Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C. ARAPC Staff

Physical Therapy Services 

Our Staff 

Wheaton Location 

 pt-KelsonKelson Coddington, PT, DPT

Kelson Coddington graduated in 2015 from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Movement Science focus. He then attended University of Pittsburgh and graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2018. During physical therapy school, Kelson complete clinical rotations in a variety of settings including specialized care in chronic pain management, vestibular therapy, and outpatient/acute neurologic care. After graduation, he moved to Maryland to be closer to his fiancé and begin a full-time physical therapy career. Kelson strives to be a guide and partner to his patients throughout their course of care and empower them with the knowledge and skills to manage their symptoms. He enjoys working with patients on functional exercise that will allow them to return to independence with their everyday activity and treats each patient’s care on an individualized level. He believes that early intervention and prevention are the best strategies to promote a long-term, healthy lifestyle.

I have fibromyalgia, shoulder pain and back pain. Kelson helped me a great deal. He gave me good tips and was very thorough in his explanations of exercises. I would recommend ARTS because I was not “treated like a number”. Kelson was very aware of my issues and dealt with them. Kelson was always prepared to treat me and always remembered everything we had discussed. I also found everyone in the office pleasant, welcoming and professional.

Michelle L. (Patient)

For years, I have suffered with pain in my back, hips and lately in my hands. My rheumatologist recommended physical therapy since I can’t tolerate prescription medicines. Ever since I started physical therapy, my pains have reduced the intensity and I have been able to move with more flexibility. I am able to work around the house and walk for 20 minutes without pain. I have already recommended a friend to ARTS, because of my wonderful experience with Kelson and my recovery!

Marta V.  (Patient)

I came to ARTS with both chronic lower back issues and an acute injury in my right leg. Over the last year, I have been very physically active, and was training for a challenging race. Kelson helped me understand the cause of my pain and was fantastic at working with me to both help me heal and not totally backtracking from my longer term training goals. I feel like I didn’t just have my immediate issues addressed, I also have information that will help with my training moving forward. I am very happy with my therapist, Kelson. I learned a lot more about the issues I have been having with my back, why they happen and how I can prevent or improve them.

Susan B.  (Patient)

 

 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, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology with Summa Cum Laude. 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 patient 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, best possible outcomes and prevent future injuries. Jethro grew up in Hong Kong, 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)

 

 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)

 

 pt-theresa-wheatonTeresa Ichniowski, PT

Teresa Ichniowski has over 33 years of experience as a Physical Therapist. She graduated from Eisenhower College in Seneca Falls, NY in 1976 with a degree in Biology, and completed her training in Physical Therapy at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1977.

 During her years as a Physical Therapist, Teresa has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient centers and home care services. Her broad range of experience is a valuable asset to ARTS and to her patients.

 Teresa has a special interest in Osteoporosis and has pursued additional training in exercise protocols that improve posture and balance to protect against falls. Recently she has begun teaching a course designed to benefit individuals with this condition as part of the new ARTS Wellness Program. 

I came for P.T. a month after I had knee replacement o my left leg. Teresa took excellent care of me as usual and gave me exercises and tips so I could get better. Helping out were Darcy, Kwesi and Brendan who pushed me so the exercises were helping out more every week. I feel that everything they all did for me and tips to do things better and easier at home all got me to where I am today. NO PAIN, but some minimal discomfort. I have told my friends about the excellent help I was getting with the therapy.

Barbara D.  (Patient)

I was referred for physical therapy by Dr. Thomas because of spinal osteoporosis. In five sessions I have learned a routine (originated by Meeks) that reduces discomfort and has improved my posture.

Mary M.  (Patient)

I had a problem with my right shoulder. It created so much pain to perform my routine activities. Dr. Matsumoto sent me to see the P.T., and Teresa was the person. I have been very impressed with her regarding the treatments, and her hospitality. I have recovered very fast due to her treatment and instructions to exercise. I am very thankful to her and all the staff.

Sodsai T.  (Patient)

I had pain in my left shoulder/shoulder blade.  After awhile my right shoulder joined with pain.  Both were addressed with treatment. Teresa, my therapist has been very caring. I liked her approach to avoid pain and her gentle, but firm touch. The most valuable aspect of my experience was that approach to avoid pain when doing my daily exercises.  

Rachel G.  (Patient)

I came to physical therapy with pain due to joint hyper mobility.  The pain included my shoulders, back, knees, hips and ankles.  Teresa very skillfully showed me how to manage my condition with exercise.  My pain has been greatly reduced.  Both she and Laura always treated me with gentleness and kindness. Teresa tailored my plan to my individual needs. They communicated everything with my physician.   It has been a joy working with them.  They have treated me like family!  And my life has improved by being able to better manage my pain from this chronic condition.  

Karen H. (Patient)

 


Rockville Location  

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)

 

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)

 


Chevy Chase Location

pt-tomThomas Massie, DPT

Thomas Massie grew up locally in Maryland graduating from Winston Churchill High School and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. While working as a special education para-educator for Montgomery County Public schools and volunteering with therapeutic horseback riding, he was exposed to multiple healthcare fields and ultimately altered his career path towards physical therapy. In 2014, he graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. He has primarily specialized in orthopedic settings during his career treating all conditions from head down to the toes. In 2015, he earned his certificate in Dry Needling from Myopain Seminars, a founding leader in the field. He has used this tool in the treatment of patients with muscle spasms, myofascial pain, and motion restrictions. Thomas teaches his patients independence with their pain management through postural awareness and structured stretching/strengthening exercises to reduce compensations that aggravate painful areas. Over the past year, he has been participating in a clinical trial investigating the effects of dry needling on the sympathetic nervous system. Outside of the clinic, he spends free time playing soccer, rock climbing, and going on walks with his wife and dog. He has also coached youth wrestling for elementary and middle school children for over a decade. Tom once spent a year traveling New Zealand in a van and hopes to one day do the same in the United States.

All of the staff are outstanding! My P.T. – Tom is exceptional, creative, attentive, and perceptive of patient needs in treatment.

Meta (Patient)

Tom is terrific! He is extremely engaged in my therapy, targets my areas of pain and discomfort quite expertly. He is very sensitive to pain and yet he helps me work through the pain so as to gain more movement of my neck. Alexis and Nelli are also terrific, very patient and know what needs to be done!

Dan (Patient)

Tom Massie showed me many exercises to help deal with back pain. I learned to use many of these at home and I have better balance and flexibility.

Bernard (Patient)


Washington DC Location 

pt-marylynMarylyn Presutti, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC

Marylyn Presutti is a graduate of Marquette University, receiving both her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Physiology (2010), and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (2012). While in physical therapy school, she was the recipient of the Marie Sekeres Papanek Scholarship for her advanced training and research in the active geriatric population. Her interest in physical therapy stemmed from an injury she sustained in high school, and her personal experience with receiving treatment lead her to pursue a career in the field. As a clinician, she has spent her career in an outpatient orthopedic setting, treating patients across the spectrum ranging from sports medicine to chronic pain. While working in the Twin Cities, she was a participant of a panel of physical therapists that established a return to sport protocol after shoulder injury. Being a huge fan of baseball and the Chicago Cubs, Marylyn has always had a special interest in shoulder pain and dysfunction. Marylyn strongly believes in patient education and the ability of the patient to treat and manage their own pain, and she strives to empower her patients. Marylyn is consistently staying on top of current research in physical therapy, and continues to improve her skillset and competency. Most recently, she completed her Manual Therapy Certification through Evidence in Motion, and utilizes this additional training every day in her clinical practice. When Marylyn is not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog. Hailing from the Midwest, she is an avid sports fan. She can often be found at home watching the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Blackhawks, and Chicago Fire.

I started working with Marylyn two months ago when I couldn’t stand up straight after sitting and I had significant pain in my lower back and limited hip mobility. After 16 sessions, I am now able to go about my daily activities mostly pain free! Marylyn not only gave me various exercises I had to do but she also explained why the exercises worked. I am extremely happy with Marylyn, Tika, Michelle and Aidan. They – as a team- did a great job of working with me on my various issues. I can get up from sitting pain free and can walk without lower right back pain.

Charles  (Patient)

Great practice! Marylyn seems very knowledgeable, gives me take home exercises to work on, makes suggestions and recommendations.

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)

 

 

 


View Full Site
Top