Joint Effort Movement Center has an amazing team of physical therapists and an acupuncturist

MEET Courtney

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 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 Gina

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

 

MEET Gina

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

MEET Kim

FRONT DESK ROCKSTAR

Kim Merritt is a born and bred local from Summerville. She is the heart of the clinic and helps to keep all of the appointments, insurances, and loads of paperwork in order. 

When she isn't crushing it in the clinic, Kim is doing what she loves best - spending time with her two kids and her husband Bill. 

MEET Brittney

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).