Tricia Athans
Tricia Athans



In 1985, Tricia graduated from Ithaca College, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She has worked in many settings including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, general hospital, inpatient rehab, home health, and outpatient clinic along the east coast from New York to Georgia. After a 13 year hiatus from clinical practice to raise her family, perform some unique community service, and build a small business, she returned to PT in a pediatric early intervention program (birth-3yrs). Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to the fascinating science and methodology of the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) as a patient at Sandhills Sports Performance.

In the years proceeding, Tricia had experienced significant musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction and, unfortunately, only very limited success with traditional therapies. Her ability to comfortably rest and enjoy athletics and outdoor activities was seriously compromised. Tricia has been able to return to an active lifestyle after treatment with PRI manual and non-manual techniques, and has gained a very personal understanding of how our body compensations eventually lead to breathing dysfunction and pain. It has been, and continues to be, a captivating process of discovery, and she loves helping her patients, of all ages, discover their own signature compensations. Tricia earned the designation of Postural Restoration Certified (PRC) in 2016 as a result of advanced training, extraordinary interest and devotion to the science of postural restoration adaptations, asymmetrical patterns, and the influence of polyarticular chains of muscles on the human body as defined by the Postural Restoration Institute. Tricia loves being a part of the dynamic team at Sandhills Sports Performance in an environment where sharing of knowledge and expertise is facilitated and encouraged.

In her spare time, Tricia enjoys being outdoors with her family – sailing, kayaking, running, mountain biking, experimenting in the garden, and traveling. She was instrumental in helping to create a ballroom dance program in Moore County Public Schools in 2012. She enjoys mentoring young men and women through her church, and for several years, created fun, educational opportunities for almost 100 young women, ages 12-18, in the areas of First Aid, Survival Skills, Outdoor Recreation & Fitness at summer camp. Tricia helps provide PRI based injury prevention to youth volleyball teams in Moore County.