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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 teaching tennis and playing tennis.  In her free time, she enjoys biking, traveling and spending time doing pretty much anything outdoors!

Contact Amber directly at amber.garza@tandempt.com

Shaina Billiot, DPT

Physical Therapist 

Shaina Billiot PT, DPT earned her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from LSU in Baton Rouge in December 2018. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. She enjoys helping people with musculoskeletal or balance conditions which impact their ability to do what they love and/or live their best life. She plans to continue her professional growth by pursuing a dry needling certification and continues to expand her manual skills for musculoskeletal conditions. 

 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, watching funny movies, and going to the gym. 

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Jason Cargill, DPT

Physical Therapist 

Jason started his professional career in the military and as an accountant. However, life and personal injury led to Jason’s love for rehabilitation. Jason believes in an eclectic and active participation approach to physical therapy. As such, he has taken nearly 1,500 hours of post-graduate education geared to get and keep individuals active. Jason’s certifications include the McKenzie Method, ASTYM, ART and MAT.

 

To practice what he preaches, Jason’s activities include running, hiking, skiing, and weight training.

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Mary Schulingcamp, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

Mary began her physical therapy journey in 1999 doing what she thought would just be a summer job as a PT technician. Very quickly she realized she wanted it to be much more than that. She graduated in 2004 with her undergraduate degree in Biology and planned to begin the PTA program in August of 2005. Katrina delayed Mary's plan but only for a short while, and in 2007 she graduated Valedictorian of the Physical Therapy Assistants program. Mary also found an additional passion in teaching Pilates in 2012 and has been helping people 40+ stay active and mobile ever since.  Combining her expertise in Pilates and physical therapy allows her to assist people on a path beyond basic expectations. Mary loves helping people find their inner strength, improve their well being, and achieve an overall better quality of life.  

 

Mary is also  a proud mother to her daughter Nadia and son Trey. She and her husband Dennis love to travel with the family and experience new adventures together. Above all else Mary, Dennis, Nadia, and Trey love spending time with the most important person in their family, a golden retriever named Tasseaux.

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Megan Godfrey

Licensed Massage Therapist

Megan Godfrey practices an intuitive approach to healing by using a variety of techniques with her clients including deep tissue massage, relaxing movements, slow myofascial work, energy healing, and nearly always stretching. Megan is intentional about creating comforting and healing environments where she uses her specialized training in deep tissue, cupping, reiki, and therapeutic breathwork.  

 

In session, Megan aligns herself with clients through meditative practices, encouraging them to focus on healing thoughts, breathing, and setting restful intentions while she works to heal pain in the body. She helps people with issues from desk work, chronic pain conditions, everyday stress, prenatal massage, and muscle release for athletes.

 

Her philosophy on trauma and its effects on the body agrees with noted psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk who wrote, “the body keeps the score”. Megan believes that the body holds trauma, stress, and pain in various joints and muscles. This holding not only causes everyday stiffness and pain, but affects how we react, feel, and carry ourselves in the world. Megan uses massage to allow the body to release so that true healing can begin. 

 

Megan is a native of North Texas and has lived in New Orleans for 17 years, starting out as a volunteer after Hurricane Katrina, where she helped out for two years. She studied massage therapy at Delgado graduating in 2017. She then completed training in Deep Feet ashiatsu, a deep tissue myofascial technique where she massages with her feet.   A practitioner of reiki for 20 years and a student of therapeutic breathwork, she feels great joy and purpose in her work.  Megan also enjoys camping, running, writing, baking, and adventures with her daughter that usually involves music by Taylor Swift. In 2024, she is excited to start the path to pursue a degree in Biology at The University of New Orleans.  She hopes to follow this with Physical Therapy school!

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