Susan Henning, PT, PRC
Physical Therapy - Scoliosis, Postural Restoration, Sensory Awareness
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
Physical Therapy - Chronic Pain, Scoliosis, Postural Restoration
Jean Masse is the co-owner of Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill – a practice that specializes in scoliosis, spine deformity and Postural Restoration. Jean received her BS degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Stony Brook in 1991, then a Masters Degree in a dual program of Human Movement Science and Athletic Training from UNC Chapel Hill in 1996.
Jean is a nationally recognized Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association since 1999.
To gain greater understanding about why some patients struggle with persistent pain, Jean returned to UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 where she earned a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy, focusing in chronic pain management. This led directly to an opportunity to serve as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill in the Physical Therapy Department, in addition to her ongoing work with patients at Advance Physical Therapy. Jean continues to be a regular speaker at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Physical Therapy on the subject of scoliosis and chronic pain.
During this time, the world of Postural Restoration unfolded as a powerful resource and remedy for both spine deformity and chronic pain. Jean completed many 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 specifically address 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 is a contributing author for the chapter “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis andOther Spinal Dysfunctions” in the book Innovations in Spinal Deformities andPostural Disorders, published in 2017.
She is a founding member and instructor of the STRATER Scoliosis Institute, and co-creator of the Level One STRATER continuing education course: A 3-Dimensional Approach for the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis.
Jean Masse blends her passion for education, human movement and function with patience, knowledge and consideration of each patient as an individual.
Jean has recently met the requirements to become an out-of-state telehealth provider for the state of Florida. http://www.floridahealth.gov
Joe Belding, PT, PRC
Physical Therapy - Chronic Pain, Postural Restoration
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 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.
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.
Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC
Physical Therapy - Pediatrics, Scoliosis, Postural Restoration
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.
Molly Miller, PT, DPT, PRC
Physical Therapy - Scoliosis
Molly Miller received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017 and has lived in Chapel Hill since elementary school. She graduated from UNC undergrad with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Exercise and Sport Science in 2013.
In her first two years as a physical therapist, she became certified in both the Basic and Advanced level of Schroth-based treatment for scoliosis by the Schroth Barcelona Institute. This training taught her how to think in “3D” with a new appreciation for the biomechanics of triplanar asymmetry. Molly whole-heartedly enjoys the challenges and rewards that come from treating patients with scoliosis and has had success in reducing curve angles, improving posture, eliminating pain, and empowering patients to develop life-long practices to protect spinal health.
In those first two years, Molly was also taking primary and secondary courses from the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), and was officially certified as a PRC in December 2020. PRI uniquely provides an algorithmic approach in assessing and treating naturally occurring asymmetry of all systems in the human body. Molly is passionate about understanding the idiosyncrasies in her patients and strives to provide holistic and comprehensive care in order to restore movement and optimize function.
Molly is passionate about learning more about the complexities of chronic pain, incorporating yoga into physical therapy, and how to optimize breathing. When she is not treating, Molly spends her time with family, playing disc golf, and practicing yoga.
Debra Albrecht PT, CDT
TMD, head/neck pain, headache, orofacial pain, manual therapy, visceral manual therapy, lymphedema, speech/voice
Debra K. Albrecht, specialist in head and neck pain, graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Her interest in physical therapy grew out of her lifelong passion for dance as a performing art, with its beautiful asymmetrical movement, precise balance and elegant form.
Now, with over 30 years of clinical experience as a physical therapist, Debra is skilled in evaluation and treatment of spinal dysfunction, head and neck pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), headaches and orofacial pain, as well as in orthopaedic rehabilitation and sports injury. She utilizes manual therapy techniques, including joint mobilization, visceral and myofascial release to compliment work on postural retraining and functional strengthening.
Debra began her career in PT at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN. Some years later, in pursuit of a specialty manual techniques, she moved to Atlanta Georgia where she grew from the position of staff PT to the role of Clinical Director of an orthopaedic and sports clinic. During this period, Debra had the opportunity to study extensively with the renowned Dr. Mariano Rocabado, DPT, CCTT, a specialist in treatment of the head and neck pain and related TMD.
Marriage brought Debra to Raleigh, NC in 1994. During her years at the Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, she continued to expand her expertise with course work through The Institute of Physical Art. It was during this period that she began to recognize the importance of visceral myofascial treatment for improving respiratory function, posture, lumbopelvic alignment, and temporomandibular joint function.
In 2004, at Wellness One clinic, Debra earned certification as a Dr. Vodder Lymphedema Therapist (CDT) to compliment her treatment of oncology and breast cancer patients.
In 2009, at Sports & More PT., Inc. she refocused on the biomechanical relationship of head, neck and TMJ, this time especially in application to voice and airway dysfunctions. She had the opportunity to work in a team approach with Speech/Voice Therapy and Otolaryngology for patients following vocal cord surgery. She also enjoyed treating singing performing artisits.
Debra brought her wealth of knowledge and skills to Advance Physical Therapy in 7/2019. Now, as a valued member of the Advance team, Debra is incorporating the biomechanical, respiratory, neurological framework of Postural Restoration into her unique physical therapy skill set with excellent results.
Heather McLaughlin PT, DPT
Postural Restoration, Orthopaedics
Heather McLaughlin earned a BA in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2010. Heather began her work as a physical therapist in an outpatient setting following her graduate studies and served as a clinic leader from 2016 to 2020.
Early in her career she developed an appreciation for asymmetrical movement patterns, postural adaptations, and the influence of respiration and polyarticular chains of muscles on posture and movement. She began completing post-graduate studies provided by the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) and was inspired by how the Postural Restoration approach addressed dysfunction that “traditional” physical therapy could not. Experiencing the positive effects of this approach in her own life and the lives of her patients has led her to rethink what is possible in the realm of physical therapy.
Heather has a passion for empowering patients to manage pain, improve function, and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Beth Elder, NASM, ACE, PCC
Certified Personal Trainer, Walking Biomechanics, Running Biomechanics, 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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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.