Meet Shannon

Dr. Shannon Ritchey, PT, DPT 

Shannon Ritchey is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Muscle Activation Technique Specialist, and 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher. She uses her multi-disciplined background to help clients to identify and improve instability in joints with the goal of decreasing or eliminating pain. She has worked with athletes, fitness professionals, runners, children, joint replacement candidates, individuals with neuromuscular disorders (paraplegia and multiple sclerosis) and more. Trained in Muscle Activation Technique, she uses her knowledge of mechanics and anatomy to determine deficits and improve muscular imbalances. She also uses hands-on manual skills to address capsular restrictions, range of motion limitations, and more.

Her journey to physical therapy began in college when she started teaching yoga and fitness classes at the student recreation center. She loved hearing the physical benefits her clients were experiencing from her classes. Eager to learn more about how the body moves, she earned all the fitness certifications she could, and eventually became a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher. 

Although originally interested in business as a career path, Shannon realized while working at a software company that she was more preoccupied with enrolling in yoga certifications than IT classes. She switched her direction, applied for physical therapy school, and never looked back.

Shannon's goal for each session is for clients to walk out feeling and moving better than when they arrived. She prides herself on helping many people improve or eliminate chronic issues they thought would never subside. Her ideal outcome is to see a client less and less as they get stronger and healthier, watching them return to their life and hobbies with ease. 

Shannon enjoys teaching yoga and fitness classes, and teaches at local studios around Durham and Chapel Hill. She recently moved from Kansas City with her husband who is pursing his MBA at Duke, and loves the welcoming community she has found in North Carolina.