Dr. David Stallings, owner and founder of Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness, is originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. His specialty is working with orthopedic injuries involving the knee, shoulder, and spine, and sports performance rehabilitation. Dr. Stallings uses a unique manual therapy approach to all of his patients. He has provided offseason training for the Carolina Hurricanes. He also has experience as the primary clinician for a home health agency, skilled nursing facilities, school system pediatrics, and neuromedical facility rehabilitation. In his zeal for education, he has served as a clinical instructor for multiple NC Physical therapy programs. Dr. Stallings uses his wide range of experiences to treat patients of any age.
When he is not working, Dr. Stallings is active in many sports and enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife Chelsea, a RN in the Pediatric ICU. They reside here in Bluffton and love the lowcountry!
Originally from Raleigh, NC, Dr. Cole earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington followed by his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. Post graduate studies include an intensive, eight month series of courses to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist and a specialist in the state-of-the-art technique of Trigger Point Dry Needling. Dr. Cole specializes in the treatment of fibromyalgia, tension-type headaches/migraines, and myofascial pain syndrome. He also works with patients who have back and neck pain, joint replacements, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, chronic pain, and most orthopaedic conditions.
In his spare time, Dr. Cole enjoys football, and working out, and spending time with his rescue dog named Shiloh.
Dr. Andrew Heffern graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2007 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He worked in Chattanooga, TN for the first 7 years of his career specializing in treatment of adolescent and high school athletes before moving to Bluffton in February 2015. Dr. Heffern has been certified as a Sports Certified Specialist which is one of the few specialties recognized through the American Physical Therapy Association. He has experience working for the University of Tennessee athletic program and he volunteered working with Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga. Dr. Heffern also is a Certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) physical therapist. He has been trained to perform golf specific injury assessments for golfers of all ages. Dr. Heffern also enjoys working with patients who have pain and dysfunction in their spine. He is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the spine, also called the McKenzie Certification. Dr. Heffern enjoys golfing, baseball, watching University of Tennessee football, boating and anything that has to do with being outside. He has taken up running and has started training for Triathlons in his spare time.
Physical Therapy Assistant
Stephen holds a Bachelor's Degree from Texas A&M University which he earned in 2004. He then went on to earn his degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from South University. Before joining Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness, he worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Savannah, GA., spending most of his time aiding in the rehabilitation of orthopedic patients. A self-admitted ‘gear head,’ Stephen enjoys anything with four (or two) wheels and tinkers on his project cars in his spare time. Originally from Houston, Texas, Stephen has been a resident of the Low Country since 2006 and currently resides in Historic Savannah with his wife Christine.