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Laurie Etherington, PT, DPT, WCC

Carolina Beach Physical Therapy was founded by Laurie Etherington, PT, DPT, WCC. Dr. Etherington has more than 17 years of experience in physical therapy over a variety of settings including acute care, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports and industrial medicine, and wound care.

 

Dr. Etherington’s areas of special interest include athletes of all ages, particularly runners and those that participate in water sports such as surfing and paddle boarding. Her well rounded skill set in movement analysis, manual therapy, and exercise prescription has proven to be a successful combination in the rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies in this population. She holds specialty certifications in dry needling, SFMA, and wound care. 

 

Dr. Etherington is a firm believer in the role of clinical education in shaping the future therapists joining the profession. She has been highly dedicated to her work as a clinical educator, mentoring  physical therapy and pre-medical students since 2007. Dr. Etherington has obtained the Advanced Clinical Instructor Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association and continues to offer clinical education experiences to students from high school through graduate level. 

Dr. Etherington received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She began vacationing in Carolina Beach in 2007 and became a full-time resident in 2016 after relocating from Fayetteville, NC. In her time off, Dr. Etherington enjoys spending time on the beach with her two dogs, running, and hiking. 

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Greg Musgnug, PT, DPT

Dr. Greg Musgnug, PT joined Carolina Beach Physical Therapy in August, 2019. He received his undergraduate degree at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He holds a specialty certification in dry needling. 

For his clinical training, Dr. Musgnug traveled around North Carolina and worked in outpatient orthopedics, geriatric rehabilitation, and sports orthopedics. During this time, he made frequent trips to the Wilmington area for surfing and boating. Dr. Musgnug decided to make Wilmington his permanent home in 2019. 

Coming from an athletic background, including college sports, he takes special interest in athletes of all ages, specifically surfers, runners, and soccer players. In his time off, you can often find him surfing the best spots in the Carolina Beach area or out on the boat with his wife, Bri and their dog, Kailo.

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Kaitlyn Henley, PT, DPT

Dr. Kaitlyn Henley, PT joined Carolina Beach Physical Therapy in November of 2021. Dr. Henley, a native of Fayetteville, NC, obtained her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at University of North Carolina Wilmington (wings up!) in 2018. Following her undergraduate work, she returned to Fayetteville to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Methodist University.

Dr. Henley’s clinical rotations took her to central and southeastern North Carolina. Through her clinical experience, she developed an interest in outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics. With a strong personal background in sports including tennis and softball, Dr. Henley has a special interest in working with overhead athletes.

After completing her clinical work, she hoped to return to the Wilmington area to give back to the community and make it her permanent home. She was able to fulfill this goal, joining the Carolina Beach Physical Therapy team in 2021. When she’s not at work, Dr. Henley enjoys lying in her hammock at the beach, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband, Dylan, and pet tortoise, Ripley.