Physical Therapists

Sara Baker

Sara Baker PT, MS, OCS
President

Physical Therapist
Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
ZEN•GA® Qualified Equipment Instructor

Affiliations

Director of Pilates for the Atlanta Spine Alliance
American Physical Therapy Association
Physical Therapy Association of Georgia.

In May 2005, Sara founded Inspire Health. She practices physical therapy, specializing in orthopedics, spinal conditions and neuromuscular re-education, in this multidisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Sara is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Cellular Biology and received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama. During her physical therapy training, she completed elective coursework specializing in osteopathic manual therapy, orthopedics and athletic conditioning.

As a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor; having completed all Level 1 Intensive and Rehabilitation track coursework, she has incorporated pilates into her PT practice since 2003. She has pursued additional training in manual therapy, strain counterstrain techniques, neurodynamics, Redcord Neurac training, and real time ultrasound for biofeedback training of lumbopelvic musculature.

In 2009, Sara became a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist, a designation awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties following a minimum of 2,000 hours of practice and passing a certification examination.

From 2006 to 2008 she contributed numerous times to the Good Form feature in the Better Health section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Atlanta’s Fox 5 Healthwatch featured Sara and two of her clients in a segment on STOTT PILATES® effectiveness in relieving back pain. Sara has contributed articles on Pilates and spine health to SpineUniverse, an online resource for spine health.

Additionally, Sara has spoken at professional conferences and in the community on spinal health, physical therapy intervention for spine conditions, pilates as a modality in physical therapy practice and general wellness and fitness.

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Linea FitzGerald PT, MPT, OCS
VP Operations

Physical Therapist
Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist
STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor
ZEN•GA® Qualified Mat and Equipment Instructor

Affiliations

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
Member of the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia

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Linea received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Sports Studies from Miami University in 1999 and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Emory University in 2002. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist, a designation awarded by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Linea specializes in manual therapy for the spine and extremities and has completed all the Manual Therapy Certification courses through the University of St. Augustine.

Linea’s previous experience teaching dance and aerobics classes and appreciation for the importance of quality fitness instruction led to her interest in pilates. She is a full Level 1 STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and has completed all of the coursework for the STOTT PILATES® Rehabilitation program. Additionally, Linea is a Core Barre Certified Instructor.

Since 2002, Linea has been utilizing an eclectic approach to address a client’s specific needs. Because of her experience in both rehabilitation and wellness settings, Linea is able to work with clients across a wide spectrum of health and fitness to achieve their individual goals.

Eleanore Purser

Eleanore Purser, PT, MSPT, cert. MDT
Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist
STOTT PILATES® Trained Instructor

Eleanore received her Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of California, San Francisco in 2000.  Since 2000 she has spent the majority of her physical therapy career working in a variety of outpatient orthopedic settings both corporately and privately run and therefore understands the importance of quality one on one care for optimal results.

As a result of her wide range of clinical experience, Eleanore is able to meet the needs of clients efficiently and effectively on a broad continuum of care. She has completed extensive post graduate coursework focusing on manual therapy for the spine and the extremities and holds her Certification for the treatment of spine in the McKenzie method.

As a health and fitness enthusiast herself she understands the importance of an early return to sports and activity and feels that is best achieved through a combination of manual intervention, proper exercise, and Pilates utilizing the STOTT PILATES® method.

kara Strauss

Kara Strauss PT, DPT, MBA
Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Kara earned her BSBA from the University of Delaware in 2002, her MBA from the University of Georgia in 2006, and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) from Georgia State University (GSU) in 2012. Since then, she has spent time working in both private practice and hospital settings as an orthopedic and acute care Physical Therapist. Kara has furthered her education by earning additional certifications in Pilates, Yoga, Dry Needling with MyoPain Seminars, and a specialization in Pelvic (“Women’s”) Rehabilitation with Herman and Wallace.

Chronic pain is also an area of interest for Kara, and she teaches future PTs at GSU so that they have the opportunity to learn about pain science, and some of the alternative methodologies for patient care.

As an educator, Kara is particularly interested in empowering her patients in their own health so that they can maintain healthy lifestyles long after their injuries have healed. In Kara’s treatment of patients with Pelvic Health issues, she has found that the understanding of one’s body is the most valuable tool to wellness. This is why she takes the time with each patient to teach them how to recognize and address their own specific needs.