Our Therapists


Katie Piraino

Katie Piraino, PT, PRC, JSCC

Katie was born in England and raised in a British military family. She lived in several different countries during her childhood. She graduated from the Middlesex Hospital School of Physiotherapy in London (UK) in 1989 and completed a residency in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in the U.S. in 2000. 

Her specialties include orthopedic physical therapy and pelvic health. 

She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and a member of the orthopedic and Women's Health sections.

Katie is certified in Postural Restoration through The Postural Restoration Institute™ and Strain and Counterstrain through the Jones Institute.

She enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing and traveling with her family.

Joy Backstrum

Joy Backstrum, PT, PRC

Joy was raised in Juneau, Alaska, and graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1986. She worked in rural Alaska for 4 years before moving to Anchorage in 1990. Joy completed a residency in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2002, and in 2016 she completed a certification in Postural Restoration™.

Joy specializes in orthopedics and has advanced training in pelvic health, including male and female incontinence, pelvic pain and pelvic organ prolapse. She also has advanced training in women's health issues such as pre and postpartum musculoskeletal dysfunction and osteoporosis.

She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Women's Health section, and is a past 2-term vice president of the Alaska Chapter of the APTA. She has been instrumental in bringing nationally and internationally known speakers in the field of physical therapy to the state of Alaska.

Outside of work, Joy enjoys alpine and cross country skiing, hiking, berry picking and entertaining in her back yard with her husband and grown kids.

Corina Carlson

Corina Carlson, PT, DPT

Corina grew up in Vermont and graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. While in attendance at NAU Corina participated in the APTA Federal Advocacy Program in Washington, DC and the international exchange program at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Corina has advanced training in manual therapy and Postural Restoration™ and enjoys working with patients from all walks of life. She is a member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Alaska APTA Chapter. 

In her free time Corina enjoys rock climbing with her husband.