COVID-19 UPDATE: We are still OPEN for in-person physical therapy services and are also offering VIRTUAL performance enhancement and nutrition counseling sessions. Call our office at (919) 594-1885 to make an appointment and follow us on social media to stay updated and receive wellness tips while at home! 

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Who We Are:

We are a comprehensive fitness and wellness studio. Our core belief: Every Link Strengthens The Chain drives our continued professional mission to provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatments and implementation strategies to help you become the best version of yourself. Our core services of Physical Therapy, Nutrition Counseling, Personal Training and Active Recovery work together to address all the needs a 21st century life demands. 


At Chain Effect our core values are professionalism, courtesy and gratitude. Our hope is that you feel these values in action from the moment you walk in our door. 


Where we are:

Why are we the right choice for you?

First the Why Not:

Currently, our Physical Therapy services are "out of network" with all third party insurances. While, this doesn't mean you can't be reimbursed for your visit, it does mean you will need to purchase our services up front. We make every effort to help you get paid back by providing a Super Bill for easy submission. We understand this can make our services difficult for some, but our commitment to value and quality make participating in-network impractical in the current insurance climate.


However, for Nutrition Counseling, we are "in-network" with most Blue Cross Blue Shield NC and UHC plans, and we're currently working on a couple of other insurance companies. Similar to our physical therapy services, if you don't have BCBS or UHC, we can still provide you a Super Bill.

Now the Why:

  • You will work 1-on-1 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy for the entirety of your physical therapy session.
  • Hands-on work heals; therefore, we prioritize manual therapy techniques.
  • We are experts at Trigger Point or Functional Dry Needling and utilize this technique extensively when appropriate, which is also included in your session purchase.
  • While corrective exercise is critical, we teach you to perform them properly at your home  or gym instead of spending valuable sessions on things you could do on your own.
  • We believe fitness goals can be attained simultaneously with rehab goals and we, along with our personal trainers, can show you ways to begin or maintain a fitness plan without negatively impacting your recovery.
  • We also believe in living an overall healthy lifestyle and we can help with making long-lasting lifestyle changes with nutrition counseling with our Licensed Registered Dietitians. 
  • Training the mind is also an important factor to living a healthy lifestyle, so mindfulness training and stress management using NuCalm is one more service we offer. 
  • Here at Chain Effect, we are a small business committed to customer service and your overall success.





At Chain Effect it is our mission to provide a unique synergy between the most validated, up-to-date fitness concepts, premium 1-on-1 manual physical therapy, nutrition counseling, personal training, and recovery training. Allow us to prove to you why we are the best at helping our clients overcome chronic injuries, achieve life and fitness goals, and attain a level of performance unimagined.

* Please note that the best way to confirm an appointment is to give us a call at (919) 594-1885. However, if after office hours or on the weekend, you are able to request an appointment online. Within 24 hours of your request, we will be in touch to either confirm or reschedule your appointment. 

Physical Therapy


       Dr. Taylor Pope, PT, DPT

  • Owner and Founder of Chain Effect, Sept. 2015
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, UNC Chapel Hill 2010
  • 10+ Years of Orthopedic and Sports Rehab Experience
  • Level 3 Functional Dry Needling Practitioner
  • Certified by Titleist Performance Institute
  • Specializes in Functional Movement and Kettlebell Training
  • Trusted PT of Olympic and Professional Athletes
  • Committed to 1-on-1 Hands-on Manual Therapy
  • Quality and Customer Service Driven


       Dr. Matt Hartshorne, PT, DPT

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, Duke University 2013
  • 5 Years of General Orthopedic Experience
  • Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Specializes in knee and shoulder injuries
  • Consulted MLB organization on injury prevention programs
  • Working with military on injury prevention program
  • Currently a Teaching Assistant in several local physical therapy programs

Nutrition Counseling

We currently accept Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care.

Nutrition Counseling is considered preventive care and with many plans could be covered at 100%.

Let us verify your insurance benefits so you'll know your coverage before your visit!


       Eddie Fitzgerald, RD, LDN

  • Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Bachelor's of Science in Food and Nutrition from Appalachian State University
  • 700 hours of performance nutrition counseling with special forces in Fort Bragg
  • 600 hours of clinical nutrition at the Charles George VA Medical Center
  • 600 hours of community and food service management with the YMCA of Western North Carolina


      Caroline Pope, MS, RD, LDN

  • Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill
  • Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College
  • Has been practicing since 2015, when she opened Chain Effect with Taylor
  • 3 years of experience in bariatric surgery where she followed patients before and after surgery, identified and corrected vitamin and protein deficiencies, and provided evidence-based meal planning and counseling for weight loss/maintenance
  • Aims to understand the "why" behind food choices and eating patterns to empower patients with skills for lasting behavior change



Personal and Small Group Training

Define Goals and Crush Them.

Today, information is free and abundant.

However, proper implementation is the only way to truly make gains.

We are movement experts and understand that minor differences in form can make or break a training program. Chain Effect is for those ready to be challenged, both mentally and physically, to create the best possible you. Bring a friend or create a small group to rise up together!


Health Club management software

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