MAXIMIZING CLINICAL OUTCOMES WITH STATE OF THE ART SERVICE
orthopedics | sports medicine | industrial rehab
Physical Therapy Solutions is a group of outpatient physical therapy clinics with locations in Mechanicsville, Downtown Richmond, and Innsbrook, VA. For each of our patients we provide:
Owned and operated by a physical therapist, Physical Therapy Solutions will combine compassionate effort with the best technology to ensure you the best results in the shortest time possible.
Simply stated, the best laid plans, void of effective communication will fail. Physical therapy is a unique, dynamic, process in which a major factor in success is helping you help yourself.
Just because it’s medical doesn’t mean customer service doesn’t matter. We may not solve the maze of insurance, but will actively guide you to have a full understanding of what we’re providing.
SERVING THE GREATER RICHMOND AREA’S PHYSICAL THERAPY NEEDS FOR OVER 10 YEARS
8201 Atlee Road, Suite D
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: (804) 569-1787
Fax: (804) 569-9787
Monday & Wednesday
6:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday
6:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 6:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 7:30am – Noon
Located across from Memorial Regional Hospital, Physical Therapy Solutions- Mechanicsville serves the eastern parts of the Greater Richmond Area. This clinic is within a short drive of all high schools in Hanover County, as well as many other high schools in the area. Physical Therapy Solutions provides athletic training services for Henrico, Highland Springs, Hanover, and King William High Schools.
4101 Cox Road, Suite 100
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: (804) 716-0457
Fax: (804) 716-0496
Monday & Wednesday
6:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday
7:00am – 7:00pm
7:00am – 6:00pm
8:00am – Noon
Our Innsbrook location in Glen Allen, VA serves the West End of Richmond and Henrico County. Located just 5 minutes from Short Pump Town Center near the corner of Cox and Broad and the Silver Diner, this location is within a ten minute drive of multiple high schools in Henrico County, as well as numerous private schools in the area. We offer extended hours to cater to the needs of the Glenn Allen community with appointments available both before school/work and after hours.
Downtown Richmond / Ballet
407 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 840-0845
Fax: (804) 980-7734
Monday & Wednesday
7:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday
7:00am – 5:30pm
Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm
Our Richmond Physical Therapy clinic is located inside the Richmond Ballet building on Canal Street. Our downtown location serves the heart of Richmond, with availability to meet the needs of those working downtown. At this location, we also meet the physical therapy needs of the company dancers for The Richmond Ballet, including on site care for each performance. Convenient off street parking is available for those on their way to or from work by bike or car. We understand that life can be busy, so we offer flexible scheduling to the residents and work force of Downtown Richmond.
At Physical Therapy Solutions, we will provide physical therapy services that are not only designed to maximize your clinical outcome, but are personal and caring in nature. We take pride not only in our quality care and outcomes, but also in our level of customer service. We will strive to maximize clinical outcomes through extensive evaluation and treatment of symptoms and a proactive approach to addressing the underlying biomechanical causes.
The staff at Physical Therapy Solutions uses both hands-on manual treatment techniques as well as exercise based treatment programs to address a wide variety of non operative and post operative diagnoses. We believe both methods, when used together, provide the best possible outcome. Also, we understand that everyone responds differently to treatments. That is why each plan of care is tailored to each individual’s needs.
No matter the joint affected; knee, hip, shoulder, or ankle, the staff at Physical Therapy Solutions will help you get back to the highest level of function possible, while controlling pain and other side effects of a joint replacement surgery.
While there are several ways to treat the spine, we at Physical Therapy Solutions believe a comprehensive approach that uses both hands-on manual techniques and exercise based treatment techniques provide the best outcomes possible. It is our goal to get you back to the activities you love as fast as possible.
Physical Therapy Solutions offers both over the counter and custom molded foot orthotics to help alleviate your pain and symptoms by helping to correct biomechanical issues affecting the ankle and foot. By helping to correct mechanical flaws, orthotics can help you return to a pain free lifestyle and activities you love.
At Physical Therapy Solutions, we strive to decrease your recovery time and facilitate a quick return to the sports you love. Our staff have a diverse background of upper level athletics, maintain active lifestyles, and have close working relationships with local athletic organizations. Our understanding of biomechanical demands combined with first-hand knowledge of sport specific techniques, skills, and proper form gives us a unique expertise and ability to get you safely back to your previous level of competition and beyond.
Some things just happen too fast to detect with the naked eye. From running form and gait analysis to pitching and throwing mechanics, Physical Therapy Solutions uses slow motion video analysis to pinpoint and identify potentially dangerous mechanical flaws that could lead to injury. Once the flaws are diagnosed, the cause of these issues can be addressed and a correction plan can be established to keep you safe and injury free.
Available at our Mechanicsville and Downtown/Ballet clinic, dry needling is an invasive procedure that involves inserting a solid filament needle into a myofascial trigger point within a muscle. This process promotes mechanical and biochemical changes within the muscle without the use of medication. When used as an adjunct to a physical therapy program, dry needling can effectively relieve pain and improve mobility.
Center For Work Performance Services
Physical Therapy Solutions provides high quality care to injured workers by creating a rehabilitation program that is tailored to that
individual’s job. Physical Therapy Solutions Offers:
- Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE’s)
- Permanent Impairment Discernments
- Disability Evaluations
From prevention to post-injury rehabilitation and safe, sustained return to work duties, we provide an integrated approach to ensuring overall client satisfaction. Our licensed therapists will review your specific needs and co-develop programs designed to expedite your return to work, as well as positively impact future injury costs.
Our experience in Worker’s Compensation and Disability complimented by our national network of partners, ensures quality care, client-focused solutions, and communication. We are available to meet with you and work towards creating individualized programs.
Elliott Skorupa, MSEP
Elliott serves as the director of the Center for Work Performance at Physical Therapy Solutions. He has 25 years of clinical experience in performing functional capacity evaluations, disability determinations, and permanent impairment discernments. He also served as the director of the work restoration program at HealthSouth for 12 years during his tenure there. He has a Master’s degree in exercise physiology from Eastern Illinois University and was board certified as a disability examiner, CDE II, in April of 1997 through the National Association of Disability Evaluation Professionals, (NADEP). His exemplary board examination earned him the Robert W. Sandell Award in July of 1998 for outstanding examination scores and exemplary research applied to the Certified Disability Examiner certification examination. In his free time, Elliot enjoys golf, skiing, and hiking, and he is an avid woodworker and keeper of marine reef aquariums.
For Additional Questions Please Contact Us
Yes. The choice of where you receive therapy is always yours. While the majority of our patients come to us by physician referral/recommendation, many clients request to see us due to our strong clinical reputation in the community.
With the exception of Medicare patients, we operate in a direct access state where, if your insurance plan authorizes self-referral to physical therapy, a physician referral is not necessary for you to be seen by a licensed therapist. Please check with your insurance though as many health insurance plans require a physician’s referral for therapy to be covered. We also offer treatments, services and/or products that do NOT require a referral and are available on a self-pay basis.
At Physical Therapy Solutions, we participate in most health care plans and accept a variety of smaller plans. Additionally, we offer a variety of flexible self-pay and payment plan options. We understand that your injury may have a profound impact on your finances and are committed to finding a way to help you in a cost effective manor.
Many plans require that you make a co-payment at the time of your visit. We accept cash, check, or credit cards.
Some insurance plans may require that you get authorization from them before you visit us. Since this varies by plan and can be quite confusing, and sometimes overwhelming, please allow our staff to assist you. We do, however, encourage you to take an active role and share communication you receive from your insurance company with us. It is our goal that there be no “surprises” when it comes to the financial side of healthcare.
As a service to our patients, we will gladly file claims with your insurance company on your behalf. In order to appropriately submit these claims, we will need to obtain a copy of your insurance identification card to ensure that we have the necessary information.
Your therapist will conduct an evaluation of your condition lasting between 60-90 minutes. The evaluation is necessary to create a program designed specifically to address your needs for a maximum recovery.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to fill out initial paperwork.
You should also bring a copy of your prescription your physician gave you as well as a driver’s license and your insurance cards.
Comfortable, loose clothing and athletic shoes. For women with shoulder or back problems, a tank-top or sports bra under your t-shirt would be ideal. For hip/knee and ankle issues, shorts are encouraged, as we will need to be able to access the injured area.
Our Team: Mechanicsville
Alan Pietruszkiewicz, MSPT
Owner / Physical Therapist
Alan Pietruszkiewicz is a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Active in every sport imaginable in high school, he came to Virginia Commonwealth University in 1990 on a track scholarship. He graduated in 1996 from Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV Campus) with a Masters of Physical Therapy.
Practicing for 10 years in Richmond for HealthSouth, Alan has fostered relationships throughout the Richmond area treating patients from 200 different physicians. His clinical interests have led him to continuing education lectures throughout the United States on shoulder, ankle, and knee rehabilitation.
Alan has served as the team Physical Therapist for the Richmond Renegades. Additionally, he has worked with Olympic figure skaters along with a number of professional baseball players. A long-time supporter of Hanover and Henrico County Athletics, he enjoys working with high school athletes along with his general orthopedic patients.
Catherine Irby, DPT, OCS
Catherine grew up in southside Virginia where she attended a small high school and played a variety of sports, including volleyball, tennis, and soccer. She later attended the University of Virginia, completing an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in sports medicine. She swam for UVA’s club swim team in 2006-2007. She obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. To further her clinical skills since graduation, she completed an advanced manual therapy course and passed the Orthopedic Specialty exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Since joining the team at PTS, she enjoys treating the wide variety of orthopedic patients that come through the door. In her free time, Cat enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, and traveling.
Julie Wilson, PT, DPT, ATC
Julie graduated from Saint Francis University with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy in 2003. While studying at Saint Francis, she also completed her athletic training internship working closely with the Division 1 soccer and basketball teams. Upon graduation, she obtained licensure in Virginia to practice physical therapy and athletic training. She has worked in sports medicine/orthopedic clinics for 10 years and has served as the head athletic trainer for a local high school for 6 years. To further advance her clinical skills, she completed manual therapy coursework through the University of Saint Augustine and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Currently at Physical Therapy Solutions, she is a senior physical therapist. She is a member of the APTA, its orthopedic section, and the NATA. Her treatment philosophy focuses on manual therapy to restore painfree mobility, exercise programs for strength and endurance with correct biomechanics, and patient independence to reach individual goals. She thrives on learning through continuing education opportunities with emphasis in manual therapy, spine, running, and foot/ankle. Outside the professional world, Julie enjoys spending time with family and training for local running races and triathlons.
Jared Kuhmerker, PT, DPT, CSCS
Jared was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, taking an interest in athletics at a young age. A multi-sport athlete throughout high school, Jared was an All-American swimmer in the 100-yard breast stroke at TC Williams High School. Jared went on to study biochemistry and cell biology at Bucknell University, where he was a Division I baseball player from 2005-2009 and was a member of the 2008 Patriot League Championship team. Jared then continued his education, receiving his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV Campus). While in graduate school, Jared became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Since starting at Physical Therapy Solutions, Jared continues his athletic endeavors through weight training and racing triathlons, while maintaining a strong interest in baseball and treating overhead athletes.
Hallie Wilson, PT, DPT
Originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina, Hallie was a scholar athlete throughout high school playing volleyball, soccer, and tennis. She attended the University of North Carolina for her undergraduate studies and was a cheerleader for the Tarheels, cheering them on during their NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance in 2000. Hallie went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2007. She joined Physical Therapy Solutions in 2010 and has focused her continuing education on vestibular issues and advanced manual courses. She is an avid endurance athlete having participated in half-marathons, full-marathons, and triathlons
Forrest Rice, PT, DPT
Forrest joined PTS as a student in 2009 after completing his undergraduate degree in Exercise, Sport, Health Education from Radford University. Shortly after, he was accepted into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV Campus) and continued to work through school as a rehabilitation tech at the clinic. Forrest is now one of our team’s physical therapists and enjoys the wide variety of patient cases he sees at PTS. As native of Mechanicsville, Forrest grew up playing a variety of sports in and around Hanover County. Due to his background, he thoroughly enjoys working with the young local athletes and strives to get them back onto the playing field. In his free time, Forrest can be found golfing, fishing, running, or woodworking.
Jessica Hart, DPT
A native of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Jessica attended Atlee High School where she played varsity softball. She continued her softball career as a division I athlete at Longwood University before transferring to James Madison University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree before joining PTS in 2016. In addition to general orthopedics, she has a special interest in the utilization of advanced manual therapy techniques in the rehabilitation of young athletes and runners of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing co-ed softball and flag football, attending sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
Lauren Cary, DPT
Lauren graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science with a Health Fitness emphasis. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Her treatment philosophy involves using a comprehensive approach involving manual therapy, individualized exercise programs, and patient education in order to work with patients to achieve their goals.
She is originally from Falls Church, VA where she was a competitive athlete in many sports including gymnastics, swimming, and basketball. Lauren enjoys working with all orthopedic injuries with a special interest in the spine, shoulder, and knee, as well as treating athletes of all ages. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is in the process of becoming certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. When she’s not treating patients, she enjoys traveling the world, doing handstands, Olympic weightlifting/CrossFit, and cooking.
Tyler Golden, ATC
Athletic Trainer – Highland Springs HS
Originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Tyler attended George Mason University where he majored in Athletic Training with a minor in Kinesiology. He was a member of the track team for five years while at Mason, winning conference championships with the team in 2010 & 2011. Since joining PTS in July 2016, Tyler has worked with Highland Springs High School athletics and enjoys helping and working with the high school students. In his free time, he enjoys running, woodworking, and spending time with his dog, Daisy
Emily Pritchett, MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer – Henrico HS
Emily is a native of Mechanicsville where she attended Atlee High School. She received her Bachelors in Athletic Training at George Mason University. Emily also graduated summa cum laude from Western Michigan University with her Masters in Post-Professional Athletic Training. While in Michigan she completed a graduate assistantship in the Sports Medicine Clinic at WMU providing rehabilitative services to faculty, staff, and dependents of the University. Along with athletic injuries she has a special interest in performing artists and adaptive sports. In her free time Emily enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Ashley Mcallister, ATC
Athletic Trainer – Altee HS
Rachel Gruber, ATC
Athletic Trainer – King William HS
Innsbrook / Glen Allen
Kevin Black, PT, DPT
Clinical Director / Physical Therapist
A native of Wise County, Virginia, Kevin Black has been active his entire life playing football, baseball, and basketball. After graduating from The University of Tennessee with his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Physiology, Kevin furthered his education at Virginia Commonwealth University attaining a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. His tenure at Physical Therapy Solutions began during his graduate school studies as a Rehabilitation Tech. He began his career as the head Physical Therapist for Highland Springs High School where he treated athletes in all sports and activities. Kevin has been the Clinical Director at the Innsbrook location since 2013. Most of Kevin’s continuing education is focused on the treatment and management of athletes as well as general orthopedic injuries. In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing golf, skiing, weight lifting, and running.
Wren Blackwell, PT, DPT
Wren Blackwell grew up in Mechanicsville, Virginia and attended Hanover High School, where she played varsity soccer. She earned her BS summa cum laude in exercise science from Virginia Commonwealth University and found her passion for clinical research investigating adolescent obesity. Wren earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with University Honors from Columbia University, where she completed the Advanced Orthopedic Track and traveled to Ohio for a clinical internship focusing on treating endurance athletes. She is a published research author in the field of prosthetic function and earned the Dr. Alma S. Merians Research Award from Columbia for her contributions to advancing the field of physical therapy.
While at PTS, she has continued to conduct clinical research investigating knee cartilage defects with Dr. William Nordt of OrthoVirginia. She enjoys treating people of all ages with a variety of orthopedic injuries. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, playing soccer, and spending time with family and friends.
Allison Midkiff, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Allison grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and graduated from Old Dominion University in 2001. She worked as a director overseeing the daily operations of a successful restaurant group in Hampton Roads for many years. Due to her active interest in athletes, and desire to help others improve their physical well being, Allison made a career change. She graduated from Tidewater Community College in 2010 with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree.
Since then, she has spent several years working in various outpatient sports medicine clinics around the country. Through multiple experiences, Allison has had the opportunity to train with many Physical Therapists with focus on treatment of the spine, shoulder, knee, and ankle biomechanics. Allison joined Physical Therapy Solutions in November of 2014 and has focused on improving knowledge through continuing education courses that provide advanced manual skills for many orthopedic conditions and integrating functional exercises to restore function.
In her spare time, Allison enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and 2 dogs along with hiking, biking, skiing, and exploring the culinary scene in Richmond.
Sadie Smith, ATC
Athletic Trainer – Steward School
Downtown Richmond / Ballet
Rebecca Ward, PT, DPT
Clinic Director, Physical Therapist
Rebecca joined PTS right after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in 2012. She is a native of Midlothian, Virginia where she began running cross-country and track at James River High School. She continued running for The College of William and Mary, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.
As a runner, Rebecca has developed a special interest in treating this population, but enjoys working with all types of patients. She has continued her education by attending numerous weekend courses which have covered information on effective treatment for runners and advanced manual skills for many orthopedic conditions.
Chelsea Hermann, PT, DPT
As a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Chelsea was a competitive swimmer for both her high school and local swim club. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she enjoyed volunteering as a coach for various sports for Chesapeake’s Special Olympics, as well as becoming a swimming official for the Virginia High School League. She studied exercise science at Old Dominion University before attending Radford University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
After graduating in the spring of 2016, Chelsea joined PTS with an interest in the rehabilitation of many general orthopedic injuries. She enjoys learning the latest therapeutic treatment plans and refining her advanced manual skills through continuing education courses. In her spare time she loves spending time with family and friends while being outdoors either hiking and boating.
Carina Nasrallah, MS, ATC, CISSN
A native of Blacksburg Carina Nasrallah holds a Bachelor’s degree in dance from Belhaven University and received her Master’s degree in athletic training with an emphasis in performing arts medicine from Shenandoah University. During her graduate studies she completed clinical rotations with the University of Richmond, Shenandoah University, and the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries in New York City. She has been a committee member for the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science since 2013. Carina joined Physical Therapy Solutions in August of 2015 as the athletic trainer for the Richmond Ballet. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Shenandoah University and Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches dance science and nutrition.
“Awesome place to go. Everyone was extremely helpful and very nice. Highly recommend.”
“I go to this location. I highly recommend PT Solutions in Mechanicsville VA. Rebecca is my therapist and she is awesome! The whole staff is great and they all care about your progress.”
“I spent about 7 months getting regular PT from their downtown location and was very satisfied with the whole process. The therapists are extremely helpful and did a great job of making me feel comfortable. Plus I feel much better. I would highly recommend them!”
“This place is great. They do really good work. Alan is an amazing physical therapist. Good environment to help you get better.”
“Kevin is the best PT ever!!!!”
“Having coached literally hundreds of runners in my 30+year coaching career, Physical Therapy Solutions has ALWAYS been my Go-To provider to send my athletes! They always work with the whole team (athlete, coach, parent and school athletic trainer) to find the most appropriate way to return to competition without jeopardizing a young athlete’s future! At age 58 faced with a ruptured Quad Tendon, I turned to Physical Therapy Solutions for one of the most difficult assignments. The staff at PTS worked diligently and were incredible. I think the one thing they did best was to be realistic in what I could expect from a very debilitating surgery and developing a treatment plan that established reachable goes. The end result at age 61 I ran the Jacksonville River Run 15k without pain! I highly recommend Physical Therapy Solutions!”