Lisa Klein, PT, IMT.C
Total Health Physical Therapy is the newest practice to be opened and operated by Lisa Klein, PT, IMT.,C. Lisa graduated with her degree in physical therapy from The University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1991. Lisa was always interested in holistic medicine and was exposed to chiropractic care, osteopathic care, craniosacral therapy, and massage therapy throughout her undergraduate and PT education. Once she began working in the traditional field, Lisa realized how much holistic manual medicine could add to functional PT practice, and she began looking for the manual practitioners who offered the best technology and training.
Lisa began her manual training by taking several classes through the Upledger Institute in Florida in 1992, where she was very pleased to learn several levels of Upledger craniosacral therapy and Barral visceral manipulation. In 1997, she took a class on the Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) model of manual medicine and was extremely impressed with the tremendous results she was seeing. From 1995 to 2001, Lisa took over 25 IMT classes and founded an outpatient PT clinic in Athens, GA that specialized in bridging the gap between traditional PT and the world of holistic manual medicine. In 2001, Lisa was recruited to open the CenterIMT office in Washington DC.
In 2002, Lisa became a certified IMT practitioner teaching for DCR, Northeast Seminars, and The CT School of IMT. Lisa has become a sought-after IMT instructor and has taught classes throughout the US, Israel, Hong Kong, and Chile. Lisa was also the founding President of the Board of The Integrative Manual Therapy Association, the international association of IMT therapists.
Prior to specializing in IMT, Lisa worked in virtually all traditional PT practice settings, and she brings that experience to her IMT training. Lisa has also had extensive exposure to (and professional use of) Pilates, Integral Hatha Yoga, neuro feedback, and Sensory Integration. Over the last several years Lisa has developed a specialization in integrating Functional Medicine into IMT based practice, with excellent results. She continues to expand her knowledge of health and nutrition and she is a May 2015 graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, earning a certificate as a Health Coach.
Lisa practices in the DC office on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and in the VA office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Angela Venerable-Joyner MHS, PT
Angela joined the staff at Total Health Physical Therapy in August of 2011. She is a twenty-five-year veteran in physical therapy. Angela has practiced physical therapy in a variety of traditional PT practice settings, such as outpatient orthopedics, acute care hospitals, school-based practice, special-care nursery, and pediatrics. Angela received her PT degree from Mayo School of Health Related Sciences in Rochester, Minnesota in 1986. In 2000 she completed her Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Indianapolis with a focus on neuroscience, pediatric physical therapy, and manual therapy. Angela has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge, and in 1993 she became an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. In 2004 Angela became a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the International Infant Massage Association. She has taught continuing education classes in Pediatric Measurement Tools, and in adapting manual therapy to the pediatric client between 1999 and 2003.
Angela has always had a passion for practicing various techniques related to manual therapy and massage. Between the years of 1993 and 2000, Angela studied with several organizations that taught manual therapy classes. She learned about craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute and took several levels of craniosacral therapy, including pediatrics. Angela has taken several mobilization and manual therapy classes from Stanley Paris’s organization and The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy. In addition to her strong interests in manual therapy and clinical education, Angela has had formal instruction in kinesiotaping and Pilates techniques. Her favorite hobby is reading literature in physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, and manual therapy. Angela’s personal and professional goal is to continue to treat patients across the lifespan, using a holistic philosophy and Integrative Manual Therapy approaches.
Angela practices in the DC office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and she often adds hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays as well.
Anne Suazo MSPT
Anne has been treating patients using manual therapy for 15 years. She has a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Anne has training in many orthopedic manual techniques but gravitated toward IMT due to its unique method of assessment and treatment and holistic nature. Anne also has a background in personal training and Pilates which she incorporates into the treatment plan. Anne began training with Lisa Klein in 2006 and has been treating patients with her since early 2012. She enjoys working with collaboratively with the patient to find the source of the dysfunction to achieve maximum health.
Anne practices in our VA office Monday through Thursday.
Tyrone Heitmann MPT, MTC
Tyrone has been treating patients with manual therapy for 14 years. He is a certified manual therapist through the University of St. Augustine. He began training in IMT through Lisa Klein in 2006 and has been continuing to develop treatment approaches to maximize patient function.
Ty practices in our VA office on Tuesday afternoons.
Michelle Deslauriers PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Michelle Deslauriers is the founder and owner of Woodley Physical Therapy in Woodley Park, DC. Michelle received her bachelor of science in Exercise Science from the George Washington University, where she also had a minor in Spanish. She earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree in 2005 from Washington University in St. Louis, one of the top ranked PT schools in the nation. The most important thing Michelle appreciates from her PT education is that making an accurate diagnosis is the most important part of solving any health condition.
Michelle’s career has spanned a variety of settings including pediatrics, geriatrics, home health care, and orthopedics. In 2011 Michelle was certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist by the Americal board of physical therapy specialties. Also in 2011 Michelle was certified in dry needling through the Kinetacore training program. Other areas of expertise include women’s health and facial palsy. She is also a practitioner of the John Barnes myofascial release approach and credits John with opening her mind to thinking outside the box of traditional medicine.
Michelle is grateful to have been studying Integrative Manual Therapy with Lisa, Angela, and Joseph since early 2015 and loves working with everyone at Total Health.
Michelle practices in our DC office on Friday afternoons.
Joanne Wolf, PT, DPT
Joanne has been a part of the Total Health team since January 2016. Originally from Chicago, Joanne attended the University of Maryland where she received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She also worked as a certified personal trainer in Friendship Heights at Washington Sports Clubs before heading to New York to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Touro College in Manhattan. She has always been passionate about being a part of the healthcare world, helping people heal and getting them back to their normal level of function. She brings a fresh holistic approach to her evaluations and treatment sessions, combining various manual therapy techniques, dry needling, and functional movement assessment/training to treat a variety of ailments.
Joanne has uses a variety of manual therapy approaches including John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, and Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT). She specializes in treating acute and chronic conditions involving fascial restrictions and women’s health/pelvic floor dysfunction. When she’s not in the clinic, Joanne enjoys rock climbing, cycling, scuba diving, swimming, yoga and hiking.
Joanne practices in the DC office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Zoë Cooprider Randol, PT, DPT
Zoë joined Total Health Physical Therapy in 2017. She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and has continued study through Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) courses, Jones Institute Strain-Counterstrain and Posture Restoration Institute (PRI). She is a certified Pilates Mat and Apparatus Instructor through Quantum Pilates’ teacher training program. Zoë joined Total Health because of her personal commitment to treating patients holistically and empowering patients to achieve optimal function. She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two children.
Zoe practices in our DC office Tuesdays and Thursdays, and two Saturdays a month.