Joint Effort Movement Center - Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Postural Therapist and Acupuncturist

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. 

 

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 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 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.  

 

When Courtney isn’t helping her clients, 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

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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2012

  • Currently working towards Postural Restoration Certification 

MEET Jenny

MASSAGE THERAPIST | AKA MAGIC HANDS

Jenny Cheek has been a licensed Massage therapist since 2006, specializing in Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Swedish, and Hot Stone Massage. She especially enjoys rehabilitative work, with an emphasis on rotator cuff, low back, hip and glute issues, TMJ, and more. She utilizes an integrative approach with her clients, and works to get to the root of their issues. 

 

Originally from the Tampa Bay area, Jenny moved to Charleston by way of Charlotte, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Check out her interview in an article from the American Massage Therapy Association Journal! CLICK HERE

MEET Cindy

REFLEXOLOGIST | AKA THE FOOT WIZARD

Cindy Malone was born in Greensboro, NC but has been in Charleston since the age of 5. (A long time...). She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachleor's in Social Work and a minor in Gerontology.

 

She has a beautiful family of twin daughters (both married) and a son who is currently at Clemson. She began a caregiving service around 8 years ago and has always been concerned that many people do not get enough love on their feet (simple touches go a long way). She has studied through The International School of Reflexology and the Laura Norman School of Reflexology.  

She is excited to work with you and "meet your feet" as she likes to say! 

MEET Brittney

OWNER OF SERENITY WELLNESS/ACUPUNCTURIST | AKA THE CHI WHISPERER

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). 

MEET Kim

FRONT DESK ROCKSTAR | AKA CHAOS COORDINATOR

Kim Merritt is from Charleston, West Virginia but has lived in Summerville for most of her life. She married her high school sweetheart and has two beautiful children. She worked for social services before deciding to become a stay at home mom. As a lifelong cheerleader, she started a non-profit recreational cheerleading organization for the Summerville community.

 

She is the heart of the clinic and helps to keep all of the appointments, insurances, and loads of paperwork in order. To say she makes the PT lives easier is an understatement! When she isn't crushing it in the clinic, Kim is doing what she loves best - living life at the beach or pool with her two kids and her husband Bill.