Core Physical Therapy

Our Mission is to provide the highest quality Physical Therapy Care in a professional, supportive and friendly environment.

We provide one on one care with the same therapist each visit to maintain continuity of care.

All treatments are developed specifically for the individual patient.

We provide flexible scheduling options, including evenings.

Evaluations are usually scheduled within 48 hours.


Brian Tantilla DPT

Dr Tantilla received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in 2004  with an emphasis on Manual Therapy. He also has a BA in Physical Education from California State University, Chico.

He has continued his professional development by attending numerous continuing education conferences and seminars. These include spinal manipulation, TMJ disorders, Master Clinician’s shoulder course, Rehabilitation of hip and knee replacements, Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation, Hesch evaluation and treatment of Lumbopelvic dysfunctions, FMT Rocktape among others. He has a special interest in treating both post-operative and non-operative orthopedic diagnoses.

Dr. Tantilla joined Core Physical Therapy in 2013 and became a partner in 2015. He also believes in giving back to the community; he has volunteered his time giving seminars throughout the Leland area on injury prevention.

Sarah Ihnat DPT

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Ihnat was born and raised in Wilson. She moved to Wilmington in 2010 after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Ihnat has a wide range of therapeutic experience including both inpatient and outpatient settings and particularly enjoys helping her patients reach their rehabilitative goals. She began working at Core in 2011.  When not in the office, you can find Dr. Ihnat with her husband, her two children and labrador, Tucker.


Amy Tantilla, PTA

Amy is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant with 16 years of experience. Amy graduated from Fayetteville Technical Community College  in 1999 and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Amy has practiced  in a variety of  settings with a focus in out-patient orthopedic physical therapy.
 Amy enjoys family time with her husband and two children and visiting her extended family in coastal NC and Tennessee.

JoAnne Schiavone

JoAnne is our front office associate at Core Physical Therapy. She keeps us on an even keel and pointed in the right direction. She relocated to Holden Beach from Hudson Valley, NY in 2014 when her husband retired. She has worked on the administrative side of Physical Therapy clinics for 15 years. She is here to assist you with all your scheduling and insurance needs and in any other way she can. In her spare time JoAnne enjoys boating, entertaining, exploring North Carolina and playing pickleball. She loves returning to the tri-state area to visit her children, grandchildren and extended family.