Meet The Best PT Staff Around

Owner / PT / MPT

Abby Douek

About Abby

Over the past 15 years, Abby has worked closely with athletes ranging from grade school to professional level, including the Olympic level.

Her experiences and course work over the years have allowed her to develop a strong knowledge in manual therapy, exercises for injury prevention and recovery…

  • Functional Dry
    Needling Certified
  • 2D and 3D Gait
  • ACL prevention
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Brian Lesesky

About brian

He attended NC State University where he obtained a degree in Business Management. After working in sales, he discovered his true professional calling in the area of physical medicine.

Brian received his Masters in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2006 and focused in Orthopedic Physical Therapy…

  • Functional Dry
    Needling Certified
  • Myofascial and
    Trigger Point Release
  • Chronic Pain
  • Video analysis for
    return to sport
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Jennifer Hood

About jennifer

Jennifer is passionate about providing exceptional, individualized patient care with a focus on empowerment to allow patients to reach their full functional potential.

She has 16 years of experience treating patients of all ages and types of injuries with a clinical interest on females striving to be the best version of themselves…

  • Functional Dry
    Needling Certified
  • Record Instructor
  • McKenzie Certified
  • TMD
  • Treatment of neck
    and pelvis
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John Mendendell

About John

John is originally from Charlotte, but lived most of his childhood and adult life in New Jersey. He went to college at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was a Division I swimmer and captain of the team his Junior and Senior year. After graduating with a Bachelors in Biology, he got into Spartan and Tough Mudder racing. John went to Rutgers University for his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and graduated in 2016…

  • Functional Dry Needling Certified
  • FMS Functional Movement Systems
  • 2D and 3D Gait Analysis
  • Speed Mechanics/Functional strengthening
  • CMP Certified Mulligan Practitioner
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Jenni James

About Jenni

Jenni is originally from Miami, FL but lived in San Francisco for almost 10 years before moving to Raleigh with her husband in 2016. Jenni went to the University of San Francisco where she played Division I tennis and studied Business Administration. While at USF, Jenni won multiple academic and athletic awards and was inducted into USF’s Hall of Fame in 2016…

  • Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation
  • Certified in Dry Needling
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
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Practice Manager

Melanie Jefferies

About Melanie

Originally from South Carolina, Melanie attended Newberry College where she earned Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. She has a blended background of experience in hotel management, banking and real estate administration.

After a 24 year break in her career to be a stay at home mom to her two sons, Melanie joined the Run Raleigh team in September 2022…

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