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, L.Ac

Michele Fry, PT, L.Ac uses her broad skill set to improve her clients’ wellbeing and to cultivate a renewed sense of freedom.  She  holds both a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in California, Maryland, and Washington, DC.  Michele has been practicing yoga since 1994 and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500).  In 2017 she received her GYROTONIC® exercise Level 1 certification.

Michele’s rich background allows for a truly unique physical therapy experience which can include dry needling, acupuncture, cupping, and myofascial release.  She specializes in women’s health, pelvic floor therapy, and postpartum care.

In addition to Physical Therapy treatment, Michele offers private GYROTONIC® instruction, acupuncture, cupping, and private yoga.

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.

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.

Kate McDermott, PT, DPT

Kate McDermott, PT, DPT holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Prior to joining elements, she spent the past 5 years working with individuals with neurologic conditions at a speciality outpatient clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah where she gained a strong skill set and passion for treating this population. She was selected to present her poster presentation “The Clinical Application of Biofeedback Gaming as an Intervention and Assessment tool in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury“  to the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals’ annual conference in 2016. She has participated in the Christopher and Dana Reeve’s Foundation’s NeuroRecovery Network. Kate is an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor and has mentored numerous Physical Therapy students from institutions throughout the country.

 

Kate’s athletic background in competitive figure skating led her to the GYROTONIC® method at age 16 and she became a GYROTONIC® instructor at age 18. She completed an internship at Elements with Justine Bernard in 2011 as part of her clinical education for Physical Therapy school. She has always enjoyed learning and implementing a more holistic approach and taken several courses over the years in modalities such as CranioSacral Therapy, ZeroBalancing and Reiki. 

 

Kate has finished 8 marathons and qualified for the Boston Marathon 4 times. She also enjoys downhill skiing, trail running and cycling. Kate is looking forward to returning to Elements to rekindle her love for teaching movement, treating orthopedic injuries and helping people live healthier lives. She plans to being working at Elements in the midsummer of 2019.

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, Jessica John, Christina Hritz, and Tracy Monaco Reid.