WHO WE ARE
Joint Effort is private physical therapy practice serving active clients across the Greater Charleston Area. Accepting both cash-coverage and insurance, we focus on a whole-body approach to healing, health and wellness.
Founded in 2018 by Head Therapist Courtney Stearn, Joint Effort offers a personal experience hallmarked by listening, understanding, and empathy to earn your trust and share in the motivation behind your functional goals.
Putting posture first, Joint Effort is positioned to be the only practice providing certified Postural Restoration therapy in South Carolina - an innovative approach to physical medicine based on repositioning, retraining and restoring asymmetrical patterns throughout the body.
From the weekend warrior and senior pickleball player to competitive cheerleader and collegiate twirler, Joint Effort is here to get you back in balance, so you can get back to the activity, sport...life...you love.
WHO WE SERVE
THE MOVER, SHAKER
Whether you’re hustling after kiddos, hustling up the corporate ladder, or hustling for C-all-the-above, we are here to keep you moving for whatever moves you.
Our head-to-toe approach to physical therapy starts with looking at your body as a whole and going for the root cause of whatever slows you down or holds you back.
Let’s nip those aches and pains at the source, shall we?
You consider yourself a physical therapy “failure” after trying the traditional tracks and conventional programs with no real progress. Don’t throw in the towel just yet.
At Joint Effort we’re known for creative approaches and custom plans backed by the latest research and insights from leaders in the medical community.
We are committed to doing whatever we can to get you back to your best self - no holds barred.
Twirling, dancing, cheer, and gymnastics - we’re here for all of it with gusto at Joint Effort!
Whether you’re mastering a triple illusion or basket-tossing a flyer, you need to keep your body in tip-top shape spanning proactive injury prevention and comprehensive mobility to correcting imbalances and safe/effective rehabilitation.
Putting posture first, we will be the only physical therapy practice in South Carolina to offer certified Postural Restoration therapy - in short, let our competitive edge give you yours.
Close out WebMD and step away from your Google machine. If you’re feeling exasperated and exhausted as the “specialty case” no one can seem to crack, let’s chat.
We welcome a challenge, are innately curious and have seen success with clients who were at their wits end before coming to Joint Effort.
Your health and wellness is worth at least one more conversation - no physician referral required.
FOUNDER | LEAD THERAPIST
Hailing from Hampton Virginia, Courtney Stearn earned her degree in Exercise Physiology and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) in Greenville, North Carolina.
While pursuing higher education, Courtney enjoyed a decorated athletic career as a competitive baton twirler to include being a three-time 3-baton Champion and placing in the Top 10 in Solo, 2-Baton and Collegiate finals for several years running. She was the Feature Twirler at East Carolina University from 2004-2012 and performed at several high-profile events, such as the Carnival Parade in St. Thomas, USVI, 4 Bowl Games and numerous community and local events. Courtney also served as a coach teaching twirling camps across the country.
Newly hitched to her high school sweetheart with degrees in hand, Courtney moved to Charleston and started her physical therapy career running a traditional insurance-based clinic. Disillusioned by patients being passed around like hot cakes, absurd billing quotas that prioritized profit over people, and insistence on treating symptoms instead of causes, she decided to forge her own path.
In 2018 she founded Joint Effort, the private physical therapy practice serving active clients across the Greater Charleston Area. Accepting both cash-coverage and insurance, Joint Effort is committed to a whole-body approach to healing, health and wellness.
In addition to striking out on her own, Courtney is in the home stretch of securing her Postural Restoration Therapy certification, which will make Joint Effort the only practice in South Carolina able to offer this innovative approach to physical medicine renown for repositioning, retraining and restoring asymmetrical patterns throughout the body.
No longer burdened by 3rd-party-payers dictating treatment, Courtney begins by putting you, her patient, first with a personal plan and holistic perspective designed to get you back to the activity, sport ...life… you love.
When Courtney isn’t helping the competitive athlete with her ironclad core or shuffleboard player show up for his next game, you may find her on a shaded deck, brew in hand, listening to Jimmy Buffet and watching her husband and young son play in the sand.
Education & Credentials
Certified in Postural Restoration Therapy, anticipated completion 2021
Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2012
PHYSICAL THERAPIST/DANCE REHAB SPECIALIST
Gina Aicardi grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at James Madison University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, as well as her Performing Arts Medicine Master’s Certificate. Her passion for dance led her to pursue a career as a physical therapist, with a dream to help dancers and other performing artists achieve and maintain optimal physical health.
Since receiving her physical therapy degree, Gina spent some time working in NYC before moving down to the low country. From the start of her physical therapy career, Gina developed a strong passion for treating patients in the outpatient orthopedic setting while utilizing a whole body approach to treatment. She is now continuing her journey to learn and grow through the Postural Restoration Institute and could not be more excited to dive into this world of Postural Restoration Therapy!
Outside of helping her patients get back to life, Gina enjoys spending her time going to dance classes, traveling, relaxing outside while enjoying a glass of wine, and laying by the pool.
Education & Credentials
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Shenandoah University, 2018
Certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, Evidence In Motion
Performing Arts Medicine Masters Certificate, Shenandoah University, 2019
OWNER OF SERENITY WELLNESS/ACUPUNCTURIST
We are excited to partner with Serenity Wellness in our facility! Dr. Brittney Epps brings a wealth of skills and knowledge in acupuncture, cupping, and other holistic therapies to help progress your healing and wellness! A little about Brittney....
At a young age, Dr. Epps always had a passion for helping others. She fulfilled this passion by volunteering at nursing homes and hospitals. In 2008, Dr. Epps received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the prestigious Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. She received a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, IL; and a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA.
Dr. Epps is now a South Carolina licensed acupuncturist and a Diplomat of Acupuncture (NCCAOM).