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Meet Our Therapists

Our therapists at Impact Orthopaedics in Raleigh, North Carolina are dedicated to your complete recovery. Whether you need pre- or post-op physical therapy or need PT to recover from an injury, our personalized treatment plans will help you restore function and decrease pain.

Erin Blankenship, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Erin Blankenship, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Erin is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) with over 15 years of clinical experience. Before moving to NC 2 years  ago, she practiced in New Jersey, and had the privilege of working with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the New York City are. She has earned a reputation for exceptional physical therapy outcomes even when other conservative treatment approaches have failed. She earned her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in Massachusetts and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital.  Erin is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Erin particularly enjoys getting patients “back in business” whether their goal is competitive sports, recreational activities, gardening or playing with grandkids. She has recently begun training in the philosophies of the Postural Restoration Institute and is eager to further her education in that approach. She has lectured on topics including the benefits of exercise in managing diabetes, ACL injury prevention, lifetime strategies for back and spine health, and how to reduce the risk of shoulder injury in adolescent throwing and overhead athletes.

When not in the clinic, Erin is a busy mother of two young girls. She and her husband, Eric, a Raleigh native, relocated to the area since it is a great place to raise a family. They enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and camping.

Specialties/Certifications:

Erin’s specialties, certifications and related work include:

  • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist  (OCS) Certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning  Association

  • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) Certified

  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level I and II 

  • Kinesio Taping

  • Post-Operative Rehabilitation 

  • Manual Orthopedic Therapy Techniques

Jon Paryz, PT, CSCS

Jon Paryz, PT, CSCS

Jon Paryz comes to Impact Orthopaedics with over 20 years specializing in sports medicine and general orthopedics. Jon received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY in 1993 and became NSCA Certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2002. 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 thorough patient education he is able to help achieve his patients' goals and speed the rehab process. Jon has studied multiple approaches to physical therapy with continuing education courses specializing in manual techniques from Maitland and Institute of Physical Art (IPA) as well as functional movement approaches from Gary Gray PT, Vern Gambetta 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 has a special interest in working with tennis players, runners and triathletes. Relocating to the Triangle in 1997, Jon continued to work with local tennis clubs and served as the PT for Serving Up Aces: Sampras vs. McEnroe in 2007. In addition to working with top-ranked ATP and WTA professionals, he has worked with athletes from all sports, including the NCAA, NHL, MLB, NFL, Arena Football, LPGA, US and Foreign Olympic teams and serving as one of the physical therapy providers for the Carolina Ballet for 5 years. He has also given lectures on running biomechanics, injury prevention and plyometric training. Jon is skilled in evaluation and fitting of temporary shoe postings, permanent orthotics and proper footwear to normalize lower extremity biomechanics. He is proficient in utilizing video analysis and functional exercise to aid in athletes’ rehabilitation and performance enhancement. Jon is originally from the Buffalo, NY area but he and his wife Debbie have fallen in love with North Carolina where they stay active and raise their 2 boys – Tyler and Josh and dog, Jax. When not coaching the boys’ sports teams, Jon enjoys cycling, tennis and roller hockey and competing in triathlons including completing Ironman Lake Placid in 2012.

Specialties/Certifications

Jon’s specialties, certifications and related work include:

  • Manual orthopaedic techniques
  • Functional strengthening/Movement Re-education
  • Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Post-Operative Sports Rehab
  • Movement/Video Analysis
  • Speed Mechanics/Movement Training Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Temporary and permanent orthotic fabrication and prescription
  • Rehab and performance training for endurance athletes

Todd Erbst, PT

Todd Erbst, PT

Todd Erbst joins Impact Orthopedics with 22 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 for both rehabilitation and sports performance.

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 which he sold nationally and internationally 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 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 with everything from muscle pain to joint restrictions and especially disc injuries. He also just received his Trigger Point Dry Needling certification through IAMT and looks forward to using this skill to minimize the recovery time of many types of injuries. While he 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, Todd enjoys hiking and rock climbing with his wife and daughter as well as cycling, speaker design/fabrication and gardening.

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