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Courtney

Courtney Cox

Licensed Massage Therapist

Courntey Cox LMBT

Bio

Courtney's passion for massage started at the young age of five.  She has enjoyed sharing this gift of touch with her family and friends growing up.  In 2000, she began her training in the Clinical Program at the Atlanta School of Massage.  Over the years Courtney has had the privilege to learn a variety of healing modalities in which she uses to support her clients in restoring vitality and wellness.  Some of her specialties include Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage, Pre and Post Partum massage, Foot Reflexology, Oncology Massage and more.  Courtney's focus is to use these therapeutic tools as a way to bring balance to the body so her clients leave feeling healthier and happier.

 

When Courtney has free time she enjoys being with her family & friends, cooking delicious and nutritious meals, learning new things, exercising and, of course, getting a massage!

 

Anna

Courtney Cox

Licensed Massage Therapist

Courntey Cox LMBT

Bio

Courtney's passion for massage started at the young age of five.  She has enjoyed sharing this gift of touch with her family and friends growing up.  In 2000, she began her training in the Clinical Program at the Atlanta School of Massage.  Over the years Courtney has had the privilege to learn a variety of healing modalities in which she uses to support her clients in restoring vitality and wellness.  Some of her specialties include Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage, Pre and Post Partum massage, Foot Reflexology, Oncology Massage and more.  Courtney's focus is to use these therapeutic tools as a way to bring balance to the body so her clients leave feeling healthier and happier.

 

When Courtney has free time she enjoys being with her family & friends, cooking delicious and nutritious meals, learning new things, exercising and, of course, getting a massage!

 

Amy

Courtney Cox

Licensed Massage Therapist

Courntey Cox LMBT

Bio

Courtney's passion for massage started at the young age of five.  She has enjoyed sharing this gift of touch with her family and friends growing up.  In 2000, she began her training in the Clinical Program at the Atlanta School of Massage.  Over the years Courtney has had the privilege to learn a variety of healing modalities in which she uses to support her clients in restoring vitality and wellness.  Some of her specialties include Deep Tissue & Swedish Massage, Pre and Post Partum massage, Foot Reflexology, Oncology Massage and more.  Courtney's focus is to use these therapeutic tools as a way to bring balance to the body so her clients leave feeling healthier and happier.

 

When Courtney has free time she enjoys being with her family & friends, cooking delicious and nutritious meals, learning new things, exercising and, of course, getting a massage!

 

Lili Dobbyn

Lili Dobbyn, PT

Certified Lymphedema Specialist

Lili Dobbyn

Lili Dobbyn, a Western NC native received her Physical Therapy degree at the UNC School of Medicine,
Division of Physical Therapy in 1993. Lili has been a practicing therapist in the Asheville area and
received her certification in Lymphedema Therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2006. Lili
also incorporates manual techniques with her patients including Myofascial Release, Cranial-Sacral, and
deep tissue methods which are often used in combination for the best results. Lili believes that a
genuine feeling of compassion with a good sense of humor can go a long way in helping her patients
achieve the most successful outcome. When not practicing Physical Therapy, Lili spends time hiking,
swimming, and enjoying the beautiful mountains of Western NC.

Amanda

Amanda Cranston, CLT, OTR/L

Certified Lymphedema Specialist

Wendy Compton, PTA, CLT

Amanda graduated from D’Youville College located in Buffalo NY with a Masters in Occupational Therapy and minor in Psychology. She had a Clinical in WNC and fell in love with the mountains, moving to Asheville after graduation in 2012. She lives in Asheville with her husband and 2 dogs, Leia and Ellie.After graduating, she started working in a SNF, through the years, she has gained experience in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, and home health. She also volunteered/worked at a hippotherapy/therapeutic riding center, where she helped develop and served as initial chair member for Equinox Horse Foundation to help provide equine services to those in need.She has received certifications in Lymphedema, LSVT BIG, and NBCOT specialty certificate in Geriatrics. She is looking to continue her education in Hand therapy and Wound care.When not working, she loves to kayak, cycle, and hike; and has a growing interest in photography. She also enjoys running agility with her dog Ellie; and volunteering at Ashville humane society, working in the Urban tails and Foster programs.

Cecilia Pepera

Courtney Cox

Licensed Massage Therapist

Cecilia Pepera, PT

Certified Hand Therapist

Cecilia  has a way with people. Her knowledge of kinesiology, combined with 20 years’ experience as a physical therapist, makes her very effective with patients. She understands how the body moves, where it gets stuck, and how it heals.

She completed her graduate degree and Licensure in Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver 1991, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from UC.

“I am passionate about helping patients regain their full function,” she says.

Cecilia’s specialties include Certified Hand Therapy, Pediatrics, treating Orthopedic and Neurological conditions, and Sports Rehabilitation.

Cecilia spent her first years as a PT in a position in the Front Range Out Patient Orthopedics, Sports Medicine Clinic.  She worked extensively with employees of truck delivery companies such as UPS and with post Motor Vehicle Accident patients to get them successfully back to work without limitations from injury.

In the mid 90’s she worked as a Traveling Therapist including extensive work with pediatric population while working in rural Georgia.

In 1997, she joined the staff of an outpatient clinic in Tallahassee, Florida, where she acquired the 4000 hrs of direct practice experience in Upper Extremity Therapy required to sit for the National Exam & became credentialed as a Certified Hand Therapist (defined as “art & science of rehabilitation of the upper limb, which includes the hand, wrist, elbow & shoulder joint”).  As a Certified Hand therapist (CHT), Cecilia has had extensive experience treating the hand and upper extremity, and has passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. She has worked extensively with neurological and orthopedic conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.

In the spring of 2000, she returned to the mountains and her original PT passion: Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

"I have spent the past 11 years doing what I love, and working with other therapists I love and respect greatly. As Melinda Halford and my patient’s can attest, I am a huge proponent of patient education.  My goal is to help patients understand their symptom origin & give them the tools to reclaim their function, their pain-free lifestyle.

"During my early years of practicing in various settings, I was reminded repeatedly that I cannot effectively treat a patient if I am only treating the injured body part.  We are all whole beings and individuals. There are no cookbook treatment approaches that work for every shoulder injury or ankle sprain.  It is my job to help each individual regain his or her full functional potential & over the years I’ve developed an eclectic, evidence based approach as a means to that end."

One of Cecilia’s patients tells us “Cecilia was the reason I got the treatment I needed for my elbow.  I had been to many other medical professionals who told me nothing was wrong. Cecilia spent the time with me to really diagnose my problem and helped me get the treatment I needed. I have been to other PTs and have never had someone who was such an advocate for me. I will always choose Cornerstone PT and Cecilia for any needed therapy. "

Cecilia is an avid runner, road biker and enjoys camping and adventure traveling with her husband and son.

Brad

Brad Basch

PT, DPT, Orthopedics, Vestibular, TMD

Clinical Director
brad@cornerstoneptnc.com

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Bio

Brad Basch grew up outside of Orlando, Florida before attending the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Health Science degree. He then earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. While at Duke, he acquired a special interest in dizziness and balance disorders and has since completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course at Emory University. Over the past few years Brad has completed numerous courses focusing on the treatment of the TMJ, neck, headaches, and post-concussion syndrome. When Brad is not in the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer, running, hiking, and watching his hometown sports teams.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Greater than 30% of people over the age of 60 have or will have dizziness.2 Not only is dizziness an unsettling feeling that can make one nauseated, it places a person at significant risk. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in persons over 65 years.2 When a person has dizziness or vertigo, there is a 1.14 fold (114%) increase in the incidence of fractures with falling.3

Dizziness can also be very disabling for a person. As seen in the graphs below, dizziness is one of the leading causes of disability for persons above the age of 65.4 Dizziness can also contribute to other diseases. People who are dizzy are typically more fearful of falling. A person fearful of falling is more likely to reduce their mobility, staying in a chair or in bed. This results in deconditioning, frailty, and immobility, further increasing the risk of physical and mental illness.

Percentage of disability attributed to dizziness

 

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BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

  • Most common cause of vertigo (63% people over 65 years with dizziness)1
  • Makes you feel like the world is spinning around you or your head is spinning
  • Most commonly occurs with laying down, rolling over in bed, and bending over
  • Duration most commonly between 0-60 seconds, but can last up to 1-2 minutes
  • For more information on BPPV and its treatment, please follow this link BPPV link

Vestibular Disorders

  • Caused by:
    • Infection
    • Inflammation
    • Disease
    • Trauma
    • Medication
  • Severe vertigo that lasts for 24 hours to a few days
  • Residual imbalance and dizziness
  • Difficulty keeping balance in a dark room, on uneven surfaces, or when turning head quickly

Vestibular disorders can be treated with:

  • Gaze stabilization exercises: eye and head/neck coordination exercises
  • Habituation exercises: gradual exposure to movements
  • Balance and gait training

Cervicogenic dizziness

  • Dizziness can be a result of dysfunction of the neck. 83% of whiplash patients reported that dizziness began immediately after or within one week of their accident.5 Patients often complain of disequilibrium, lightheadedness, or “wobbly head.” Typically have neck pain and limited or excessive range of motion.
  • This can be treated through manual therapy, strengthening, and proprioceptive training.

Concussions

  • No two concussions are alike in presentation or recovery. Concussions can cause dizziness due to the central injury to the brain, injury to the vestibular organs, and/or injury to the neck. Each of these alone may cause dizziness symptoms, but with a concussion, all factors may be present.
  • Concussions can be treated through vestibular rehabilitation, manual therapy, strengthening, proprioceptive training, and metabolic conditioning.

 

 

  1. Chau AT, Menant JC, Hübner PP, Lord SR, Migliaccio AA. Prevalence of Vestibular Disorder in Older People Who Experience Dizziness. Front Neurol. 2015;6.
    doi:10.3389/fneur.2015.00268.
  1. Fernández L, Breinbauer HA, Delano PH. Vertigo and Dizziness in the Elderly.  Front Neurol. 2015;6. doi:10.3389/fneur.2015.00144.
  1. Liao W-L, Chang T-P, Chen H-J, Kao C-H. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Fracture: A Population-Based CohortStudy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015;45(5):406-412.
    doi:10.2519/jospt.2015.5707.
  2. Mueller M, Strobl R, Jahn K, Linkohr B, Peters A, Grill E. Burden of disability attributable to vertigo and dizziness in the aged: results from the KORA-Age study. Eur J Public Health. 2014;24(5):802-807. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckt171
  3. Treleaven J, Jull G, Sterling M. Dizziness and unsteadiness following whiplash injury: characteristic features and relationship with cervical joint position error. J. Rehabil. Med. 2003;35(1): 36-43.