Our Staff

Christy Shea, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Owner

Christy Shea, PT, DPT is born and raised in the Metairie area.  After graduating from Mount Carmel Academy, she attended LSU in Baton Rouge.  There, she got her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology.  She continued her education at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  Following graduation, she continues to learn through extensive continuing education courses including manual techniques, women’s health and is certified in Functional Dry Needling.


Dr. Shea has developed a comprehensive style of treatment that is specifically tailored to each patient, their current limitations and their individualized goals.  She incorporates manual techniques to make quick changes in function. Then, utilizes exercise based treatments to ensure that your goals are met for the long term.

She loves the city of New Orleans and the wonderful people of it.  She enjoys going to festivals and other community events to soak up all the culture, music and foods that the city has to offer.  In her free time, she loves running with local groups, playing tennis and enjoying the company of friends and family.  

Contact Dr. Shea directly at christy.shea@tandempt.com

Lauren Manna, PT, DPT, COMT

Physical Therapist, Owner

Lauren Manna, PT, DPT, COMT earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where she played 3 years of softball as the team’s catcher.  It was an injury of her own that made her decide to pursue a career in physical therapy.   After hanging up her cleats, she began her training in physical therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.  She earned her doctorate in physical therapy in 2012 and moved to New Orleans to begin her career.  Lauren is distinguished as a certified orthopedic manual therapist through Maitland Seminars and is also certified in Functional Dry Needling.   In addition to her certifications, she has a special interest in the treatment of vestibular conditions/ dizziness and spinal pathologies.

Lauren has a unique style of treatment that involves utilizing various elements of her background in manual therapy and exercise to promote normal and pain free movements that keep her favorite weekend warriors active.  


Lauren enjoys traveling all over the world, kayaking, running, playing tennis, cheering for her favorite Tennessee sports teams and visiting all the festivals in New Orleans.  She has participated in several half marathons, triathlons and countless 5k races.  You can often find her getting in a social run at Happy’s Running Club or participating in various cycle/ yoga/ pilates/TRX classes around the city.  Lauren has acquired a special interest in tennis and enjoys teaming up with Christy for a good doubles match.        

Contact Dr. Manna directly at lauren.manna@tandempt.com

Amber Garza

Marketing Director

Amber earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of New Orleans, where she went on to complete her Master's in Business Administration.  While studying at UNO, she competed on the tennis team for 3 years but sustained injuries to both her back and knee.  It was then she knew she wanted to use her experience to help others in sports, health and wellness.  When she's not working for Tandem, you can find her on the court as the assistant tennis coach for her alma mater.  In her free time, she enjoys running, playing tennis and attending local food and music festivals.

Contact Amber directly at amber.garza@tandempt.com


4931 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B

Metairie, LA 70006

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