Meet Dr. Karyn Staples, PT, PhD, NCPT, Mom to Shae Staples (16) and Corin Staples (14). As a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher, a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical and teaching experience, she is also the Founder of ProHealth Physical Therapy and Pilates, established in 2005 in Peachtree City.
Karyn is driven by her passion for creating an environment focused on wellness and optimal health. She has a unique ability to combine interesting thought provoking lectures with practical demonstrations as shown at The Peachtree City Moms’ Women’s Wellness Summit!
Her Pilates background continues to be multi-lineage. She has been a presenter at the Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates on Tour(Balanced Body), Physical Therapy Association of Georgia, Emory University Physical Therapy Department, Georgia State University Physical Therapy Department, and the University of Evansville Physical Therapy Department. She also serves as a clinical mentor to physical therapy students, orthopedic physical therapy residents, and movement practitioners. As a mother of two children (16 and 14), she continues to promote a healthy lifestyle to our next generation with programming at her office, small research projects, and community outreach. In our Q&A below, Karyn shares the inspiration behind her passion for physical therapy and wellness along with her favorite Mom advice!
What is your background? Tell us about your career. I am a physical therapist and Pilates Teacher. I have been a physical therapist for 25 years working with individuals suffering from orthopedic issues and pelvic health concerns. I added Pilates into my practice 18 years ago.
What called you to become a Physical Therapist and Pilates Teacher? Physical Therapist comes from my grandfather. He was injured in a coal mining accident leading him to be paralyzed and unable to walk for the second half of his life. I wanted to help people move better. I had to research a career my sophmore year in high school including job shadowing. I felt physical therapy was the profession for me. I found Pilates as an enthusiast for my own workout 30 years ago. While I was pursuing my PhD in Orthopedics and Sports Science, I completed my Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training as I felt Pilates was a wonderful add on for my physical therapy practice.
What is the best thing about your job? Assisting people to get to know their bodies better and appreciate all that it can do
What is your best “working mom” tip? You cannot do everything and be everywhere. Be present always where you are.
What is your favorite “mom hack”? I have baskets in the pantry for my kids. We separate items for their lunches for the week on Sundays to make lunch packing super easy each day. I have done this since my kids were in pre-K.
What do you love about Peachtree City and the surrounding areas? I love the people, the path system, the village concept
What TV show are you loving right now? Book? Movie? Podcast? TV Show—The Diplomat, and always Law and Order SVU; Book—The London Seance Society; Podcast—Noble Blood
Is there anything else you would like to share with our Moms? Enjoy every phase of life, no regrets on wishing things to go backwards or move forwards more quickly.
Another mom tip that I learned from a long time client and friend: If your kids ask in front of friend to extend the playdate or have a sleep over, then the answer is no. This allows you as the parent to not be put in an awkward situation to explain why or try to make things work at the last minute. This also allows your child to not be put in an awkward position if they are not sure they want to extend the play time. My kids have asked in front of friends and I have said no, then they have apologized to the friend as the remembered the rule. My kids have also asked in front of friends and known I would say no as they did not want to be the “bad guy” to disappoint a friend.