Ann received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 1993 where she earned the K. Madison Smith Award for Clinical Excellence. She developed a passion for the Upper Extremity and attended Drexel University to obtain her specialization in the rehabilitation of the hand and arm in 2004. The following year, she sat for a nation-wide examination to earn her credentials as a CHT (Certified Hand Therapist). In 2013, Ann received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Drexel University, awarding her the highest degree available in the profession of Physical Therapy. Additionally, in 2015, Ann received her Dry Needling Certification.
Specializing in the Upper Extremity allows her the pleasure of working closely with the hand surgeons at OrthoBethesda, creating an environment that fosters superior care as each patient recovers from injuries. Additionally, if any of the other physicians at OrthoBethesda request the skills of a DPT or CHT, she eagerly handles their cases.
She regularly attends National Upper Extremity Conferences to stay informed on the latest research concerning the hand and arm rehabilitation (including dry needling) and continues to utilize electronic medical journals to keep abreast of any new information. Most importantly, she meets regularly with our surgeons to discuss each patient’s specific case while developing the best possible approach to rehabilitation.
Ann’s road to becoming a Physical Therapist was paved by an early life filled with intense physical activity and training. She earned a college tennis scholarship, working towards to a professional tennis career, which ended abruptly due to multiple injuries. Having recovered from multiple surgeries herself Ann can empathize with her patients as she navigates them through the rehabilitation process. She continues to “stay fit” by focusing on bicycle riding, swimming, and weight lifting. If you come to spend time with her, be prepared to discuss movies!
“Ann, the hand therapist, is wonderfully knowledgeable and has an outstanding emphatic manner in her direction of exercises that she suggests for a full recovery. She is excellent, gives clear explanations of the course of treatments, and has such a depth of Knowledge that she exudes confidence that the therapy goals will be fully met.”
“Ann is a very passionate and dedicated physical therapist that truly wants to see you succeed, providing great care and excellent feedback. She puts high expectations on her patients to ensure maximum progress and recovery from their injuries. I would highly recommend Ortho Bethesda therapy services to any friend or colleague.”
“Ortho Bethesda Therapy Services is amazing. I could not be in better hands, no pun intended, as my hands are the reason I am there. My therapist, Ann, is awesome and I am well on my way to recovery with her expert help. Everyone else has been great from Mayet, who schedules, to Mike who greets me in the hand room. I also really appreciate that the doctor’s visits occur at the same time as the therapy which makes it all much easier. Everything is well organized, and this contributes to peace of mind as well. I am grateful to be coming here for my care.”
“Ann and the rest of the staff are amazing. They are very welcoming and helpful during the process. I am very pleased with all of them. Thank you so much for making this tough time easier”
“Ann takes the time to learn about my limitations and work through them with me. She explains exercises thoroughly and keeps checking throughout to ensure I am doing them properly. She makes you feel at ease and encourages progress, while keeps pushing you for more.”