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ThriveAgain Physical Therapy & Wellness

Individualized - Comprehensive - Hands-on

Our mission at ThriveAgain Physical Therapy & Wellness (formerly Martial Arts & Sports PT) is to enable you to live a full, active, pain-free life.  We specialize in individualized therapy that looks at your body as a whole and gets to the root of your problem to resolve it more completely.  We use advanced manual therapy, pelvic floor treatments, and activity and sport-specific retraining to help you reach your true potential and get you feeling better than you thought possible. 




Jessica founded ThriveAgain Physical Therapy & Wellness in 2009 with the vision of providing individualized and hands-on physical therapy to patients suffering from chronic or complex pain.  By embracing a comprehensive and holistic approach to treatment, Jessica is able to indentify and treat underlying problems that interfere with the body's optimal functioning.    

Jessica has extensive advanced training in a variety of manual therapy techniques and has a Manual Therapy Certification and Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions.  Some of Jessica’s favorite manual therapy techniques include muscle energy technique, spinal manipulations, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.  Jessica also has in-depth training on the female and male pelvic floor, and she is a teaching assistant for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.

Martial arts have been a part of Jessica’s life since 1996, and she holds a second degree black belt in Aikido and a brown belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu.  She has training in Krav Maga, and has dabbled in Kali, Capoeira, Iaido and Shotokan Karate.  She has treated hundreds of martial artists and fighters in the region.

In addition to her manual therapy certification and doctorate, Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College’s physical therapy program.  She is an American Physical Therapy Association credentialed clinical instructor. Jessica is also a Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning, certified by the International Sports Sciences Association.

Tieya is a native Washingtonian who currently resides in Maryland. She obtained her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005, followed by her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Howard University. Tieya has worked in various healthcare settings throughout the DC Metropolitan area, and has even taken time to experience physical therapy as a traveler in Hilo, Hawaii.


Tieya particularly enjoys working in the orthopedic outpatient setting, treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions for a wide age range, primarily adults. Tieya has a special interest in pelvic health, pregnancy and post-partum and has taken multiple advanced courses in this area.  Tieya also uses dry needling to maximize her patient outcomes.  She is passionate about helping patients modify their thinking from believing they have to live with a problem to embracing the possibility of real relief. She does this by providing education and completing advanced manual therapy and exercise interventions to target each individual’s problems. Tieya has a passion for assisting people in their overall wellness journey from a holistic standpoint, and does so with care and compassion.

Tieya enjoys staying active, mentoring youth, and is always learning new things. 

Melissa joins ThriveAgain bringing with her an extensive background in manual therapy skills and Craniosacral Therapy.  She received her degree in occupational therapy at the Medical College of Virginia and immediately sought out techniques to improve outcomes with her orthopedic and neurological clients including joint mobilization and Neurodevelopmental Treatment.  Melissa’s curiosity in how an individual’s fascia and muscle system responded to gentle skilled hands on techniques was further piqued by Myofascial Release training. Assisting clients in pain relief and improved mobility via the connection of the body’s extensive system of fascia or the fluid like sheaths which cover muscles extending throughout the body was humbling and awe inspiring. Melissa continued on from there to seek out deeper fascia work via Craniosacral Therapy techniques and was amazed at the profound changes in daily function possible by the subtle facilitation. She has been taking courses and practicing Craniosacral Therapy for 20 years.

Margarita is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and mind-body coach.  She emphasizes listening to the body and mindfulness to help clients live better in their bodies.

Her favorite modalities include:  Deep tissue, craniosacral,  pre/post natal, sports massage, stretch and alignment techniques, Swedish massage, myofacial release and therapeutic yoga.

Margarita believes that supporting the body’s internal resources with therapeutic touch is a foundational part of healthy living for everyone and has offered bodywork to underserved populations for several years in multiple locations.

Margarita has explored her body through competitive gymnastics, dance, yoga, weight training, swimming, and running.

For over a decade, Katie has worked collaboratively with individuals to help them overcome adversity and enjoy healthier relationships and work lives.  She helps clients build on existing strengths and understand the origins of interpersonal struggles using an empathic, person-centered approach.

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with thirteen years of clinical experience.  She has expertise in working with survivors of trauma, complicated medical conditions, and individuals with significant behavoral health concerns.  She also holds a certification in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International.

Katie received a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and an undergraduate degree from Connecticut College. Over the course of her career, she has held leadership positions at community behavioral health and hospital settings in DC, and teaches a clinical practice seminar for the MSW program at Catholic University.

Katie is available for psychotherapy appointments during the day and in the evening.  Please contact her at 202-688-1449 or to learn more about the services she provides or to set up a consultation.

Jeffrey is a classically trained practitioner and instructor of Tai Chi Chuan, which he has taught for over 17 years. Jeffrey is also a certified massage therapist, and he incorporates his knowledge of the body into his Tai Chi instruction. Jeffrey works closely with the rest of the ThriveAgain team to suit private Tai Chi lessons specifically to the needs of each participant.

Hawanya joined ThriveAgain Physical Therapy & Wellness as office administrative assistant in January, 2017. Hawanya is responsible for all front desk operations including scheduling, phone calls and overall office operations.  She is passionate about make each and every patient feel comfortable and at home at ThriveAgain.

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Amazing.  Extremely helpful.  One session with these folks is like six sessions with a traditional physical therapist.
-Jeff L.