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Physical Therapy


Our Physical Therapists


Meet our physical therapists:

Michelle Black, MSPT
Michelle graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She has practiced in a variety of clinic settings but specifically orthopedics and sports medicine since 1998. She has continued to expand her knowledge through yearly, continuing education courses and/or conferences and is also pursuing a certification in Pilates geared toward the rehabilitation population.   

She currently treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions but takes a special interest in the treatment of shoulder, knee and ankle. Her treatment approach includes the incorporation of varied manual techniques, exercises and functional training in order to accomplish rehabilitation goals of return to sport and/or activity. She also emphasizes patient education to ensure: understanding of their condition, intervention rationale and injury prevention.

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Amy W. Engelsman, MS, PT, SCS
Amy graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in 1986 and from Duke University in 1988 with a Masters in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic and sports settings since graduation, treating professional, high school, collegiate, and recreational athletes. She is Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Amy’s areas of specialty include treatment of shoulder, knee, foot and ankle injuries. Her treatment philosophy emphasizes the use of manual therapy, exercise, and posture re-education.

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Madeline Fetzko, OTRL/ Hand Therapist
Madeline has been a licensed Occupational Therapist since 1981. She graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with a BS in OT. Madeline has worked upstate NY for twenty four years before relocating to Maryland in 2006.

Her previous experience includes burn and trauma patients, work hardening and pediatrics. She has been doing hand therapy throughout these twenty nine years of work experience.

Madeline also volunteers in Haiti doing medical mission and humanitarian work.

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Kimberly Gray, PT, DPT
Kim graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Psychology. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from George Washington University. Kim has worked in multiple settings, including outpatient orthopedic, pediatric, and hospital-based PT clinics. Kim enjoys working with patients of all ages that are recovering from orthopedic and sports-related injuries.

Kim’s treatment approach includes a combination of functional exercise and manual techniques that allow patients to improve their mobility and function, reduce pain, and return to their daily and athletic activities. Kim also provides strategies and techniques for maintenance and prevention of re-injury.

Kim enjoys running recreationally, and has completed several half-marathons and one full marathon. An Indiana native, Kim loves watching Hoosier basketball, Colts football, being outdoors, and travelling with friends and family.

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Julie Ann Hibner, DPT
Julie Hibner graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedic and sports settings since graduation.

Her interest in sports medicine started when she worked with high school athletes helping to treat and prevent injuries, and was solidified while playing Division 1 softball for the University at Buffalo softball team.

Julie treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions and enjoys continuing her education by attending courses and conferences.

Her philosophy includes a treatment that is designed specifically for you based on your unique situation, needs and goals. Her aim is to restore your highest level of function and get you back to living a full and active life. When you are ready for discharge, you will be given a personalized home exercise program to help you stay healthy, further enhance your rehabilitation outcome, and prevent the possibility of future re-injury.

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Brian Hodge, MS, PT
Brian graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS degree in exercise science. While at Virginia Tech, he worked with the athletic teams to gain his first experience in rehab and sports medicine. Brian continued his education at Marymount University where he obtained a Masters in Physical Therapy. Since finishing his graduate work in 1999, he has worked in orthopaedics and sports medicine facilities in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Brian joined our practice in April of 2005.

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Holly Kreisle, MS PT
Holly graduated with a BA from Emory University, where she competed on the varsity basketball team and began her sports medicine career gaining invaluable experience working in the varsity athletic training room. She proceeded to earn her Master’s in Physical Therapy in June 2000 from Nova Southeastern University.

Holly has worked in orthopedics and sports medicine since graduation, and has treated a diverse population of orthopedic clients in Chicago, Maryland and Washington DC. Her continuing professional education includes coursework in strength and conditioning, shoulder, knee and SI joint dysfunction, joint mobilization, joint reconstruction, Mulligan techniques, and APPI pilates training.

During client sessions Holly incorporates manual therapy, exercise, and postural training in order to develop a maintenance program tailored to the needs of each individual client. Holly believes that rehabilitation through manual therapy, strength and stabilization most often leads to recovery and improved function. She also feels that strength and conditioning programs can be useful in preventing re-injury in the future.

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Marwan Kublawi, MSPT, COMT
Marwan Kublawi, MSPT, COMT, FAAOMPT received his physical therapy degree from Marymount University in 1999.  He completed the Kaiser Hayward Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2007 and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT) in 2008. Since 2003, Marwan has been an adjunct faculty member at Marymount University’s physical therapy program and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Science degree (ScD) in orthopedics from Texas Tech University.

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Eric Liu, PT, DPT, OMPT
Eric graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University in 2013. He is also a certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (OMPT) by Jim Meadows and the Institute of Manual Physiotherapy and Clinical Training (IMPACT). He specialized in techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, muscle energy, joint manipulation and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). Eric treats all orthopedic conditions but has an interest in the spine, shoulder, sacroiliac joint, and any patient trying to avoid surgery.

Eric educates his patients about the nature of their injuries and how best to manage their conditions. He believes in the use of a patient specific home exercise programs to promote independence and manage pain and dysfunction. By retraining movement patterns and maintaining a strong core, patients can protect their joints and live healthier, more active lifestyles.

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Kevin McGuinness PT, DPT, CSCS
Kevin graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiological Science and received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from George Washington University in 2013. He has also been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Condition Association since 2012.

Kevin has worked with a variety of patient populations, ranging from high school, collegiate, and professional athletes to patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. He uses a combination of manual therapy, functional exercise, and patient education to empower his patients, giving them the tools to take ownership of their own recovery and health.

Kevin treats all orthopedic conditions but especially enjoys working with athletes, runners, and weekend warriors of all ages and abilities.

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Brooke Merriwether, MSPT
Brooke graduated cum laude from Howard University in 1999 with a Bachelor's in Health Science and in 2001 with a Master's in Physical Therapy. She has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine since graduation. Brooke treats a large variety of injuries including chronic shoulder and spine conditions as well as joint replacements.

She educates her patients about their injuries and how to appropriately address them. Her philosophy of treatment emphasizes the use the manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to prevent future re-injury.

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J.C. Metivier, PT, DPT, COMT
J.C. graduated from the University of Maryland with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. He has focused his practice on orthopedics and sports medicine since graduation. J.C. is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through The Institute of Manual Physiotherapy and Clinical Training (IMPACT). This program is instructed by internationally renowned manual physical therapist Jim Meadows. J.C. has an interest in treatment of the spine and uses muscle energy technique, joint mobilization and spinal manipulation when appropriate.

J.C. is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) orthopaedic section.

J.C. believes in working with the patient to facilitate independence with a comprehensive home exercise program to allow patients to take control of their pain.

J.C. is a former college lacrosse player and still plays in the Baltimore/Washington area. He also enjoys cycling and skiing/snowboarding.

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Beth Anne Elliott O'Donoghue, MPT
Beth Anne received her Masters of Physical Therapy from Emory University in 1995. She has been practicing orthopedic physical therapy in the Washington, DC area since. She has continued her education though conferences, course work, group study and volunteering on the medical team for several local athletic events.

Beth Anne treats all general orthopedic conditions and has interest in shoulder, knee and ankle dysfunction. She has a treatment approach that includes: Evaluation, manual (hands on) work, exercise and functional training to return to sports or activities. She emphasizes home program development and self care techniques as an adjunct to Physical Therapy. She uses many types of Manual Physical Therapy techniques to develop each patient’s program including: Maitland, Strain Counter Strain, Muscle Energy, Principles of Manual Medicine and Paris Techniques.

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Alan Ryder, PTA
Alan earned a B.S. in Physical Education and Exercise Science from The State University of New York College at Cortland in 1989. He then earned an A.S. in Physical Therapist Assistant from Cerritos College in Los Angeles, CA in 1992. Since then, he has taken many courses in manual therapy for the upper and lower extremities, and the spine, as well as courses in lower quarter biomechanics, plaster casting for orthotics and Running Medicine.

Alan is an orthotic specialist and uses both plaster and 3D cameras for foot casting. For many years, he has fabricated different types of orthotics such as low profile sport specific, and "dress shoe" as well as accommodative devices for the geriatric population. He also fabricates braces for conditions such as severe Posterior Tibialis Tendon Dysfunction.

Alan also has a keen interest in adult physical fitness, particularly as part of the rehabilitative program for patients following orthopedic surgeries such as total joint replacement, rotator cuff repairs and various lower extremity injuries. He incorporates weight bearing forms of functional exercises such as balance training, core stabilization and maximizing cardio-vascular endurance when appropriate.

Alan holds a patent for a mechanical device called "The Dorsiglider", which he designed to rehabilitate his own ankle following surgery. The device helps patients maximize ankle dorsiflexion by mobilizing the Tibia-Talus joint.

Outside of work, Alan is an avid runner and triathlete.

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Andrew Singer, DPT MHS
Andrew graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health with an MHS in Epidemiology, and University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Physical Therapy with a DPT. Andrew is a former college lacrosse player who still enjoys being active and trying to keep up with his wife and 3 boys. Prior to joining WOSM, Andrew worked in outpatient clinics for NRH and Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland where he gained a wealth of experience working with patient populations to maintain active lifestyles despite a variety of complex orthopedic and neurological deficits. Andrew is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He enjoys working with High School and College age athletes helping them return to respective fields of play. In addition, Andrew enjoys working with patients of all ages recovering from injuries trying to avoid surgery or post-operation recovery to gain the range of motion, strength and balance needed to maintain active, productive independent lifestyles.

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Sarah Wilson, MSOTR/L, CHT
Sarah Wilson has worked at Washington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine since 2007, and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of injuries and disorders of the upper extremity. Sarah earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2001 from Misericordia University, and is currently working on her PhD at Nova Southeastern University. Sarah became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) in 2005, and a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2008. The designation Certified Hand Therapist is awarded by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission only after passing the hand certification exam. There are currently only 5,823 Certified Hand Therapists worldwide. Sarah also currently serves on a board for the American Hand Therapy Association.

Sarah has a passion for education and research, and currently teaches a continuing education course on splinting for Pinnacle Professional Education. Sarah also recently taught a continuing education course on the use of occupation in hand therapy at Nova Southeastern University. Sarah’s research interest is upper extremity rehabilitation, and she is currently planning research in this area.

Sarah believes that occupational therapy for the upper extremity should be science-driven and evidence-based. In her practice, Sarah focuses on learning the participation needs of the client -what he or she wants to do in daily life and from which he or she derives fulfillment and meaning- and structures her treatment plan to emphasize the performance of these desired activities. Sarah uses manual therapy, joint mobilizations, splinting, modalities, exercise, therapeutic activities, patient education, and neuro re-education to meet the specific needs of each patient. She also uses outcome measures and discusses patient progress at each visit to ensure that all treatment is effective.

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To make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, please call

Chevy Chase Location  301-951-8593
Sibley Location 202-787-5620
K street Location 202-540-5999

 

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