We rate BreakThrough Physical Therapy a 10; we are extremely happy! After having received excellent PT in the past, we had no doubt this was the only place we would trust with our son’s recovery. The warm, welcoming environment makes it a comfortable place to receive therapy. This puts him at ease allowing for the…
After just 4 visits…I feel like a brand new person. Before, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without my back screaming in pain. Now I’m zooming through therapy and going on walks at home.
Wonderful staff, very helpful, competent and professional. They listen to what I say and are working with me to meet my goal.
Amazing service. They have gone out of their way to call and follow up with me while doing my at-home exercises. Highly recommend.
My husband was skeptical of my choice to use physical therapy to treat my back pain instead of medications. After seeing my results from working with the BreakThrough Physical Therapy team, my husband is a believer now too.
Southern Pines, NC 28387
Address & Contact275 Pinehurst Ave
Southern Pines, NC 28387 p: (910) 603-2788 f: (888) 452-5964
Meet the Staff
Daniel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Grace College. During his time at Grace College, Daniel served as a Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports. Daniel was also an intern for Athletes in Action as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Basketball.
After Graduation, Daniel moved to Los Angeles where he worked as an intern Athletic Performance Coach at UCLA for Olympic Sports. During his tenure at UCLA, Daniel specifically worked with Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Water Polo, and Track & Field. Daniel was in charge of monitoring athlete data to improve peak performance, as well as assisting in program development at UCLA. While enjoying his experience coaching at an elite program, Daniel felt he could have a larger impact on athletes’ lives by working with high school athletes in a smaller practice. So, he began working as an Assistant Men’s Basketball and Strength and Conditioning Coach at Pinecrest High School. While coaching at Pinecrest, Daniel helped lead the Patriots to a Conference title and a historical 4A Final Four run.
Daniel’s personal background is as an athlete himself. Daniel played two years of collegiate golf, as well as three years of running Track & Field. While experiencing various health conditions as a collegiate athlete, Daniel was introduced to Advanced Biostructural Correction and Dental Integration that changed his life and perspective on exercise science. Through his experiences, Daniel has developed a strong passion for helping others to overcome their own physical limitations.
Outside of the Clinic, Daniel enjoys activities such as golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, weightlifting, and hiking.
Pierce graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a degree in Exercise Sports Science and has been working in preventative and rehabilitative health for over 11 years. Throughout the past 11 years, he has been providing private strength and conditioning to clients at BreakThrough Physical Therapy and developing fitness plans to suit the individual needs of his patients. Pierce is also the performance coach for the O’Neal school located in Pinehurst, North Carolina. At O’Neal, Pierce implements performance programs to all the athletes in the school to maximize their sport performance and to keep athlete’s injury free!
Pierce specializes in strength and conditioning for middle school, high school, and adult athletes, geared towards increasing overall “life” performance. Pierce is also certified through the Titleist Performance Institute and has a passion for working with golfers of all ages on their golf performance and staying healthy playing the game they love. He is also providing nutritional guidance through Precision Nutrition to men and woman of all ages, to help facilitate weight loss and improve overall wellness.
With a strong desire and passion to help others excel in their sport and fitness goals, coupled with his knowledge and extensive experience, Pierce is determined to help unlock your full potential!
Kelsie began her education by earning her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Marietta College where she also participated as a collegiate soccer player. She then worked as a collegiate Athletic Training Intern/Grad Assistant while earning her Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, followed by her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT).
After graduating from Physical Therapy School, she went on to earn certification in the treatment of vestibular conditions through the American Institute of Balance. She takes special interest in the treatment of orthopedic and neurological conditions and is passionate about applying principles from the Postural Restoration Institute in the management of her patients/clients.
When she’s not at work, Kelsie enjoys running, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, playing soccer, paddle-boarding and spending time with her family, including her two dogs.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She began her post-graduate study in Postural Restoration in 1999. In 2005, Jennifer earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural restoration adaptations, asymmetrical patterns, and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body, as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. Jennifer believes her mission of certification is education and therefore has mentored and trained several physical therapist and athletic trainers. She has been a faculty member of Postural Restoration institute since 2010.
Jennifer and her husband Chris are former owners of Poulin Performance in South Burlington, Vermont. They owned this practice from 2002 until 2013. Together they share a special interest in the integration of PRI into injury prevention programs and the management of the chronic pain patients. In 2012, they moved their family to Pinehurst, North Carolina, and opened Sandhills Sports Performance. Recently they merged their practice with Breakthrough Physical Therapy.
Jennifer’s approach to Postural Restoration science is to put your goals at the forefront of the treatment. She takes time and care to educate you on your imbalances, and the patterns of movement that are contributing to your current or potential injury. She emphasizes the importance of understanding your body and how it works to properly plan and implement your treatments. The key elements of her treatment style include understanding, education, and compassion.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, staying fit, hiking, golfing and spending time with Chris and their daughters Madison and Devon.
Since 1996, Chris has been shaping and supporting the futures of a variety of athletes and clients. Chris graduated from Johnson State College with a degree in Sports Medicine and Adult/Corporate fitness. Since his graduation, Chris has earned national certifications in a number of practices including Athletic Training, Strength and Conditioning, Performance Enhancement, Postural Restoration, and Golf Fitness & Performance.
Throughout his career as a practicing certified athletic trainer, Chris has integrated the principles of postural restoration in all training and treatment programs he designs. This approach has allowed him to gain a better understanding of the human body and its functions. Chris strives to translate this understanding to all of the individuals he works with, so they not only improve, but also gain a better understanding of their own body and its unique functions. His certification in postural restoration from the Postural Restoration Institute has provided Chris the tools to help recognize and treat the underlying causes of injuries and decreased performance.
In his free time, Chris enjoys playing golf, camping, and fly fishing. He and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents to two daughters, Madison and Devon.
Dr. Johanna Nisenholtz received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree (DPT) from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. While in New York, she spent an extensive amount of time working with the men’s and women’s lacrosse, soccer, basketball, and volleyball teams, researching the relationship between plyometric landing mechanics and lower extremity injuries. Johanna also worked for ProClinix Sports Rehab in Westchester, New York, as an Exercise Assistant and Physical Therapy Aide, where she assisted some of the top sports medicine Physical Therapists in New York. She developed a strong foundation on the treatment of sports-related orthopedic conditions, as well as progressive, non-conventional, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
Johanna moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina, to complete her advanced outpatient clinical education with Sandhills Sports Performance. She received her Postural Restoration training from Jen Poulin, which reshaped her entire perspective and approach to orthopedic rehabilitation and the human body. She joined the Breakthrough team as a Physical Therapist following her graduation from Mercy College.
Johanna’s passion for orthopedics stems from her own athletic background as a competitive runner in high school and a collegiate equestrian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. More recently, she’s grown to love yoga, Pilates, and skiing. When she’s not in the clinic, she loves going to the beach, paddle boarding, hiking, traveling and spending time with her friends, family, and golden retriever, Butter.