The C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy staff is unmatched in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The staff is comprised of licensed physical therapists with extensive knowledge and training in anatomy, physiology, and the biomechanics of the body. Our staff also includes Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapisty (FAAOMPT), exercise physiologists, and certified Pilates instructors.
Kendall Black MPT, CSCS received her Masters of Physical Therapy from Hunter College in 2007 (New York, NY) and was awarded the Beatrice Konheim Scholarship in the Life Sciences for academic excellence and leadership, her Bachelor of Arts from Barnard College in 2000, and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2006. Kendall has extensive experience and training in a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions, including dysfunctions of the spine and pelvis, orthopedic and sports-related injuries, post-surgical rehab, gait and balance. She has also had extensive training in women’s health conditions, including pre-natal and post-partum conditions, and pelvic floor dysfunctions. Most recently, she has become certified in the Schroth method of treatment of scoliosis. Kendall’s treatment approach is specific to the individual needs of each patient and includes the integration of manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and neuromuscular training to restore optimal function.
Hilary Granat, PT, DPT, MS,received her B.S. in Business and Marketing from Syracuse University and a Master's in Physical Therapy from Marymount University and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. In addition, she has earned a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from George Washington University. She began working in the health and fitness industry in 1992 as a personal trainer and Exercise Physiologist. Hilary now specializes in sports medicine, orthopedics, and manual therapy. She is qualified to perform Trigger Point Dry Needling and is a certified Pilates instructor specializing in rehabilitation. She enjoys integrating Pilates into her physical therapy treatments. She is trained in movement assessment and believes that it is important to assess and treat the whole person, not just the symptoms or injury. Hilary has vast experience with sports injuries and has treated professional and collegiate athletes from all athletic backgrounds. She has served as the team physical therapist for the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis since 2009. She has also completed post-graduate studies in the field of breast cancer rehabilitation. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology (1999) and Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (1999).
Allison Reines Zygielbaum, PT, DPT, BS, received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from The George Washington University. She graduated from The University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science. Allison has a special interest in manual therapy and functional biomechanics. She employs a comprehensive approach to patient care and is committed to looking beyond the symptoms to get to the root of the problem and restore optimal function to meet the patient’s goals. She uses evidence-based physical therapy in conjunction with manual therapy, functional mobilization, neuromuscular re-education and therapeutic exercises to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, injuries and movement impairment syndromes. Allison is certified in trigger point dry needling. Since 2012, she has been a clinical instructor for the George Washington University physical therapy program and enjoys mentoring students.
Jeff Robinson, PT, FAAOMPT, graduated from Daemen College summa cum laude with a BS in physical therapy in 1993 and earned a doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2011. Jeff successfully completed the Kaiser Hayward Fellowship in Advanced Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2001 with subsequent acceptance as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT) in 2002. Jeff's paper entitled “Lower Extremity Pain of Lumbar Spine Origin: Differentiating Somatic Referred and Radicular Pain” was published in the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy in 2003. Jeff served as the chair of the continuing education committee for the DC chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) from 2007 to 2013 and currently serves as the chair for the payment committee. He has been an adjunct professor of orthopedics in the physical therapy department at Marymount University since 2007 and serves as a reviewer of scholarship applications for the Institute for the Advancement of Orthopedic Physical Therapy (IAOPT). In his spare time, Jeff enjoys various forms of working out and has participated in dozens of triathlons over the past 20 years including Ironman Wisconsin in 2006 and Ironman Lake Placid in 2008.
Kim Stepien, PT, DPT, an expert in injury prevention and treatment of athletic injuries, has practiced in the outpatient orthopedic setting since 2007. She believes in providing patient-centered care with individualized treatment unique to each injury including, but not limited to, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular re-education. Kim received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, where she was collegiate swimmer. She furthered her education by completing certifications in Pilates for Rehabilitation (2010) and Advanced Functional Trigger Point Dry Needling (2011). From January 2013—July 2014, Kim co-led the successful opening of and was the director at a new physical therapy clinic location in Madison, Wisconsin. She recently returned to Washington, DC and is eager to expand CORE into another location at MINT gym. Kim is an accomplished manual therapist with a strong interest in sports medicine. She is a life-long athlete who has been consistently ranked #1 in the nation for her age group for aqua-bike (2011—2014) and who is the Maryland State Champion for time trialing in 2011—2012.
Tony Touma, PT, MSPT, FAAOMPT, received his Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 1990 from Andrews University. In 1993, he successfully completed the requirements for residency in Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy from the Great Lakes Institute of Physical Therapy. Tony went on to be a clinical instructor in the residency and a national lecturer in the area of manual physical therapy. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist (FAAOMPT). As a manual therapist he specializes in assessing and restoring normal biomechanics of the spine and extremities. Tony was also formally trained in Medical Exercise Therapy and specializes in sports medicine with extensive experience treating recreational, high school, college and professional athletes. His areas of interest are complex spine, pelvis and lower extremity injuries with focus on restoring normal functional movements.