After graduating from St.Louis University in 1987, Theresa received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. She received her extensive hours in training, developing her manual therapy, aquatic and orthopedic skills. Her over thirty years of work experience has been comprehensive, involving all areas of adult patient care. She developed the Aquatics and Lumbar Stabilization Program at a Hospital's Industrial Rehabilitation programs. She has helped numerous back injury clients return to work and provided Back School instruction to local industries. She performed physical therapy consultations and taught yoga to heart patients at a hospital based Outpatient Cardiac Rehab program. She has traveled to San Francisco as an Exercise Specialist with heart participants in the Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program's quarterly retreats. She has completed her 200 hour Certification Program with Integrative Yoga Therapy, and now teaches Yoga privately and to small groups. She has also completed training in Pilates mat, Reformer, Tower, Chair, Barrel, Cadillac and Pilates for Scoliosis. She incorporates her manual therapy and exercise skills into aquatic rehabilitation as well. She has completed multiple educational courses in various techniques including, myofascial release, muscle energy, craniosacral therapy, strain counter-strain, Stanley Paris joint mobilization, and McConnell taping for knees and shoulders. Her greatest area of interest and expertise lies in treating sacroiliac dysfunction. She is passionate about the quality of care that she provides her patients, about her family, love of nature, surfing and traveling. She is the owner and President of PT by the Sea, Inc.


Jennifer graduated from James Madison University with her Bachelor of Science degree, and received her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. As an ATC, she worked with division one college and professional athletes. She practiced in Newport Beach, CA for seven years, 5 of which she served as Clinic Director. She has specialized training in foot, knee, and shoulder injuries, infant torticollis treatment and is a certified Pilates instructor. She has been with our practice since 2009 and lives in Wilmington with her husband and two children.


Meredith received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from The University of St.Augustine for Health Sciences. She is certified in Dry Needling and has had incredible outcomes with patients ranging from carpal tunnel dysfunction to misdiagnosed chest pains. She has treated a wide variety of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, elite athletes to those with debilitating disorders. She recently became certified in Aquatic Physical Therapy. Her outside experience as a former nationally ranked tennis player has helped her to empathize with patients therefore building a relationship on trust and teamwork to maximize a patients rehabilitation experience. As a Wilmington native, Meredith has founded two non-profit community services organizations.


Taylor graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Methodist University. A recent graduate, she has not yet chosen a specialty but is interested in orthopaedic and sports-related injuries. She is excited to start her career here at PT by the Sea and to help her patients achieve the best quality of life possible. Outside of work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her family, running, and going to the beach.


A native of Wilmington, Catherine graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and sports science. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at East Carolina University. She is a certified yoga instructor 200hr and is currently completing an additional certification in Medical Therapeutic Yoga through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. She has had additional training in Women’s health and myofascial release techniques and is certified in the LSVT BIG program for Parkinson disease. Outside of work Cat enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Jennifer Russo, DPT graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. She went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University. She has practiced in a variety of settings, with a focus on Geriatrics and Neurological diagnoses. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor with the APTA and has served as a Director of Rehab in a skilled setting and is our current Clinical Director. Jennifer, along with her husband and son, have lived in Wilmington for four years and are enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.


Rondelle is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with her Bachelor of Physical Therapy. She has been practicing for 29 years with a focus on manual therapy. Perfecting her skills in myofascial release, acupressure and craniosacral therapy, Rondelle believes manual body work is the key to whole-being health. Rondelle recently moved to North Carolina from the West Coast and is enjoying exploring what the Cape-Fear region has to offer.


Rachel graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University. She has been participating in the sport community since childhood, and also competed on the UAB NCAA Division I women’s tennis team. Prior to her graduate education, she became a NCSA certified personal trainer. She has experience in a variety of settings with a special interest in treating various orthopedic conditions, integrative Dry Needling, and sport related conditions, while continuing to expand her clinical specializations.


Carly began dancing at the age of 3. In college, while majoring in dance, she tore her hamstring. This led Carly to Pilates and yoga to help heal her body. She also suffered from anxiety, and began a long health journey in order to heal herself from the inside out. She later became certified in Stott Pilates, yoga, gyrotonic, and massage therapy. Carly also wanted to incorporate her health knowledge with her clients and so she underwent a 500 hr training in Transformative Ayurvedic Coaching. Because of Carly's past experiences, it has become her life's mission to help others heal (body, mind, and soul) and grow into their most optimal and best selves!


Jennifer is a 2008 graduate from the teacher training program at The Pilates Center of Boulder (TPC) whose owners, Amy Alpers and Rachel Segel, are protégés of Romana Kryzanowska, the long-time student of Joseph Pilates. Jennifer has more than 900 hours training in all levels of equipment and mat and is particularly skilled at “reading” a client’s body and seeing what skills are needed to develop in order to unlock movement potential - to strengthen those muscles that are weaker and relax and stretch those that are stronger. Jennifer applies the Pilates principles so that the practice of breath, flowing movement and mindfulness uniformly develop one’s mind, body and spirit. She specializes in designing programs to meet your needs whether focusing on rehabilitation or fitness for youths, adults and seniors. Believe in yourself and others will too! She can be reached at or 910.742.6034.

Emily Burdette, LMBT

A few years ago, I became a certified yoga teacher. As my practice and teaching evolved, my interest in anatomy and how the body works grew. I made receiving massage therapy a regular thing after experiencing some tendonitis in my knee and to relieve back pain caused by scoliosis. Massage truly helps me to feel like my best self physically. It is like a reset button for the body. Bodywork makes such a difference for me and I want to be able to offer that to others.I started massage school at the College of Wilmington for a year long program. I graduated in 2017 and have since certified in deep tissue and oncology massage. My goal is to offer each person on my table a space for relaxation and healing in their body.


Kennedie graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She plans to continue to physical therapy school but is wanting to gain more experience within a physical therapy clinic. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, exploring Wilmington, exercising, and spending time with her friends and family.


Bridget graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2020 with majors in Psychology and Exercise and Sports Science. She has aspirations to attend Physical Therapy School after gaining more experience in the field. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, and discovering new music.


Jennifer and her family moved to Wilmington over 10 years ago. Raising her children in Wilmington has been a blessing. She loves the area, the people and the various opportunities she has experienced that have allowed her personal growth. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, friends, taking photos and walking on the beach.


Olivia is a Wilmington native and has plans to stay in the area. She is 18 years old, attends Cape Fear Community College, and is planning to transfer to UNCW in the fall of 2022. She hopes to study business or marketing. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach with her friends.


The Kramer family dog, always friendly and from the country (rural NC)!