Carolina Beach Physical Therapy is located at 1300 Bridge Barrier Road in Building 3 and can be reached by calling (910)636-3574. Carolina Beach Physical Therapy is located at 1300 Bridge Barrier Road in Building 3 and can be reached by calling (910)636-3574.

Spotlight On Business: Carolina Beach Physical Therapy

By / Spotlight On Business / Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:20

Carolina Beach Physical Therapy (CBPT) provides comprehensive physical therapy services covering a wide range of rehabilitation and wellness needs.  “We help you improve and/or manage long-term conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and balance and gait disorders.  We also help you recover from orthopedic and sports injuries, joint replacements, and other surgeries, such as rotator cuff repairs. All our sessions are one on one with a licensed provider.”
CBPT is independently owned and founded by Carolina Beach resident, Dr. Laurie Etherington, PT, DPT, WCC.  She holds her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She brings 15 years’ experience across a variety of settings. Laurie initially worked for a large physical therapy company here on the island.  In the fall of 2017, the company closed the office, leaving the island without a PT practice which accepted insurance. As a resident and active member of the community, Laurie felt the islanders deserved to be able to stay on the island for their PT needs.  She took it a step further by offering individualized, one-on-one therapy sessions. Additionally, Laurie, herself, didn’t want to go “OTB” every day for work. So, the obvious win-win solution for everyone was to open her practice here and continue serving the community she loves!
Dr. Etherington has 15 years of experience in physical therapy over a variety of settings including acute care, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports and industrial medicine, and wound care. Her area of special interest includes athletes of all ages, particularly runners and those that participate in water sports such as surfing and paddle boarding. Her well-rounded skill set in movement analysis, manual therapy, and exercise prescription has proven to be a successful combination in the rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies in this population. Laurie is a firm believer in the role of clinical education in shaping the future therapists joining the profession. She has been highly dedicated to her work as a clinical educator, mentoring physical therapy and pre-medical students since 2007. Laurie has obtained the Advanced Clinical Instructor Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association and continues to offer clinical education experiences to students from high school through graduate level.
Laurie received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She began vacationing in Carolina Beach in 2007 and became a full-time resident in 2016 after relocating from Fayetteville, NC. In her time off, Laurie enjoys spending time on the beach with her two dogs, running, and hiking. Laurie strives on an office that feels like family; Erica Bradshaw, PTA is a North Carolina native who graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College in 2000. Currently, she resides in Wilmington, NC. She has experience in multiple settings including outclient orthopedics, inclient rehabilitation/acute care, short term rehabilitation, and aquatic therapy.  During her 17 years as a clinician she has developed a keen interest in shoulder rehabilitation however she has a broad background in all orthopedic diagnoses, both operative and non-operative. Her philosophy is based on utilizing effective, evidence-based interventions to produce excellent client outcomes. Erica also specializes in the McKenzie Method for lumbar and cervical spine, Functional Movement Screens, and Fascial Movement Taping.  Erica has worked extensively with orthopedic surgeons in the Wilmington and surrounding areas and understands their specific goals for a client's rehab. Outside of work, Erica enjoys traveling, going to the beach, live music, and spending time with friends and family.
Betty Spar joined CBPT in 2017 as the clinic’s Office Manager.  A mother of two, Betty and her husband lived in Vermont until making a break for the warmer North Carolina weather in 2016.  She currently resides in Leland with her husband and beloved dog, AJ. 
Tanya Adams joined the CBPT team in 2019 in the role of PT tech.  Tanya and her husband reside in Carolina Beach, and are the proud parents of a second grade student at Carolina Beach Elementary.  Tanya and her family moved from Florida to Carolina Beach in 2016.  She enjoys spending time at the beach, walking at the lake, and cooking.
The CBPT team recognizes that the patronage of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach residents allows the clinic to remain on the island. To maintain this relationship, the services offered by CBPT must exceed that of what can be found at larger, regionally or nationally based therapy clinics in the area. Our team believes that client satisfaction is paramount, and they strive each day to meet their clients’ needs with excellent outcomes.  The clinic model allows therapists to focus on each client’s goals for recovery and a strong emphasis on getting each person back to the activities they love the most. All therapy sessions are one on one with licensed therapy staff.  This level of individual focus provides a consistent, personalized, high level of care to maximize the physical therapy process, and get clients back on their feet, faster.  CBPT is proud to accept most insurances, including Medicare. 
Beyond providing therapy services, the CBPT team strives to be a supporting business in the Pleasure Island community.  While treatment sessions work on building stronger clients, after-hours volunteer work allows the CBPT team to play a small role in building a stronger community. Clinic staff and current and former clients can be found volunteering side by side at island events such as dune restoration projects, beach clean-ups, and recently at hurricane Florence relief programs.  In 2018, CBPT conducted a successful food drive for the H.E.L.P Center and a toy drive for the St. Paul’s Christmas Angel Tree program. Last year’s off-island project, the Habitat for Humanity Women Build in 2018, provided a new home for a family in Wilmington.  The Women Build project was so successful that CBPT will be planning two build day events in 2019, and will include clinic staff and former clients.
Dedicated to lifelong wellness, CBPT established a 5k race team in 2017.  The team’s participants include clinic staff, former clients, and local walking/running enthusiasts.  The team has male and female members ranging in age from 23-71 years old, who perform at all athletic levels.  Previous races include the Wilmington Women’s 5K, Lo-Tide Run, Wilma Dash, and the Good Hops Beer Run. The team’s core purpose is promote wellness and fitness while having fun.  Members of the race team enjoy sporting zany attire as they walk or run in the local 5K events.
Carolina Beach Physical Therapy is located at 1300 Bridge Barrier Rd in Building 3 and can be reached by calling (910)636-3574.


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