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Dr. Lori O'Neill, PT, DPT

Holistic Care

For 25+ years, Dr. Lori O’Neill, PT, DPT has embraced various roles as a physical therapist supporting females with pelvic dysfunction as well as pregnancy/postpartum related conditions, She is among a small group of Certified Birth Healing Practitioners in the US through the Institute for Birth Healing.


Holistic Birth and Postpartum Rehab has been the majority of her career focus incorporating the best of current evidence-based research and wisdom obtained from serving the birthing community as a Lamaze Labor Support Specialist and DONA Certified Labor Doula.


By appreciating the full physical and emotional experience surrounding birth and "forever" postpartum, Lori has delivered numerous lectures as a professional continuing education instructor and an invited speaker for national conferences such as the American Physical Therapy Association  (APTA CSM Academy of Pelvic Health), Canadian Physiotherapy Association's (CPA) Congress  and Lamaze International.

Chapel Hill is home to Lori and her fun family of 3 daughters, husband and multitude of pets. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and attributes her early interest in women’s health from growing up in a house full of sisters.



Wheeling Jesuit University:

  • BA in Theology

  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Advanced Training:

Professional Organization Membership:

  • The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 

  • Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy 

  • International Alliance of Healthcare Educators Medallion Member (IAHE)

Dr. Lori O'Neill, PT, DPT




"Lori is a wonderful physical therapist. She takes time with her patients and invests in their care. When I came to see her, I had reached a place where my pain was debilitating. I'd lie in the bed crying in agony. Lori spent a lot of time with me and helped me find the exact diagnosis for my problem. Then, she put a care plan in place for me that's working. I went from a full day's worth of excruciating pain to a two to four hour window of manageable pain, and I'm on my way to being completely pain free. Whenever I'm frustrated with the pace of my healing (it's nerve related, so slow going), Lori is there to provide information and encouragement. She always keeps abreast of the latest discoveries in her area of expertise and shares them with me. If I have a question she doesn't know the answer to, she'll research and ask around until she finds one. She is very professional but not to the point of being aloof or standoffish. She treats me like a person, not a patient. I appreciate the dignity she gives me in each session. My particular problem has a lot of embarrassing nuances and is the result of a traumatic situation, but she always treats me with respect and makes me feel comfortable opening up and working on the therapy."


—  E.S. / Holly Springs, NC

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