Physical Therapy

Justine Bernard, PT, DPT

justineDr. Justine Bernard received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons specializing in Neurological and Orthopedic Rehabilitation in 2003. She worked in acute rehabilitation, inpatient acute care, and outpatient rotations in both St Luke's Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, NY. After moving back to Washington DC, she began her own orthopedic and neurologic private practice out of a GYROTONIC® Studio in NW D.C. She incorporates her experiences as a professional dancer and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer into her treatments. In combining the GYROTONIC® system with her knowledge of physical therapy, people are able to transform their bodies from moving with restriction and unease to moving with freedom and joy. Justine teaches a course on GYROTONIC® Applications for Osteoporosis at Elements.

Ariele Foster, DPT

Dr. Ariele Foster is an orthopedic physical therapist and yoga teacher with a passion for optimal health. She has trained in myofascial release, functional movement and mobilization, and extensively in yoga therapeutics. Ariele also teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings.

Mary Ellen Hood, PT

Mary Ellen HoodWith over 20 years as a practicing Physical Therapist, Mary Ellen Hood has specialized in Manual Orthopedics, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Visceral Mobilization, neurological, sports & dance rehabilitation, back and neck care, headache, female pelvic pain, all varieties of acute and chronic pain, somato-emotional wellness, biomechanical alignment, postural disturbances, and more.

Over the past nine years in particular, Ms. Hood has developed an extensive and loyal following in the D.C. Region. Her clients appreciate the variety of techniques she brings to bear, and her personal and supportive approach to treating the total being. Ms. Hood received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, NY.

Rosalie Begun, PT

Rosalie_Headshot_compressedRosalie Begun has been practicing physical therapy in Washington, DC for over 20 years. She is owner of Begun Physical Therapy Center, LLC and treats patients with a variety of orthopedic and sports-medicine conditions. In addition, she has extensive experience treating dancers and performing artists....including the casts of touring Broadway shows. Rosalie is also a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and Yamuna® Body Rolling practitioner (a system of massaging, stretching and strengthening the body using special balls), and a pilates mat instructor. She incorporates these modalities in her treatment sessions and also offers private and group training sessions and workshops. Rosalie also has studied various methods of manual therapy and keeps her skills up to date through regular participation in continuing education courses. Prominent area physicians regularly send her patients with problems of unusual complexity. Rosalie believes in treating patients holistically and takes the time to provide the best care possible.

Melissa Hines, DPT

Melissa earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy DPT, PT from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2011, while Melissa attended school, she served as a clinical intern at Elements and is thrilled to be back! She is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and trained in Herman & Wallace Pelvic Floor 1 and 2 course work as well as John Barnes myofascial release. Prior to accepting her position at Elements, Melissa worked in a variety of PT settings including acute care and women's health. Melissa has a strong interest in holistic health, particularly in GYROTONIC® exercise, myofascial release, pelvic floor therapy, and breast cancer rehabilitation. She specializes in manual therapy, specifically myofascial release and pelvic floor/women's health physical therapy. She utilizes a whole body approach in the treatment of orthopedic conditions through her neuromuscular re-training and myofascial approach.

Monique Kramer, PT, DPT

Dr. Kramer has been practicing physical therapy for over 22 years with adults and children with neurological and developmental disabilities. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in communications and working as a copywriter for a scientific publisher in NYC, she made a decision to leave her desk job and pursue her interest in human movement and physical therapy. She attended Sargent College of Boston University, graduating with distinction in 1992 with an MS in physical therapy. Dr. Kramer has worked in a variety of settings including Hospital for Sick Children, Washington DC, Early Intervention in Fairfax VA, and home health. In 2013, she completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Kramer has advanced training in myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, kinesio taping, NDT, postural alignment, neurological rehabilitation, and aquatic therapy. Dr. Kramer and her daughter were clients for many years at Elements until she trained to become a certified GYROTONIC® instructor and join the Elements team to share her love of Gyrotonic® exercise and physical therapy. Over the years, Dr. Kramer has volunteered her physical therapy services at a hippotherapy stable (Lift Me Up, Great Falls, VA), therapeutic aquatic classes (Fairfax County Department of Recreation, VA), and at Don Jose de San Martin, a school for children with disabilities in Cusco Peru. Currently, she and her therapy dog, Buckley, bring companionship and love to seniors in nursing homes in Virginia. In her free time, Dr Kramer is a competitive adult ice dancer. She also enjoys taking classes in ballroom dancing, Zumba, and ballet, and traveling with her husband and two children.