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Our goal is to restore optimal core health to individuals and to help maintain physical health "beyond an episode of care."  We evaluate and treat each person on an individual basis, free of protocols and with consideration of how the body functions as a whole, not just a part. Our osteopathic approach allows us to get to the source of the problem and not only treat the symptoms. We have seen this in action and know it to be true. This is a place of healing and we are here to help. Here is what some of our patients have to say.

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Personal Bias

I know I may be a little biased because I’m married to the owner, but I believe Janine is a wonderful physical therapist. Not only has she kept me and our family healthy, but she has changed the world for so many by taking their pain away and restoring activities, exercise and intimacy. When Janine started dry needling, I was a little skeptical. But when I tore my hamstring and was on the golf course the next day after having my lower body balanced with dry needling, I was hooked.


Janine truly cares about the struggles and ailments that today’s women have. That is why she chose to open Healthy Core; to help individuals on a personal level and not have all the red tape and politics of the health care system where there is often no choice in seeing the best provider and the therapist is limited to treating one body part.


I can’t say enough about the motto “Healthy Women, Healthy Families.” Right here in our household when mama is happy, the family is happy. I promise Janine will work hard to help you with your pain and problem so you can enjoy life.


Brian Laughlin

Janine’s husband and practice manager


Words from our Satisfied Healthy Core Wellness Fans:


Pelvic Floor Rehab

They are so kind and helpful. My therapist, Regina Saxon, is truly a gem and has made me so comfortable through this process. I love how non-judgmental they are, and for only having gone a few times so far, I have already noticed a difference. I will continue going to this practice for all my pelvic floor needs!

Tiana from Stow, OH

I’m SO grateful that I went to Healthy Core! My urogynecologist referred me for overactive bladder. Joanna was an incredible therapist. She was extremely kind, thorough, and tentative making sure I was comfortable. She took time and genuinely cares enough to teach, not just do. I didn’t expect cupping or dry needling, but loved it! I went 5 times and noticed a drastic improvement. My frequency decreased so much that I finally feel normal again. It’s been a life saver! My insurance didn’t end up covering, but it was absolutely worth going anyways. I truly don’t believe I could‘ve received the same quality of care anywhere else. Your peace and body are worth it. I work in the medical field and meet women almost every day that could benefit from pelvic floor therapy. We should normalize it without embarrassment! Age and life happens. I’m in my thirties and childless, never thought I’d need it especially. Go see Joanna so you can live your life more comfortably too.

Stacey from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Help Throughout Pregnancy

I have been a patient here for several years. I saw Janine 4-5 times after the birth of my second son, and I cannot tell you what a miracle worker she is. All the “normal” stuff that happens after baby (like peeing when you sneeze) isn’t actually normal. I thought it was until my OB recommended I get Pelvic floor PT. The difference in recovery from my first (not PT) and second (w PT) was night and day. I am currently pregnant with my third and I have been seeing Janine throughout my pregnancy. I didn’t realize what a difference she could make even BEFORE the baby comes. I saw her this week and she relieved so much pelvic floor pressure, tightness in my hips and back, all my round ligament pain is gone and my back feels relief. I also was able to sleep through the night (minus bathroom breaks!) for the first time in months because my pain was gone.

If you’re in the fence take a sign to go see her. It’s worth it. Pain is not normal and you shouldn’t have to suffer through it. Janine and staff take such great care of every patient and their passion is truly helping people feel better and love pain free.

Chelsea from Hudson, OH

I was experiencing horrible lower back pain in my third trimester of pregnancy. Joanna Pavlak did dry needling for me and I have had significant improvement to the point that I no longer notice any pain whatsoever during daily activities. She also gave me exercises to reduce pelvic pressure which have helped as well. She is so professional and kind and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking help in these areas.

Ava from Grafton, OH

My OB referred me to Healthy Core for pelvic floor therapy during my second pregnancy. I was extremely nervous going in as I didn't know what to expect. I had my first session with Gina and left with pretty much no pain after spending weeks in excruciating pain. The stretches/exercises she gives me have helped tremendously, and then the work she does with dry needling, massage, and tape in our sessions sets me up for even greater recovery throughout the week. I have learned so much in the few sessions I've had and Gina is an absolute TREAT to visit. Everyone I've met at the office is just wonderful. I cannot recommend it enough, especially for pregnant people. It is important prep for delivery and I wish I had done it with my first pregnancy!

Erin from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Janine and the staff at Healthy Core Wellness are very friendly, professional and attentive to your needs. I worked with Janine during my pregnancy and she helped to reduce any pain and prepare me for delivery and postpartum. Janine is great at teaching and sharing information. I think working with her really helped to have an easy and uncomplicated delivery and have no major issues postpartum. I look forward to continue working with her. I highly recommend Healthy Core Wellness for pregnant moms even if you don't have any issues! I am glad I took my OB's recommendation as I feel it made pregnancy, delivery and life as a new mom easy!

Jessica from Macedonia, OH

I drive over an hour in order to see Janine on a regular basis. I had symphysis pubis dysfunction during my second pregnancy and afterward along with lower back issues. Janine is the only physical therapist that I have found who relieves my pain symptoms. She is thorough and makes sure that she is treating every area that needs to be treated. She includes instructions that will help me to be healthier for the rest of my life. During pregnancy, my symptoms became so severe that I could barely walk but Janine began to help me feel better from my very first visit with her. Without Janine I would be in regular pain which was affecting my ability to be a good mom and wife. She has literally saved my quality of life. She is incredibly knowledgeable and is wonderful at explaining everything that is going on with your body and how you can prevent pain and heal. You don't need to go anywhere else but Healthy Core no matter how far you need to drive.  

Beverly from Sandusky, OH

I started going to Healthy Core and Wellness during my third pregnancy. I was having some back pain and had diastasis recti with previous pregnancies. Janine was SO helpful! She helped me to strengthen my core and better understand my pelvic floor during my pregnancy, which greatly helped with my delivery and postpartum recovery. Her expertise, treatment, and personalized care made this third postpartum recovery journey my easiest yet. I am so grateful for her help! Janine and all of the staff are so kind and welcoming. If you are considering PT as part of your pregnancy/ postpartum care, don’t hesitate! Janine’s treatment made a world of difference!

Kate from Hudson, OH


Help After C-Section

Janine is an absolute saint and has been helping me on my unexpected c-section recovery journey. I really don’t know where I would be postpartum without her thorough knowledge and healing hands. I have zero pain and am just as strong and functional (if not more so!!) than I was pre-baby. I tell as many moms as I can about her, especially those who are recovering from a c-section. Thanks to her expert care, I felt strong enough to safely get back to working out much sooner than expected, which in turn, helped me lose the baby weight and helped my mental health a lot! As a bonus, I have learned so much about the human body, including the importance of your breath and how to regulate your nervous system - perfect skills for a new mom! Although I was bummed by my c-section, I feel truly blessed to have been connected to Healthy Core. I can say with certainty that Janine’s care has changed my life for the better. I am now able to show up as a healthy, happy mom who is able to keep up with her rambunctious little one! Healthy Core will be a part of my care team for the rest of my childbearing years!

Sariya from Hudson, OH

Help after Baby

Healthy Core specializes in women's care and offers visceral manipulation and needling to encourage the release of trigger points to correct muscle imbalances. I am surprised that it took only five visits to correct years of pain since childbirth. My back feels much stronger and stable and I enjoy the simple, quick exercises.

Jolynn from Chagrin Falls, OH


Healthy Core is different than other physical therapy clinics with specific training and enthusiasm for post-partum mothers. I truly appreciate the expert therapy, but also the practical suggestions, exercises and conversations that accompanied each session. Thank you, from one mom to another!

Kristin from Akron, OH


Surgery Prevention

I had scheduled surgery for pressure (stress) incontinence. A friend told me I MUST try Healthy Core. After one visit, I cancelled my surgery, and after three visits and doing the physical therapy (exercises) at home, I am 95% problem-free. I would recommend Healthy Core to all women having incontinence issues.

Carrie from Chagrin Falls, OH

Prior to coming to Healthy Core, I had no experience with physical therapy and didn't know what to expect. The staff at Healthy Core were friendly and explained everything. The office is extremely pleasant and gives physical therapy a spa-like feeling. I feel very relaxed and at ease with my treatments. I think every MOM should enjoy time here. I have recommended Healthy Core to several of my friends. When you feel like your only option is surgery (or there's no option at all), I tell my friends to visit Healthy Core before making any medical decisions. The atmosphere here is very relaxing and gives a "calmness" to conditions that can be frustrating. I don't feel like I've met a therapist, but a friend. Thank you Healthy Core!  

Kim from Stow, OH


Help After Surgery

I can't say enough about how important Healthy Core was to me as I think about post-operative treatment. The physical therapists at Healthy Core were immensely helpful in restoring my pelvic health, which was dramatically affected by prostate removal surgery. They helped reduce my discomfort, facilitate my return to exercise and helped me return to my normal routine. They are quite simply, the best kept secret in Summit County. Well done Healthy Core!

Brian from Kent, OH


Help For Adhesions/Scar Tissue

Janine and her team specialize in the treatment of the musculature and connective tissue that support the spine, pelvis and abdominal organs. For example, they can help a pregnant woman prepare her muscles for childbirth and help her correctly recover from childbirth especially if she's had an incision! Do you realize how much damage scar tissue can do inside of us after any kind of abdominal surgery? If you have had abdominal surgery, the physical therapists use special manipulations to loosen the tissue inside to avoid scar tissue from forming. Another reason to visit Healthy Core is to avoid surgery! (If only I had known about her place before my hysterectomy!!!) There are things that can be done to help women avoid prolapse/reconstructive repairs and the doctors are not sharing this news with their patients. If you suffer from endometriosis...they can help you! Not enough women know about this place and I am here to tell you that they have helped me recover from 2 abdominal surgeries within 1 year! In this day and age we automatically assume that surgery is the cure all...take it from one that knows...It does not always cure a problem - sometimes it can make a problem worse or cause a weakness. If you know of someone who is suffering, please visit their website and contact them for an appointment. I am just so pleased that I feel so much better with their continued support and help. I just felt the need to refer people to her that need help.

Peg from Medina, OH

Full Body Approach

Janine looked at the whole body and not just the hip. Exercises were explained and handouts were given that were very helpful. I can't say enough about how Janine helped me two years after my hip replacement surgery. I am now walking without limping. Mobility has increased and pain decreased. I am so grateful! Cathy, her office manager, is always terrific, greeting me with a smile. Cathy was able to answer questions over the phone regarding insurance and treatment prior to my first visit. Healthy Core has made such a difference in my well-being! 

Sandy from Twinsburg, OH

I believe I received physical therapy that actually works for me and that I could not find anywhere else. The exercises and techniques target problems that I didn't realize I had. The dry needling made me nervous at first, but now I have experienced benefits from it that I've not been able to find with any other treatment. I think all women should visit Healthy Core to have an assessment. Janine and her staff have created a comforting atmosphere where I can relax and know I'm doing something that's truly good for my total well-being.

Jolie from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Healthy to the Core

Janine makes you extremely comfortable. I felt like I could talk to her about anything (and I did). ! I honestly told her things I've never said to anyone else, which was important for my recovery.  

Dawn from Springfield, OH

Chronic Pain

Regina Saxon treated my acute / chronic AchilliesTendonitis with dry needing. She was very thorough in the initial interview and the dry needling. The dry needling worked very well! It has gotten me over the hump with my pain and inflammation, so I can resume my PT. Thanks so much!

Robert from Hudson, OH

Janine is very personable and helpful. I am so happy that I picked her on the list that the doctor gave me. I feel very relaxed and confident with her. If any of my friends need help, I would definitely recommend her. My pelvic floor has improved with no pain and also helps my back pain. I look forward to my appointments!

Mary Lou from Aurora, OH


Healthy Core addresses the pelvic floor issues and treats scar tissue, which works better to eliminate the cause. Cathy at the front desk is very personable and professional. Janine is highly attentive and skilled in her profession. This helped me in many areas, including posture and stretching, in addition to my pain and scar tissue causing bladder issues.

Deb from Solon, OH

This clinic offers pain treatment and exercise therapy. They understand the physiological differences between men and women. The treatment I received here improved chronic pain I've had for years in addition to addressing a recent injury. I've learned tools for maintenance and improvement going forward. Thank you very much!


Long-term Health & Wellness

Healthy Core addresses your core by strengthening it and gives you exercises to you can do at home to keep your core healthy. They thoroughly explain everything about your core and what exercises to do. Janine is extremely dedicated and I would highly recommend her; very compassionate and knowledgeable.

Carol from Aurora, OH

Less Clinical, Great Continuity of Care

The atmosphere here is more comfortable and relaxed - less clinical. You address specific female issues. You have separate rooms for each patient and I always see the same therapist, for the whole time. I've been to different PT and I liked them well enough. They did help me but nothing was private and I was always seeing different people. For all the above reasons, I would recommend that friends come to you. Thank you for all of your caring help! 

Ann from Akron, OH

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