Learn More About Our Team
DPT, NCPT, RYT
A classically trained ballet dancer and licensed physical therapist, Amy has been practicing Pilates for 15+ years and has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2004. She founded In Balance Physical Therapy in 2006 in Wilmington, NC maintaining a focus on Pilates-based rehabilitation.
Amy graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Kinesiotherapy from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001 and Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2004. Amy underwent an intensive traditional based Pilates Certification in 2004 and has completed multiple other Pilates training courses through PHI, Polestar and Balanced Body.
She has attended multiple continuing education courses, and has practiced a wide variety of physical therapy techniques including, but not limited to manual, orthopedic, sport related, vestibular, neurological and pediatric therapies. As a result, Dr. McIver is knowledgeable of a wide range of diagnoses and conditions and can tailor each evaluation and treatment to meet the client's needs.
Leigh Caruso is a licensed Physical Therapist with primary focus in orthopedics, Pilates rehabilitation, manual therapy, and dance medicine. A native of Huntsville, AL, Leigh completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Philosophy in 2007. A classically trained dancer, she served as the Director of Dance Education for a nonprofit performing arts venue early in her career where she developed a dance outreach program in conjunction with physical therapists to provide dance education to children with special needs. Leigh also trained professionally in New York City and Italy, but suffered an injury while dancing that eventually led her to Pilates-based rehabilitation where she soon found her calling. She then returned to school to pursue a career in physical therapy knowing that she ultimately wanted Pilates to be a central part of her practice.
She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, graduating with Honors and a focus in orthopedic manual therapy. She completed her Comprehensive Pilates for Rehabilitation training on all apparatus through Polestar® Pilates in 2017.
Dr. Caruso is also an Assistant Lab Instructor at the University of St. Augustine in the Flex Program. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT). She is currently working toward her Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine with anticipated certification in Fall 2018.
Leigh has a passion for integrating physical therapy, Pilates, and manual therapy to provide a holistic and individualized approach to treatment. She loves working with clients to encourage mind body awareness and to promote conscious and safe movement. She has a special interest in dancer rehabilitation, as well as the prevention of dance related injuries, especially among young dancers.
PT, MPT, NCPT
Laurie is a licensed Physical Therapist and a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.
A native New Yorker, Laurie graduated from the University of Delaware in 1991 with a BA in Biological Sciences prior to obtaining her Master of Physical Therapy shortly after in 1993. She is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, completing her Comprehensive Pilates for Rehabilitation on all apparatus through Polestar Pilates in 2018 prior to becoming certified through the National Pilates Certification Program in 2019.
Laurie is very passionate about her commitment to the art of Pilates: combining her physical therapy background with Pilates allows her the ability to successfully work with a wide range of clients. She has special interest in working with youth athletes and women to integrate purposeful movement in their training. She is dedicated to her continual education and avid in seeking resources to expand her knowledge base. Laurie regularly attends conferences, seminars as well as workshops in multiple disciplines including Pilates, physical therapy, health and wellness.
When not in the studio, you will find Laurie playing soccer mom or surf mom supporting her two children in their activities, exploring new travel destinations with her family, riding ocean waves on a paddleboard, outdoors riding her bike or simply on a walk enjoying the outdoors.
Michelle is originally from New Jersey, raised just east of Philadelphia. She migrated south to attend Florida State University in 2000, where she earned her BS in Exercise Science. After recognizing her love for sunny Florida, she chose to remain in the state and attended University of Florida, where she graduated with her Masters in Physical Therapy.
Michelle was raised in a family where exercise and an active lifestyle were routine. With many of her family being in the healthcare field, she recognized early on the importance of mobility and the impact it has on someone's quality of life. Because of that, physical health has been a vital part of Michelle's way of life.
Michelle actively practices Physical Therapy and Pilates, enjoying them both individually and blended together. The combination of a Physical Therapist's training and the fundamentals of Pilates, creates a powerful mind and body work out. Michelle looks forward to helping any individual looking to improve their flexibility, strength, core stability and/or balance!
Certifications: BS in Exercise Science, Masters of Physical Therapy, Certified Healthcare Coach, Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Senior Strength Trainer.
Luetta Graham is a Jacksonville native, currently living with her husband and daughter in Neptune Beach. She has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2012, working primarily in an Orthopedic Outpatient clinic. Luetta decided to incorporate Pilates into her physical therapy background after finding the benefits in her own body. She has completed multiple certifications and training through Balanced Body and through our own In Balance L.I.F.T. program. Luetta has a passion for helping clients lengthen and strengthen their bodies whether they are feeling the need to get moving or returning back to exercise following an injury or surgery.
Navenka has been in the health and ﬁtness ﬁeld for over 25 years. She began teaching mat Pilates 15 years ago, having been a dancer; she fell in love with the ﬂuidity, movement, and precision in executing the exercises. Power House Pilates Inc certiﬁed Navenka on all the Pilates apparatus and the mat. She is also a nationally accredited personal trainer with the American Council On Exercise.
Navenka is the owner of Body Harmony. She is a certiﬁed health and lifestyle coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She also holds a certiﬁcation as a Nutrition Specialist with the American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists. She is also a published author and enjoys writing!!
Navenka believes that we are not trapped by our lives. She instills in her clients the conﬁdence, tools, and commitment they need to succeed, helping them believe in themselves and reach goals. When we make progress, we feel empowered and successful- together, those feelings bring a desire to continue working toward a healthier lifestyle. "Healthier Bodies, Builds Happier Lives" is Navenka's motto. If we are healthy both physically and spiritually, we are happier.
Cindi is originally from a small town outside of Pittsburgh,Pa. She moved to Florida in 1981 and currently resides in Atlantic Beach with her husband of 24 years. She was 1 of 23 out of ~ 5000 applicants to be accepted into the inaugural Physical Therapy class @ The University of North Florida. She graduated from UNF with a minor in Nutrition and a Bachelors in Physical Therapy. She has been a PT for 27 years practicing in a variety of settings throughout her career. She and her 22 other classmates were honored in Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities in 1994-1995 for outstanding merit and accomplishments as a student. In 2008 she earned her certification in Pilates through Physical Mind Institute and another through Pilates Institute of America. She was President and Owner of Body Works Physical Therapy and Pilates Studio in Neptune Beach for 15 years. She continues to help others through her love of Physical Therapy and Pilates on a part time basis, as well as being a licensed Real Estate Agent.
What she loves the most about Pilates herself being in “ the joint preservation “ part of her life is that it allows people of all ages to work out mindfully and with intention to achieve and maintain maximum functional strength, mobility and independence throughout their lives.
DPT, WCS, RYT
We are thrilled to introduce Dr. Stephanie Bush as the newest member of our In Balance team! Stephanie is a Physical Therapist and Women's Health Certified Specialist. She brings her expertise of working with women who are pregnant, post-partum, have pelvic pain, incontinence issues or are concerned about diastasis recti or other pelvic floor dysfunction.