Our team of licensed physical therapists and certified hand therapist understands that each patient has unique rehabilitation needs before or after surgery, or as a result of a medical condition or orthopaedic injury. Our highly trained physical therapy and hand therapy team offers individualized treatment plans to help our patients reach their highest level of independent functioning.
Morgan earned her doctor of physical therapy in 2015 from the University of St. Augustine in Florida. She has since completed additional coursework through the university, focusing on spinal and extremity mobilization and myofascial manipulation.
Morgan earned her manual therapy certification (MTC) in January 2017, and she is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). In addition, Morgan is trained in the Graston Technique® and she is a RockTape (kinesiology tape) provider.
Morgan is passionate about sports and working with athletes of all ages. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and traveling.
After earning her Bachelor of Science in exercise science from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, Denise completed her doctorate in physical therapy from UMDNJ/Rutgers, where she developed an interest in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Denise has been a part of our MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab staff since graduating in 2011.
She enjoys treating post-op patients and working with athletes of all levels. Denise uses a variety of techniques in her treatment plans. She trained in the use of Graston Technique® therapy, and she has taken courses on the use of Kinesio Taping® for various diagnoses.
In addition, Denise has received continuing education through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars on the management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine dysfunctions, and she uses these hands-on strategies in the treatment of many conditions. Denise is also working toward her certification in orthopedic manual therapy (COMT).
Denise is an active member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and daughter.
A Howard County native, Kirsten obtained her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from James Madison University while being a collegiate cheerleader. She earned a doctorate of physical therapy from the University of Maryland – Baltimore, graduating summa cum laude.
Kirsten has always had a passion for sports medicine, orthopedics, and helping others. She will take the extra time to make sure you fully understand your condition and rehab process, and she works with you individually to create a patient-centered plan of care. She enjoys treating all kinds of patient cases and especially providing patients with the tools and knowledge to improve their health.
Kirsten sees patients in our Catonsville location. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and trying new dessert recipes.
Chris completed the physical therapist assistant program at Delaware Technical Community College in Wilmington, Delaware, in May 2015. He has worked full time in an outpatient orthopedic setting since graduating while also pursuing his bachelor’s degree in health science at Wilmington University.
Chris has a strong interest in sports medicine and plans to pursue his certification as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). In his spare time, he loves to play flag football, brew beer, and play guitar.
Mary Beth is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Physical Therapy. She has over 30 years of experience in outpatient orthopedics and has treated a wide variety of orthopedic-related conditions in various settings.
Mary Beth was clinical director of physical therapy for 15 years prior to joining MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab (MASTR) in 2008. During that time, she specialized in joint replacements and was published on rehabilitation following total knee replacements.
At MASTR, Mary Beth continues her focus on general orthopedic rehabilitation with a special interest in total joint replacement. Outside of work she most enjoys spending time with her family and is a loyal Terps fan!
Becca graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She completed her manual therapy certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine, Florida, in October 2004, and she is certified in the Graston Technique®, trigger point dry needling (CDNT), and selective functional movement assessment (SFMA).
Becca enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic patients, incorporating wellness and total health into her treatment planning. She specifically enjoys post-surgical rehabilitation and has also been involved with personal training and group fitness programming since 1994.
Becca’s husband, Aaron, is a physician assistant for Dr. Sam Sydney. Outside of work, Becca enjoys spending time with Aaron and their two daughters skiing, traveling, and hiking with their dog, Juliet Rose.
Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from West Virginia University in 2009 and his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2014. He also earned his manual therapy certification (MTC) from St. Augustine, which is a series of specialty classes in hands-on manual therapy with a focus on manipulation of the spine and extremities.
Dan has been trained in the technique of trigger point dry needling (TDN) for the treatment of painful myofascial trigger points throughout the body. He has also learned additional techniques in the manipulation of myofascial tissue and in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), which is a technique to improve motor control of the body.
Dan returned to MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in April 2017 after working as a PT tech for two years before going off to graduate school. In his free time, Dan loves being outdoors: hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, and whitewater rafting. If he is not outside exploring, he’s inside rooting for the Washington Redskins, Washington Capitals, and West Virginia Mountaineers.
Laura earned her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Salisbury University and then obtained her PTA degree from Carroll Community College in 2004. She has since worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics with some exposure in workers’ compensation, pre/post partum, pulmonary, and pediatrics.
Laura joined MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in July 2016. She holds a certification in Kinesio Taping (CKTP) and continues to take multiple continuing education courses specializing in orthopedic rehabilitation. Laura lives in Howard County with her husband and her two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and animals and, of course...GO, RAVENS!
Kelly is an occupational therapist who works primarily on hand and upper extremity injuries at MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab (MASTR). She graduated with honors from Towson University with a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
Before joining the MASTR team, Kelly worked for four years as an occupational therapist on the spinal cord/multitrauma unit at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, formerly known as Kernan Rehabilitation Hospital. Additionally, Kelly taught for three years at the Community College of Baltimore County as faculty for their occupational therapy assistant program.
Kelly is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner® (CKTP®) and serves an active role as VP of communications for the Maryland Occupational Therapy Association.
Kelly lives in the Linthicum area with her husband and child.
Danielle graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a degree in kinesiology and applied physiology. She then earned her doctorate in physical therapy from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2015 and joined the team at MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab shortly thereafter.
Danielle specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine, with an emphasis on manual physical therapy for the spine and extremities. Having been heavily involved in soccer and lacrosse in her younger years, Danielle has always had a passion for sports and enjoys working with athletes of all ages. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, running, and traveling.
Julie joined MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in October 2014, shortly after earning her doctorate in physical therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She enjoys working with a variety of patients in an orthopedic setting to improve their quality of life.
Julie has attended several different continuing education courses to advance her manual treatment skills and expand her knowledge of the most current techniques available to improve patient outcomes.
In her free time, Julie's interests include hiking, camping, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle. She also enjoys working on house projects and cooking with her husband.
Duane graduated from Central Pennsylvania College with a physical therapy assistant degree and has worked primarily in outpatient orthopedics. He joined the team at MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in the spring of 2015.
With nine years of experience and continuing education courses, Duane has developed a wide range of skills and techniques to use in rehabilitation. He has extensive training in the McKenzie method of treatment, primarily for neck and back issues. He enjoys helping competitive and recreational athletes get back to their activities.
In his free time, Duane can often be found running or biking on the trails of Columbia. He also does high-intensity interval training to stay in shape. Duane and his wife enjoy reading, having intellectual debates, watching movies, and walking together.
Russ earned his bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from York College of Pennsylvania and then earned his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida.
While in school, Russ completed various rotations in specialized spine clinics and general orthopaedic settings. He also has a passion for sports rehabilitation, as he spent 16 years playing baseball. Russ enjoys working with all levels of athletes, but particularly with high school athletes because of their passion.
In his spare time, Russ enjoys playing all types of sports, spending time with his friends and family, and traveling.
Valerie graduated from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina, in 2004 with a master’s degree in physical therapy and completed her transitional doctorate degree from Elon in 2005. Valerie has six years of outpatient experience along with six years of home health care.
Experiencing a patient’s progression is beneficial for understanding the wide range of functional limitations associated with orthopedic injuries and dysfunctions. Valerie has a passion for treating musculoskeletal injuries, and her priority is to provide quality individualized care.
Outside of work, Valerie has completed two marathons and is interested in helping other runners with training methods and injury prevention.
Nick earned his doctorate in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis and joined MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in June 2015. While in school, he completed four clinical rotations with the primary focus on outpatient orthopedics, one of which was at Colorado College working with collegiate athletes.
Nick has taken continuing education courses centered on manual techniques, including the Graston Technique® and Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy, with plans to become a certified orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). He lives a very active lifestyle and enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking in his free time.
Kim graduated in 1992 from an accredited physical therapist assistant program in Baltimore. Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has strengthened her orthopedic background with additional training in balance and proprioception for the geriatric community. She also spent three years performing aquatic therapy for various patient diagnoses and is able to educate patients in a home aquatic program to enhance their rehab potential.
Kim joined MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab in November 2012, continuing her focus on sports medicine rehabilitation for multiple diagnoses in all age groups. She is passionate about injury prevention for the youth athlete, as she has two boys who are involved in sports. She loves the outdoors and enjoys rehabbing her patients to return to their previous level of function, so they can enjoy the outdoors as well.
A Maryland native, Sami completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology with a focus in biomechanics from the University of Maryland in 2012. He then completed his doctorate in physical therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.
Sami has spent the last few years focusing his career on helping athletes from all age groups and backgrounds return to their sport. With over 10 years of experience in competitive martial arts and an additional five years of exhibitional gymnastics and acrobatics experience, Sami brings a unique set of skills to the MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab group.
Outside of work, Sami is pursuing a performance enhancement specialty from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and serves as a gymnastics and acrobatics coach (Gymkana) for the University of Maryland.
Karyn obtained her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 2007. After nine years of experience as a physical therapist in orthopedic and sports medicine, Karyn was happy to join the MidAtlantic Sports Therapy & Rehab team in January 2016.
Karyn is a certified provider of the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) and a certified Mulligan Concept Practitioner (CMP). She is also a fellow of Applied Functional Science and has a certification in Functional Manual Reaction® (FMR) through a fellowship program of the internationally acclaimed Gray Institute.
Karyn uses evidence-based medicine in conjunction with biomechanical analysis to create individualized, functional treatment plans that enable her patients to reach their therapy goals. An avid endurance athlete herself, she enjoys working with runners in the clinical setting. Karyn is a certified Enhance Running technician, which enables her to coach runners to increase efficiency and prevent injuries. She has coached runners on injury prevention through various clinics at running stores and high schools.
In her free time, Karyn enjoys hiking with her dog, spending time with her family, and participating in marathons, triathlons, and adventure races. Karyn hopes to inspire, motivate, and enthuse others to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Kyle completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012 with a degree in kinesiological sciences, focusing his thesis on ACL reconstruction and rehabilitation outcomes. He then earned his doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore.
With over 11 years of competitive gymnastics and four years of acrobatic and aerial experience, Kyle has been able to combine his love for calisthenics and sports medicine to help athletes of all ages return to their sport. He specifically enjoys treating the extremities including the ankles, knees, and wrists.
In his free time, Kyle enjoys an active lifestyle and participates in rock climbing, kayaking, backpacking, and cycling.