to do, leave stress, strain, and injury behind.
Beth has been teaching Pilates (Pilates Program Details) since 2002. She is certified as a Pilates instructor with the Pilates Certification Center. Pilates trains core muscle support for the spine and extremities. Because Pilates utilizes the transverse abdominis muscle, Pilates is a fast way to flatten one’s abs. Pilates with Beth will give you true core strength.
Beth also holds certifications in Yamuna Body Rolling, Kettlebell Concepts, and Functional Movement Systems. Beth utilizes the TRX (Total Resistance Exercise), Gray Cook Bands, body weight, free weights, physio balls, medicine balls, and balance equipment, among other tools for an efficient, diverse, and fun workout.
As a personal trainer at Advance Physical Therapy, Beth provides workouts that compliment Postural Restoration concepts and principles. In this way, your workouts will enhance fitness and maintain good musculoskeletal health as well.
As a client of Beth’s, you will benefit from a holistic approach that includes fitness and well-being. Beth encourages clients to empower their mind and their body to expedite results. “I think people need to believe in their ability to actualize their goals in order to be able to achieve faster results. By owning one’s power to create one’s reality, clients feel not only powerful in their body, but in their mind as well. This power translates to not only looking great as a result of personal training with me, but feeling good too”.
Personal training with Beth will bring your fitness journey to a new level: a better understanding of exercise science, enhanced ability to listen to your body, and increased core power and physical strength. Personal Training Rates
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