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​Kari Smith, PT, DPT

Kari Smith has been a practicing physical therapist since 2008.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in 2003 with a double major in Biology and French, and then graduated at the top of her class with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.  Since graduation, she has specialized in rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic conditions including spine and peripheral joint pain, total joint replacements, and arthroscopic joint surgeries. 

Kari spent five years working in an outpatient orthopedic shoulder clinic developing a strong foundation of manual therapy skills related to the shoulder girdle, as well as the cervical and thoracic spine.  Here, she participated in clinical research aimed to develop new techniques in shoulder rehabilitation, and she gave multiple presentations to her professional peers regarding physical therapy treatment of shoulder pathologies including glenohumeral joint instability, rotator cuff tears/repairs, and scapulothoracic joint dysfunction.

At Run Raleigh PT, Kari incorporates dry needling and manual therapy techniques to address biomechanical dysfunction. She has evaluated run form for hundreds of athletes throughout the Triangle area, ranging from competitive runners and elite high school athletes, to those training for the Olympic trials.  

Growing up as a competitive swimmer, Kari is also well-versed in swim stroke analysis. She works with swimmers and triathletes to improve efficiency and reduce injury risk in the water.  Whether the goal is to improve swim times or to reduce post-swim fatigue in a triathlon, Kari can assist you in achieving this through detailed video stroke analysis, in-water drills and corrective home exercises. 

Kari is also certified in Red Cord strength training, using this state-of-the-art equipment to re-educate the neuromuscular system through precise core stabilizing exercises.

Outside of work, Kari enjoys running, biking and swimming with her husband and their two children.

Specialties include:
Functional Dry Needling Certified

Red Cord Instructor
2D and 3D Gait Analysis
Swim Stroke Analysis
Maitland Manual Therapy
McKenzie Method
Treatment of spine and pelvis

Brian Lesesky PT, MPT, CMTPT

Brian Lesesky grew up in Charlotte and had a passion for athletics at an early age.  He ran competitively in high school which established his foundation for understanding the mindset and demands of the runner’s lifestyle.  This background allows him to relate personally to his patients and understand their ailments

He attended NC State University where he obtained a degree in Business Management.  After working in sales, he discovered his true professional calling in the area of physical medicine.

Brian received his Masters in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2006 and focused in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy.  He is now skilled in a variety of techniques to facilitate improved body mechanics, increase strength and reduce pain.  

Most recently Brian set his focus on the science and relief of myofascial and trigger point pain by obtaining his certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT).  Knowing these specifics allow Brian to understand and relieve pain more efficiently and return athletes to their sport more quickly and safely. 

When away from work Brian still enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his wife and 2 boys.  

 Specialties Include:
                                                                                 Dry Needling Certified
                                                                   Myofascial and Trigger Point Release
                                                                  Maitland Manual Therapy Techniques
                                                          Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
                                                                                         Chronic Pain 
                                                         Video analysis for return to sport


Carol Dubbels, PT, MPT, CSCS

Carol Dubbels has been a practicing physical therapist since 2006.  She attended Iowa State, receiving a bachelor’s degrees in community and regional planning in 2001, but quickly discovered that planning was not her professional calling. She returned to school to complete her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 2006.

Since graduating, she has worked in several orthopedic clinics, including a spine specialty clinic and a sports performance clinic. She has experience in 2D and 3D gait analysis, force plate analysis, as well as extensive manual therapy training in muscle energy, myofascial, strain/counter-strain, cranial sacral, and indirect mobilization techniques. She combines her biomechanical knowledge, use of manual therapy, and dry needling in treating her patients to return to their chosen lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

She grew up in Arkansas as an age group swimmer, and continued as a NCAA Division I swimmer at Iowa State. Post-collegiately she got into triathlons, and has been a competitive triathlete finishing 2 ironman distance races and many half iron distance races.  Her background as an endurance athlete gives her critical insight into rehab, training, and the demands of athletes in several disciplines.

While not working, Carol continues to run, swim, and bike, and spend time with her husband and 2 children.

                                                                Specialties Include:
                                                                              Functional Dry Needling
                                                                                Swim Stroke Analysis
                                                                             Biking mechanics analysis
                                                                                   Running Analysis
                                                                                  McKenzie Certified
                                                        Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
              Manual Therapy: Muscle Energy, Strain-Counter Strain, Indirect mobilization techniques

Claire Little, PT, MPT

Claire Little grew up in Atlanta and played sports her entire life, including tennis, softball, swimming, track, and basketball.  She has stayed active as an adult with softball, tennis, running and triathlons.  She has also completed 2 MS150 rides.  This background in sports has helped her with understanding the mechanics as well as the mindset of being active in athletics.  

She came to North Carolina in 1992, and graduated Magna Cum Lauda from NC State University in 1996 with a BS in Zoology/PreMed.  Claire then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master's Degree in physical therapy from East Carolina University in 1999.  She has worked in outpatient orthopaedics and lived and Cary since graduation.  

Claire has 2 children, so she also understands how to help patients juggle work, family, play and rehabilitation.  Home exercise programs are individualized to meet the needs of each patient's lifestyle, as well as their physical limitations and expectations.  

Claire's primary goal of treatment is to guide her patients toward independence with self care and symptom management by teaching them the proper tools and exercises. One of her strengths is the ability to teach her patients WHY they are doing particular exercises, and HOW they got injured in the first place.  She also finds the primary source of the chain of dysfunction, to improve long term success.  Claire has worked with runners, triathletes, cyclists, and athletes of multiple other sports.  She also has a background with pre- and post-partum related low back pain patients, TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction), neck and shoulder pain, and amputees. 

                                                                 Specialties Include:
                                                                    Dry Needling Certified
                                                                    Sports-related injuries
                                                             Treatment of neck and pelvis


​Kim Hoobler​, PT, DPT

Kim Hoobler graduated from Kansas State University in 1993 with a BS in Life Sciences.  She then graduated from Creighton University in 1996 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Kim completed the Polestar Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation program in 2009, and is a PMA certified Pilates Practitioner.

Kim has practiced primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting for the past 21 years seeing all ages and diagnoses. Her training has been primarily in manual therapy, dry needling, and evaluation of biomechanics for prescriptive exercise.  Kim’s goal is to help people maximize their health and function through their life span.

Kim is originally from Kansas where she spent summers on the lake water skiing and winters traveling at least once to snow ski in Colorado.  She ran on her high school cross country team, rowed on her college club team, and since then has been a recreational runner and cyclist.  Kim, her husband, and their 3 boys enjoy weekend hikes and time on the water.

Specialities Include:
                                                              Dry Needling Certified

                                                       Pilates Method Alliance Certified

                                                                  Manual Therapy
                                                        Treatment of spine and pelvis
                                                              Pre and Post Partum



meet the owner

Abby Douek, PT, MPT

401 N. West Street, Suite 121   | 919-795-6086 |

Abby Douek is originally from Rhode Island but came to love North Carolina after completing her undergraduate work at Wake Forest University.  There she studied Exercise Science in order to explore the biomechanics of human performance. While at Wake Forest she began using motion analysis on research projects for publication. 

She went on to obtain her masters degree in physical therapy, graduating with high honors, from University of Delaware in 2002. ​ Outside of the traditional curriculum, she was able to work in the gait lab continuing to use motion sensors and force plates. With the help of some of the brightest in the field, she learned to not only look at the feet hitting the ground but how all movement of the body will effect what happens at foot strike. ​
​Following graduate school, Abby worked in Baltimore studying under certified manual therapists and working with the Baltimore Ballet and Symphony which strengthened her awareness of postural strengthening for performance. She also worked in tandem with NY Guild certified Pilates instructors and still uses this knowledge in exercises with her patients.

Over the past 15 years, Abby has worked closely with athletes ranging from grade school to professional level, including the Olympic level. Her experiences and course work over the years have allowed her to develop a strong knowledge in manual therapy, exercises for injury prevention and recovery and perfecting form for recreational and competitive activities. Through extensive treatments and watching hundreds of runners and triathletes at various levels, she has become known for gait analysis and correction.  She has come to realize that correction of form and muscle imbalances are crucial to not only recovering from injury but preventing them from happening again.  ​

When not working, Abby is a runner herself.  She competes in local races throughout the year and also chases around her two small children.


Specialties include:

Functional Dry Needling Certified

Movement/Video Analysis with a focus on running biomechanics

2D and 3D gait analysis
Speed Mechanics/Functional strengthening 

​Manual orthopedic techniques including Maitland and McKenzie

Treatment of spine and pelvis
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Kinesio Taping

ACL prevention certification

​Red Cord strengthening instructor





Angela Angeles

Angela is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor and loves sharing her joy for movement and wellness.  She's a Raleigh transplant via Oakland, California, and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Angela is a graduate from American University and played Division I field hockey for 4 years.

As a fitness trainer, her training philosophy and approach emphasizes the mastery of fundamental movement patterns.  She helps her clients identify muscular imbalances, improve posture, develop mobility and sound mechanics, and ultimately build strength by using functional movement exercises.

As a wellness coach, she believes that behavior change is most influenced by improving upon an individual's current habits one small change at a time.  She has worked with clients between 25-70+ years in age and through habit design has helped them lose weight, improve nutrition, manage stress, and most importantly build the confidence to make positive lasting lifestyle changes. 

Angela has served several corporate clients including Discovery Communications, California Department of Public Health, and University of California, Berkeley.  Locally, she is affiliated with Heat Studios and REX Wellness Center of Raleigh.

Angela is an advocate for adventure and when she's not in the gym you'll likely find her outside exploring North Carolina.  She loves mountain biking, hiking, and spending time on the trails with her dog.  She has completed several full and half marathons and a number of obstacle races.  She continues to experiment with a variety of activities ranging from Olympic weightlifting, boxing, SCUBA, and rock climbing. 

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Specialties include:

Certified Personal Trainer - National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certified Group Fitness Instructor - American Council on Exercise

Functional Aging Specialist - Functional Aging Institute

Certified Corporate Fitness Specialist - National Corporate Institute

Medical Fitness Network Member