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A Complete Physical
Rehabilitation and
Fitness Center

 

252-338-2114

Main Office: 101 Medical Drive
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

5567 N. Croatan Hwy. Kitty Hawk, NC 27949 503 Cypress Ln. Manteo, NC 27954 101 Medical Drive, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 532-C Caratoke Highway, Moyock, NC 27958 115 Loftin Lane, Ahoskie, NC 27910 701 Luke Street, Suite B, Edenton, NC 27932



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Our Therapists

 Bernie Blystone, PT


Bernie Blystone is the founder of Coastal Rehab Inc. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Physical Therapy , Pittsburgh Pa. in 1975 and has been a Physical Therapist in the Albemarle and Outer Banks for over thirty years. He was Chief of Physical Therapy at Albemarle Hospital prior to going into indepentent, private practice. He has served as Medical Advisor to the Albemarle Arthritis Foundation and is a member of the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association. He is a member of Rehabilitation Associate Network. As a Physical Therapist, Mr. Blystone specializes in evaluation and treatment of disorders that affect the neuro-muscular-skeletal systems. He is a general Physical Therapist with special interest in the spine, joint replacement rehab, balance disorders, shoulder pain/dysfunction, arthritis and osteoporosis. Mr. Blystone has an athletic past participating, interscolastically, in football, basketball and track while summers were devoted to baseball. He enjoys working with athletes both young and old. He performs electromyograms [EMG] and nerve conduction studies [NCV]. I am very experienced and have participated in the rehabilitation process with thousands of patients who are referred by many physicians in and outside of our geographical area. Mr. Blystone is an avid outdoorsmen who enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing. He is a member of Evangelical Methodist Church and the Albemarle Emmaus Community. He is married to Jean, a retired cardiac rehab nurse at Albemarle Hospital. They have a son, Benjamin, and a daughter, Jessica.

 

 

 Jessica Yeager, MPT


Jessica Blystone Yeager has worked at Coastal Rehab since she graduated from Duquesne University in 2003 with her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She is from Elizabeth City and has enjoyed working in her hometown area. Jessica primarily works at the Elizabeth City outpatient clinic location, but also does home health in Gates, Camden, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Chowan counties. She enjoys working with a diverse patient population, but has a special interest in lymphedema treatment. Jessica has attended several continuing education courses in manual therapy techniques, hand therapy, and lymphedema treatment. She is also a credentialed clinical instructor with the APTA, for Physical Therapy students.

 

  


Mindy Drew, MPT    

Mindy has been a physical therapist at Coastal Rehab since 2003. She attained an undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from East Carolina University in 2001 and received a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from East Carolina in 2003. Mindy has received advanced training in manual therapy through the University of St. Augustine. Additionally she is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor.

She emphasizes the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest evidence-based therapy practices and techniques. She appreciates how important this is not only as a healthcare provider, but also as a consumer. She emphasizes a hands-on manual approach with her patients. Her experiences include orthopedic, pediatric, vestibular, geriatric, and neurological rehabilitation as well as work place and ergonomic therapy. She also performs home health care and completes home safety and wheelchair assessments. Mindy’s special interests include orthopedic and sports medicine as well as work hardening/work conditioning to maximize each individuals’ functional return.

  


Jason Spruill, OT 

Jason received his Masters of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2000. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Bridgewater College in Virginia in 1997. Prior to joining Coastal Rehab in 2006, Jason began his OT career in the Winston-Salem area working in pediatric, long term care as well as outpatient/inpatient acute care rehab settings. In addition to gaining experience in hand rehab and splinting, he has also worked with patients with UE orthopedic, burn and a variety of neurological conditions. Jason is based out of the Elizabeth City office and performs home safety assessments as well as ADL/ adaptive equipment training in patient’s homes to facilitate functional independence throughout the region.  He also specializes in hand rehab and splinting as needed in the outpatient clinic.

 


Dean Dowdy, MPT

Dean earned his Bachlor’s of Science and Associate’s in Physical Therapy degrees while playing baseball at Chowan College (1994-1998). Dean’s love for sports led him to pursue a degree in PT at East Carolina University, earning his Master’s degree in 2000. Dean joined the CRI team in February 2001 and, over the last 12 years, has focused on sports and general orthopedics. Dean is actively involved with the local sports teams and enjoys working with athletes of all ages. Dean also works closely with the head Athletic Trainer at Currituck County High School to monitor athletes and ensure a team approach to treatment. Dean continues to improve his skills and knowledge through continuing education courses with a focus on manual techniques and sports injuries. Dean has developed several off-season workouts and throwing programs for local middle and high school baseball teams. When Dean is not working, he volunteers with the local sports teams and enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.

  

 


Kelly Hall, DPT

Kelly received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine, in St. Augustine, FL, in 2009.  She has been highly trained to develop manual therapy skills and believes in the importance of a hands-on approach with all of her patients. Kelly attended James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, VA, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2006.  At JMU, she quickly discovered her passion for wanting to pursue physical therapy.  Kelly has experience as a licensed physical therapist in the outpatient, acute and home-health physical therapy settings.  Before relocating to the Outer Banks in 2012, she served as a physical therapist to the Richmond Ballet dancers and assisted in the organization of an injury prevention program for competitive cheerleaders in Richmond, VA. Richmond is Kelly’s hometown, but she has always been attracted to the beach.  She is excited to provide patients on the beautiful Outer Banks with musculoskeletal, orthopedic, neurological and neuromuscular physical therapy services.  She loves the water and finds inspiration in the quote by Dinesen Isak, “The cure for anything is salt water—sweat, tears, or the sea.”

 


Laurel Huntingford, DPT


Laurel received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2008. Laurel’s personalized approach to physical therapy is drawn from her varied clinical internships and advanced training in orthopedics with emphasis on the treatment of shoulder pathologies and sport related injuries, pediatrics, and aquatic therapy. Laurel serves primarily in the Manteo office and occasionally in the Kitty Hawk office.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Patty Galleck, PT 

Patty is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. During her career of over 40 years, she has experienced care of patients in the acute setting, rehab setting, and outpatient setting. Her experience has included work with burn patients, orthopedic patients, geriatric patients, and neurologically involved patients including individuals following spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and strokes. She has a working knowledge of seating and positioning in wheelchairs and realizes the importance of health and function. She stresses the importance of wellness in her treatment approach and the need to re-incorporate activity into a person’s life following injury/illness/surgery. She participated in adaptive water skiing, snow skiing, and cycling programs in Pittsburgh. Since her move to the beach in 2008, she has become active in the Surfing for Autism Program.

 

 

 Carri Blankenship, MPT 

Carri received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 1995.  She is in her 18th year of practice and has worked in a variety of settings including orthopedics, aquatic therapy, prosthetics, SNF, LTC, and home care.  Carri has served as Rehab Team Leader, as well as, Home Health Therapy Manager prior to her employment with Coastal Rehab in 2006.  Carri has special interests and advanced training in total knee and total hip replacements, fall prevention/balance training, strength training, and home safety assessments.  She enjoys working with the geriatric population and is a true patient advocate.  Carri travels to patients’ homes on the Outer Banks including areas north of the beach to Popular Branch. She also works in the Kitty Hawk and Manteo offices occasionally and assists with the patient’s transition from the home environment into the outpatient clinic.



 


 


   What Our Patients Say

I Think the therapy was exceptional – everyone is very considerate and caring, and most importantly, knowledgeable.

Joyce S.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was a true professional throughout my entire rehab process! The entire staff was so dedicated to ensure my speedy recovery. My therapist went above and beyond all of my expectations and treated my recovery as if it were his own.

John L  
  
   What Our Patients Say

PT at CRI provided me with the best results! I have tried chiropractic, pills, injections etc. My therapist was able to specify the problem and provide me with a logical plan to reduce my pain and help me to avoid surgery. I was scared that I would never feel normal again! After completing my rehab, I have not had any stiffness or tightness in my back! I have gained so much strength and feel better than I have in years! The progress I have achieved has made me so motivated to keep up with my stretching exercises so I can always feel this great!

Peggy C  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I was very pleased with EVERYONE that worked with me, and I never had to sit and wait to be called back – even when I was early! I never felt rushed and never patronized or “babied”.

Wendy C.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist’s patience and positive attitude helped me immensely throughout my rehab! The post-op process can be difficult and frustrating. The entire staff at CRI was encouraging and supportive! Despite setbacks, I was able to reach my goals thanks to the knowledge and skill of my therapist. The expertise she demonstrated with my rehab program made me feel comfortable in her capable hands. I was able to put complete confidence in her to help with my recovery!  Thank you all for the wonderful service you offer this community.

Bill B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very personable and professional. He was easy to trust and it was easy to listen to his advice. I am extremely pleased with my results!

Gary G  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I am very pleased and thankful to have been with caring, kind, gentle, efficient and helpful therapists. I wish I could be under their care indefinitely.

Caroline W.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Thanks for doing a excellent job! I’m walking without assistance – what a relief! Thanks!! Thanks!! Without your help, I wouldn’t be where I am today in using my ankle!

Janice D  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Everyone was a very friendly, caring, and knew what they were doing. I would always come back!

Ursula K  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The whole office and PT team was fantastic! I always felt like I was the only patient! The one on one was wonderful!

Debra R  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My back pain is completely gone! I had a wonderful experience with the staff at CRI! My therapist was so informative about my condition and took the time to make sure I understood what was happening with my body and how each treatment was working to help my recovery!

JoAnn M  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The warm and friendly atmosphere at CRI made me so comfortable throughout my rehab. The therapists were so attentive during each session! Each new exercise is encouraging! I would highly recommend this facility highly to anyone who needs therapy!

Steve O  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very informative; he took the time to explain about why procedures were set to enhance, as quickly as possible, my recovery. The entire staff was great; it was a confortable place to go for therapy due to the staff’s mannerisms and the fact that anyone of them could and did participate as needed with my regimen.

Debra F  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Each staff member was outstanding. The program my therapist provided was spot on and each assistant followed wonderfully. I can’t thank CRI enough!

Mary H  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The PTs and PTAs are excellent & very professional. I have been to other PTs and this one is far superior. I’m very satisfied with my overall experience & results. The only way I know to improve is to add a Chinese Buffet in the waiting room.

Michael P  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The staff is caring, courteous and always willing to make the effort to ensure you understand the purpose behind every exercise. My condition has improved tremendously. Thank you!

Amy A.  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The facility has very good equipment and the equipment is in excellent condition. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The therapists are all excellent and very attentive.  I was very satisfied. We are very fortunate to have such a nice rehab center!

Barbara B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

All of the therapists were great; they got me back on track after so much suffering!

Sandra E  
  
   What Our Patients Say

I had a great experience at CRI! My therapist honed right in on my problem and educated me about what I needed to do to get better and get back to completing in races!

Joel B  
  
   What Our Patients Say

My therapist was very sweet and friendly with everyone who came through the door. The level of care I received from her far exceeded my expectations of physical therapy!

Kelly N  
  
   What Our Patients Say

The staff was helpful, friendly, and professional at all times! CRI has a staff to be proud of; they all perform their job well!

Elizabeth C  
  
   What Our Patients Say

Thank you so much for the help with my sprained ankle! The staff at CRI was very knowledgeable, caring, and efficient. The therapy I received at CRI made a vast difference in my ability to walk normally. I am now able to walk and go up and down the stairs without pain!

Shelly D  
  


CRI Elizabeth City
101 Medical Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Phone: 252-338-2114
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CRI Ahoskie
115 Loftin Lane
Ahoskie, NC 27910
Phone: 252-209-0901
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CRI Edenton
701 Luke Street, Suite B
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: 252-482-7939
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CRI Kitty Hawk
5567 N. Croatan Hwy.
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: 252-261-1556
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CRI Manteo
503 Cypress Ln.
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252-473-9633
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CRI Moyock
532-C Caratoke Highway
Moyock, NC 27958
Phone: 252-435-6046
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