Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. ARAPC Staff

Physical Therapy Services 

Our Staff 

Wheaton Location 

 pt-kathleenChun Yin Jethro Mak, PT, DPT

Jethro Mak completed his undergraduate studies at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He enrolled in WVU Honors College, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with Summa Cum Laude. He later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. During physical therapy school, Jethro had experiences working in various clinical settings including outpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facility. He enjoys working with patient of all ages, as well as a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Jethro believes it is important to develop customized rehabilitation programs, provide appropriate education and utilize various treatment techniques to help patients achieve their functional goals, best possible outcomes and prevent future injuries. Jethro grew up in Hong Kong, is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, playing piano, traveling and learning different cultures. His personal motto is to “rest in the highest excellence”.

 

 pt-kathleenKatelyn Weeks, DPT

Katelyn graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Elementary Education. After graduation she substituted around Montgomery County and enjoyed working with children of different ages. She soon realized that her true passion was helping people and decided to return to school in order to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Katelyn entered a DPT program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In school she was able to learn and experience a variety of clinical settings through her studies.After graduation, she moved back to the area in order to be close to her family and pursue a full-time physical therapy career. Katelyn strives to be a comprehensive diagnostician as well as provide her patients with the best care, utilizing an individualized plan of care for every patient. Katelyn utilizes a variety of treatments including manual techniques, patient education, and therapeutic exercises in order to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

 

 pt-theresa-wheatonTeresa Ichniowski, PT

Teresa Ichniowski has over 33 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She graduated from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY in 1976 with a degree in Biology, and completed her training in Physical Therapy at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1977.

 During her years as a Physical Therapist, Teresa has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient centers and home care services. Her broad range of experience is a valuable asset to ARTS and to her patients.

 Teresa has a special interest in Osteoporosis and has pursued additional training in exercise protocols that improve posture and balance to protect against falls. Recently she has begun teaching a course designed to benefit individuals with this condition as part of the new ARTS Wellness Program. 

I had pain in my left shoulder/shoulder blade.  After awhile my right shoulder joined with pain.  Both were addressed with treatment. Teresa, my therapist has been very caring. I liked her approach to avoid pain and her gentle, but firm touch. The most valuable aspect of my experience was that approach to avoid pain when doing my daily exercises.  

Rachel G.  (Patient)

I came to physical therapy with pain due to joint hyper mobility.  The pain included my shoulders, back, knees, hips and ankles.  Teresa very skillfully showed me how to manage my condition with exercise.  My pain has been greatly reduced.  Both she and Laura always treated me with gentleness and kindness. Teresa tailored my plan to my individual needs. They communicated everything with my physician.   It has been a joy working with them.  They have treated me like family!  And my life has improved by being able to better manage my pain from this chronic condition.  

Karen H. (Patient)

 


Rockville Location  

Henry Francis, DPT

Henry Francis obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science in 2010 and later earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013 from Howard University in Washington, DC. It was there Henry developed a passion to work with geriatric, chronic pain and orthopedic populations. During physical therapy school, his research project, “Survey of Mississippi National Medical Association and the Jackson, Mississippi General Public’s Knowledge and Perception of the Scope of Physical Therapy Practice”, analyzed both physician’s and the public population’s perception of Physical Therapy. Henry was familiar with Arthritis and Rheumatism, as a former Student Physical Therapist. Upon graduation, he received the Lynne Suzonne McClain Memorial Award, an award for students who exemplified excellent professional development. Henry also competed in track and field at his alma mater Howard University where the former athlete developed an understanding of the proper biomechanics of running. Throughout his physical therapy career, Henry had the opportunity to serve a multitude of populations including orthopedic, geriatric, neurological, sports and cardiac conditions. He earned his Dry Needling certification from the highly reputable, Myopain Seminars. Also to mention, he studied Continued Educational Courses in Kinesiotaping and Graston Technique. Meanwhile, Henry is ambitious to hone his craft in Posture Awareness & Alignment. Since joining Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, he is very excited to work with the arthritic and chronic pain population.

 

Ionie Moragahakumbura, DPT, COMT

Ionie graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Minor in Biology.  After graduating she became a research assistant in psychiatry for the University of Maryland.  As a research assistant she performed clinical interviews with clients with severe mental and mood disorders.  She has also taken graduate coursework in clinical psychology.  During that time she developed an interest in wellness and exercise and how it correlates to mental well-being.  She then went on to switch careers and pursue a degree of Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Recently, she has obtained a Certificate of Orthopedic Manual therapy from Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. She applies her manual skills to facilitate patient’s rehabilitation to return to their everyday activities with less pain.  Along with manual therapy she provides exercises, education, and self care techniques to create a personalized plan for patients to return to their activities with less pain as well as prevent injuries in the future.

 

Rebecca Wagner, LPTA

pt-rebecca-rockvilleRebecca Wagner received her Associate of Applied Science degree with honors from Montgomery College, Takoma Park and has been practicing as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) for more than 10 years. As a PTA, Rebecca has contributed to the well-being of her patients by providing both education and treatment to help them achieve their clinical goals and regain functional mobility. 

Rebecca has clinical experience in orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology and geriatrics. She has been a professional dancer for 13 years and was also a fitness instructor, choreographer, and master trainer at the YMCA for 19 years.

 

Josh, Rebecca, Lindsay, and Angela were all wonderful! They made me feel comfortable and made the PT fun.  I would absolutely recommend ARA to friends and family as they are awesome. The office has a great positive atmosphere.     

Regina A. (Patient)

All the staff and Rebecca are extremely wonderful.  It is a pleasure doing physical therapy with this group.

Susan F. (Patient)

 


Chevy Chase Location

Jason Joubert, PT, DPT, MA

Jason Joubert graduated from University of Maryland in December of 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology.   He ran track and field for 4 years and was a student–coach for one semester. In December 2006, he then earned his Master of Arts degree, also in Kinesiology, but with a focus on Biomechanics. His thesis would later be published in IEEE journal in 2008, for which he would receive 2nd author mention. The article, “Changes in Muscle Activity and Kinematics of Highly Trained Cyclists During Fatigue”, investigated a new way to track fatigue as it related to changes in movement patterns and possible overuse injuries. Jason Joubert began his pursuit of his physical therapy doctorate in 2009 and would later be inducted in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for academic excellence in 2 year college setting. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a physical therapy tech and wellness personal trainer for Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, until his matriculation into the physical therapy program (DPT) at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Joubert would receive his Doctorate in Physical therapy from Howard University in December of 2015. During his time at Howard, he served as Class President of the PT class of 2015, and would gain clinical experience in working in 3 different outpatient clinics (one part of a large national health network and the other two privately owned) and a skilled nursing facility. Dr. Joubert returned to Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates in May of 2016 and now uses a comprehensive approach to physical therapy intervention; drawing on his 17 years of personal training experience, clinical experience, and evidence based practice, to give great attention to detail and creativity with development of patients’ plan of care.

Jason and Nicole were fabulous – kind, very nice, and did their jobs to perfection!  It is a happy place to come to with wonderful people that helped me.

Anne F.  (Patient)

I came to PT for neck pain and saw Jason, who was extremely knowledgeable and helpful.  I was very impressed with the personal attention every patient received from all the staff.  There was lots of individual attention.  Jason was right on with the diagnosis along with the subsequent exercises and treatment. I would highly recommend this center as the care was excellent and the staff really cares.  They offer great advise and tips, while listening to me.

Kaitlin M. (Patient)

 


Washington DC Location 

pt-marylynMarylyn Presutti, DPT

Marylyn Presutti is a graduate of Marquette University, receiving both her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology (2010), and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2012). While in physical therapy school, she was the recipient of the Marie Sekeres Papanek Scholarship for her advanced training and research in the active geriatric population. Her interest in physical therapy stemmed from an injury she sustained in high school, and her personal experience with receiving treatment lead her to pursue a career in the field. As a clinician, she has spent her career in an outpatient orthopedic setting, treating patients across the spectrum ranging from sports medicine to chronic pain. While working in the Twin Cities, she was a participant of a panel of physical therapists that established a return to sport protocol after shoulder injury. Being a huge fan of baseball and the Chicago Cubs, Marylyn has always had a special interest in shoulder pain and dysfunction. Marylyn strongly believes in patient education and the ability of the patient to treat and manage their own pain, and she strives to empower her patients. Marylyn is consistently staying on top of current research in physical therapy, and continues to improve her skillset and competency. Most recently, she completed her Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion, and utilizes this additional training every day in her clinical practice. When Marylyn is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog. Hailing from the Midwest, she is an avid sports fan. She can often be found at home watching the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, and Chicago Fire.

pt-matt-2016Matthew Morici, PT, DPT

Matthew Morici graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2007. He was then admitted to the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program at Sacred Heart, graduating in 2010. Matt began his career as a traveling physical therapist for two years where he worked in various clinical settings in Texas, Arizona, Florida and Virginia. While on the road, Matt was able to get sound experience in orthopedic and neurological outpatient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals. He has since settled in the DC Metro area and became a full time employee of Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates (ARA) in January of 2013. 

Matt uses a comprehensive approach to physical therapy incorporating therapeutic exercises, manual techniques and patient education to achieve the best outcomes possible. He prides himself on instructing patients about how to protect themselves and prevent future injuries, thus empowering them to speed up their healing process.

After being hospitalized and some issues with my shoulder, which became worse as time went by the pain became worse.   And very limited mobility affected my daily life.  Working with Matt has had astonishing results, but knowing I will never be 100% the same.  The increased mobility has enabled me to a satisfactory life style again.  Matt provided me the motivation to keep improving. He was very professional and very organized.  The most valuable aspect in getting therapy here was “getting back into the saddle” after feeling somewhat hopeless. Thanks

Christine G (Patient)

After two total knee replacements, osteoarthritis treatment by Dr. Diamond, I had physical therapy with Matt.  Therapy with Matt was as good as it gets! He taught me techniques to help recover and motivate me to push on.  This was a great team, very competent combined with excellent physical interaction.  I am finally fixed!                

Nisg T.  (Patient)

 

 

 


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