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.


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.


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.


Taylor graduated from Campbell University with her Bachelor of Science degree and stayed (go Camels!) to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Taylor has spent her time in the field passionately helping people of all ages and creed return to optimal function so they can live their life to the fullest. She firmly believes that the role of the physical therapist is that of a detective, one that understands the langue the body uses to communicate with us. Taylor has specialized training in pelvic health physical therapy, with the goal of guiding women through the lifetime to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, her desire is to spread a message of hope and healing.

When not in the clinic, you can find Taylor outside enjoying fresh air, most likely on a trail somewhere getting lost (in the best way) in the woods.

Melissa Burgess, LMBT

Melissa has been a massage therapist since February 2006. She loves helping people reach for their wellness goals and try to live a better life more holistically. Some of her specialties are Swedish Massage, Prenatal, Hot Stones and Body Treatments. When she is not working you can usually find her at the beach with her kids or pouring over some project in her craftroom.


Kennedie graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. She has been with our clinic for almost three years and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Healthcare Administration. 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)! 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.