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 graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College’s physical therapy program and earned her Manual Therapy Certification and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. Jessica is an American Physical Therapy Association credentialed clinical instructor. She is also a Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning, certified by the International Sports Sciences Association. Jessica is a teaching assistant for the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, training other therapists in the care of both male and female patients with pelvic floor concerns.
Jessica has extensive advanced training in a variety of manual therapy (hands on) techniques. Jessica frequently incorporates the following techniques into her treatments: muscle energy technique, spinal manipulation, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. Jessica also has in-depth training on the female and male pelvic floor. She has completed the full pelvic floor course series at the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation.
Jessica has also treated hundreds of martial artists and fighters in the Washington, DC region. She has been published in FIGHT! Magazine and featured in a cover article discussing physical therapists working with combat athletes in PT in Motion Magazine. Jessica has been practicing martial arts herself for over twenty years. She holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido and a brown belt in Dan Zan Ryu Jujitsu. She also has training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga.
Jessica’s calming presence and extensive knowledge of the interplay between the body’s systems and functions allow her to empower each patient with new information about their body and help put them back in control of their lives.
A native Washingtonian, Tieya resides in Maryland and has been part of the ThriveAgain team since 2016. She earned her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2005, followed by her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012, also from Howard University.
Tieya has worked with a diverse group of patients in various healthcare settings in the Washington region. She particularly enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the orthopedic outpatient setting.
Tieya has a special interest in pelvic health, pregnancy, and the post-partum period. She has taken multiple advanced courses in these areas, and is a teaching assistant with the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. Tieya also uses dry needling to maximize her patient outcomes, including dry needling to the pelvic floor.
In conjunction with manual therapy and exercise interventions, Tieya helps patients modify their thinking from believing they have to suffer with pain to embracing the possibility of lasting relief.
Tieya has a passion for assisting people in their overall wellness journey from a holistic standpoint, and consistently does so with care and compassion.
Melissa joined ThriveAgain in 2017, bringing an extensive background in manual therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. Melissa earned her bachelor of science degree in occupational therapy at the Medical College of Virginia. Melissa has been practicing and taking courses in Craniosacral Therapy for over twenty years.
Melissa practices techniques such as joint mobilization, neurodevelopmental treatment, and myofascial release to help patients with orthopedic and neurological issues find relief. She enjoys seeing patients benefit from these hands-on techniques and remains curious to learn how subtle changes in the body’s extensive system of fascia—fluid-like sheaths that cover the muscles—can facilitate significant changes in patients’ daily functioning.
Melissa finds the process of providing pain relief and improved mobility through craniosacral therapy awe-inspiring.
Margarita joined ThriveAgain in 2017 to provide massage therapy, private yoga instruction, and mind-body coaching to help clients feel better in their bodies. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a Massage Therapy License from the Oregon School of Massage.
Margarita offers craniosacral therapy and a variety of massage treatments including deep tissue, pre- and post-natal, sports, and Swedish. She also provides myofascial release and therapeutic yoga. She believes that supporting the body’s internal resources with therapeutic touch is a foundational part of healthy living for everyone.
Margarita has explored her body through competitive gymnastics, dance, yoga, weight training, swimming, and running.
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 provide private Tai Chi lessons specifically to the needs of each client.
Phenicia joined ThriveAgain in March 2018, bringing with her years of administrative experience in medical offices. She is committed to providing excellent customer service to anyone walking through our doors. She is dedicated to the administrative needs of the office, and promises to treat each person who comes in not as a patient, but as a family member.