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)

 

Eunice Ahn, PT, DPT

Eunice Ahn is a native of the Montgomery County area. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has experience treating patients in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, vestibular rehabilitation, inpatient cardiac rehabilitation, and surgical oncology rehabilitation. At her start with Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services, Eunice treated patients in both the Chevy Chase and Wheaton locations, and now practices full-time in the Wheaton office.

Eunice is a skilled manual therapist and enjoys treating a variety of patient populations, including general orthopedics, post-operative patients, patients suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions, and those with balance and vestibular disorders. She incorporates manual treatment techniques, therapeutic exercise, and patient education into her practice to assist patients in accomplishing their goals. She is working towards earning dry needling certification to assist patients with treatment of myofascial pain and dysfunction and improvement of soft tissue function.

Outside of work, she enjoys finding good eats and spending time outdoors.

 

Morgan Byrd, PT, DPT

Dr. Morgan Byrd’s philosophy is to change people’s lives everyday – through passion and persistence, change can be realized!  Morgan’s passion extends to her enjoyment in working with a wide range of patients, including children and the elderly.

Morgan’s passion and persistence also stems from her educational and gymnastics career. In 2018, Morgan received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from West Coast University, Los Angeles, CA. Morgan received her Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University (JMU) in Exercise Science (2014), and helped to advance the JMU Dukes to the National Club Gymnastics Championship. Prior to transferring to JMU, she served as a Division I Women’s Gymnast at Central Michigan University.

Morgan brings varied treatment techniques through her West Coast and East Coast physical therapy rotations, training, and experiences.  Morgan has a passion for athletic and concussion rehabilitation, musical therapy, and treatment of orthopaedic conditions, post-surgical impairments, blood flow restriction, and chronic pain. She brings along invaluable insight on athletic injuries from her own personal experience—as a former competitive gymnast for 18 years. Morgan has worked with younger athletes, as well as Olympic-bound athletes. As an athlete and prior physical therapy patient herself, Morgan has an understanding of the physical, emotional, and rehabilitative aspects of getting the patient back to the highest quality of life and an athlete back to a successful competitive posture. 

Morgan is a violinist who has played for and with prestigious orchestras and has traveled to other countries for her musical career.  Due to Morgan’s athletic and musical background, she has been effective in emotionally connecting with patients from different walks of life to assist them in rehabilitating back to higher levels of function.  

Morgan is certified as a functional movement specialist and in kinesiology taping through Rocktape, as well as in functional mobilization through the Institute of Physical Arts (IPA). She is also a certified Zumba instructor. On the weekends, you can find Morgan in the gym, coaching gymnastics, attending church, watching funny movies and dramas on TV, traveling, enjoying foods of all kinds – enjoying life!

Morgan brings skill, energy, dedication, and passion to her patients. Her patients describe her as knowledgeable, caring, and professional.


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)

 

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, PT, DPT

Katelyn 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 graduation, Katelyn 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, and therapeutic exercises, in order to achieve optimal outcomes for patients.

While working with Arthritis and Rehabilitation Therapy Services, Katelyn 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.

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, Cert. MDT

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 employs a variety of manual therapy techniques and therapeutic exercise in his physical therapy practice. In December of 2019, after extensive study, Matt became credentialed in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, a structured assessment method to diagnose and treat orthopedic conditions. Using McKenzie Method principles, Matt assists his patients in achieving rapid and long-lasting results and optimal physical therapy outcomes by using simple movements of the body and without developing dependency on the clinician. Matt’s main objective with each patient is to form a strategic alliance and provide the best possible care and guidance while encouraging the patient to become as independent as possible in the treatment and management of their condition and in preventing future recurrences throughout their lifetime.

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)

 

Rebecca Breve PT, DPT

Rebecca Breve completed her undergraduate studies at Manhattanville University in White Plains, NY, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sports Studies. She then went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Elon University in Elon, NC. During her graduate studies at Elon University, Rebecca volunteered at the Hope Clinic, providing physical therapy services for the uninsured and underserved community and breaking the language barrier to facilitate more comprehensive and effective care for the Hispanic community.

Rebecca’s experience in providing physical therapy care extends to a number of patient populations and rehabilitative settings, including treatment of patients with a variety of orthopedic, musculoskeletal, and rheumatologic diagnoses and chronic pain conditions and rehabilitation of the competitive athlete. She enjoys treating patients of all ages and conditions and has special interest in development and progression of strength training and conditioning programs to improve her patient’s functional capabilities for activities of daily living or athletic performance.

Rebecca is an accomplished athlete, having played soccer collegiately at Manhattanville University and for the U-20 and Senior Honduran Soccer National Teams. Given her professional experience as a physical therapist and background as a high-level athlete, she subscribes to the belief that preventive care and rehabilitation is the key to physical well-being and optimal performance. Outside of work, she continues to enjoy playing sports.


 

 

 


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