Meet Our Therapists & Staff

Stefanie Blythe

Physical Therapist

Stefanie is a graduate of Grand Valley State University in Michigan with her BS in Biomedical Sciences. Following that she pursued her Doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well. While she is relatively new to the field, Stefanie is a very caring person who strives hard to understand each patient’s situation and supports them on a personal level so they can return to daily life stronger and better. She believes building trust with her patients allows them to have the confidence to gain the strength required to recover faster and better. Stefanie was inspired to become a physical therapist by her aunt who is a physical therapist. She admires how her aunt is able to connect with her patients and help them recover in their journey to getting better. She takes a lot of pride in following in her aunt’s footsteps by caring deeply about her patients and their successes in recovery. In her free time, she spends time with her high school sweetheart husband and puppy, Apollo. She loves to read, practices yoga and has traveled to 11 countries so far! She plans to visit more places in time. Stefanie loves the show Hamilton and wants to meet Lin Manuel Miranda.

Rachel Curran

Physical Therapist

Rachel is a licensed Physical Therapist, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duke University-School of Medicine, following a Rehabilitation Science B.S. at University of Pittsburgh and certification in Patho-kinesiology. Rachel has rehabilitation experience working at UPMC Mercy (Pittsburgh, PA)—cross-trained in ICU and acute neuro-trauma units including Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury. Her clinical internships specialized in infant-handling, torticollis, motor milestone delays, a variety of neuromuscular conditions within a diverse pediatric and adolescent population, as well as balance and movement disorders within neuro-trauma and geriatric populations. She has experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, inpatient and outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and specialty clinics for spasticity, orthopedics, muscular dystrophy, and down syndrome. Rachel is able to expand her creativity when working with infants and kiddos, use her knowledge of movement patterns, facilitate the resilience of the human body, and continue to be inspired by each patient and each family. In her free time, she enjoys rowing, yoga, travel, running with her adorable rescue puppy, and spending time with family and friends.

Deanna Sipes

Physical Therapist

Deanna received her BS in Exercise Science from Towson University. Then received her DPT from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her experience includes evaluating and treating patients with childhood disabilities and limitations including down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, AMC, spina bifida, fractures and sports injuries, TBI, and other gross motor deficits. Her interests also include working with patients in the underserved communities specifically latinx population. Deanna is a fun, warm and kind person who loves to build relationships with her patients and their families. She is passionate about inclusion and accessibility which drives her to make working with her patients creative and fun so they can reach their goals faster and more efficiently. Deanna became interested in being a physical therapist when she witnessed her grandmother get hospitalized with a degenerative nerve disease. The physical therapist who worked with her grandmother was about to help her relearn how to walk again. This has helped her understand how all aspects of life like mental health, emotions, sleep, diet, environment, family, etc makes a huge impact on functional mobility and physical health. Deanna enjoying being outdoors whether it’s hiking, traveling and learning about other cultures, going to the beach, and playing soccer. She also enjoys helping people and volunteering as a coach for Special Olympics Cheerleading in Durham. Originally from Maryland, Deanna has been here for the last 4 years. She’s proud to be half Venezuelan.

Deborah Cefola

Physical Therapist

I was raised in Flanders, NJ. I knew from the time I was in high school that I wanted to be a physical therapist. After graduating from Ithaca College with a masters in physical therapy, I moved to North Carolina to start my career. I have been working ever since, giving me 23 years as a PT. I am a mother of 2 teenage boys. When I’m not working I like hiking, swimming, working out and playing with my dogs.

Richard Hultz Clinical Specialist

Richard Hultz

Physical Therapist

Richard Hultz is a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and has been practicing PT since 1995. His background includes duties at the University of VA and Duke University Medical Center. He is an experienced pediatric and adult therapist and has worked in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities as well as home health settings.

Andrew Foster

Physical Therapist

James “Andrew” Foster, II has been with Care First since May 2019 working with Pediatrics. He graduated from NC State University undergrad with a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Bioscience and minors in Sports Science and Business Management. He received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. James has training in dry needling, and kineso taping. Two years prior he worked at an Outpatient Orthopedic clinic, and went on a service learning trip to Guatemala to an under-served and impoverished hospital helping pediatrics.

Rachel Curran

Physical Therapist

Rachel is a licensed Physical Therapist, originally from Upstate New York. She received her Doctor in Physical Therapy degree from Duke University-School of Medicine, following a Rehabilitation Science B.S. at University of Pittsburgh and certification in Patho-kinesiology. Rachel has rehabilitation experience working at UPMC Mercy (Pittsburgh, PA)—cross-trained in ICU and acute neuro-trauma units including Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury. Her clinical internships specialized in infant-handling, torticollis, motor milestone delays, a variety of neuromuscular conditions within a diverse pediatric and adolescent population, as well as balance and movement disorders within a geriatric population. She has experience in a variety of settings, including hospitals, inpatient and outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities, home care, and specialty clinics for spasticity, orthopaedics, muscular dystrophy, and down syndrome. Currently researching Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy allows Rachel to expand her clinical skills with a unique, vulnerable population into evidence-based practice. Global experience includes medical mission trips to various locations in Costa Rica as well as volunteering at an intensive stroke camp in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

As a Physical Therapist with Care First Rehab, Rachel is able to expand her creativity when working with infants and children, use her knowledge of movement patterns, facilitate the resilience of the human body, and continue to be inspired by each patient and each family. In her free time, she enjoys running, rowing, yoga, travel, and spending time with family and friends. 

Education: Doctor of Physical Therapy, from Duke University-School of Medicine
Languages: English, American Sign Language 

Populations Treated: Infant, Pediatrics, Adult, Geriatric, End of life care

Deanna Foley Physical Therapist

Deanna Foley

Physical Therapist Assistant

Deanna is a Physical Therapist Assistant who received her bachelors degree at NC A & T University in 2009. She decided to continue her education at Martin Community College where she received her Physical Therapy Assistant Degree. She enjoys being a mother to her beautiful baby girl. She has a specialty in geriatric and pediatric Physical Therapy through her experience in daycare’s, and home health. She recently worked in school systems with children of all ages. She has experience working with multiple diagnoses. She has a huge passion for helping children reach their developmental milestones, and loves to see them gain confidence in completing various activities.

Chip Chapin

Physical Therapist Assistant

Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Edwin “Chip” Chapin has lived in the Raleigh area since graduating from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Charlotte Piedmont Community College in 1999. Chip began his PTA career working at Easter Seals. This is where he discovered his love for helping children and decided to devote his career to working with the pediatric population. In 2005, Chip joined Total Rehabilitation where he worked exclusively with the 0-21 age group. He will devote his time and resources to once again work with 0-3 early intervention population and with children ages 3-21. Chip has extensive experience with children afflicted with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, brain injury, rehabilitation from surgery, autism, and chromosomal abnormalities. In his spare time, Chip enjoys fishing, golfing and cheering on the Carolina Panthers. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Chip Chaplin

Physical Therapist

Edwin “Chip” Chapin has lived in the Raleigh area since graduating from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Charlotte Piedmont Community College in 1999. Chip began his PTA career working at Easter Seals. This is where he discovered his love for helping children and decided to devote his career to working with the pediatric population. He will devote his time and resources to once again work with 0-3 early intervention population and with children ages 3-21. Chip has extensive experience with children afflicted with cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, brain injury, rehabilitation from surgery, autism, and chromosomal abnormalities. In his spare time, Chip enjoys fishing, golfing and cheering on the Carolina Panthers. He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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