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Our Team

Holly Burt

 

Holly Burt has been practicing in the area of orthopedics and women’s health physical therapy for 15 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 has found a new love for training as a triathlete and loves being a part of the multisport community. Competing in races herself has allowed her to service her patients better whether they are weekend warriors or competitive athletes. Holly is a Raleigh native and currently lives in Five Points with her giant German Shepherd. She is a life long horse nerd who also enjoys singing and Pilates in her spare time.  A portion of each session with Holly is donated to Help One Now, an organization helping to empower families to end extreme poverty.

Helen Bryant

As a child, Helen grew up in Raleigh playing competitive soccer from a young age. Sidelined by multiple injuries and a concussion, she developed a keen interest in the mind-body relationship and decided to pursue a career helping others heal from injury.  After graduating from Wake Forest University in 2016, she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in May 2019. Since then, she has worked with elite athletes, pediatrics, pre and post-partum, and everything in between. She has a variety of certifications including dry needling, Redcord neurac level one, and is a certified Pilates instructor through Polestar. She recently moved back from London, UK where she worked at a world-renowned health club, treating a variety of patients and working closely with doctors who are leaders in their field. 

Helen uses a combination of manual therapy including cupping, dry needling, and soft tissue mobilization along with Pilates, GYROTONIC®, and muscle energy and fascial release techniques to help patients gain the strength and flexibility they need to perform at their best. Whether you need to return to high-level sport or just get back to your day-to-day life, she will focus on treating each client individually with a holistic and research-based approach.

Kelly Duffek

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

 

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.

David Lopez

 

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 Warnock

 

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.

Tiffany Ingersoll

 

Tiffany Ingersoll has been teaching movement in the Raleigh area since 2008. She is a National Pilates Certified Teacher trained by Balanced Body. Additionally, Tiffany is an experienced certified yoga teacher with hundreds of hours of training and teaching under her belt. She is certified to teach Hatha yoga, hot yoga, Embodied Yoga, Chair Yoga, Gentle yoga and Restorative yoga. She is also a certified Pre/Postnatal Corrective Exercise Specialist and a Breath and fascial release educator.

 

Tiffany is an educator at heart, so her approach is to help each student understand the layers of patterns they have collected in their bodies and which patterns are throwing their body off balance, causing pain and/or dysfunction. Then Tiffany helps students unwind, repattern and re-integrate to the greater body systems.

 

Tiffany is particularly passionate about working with the Prenatal and Postnatal community as she felt a lack of movement support during her time pregnant and postpartum. She also felt a huge lack of information to pregnant and postpartum women. Tiffany works to educate the prenatal community, one woman at a time if necessary, on all they can do to prepare for labor and delivery. It is one of the most athletic experiences in a woman's life. She also coaches women to advocate for themselves during medical visits and labor.

 

Postpartum women often feel forgotten as the focus turns to the child. Tiffany works with women as soon as two weeks postpartum, six weeks if a C-section, to support them as they recover from labor and delivery. Taking care of a newborn is extremely hard on a woman's body and mental health, but it doesn't need to be. Tiffany feels strongly that movement and community help women feel better in their bodies and minimize postpartum depression.

 

The other population of which Tiffany focuses her work are those recovering from surgery of any kind. Tiffany uses breath, movement and mindfulness to help her students reconnect and integrate the body to work together fluidly. To help with this, she loves to collaborate with other health professionals to better support her students to reintegrate all the pieces to work together as a balanced system.

 

Tiffany is an educator and movement/body nerd at heart. While she has always had this in her, in 2010 when her little sister broke her neck she became even more driven towards therapeutic and rehab movement. Tiffany has spent time working with spinal cord injuries, joint replacements, chronic pain, Pelvic Floor dysfunction, and students looking for a better quality of life. She is always studying and working to learn more about how the human body was designed to work. Above all she believes her students are her best teachers.

 

When Tiffany is not working, she is adventuring outdoors or traveling with her family. She also loves making things with her hands and going on long walks!

Kim White

 

Kim was born and raised just outside of Burlington Vermont where she spent most of her time playing sports and being outside with her two brothers. This, along with having a mother who was a registered nurse, naturally made her interested in sports medicine. Kim received her Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Lynchburg College in 2011. She continued her education at Lynchburg College completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2014.  She started her career in Northern Virginia, and relocated to the Raleigh area about six years ago.

Since graduation, Kim’s experience in physical therapy is primarily in sports medicine; having treated athletes at every level; including professional athletes, to high school, to the weekend warrior. As a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, she also has experience treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including, but not limited to: post surgical joints, neck and back pain and SI joint dysfunction. She also specializes in concussion management and is a certified dry needling provider through Myopain Seminars, which can be incorporated within patient care. Recently she has taken several levels of the pelvic floor series from Herman and Wallace and beginning to work with pregnant and postpartum females dealing with a variety of orthopedic issues.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys fitness, and spending time with her husband Robby and their black lab Carter. You can also see her cheering on the University of Michigan! A portion of Kim’s proceeds at SoTA are given to Saving Grace where she adopted her puppy, Carter.

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