Todd Erbst joins Prime with 24 years of experience in orthopedic physical therapy and sports medicine. He received his physical therapy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993. As a former track and field athlete, his immediate interests included running biomechanics with special focus on foot pathomechanics and custom foot orthotic interventions. In addition to attending multiple running and foot continuing education courses, he was fortunate enough to learn from highly skilled therapists at his first two positions in Chicago and Colorado Springs. He became a skier and rock climber during his time in Colorado and treated many athletes within these disciplines. He also began to specialize in manual therapy through coursework within the North American Orthopedic Manual Therapy Institute. In 1998, Todd attended several seminars by Gary Gray and Vern Gambetta where he began to realize the potential of functional movement pattern retraining in both rehabilitation and sports performance environments.
He moved to Pennsylvania in 1998 where, in addition to managing an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinic, he received his national pole vault coaching certification and began coaching men’s and women’s high school pole vault. Upon relocating to Raleigh in 2003, Todd continued coaching the pole vault for 6 more years at Broughton High School and also organized and ran summer pole vault camps and clinics. During this time, he designed and manufactured a pole vault training device with national and international sales from 2008 to 2013. While coaching, he worked extensively with video analysis for vaulters, runners and jumpers to maximize their efficiency. He received his Level 1 coaching certification for all track and field events through USATF in 2008.
Todd also began working with the Carolina Ballet in 2003. He quickly learned that his knowledge of lower extremity and foot biomechanics could benefit dancers of all types, including Highland, Irish and Modern disciplines. He enjoys working with dancers and their specific set of needs and requirements. In addition to dance-specific exercises and stretches, he has used his orthotic fabrication skills to successfully modify even technique and pointe shoes to alleviate pain and maximize foot positioning. He continues to assist the dancers at Carolina Ballet by working with them at 15 of their performances each season. He has led many educational workshops within the Triangle for dancers of all ages focusing on maximizing biomechanical efficiency and injury prevention.
Over the past 10 years, Todd has enhanced his manual therapy skills by taking coursework in the Maitland Australian Approach as well as the McKenzie Method. These approaches have greatly improved his ability to provide pain relief and improve function of people suffering from muscle pain to joint restrictions and especially disc injuries. He received his Trigger Point Dry Needling certification in 2015 and uses this skill to eliminate chronic pain and dysfunction as well as minimize the recovery time of many types of acute injuries
While Todd enjoys treating elite and professional athletes, he also loves to work with younger athletes, weekend warriors, recreational enthusiasts and folks who simply enjoy staying active. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, hiking and rock climbing with his wife and daughter as well as loudspeaker design/fabrication and gardening.
Jon Paryz is the owner and founding partner of Stay Strong Physical Therapy and Wellness. He and his wife, Debbie - also a therapist founded Stay Strong because they wanted the freedom to treat patients as individuals and formulate treatment plans based on individual needs. This allows them the ability to see patients one on one for the length of time necessary to give them the attention they deserve and evaluate and treat you without the use of aides or assistants or an insurance company dictating or influencing care. Jon truly believes in preventing injuries and dysfunctions before they become a problem. One of the many difficulties with healthcare today is that it is reactive and waits until something has gone wrong to initiate care. Our goal is to return you to painfree activity, educate you to reduce future injuries and help you to StayStrong.
Jon earned his Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1993 and became NSCA Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2002. Specializing in sports medicine, manual therapy and general orthopedics, he focuses his treatment of the body as a whole and on re-educating proper movement patterns. He believes a proper and thorough evaluation to identify the source of the patient's dysfunction and symptoms is the key to long-term relief and assists in prevention of re-injury. Utilizing functional manual therapy as well as patient education he is able to help achieve his patients' goals and speed the recovery process. Jon has continued to advance his manual skills, training and education by studying multiple approaches to physical therapy specializing in Dry Needling from Kinetacore, manual techniques from Maitland and Institute of Physical Art (IPA) as well as functional movement approaches from the Postural Restoration Institute, McKenzie, Gary Gray PT, Vern Gambetta, Gray Cook PT and others.
Jon began his career in Florida where his love of sports medicine intensified working with professional, collegiate and HS athletes. Jon worked with touring tennis professionals and top-ranked juniors from both the Saddlebrook and Palmer Academies. He has taught national seminars to other physical therapists on how to evaluate and treat the tennis athlete and the biomechanics of tennis. He is passionate about working with new and seasoned athletes specializing in tennis players, runners and triathletes. In addition to working with top-ranked ATP and WTA professionals, he has worked with athletes from all major sports, including the NCAA, NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, Arena Football, LPGA, US and Foreign Olympic teams and served as one of the physical therapy providers for the Carolina Ballet for 5 years. Jon lectures and teaches seminars on running biomechanics, injury prevention and plyometric training. Jon is skilled in evaluation and fitting of temporary shoe postings, permanent orthotics and proper footwear selection to normalize foot and ankle biomechanics and allow for more efficient movement patterns. He offers video analysis and functional exercise to aid in athletes’ rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
Jon is a self-proclaimed and proud PT geek. He loves discussing and reading up on the latest trends and approaches in therapy and sports training. Originally from the Buffalo, New York area, he and Debbie have fallen in love with North Carolina, where they stay active and raise their 2 boys – Tyler and Josh and their lab mix, Jax . Jon enjoys coaching the boys’ sports teams and staying fit by cycling, running, playing tennis, roller hockey and competing in triathlons including B2B, the Raleigh 70.3 and Ironman Lake Placid