Karen S. Shuler PT, DPT
A physical therapist since 1991, Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Boston University. Prior to opening Lifestyle Physical Therapy, LLC, she treated patients in a variety of healthcare settings from hospitals to privately-owned clinics. It was during those years that Karen discovered the power of careful, one-on-one patient supervision that led to quicker, more thorough recovery and rehabilitation – the same foundational principles upon which she eventually built Lifestyle Physical Therapy. Today, Karen directs the Lifestyle staff with a clear emphasis on customized patient care. Karen uses McKenzie, Mulligan, Myofascial Release, kinesiotaping, Functional Dry Needling, and Amino Neuro Frequency techniques to guide her patients down a path of wellness. She has also been specially-trained by the Neural Recovery Network on body weight-supported treadmill walking and activity-based recovery, and holds certifications in Low-level laser therapy and the LSVT BIG Exercise Program and is certified in the Graston® Technique.
Ryan Abarno DPT
Ryan earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University at Buffalo in 2016. He specializes in the treatment of Orthopedic and Sports related conditions but is also well trained in treating post-concussion syndrome and TMJ dysfunction. As a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and USA Powerlifting, he seeks to blend the worlds of physical therapy and strength and conditioning together, combining a science-based approach with individualized treatments catered to each patient.
During his free time, Ryan enjoys training as a competitive powerlifter and exploring his adopted home in the Carolinas with his fiancee Kim and their dog, Sonny. Ryan joined the Lifestyle team in 2020.
Specialty Certifications: Dry Needling, Blood Flow Restriction Training, Spinal Manipulation, Red Cross Emergency Medical Responder.
Education: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University at Buffalo - 2016
J. Bennett Hixson DPT
Bennett earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. He utilizes a wide variety of treatment strategies that are each catered to the individual. He specializes in the treatment of BPPV, Vestibular Disorders, Parkinson's Disease, and Stroke rehabilitation but also has an interest in Spine and Orthopedics. His approach to patient care and welcoming demeanor create a comfortable environment that every patient can benefit from. Bennett joined the Lifestyle team in 2020.
In his free time, Bennett enjoys spending time with his family, which consists of his wife Shelby, daughter Everly and their two fur children (pups) Bentley and Chase. They spend time traveling to see family and adventuring around the Charlotte area.
Education: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Campbell University, 2019.
Tarsha brings a wealth of knowledge in the field of healthcare attained through 30 years of experience in the realm of medical office management.
Tarsha joined the Lifestyle team in 2015 and has been serving as the Office Manager ever since 2018 and has contributed greatly to the success of this practice.
Education: Orange County Community College and Piedmont Community College.
Community Exercise Program Coordinator
Lauren leads the Community Exercise Program at Lifestyle Physical Therapy. She brings a thorough knowledge of exercise physiology to create programs that cater to each client's needs. Lauren joined the Lifestyle team in 2020.
Education: B.S. in Exercise Science, College of Charleston. A.S. in Science, Rock Valley College.
Megan Humpal PT, DPT
Megan Humpal, PT, DPT is an orthopedic doctor of physical therapy. She specializes in both post-surgical rehabilitation as well as non-surgical management for injury and pain. Megan comes to us from Moline, IL, and earned her doctorate from St. Ambrose University. Megan has treated a variety of orthopedic conditions including cervical, shoulder, lower back, hip/knee, and ankle pain. She enjoys working with the Geriatric population: assessing their functional mobility deficits, balance, and falls risk to improve and maintain their independence as well as overall safety. Ms. Humpal has focused care on chronic pain management and education. She is licensed in both North, South Carolina, and Indiana and is trained in the Graston Techinque® and Functional Dry Needling. Megan resides in Indiana but continues to play a vital role in providing Telehealth at Lifestyle Physical Therapy.