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The Joint Effort Movement Center Gal Squad

Our Story

In 2019, I was managing a clinic outside of Charleston and felt like I could make a bigger impact on my own. I was working towards becoming the first person to be certified in Postural Restoration in our state, and I knew my specialty required more than what a typical physical therapy clinic could provide. 

 

So on a random Tuesday, I put my notice in at my job and Joint Effort Movement Center was born. I had a vision of a place where clients could benefit from not just my specialty PT, but also have access to other healing providers. Because for many of my clients, one type of treatment isn't enough, and when you have multiple providers working together towards the same goals, clients can get better faster!

But I had pennies to start a business, so I had to start small. I found a warehouse type gym with a few awesome personal trainers. Aesthetically, it didn't quite look like my vision, but I had to start somewhere. I was surrounded with great people, and a year an a half later, I had built enough clients to open my brick and mortar clinic!

Now, almost 5 years later, I have an amazing group of gals that have helped me create a very special place. We are compassionate, kind, knowledgeable, and all have the same goal for our clients - to help you feel better so you can return to your life. 

Thank you for support in helping my dreams come alive. I hope you consider seeing what all we have to offer! To read more about our "Gal Squad" staff, keep on scrolling!

- Courtney

Meet Our Gal Squad

MEET Gina

LEAD PHYSICAL THERAPIST | DANCE REHAB SPECIALIST |  AKA PARTNER IN CRIME

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. She is the Director of our Dance Injury Rehab Program. 

 

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 a Postural Restoration therapist and is working towards her certification.  

 

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 her cat Yahtzee, 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

  • Currently working towards Postural Restoration Certification

MEET Courtney

FOUNDER | PHYSICAL THERAPIST | AKA FEARLESS-ISH LEADER 

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 received a scholarship as the Feature Twirler at ECU through her undergraduate and graduate years. 

 

Courtney secured her Postural Restoration certification, the first one in the state of South Carolina, making Joint Effort the only certified practice in South Carolina able to offer this innovative approach to physical medicine renown for repositioning, retraining and restoring asymmetrical patterns throughout the body.  

 

When Courtney isn’t helping her clients, you'll either find her listening to Jimmy Buffett on the beach, or sitting in a freezing ice rink with her husband watching her son play hockey.

Education & Credentials

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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2012

  • First Postural Restoration Certified Specialist in South Carolina

  • East Carolina 40 Under 40 Recipient

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