Our Gal Squad
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 DanceSTRONG 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
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 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
Doctor of Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2012
First Postural Restoration Certified Specialist in South Carolina
East Carolina 40 Under 40 Recipient