Holly Burt has been practicing in the area of orthopedics and women’s health physical therapy for 12 years. She is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist through the APTA with pelvic floor rehabilitation training from the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Her pelvic health training focused on treating pelvic floor dysfunction and related issues in the pelvis, hip, and spine. Holly’s pelvic floor treatments include an assessment of the whole person including movement patterns, ligament structure, current activity level, and pregnancy history. She believes that treating the whole person along with the symptom is the key to complete health and wellness to help her patients achieve their goals. Holly’s approach to women’s health is unique as she combines her orthopedic knowledge with her pelvic floor treatment advocating pregnancy, labor, and delivery as an injury requiring significant recovery.
Holly has continued to advance her manual skills with a certification in dry needling through Evidence in Motion as well as additional courses through other the Maitland and McKenzie Institutes. She also is a certified Kinesiotaping practitioner and Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion certified through the American Balance Institute. Her additional manual training includes treatment of TMD and cervicogenic headaches through the use of craniosacral therapy and upper cervical manual techniques.
Along with pelvic health, Holly has a strong background in treating performing artists including figure skaters, ballet dancers, Irish dancers, and Broadway performers. She began her career in northern Virginia working backstage with the Washington ballet with Body Dynamics, Inc. Through her work with dancers, she developed a passion for the treatment of the hypermobile patient. She has pursued this passion by instructing a continuing education course on Fibromyalgia and Hypermobility Syndrome to PTs, OTs, and PTAs at Maryland Allegany College and Anne Arundel Community College. Holly continues to work to incorporate evidence on use of aerobic exercise in the treatment of Fibromyalgia patients as well as pelvic stability with hypermobility and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
Holly received her Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest University in 2006 where she also played club tennis and worked as a student athletic trainer. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University in 2009 with an emphasis in orthopedics. During graduate school, she also worked as a NASM certified personal trainer at the New York Sports Club in midtown Manhattan performing one-on-one training as well as boot camp Central Park sessions.
Holly’s other loves include a passion for medical work in countries with limited resources driving her trips to Honduras and Belize to provide physical therapy in free clinics and in homes within these surrounding communities. She hopes to treat in free clinics in Haiti in the future. Holly is a Raleigh native and currently lives in Five Points with her giant German Shepherd. She is a lifelong horse nerd who also enjoys singing, cycling, and Pilates as well as frequent trips to her happy place, the North Carolina coast. A portion of each session with Holly is donated to Help One Now, an organization helping to empower families to end extreme poverty.
Originally from South Florida, Kelly has lived in Raleigh since 2007. She graduated from Florida State University with her degree in Leisure and Recreation. Soon after graduating, Kelly realized she wanted a career that gave her a greater sense of purpose. Her joy in helping others is what led her to the field of Massage Therapy. Kelly graduated from Wake Technical Community College earning her massage therapy license in 2013 and has been working in the field ever since. It is her love! Kelly entered this field because she was disheartened by the amount of stress in society today. With strong listening skills (verbal as well as non-verbal), she strives to create a safe and comfortable space to allow clients to relax from society’s stresses in a judgment-free zone.
As the physical aspect of Massage Therapy obviously cannot be ignored, it helps that Kelly has been an athlete her entire life. She played competitive soccer which ended in a Division I scholarship to FSU. Kelly has also always had an interest in anatomy and physiology. This interest has led her to truly experience the feel of the human body as remarkable. Kelly loves how every person is different which creates a new learning experience every day. She welcomes these challenges with an open heart and open mind.
Kelly strongly believes that connecting the body and mind relationship to achieve optimal awareness is the key to a healthy, balanced life. She loves what she does, which allows her to look forward to working with each and every person that comes across her table. A portion of each session with Kelly is donated to Transitions Life Care.
Allison Kirkman began her Pilates journey nearly 20 years ago after searching for a workout focused on connecting the mind and body. Seeing the results for herself, she became a devoted practitioner of pure classical Pilates. In 2018, she trained with 3rd generation classical Pilates instructor, Lori Shipp, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, to become an instructor herself. As an experienced teacher with a broad range of both fitness levels and injury knowledge, she enjoys meeting clients where they are and personalizing their lessons to reach their unique individual goals. She is well-versed and passionate about using classical Pilates apparatus with clients of all ages and body types. She is a native North Carolinian. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she moved out of the state for several years before happily returning to Raleigh, NC, in 2012. She and her husband, Brad, of 14 years, enjoy great food, travel, and spending time with their Golden Retriever, Inch, and the rest of their extended family. A portion of sessions with Allison are donated to Canine Companions, a service dog industry.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, David’s love for football and baseball started at the early age of ten. His passion for both sports continued as a college athlete at Sanoma State University while he majored in Kinesiology. After college, he continued his professional baseball and football career in Arizona, Spain, and Colorado.
During the latter part of his career, he turned his focus to functional training. It was his love for sports, fitness, and the desire to help others that fueled this transition. After living in Colorado for three years, he made his way to NC where he started his own training business. And in 2018, he became the fitness coordinator for Duke Faculty Club.
His passion for fitness, athletics, and competition continues to fuel his enthusiasm and desire to help others with their health and fitness goals — with an emphasis on nutrition, mobility, strength and endurance training. A portion of each session with David is donated to The Boys and Girls Club of America which nourished and sparked his passion for sports.
Kaili (pronounced Kay-lee) is a pelvic health physical therapist and obtained her doctorate in 2018 from Campbell University. She completed her pelvic health training through The Herman & Wallace Institute and has been focusing on the treatment of women with pelvic floor dysfunction for the last 3 years. Kaili developed a passion for treating pelvic floor dysfunction after learning more about how common it is for women to suffer from pelvic pain and incontinence. During her career path, she discovered the presence of fear and shame associated with sharing these intimate details with another person. Kaili strives to make her treatment room a safe space for sharing and developing a plan to resolve her patient’s symptoms. Some of these symptoms include incontinence, pelvic pain, constipation, pelvic heaviness, painful intercourse, and core weakness/diastasis recti. Kaili takes a communicative, collaborative, and hands-on approach to treatment after a deep dive into each patient’s symptoms and unique lifestyle for personalized treatment. She utilizes a combination of manual therapy, exercise, breathing techniques, and calming methods to regulate the nervous system to help each client reach her goals. Whether it is jumping on a trampoline without leaking or enjoying pain-free sex, pelvic floor therapy can help each patient on her path to recovery. Other common pelvic floor weakness complaints Kaili loves to treat include returning to HITT postpartum without leaking, increasing core strength, and eliminating heaviness in the pelvic floor with impact activities (i.e. tennis, running). Outside of work Kaili enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with friends, salsa dancing, and going on adventures with her Goldendoodle, Ellie. A portion of each session with Kaili is donated to The Women’s Center in Raleigh which helps care for those who cannot care for themselves.