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.

Monique Kramer, PT, DPT

Monique Kramer, PT, DPT 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 and later completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas in 2013.

Dr. Kramer has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, early intervention centers, and home health. She has advanced training in myofascial release and soft tissue mobilization and specializes in the treatment of low muscle tone, balance issues, postural misalignment, and shoulder injuries.

Did you know Monique and her daughter were clients of Elements for many years before she trained to become a certified GYROTONIC® instructor?  Now she is a certified senior level GYROTONIC® exercise trainer offering private sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays by appointment.

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.