Learn more about the hard-working, funny people at our family-friendly, family-first workplace!
Ginger Garner, DPT, ATC/LAT, PYT
Founder & Executive Director, CEO
Dr. Garner is the founder of Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, an international, interdisciplinary post-professional medical yoga therapy certification for healthcare professionals. She lectures internationally and teaches for multiple universities and organizations about the use of yoga in healthcare. She is an advocate for equal rights and access to biopsychosocial-driven healthcare via improving health literacy for yoga’s inclusion in health- and wellness care, particularly to foster gender equity in healthcare, improve access to PT, and social justice for mothers.
Dr. Garner is an orthopaedic physiotherapist whose focus is yoga’s use in healthcare and self-care. Her clinical specialties include pain management and women’s health. Her clinical practice and post-graduate medical yoga program is regularly featured as an “uncommon,” highly effective, and fiscally responsible approach to interdisciplinary medical practice, especially for those people with chronic disease in underserved and low-income areas.
She is currently affiliated with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her textbook, Medical Therapeutic Yoga, was just published in 2016. Dr. Garner lives with her husband and three sons in the United States.
Megan Fahy, MEd
Director of Education & Administration
Megan is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She began her career in education as a member of Teach For America (TFA) serving under-resourced students in the bayous of South Louisiana. While teaching Spanish she earned her teaching degree as as well as her Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision before becoming a Program and Resource Director for TFA in Washington DC. Megan enjoys helping others perform their jobs at their maximum potential while utilizing her skills to mentor, assess, organize and plan. Her motto is work smarter not harder! Yoga as integrative medicine is just that, right?
Around the same time Megan fell into education, she also fell in love with yoga. Not only does this keep her sane as a mother of four who strives to keep herself and family healthy, but it keeps her balanced. She believes whole-heartedly in Ginger's Pentagon of Wellness after being a test patient for one of her cohorts and is excited to blend her passion and background as Director of Education and Administration for Living Well.
Megan's top priority is her family. She and her husband decided to remain in NC, following her husband's retirement from the USMC, and to raise their two boys and two girls on the White Oak River. They love to kayak, swim, hike, play games, travel and read while balancing dance, sports, scouts, music and church activities.
CFO, Vice President
Jeff is the resident White Wizard performing magic in the office and from far away. He juggles the money and answers all pony and cupcake-related questions. His alter-ego is a Virginia Tech grad, caver and member of the VT Cave Club, Elvis Grotto extraordinaire, and an Aerospace Engineer on Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. If necessity is the mother of invention, Jeff is the father.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys brewing beer and kombucha at home, creating amazing home improvements, and sending flowers to Ginger.
By day, Jeff works some of the behind the scenes magic for the Ginger Garner machine. By night, Jeff is a second-string back up dancer for an internationally known pop singer. Jeff is also a freelance hand model when time permits. More professional bio coming soon...
Naomi Byerley, MPH (candidate)
Naomi graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors in Aeronautics. She is an Instrument and Commercial rated pilot in single engine fixed wing aircraft, a Private single engine helicopter pilot and a certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. She is currently working on her Masters of Public Health-Behavioral, Social and Community Health at Indiana University in Bloomington and will graduate in Spring, 2018.
Naomi's relationship with Ginger Garner as a coworker, mentee, and friend has inspired her to pursue public health as an accompaniment to her desired career. Another catalyst is her husband, a Marine who received medical care at the USMC's Wounded Warrior Battalion East on Camp Lejeune, NC. Their collective experience with and among wounded, ill and injured service members has fueled her drive for healthcare education and patient advocacy.
Naomi is passionate about serving others, Marine Corps and Veteran healthcare, women's health, women in aviation, cupcakes, and Oxford commas. She and her husband, Aaron, would like to become missionaries overseas, using aviation to bring better healthcare to hard-to-reach communities. In her free time, she enjoys flying and rock climbing.
Naomi began her role as administrative assistant in Professional Yoga Therapy Institute in 2014. She became PYTI's Administrative Manager in 2016 and is now working toward a primary role at PYTI in public health service.
Kate Kemp, RN, BSN
Public Health & Outreach Coordinator
Kate is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with her BS in nursing. An experienced caregiver, Kate is a mother of two and Registered Nurse that promotes wellness through access to clean food and holistic healthcare, to include practices such as yoga.
Kate considers her greatest legacy to be her role as a mother, and as a result, she is a strong advocate for compassionate care and the inclusion of spirituality and faith in health and healthcare. A lifelong learner, Kate values truth, authenticity, and kindness. She always seeks to translate her belief into action and deed, which is one of the many reasons she practices and advocates for yoga in pursuit of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
Kate’s passion is for women, especially new mothers. Women weave and maintain the fabric of family, and her personal experience as a wife of a United States Marine who deployed several times during his ten years on active duty reflects that wisdom. Kate passionately advocates for natural childbirth and breastfeeding, and constantly looks for ways to empower mothers toward trusting in their body and its capability.
Kate’s original clinical background is in inpatient oncology and postoperative surgical and medical nursing, which initiated her pursuit of a more preventative approach to health. This led her to public health, diabetes self-management education, and later occupational health nursing. She continues to seek out evidence-based holistic modalities that encourage people to explore their own path of wellness. Kate joined the PYTI faculty in 2016 as its new Public Health & Outreach Coordinator.
Kate lives with her husband and family in Cary, NC.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, Bachelor of Science, 2005
RN- Registered Nurse
Christine Walker, PT, DPT, PES, PYT
Scholarship Committee Chair
Ann Marie (Annie) Dundas, MS, OTR/L, PYT
Ann Marie graduated from Richard Stockton University 2006 with a BS in Biology, a BA in Psychology, and her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Ann Marie has practiced as an OT in a variety of settings in NJ, DE, and NC focusing on the areas of neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation.
Through college she developed a personal interest in yoga, not initially realizing how beautifully it blended with her chosen profession. In 2008 Ann Marie completed a 200hr yoga teacher training in Sivananda Yoga, and became a disciple of her beloved Guruji, Reverend Jaganath Carrera. Ann Marie is always searching for ways to blend her professional and personal passion for wellness by constructing programs, which utilize standard and complimentary therapy practices. She has worked with hospitals in NJ to implement protocols for yoga and relaxation groups with inpatient and long-term care patients and has provided members the James F. Gorman Amputee Support Group with instruction for seated and adapted yoga techniques for independent study. Ann Marie is currently the anatomy and physiology teacher for the Yoga Life Society’s teacher training program. She is also working toward graduation as a Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT) through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute.
Ann Marie now resides with her husband, daughter and dog in the picturesque town of Corvallis OR. They enjoy using their time together exploring their new home state, hiking, enjoying music, eating fun food and waterfall hunting.
Meghan Sueltenfuss, MSPT, PT, PYT-c
Meghan graduated from Boston University with her B.S in Health Sciences and her M.S. in Physical Therapy. She has practiced as a licensed Physical Therapist since 2005, working in private practice, hospital-based orthopedic rehabilitation and acute-care inpatient services.
She has continued to further her education in a variety of treatment approaches including Women’s Health, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Maitland approach, Mulligan mobilization, Applied Functional Science, Ontago Balance Program, pain science, myofascial release, and biomechanics. Meghan is a Stott Pilates® Trained Instructor and Certified Yoga Teacher.
In 2014, Meghan completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. She also serves on the faculty of Twist Yoga's 200 hour teacher training program as the Anatomy Instructor.
Through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, Meghan gained the confidence to incorporate the wisdom of yoga into traditional physical therapy practice. She is in the process of establishing a mind-body wellness centre to bridge the gap between medicine and health.
Meghan lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she can enjoy year-round hiking with her husband, son, and three dogs.
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Kate graduated from the University of Toledo (Ohio) in Marketing, Communications and Graphic Design. She is currently working to complete her Masters of Business Administration at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.
Kate began her career as a graphic artist for a leading Northwest Ohio advertising firm. As her skills grew, she pursued her own freelance business in addition to working as a college instructor in the field of visual marketing principles. In addition to her professional work, Kate has served on numerous boards, donated countless hours to facilitating personal and professional growth conversations, and been an advocate for education and families. In 2011 she merged her passion for philanthropy and her background in communications by taking on marketing and communications for a national non-profit organization, eventually becoming the organization’s Assistant Executive Director. As a nonprofit leader, Kate has led staff and board development initiatives, coordinated hundreds of volunteers (locally and in a multi-state environment), and been responsible for building membership, communication and change management growth strategies for various organizations. Today Kate continues to bridge her passion for philanthropy with her background in communications through Kate Fineske Communications Consulting.
On a personal note, Kate is a wife and the mother of three school-aged children. When she’s not studying, working, or volunteering; she enjoys traveling, playing the piano and biking with her family.