Our Team

Our Physical Therapists

Seth Fibraio  Amanda Fugate  Jessica Tripp  Sarah Taylor  Brad Basch 
Seth Fibraio
-Orofacial
-Orthopedic
Amanda Fugate
-Pelvic Health
 
Jessica Tripp
-Orthopedic
 
Sarah Taylor
-Orofacial
-Orthopedic
Brad Basch
-Orthopedic
-Vestibular
Doug Daniel  Mary Goforth  Ruth Elliot  Jess Grochowsky  Karie Wik 
Doug Daniel
-Orthopedic
 
Mary Goforth
-Orthopedic
 
Ruth Elliot
-Pelvic Health
 
Jess Grochowsky
-Orthopedic
-Lymphedema
 
Karie Wik
-Pelvic Health
 

 

Seth Fibraio, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS, CMTPT, CCTT, Owner
seth.fibraio@cornerstoneptnc.com

Seth graduated from Richard Stockton College in May 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He continued his studies at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where he graduated in 2001 with a Master of Physical Therapy Degree. In June 2001, Seth attained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Certification and has utilized this to work on different sports injuries. He attained his Manual Therapy Certification through the University of Saint Augustine in June 2003 and he attained his Clinical Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy with a focus on Orofacial Pain.

Seth is also certified as a Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) by the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics. Seth is the only therapist in North Carolina with the CCTT certification, which requires over 2,000 clinical hours in treatment of cervical spine disorders, TMD, and headaches.

Over the past 7 years, Seth has completed numerous continuing education courses, including courses taught on the treatment of TMJ, cranio-facial pain, migraine headache disorders, fibromyalgia pain management, manual therapy, spinal disorders, and dry needling. Seth has been a guest lecturer at Western Carolina University and given several public lectures for local establishments including REI, Biltmore Forest Country Club and the Buncombe County Dental Society.

After moving from New Jersey to North Carolina in 2008, Seth and his wife, Melinda, opened the doors of Cornerstone Physical Therapy in May 2008. Seth and Melinda enjoy the family-friendly environment of Asheville for raising their three children: Leah, Elena and Seth.

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Amanda Hayes-Fugate, MPT, Pelvic Health Director
amanda.fugate@cornerstoneptnc.com

Born and raised just outside Atlanta, Georgia, Amanda made the diverse and beautiful Asheville area her home after graduating from Warren Wilson College in 2000. Her lifelong passion for women's/pelvic health issues prompted her to specialize in these issues before attending graduate school.

Amanda received her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University in 2009 and began a dedicated pelvic health program at Cornerstone Physical Therapy that same year after completing hundreds of hours in advanced pelvic education. Constantly expanding her expertise, Amanda is in the process of pursuing a women's health specialist certification from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

It is Amanda's mission to improve awareness and availability of resources for pelvic conditions in both women and men in our community.

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Jessica Tripp, PT, DPT, Clinical Director
jessica@cornerstoneptnc.com

Jessica Tripp grew up in Greenville, NC where she attended East Carolina University. She received her B.S. in Exercise Physiology in 2009 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2012.

Since graduation, Jessica has worked primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting rehabilitating the general population. A more recent focus of hers’ is rehabilitation of the cross-fit athlete. Jessica received her USA Power Lifting Certification in January 2016 and is in the process of completing her Sports Manual Therapy Certification.

Outside of work, Jessica loves spending time with her husband, Marty, and their two French bulldogs, Winston and Oliver. Her other passions include weight lifting, running, occasional scuba diving, and hitting up the local Asheville spots with friends.

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Sarah Taylor, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT
sarah.taylor@cornerstoneptnc.com

Sarah Taylor graduated from The Ohio State University with her Bachelor of Exercise Science degree in 2006 and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree in 2009. She has worked as a PT for the last 5 years in both Columbus, Ohio and Seattle, Washington, while her husband was in graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. She has treated a wide range of patients with orthopedic impairments in both outpatient and hospital settings.

In pursuit of a manual therapy specialty, Sarah recently completed a post-graduate residency and fellowship from 2012-2014 through the Ola Grimsby Institute in Seattle. This extensive training in advanced manual techniques and problem solving allows more specific and individualized treatment.

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband, Brian, and being outdoors with her Siberian Husky. Her passion is to always learn something new, such as rock climbing, rowing, yoga, playing banjo, backpacking and aerial arts. She is extremely excited to now call Asheville her home.

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Brad Basch, PT, DPT
brad@cornerstoneptnc.com

Brad Basch grew up outside of Orlando, Florida before attending the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Health Science degree. He then earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University. While at Duke, he acquired a special interest in dizziness and balance disorders and has since completed the Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course at Emory University.

When Brad is not in the clinic, he enjoys spending time playing soccer, running, hiking, and watching his hometown sports teams.

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Doug Daniel, PT, DPT
doug@cornerstoneptnc.com

Doug graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 2011 with a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He practiced in Fayetteville, TN from 2011 until 2014, working with patients with orthopedic and neurological problems. He has completed continuing education courses with Evidence in Motion for treatment of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disorders. Additionally, he has completed continuing education related to evidence-based treatment of hip, shoulder, and running injuries. His interests include manual therapy, pain science and helping anyone recover from loss of function.

Doug and his wife love to hike and run, and each have run marathons and 50K races. They also completed a "thru-hike" of the Colorado Trail in 2014. These experiences have allowed him to experience the demands and joys of distance running and hiking first hand, as well as interact with many injured athletes. This love for the outdoors motivates him to be the best he can, to help others return to their desired function and activities.

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Mary Goforth, PT, DPT Orthopedic and Pelvic Health Specialist
mary@cornerstoneptnc.com

Mary is an Asheville native. She and her family began in West Asheville, before moving to Arden and the south Asheville area where she grew up. Mary received her B.A. in Spanish and Biology from Appalachian State University and then her doctorate degree from Western Carolina University in physical therapy. Ever since high school, Mary has had the desire to work in the rehabilitation arena, with a special interest in those recovering from neurological conditions. Since being in physical therapy school at WCU, new interests arose, including that of pelvic health. Mary has her certification in LSVT BIG, Otago Exercise Program, and will complete pelvic health certifications this year. She is excited to work with individuals suffering from various orthopedic, neurological, and pelvic health conditions.

Apart from work, she loves dancing, hiking, playing volleyball, being active in her church, spending time with her family and friends, playing with her Husky/Great Pyrenees puppy, learning new things, and traveling when she has the chance. Mary is thrilled to begin her physical therapy career in her hometown, serving a community that she loves.

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Ruth Elliot, MPT, Pelvic Health Specialist
ruth@cornerstoneptnc.com

Ruth Elliot earned a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Western Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts with double major in biology and music in South Carolina. She then attended massage therapy school and is currently a licensed massage and body worker holding an advanced certification in neuromuscular massage therapy. Ruth completed her graduate research thesis as part of a team researching urinary incontinence in collegiate female athletes. She later completed an internship with a leading researcher at one of the country’s top WHPT treatment facilities in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to advanced coursework in women’s health physical therapy (WHPT), she was certified in Holistic Pelvic Care™ in Portland Oregon. Ruth utilizes a holistic approach to WHPT improving the mind-body connection of her clients which helps manage pain, heal from pelvic trauma, improve physical alignment, and support emotional well-being. She utilizes techniques of Barral visceral mobilization to treat clients with abdominal, pelvic, and back pain associated with organ tension. Ruth is passionate about educating and empowering women from a holistic perspective.

Out of the clinic she enjoys singing, traveling, canning, remodeling her vintage airstream camper, and hiking in the mountains of her native home.

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Jessica Grochowsky, PT, DPT, MTC, CLT, Orthopedic and Lymphedema Specialist
jess@cornerstoneptnc.com

Jessica graduated from Stetson University with her Bachelor's in Rehabilitative Studies in 2006. She then took a year to volunteer in Santiago, Chile where she was able to live and work in an orphanage, as well as, learn conversational Spanish. Upon return she completed her graduate work at the University of St. Augustine and earned a doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2010.

She began her career working in outpatient orthopedics in Gainesville, FL and then relocated to Fort Myers, FL where she continued working in outpatient orthopedics as her husband completed his training for Medical Dosimetry. While in Fort Myers Jessica also worked as a consultant with SI Bone to educate physicians and support staff concerning conservative management of the SI joint. Jessica and her husband relocated to North Carolina as her husband was transferred with his company to fill a need in their Asheville based radiation clinics.

Her continued education includes advanced certification in Manual Therapy through the University of St. Augustine in 2012 and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 2014. Additionally, she has taken continuing education courses in treatment of vestibular disorders, as well as, extremity dysfunction. Outside of the clinic Jessica enjoys running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, and camping with her husband and two dogs.

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Karie Wik, PT, DPT Pelvic Health Specialist
karie@cornerstoneptnc.com

Karie graduated from Western Carolina University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy. She holds an undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University in music performance (French horn.) While at WCU she was fortunate enough to complete a clinical rotation in pelvic health, which led her to begin the pelvic health continuing education coursework prior to graduation. She has an interest and experience in treating women with urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, as well as many of the pregnancy and post-partum-related musculoskeletal conditions. Karie is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist and has practiced in North Carolina since 2009.

Outside of the clinic she loves to go hiking, has a love/hate relationship with running, and is a certified yoga teacher and long-time yoga practitioner. She feels lucky to call West Asheville home.

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Our Administrative Team

  • Melinda Fibraio, Co-Owner   Melinda.fibraio@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Adrienne Burrell, Billing Manager   Adrienne@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Alisha McCall, Billing Assistant   Alisha@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Danielle Henry, Accounts Manager   Danielle@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Whitney Cline, Intake Coordinator   Whitney@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • MiChaelá Bryson, Marketing Director   MiChaela@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Shara Scaparro, Front Desk Supervisor (Asheville)   Shara@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Erika Fender, Back Desk Admin   Erika@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Chrystal Bradford, Patient Representative    Crystal@cornerstoneptnc.com
  • Brenda Kelly, Front Desk
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    Physical Therapy Aides

  • Vonda Stringfellow
  • Lauren Ginocchio
  • Grace Pulsifer
  • Shaina Lewis
  • Ryan Fredrick
  • Leah Owen
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