Justine Bernard, PT, DPT

Justine Bernard, PT, DPT 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 several major New York City hospitals. After moving back to Washington DC, she started Elements Fitness and Wellness Center, her own orthopedic and neurologic private practice and GYROTONIC® exercise center in Glover Park. 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.

In addition to Physical Therapy and private GYROTONIC® exercise instruction, she is a Master Trainer who teaches a teacher training course on GYROTONIC® Exercise Applications for Osteoporosis.  View our Teacher Training & Workshop schedule

Michele Fry, PT, DPT, L.Ac, MSTOM, E-RYT500

Michele Fry, utilizes a bio-psychosocial approach in her sessions drawing from several different movement disciplines and manual therapy techniques. Movement based therapy is a key component of her approach, and you can expect sessions to include yoga, breath work, Pilates and the GYROTONIC® Method.  Manual techniques include, acupuncture, cupping, Gua Sha, mobilization of muscle, joint and fascial restrictions. She sees adult patients with orthopedic and neurological conditions, as well as conditions related to women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction and/or gastrointestinal issues. 

 
Dr. Michele Fry has been practicing yoga since 1994, & teaching since 2001.  She holds both a Doctor of Physical Therapy from The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA.

Lisa Grimmer, DPT, Certified Pilates Instructor

Dr. Lisa Grimmer brings a love of fitness and movement to her physical therapy practice. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with rotations at Inova Mt. Vernon Rehabilitation Hospital in the inpatient neurologic department, and George Washington University Hospital and Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital in the outpatient orthopedic departments.

Her 10 years of experience as a personal trainer inform her physical therapy practice, finding exercise interventions that translate to real life activities. She has additional certifications in Pilates mat, pre/ post-natal exercise, and barefoot balance training.  As both a former ESL teacher in Japan and Personal Training Master Instructor, Lisa appreciates that her patients have different learning styles. She works with each patient individually to find the program and approach that best fits each person’s needs.

Lisa finds joy in helping her patients achieve their goals and find sustainable solutions to continue their wellness journey beyond therapy.

Yi Ju Chen, PT, DPT

Dr. Yi Ju Chen suffered from many different sports injuries during her years as a dancer and volleyball player. She began to explore the appropriate treatment for herself, as well as the endless possibilities of our bodies. Throughout her studies, she learned many different aspects of physical therapy, including dry needling, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® exercise and Pilates. She also organized a series of foam roller exercises for self myofascia release.

 

Dr. Chen received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical therapy from Yang-Ming University in Taiwan in 2011. After a few years of clinical practice, she finished her Doctorate degree in 2015 from Loma Linda University in Southern California.

Jenny April Kaplan, DPT

Jenny April Kaplan, DPT blends her knowledge of classical physical therapy with the holistic traditions of the GYROTONIC® Method, Pilates, and yoga to create a fresh perspective on physical rehabilitation.

Jenny April graduated from Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, with a focus on a Motor Learning approach to Orthopedic Rehabilitation.  She specializes in the treatment of chronic pain, back pain, postural misalignment, and stability issues.  Her treatments are informed by Feldenkrais, the Alexander Technique, and Cranial Sacral Therapy, which address principles of alignment and breath awareness necessary to prevent re-injury and create maximal postural stability and ease.   She is also able to identify chronic dysfunctional movement habits and facilitate healthy breathing and neuromuscular patterns in her clients.

Additionally, her dynamic background in figure skating, acrobatics, dance, and soccer allow Jenny April to tailor sport specific home exercise programs designed to take athletes and dancers to the next level of kinesthetic proficiency.

In addition to Physical Therapy treatments, Jenny April offers private GYROTONIC® instruction and teaches group classes.

Rosalie Begun, BSPT

Rosalie 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.

Your Physical Therapist may recommend you work with one of our talented Physical Therapy aides in between your follow up sessions.  Meet our PT Aides:  Ellen Barlow,  Christina Hritz, Tracy Monaco Reid, and Hope Wolfe.