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Connor grew up running competitively in high school and college and has merged his passion with his professional career. Having recovered from athletic injuries himself, he understands the mental and physical demands of an athlete and uses that empathy to help his patients return to their normal function prior to injury.
He attended Ithaca College in Upstate New York, where he obtained both his Bachelors in Clinical Health Studies and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Connor also completed his residency with Evidence in Motion, where he specialized in orthopaedics. He now uses this experience to use a variety of manual techniques and exercise-related skills in order to manage and treat musculoskeletal injuries more effectively.
Outside of physical therapy, Connor is also a running coach and enjoys running himself, along with hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with his wife, dog, and cat.
Orthopaedic Certified Specialist
EIM Orthopaedic Residency Graduate
Dry Needling Certified
UESCA Certified Running Coach
– Connor Cleveland, PT, DPT, OCS Doctor of Physical Therapy UESCA Certified Running Coach (607)-321-3082
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Jennifer Hood PT, MPT
Jennifer Hood is passionate about providing exceptional, individualized patient care with a focus on empowerment to allow patients to reach their full functional potential. Jennifer has 16 years of experience treating patients of all ages and types of injuries with a clinical interest on females striving to be the best version of themselves. She applies an integrative approach to high-quality health and wellness solutions for people who are actively engaged in restoring their health, preventing injury and disease while optimizing their well-being.
Patients in Jennifer’s care benefit from her holistic perspective on the importance of exercise, proper mechanics, and growth mindset. Raising three highly active boys is a life experience that enriches her insight and ability to coach patients on the value of purpose, meaning, and work-life balance.
When Jennifer is not working, she enjoys traveling, running, cheering on her sons in all of their sport endeavors, seeking adventures and cultivating relationships with the people who bring her the most joy, including her husband and three children. Originally from Wisconsin, she has been active in sports her entire life and has completed multiple half marathons.
Jennifer graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Bachelor’s in Exercise Sport Science/Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. She has completed continuing education training through the Institute of Physical Art, Kinetacore, Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions and the McKenzie method. Through her training and experiences in physical therapy and athletic training, Jennifer has evaluated biomechanics for all the types of athletes throughout the Triangle area. Her work in outpatient orthopedics began in 2004 and she continues to be inspired to provide empathetic care, to actively listen to her patients concerns, and to ensure and environment to allow them to thrive.
Dry Needling Certified
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue mobilization
Functional movement and rehabilitation
Extensive manual therapy training
Treatment of neck and pelvis
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Abby Douek PT, MPT
Abby Douek is originally from Rhode Island but came to love North Carolina after completing her undergraduate work at Wake Forest University. There she studied Exercise Science in order to explore the biomechanics of human performance. While at Wake Forest she began using motion analysis on research projects for publication.
She went on to obtain her masters degree in physical therapy, graduating with high honors, from University of Delaware in 2002. Outside of the traditional curriculum, she was able to work in the gait lab continuing to use motion sensors and force plates. With the help of some of the brightest in the field, she learned to not only look at the feet hitting the ground but how all movement of the body will effect what happens at foot strike. Following graduate school, Abby worked in Baltimore studying under certified manual therapists and working with the Baltimore Ballet and Symphony which strengthened her awareness of postural strengthening for performance. She also worked in tandem with NY Guild certified Pilates instructors and still uses this knowledge in exercises with her patients.
Over the past 15 years, Abby has worked closely with athletes ranging from grade school to professional level, including the Olympic level. Her experiences and course work over the years have allowed her to develop a strong knowledge in manual therapy, exercises for injury prevention and recovery and perfecting form for recreational and competitive activities. Through extensive treatments and watching hundreds of runners and triathletes at various levels, she has become known for gait analysis and correction. She has come to realize that correction of form and muscle imbalances are crucial to not only recovering from injury but preventing them from happening again.
When not working, Abby is a runner herself. She competes in local races throughout the year and also chases around her two small children.
- Functional Dry Needling Certified
- Movement/Video Analysis with a focus on running biomechanics
- 2D and 3D Gait Analysis
- Speed Mechanics/Functional strengthening
- Manual orthopedic techniques including Maitland and McKenzie
- Treatment of spine and pelvis
- Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Kinesio Taping
- ACL prevention certification
- Red Cord strengthening instructor
Research & Contributions:
- Blogger for Fitbit
- Expert contributor for writer for Runner’s World
- Effective of perturbation training on non-operative ACL tears
- Design of rehab protocol for lumbar disc replacement surgery
Abby actively works with athletes from the following:
- Baltimore Symphony
- Baltimore Ballet
- Carolina Ballet
- Carolina Symphony
- NC State Track and Field
- NC State Softball
- UNC Chapel Hill Track and Field
- US Olympic Runners
- North Carolina High schools: track, tennis, baseball, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading
- NCFC athletes
Abby Douek is originally from Rhode Island but came to love North Carolina after completing her u... Read More
Brian Lesesky PT, MPT, CMTPT
Brian Lesesky grew up in Charlotte and had a passion for athletics at an early age. He ran competitively in high school which established his foundation for understanding the mindset and demands of the runner’s lifestyle. This background allows him to relate personally to his patients and understand their ailments
He attended NC State University where he obtained a degree in Business Management. After working in sales, he discovered his true professional calling in the area of physical medicine.
Brian received his Masters in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2006 and focused in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He is now skilled in a variety of techniques to facilitate improved body mechanics, increase strength and reduce pain.
Most recently Brian set his focus on the science and relief of myofascial and trigger point pain by obtaining his certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). Knowing these specifics allow Brian to understand and relieve pain more efficiently and return athletes to their sport more quickly and safely.
When away from work Brian still enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his wife and 2 boys.
Dry Needling Certified
Myofascial and Trigger Point Release
Maitland Manual Therapy Techniques
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Video analysis for return to sport
Brian Lesesky grew up in Charlotte and had a passion for athletics at an early age. He ran compe... Read More
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