Rachel Miller, PT, OCS, Certified Running Coach
Rachel has a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, graduating with Highest Honors in 1995. She has extensive experience in general orthopedic and sports injuries and manual techniques. As owner of ProAction Physical Therapy, Rachel specializes in the treatment of running injuries and prevention techniques. Her particular interest is in foot and ankle rehabilitation. In 2009, Rachel received her certification as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Also, she is an RRCA certified running coach. Rachel was honored to be named RunWashington Magazine’s “Best Physical Therapist for Runners” in the Washington, DC, area for 2014.
As a runner herself, Rachel is very involved in the running community. Each year she delivers numerous lectures to various local running groups. She has volunteered and is currently volunteering as Medical Coordinator for the following races:
Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (2001-present), USATF Cross Country Championships (2009), Halloween Young Run (2009, 2004), Parks Half Marathon (2006-7), Marathon in the Parks (2004).
Rachel also is involved in three different Running Clinics, including the Montgomery County Road Runners Club’s Stride Clinics. She was honored at the request of the White House Medical Unit to analyze the running gaits of and to discuss injury prevention with their staff, including Secret Service men and women. In addition, Rachel has been quoted in Runner’s World Magazine and hosted a segment of a local public affairs radio show on the topic of running.
Since junior high, Rachel has run races of all distances, from 5Ks to marathons. She runs for the pure joy of running, plays soccer, and gets lots of exercise running after her two children. Originally from New York, Rachel is a huge New York Jets fan.
Ken Fleit, MPT
Ken is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1995. For many years Ken has focused on the rehabilitation of patients with orthopedic and sports injuries. Specializing in sports-specific rehab, Ken enjoys the challenges of working with athletes at all levels of competition, from recreational to professional. He has experience and success treating ice skaters. Ken’s own experience with physical therapy after a devastating knee injury and subsequent surgical reconstruction led him to pursue a career in this field.
Ken’s expertise can be seen at the Montgomery County Road Runners’ monthly Stride Clinics. Also, Ken received commendations from the White House Medical Unit for his participation in Running Clinics for their staff. Recreationally, Ken enjoys playing basketball and running. Ken is a veteran of the Navy.
Darshinee Loney, PT, OCS, SCS
Darshinee graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from The University of the West Indies, 1994. She has the unique distinction of earning two certifications: Board Certified Specialist of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy as well as Sports Physical Therapy. Also, Darshinee received her certification in Dance Rehabilitation Training from Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York.
Her travels have taken her to a variety of clinical settings, including over 15 years spent working in orthopedic and sports medicine clinics. She has extensive training in manual therapy and believes in a hands-on approach to the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries is the best and only way to treat each patient. Also, she has worked closely with surgeons in creating multiple protocols implemented in post-surgical rehab. Her special interest is in the management of shoulder, hip and knee injuries in athletes of all abilities, including those at the high school and collegiate level. In addition, Darshinee is a Performing Arts Rehabilitation specialist, working with dancers, gymnasts, skaters, and musicians.
Darshinee is an avid reader and enjoys the classics. She likes to cook, especially exotic dishes that mirror her interest in travelling.
Kathy Aitken, PT
Kathy Aitken graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 1991. She has had extensive professional experience treating adults (and some kids) with a variety of medical and post-surgical diagnoses. Her practice settings have included home health, skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities and outpatient clinics. Kathy has particular experience in treating patients of geriatric age and patients with neurological diagnoses. She has a strong interest in treating swimmers. Her area of expertise and her passion is Aquatic PT and she has earned an APTA Certificate of Clinical Competence in this area.
Kathy was raised here in Montgomery County along with eight siblings, and local competitive swimming was a big part of her childhood. As such, she is a very involved volunteer for that sport. She is a certified USA Swimming Official, serves on the executive board of the Montgomery County Swim League, and is the Parent Representative for the Montgomery Blair High School Swim and Dive Team. Kathy’s husband and four daughters keep her busy as well.
Mylah Garlington, PT, OCS
Mylah received her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Georgia State University in 2005. She concentrated her studies in orthopedic physical therapy, including dance physical therapy. During her internship with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Mylah developed a love of treating dancers. Following her love of dancing, Mylah received her certification in Dance Rehabilitation from Westside Dance Physical Therapy in New York. As a dancer and triathlete, Mylah understands the rigors of training as well as the pressures of showtime and race day. Also, she enjoys treating disorders of the foot, ankle and lumbar spine.
Besides specializing in Performing Arts Rehabilitation, Mylah is also one of our Aquatic Therapists, bringing her extensive knowledge to the pool. Aquatic Therapy is a safe, successful way of treating patients with varying problems and diagnoses in a painfree manner. Her guidance in the pool leads to success in every day activities.
In her spare time, Mylah enjoys participating in triathlons. She has completed sprint, Olympic and half-Ironman distances. Her best leg is the swim! She also enjoys studying dance and culture of the African diaspora. Mylah has traveled to Guinea, the Ivory Coast and Colombia studying and performing.
Carrie Coelho, PT
Carrie received her Master in Physical Therapy degree from Emory University in 2001 with honors. Her background in manual therapy and postural restoration is expertly utilized to improve her patients’ alignment and movement patterns. Using muscle energy techniques enables Carrie to improve soft tissue and joint mobility in a painfree manner. Her passions include treating patients with shoulder, sacroiliac, and hypermobility dysfunctions, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. As an Aquatic Therapist, Carrie works with people who have had limited success with traditional land therapy. She utilizes her extensive knowledge to improve strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, posture and reduce pain in our warm water environment.
She also has extensively worked with teenage athletes of all abilities. Early in her career, Carrie worked with children with special needs in the school-based setting. She enjoys helping all her patients reach their full potential. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys rollerblading, swimming, and flamenco dancing.
Lydia Badra, MSPT, CSCS, PMA-CPT, CMTPT
Lydia completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a biophysical emphasis from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1995. She then attained her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 1999.
In 2005, Lydia became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In addition, she is a Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation with Polestar Education and a Certified Pilates Teacher with the Pilates Method Alliance. Most recently, Lydia achieved her Dry Needling Certification in 2014.
Lydia specializes in techniques of Muscle Energy, soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, and dry needling to release movement restrictions and improve function. In conjunction with her manual treatment, she incorporates exercise prescription for functional recovery and return to sports. Lydia is passionate about the care she provides and strives to address the individual needs of her patients. Outside the office, Lydia enjoys cooking, photography, and outdoor activities.