Your Dedicated Team Of Experts


Be assured our team has the top credentials and certifications but more importantly we hire only the best that are committed to always give their best. We believe when our expertise converges with your effort that great things happen.

“As long as you are willing to fight you have
a fighting chance”.

Mark Batterson, Chase the Lions


Katie Edwards

Founder & Physical Therapist

Dr. Katie Edwards received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. Prior to her doctoral education, Katie earned a Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Katie has also achieved a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is certified in Dry Needling by the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy. 

Katie has significant specialty training in working with endurance athletes, gait analysis, and lower extremity pathology, especially of the foot and ankle. Katie is also an expert in shoe fitting and modifications. Katie has worked with runners of all levels, from Girls on the Run and Couch to 5K to the elite level, as well as athletes of all types and abilities, including triathletes, bodybuilders, football players, soccer players, and basketball players.

Katie has done research in ACL injury prevention and the development of osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction, and is passionate about injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement through a focus on manual therapy, gait retraining, strengthening, and stabilization. Katie’s treatment philosophy is heavily focused on patient education to optimize muscle activation and movement patterns to reduce pain and improve motion, strength, and efficiency.

Katie grew up a multi-sport athlete and continues to be an avid runner, dog lover, and food enthusiast.


Margo Iuliano

Physical Therapist & Personal Trainer

Margo Iuliano has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist with the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and with LANA, the Lymphology Association of North America. 

Margo is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  

In addition, Margo has Lymphedema in her trunk and lower extremity and practices daily Manual Lymph Drainage and exercise while wearing daily compression and bandages at night. She understands the physical challenges of living with this condition, which is why she is dedicated to empowering those with Lymphedema to live an independent and active life.  

In the gym setting, Margo’s passion is to combine correct movement patterns with optimal function to help her clients realize their strength potential and weight loss goals. 

Further, as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Margo designs and administers fitness assessments and exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors.


Andrea Smisko

Physical Therapist

Early in life, Andrea realized she wanted to work with people with prevention of injury/breakdown as well as return to sport and daily functional tasks due to ailment/injury. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of North Dakota in 2011. Andrea is passionate in working with patients of all ages and skill levels. Her expertise is with pre/post-operative treatment as well as sports and outpatient orthopedic conditions.

Andrea enjoys learning and over the years her educational experiences have allowed her to become a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Training (IAMT), a certified dry needler through Integrative Dry Needling (IDN), certified in the Graston Technique with tool assisted soft tissue mobilization. She has taken courses in Kinesio taping for muscle facilitation/inhibition to create proper movement patterns and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Level 1 to identify faulty movement patterns.  She is a Certified Clinical Instructor (CCI) and has worked with several PT students for them to gain experience in order to become clinicians.

Outside of work Andrea enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle by being active, spending time with her husband and dog, hiking, lifting weights, playing soccer and volleyball, cooking, drawing, traveling, doting on her nieces and nephews, learning and exploring new things around the area.


Amee Livingston

Cancer Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer

Amee Livingston is a certified trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and a graduate of Clemson University. Amee is a breast cancer survivor that understands, first hand, the struggles survivors face when regaining their strength and mobility.  While recovering from her cancer surgeries, Amee worked towards receiving her cancer exercise specialist certifications through the American Academy of Health & Fitness and the Pink Ribbon Program, specializing in breast cancer rehabilitation.

Amee is also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 coach and believes in focusing on a whole-health approach to wellness, with an emphasis on nutrient-dense food, exercise and mindful eating practices.

In addition, Amee is a Pre and Postnatal certified coach, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, CrossFit Level 1 trainer, CrossFit Endurance trainer and head foodie at, where she shares her love of all things food and fitness. In her spare time, Amee enjoys the sport of Olympic weightlifting and competing as a masters athlete.

Amee is passionate about coaching and helping people, especially those who are struggling with physical and emotional battles.  Through her own difficult cancer journey, she found a new mission and purpose.  

Martin Michaelson

Founder & Personal Trainer

Martin has always had a passion for helping people, this ultimately led to his career in personal training. Taking his knowledge from years of athletic competition and expanding his knowledge of functional training and mobility as a trainer has enabled him to effectively help others with daily activities, recovery from injuries or enhance athletic performance. His wife’s cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment revealed to him the strong need for an integrated approached comprised of therapy, personal training and nutrition to truly help folks who were released or in remission, but not recovered.

From that journey the Fight Back concept was born. He is a certified personal trainer from American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Precision Nutrition Level 1 and additional fitness related certifications. Martin’s training style is deeply rooted in a strong commitment to his clients balanced with a sense of humor. He looks forward to helping you achieve your goals and finding the best version of yourself.


Greg Kucharski

Physical Therapist

Originally a native of Buffalo, NY, Greg Kucharski received his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2010.  Greg is an APTA Sports Certified Specialist and has a passion for working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. He has previously worked with Cirque du Soleil on their production Quidam as a performance medicine therapist. 

Greg’s treatment mentality is to get his patients better than even their pre-injury level so that they don’t break down again and have recurring problems.  He is certified in dry needling, instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, and movement based screening. 

Since moving to Charlotte in 2011, Greg has embraced the city and has made it his home. His hobbies include hiking, training for half marathons, and spending most weekends of the summer at the WhiteWater Center.


Dee Dee Secor

Cancer Exercise Specialist & Personal Trainer

Dee Dee was a college athlete, who played soccer at Peace College before transferring to North Carolina State University. Dee Dee Secor is a certified personal trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). She is a certified Cancer Exercise Specialist through the Cancer Exercise Institute and is certified as a TRX Trainer. She specializes in resistance training, core and stability strengthening. Dee Dee is committed to helping her clients live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Her personal training philosophy is built on this sound foundation but is individually tailored to each client’s needs & goals.  

Dee Dee’s daughter was diagnosed with Cancer at the age of 10. Three years of treatment, surgeries, physical therapy and personal training with her daughter changed Dee Dee’s life forever. Dee Dee’s passion for helping others is now her life calling. Dee Dee is currently finalizing her Senior Fitness Specialist through ACE (American Council of Exercise).    

Dee Dee is an avid runner. She is a Let Me Run running coach which inspires children through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. She has a personal passion for coaching, training, health, fitness and nutrition. During her down time, she enjoys exercising, yoga and spending time with her children, husband and two dogs.


Kim Ornellas

Massage & Bodywork Therapist

Kim is a Medical Massage Practitioner and Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist with over three years of experience. Kim is certified in medical massage, advanced sports bodywork, Neuromuscular therapy, lymphatic massage, she has training in other modalities including structural integration, rolfing, cupping, and graston therapy with use of guasha.

Kim graduated from NC School of Massage in December 2015 and obtained her license in January of 2016, from there she started an internship under a medical massage practitioner to learn how to asses pain and posture to be able to form a treatment plan tailored to each individual.

Kim’s mantra is nobody uses their body the same, so why should the body be treated the same with a routine massage. Her goal is to help prevent/reverse postural distortions so that her clients may function at their highest potential! In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking, traveling with friends, or getting into a good book at home relaxing with her two sweet cats, Nomi and Esmerelda.