Laura Kraich Scott
PT, DPT, LSVT-cc, staff pelvic health therapist
Dr. Scott and her husband Zac have recently relocated to Arden, NC from the Greensboro area to live closer to family and the mountains. Laura and Zac enjoy exercising and philosophizing in the glorious Appalachian Mountains with their shepherd mix Indiana. She is a graduate of Oglethorpe Univ (Atlanta, GA) with BA in International Studies and minors in Spanish and French language; she studied abroad at Den Haag (Nederlands) in European studies. Laura is originally from sunny Fl in South Miami, ballet- trained in Orlando, NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC with international training and competition credits. Dr. Scott brings a prior career in both classical ballet and ballroom, with professional credits including Fred Astaire dance studio (Durham, NC), Club Med Turkoise (Turks and Caicos Is), Arthur Murray Dance Studio (Atlanta, GA).
When she decided on a career change to Physical Therapy she attended East Carolina University’s Allied Health department and earned her doctorate in PT with an emphasis on sports performance and performing arts. She began her career with Performance Rehabilitation in Sanford, NC as an orthopedic PT that treated a broad caseload and was able to utilize her proficiency in Spanish to treat bilingually with needed. Also, at Performance Rehabilitation, Laura specialized in LSVT Big to treat gait deficits for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Laura has now progressed her continuing education through Herman and Wallace to include treatment of individuals with pelvic health related dysfunction. She has now become an integral member of the pelvic health department at Cornerstone Physical Therapy and provides a wholistic approach to her treatment plan. She incorporates her movement and training background into her pelvic treatments drawing inspiration and influence from Pilates, Vaganova, Janda, Feldenkrais, vinyasa yoga, among other masters.
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.
Mary is an Asheville native. She received her B.A. in Spanish and Biology from Appalachian State University and then her doctorate degree from Western Carolina University in physical therapy. Ever since high school, Mary has had the desire to work in the rehabilitation arena, with a special interest in those recovering from neurological conditions. New interests arose over time, including that of pelvic health. Mary has her certification in LSVT BIG, Otago Exercise Program, APTA-Section on Women’s Health levels I-III, Myopain Seminars dry needling level I, and continues her education with upcoming courses in manual therapy. She enjoys working with individuals suffering from various orthopedic, pelvic health, and neurological conditions.
Apart from work, Mary loves salsa dancing, hiking, exercising, being active in her church, spending time with her family and friends, playing with her Husky/Great Pyrenees dog Niña Mía, learning new things, and traveling when she has the chance. Mary is thrilled to practice in her own hometown, serving a community that she loves.