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, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with Summa Cum Laude honors. 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 patients 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 and best possible outcomes and prevent future injuries.

As a clinician, he is certified in LSVT BIG, an evidence-based, intensive treatment program which helps people with Parkinson’s disease to improve mobility and activities of daily living. He has also honed his treatment skills through continued education focused in orthopedic physical therapy since joining Arthritis & Rehabilitation Therapy Services.

Jethro grew up in Hong Kong, and 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”.

Jethro is an exceptional person! Excellent in his job, and patient with us, good sense of humor and extremely capable! He has helped me a lot!! My quality of life has improved a lot! I am more flexible, have almost no pain and do hundreds of things that were impossible to do before!

Nelly C.  (Patient)

I met Jethro when I was in EXTREME PAIN! With a few sessions, he reduced my pain considerably. I felt very comfortable with his therapy.

V.B.P.  (Patient)

Back and hip surgeries, osteoporosis, arthritis and scoliosis caused me to have a lot of pain. Since working with Jethro there is a definite increase in my leg strength and improvement in my balance. I can walk further without much pain. The program here is thorough and Jethro is very knowledgeable and caring!

Anne E.  (Patient) 


Rockville Location  

 

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.

I came to P.T. for back pain and saw Ionie and Rebecca who were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. They provided skilled assessments and treatments to maximize my return to normal activities. All the staff were kind, very nice and did their jobs perfectly. It is a happy place to come to. The group meade me feel comfortable and made the P.T. fun! They taught me how to reduce my pain and go back to my normal activity. I would highly recommend this center as the care was excellent and the staff really cares.

E.K.  (Patient)

Ionie is an exceptional physical therapist. She listens to me and my body attentively and delivers the correct, much need services. She is very thorough as well. She is a wonderful teacher in that she explains exercises in terms that are easy to understand. My sessions with Ionie are enjoyable as well as instructive. I know that with Ionie instructing, my body will become stronger and hopefully my pain levels will decrease. Physical therapy is helping me move my body more. I never feel hustled in and out. I was listened to – so very important to me.

Brenda  F. (Patient)

Ionie has been excellent at assisting me recover from a knee meniscal tear. She is very patient, great at listening and explains everything very closely. My knee pain is better overall

E.A.  (Patient)

 

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.

 

Suddenly, during playing tennis, I could barely walk as the pain was so sever in my right side from my hip to my knee. My doctor, David Wolfe, said I had an inflammation of the bursa sac (bursitis) and recommended physical therapy at one of his centers. Luckily, I chose Shady Grove, as it had free parking and the staff (all of them) couldn’t have been nicer. My therapists, Josh and Rebecca were very professional and friendly at the same time. Rebecca was extremely helpful when I explained how the pain was severe when I first awakened and lessened during the day. She suggested doing certain exercises while still in bed and slowly getting up so that the blood would circulate through my body. Doing this certainly worked and I will continue this throughout the rest of my life

Ellen  (Patient)

Rebecca is an outstanding practitioner! Her knowledge of techniques designed to alleviate / correct physical discomfort and place patients back in their normal lifestyles is outstanding!

James  (Patient)

I have rheumatoid arthritis and recently discovered I have age-related osteoarthritis in my cervical spine. Rebecca and Alex and Ionie have been working with me and I’ve seen improvement. They gave me exercises, ergonomic instructions for my workspace, and general guidance on how to minimize the impact to my daily life. Because of them, my flexibility, range of motion, and comfort are improved!

G.S.  (Patient)

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)

 

Sarah Van Buitten, PT, DPT 

Sarah Van Buitten grew up in Connecticut. She received a Bachelor of Health Science degree with a minor in Spanish from Quinnipiac University. She then went on to achieve her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University. As a physical therapist, Sarah has acquired clinical experience in outpatient, subacute, and inpatient rehabilitation settings. She spent some time as a traveling physical therapist in Connecticut and Delaware before moving to Maryland to be closer to her brother. Although she misses New England at times, she does not miss the snow and colder winters!

Sarah enjoys treating a wide variety of patients with rheumatologic, orthopedic, neurologic, and/or cardiopulmonary conditions. She has an extensive background in fitness, which she enjoys incorporating into her practice. When Sarah is not in the office, she enjoys cooking, being active outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

 


Chevy Chase

 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.

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)


Washington DC Location 

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.

At 73, my upper neck began to tighten up and I had some difficulty turning sideways and then one weekend the muscles greatly tensed up and it was very difficult to find a position to sleep. But thanks to Matt at ARA, I learned what was happening with the muscles, tendons, and joints and with exercises for neck, I’ve successfully found how to decrease pain and gain flexibility. The knowledge gained and exercises learned made the days and nights comfortable.

H.J.W  (Patient)

I have had hip, shoulder and back pain chronically for almost five years. ARTS, Matt especially have helped me stop being controlled by my disease / injuries and take control of my health again. I am able to complete all daily activities without difficulty.

Amara  (Patient)

Matt is my safety net and ergonomics guru. His matter-of-fact approach and emphasis on body mechanics helps me see the path and tricks I need to get stronger and stay stronger. No cheats, no shortcuts – just a path to a pain-free day. I appreciate it great! The rest of the staff is just as friendly and helpful.

Mike G.  (Patient)

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)

 


Wheaton MD Location 

Eunice Ahn, DPT

Eunice graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore. Eunice has experience in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, vestibular therapy, and inpatient cardiac and surgical oncology rehabilitation. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and conditions, but has a special interest in treating patients with balance deficits and vestibular disorders. Eunice enjoys exploring good eats in Montgomery County, hiking at Great Falls, and spending quality time with her friends and three dogs.

 


 

 


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