Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS) is an established physical therapy practice with special expertise in the treatment of rheumatic and neurologic disorders, along with orthopedic conditions and syndromes. Our licensed therapists believe in a hands-on approach to therapy that assists patients in minimizing pain and achieving their fullest physical capabilities. Our personalized approach to treatment, delivered in a caring environment, attracts patients with a wide range of therapeutic needs.
Physical Therapy Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM M, W, Th and 7:30 AM -5:30 PM on Tuesday
Our suite is in the Barlow Building. Located in the beautiful and easily accessible Friendship Heights area of Chevy Chase, one block from N.W. Washington, DC, and one block from the Friendship Heights Metro Station.
We are currently expanding our suite to accommodate our growing patient population.
The parking garage is located at the back of the building on Hill Plaza Dr., and the intersecting streets are Willard Avenue and South Park Avenue). Parking garage signage reads “5454 Barlow Building.” ARA does not validate parking.
DIRECTOR OF REHABILITATION Chevy Chase Office
Tara Cameron completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing. After an extensive career in home building and commercial construction, she pursued a career change by returning to school to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Cameron joined Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services as a physical therapist in 2013. She started her career alternating practice between the Wheaton and Rockville locations and then transitioned to the Rockville location full time in late 2014, where she established and grew her practice as a manual physical therapist and diagnostician. She was promoted to Director of Rehabilitation of the Chevy Chase clinic in March 2018.
Dr. Cameron excels in one-on-one work with patients and especially enjoys educating her patients about their diagnoses and strategies to manage symptoms and improve function. She uses a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to physical therapy with each patient, incorporating extensive education, therapeutic exercises prescription, and manual treatment techniques, along with appropriate treatment modalities, to achieve the best possible outcomes with regard to symptom relief and improved functional capabilities. She earned Dry Needling Certification from Myopain Seminars in 2016, and strategically incorporates this modality into her treatments when warranted. She provides care to patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, with a special interest in educating and caring for patients with conditions of hypermobility.
Tara Cameron, PT was thorough in her explanations, objectives and outcomes. She motivates me to pursue regular exercise and sets realistic goals. Thanks to the entire staff; Tara, Alexis and Nelli for their professionalism and attentive practice.Margaret (Patient)
I had a stroke many years ago. I never recovered full function of my right arm and leg. I managed, but as I age, I have less mobility and strength, and I am at a greater risk of falls. Dr. Kaiser recommended physical therapy. This is my second year of ARTS for a few weeks of therapy. I am learning to re-train my weak muscles in the correct way and have gained strength and confidence under the excellent guidance of Tara and her assistants; Nelli and Alexi. I have had no falls for a year!!Graciela (Patient)
Tara Cameron, my physical therapist made my life and body more comfortable and relaxed after the treatment sessions. She responded to my specific needs with care and sensitivity. Very cheerful personality to match her skills and professionalism.Ronald (Patient)
Entire staff is very professional and very nice. Tara is wonderful and caring. She has the magic touch – pain is melting away!
I came to the clinic without any hope, as I have had experienced with other clinics. But I am so happy I came to ARA with the kind and helpful staff. Rebecca, Tara, and Angela I felt that I have more flexibility and movement. I have less pain and do some of the exercises at home too. Helping to do exercises at home was very valuable. The staff was very organized, the center wasn’t crowded, and they care about the individual. I appreciate all their help very much!!Malihe M. (Patient)
I had chronic discomfort in my left buttock and bursitis in my hip and IT band. My therapists Tara, Rebecca and Angela were all great! They educated me and made me more aware and disciplined for home exercise treatment. The one-on-one expert treatment was the most valuable aspect of my care . I would definitely recommend them to family or friends because they are patient and knowledgable. Everything was excellent!Leander B. (Patient)
Tara and Rebecca have been patient, helpful, and friendly. The exercises have relieved some of my pain. What sets ARA from other places is the good atmosphere.Maria C. (Patient)
Katie Mills, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Katie Mills graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Elementary Education. After graduation, she served as a substitute teacher in 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 obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She entered a DPT program at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. During graduate studies, she gained physical therapy experience in a variety of clinical settings, including orthopedics, in-patient, and school-based therapy.
After achieving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017, Katie moved back to the area in order to be close to her family and pursue a full-time physical therapy career. In her practice, she strives to be a comprehensive diagnostician and clinician and to provide her patients with the best care, utilizing an individualized plan of care for every patient. She uses a variety of treatments, including manual techniques, patient education, neuromuscular re-education, and therapeutic exercises, in order to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.
While working with Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services, Katie has further expanded her knowledge and treatment skills through continuing education, including in the use of manual trigger point release and other manual treatment techniques, which are integral components of her practice. Additionally, she achieved certification in Dry Needling from Myopain Seminars and utilizes this practice in her treatment of patients with a variety of neuromuscular, myofascial, and sensitization conditions.
I had a really bad fall in 2006 resulting in permanent disability. Katie has helped me improve my quality of life. P.T. from Katie helped me a lot and I am able to do more things for longer periods of time. One of the most valuable aspects of treatment was learning ways to control the pain. One thing that sets you apart from others is the attention to my specific issues and the attention to a holistic treatment.Beatriz F. (Patient)
Katelyn was great to work with while I learned how to expand my range of motion with neck and shoulders. She took the time needed to explain the exercises. She also provided very useful information and materials to assist me now that I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis.Anne T. (Patient)
3) I came to ARTS on the recommendation of my rheumatologist for my arthritis; in particular my right hip pain. As I moved from eval to treatment and home exercises, Katelyn always met me where I was. As I noted my progress, and learned about my body, she was “with me” all the way. Together, we saw progress and what needed more work. I was always supported and encouraged in my P.T. She and all the staff are warm and friendly. I received very useful instructions also from Darcy, Kwesi and Brendan. And I heard realistic info and nothing ‘sugar-coated’. Thank you all!Sara H. (Patient)
Danya Czarnolewski, PT, DPT
Danya graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore. In her time as a physical therapist, she has worked in a variety of settings, including the ICU, step down unit, and outpatient orthopedic. She enjoys working with patients of all populations and ages, and has special interest in the geriatric, orthopedic, and burn survivor populations. In helping her patients achieve their goals, she utilizes plans of care individualized for each patient, including therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular reeducation, and manual therapy techniques to correct postural and muscular imbalances that lead to dysfunction. Empowering patients through education on their conditions and treatment strategies is extremely important to her. She strives to explain rehabilitation concepts in a clear manner and encourages patients to ask questions and provide feedback about their care, so patients become active participants in their recovery.
“Danya listened carefully and was very thorough. I’m back to normal and so grateful.”Ingrid O. (Patient)
“I came in with shoulder and upper arm pain, Danya did a very thorough evaluation and instituted a plan for in-office therapy and at-home exercises. I saw improvement fairly quickly… Danya is very good at what she does. Very knowledgeable and has a good temperament for the job. The information/knowledge gained from Danya about how my arm/shoulder/body works and how to improve it (was most valuable).”Anita R (Patient)