- 1999: Masters in Physical Therapy- University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (MPT)
- 2007: Doctorate in Physical Therapy- University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (DPT)
- 2007: Manual Therapy Certification- University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (MTC)
- 2006: Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS)
- Recertified in 2016
- 2009: Board Certified Specialist in Women’s Health Physical Therapy (WCS)
- Recertified in 2017
I understand because I’ve been there. I’ve been an athlete since I was a kid, cross country running, swimming, track, cross country skiing. After some hip pain related to marathon training, I had hip FAI surgery in 2009 (back before it was “the” surgery to have like Lady Gaga & A-Rod.) I still had intermittent pain with running and skiing for about nine years. During that time I had two beautiful babies that taught me more about the body and pregnancy/post-partum than any education course ever could.
Dealing with returning to activity in the context of hip pain, diastasis recti and stress incontinence, I made a turn towards strength training and CrossFit in 2016 while continuing running and yoga. The combination of movement, strengthening and my own clinical knowledge has helped me to better understand how to address issues that moms are learning are common but not normal, including continence and pelvic pain issues.
Working with my children with nighttime wetting (nocturnal eneuresis) has shed a new light on the plight of the parent trying to help their child when it seems like everyone else says they’ll grow out of it and they just aren’t.
I don’t treat in a vacuum. My clinical background came in orthopaedics and pain science combined with pelvic floor physical therapy. I look at a problem from all sides, considering all of the contributing factors and together we will devise a plan to address the issue based on sound clinical reasoning and evidence. In many cases, my clientele have seen multiple physicians, therapists and health professionals without a change in symptoms. My philosophy is to say yes to activity as much as possible via scaled movement, graded exposure and gradual, thoughtful progression.
I want to hear your story. The average health professional interrupts the patient within the first 18 seconds of seeing a patient and determines what they think is wrong. Most of the time my patients can tell me what’s going on, whether they realize it or not. Active participation in your own care is the key to success whether it’s persistent pain, transitioning back into exercise or trying to get your child dry through the night. We are a team and hearing your story and what you think is important.
I am committed to excellence and am a leader in my profession. I have been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1996, starting as a practitioner in 1999. I am double board certified in Orthopaedics and Women’s Health, having also served on the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an Item Writer and am a member of the 1st Inaugural Class for the Women’s Health Board Certification Exam.
I founded and was primary mentor for the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC from 2011-2017 and also served on the Credentialing Committee for the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. I have served on the Board of Directors for the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association since 2014 and currently serve as President. I am also currently a member of the Media Core for the American Physical Therapy Association. I am adjunct faculty at Marymount University in the Department of Physical Therapy and served for five years on the Clinical Faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
This is my community. I moved to the DC area a few months before 9/11 and thought I would stay a short time. I’ve called Arlington home since 2002. My husband and I are proud to raise our children here and I am honored and privileged to contribute expert care to the women and children in our community.