Headshot ZKLThanks for visiting my website!  I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy from North Carolina. I earned my DPT from East Carolina University and Certification in Dry Needling from the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy.  I began my physical therapy career after working as a Strength & Conditioning coach at both the high school and collegiate levels.  Physical therapy offered a more challenging and rewarding experience to me and I was drawn towards a career more focused on improving the quality of people’s lives.


  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, East Carolina University, 2013

  • B.A. with Highest Honors in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010


  • Director of Physical Therapy at Carolina Sports Clinic, 2015-Present

  • CrossFit Kaiju, 2014-Present

  • The Physical Therapy Center, 2013-2015

  • TheBarbellPhysio.com, 2012-Present

  • Duke Sports Physical Therapy, 2013

  • UNC Chapel Hill Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007

  • Providence High School Football Strength & Conditioning, 2006-2007


  • AAMT Certified Dry Needling

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • American Physical Therapy Association Sports Section


  • Long, Z. Dissecting the Squat. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.

  • Long, Z. & Iskat, J. Analyzing the Handstand Position. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.

  • Long, Z. The Hip and Athletic Performance. The CrossFit Journal, 2015.

  • Long, Z. & Casto, B. The Optimal Shoulder. The CrossFit Journal, 2014.

  • Long, Z. The Full Snatch. The CrossFit Journal, 2014.

  • “The Effects of Ankle Mobilizations on Hip Strength”. 2014 APTA Combined Sections Meeting and 2013 ECU Research and Creative Achievement Week.

  • “A Case Study on the Effects of Increased Dorsiflexion on Knee and Hip Function. Fall 2012 North Carolina Physical Therapy Association Conference.

  • Long, Z. A Comparison of Heart Rate Variability and Coherence Between Breast Cancer Survivors and Healthy Controls. 2010 UNC Undergraduate Research.

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