Meet Our Team
Dr. Catherine Cullen
Catherine is a former dancer and comes from a family of dancers and dance researchers. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland – Baltimore and has since pursued additional certifications in manual therapy techniques and dry needling as well as yoga, Pilates, and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
Catherine has been working with in dance medicine for over 15 years. She has a passion for injury prevention and believes that teaching dancers how the body works is an integral part of physical therapy.
Dr. Rory Cullen
Rory came to dance medicine through an interest in the mechanics of turnout. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Elon University and has developed a passion for biomechanics, manual therapy techniques, and strength and conditioning. He has completed additional certifications in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT).
Rory has been working with dancers backstage, in-studio, and in the office since 2015 and joined Carolina Dancer Wellness in 2018 as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition to treating dance injuries, Rory has been part of the research team conducting multiple studies in dance medicine.
Dr. Lisa Keskitalo
Before becoming a physical therapist, Lisa enjoyed a career in ballet and contemporary dance. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University-Brooklyn and began her PT career at the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in Manhattan. In addition to her love of working with dancers, Lisa has an interest in pelvic health and visceral work and has pursued continuing education certifications in these areas.
She joined Carolina Dancer Wellness in the fall of 2018 and treated dancers in both Cary and Durham. She took a break from her work with CDW to enjoy a maternity leave and to deepen her experience in pelvic health. We are happy to have Lisa return to working with our patients in the Durham office.
Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition
Certified Personal Trainer
Katherine’s interest in the connections between nutrition and dance has been informed by her own experiences. While dancing professionally with United Ballet Theater in Orlando, Florida she pursued a certification as a sports nutrition specialist. To complement this, she studied exercise science and earned additional certification as a personal trainer.
Katherine’s approach focuses on identifying the factors preventing a dancer from reaching their personal peak performance and addressing the root causes with individualized nutritional counseling and/or a fitness plan as appropriate. She has a special interest in working to avoid preventable injuries before they happen and ensuring that every dancer develops both the strength and the knowledge to dance at their best.