PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

Meet Our Experienced Physical Therapists

Even with top orthopaedic surgeons treating your injury, eliminating pain and regaining strength and mobility often requires physical therapy. If PT is part of your treatment plan, you’re in good hands with Cary Orthopaedics’ expert team of physical therapists.

The sports medicine and spine therapists in our PT unit will work closely with you and your orthopaedic physician to take you through progressive therapies that address every phase of your healing and recovery. Our PTs guide you in building strength and flexibility with exercises and therapies that are suitable for your injury and condition. We have a wide range of PT modalities at our disposal to facilitate the healing process and empower you to achieve your recovery goals.

View our physical therapists by location:

Cary Parkway Location

Marc has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2002 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • BS Physical Therapy – East Carolina University (1997)
  • BS Sports Management – SUNY Cortland (1991)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston technique
  • Dry needling
  • Class IV laser

Past experience

  • Outpatient Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine since 1997

Melissa has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2017 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Hand therapy

Education

  • Medical College of Georgia – Augusta, GA
  • BS in Occupational Therapy – Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA
  • BS in Allied Health

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified Hand Specialist (2007)

Chris has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2005 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Dry needling

Education

  • BA – Psych Wilks University
  • MSPT – Thomas Jefferson University

Certifications or specialty training

  • Dry needling
  • Graston
  • Class IV laser

Past experience

  • Outpatient orthopaedics since 1997

Craig has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2003 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Orthopaedics

Education

  • SUNY Cortland
  • BS Athletic Training

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston certified
  • CKTP/Kinesio taping

Bryan has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2005 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Orthopaedics

Education

  • BS Elon College – Physical Education with Sports Medicine Emphasis (1991)
  • AAS Nash Community College – Physical Therapist Assistant Program (1999)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston trained
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • Class IV Laser Certified

Past experience

  • Athletic Trainer (Student) – Elon College (1990-1991)
  • Athletic Trainer – Franklin County High School, VA (1991-1994)
  • Physical Therapy Aide/Technician (1994-1999)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant License in NC (1999-Present)

Rosemary has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2002 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Neuromuscular massage therapy

Education

  • NC State University – BS Animal Science
  • Body Therapy Institute – The Center for Embodied Teacher Education

Certifications or specialty training

  • Neuromuscular Massage Therapy – Paul St. John Method
  • Medical Massage – Ralph Stevens, Massage Therapy Teacher Certification

Past experiences

  • Worked in various medical settings where massage therapy was a part of treatment protocols
  • Focused on treatment of pain and headaches at two private practices
  • Her previous career involved education and management in the livestock industry and her last job in that field was with NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. A shoulder injury was ultimately the invitation to enter a massage therapy career.

Jason has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2002 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Specialties

  • Orthopaedics

Education

  • BS Canisius College (1992)
  • Athletic Training/PE – MS West Virginia University (1994)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston trained
  • Light Force Certified

Past experience

  • Head Athletic Trainer – St. Augustine’s College (1994-2002)
  • Head Athletic Trainer – Raleigh Wings (1998-2001)
  • Athletic Trainer – Raleigh Flyers (1994-1998)
  • Graduate Assistant – West Virginia University (1994-1994)
  • Intern Athletic Trainer – Buffalo Bills NFL Team (1992-1994)

Kyleigh has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2017 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • BS Exercise Science – Appalachian State University (2013)
  • PTA – Central Piedmont Community College (2017)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston technique

Past experience

  • Physical Therapy Aide – Outpatient Orthopaedics (2014-2015)

Sarah has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2019 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree – East Carolina University
  • Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy – Sacred Heart University

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)
  • 18 month residency at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte

Past experience

  • Faculty member and Didactic instructor for OrthoCarolina Residency program

David has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2019 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • Associated Degree in Physical Therapist Assistant – Nash Community College

Certifications or specialty training

  • RockTape Certified in IASTM
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Myofascial Cupping
  • Rock Floss
  • FMT Movement Specialist

Past experience

  • USMC Veteran

Tomasz has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2020 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Health Studies
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Ithaca College

Certifications or specialty training

  • Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS)
  • Certified in Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Michael has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2020 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Campbell University

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston Technique

Karleen has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2019 and serves patients at our Cary Parkway location.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology – East Carolina University
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – East Carolina University

Past experience

  • Worked at ECU’s Human Movement and Analysis Laboratory with emphasis on Running Research

Cary Spine Location

Will has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2017 and serves patients at our Cary Spine Center location.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and therapy
  • Some training in Mulligan concept and Maitland approach

David has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2012 and serves patients at our Cary Spine Center location.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Exercise Sport Science

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified Athletic Trainer with the National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Industrial Ergonomic Evaluator Trained
  • Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist Trained

Arek has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2018 and serves patients at our Cary Spine Center location.

Specialties

  • Spinal rehabilitation

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) – University of Queensland, Australia (1986)

Certifications or specialty training

  • APTA credentialed clinical instructor
  • Licensed in NC, New York and Australia
  • Manual therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Sports medicine

Jason has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2019 and serves patients at our Cary Spine Center location.

Education

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy – University of Minnesota

Certifications or specialty training

  • Total Motion Release
  • Ergonomics
  • IWA Strength Training/program design

Past experience

  • Sports Medicine
  • Home Health
  • Work Hardening/Conditioning
  • Pediatrics

Morrisville-RDU Location

Chad has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2004 and serves patients at our Morrisville-RDU location.

Specialties

  • Physical therapy
  • Clinical Director of Morrisville-RDU office

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – UNC-Wilmington
  • Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy – UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Osteopractic – American Academy of Manipulative Therapy

Certifications or specialty training

  • Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Spinal Manipulation (Cert. SMT)
  • Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
  • Graston Technique (GTS)
  • Diploma in Osteopractic
  • CPR Certified
  • SFMA Level 1

Kevin has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2014 and serves patients at our Morrisville-RDU location.

Specialties

  • Physical therapy

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree of Natural Sciences – Daemen College
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – Daemen College

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified in Dry Needling (Cert. DN)
  • Graston Trained
  • CPR Certified
  • Certified in Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Stephanie has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2014 and serves patients at our Morrisville location.

Specialties

  • Physical therapy

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology – East Carolina University
  • Associates Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant – Mount Washington College

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP)
  • Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist (Cert VRS)
  • Graston Trained
  • CPR Certified

Holly Springs Location

Natalie has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2018 and serves patients at our Holly Springs location.

Education

  • Physical Therapy Assistant – Nash Community College
  • BA Graphic Design – Newberry College

Certifications or specialty training

  • Graston
  • Myofascial Cupping

Past experience

  • Aquatic therapy

Kristen has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2013 and serves patients at our Holly Springs location.

Specialties

  • Outpatient orthopaedics

Education

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – East Carolina University (2009)
  • BS in Biology – East Carolina University (2006)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Kinesio taping
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue massage
  • Dry needling

Evan has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2019 and serves patients at our Holly Springs location.

Specialties

  • Outpatient Orthopedics

Education

  • B.S. in Human Biology – NC State University (2010)
  • A.A.S in Physical Therapist Assistant – Nash Community College (2018)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Total Motion Release

Justin has been with Cary Orthopaedics since 2020 and serves patients at our Holly Springs location. A former Georgia Tech football payer (2003-04), he held an internship with the Carolina Hurricanes from 2010-2011. Dr. Pretzel returned home to the Raleigh area after working in the Washington, DC area.

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Specialties

  • Sports Injury
  • Running Analysis

Education

  • NC State University (2008)
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy – East Carolina University (2011)

Certifications or specialty training

  • Certified Strength & Condition Specialist
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Level 2
  • Functional Dry Needling Level 1

Leading Physical Therapists Near You

Cary Orthopaedics has full-service PT services. If you need physical therapy in Raleigh or any surrounding area, please visit one of our four locations at Cary, Morrisville or Holly Springs. Physical therapists who specialize in spine-related injuries are available as well as at Cary Orthopaedics Spine Center.

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