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.
Since 2000, Lisa has 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 University Medical Center. 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 Integration while addressing gross motor limitations.
Her dedication to treating the child with neurological impairments led her to pursue certification in Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT), which she completed in 2009.
Lisa obtained certification by the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) achieving the credentials of Pediatric Certified Specialist, (PCS) in 2010.
She earned the C2 Advanced Certification in Scroth-Based Scoliosis Rehabilitation from Scoliosis Rehab, Inc, in Steven’s Point Wisconsin in 2014.
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 working with 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 PRI course in 2009. She attained the PRC in 2014 and has been applying these concepts to children since 2010. She has seen some great results in teenagers with musculoskeletal pain, idiopathic toe walking and scoliosis.
“The unique thing about using PRI with children is that we can teach them early how to prevent the formation of chronic, highly asymmetrical patterns of movement and breathing before they are more difficult to change!”