"I’m a weekend warrior beach volleyball player, HIIT participant, and have a job that requires long hours of standing. As a consequence I’ve suffered from decades of chronic plantar fasciitis. All traditional therapies including many sets of custom orthotics, countless cortisone injections, and a round of PRP have provided short-lived and/or minimal benefit. While rehabbing from patellar tendon debridement after the last cortisone shot to my right heel I commented to my PT that I had had it and wanted a referral for surgery. His reply was “before you do that you need to see Abby”. Abby undertook the most thorough diagnostic assessment I’ve ever had, stated: “give me 6 months”, and set a treatment plan. She did it! I am orthotic and night splint free. I’ve had dramatic improvement in pain reduction, foot strength, and balance. Perhaps most importantly when pain does flare from overdoing it she has educated and equipped me to manage it on my own." Thanks Abby!"Steve Clark
" I am a local physician who wants to remain very active. Somewhere along the way my shoulders and back became problematic for me, and my ortho doctor referred me to Run Raleigh for physical therapy to avoid surgical intervention. Brian's healing hands have relieved my discomfort and kept me functional for work and after hours! My encounters have all been super efficient, convenient, and economical. I have no reservations in recommending the team at Run Raleigh."Stephen S.
"In 2013, with a torn meniscus, and a severe ankle injury soon thereafter, I sought a sports specific physical therapist who could get me back on the soccer field as soon as possible. With Abby's care I was able to recover fully, and get back to pursuing my dream of becoming a professional soccer player. She truly has a gift in healing. Through exercise guidance, innovative modalities, and a keen awareness of body mechanics, I experienced a speedy recovery and felt stronger than I had ever felt previously. I would recommend Abby to anyone."Ella Stephan
U17, U20, and U23 United States National Teams
FC Ryazan of Russia, professional soccer team 2013 Glasgow City FC, professional soccer team 2014-present
"I want to say how thankful that I am for all the work Run Raleigh has done to keep me going. I have tried all types of treatment throughout my 8 years of the crazy sport of triathlon. I have had many acupuncture treatments, deep tissue massage treatments and months of agonizing pain while training and racing. What Abby has been able to do for me during this year so far has been awesome. It actually has given me the ability to train as hard as I need to and know without a shadow of a doubt that you will get be back out there the next day. The dry needling therapy has replaced all other types of therapy for me. It has also given me the confidence to shred all of the compression gear I thought I needed while training and made my body respond better. In February when I slightly tore my calf again I thought my racing year was over. With the help of the Run Raleigh staff, I have not only completed Ironman Raleigh 70.3 in June but I am 6 weeks away from Ironman Louisville. I thank you for everything and truly believe without Run Raleigh I would not be in the shape I am in!!!!"Ken Fanelli
"I love everything about running. But in 2015 I was becoming increasingly frustrated with chronic muscle tightness that kept me from running consistently and reaching my goals. I heard about Run Raleigh PT through my running group and decided to give it a try. As a middle-aged runner, I expected them to treat my injury and tell me to back off the distance and intensity. Not so! Abby not only treated my injury, she encouraged me to go for my goal of a new 5k PR. I have since PR'd at every distance and BQ'd my first marathon without missing a single day of running due to injury. Run Raleigh provides the complete package of physical therapy, strength training, running analysis and a supportive running community that keeps me motivated for the next challenge. "Rodney Bizzell
"This past Saturday I completed the Virtual Marine Corps Marathon pain free thanks to the great work, advice and encouragement of Sarabeth Ford. Four weeks ago I would not have bet that running and finishing without pain could happen but thanks to Sarabeth it did. It was slow and it was hot but it was done. Thanks again for everything!"
"After being injured with chronic hip pain for about 2 years and seeing multiple doctors and physical therapists, I had just about given up on the thought of ever being able to run-or walk without pain. I heard about Abby and that she had been commonly referred to as, "The Running Specialist," and I knew that I simply had to set up an appointment and try one last time to find some answers. After one appointment, Abby's wealth of knowledge and positive attitude made me feel an immediate glimpse of hope. I consistently came back and did every rehab exercise that she prescribed to me with diligence. Over just a month later, I was able to begin running pain-free! I continue to see Abby every couple of months to gain her feedback and progression with my strength exercises and each time back I leave feeling encouraged and stronger. I now call Abby, "The Running Specialist," to anyone who is in need of improving their running form and decreasing their running-related injuries."Angela Reckart
Assistant XC/Track & Field Coach
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
After battling a nagging Achilles injury that sidelined me for months I was referred to Abby from a few running friends. Training for a 4 day, 240 mile charity run I needed to get healthy….and fast. Immediately I knew Abby could help. What struck me most was the attentiveness that was given to every word. She hadn’t pre diagnosed me….Abby listened and asked questions. I remember walking out of her office the first time over a year ago and thinking, wow, I wish I had found her months before. Abby’s main concern is long term health and healing. Sure, after about 2 weeks of seeing her, I was back running 20 mile long runs again. Throughout my training I saw Abby more for maintenance issues due to 100 mile weeks. Throughout the rest of training I was healthy embarked on the charity run. If it wasn’t for Abby and her guidance including strength training I’m not sure I would have made the run.
I’m also a running coach and refer all of my clients to Abby. Her seminars are incredible and very informative. I schedule seminars for my runners and Run Raleigh PT is always first on the list. Thank you Run Raleigh PT and Abby Douek for your time, care and consideration.
3:02 marathoner, Boston Qualifier and top 20 North Face DC 50 miler
"Not only has Brian helped me quickly recover from a hamstring injury that was affecting my running, he also helped me understand what may be causing it. That has helped me not only prevent future injuries but also greatly improved my running."Greg P.
"Abby helped me become a flexible, fit and better runner by showing me my weaknesses and giving me the exercises to fix them...she introduced me to many great training techniques...I ran (2) 1/2 marathons and a full marathon under her tutelage...I recommend Abby without reservation."Dr. Steve Kagan