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, hip and shoulder injuries in runners and triathletes, is dry needling certified since 2017, and is a certified Pilates instructor. She has been with our practice since 2009 and lives in Wilmington with her husband and two children.


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 has gone one to receive Certifications in Dry Needling and as a Clinical Instructor with the APTA. She has served as a Director of Rehab in a skilled setting and is our current Clinical Director. Jennifer, along with her husband and two children, have lived in Wilmington for seven years and are enjoying all that this beautiful city has to offer.

Meredith McInnis, DPT

Meredith, a Wake Forest graduate with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine, brings a high level of energy combined with a soothing and calm personality to every session. Her purpose is to motivate and empower her patients. She strives to develop a rapport with each individual, building on patient education and trust; finding the progress and success of her patients to be the most rewarding part of her work. Certified in Dry Needling, IASTM: Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (cupping and various fascia tools) and extensive training in Manual Therapy and Pilates Reformer work, allows Meredith to incorporate joint and soft tissue mobilization and release techniques with functional exercises to address patients' musculoskeletal imbalances and asymmetries. Working as a team, she and her patient develop a plan of care tailored to helping them overcome their physical and mental barriers to return to the daily and recreational activities they love. When not treating patients, Meredith, her husband and 2 young sons are likely to be found playing outdoors… and looking for any opportunity to take their camper on an adventure.

Ian Howes, DPT

Ian graduated in 2019 with his Doctorate of physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine at the Austin, Texas campus. Prior to St. Augustine Ian graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a double major of biology and exercise physiology. He has gone through several shoulder surgeries himself, leading him to take interest in shoulder patients. In his free time Ian enjoys lifting, cooking, and trying new hobbies.

Katie Friske, DPT

Katie Friske is a Physical Therapist from Virginia Beach, VA who recently relocated from her hometown to the Wilmington area to be closer to family. Professionally, Katie initially seeked Veterinary Medicine as her career path, but ultimately found a stronger interest in pursuing human healthcare. She played D1 Soccer at Wake Forest University where she majored in Biology, and then later received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. She still loves animals, but Katie's passion has been treating both the orthopedic and women's health population. She has significant experience working with orthopedic injuries, running and gait analysis, sports rehabilitation, post op care, and pelvic health. She has extensive training in several manual techniques including cupping, graston, and dry needling. Katie is also Vasyli certified to perform orthotic fitting; as well as Functional Movement Screening. She received her Pelvic Floor training through Herman and Wallace Institute and has 6 yrs plus experience treating pelvic floor disorders including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, endometriosis, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation, and women pre and postnatally. Outside of the clinic, Katie enjoys in her free time boating, running or spinning, anything to do with mountains, and spending time with her family.

Natalya Flatley, PT, DPT

Natalya graduated in 2010 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in Boston. Following graduation, she had a focus on orthopedic and manual Physical Therapy. She practiced in outpatient settings treating patients of all ages through various orthopedic injuries and dysfunction. During this time, she also became a certified Pilates instructor, which she currently enjoys using with many of her Physical Therapy patients. Over the past several years she has focused continuing education on pelvic floor dysfunction, and has a special interest in treating spine, pelvic and hip dysfunction. In her free time, Natalya enjoys spending time with her family, trying to get outdoors as much as possible.

Kaitlyn Mann, Front Desk

Kaitlyn graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. She aspires to one day return to graduate school to become a Physical Therapist. Kaitlyn is currently serving as our front desk coordinator. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, watching sports, hanging out with friends, trying new cuisines, and keeping up with the local breweries Wilmington has to offer.

Christine Jones, PT

Chrissy Jones grew up in Wilmington and then graduated with a PT degree from UNCCH in 1988. She ventured out to Oregon where she met her husband, Todd and they lived there for 30 years while raising their two daughters. Now, she and Todd have moved back to the beach, family and sunshine of Wilmington! Chrissy is excited to be working for PT by the Sea to support the aquatics program. Over her years of working, she has provided care in the areas of rehabilitation, aquatics, orthopedics, adult and pediatric care. When not working, she enjoys all things outdoors, including hiking, camping, kayaking, and most water sports.


The Kramer family dog, always friendly and from the country (rural NC)! Bea is a certified Canines for Therapy Dog and contributes to the happiness and well being of the staff and clients with her mild manners, sweet disposition and soft ears.