Meet our Expert Physical Therapists
We win Best PT Practice year after year! We know it's important to address your symptoms now - but more importantly - correct the source of pain. This makes you feel better now and prevents your problem from coming back. Wouldn't that be nice? Once we have determined the source, we develop a personalized plan. We understand the mechanics of your body. All of our therapists believe that making sure the physics of you are optimized. We get to the reason why you either developed a problem gradually or what might have been thrown off by injury or surgery.
- You may also meet the therapist in a FREE 15 minute consultation where we listen to you and will tell you if we can help.
Call 703-723-7726 to schedule your free screening.
- We have worked hard to recruit ONLY the BEST! All of our therapists are highly trained and have many years of experience. We have therapists who specialize in different areas of the body as well as different sports, such as dancers, tri-athletes as well as young athletes. Please check out their brief resumes to see who would match the best with you. If you have any questions, please call, we can fill in the gaps!
The most important thing about our techniques is that we are founded in mechanics. Specifically your body's mechanics or biomechanics. All of our therapists believe that making sure the physics of you are optimized to get to reason of why you either developed a problem that came on slowly or what mechanics or physics might have been thrown off by your injury or surgery. We use our hands and mechanical tools to measure and evaluate, our analytical minds to solve the problem and our hands to restore you to perfect!
Name: Sarah Donahue
Years of Experience: 9
Specialty: Orthopedics, Spine, MET (Muscle Energy Technique), PRI (Postural Restoration Institute integrated exercises)
Interesting Fact: Enjoys yoga, cooking, making beer, sports. Had her first baby in 2014!
Sarah received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and attended the same for undergrad. She is an excellent manual therapist who is adept at treating all areas of the body. She often uses Muscle Energy Technique (MET), the most powerful tool for treating back, neck, and sacroiliac pain and dysfunction. Sarah also practices Postural Restoration, also known as PRI, a technique that addresses how habits may be sabotaging you. Sarah is also a clinical instructor at Shenandoah University at their Northern Virginia Physical Therapy campus.
Sarah is our Director of Physical Therapy and is your go-to person for special questions, problems, and second opinions.
Come in today for an appointment to see how Sarah can help you, 703-723-7726!
Dr. Allen is the owner of BioMechanic Physical Therapy. Her Doctorate is from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She also holds a Master's in Physical Therapy from Temple University. Her undergraduate work includes a BS in Zoology and a BA in Studio Art obtained simultaneously from the University of Maryland at College Park.
She has specialized in Foot & Ankle physical therapy for 19 years and works with adults and children. Spine (including scoliosis and sacroiliac pain) is also a favorite.
Her certifications/awards include:
- APTA Certified Clinical Instructor
- Global Registry of Who's Who
- Individual Award for Excellence in Practice, Washington, DC
- Shining Star Awards from Georgetown University Hospital
- Personal Trainer
Her personal interests include art, sport's cars, Siamese cats, and the beach.
Nick Grillo holds 5 years of orthopedic experience and is certified in Dry Needling, a very popular treatment for pain, muscle spasm and tendonitis.
Nick obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University and did his undergraduate work at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. As are most of the therapists at BioMechanic, Nick also holds a personal trainer certification. Nick's interests and experience are with orthopedic and post-surgical patients with a strong focus on manual therapy and high-value patient care. He is a Clinical Instructor so you may see him mentoring physical therapy students from around the country.
Watch Nick perform a live Dry Needling treatment on our YouTube channel or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG5UCHbNiyI.
Call to schedule a Free Screening with Dr. Grillo to see if Dry Needling will work for you.
Julianne is a manual-based orthopedic physical therapist with nine years of experience. She treats pediatric patients in addition to treating general and sports orthopedics, TMJ, vestibular problems and geriatrics. Julianne is also certified in Dry Needling, which is a very popular technique used to treat muscle spasm and complex movement problems. She also holds training in Mulligan, McKenzie, Maitland and also makes custom foot orthoses.
Dr. Cusick obtained her Doctorate from Shenandoah University (Yes! A classmate of our own Dr. Sarah Donahue) and her Undergraduate degree was a BS from Emory and Henry College where she graduated Cum Laude.
We congratulate her for receiving an award from the Virginia PT Association for 'Expanding Traditional Physical Therapy to adaptive Sport'. Julianne now lives in Sterling with her husband and child.
Name: Amelia Franklin
Years of Experience: 10
Specialty: Orthopedics, Postural Restoration, Spine, Shoulder, Knee, Hip
Interesting Fact: She is a lover of music, the arts, and life. She enjoys fashion, femininity, health, naturality, and fun!
Dr. Franklin graduated from Temple University in 2009 with her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is an experienced manual therapist who has a particular interest in whole body wellness and Postural Restoration.
Amelia has been with BioMechanic since August of 2011 – but with a gap in between to build her family and professional experience.
Amelia’s personal philosophy is that outpatient wellness should empower women and encourages the healthy mind, body, and spirit of clients. She is married to a wonderful man (her high school sweetheart) and has 2 children!
Marsha Colón was first exposed to physical therapy as a teenager when she worked as a rehab tech and witnessed the life-changing results that can flow from physical therapy. That early life experience answered the “what do I want to be when I grow up” question, and she has never looked back.
- B.S. in Kinesiology (the study of human movement) from the University of Maryland at College Park
- M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami School of Medicine
- Certified Lymphedema Specialist
Swollen legs getting in the way of life?
Name: Blake Johns
Years of Experience: 2
Specialty: Shoulders and Knees
Interesting Fact: His favorite food is Kansas City BBQ.
We have a new face at our Virginia Beach location! Please welcome, Dr. Blake Johns. Blake is a highly skilled clinician, with a diverse area of interests within physical therapy. He graduated from the University of Kansas Hospital DPT program in 2017, and has practiced primarily in outpatient orthopedics. His prior experience has given him valuable skills with acute shoulder, knee and low back injuries, in addition to more complex orthopedic surgical cases, post-car accidents, and other work-related injuries. He loves to treat shoulders, knees, and hips.
Blake recently moved to Virginia Beach from Kansas City, and greatly appreciates any opportunity to talk football (read: Patrick Mahomes) and baseball. Blake lives in Chesapeake with his wife, Kelsey, a Regent University law student, where they are parents to one fur-baby: Asher, a 2.5 year-old Blue Heeler mix.
Warm up your shoulder for Football season
Two quick stretches for a tight shoulder
Name: Aditi Subramanian
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Years of Experience: 7
Specialty: Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy(COMT), Kinesiology taping and IASTM (Instrument-assisted Soft tissue Mobilization) practitioner, APTA certified Clinical Instructor
Languages: English, Hindi, Tamil.
Aditi obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in Virginia.
She completed her BS in Physical Therapy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India. She has been practicing in the United States since 2014 and has experience in working with a range of neurological and orthopedic conditions. Aditi completed her Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in August 2019 giving her advanced skills in managing varied orthopedic conditions. Her special interests include working with knee, shoulder, elbow, cervical/neck disorders.
In addition to routine Physical Therapy interventions, Dr. Subramanian uses Maitland joint mobilization, IASTM, muscle and joint taping techniques to address tissue loading and joint mechanics. She also enjoys working with the geriatric population with focus on vestibular rehabilitation to address fall prevention, improve posture and balance in order to promote independent mobility in older adults.
In her personal time, Aditi loves cooking, baking, gardening, photography and writing.
Name: Hanna Jefson
Years of Experience: 3
Specialty: Orthopedics, Spine, MET (Muscle Energy Technique), PRI (Postural Restoration Institute integrated exercises)
Interesting Fact: Marathon runner who worked at Potomac River Running during school so knows everything about running shoes & running. Self-proclaimed "military brat".
Hanna is a recent graduate from Jefferson College of Health Science in Roanoke, Virginia, receiving her PTA degree. Since her arrival, Hanna and Dr. Sarah Donahue have created themselves as a team. Here at BioMechanic PT Dr. Donahue has been doing intensive training with Hanna, teaching all of her techniques so that Hanna and Dr. Donahue will be a seamless duo. This will allow Dr. Donahue's loyal following to both be seen by her and by Hanna. It will make more appointments available on Dr. Donahue's heavily demanded schedule -- allowing you to get Sarah's knowledge and direction and she will have Hanna as an extra pair of skilled hands.
Pradnya Sawant is a manual based orthopedic physical therapist with over 5 years of experience. She is a Certified Mulligan Practitioner, is trained in McKenzie, Maitland and Muscle Energy Technique. Her favorite areas to treat are knee, hip, spine and shoulder.
Pradnya practiced for four years in India before she got married and moved to the US in 2016. She completed training and internships in the US although she earned her Master's degree in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy from Padmashree Dr. D.Y.Patil University, Mumbai, India (2014).
Pradnya enjoys reading, dancing, watching movies and traveling. And she loves being a PT!
Meet our Management Team
Caitlin is the smiling funny gal at the front desk, but know she has her finger on the pulse of all activity coming and going from BioMechanic Physical Therapy. You may have already known Caitlin since she has been our Lead Tech and Pilates instructor for several years before she took the promotion to Director of Administration. Caitlin works hard to keep your appointments with your favorite therapist flowing and working for you. She is the person to go to for scheduling, general questions, and is also the Assistant to the owner, Dr. Lisa Allen, PT. If you don’t know whom to call – call Caitlin and she will be able to direct you.
Nadine brings many years of finance and accounting experience to BioMechanic Physical Therapy. She controls all accounts, both receivable and payable. Nadine is the person you call for help with your account and your insurance. She may be contacted through our main phone number at 703-723-7726.
Dr. Donahue is the organizing force for the 6 physical therapists here at BioMechanic Physical Therapy. Besides providing clinical care herself, she ensures the quality of care, therapist continuing education, in-house education programs, and is a resource for both therapists and patients. For more information on Sarah, see her therapist page on our website here.
Come and work for BioMechanic Physical Therapy
Thinking of a career in Physical Therapy? Visit our careers page to see the available openings for Physical Therapists!