Meet Our Staff

Robert Erkstam


Robert and his wife Lou are co-owners of Self Care Therapy, Inc.  Robert and Lou have eight children (yes we are blessed).  Robert is a native of Sweden, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998. In 2000 Robert and Lou moved to Wilmington, NC where they now live and work. Robert has worked in a variety of settings including Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Habilitation, Short term rehabilitation at nursing facilities, and Homehealth. Robert and Lou started up Self Care Therapy Inc. after seeing a growing need for Occupational therapy and Lymphedema therapy services. Robert became Certified in Lymphedema Therapy in 2004 and has enjoyed using this method to help patients with chronic swelling. Robert is LANA certified and trained in Life Coaching.

Connie Ammann


A Licenced Occupational Therapist and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She works fulltime for Self Care Therapy Inc. providing excellent therapy services. Connie graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998 from Baker College in Flint, MI, and became Certified in Lymphedema Therapy in August of 2009. She has worked in various areas of rehabilitation including Skilled Nursing, Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Homehealth.  She enjoys working with her patients and their families in order to increase independence and return them to their previous life roles.  Her biggest priority and joy is her two boys and husband.

David Wilson


A Licenced Occupational Therapy assistant since 2008. Graduated at Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington NC. He received training in Lymphedema therapy with the Vodder School in 2010 and became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in April 2011. In a previous career, he achieved a bachelor’s degree in Geography at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. He loves to see his patients improve and achieve independence. David is a native of coastal NC. When he is not working he enjoys his wife, son, and the ocean waves.

Dawn Mack


Board certified and licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, graduated from Cape Fear Community College, NC in 2015. She began her COTA career working in a clinic specializing in hand therapy. She enjoys getting to know her patients and finding ways to help them accomplish their goals. When not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her children and husband.

Lisa Harbison (Smelik)

Physical Therapist

Board-certified and licensed Physical Therapist, graduated from East Carolina University – Greenville, NC in 1995.  With over 25 years of experience, she has a passion for helping people get results and achieve their goals. She has worked the majority of her career with the senior population. This has resulted in specialized skills in working with challenging chronic conditions. When not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her children and husband.

Lou Erkstam, Office Manager

Co-owner of Self Care Therapy together with her husband Robert. She handles billing and bookkeeping. Lou grew up in Rose Hill, North Carolina and lives in Wilmington. When she is not in the office, she takes care of their eight children.

Sophia Erickson, Front Office Manager

Sophia handles the busy front office full time. She wears many hats including receptionist, marketing, billing, coordinating with other providers, student volunteer coordinator, and much more. Sophia moved from Hancock, Michigan to Wilmington in 2020 and enjoys the warm weather and the ocean.

Open Position, Sales/Marketing

We are looking for someone to make sure that we spread the word about how we can help to improve the lives of our clients.  Apx 10 hrs / week.

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Who can refer patients to our therapy center:

Physician | Oncologist | Vascular Surgeon | Case Manager | Nurse & Physician's Assistant | Podiatrist