Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. Anne Wellington-Goldsmith, MPT, Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Services 

Our Directors 

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Rockville Director 

Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Physical Therapists, Joshua P. Costa, DPTJoshua P. Costa, DPT

Joshua P. Costa received his B.A. at Stony Brook University, Long Island, NY in 2002 where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key and Sigma Beta honor societies and a Magnum Cum Laude graduate. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management. He received the community service award from the physical therapy department at Stony Brook University. Dr. Costa has over 5 years experience with Adaptive Aquatics. He has been the recipient of the excellence in teaching Adaptive Aquatics and the community service award from the aquatics program. His experience includes treating individuals with arthritis, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, herniated discs, rotator cuff injuries, total joint replacements, carpal tunnel syndrome, neurological disorders, and geriatrics. He utilizes modalities, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, home exercise programs and integrates them into an individualized plan of care. Dr. Costa is committed to providing excellence in care with a goal of relieving pain, maximizing function and improving patient safety and independence. 

Josh is a very fine physical therapist. He is professional, knowledgeable and a good listener, and is encouraging. I worked with him about 18 months ago, to work on my core and posture. I knew when this new problem with my shoulder occurred that I wanted to work with him again. It has helped and it is easier to get dressed

Gail  (Patient)

For the past year, my balance (in walking and standing) has become worse. Working with Josh with use of a cane, weights and other balance exercises has improved my balance. I anticipate doing the prescribed exercises at home. My balance has improved, as well as my stiffness and bone discomfort.

Patricia  (Patient)

Severe knee problem with improvement. Josh is one of the BEST medical professionals I have ever met in my 79 years of life! He gives me – HOPE, COURAGE, & CONFIDENCE! The entire staff is EXCELLENT!

P.G.  (Patient)

I am a music teacher who besides working with teaching the piano, works with toddlers in a music program that requires a lot of moving around and kneeling on the floor to be at the kids level.  The walking on my knees caused stress on the knee joints and acute pain at times.  Through ARA’s PT program I have learned to do stretching exercises and using weights to do leg movement, which have helped increase my mobility and strengthen the muscles.  This is an awesome team of therapists!

Regina A.  (Patient)

After 10 sessions with Josh and Rebecca, I have greatly increased my mobility. They  are the best therapists I have ever worked with in my years of having psoriatic arthritis.  Everyone was kind and considerate while pushing me to my limits. 

Sam T. (Patient)


 

Chevy Chase Director 

pt-tara-2016Tara Cameron, PT, DPT

Tara Cameron earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Marketing from the University of Central Florida. She then began an extensive and progressive career in residential and commercial construction management. After deciding to change careers to one in which she could work directly with individuals to improve their health, she returned to school and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2013.

During Dr. Cameron’s clinical internships with Old Dominion University, she worked in several outpatient clinics as well as in inpatient acute care and at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. She truly enjoys working with patients one-on-one and specifically enjoys educating all of her patients about their diagnosis and ways to improve or manage their symptoms. Tara uses a comprehensive approach to physical therapy, incorporating therapeutic exercises, manual techniques and appropriate treatment modalities, along with extensive education, to achieve the best possible outcomes.

When not working as a physical therapy clinician, Tara enjoys marathon training and spending time with her dog and family.

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)


 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Washington DC Director 

Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Physical Therapists, Matthew P. Reed, MPTMatthew P. Reed, MPT

Matthew P. Reed completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD in 1999. He studied in the Honors Program, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. 

Mr. Reed earned a Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2001. During his graduate studies, Mr. Reed partnered in research investigating the effects of resistance training on cardio respiratory function in patients participating in a cardiac rehabilitation program. The study, entitled The Effects of Unilateral and Bilateral Heavy Resistance Exercise on Cardiac Rehabilitation Participants, was distinguished by acceptance for presentation among peers at the national conference of the American College of Sports Medicine in 2001. 

Mr. Reed began practicing physical therapy in 2001 at an outpatient rehabilitation facility. There, he specialized in industrial rehabilitation, evaluation of functional capacity, ergonomic assessment, aquatic therapy, and manual treatment of musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. He served as Clinic Manager of that facility from 2002 until joining Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS) in the Wheaton, MD location in 2007. 

In August 2009, ARTS opened a new facility in the Washington, DC office location and Mr. Reed became its Director of Rehabilitation. Mr. Reed’s approach to patient care places emphasis on patient education and individualized treatment. He employs principles of various manual treatment philosophies in conjunction with therapeutic exercises customized to his patients’ needs in order to improve mechanics of the body and promote return to function.

In late 2016, the pain in my lower back resulted in an emergency room visit where doctors could not figure out the cause. A rheumatologist later referred me to this practice hoping physical therapy would alleviate my symptoms. I had never tried physical therapy before and did not know what to expect. Now, I no longer feel the initial pain and on top of that, I have learned exercises, breathing techniques, and correct posture in order to control and treat any chronic pain that may arise. This experience, thanks to Matt Reed and the team, has truly enabled me to live fully again without worrying about injuring my body or having to avoid my daily activities. Due to the care and attention I received at this practice, I no longer feel restricted and in pain. I feel empowered in knowing the techniques and tools to feel my best. Matt Reed is everything a patient could ask for, and the Washington D.C. area is lucky to have him!      Allison (Patient)

I came here upon recommendation of Dr. Angus Worthing after injuring the C4 part of my spine. I was facing surgery, which would be complicated by my lupus. Matt Reed addressed the muscles from my first P.T. appointment and I immediately began to experience some relief after 4 months at level 10 pain, and really no range of motion in left arm and neck. It’s been a painful but productive process and I’m now at level 1 pain with near complete range of motion with NO SURGERY on the horizon.    Kim (Patient)

I have enjoyed working with everybody, but Matt made all the difference. Aside from being technically quite skilled, he is so friendly and inspiring, and life-changing! Thank you! I’m basically out of pain for the first time in over 30 years and I didn’t think it was possible.     Felicia (Patient)

My pain started when I was 8 years old (currently 21).  It got progressively worse. When Dr Peng first recommend PT, I was skeptical.  I finally had my first session with Matt and he put my anxiety at ease and reassured me that what I was feeling was very real.  This made me feel better and I never felt pushed into something.  The care I have received gave me tools to use in my daily life to decrease my pain and increase my mobility.  Thank you Matt!       Hannah L.  (Patient)

I couldn’t stand for any length of time and the pain in my left leg was so severe that I was no longer enjoying my 18 holes of golf.  As a last resort, Dr Borenstein recommended Matt.  After two months, twice a week of therapy, those symptoms had disappeared.  I can now stand more than 20 minutes.  I can shop for groceries. The thoroughness and expertise of Matt’s evaluation and rehabilitation therapy was the most valuable part of my experience at this center.  What sets this center apart from others is the encouragement given to help you stay on task with the therapy.  Thank you!   Jean S.  (Patient)


 

 Wheaton MD Director

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.

Henry, my physical therapist, has helped me a great deal, although I am not without pain or some difficulties getting around. When I came in, I was using a cane and I could not bend my left knee. I am now walking without a cane, and bending both knees. I did have a setback during my therapy, but Henry got me through this and answered my many questions. I do think having only one therapist for every session helped me.

Patricia  (Patient)

Ski injury in 2001, ACL tear – repaired. Two meniscus tears after; two additional surgeries. Released from that P.T. w/o sufficient treatment. Subsequent injuries to right knee; very stiff, with half the range of motion. This current physical therapy seems to be helping tremendously with pain, stiffness and range of motion. Also, much improvement after dry needling with Henry. The staff is knowledgeable and the treatment helps a great deal.

Theresa  (Patient)

Henry is very thorough. He is actually listening to me. His approach during the session is varied; including exercises, manipulation of the pressure points and other techniques. During falre-ups, I am able to apply the techniques he has taught me to manage the pain. The staff is also thoughtful, professional and caring.

A.R.  (Patient)

 

 


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