Physical & Occupational Therapists

Our highly-trained rehabilitation team help patients restore lost mobility and reduce pain, both before and after surgery

 

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility - in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Similar to our PTs are our Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs), who work under the direction and supervision of our physical therapists. All PTAs complete an intensive education so that they can provide our patients with the same care and attention as our PTs during their follow-up visits.

 

Our devoted therapists specialize in an extensive range of conditions including post-surgical rehabilitation, arthritis and tendinitis. In addition to their work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, all of our therapists regularly attend continuing education seminars in the areas of orthopaedics, neurology, and sports medicine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Maude Bertovich, DPT

Maude Bertovich, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2012. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2015, after obtaining and practicing with her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University in 1998.

 

Maude specializes in treating all general orthopaedic conditions using manual therapy techniques, including conditions involving the spine, joint replacements, ACL reconstruction, shoulder repairs and instabilities, and sports injuries involving the knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle. Through her previous employment and education, Maude brings nearly 20 years of experience in orthopaedics and sports injuries. She specializes in manual therapy techniques, functional dry needling, therapeutic exercise, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, and posture education. Her goal is to teach patients how to independently manage their conditions, improve function and well-being.

 

In addition to her work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Maude loves staying active and enjoys hiking, biking, nature photography, and travel.

Elizabeth Dreyer, DPT

“Liz” Dreyer, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2013. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy before receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from VCU Medical College of Virginia in August 2008.

 

Liz specializes in treating all general orthopaedic conditions, including pain and injuries of the knee, hip, foot, shoulder, and spine, total knee surgery rehabilitation, and additional neuro diagnosis such as Parkinson's Disease. Through her previous employment and education, Liz brings over 25 years of experience working in orthopaedic, neurological, and geriatric rehabilitation.

 

In addition to her work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Liz is certified in therapeutic options and volunteers in providing respite care for children with special needs. She also teaches classes at her church for children and adults with special needs.

Molly Ferris, MS, OTR/L, CHT

Molly Ferris, Occupational Therapist (MS, OTR/L, CHT), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2018.  Molly earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1999.

 

Molly has extensive experience working with burn trauma patients, outpatient rehabilitation in orthopedic and hand surgery clinics, and elementary school-based therapy. She sees and evaluates patients who  have undergone hand surgery after trauma, including: tendon injuries, finger amputations, broken hand bones and nerve lacerations.

 

Molly was the sole hand therapist on the Johns Hopkins Transplant team where she was responsible for rehabilitating the first bilateral upper extremity arm transplant recipient at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a position that made her nationally recognized as a leading hand therapist. We are lucky to have her on our team as one of the best Certified Hand Therapists in Northern Virginia.

 

In addition to working at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Molly enjoys spending her free time with her husband traveling, hiking, paddle-boarding, and swimming.

Dianne Husick, MPT

Dianne Husick, Physical Therapist (MPT), rejoined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2012 after previously working with Arthritis & Sports for 5 years. Dianne received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

 

Dianne specializes in treating all general orthopaedic conditions specifically joint replacements, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, Achilles tendon repair, bicep tendon repair, shoulder instabilities, and sports injuries involving the knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle. Through her previous employment and education, Dianne brings over 16 years of experience in orthopaedics and sports injuries. She specializes in manual treatment techniques, including joint and soft tissue mobilizations, functional and neuromuscular education, therapeutic exercises, and patient education. Her goal is to help patients return to their pre-injury status, including activities of daily living, recreational and sports participation.

Susmita Koppella, PT

Susmita Koppella, Physical Therapist (PT), joined Arthritis and Sports in 2017. Susmita brings with her nearly 10 years of experience in physical therapy, completing her degree in Physical Therapy at the NTR University of Health Sciences.

 

Susmita specializes in working with patients diagnosed with general orthopedic conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Susmita is one of our many providers that has received advanced training in dry needling, a therapeutic technique that many patients benefit from.

Caroline Lee, MPT

Caroline Lee, Physical Therapist (MPT), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2007. Caroline received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Economics from Lafayette College in 1991 before obtaining her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 1994.

 

Caroline specializes in treating all orthopaedic conditions, specifically spine and pelvic problems and injuries, and sports injuries involving the knee, shoulder, hip, and ankle. Through her previous employment and education, Caroline brings over 16 years of experience in general orthopaedics, rehabilitation, and outpatient services.

 

In addition to her work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Caroline enjoys playing and coaching numerous sports. She is currently a coach for the Sterling Youth Soccer Association and Algonkian Tribe Lacrosse Club.

Vishakha Nabar, DPT

Vishakha Nabar, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis and Sports in 2017. Vishakha completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She then received her Post-Professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Touro College of Health Science in 2015.

 

Susmita specializes in working with patients diagnosed with general orthopedic conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Experienced in providing culturally competent care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs, Vishakha is skilled in providing adult, geriatric, and sports physical therapy services.

Ashley Norman, DPT

Ashley Norman, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2018. Ashley received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2015.

 

Ashley specializes in treating all general orthopaedic injuries, including sports-related injuries, ACL reconstruction, and rotator cuff repair.

 

In addition to working at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Roshan Patel, DPT

Roshan Patel, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis and Sports in 2016. Roshan completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and continued with his post-graduate education by attending Southwest Baptist University to complete a clinical doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.

 

Roshan specializes in working with patients diagnosed with general orthopaedic conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. He works with several post-surgical patients who have undergone surgeries, such as: total joint replacement (hip, knee, and shoulder), ACL/meniscal repair, rotator cuff repair, biceps tenodesis, Achilles tendon repair, ankle ORIF surgeries, laminectomy/discectomy, and cervical/lumbar fusion surgeries. Roshan specializes in using many treatment interventions, including the use of therapeutic modalities and exercise, neuromuscular education, and manual therapy techniques like joint mobilizations, soft tissue release, manual traction, and muscle energy techniques. Roshan is passionate and empathizes with his patient’s needs, focusing on improving their overall functional status.

 

In addition to his work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Roshan teaches a general fitness class at a senior center on a volunteer basis. In his spare time, Roshan enjoys hiking, swimming, and basketball.

Allison Shearer, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

Allison Shearer, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, joined the team at Arthritis and Sports in 2018. Allison received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Biology, with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 2009, and completed her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2011. She went on to earn the distinction of being a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2016.

 

As a CHT, Allison specializes in the orthopaedic treatment of the upper extremity and has a particular interest in treating musicians' injuries, having completed a post-graduate certificate program in Performing Arts Medicine at Shenandoah University in 2018. She has been featured as a speaker discussing upper extremity injury management for musicians at both regional and international conferences, and has contributed as an author to various professional publications including the fourth edition of Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Quick Reference Guide and Review, International Musician, and the ASHT Times.

  

In addition to her work at Arthritis and Sports, Allison enjoys running, reading, and playing her flute.

Kevin Teng, DPT

Kevin Teng, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis and Sports in 2019. Kevin completed his undergraduate studies in Exercise Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and completed his Physical Therapy clinical doctorate degree from George Washington University. 


Kevin specializes in working with patients diagnosed with general orthopedic conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Kevin focuses on manual therapy techniques and specific exercise prescription for pain relief and restoration of function.  


In addition to his work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Kevin volunteers at James E. Duckworth School for Special Students to help disabled children meet their daily exercise needs. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys powerlifting, basketball, and playing with his dog.

Vinaya Vemulapalli, DPT

Vinaya Vemulapalli, Physical Therapist (DPT), joined Arthritis and Sports in 2018. Vinaya completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy at NTR University of Health Sciences before obtaining her Post-Professional Master’s in Physical Therapy at Loma Linda University. She then received her Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2013.

 

Vinaya specializes in working with patients diagnosed with general orthopedic conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, spine, hip, knee, and ankle. Vinaya brings over a decade of experience serving a wide variety of patient populations in orthopaedic, home health, geriatrics, sports injuries, and post-surgical conditions.

Christy Wilson, DPT

Christy Wilson, Physical Therapist (DPT) joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2013. Christy graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy in May 2002. She then continued to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in May 2009.

 

Christy specializes in treating all general orthopaedic conditions, specifically shoulder, knee and ankle pain, problems, and injuries, as well as sports-related injuries. Christy focuses on manual treatment techniques and working with young athletes. Through her previous employment and education, Christy brings experience working with manual techniques, joint mobilizations, deep tissue massage, and treatment plans for orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses.

Courtney Youst, DPT, OCS

Courtney Youst, Physical Therapist (DPT) and Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2010. Courtney graduated Magna Cum Laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy in May 2006. She then continued to receive her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in May 2007 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Temple University in December 2010. Courtney obtained her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification in June 2013.

 

Courtney specializes in treating all general orthopaedic conditions, specifically, shoulder, knee and ankle pain, problems, and injuries, as well as sports-related injuries. Courtney focuses in manual treatment techniques and working with young athletes. Through her previous employment and education, Courtney brings experience working with manual techniques, joint mobilizations, deep tissue massage, Muscle Energy Techniques, and treatment plans for orthopaedic and neurological diagnoses. Courtney also specializes in a unique type of Physical Therapy called Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) which focuses on whole body relationships and gently releases pressure to the nerves and arteries.

 

In addition to her work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Courtney volunteers at South Lakes High School, working with their Athletic Trainer. She continues to dedicate her time to working with local personal trainers who focus on osteoporosis care and prevention.

Jillian Barr, PTA

"Jill" Barr, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2018. Jill received her Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Mountwest Community and Technical College in 2017.

 

Jill specializes in treating all general orthopaedic injuries, including sports-related injuries, ACL reconstruction, and rotator cuff repair.

In addition to working at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Jill enjoys staying active and travelling, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Aischa Bautista, PTA

Aischa Bautista, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2007. She received an Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Northern Virginia Community College in 1996.

 

Aischa specializes in treating all general orthopaedic injuries. Through her previous employment and education, she brings experience with therapeutic modalities, including manual techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, myofascial release, trigger point release, and active/passive range of motion.

 

In addition to her work at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Aischa enjoys staying active, running, and traveling.

Danyelle McDaniel, PTA

​Danyelle McDaniel, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2019. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Sports Medicine from Radford University, Danyelle went on to attend Northern Virginia Community College, where she received her Physical Therapy Assistant degree.

 

Danyelle specializes in working with general orthopaedic injuries, including total joint replacements. She is also certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson's patients. 

 

In addition to working at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Danyelle enjoys watching movies and engaging in outdoor activities.

Megan McDaniel, PTA

Megan McDaniel, Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA), joined Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy in 2016. Megan received her Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapy Assistant from Northern Virginia Community College in 2016.

 

Megan specializes in treating all general orthopaedic injuries, including sports-related injuries, ACL reconstruction, and rotator cuff repair.

 

In addition to working at Arthritis & Sports Physical Therapy, Megan enjoys exercising and staying active.

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