Certified Lymphedema SpecialistBecause Wendy has studied and taught martial arts—in addition to physical therapy—she has a unique knowledge base from which to help patients regain strength and balance.Earning a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and graduating Summa Cum Laude from Southwestern Community College (2006), Wendy has proven that she understands setting goals and achieving them. She uses her skills to help our patients do the same.As a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (with post-graduate specialties listed below), Wendy works alongside our evaluating Physical Therapists to carry out the patient's plan of care.“I enjoy motivating our patients,” Wendy said. “I always look for creative ways to engage each patient to find the small ways that help him or her work towards improved function.”Balance, flow, agility, core strength, and endurance are all necessary for physical therapy and for martial arts, and Wendy incorporates those in her work with patients.“I also enjoy using active play (helping children gain physical strength, coordination and flexibility through play activities) in working with children and their families.”Her post-graduate training includes Lymphedema management, neurodevelopment treatment techniques and treating sensory processing disorders with children. She has also studied McKenzie Spinal Care for back or neck pain, and treatment techniques for balance and mobility problems and foot and ankle problems.“I love working with our cancer patients to help them manage post treatment swelling or fatigue. I have a personal commitment to what they are going through and can help keep them motivated that they are going to feel better.”Wendy is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, with over 145 hours of post graduate study, with certification exam, to obtain this specialty.One of Wendy’s patients tells us: “Wendy really seems to understand what I am going through and makes therapy fun.”Wendy’s personal interests are spending time with her friends and family, sparing in Tae Kwon Do (she holds a black belt in this sport), swing dancing and playing her fiddle.
Priscila Damazio Forte
PT, Pelvic Health & Lymphedema
Priscila was born and raised in the beautiful country of Brazil. She graduated from Estacio de Sa University with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 2008. Still during PT school, after studying the effects of physical therapy on incontinent women, Priscila instantly found her passion for pelvic health. She decided to continue her studies at Brazilian Center of Systemic Studies School and received her Post-graduate degree in Urogynecology with a specialist certification in 2010.
Priscila dedicated many years working with pelvic and sexual disorders and uropediatric rehabilitation at outpatient clinics and home health. Over the past years, she completed several continuing education courses, including Uropediatric rehabilitation, Pelvic Oncology, Pelvic Kinesiology, as well as being a certified Lymphedema therapist and Pilates instructor. In 2017, she and her husband decided to take on a new challenge and moved to the U.S. Outside of the clinic, Priscila enjoys to sing, dance ballet, exercise, play piano and serve with her husband at their church. She has chosen friendly Asheville as a place to call home.
Jessica graduated from Stetson University with her Bachelor's in Rehabilitative Studies in 2006 and completed her graduate work at the University of St. Augustine and earned a doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010.
Her continued education includes advanced certification in Manual Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in 2012. She then became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2014, and in 2017 finished her certification in Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars. Additionally, she has taken continuing education courses in the treatment of vestibular disorders, spine-related dysfunction, sacroiliac join dysfunction and extremity dysfunction.
At Cornerstone Physical Therapy, Jessica treats an orthopedic population and also runs the Post Oncological program. This includes but is not limited to treatment of lymphedema, myofascial pain syndrome post mastectomy or lumpectomy, postural syndrome, balance disorder associated with peripheral neuropathy following chemotherapy or long duration of immobility, scar tissue restriction, as well as tension headaches.