Jean Masse is the co-owner of Advance Physical Therapy in Chapel Hill – a practice that specializes in scoliosis, spine deformity and Postural Restoration. Jean received her BS degree in Physical Therapy from SUNY Stony Brook in 1991, then a Masters Degree in a dual program of Human Movement Science and Athletic Training from UNC Chapel Hill in 1996.
Jean is a nationally recognized Orthopaedic Certified Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association since 1999.
To gain greater understanding about why some patients struggle with persistent pain, Jean returned to UNC Chapel Hill in 2008 where she earned a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy, focusing in chronic pain management. This led directly to an opportunity to serve as adjunct faculty at UNC Chapel Hill in the Physical Therapy Department, in addition to her ongoing work with patients at Advance Physical Therapy. Jean continues to be a regular speaker at UNC Chapel Hill Department of Physical Therapy on the subject of scoliosis and chronic pain.
During this time, the world of Postural Restoration unfolded as a powerful resource and remedy for both spine deformity and chronic pain. Jean completed many years of training to attain her Postural Restoration Certification (PRC) in December of 2013.
Also in 2013, Jean combined the tri-planar Postural Restoration approach with a complimentary, Schroth-based approach to specifically address the tri-planar condition of scoliosis. Jean obtained advanced (C1 and C2) certification in Schroth-based scoliosis rehabilitation as taught by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS).
Jean is a contributing author for the chapter “Postural Restoration: A Tri-Planar Asymmetrical Framework for Understanding, Assessing, and Treating Scoliosis and Other Spinal Dysfunctions” in the book Innovations in Spinal Deformities and Postural Disorders, published in 2017. (link to free chapter download:
She is a founding member and instructor of the STRATER Scoliosis Institute, and co-creator of the Level One STRATER continuing education course: A 3-Dimensional Approach for the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis.
Jean Masse blends her passion for education, human movement and function with patience, knowledge and consideration of each patient as an individual.