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

Physical Therapy Services 

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and Wheaton Director 

 Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, Physical Therapists, Anne Wellington-Goldsmith, MPTAnne Wellington-Goldsmith, MPT

Anne Wellington-Goldsmith received her B.A. degree in Health Science and Policy from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1992 and her Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 1999. Following her Internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she accepted a position with them as a Staff Physical Therapist and had the opportunity to work with varied patient diagnoses including orthopedic, neurologic, oncology and pediatrics. Ms. Wellington-Goldsmith subsequently joined C.J.B. Therapy Centers of Baltimore where she became the first Physical Therapy Director of three outpatient clinics transitioning from chiropractic to physical therapy clinics. She successfully managed this process, staffed and directed these clinics as well as treated patients. From 2001 until Anne joined Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services (ARTS) in December, 2006, she worked for TLC Staff Builders Home Health Agency where she was the staff therapist for primarily geriatric patients with a range of diagnoses. At TLC, she was also given the distinct honor of being named a Care Team Manager – a position that no other physical therapist had ever held in this national company. This position required that she manage the care of patients in her home care territory by assessing needs and providing staff (nurses, home health aides, social workers, occupational and physical therapists, etc) for her clients. In addition, while at TLC Ms. Wellington-Goldsmith was the recipient of numerous citations, commendations and awards. 

Ms. Wellington-Goldsmith directs Arthritis & Rehabilitation Services calling upon a wide variety of physical therapy skills and interests. A return to safe, pain-free function during daily activity is the goal of most therapeutic sessions. The patient’s total well-being is Ms. Wellington-Goldsmith’s greatest concern and as a result she guides ARTS clinicians in providing excellent quality of care for each patient and becoming the best diagnosticians and manual therapists that each one can be! 

I am extremely hypermobile and have had many injuries. I have been to many physical therapists over the course of my 50+ years. No one has been able to address the need to invoke my core and abdominal bracing and emphasize the form and check my hypermobility like Anne and her staff. I am no longer in constant pain from my neck hurting! I would especially recommend Anne to people who are hypermobile because they will actually break down the exercises to ensure that they are done correctly and in a manner to stabilize. The most valuable aspect was the hands-on attention as well as the caring and superb bedside manner of Anne and her assistants.

Tracy B.  (Patient)

I have had several bouts of tendon problems, hip bursitis, and pain last year from a torn meniscus. Each time the staff here has been wonderful. Very patient and ale to clearly communicate instructions and educate me about my condition. Anne Wellington Goldsmith is an outstanding physical therapist! Very knowledgeable and helpful/ The techs are very helpful as well. I am able to tolerate more physical activity with less pain. You spend the time to teach and explain the “why” as well as make sure the exercises are being done properly. I don’t feel rushed.

Sandra M.  (Patient)

Anne was my primary therapist. This was my second time with her. She is a wonderful therapist. Her knowledge is only surpassed by her patience. Her whole team is a reflection of her! There is no need to say more. She is the best therapist to work on my knees. The best overall of all times. I was barely able to walk when I came in. Now I am almost back to normal walking – vast improvement!

Donald J.  (Patient)

Anne was my therapist who was very knowledgable.  She took the time to explain my condition and to answer any questions that I had.  She explained it in a way that I could understand,  It has improved my life with being able to do things with less pain.  The treatment at this office is excellent.  The time and patience that was taken with each visit was the most valuable part of the experience.  It has a friendly environment!  Christine E. (Patient) 

I had leg pain from my back, which brought me to PT.  I also had weakness in my legs and balance issues. Anne has worked with me and now I have improved so much in all areas.  I can not praise her enough for all she has done for me.  I feel so much better.  What sets ARA apart from others is that there is much better help with better results.  And everyone is so nice that I enjoy coming here.         Barbara S. (Patient)

I came in with severe pain on the left side of my upper back.  After PT with Anne Wellington-Goldsmith while breathing thru pain, I made progress.  Kwesi watched me carefully and corrected my form.  It took patience and daily diligence, but today I’m pain free.  Thank you Anne and Kwesi.  Posture is my mantra. The therapists help me work thru the pain of the sessions because the pain is now gone.  The most valuable aspect of therapy was that they adjusted my treatment to make progress.  Jenean J. (Patient) 


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)


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)




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