Physical Therapy

UNC Therapy Services is pleased to offer advanced orthopedic and sports physical therapy care in the Meadowmont and NW Cary Wellness Centers.  By providing care in a hospital-owned private practice model, UNC Therapy Services provides a cost-effective model for patients without the high costs associated with traditional hospital-based models.

UNC Therapy Services is conveniently located on the ground floor of the Meadowmont Wellness Center and on the ground floor of the NW Cary Wellness Center.  We are open to the public and offer free on-site parking.  From head to toe, we take care of the whole person to help them live life and compete at their best each and every day.

Specializing in orthopedic and sports physical therapy, we provide advanced evidence-based PT for patients with:

  • Non-operative orthopedic and sports injuries
  • Post-operative orthopedic conditions
  • Osteoarthritis in the active adult
  • Work related musculoskeletal injuries
  • Aquatic therapy provided in a warm water therapy pool

From the active senior to the competitive athlete and everyone in between, we believe that everyone should enjoy an active lifestyle without being limited by pain or weakness.

Many of our patients continue their independent exercise programs at the Wellness Center, as members, offering a seamless transition from rehabilitation to preventive maintenance or performance enhancement. Our primary goal is to restore function and educate patients on how to safely get the most out of their lives.

If you have questions or to make an appointment, please contact us by calling the appropriate office listed below or by email at UNCTS@unchealth.unc.edu. We look forward to helping you get back to being you!

Meadowmont Wellness Center office:

  • Phone: (984) 974-2560
  • Fax: (919) 843-2195
  • Clinic entrance is through main doors – We are located down the hall behind the front desk.  Please let the Wellness Center staff know that you are headed to the PT clinic.

NW Cary Wellness Center office: 

  • Phone: (984) 974-6083
  • Fax: (984)-974-6096
  • Clinic entrance is through a separate door located to the right of the main entrance, across from the multi-sport field.  We are just inside on the right.

Staff Bios

Meadowmont Staff Bios

Peter Olmos, PT, MPT

Clinic Coordinator

Peter Olmos became a licensed physical therapist in 2006.  He has worked in an outpatient physical therapy setting for his entire career, treating patient with various musculoskeletal injuries. Peter’s interests include post-operative return to sports for patients with shoulder and knee dysfunction as well as integration back to functional activities for the non-sports patient.

Steve Takacs, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Physical Therapist

Steve obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 Ohio University.  Following graduate school, Steve went on to complete a 12 month Orthopedic Residency Program with the University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification in addition to an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS).  Steve’s primary clinical interests include return to sport following ACL reconstruction, rehabilitation following orthopedic surgeries, and management of hip pathologies. Steve is certified in Level I Trigger Point Dry Needling.

Catherine Duncan PT, SCS, ATC, PES

Clinical Specialist

Catherine is a licensed physical therapist, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, NATA certified athletic trainer, and NASM certified performance enhancement specialist.

Catherine earned her degree in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University.  Catherine spent seven years working at the Sports Rehab Center at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, where she helped amateur, collegiate, and professional athletes return to sport after injuries and surgeries.  Now with UNC Therapy Services, she shares her expertise in sports rehabilitation, injury prevention, biomechanics of sports including running, swimming and kicking, and post-partum recovery.

Nicole Durand PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Nicole obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA in 2013.  She has a particular clinical interest in patients with lower extremity injuries of the hip and knee but enjoys working with a variety of patients to aide in pain relief, provide optimal return from injury, and assist them to achieve their individual goals. She has received her Emergency Medical Responder Certification as well as Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certification (SFMA).  Nicole became board certified in orthopedics (OCS) in June 2018.

Chuck Overman, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Chuck graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Guilford College in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training in 2005.  During his time at Guilford, he worked as a student athletic trainer focusing on soccer and football.  Additionally, he played college baseball while at Guilford as an outfielder.  Chuck worked in fitness and athletic-related fields, personal training, and health education until deciding to go back to school in 2013.  He graduated from Nash Community College with an associate’s degree, and became a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant in May of 2015.  Chuck’s main clinical interests include knee and shoulder injuries and return from orthopedic injury/surgery.

Kyle Cooper PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kyle earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has developed expertise in a variety of manual therapy techniques, including advanced certification in the Graston Technique™.  He has significant clinical experience in both postsurgical and nonsurgical rehabilitation of the upper   extremity, lower extremity and spine.  Kyle passed board certification in orthopedics in 2017.

Emily Paul PT, DPT, ATC

Physical Therapist

Emily received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College where she served as the lead student athletic trainer for men’s soccer and men’s and women’s track and field.  Emily earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.   She has extensive knowledge in aquatic rehabilitation, particularly relating to orthopedic injuries, osteoarthritis, cerebral palsy, and amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome. Emily also has an advanced certification in the Graston Technique™, a form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Kristen Soth PT, MPT, MHA

Physical Therapist

Kristen obtained her Bachelors of Science from the University of Georgia in 1996, her Masters of Physical Therapy from Elon College in 2000, followed by her Masters in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University in 2013.  Kristen is a physical therapist with experience in multiple healthcare settings including long term care, inpatient rehab and acute rehab.  She has focused on outpatient rehabilitation for the past 14 years and is able to treat a myriad of conditions including orthopedic and neurological impairments. She enjoys working with individuals of all abilities, their families and the local community.  Outside of the clinic, Kristen enjoys traveling, spending time with her animals, and learning new skills.

Northwest Cary Staff Bios

Evan Adler, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist/Clinic Coordinator

Evan is originally from New York where he spent a successful decade working in the music industry. After running several marathons for charity, however, Evan wanted to pair his extra-curricular interests with his career. He moved to Durham in 2008, and he shifted his focus to the harmonics of the human body where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University. He enjoys the orthopedic side of PT, particularly pathologies of the shoulder, hip, and knee. He also enjoys working with middle/high school students as well as having a passion for working with endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists, and triathletes. He has enjoyed success in getting his patients back in the game utilizing a variety of techniques including soft tissue mobilization (Graston Technique Certified), joint mobilization and manipulation, and individualized therapeutic exercises. He sees every patient as an individual and takes each person’s unique situation into account with every treatment. Evan is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

Evan is also an avid runner, cyclist, and sometimes triathlete who also enjoys playing tennis, softball, and most outdoor activities.  Though a transplant to the area, Evan has made the Triangle his home and has become a proud member of the community. When not at work, he can be found spending time with his family at any of the many parks, museums, restaurants, and live music venues throughout the Triangle.

Stephanie Milosovic, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert. IMT

Physical Therapist

A native of Akron, Ohio, Stephanie moved out of the cold and dreary Midwest to attend graduate school at Duke University and earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2012. Immediately following graduation Stephanie began her career with UNC Healthcare. Her areas of expertise include post-op rehabilitation, dry needling, sports rehabilitation, injury prevention, and utilizing exercise therapy to address muscle imbalances and pain. Always determined to provide her patients with the best current practice and evidence-based physical therapy methods, Stephanie leads a journal club group with UNC PT and regularly attends continuing education courses. In 2018 she was elected by her peers to hold a leadership role in the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association as the Orthopedic Special Interest Group Chair. She is involved in clinical education, lecturing and didactic teaching in UNC’s Physical Therapy Orthopedic Program and in UNC and Duke’s DPT programs. She enjoys working with many different patients, but feels most rewarded when she has the opportunity to apply her skills and knowledge to help student-athletes and weekend warriors return to sport stronger than before. When Stephanie is not working with patients to achieve their goals, she likes spending time with her husband and two boys and you can see her around the UNC Wellness Center in the group fitness classes or in the functional exercise area.

Carla Hill, PT, DPT, OCS, CEEAA, Cert MDT

Physical Therapist

Carla has been a physical therapist for over 18 years, with the past 15 years in outpatient orthopedic clinics working with a variety of patients.  She earned a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Florida, a Master of Physical Therapy from Emory University, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNC. Carla is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA) by the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She is also certified in the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy approach by the McKenzie Institute and dry needling to treat myofascial trigger points. Carla enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic and geriatric conditions in the clinic with a special interest in spine, shoulder, hip, and knee rehabilitation as well as balance disorders. She is focused on patient-centered, evidence-based care to promote lifelong wellness for all patients. As such, she uses an array of treatment techniques and patient education to improve her patients’ abilities to participate in desired daily and recreational activities. In addition to clinic work, Carla teaches physical therapy students and residents, collaborates on research projects, and serves on the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association’s Board of Directors as the Director of Education. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling with family and friends.

Ellese Nickles PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ellese received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016.  Ellese grew up dancing and was trained in classical ballet, modern and Jazz. She danced throughout college and given her interest in movement she completed yoga teacher training in 2008. Since then, she has taught yoga and strength training classes and has served as a clinical expert in yoga teacher training curriculum development and teaching workshops.  She conducted research on balance, gait training and dual task interference in patients with Multiple Sclerosis and has a particular interest in working with geriatric patients, those with chronic neuromuscular conditions, and in dancer rehabilitation and wellness.

Ijeoma Nwankpa, PT, DPT, WSC, CLT, Cert. DN

Pelvic Health Physical Therapist

Ijeoma is a PT specializing in Pelvic Health whose treatment focus is complex decongestive therapy for lymphedema and pelvic health dysfunctions for both males and females. She also enjoy treating musculoskeletal and orthopedic dysfunctions. Ijeoma has special interests in complex decongestive therapy for lymphedema; pelvic health dysfunctions for both males and females such as urinary/fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, dyspareunia, pelvic organ prolapse, post-prostatectomy, pre/postpartum care, constipation, sexual health and other pelvic conditions; musculoskeletal and orthopedic dysfunctions from low back pain, post-operative orthopedic surgeries and others; chronic pain; dry needling; and oncology. She is involved in several charity organizations that focus on providing healthcare, refuge, mentorship and disaster relief to children both here in the United States and Africa. In addition to physical therapy, she enjoys working out, hiking, rock wall climbing, dancing, volunteer work, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Kathryn (Kate) Huffman, PT, DPT

Pelvic Health Physical Therapist

Kate was introduced to physical therapy after suffering an injury related to dancing ballet. She fell in love with physical therapy through her experience and enjoys helping others return to what they enjoy. Her primary focus is on pelvic health, including incontinence, pelvic pain, pre- and post-delivery. She enjoys educating patients and giving them agency in their care so that they can continue to stay healthy and pain-free at home.