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Our Team

Marghi Rice Guarino, PT, DPT, OCS

 

Marghi Rice Guarino, PT, DPT, OCS, Clinic Director

Marghi is the clinic director of IPTC in Centreville. She earned a BS degree in physical therapy from Boston University, received an MS degree in exercise science from George Mason University and gained a Doctor of physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Marghi is a board certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy. She has continued to complete coursework from North American Institute of Orthopedic Physical Therapy. She is interested in manual therapy, foot and ankle biomechanics, and musculoskeletal spinal injuries. She has lectured at Marymount University and Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) physical therapy’s assistant program. She serves on NOVA’S curriculum advisory board and has been recognized by SAS, leader in business analytics, for her use of outcomes in physical therapy. In 1995, she published an article in Isokinetics and Exercise Science, Comparison of Two Exercises on VMO and VL EMG Activity and Force Production. She is a member of The American Physical Therapy Association.

“Growing up in a medical family with a father who used to make house calls for his patients inspired me to look at the field of physical therapy. I truly enjoy spending one on one time with each patient, listening and learning about their physical restrictions and then devising a plan to meet their goals of active participation in their life or sport activity.”

 


Barbra Almond, M.ED., OTR/L, CHT

Barbra Almond, M.ED., OTR/L, CHT

Barbra is a licensed occupational therapist and she has been with the Centreville location since 2002. Barbra graduated from the University of New Hampshire in occupational therapy and she earned an advanced degree in exercise physiology from Temple University.  Barbra now specializes in treatment of the hand and upper extremities and she received her certified hand therapist designation.  Barbra has participated in numerous community service events, including recent trip to Nicaragua to train hand therapists and perform hand rehabilitation on multiple patients in underserved areas in the region.


 

Vicky Block, MSPT

Vicky received a BA from Bowdoin College in Maine. She earned her Master of Science degree in physical therapy at Duke University. Upon graduation in 1998, Vicky worked for Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., where she served as the physical therapy liaison to the rheumatology team and treated patients with many types of diagnoses, including orthopedic, respiratory, cardiac, neurological, burn, oncologic, hematologic, rheumatologic, and genetic conditions. She has also worked for several private pediatric practices in the Washington area. Vicky joined IPTC in 2005 and in addition to treating a wide range of orthopedic patients, developed a special interest in treating sacroiliac dysfunction after having 2 children and experiencing it herself. She also works part-time for Falls Church City Schools as the staff physical therapist and develops treatment plans for children with special needs. She enjoys spending time with her family and running. She has completed several marathons.

 


Lorraine Cappelli, PT

Lorraine Cappelli, PT

Lorraine Cappelli is a licensed physical therapist in the Centreville location.  Lorraine graduated earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University.  Lorraine has completed coursework in joint mobilization, myofascial release, spine rehabilitation, total joint replacement rehab, hand therapy rehabilitation plus custom splint fabrication, and orthotics.  She has more than 30 years of experience in orthopedic, including manual therapy, and neurologic rehabilitation especially stroke rehab.  She has  more than two decades of experience in treatment of myofascial pain syndrome, patella-femoral pain syndrome, total joint replacements, TMJ dysfunction, hand therapy, thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical spine dysfunction and tension headaches. She has had the privilege of being a clinical instructor throughout the years for Virginia based physical therapy schools.

“I was inspired to go into physical therapy working with physically handicapped children in the Fairfax County summer recreation program.  Those children are amazing and taught me that so much is possible with determination.  I enjoy spending one on one time assessing and developing a rehabilitation program that will improve upon a person’s situation in life.”


Katharin Girardi, LPTA

Katharin Girardi, LPTA

Katharin is a licensed physical therapist assistant and she has been at the Centreville location since 2001. She received her Bachelor's degree in exercise science and nutrition at Virginia Tech and went on to earn an Associates Degree from Northern Virginia Community College's physical therapist assistant. Katharin has completed coursework in outpatient orthopedic topics. I enjoy spending time with my patients and giving them to tools and knowledge they need to return to their previous level of function.

“I was inspired to go into physical therapy after watching my grandfather who suffered a stroke regain his ability to walk.”


Laura Goodman, PTA

Laura Goodman, PTA

Laura Goodman joined the Centreville location in 2005 as a physical therapist assistant. She received her Bachelor’s degree at George Mason University and went on to earn an Associate's Degree for physical therapist assistant from Northern Virginia Community College. In addition to outpatient orthopedic, Laura has clinical experience in a skilled nursing facility, hospital setting and the public school system.

“I was developing exercise routines as a child.  It was only a matter of time before I realized this was the career path for me.  One-on-one time educating and helping to heal a patient is the best part of my job.”


Rebecca Graham, MPT

Rebecca Graham, MPT

Rebecca joined our Centreville clinic in 2005. She received her Bachelor’s degree at James Madison University in Virginia and went on to complete an MPT in physical therapy at MCP Hahnemann University.  She has focused on working with outpatient orthopedics patients and especially post-surgical joint patients.

“I was inspired to go into physical therapy when my grandmother had a course of treatment for her fractured kneecap. Her recovery once she began therapy was inspiring. I truly enjoy spending one on one time with each patient, and figuring out the intricacies of each particular problem.”


Patricia Hartman, PT, MS, OCS

Patricia S. Hartman PT, MS, OCS

Pat is a certified manual therapist and is board certified in orthopedic physical therapy. She graduated from University of Connecticut with a BS in physical therapy and received her MS in orthopedic physical therapy from the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences. She has completed extensive continuing education, including coursework on the spine from, Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pat taught nationally on foot and ankle biomechanics and orthotics for two years and serves as a resource for the staff at Centreville and IPTC. She enjoys treating a diverse orthopedic caseload including spine and extremities. Pat has also represented IPTC at many community service events.

"My goal is to promote return to an active lifestyle and help patients achieve their personal best.”


Alan Jackson, LPTA

Alan D. Jackson, LPTA

Alan is a licensed physical therapist assistant and he joined the Centreville location in 2006. He earned his physical therapy assistant degree from Northern Virginia Community College. Alan has a particular interest in manual therapy and he has completed manual therapy coursework. He has also volunteered and worked in a variety of physical therapy settings.  Serving as the center’s Safety Coordinator Alan has made overall clinic, and especially, patient safety of utmost concern.  He is a clinical instructor to physical therapist assistant students making rounds in the region.

“Having suffered a sports related injury, subsequent surgery, and going through physical therapy myself not only did I find a career path but am also better able to empathize with my patients.”


Molly Meadows, PT

Molly Meadows, PT

Molly joined Inova in 1993 and she is a senior physical therapist. In 1987, Molly received her physical therapy degree at Temple University.  She is a long standing member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and their orthopedic section. She is an APTA certified clinical instructor. She enjoys working with the general orthopedic population. She has completed advanced clinical training for manual therapy of the spine and extremities and the biomechanical examination/treatment of the foot and ankle. As a senior therapist, Molly enjoys mentoring staff and training students.

“My clinical expertise is focused on helping patients regain function through a unique and individualized program.”


Nora Merrill, PT, DPTNora Merrill, PT, DPT

Nora started her career in Physical Therapy as a Rehabilitation Technician at the Centreville clinic in 2007 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at James Madison University. She continued her schooling at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, culminating with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In addition, she participated in extensive coursework focusing on the evaluation and treatment of vertigo and other vestibular disorders. Nora has also completed training in orthopaedics. In her free time, Nora enjoys tennis, kickboxing, and volleyball.


Bessie Tsiamis Thorne, MPT

Bessie Tsiamis Thorne, MPT

Bessie received a BS degree from George Mason University.  She later graduated with a Masters of Science in physical therapy from Shenandoah University. She has completed coursework in manual therapy and joint mobilizations.  She is a credentialed clinical instructor from the American Physical Therapy Association.

“I was inspired to go into physical therapy because of my grandfather who was a bilateral amputee from an accident.  I wanted to become a physical therapist to help him benefit from the revolutionary field of prosthetics and orthotics. I truly enjoy spending one on one time with each patient.”