Stephen L Bright Jr.

Stephen L Bright Jr., LAT, ATC, Cert. MDT, Co-Owner

Education :

  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, BA Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine, 1996

Certifications & Licenses :

  • National Athletic Trainers Association, Certification #089702458
  • North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners, License # 0058
  • Credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the International McKenzie Institute, November 2010

Professional Background:

I began working as an athletic trainer in a small physical therapy clinic in Lumberton, NC, which was operated by Southeastern Regional Medical Center. We were primarily a sports medicine practice specializing in the treatment of athletic injuries but also served the community as the primary orthopedic outpatient clinic. The experience that I gained while assisting the physical therapy staff and performing the athletic training duties at Lumberton Senior High School was highly instrumental in my professional development. It was during this time that I not only worked with some excellent therapists whose impact on my career cannot be overstated, but I also met my lovely wife, Melanie.   In January 2000, I began what would be an eleven-year career as an athletic trainer and director of sports medicine for Carolina Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Specialists here in Wilmington, NC. Under the guidance of Dr. David Esposito and Dr. Douglas Messina, I gained valuable clinical and diagnostic skills. In 2003, with my friend and colleague Kevin Jones, PT, we opened Carolina Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, allowing us to provide first-rate physical therapy and sports medicine services for our patients. With a strong emphasis on supporting regional high school athletics and providing the best sports medicine care possible, Carolina Sports Medicine grew in recognition as the preeminent sports medicine team in southeastern North Carolina. I was again fortunate to not only work with excellent physicians but to also create lasting friendships with coaches and athletic trainers from across the region. I served as the athletic trainer for Pender High School from 2000-2003 and Wallace Rose-Hill High School from 2004-2013, winning back to back state football championships in 2009 and 2010 under the direction of head coach Joey Price.   In 2010 I became one of the first athletic trainers in the world to be credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy, “a philosophy of active patient involvement and education that is trusted and used by practitioners and patients all over the world for back, neck, and extremity problems.” In August of 2011, with my partners Jai and Doug, we opened Shoreline Physical Therapy Sport and Spine Specialists. My goal is to be the best clinician I can be, to assist the physical therapists in whatever way they need me, and to provide compassionate, challenging, dynamic, and fun therapeutic experiences for patients at Shoreline Physical Therapy.  

Personal Background :

My wife and I have three wonderful children. We enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling, recreational boating, and volunteering at church. I enjoy golf, a good game of No Limit Hold ‘em, and working out.