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
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.
Lauren Cary, PT, DPT, CSCS
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, knee, and shoulder, as well as treating active individuals of all ages. She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. When she’s not treating patients, she enjoys traveling, doing handstands, Olympic weightlifting/CrossFit, and cooking.
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 her license in Virginia to practice physical therapy and athletic training. She has worked in sports medicine/orthopedic clinics for 16 years and has previously 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. 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/pelvis, and running. Outside the professional world, Julie enjoys spending time with family and training for local running races and triathlons.
Jared Kuhmerker, PT, DPT, CSCS
Physical Therapist/Clinic Director
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.
Samantha Stevenson, PT, DPT
Samantha grew up in Virginia Beach where she was a competitive Irish dancer for over 12 years. Her interest in physical therapy began due to her father’s involvement in the world of competitive bodybuilding and she learned the benefits of exercise from a young age. Sam went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary in 2015, during this time she was involved with research for three journal articles and presented posters at an international conference in her senior year. She then graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2019. Sam has an interest in furthering her skill set in order to continue to help all varieties of patients.
Forrest Rice, PT, DPT
Forrest has been part of the PTS family since 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). 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. He is an avid golfer and our certified TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) professional specializing in golf fitness and injury prevention. In his free time, Forrest can be found playing with his two young sons, golfing or running.
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
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 and individualized exercise prescription in the rehabilitation of athletes of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, working out, playing co-ed softball, attending sporting events/concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Jennifer Seaton, DPT, CSCS
Jennifer grew up in Glen Allen and was a multi-sport athlete growing up, but had a passion for softball. She graduated from Hermitage High School and played outfield for the varsity softball team. She is a proud Hokie and attended Virginia Tech for her bachelor’s degree, studying Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise and graduating Magna Cum Laude. Immediately following her undergraduate degree, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University for her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. After PT school, Jen worked in outpatient physical therapy in Richmond prior to moving and practicing in Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she received her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification. She joined PTS when her family returned to Virginia in June of 2018. Jen enjoys treating a diverse patient population including young athletes, active adults, and post-surgical patients. When not working, she can be found playing softball, golf, hiking and scuba diving.
Rachel Gruber, ATC
Athletic Trainer – King William HS
A native of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Rachel made her way to Virginia attending Bridgewater College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. While at Bridgewater she was a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team for 4 years and continues to be passionate about high school and collegiate level athletics and athletic safety. She takes special interest in youth athletics and educating young individuals as they progress through stages of injury as well as injury prevention. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys hiking, kayaking, animals, and spending time with family and friends.
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 Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in exercise science from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with University Honors from Columbia University. While at Columbia she completed the Advanced Orthopedic Track and traveled to Ohio for a clinical internship focused 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, Wren 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. She has specialized in dance medicine, temporomandibular dysfunction, and dry needling. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, 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.
Jessica Napoleon, PT, DPT
Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Jessica quickly fell in love with all things sports at a young age. She attended Jamestown High School where she played soccer and basketball before attending the University of Virginia where she played on the club basketball team. There, she earned her bachelors degree in Kinesiology: Sports Medicine and then went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. Jessica joined Physical Therapy Solutions that summer and has enjoyed the variety of patient she sees at PTS. Jessica loves treating patients of all ages, including adolescents. As a previous athlete, she especially enjoys treating many orthopedic injuries and rehabbing athletes back to sport.
In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially outside and by the water. She loves cooking, any kind of game or sport, and of course cheering on her Hoos! Wahoowa!
Allison Walsh, PT, DPT
Allison graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2017. She has a background in providing pediatric therapy before joining Physical Therapy Solutions in 2019. Allison grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. She went on to study at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she earned her bachelors degree in Heath Science. Allison has a special interest in working with the pediatric population, but also enjoys treating general orthopedic injuries of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, getting outdoors, and spending time with her family.
Katherine Kesler, ATC
Originally from Oakway, SC, Katherine graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Charleston Southern University in May of 2018. After passing her Board exam, she joined PTS in August of the same year, eventually transitioning into the Athletic Trainer role at The Steward School. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to the market, cheering on her hometown Clemson Tigers, and visiting her family and friends.
Alyssa Drought, PT, DPT
Alyssa graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She continued her education at Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. Alyssa’s treatment philosophy involves an evidence-based approach, with an individualized exercise plan built to help each patient reach their goals.
Alyssa has a passion for treating patients of all ages and appreciates the variety of conditions seen at PTS. Alyssa enjoys a variety of athletic ventures including strength training, road biking, and tennis. When not in the clinic, you can find her at the local parks, playing tennis with her husband, or cheering for the Dawgs!
Ashley Mcallister, ATC
Athletic Trainer – Altee HS
Rebecca Ward, PT, DPT
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.
Downtown Richmond / Ballet
Mia Ronson, MS, PT, CMTPT
Mia earned her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and a Masters In Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia-VCU. Since entering practice she has worked in a variety of outpatient settings. Her transition to PTS in 2019 was a great opportunity to merge her love and knowledge of dance and her extensive experience in orthopedic physical therapy. Mia received certification in dry needling in 2015. She enjoys working with a variety of patients and athletes to achieve their personal and functional goals in therapy.
Caitlin Cederholm, PT, DPT
Originally from Powhatan, Virginia, Cait attended Virginia Tech where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercises. She went on to complete her graduate studies at Marymount University, receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She began working for PTS in 2015 as a Rehabilitation Tech before joining the team as a Physical Therapist.
She enjoys working with a wide variety of orthopedic injuries and strives to create individualized plans for each patient, based on their goals and needs. She has continued her education focusing on advanced assessment and manual skills for several orthopedic conditions. In her spare time you can find her spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and her French Bulldog, Pippa.
Darby Hooten, MS, ATC
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Darby received her Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Florida State University in spring 2017 and her Master’s degree from Ohio University in spring 2019. Darby previously worked as an athletic trainer at the Clinic for Science and Health in Artistic Performance (SHAPe Clinic) where she had the opportunity to work with performing artists of all disciplines.
Darby was a member of a pre-professional ballet company in high school and after switching paths from her hopeful ballet career due to a hip injury, she promised to make it her life mission to work with others to ensure they do not have to stop doing what they love due to an injury. Her passion for dance is what led her to PTS where she is now working as the athletic trainer for the Richmond Ballet. In her free time, Darby loves to work on her personal health by finding fun and adventurous ways to exercise, and has recently found a passion for blogging, sharing her life’s challenges and feats to encourage others.
“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!”