Meet the Top Physical Therapists in Washington, DC


Cari Simon Physical Therapist Washington DC

Dr. Cari Simon, DPT, Owner & Physical Therapist

The owner of Release Physical Therapy, Dr. Cari Simon received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. A former All-New England and All-State soccer player, she was part of the U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team pool, but ultimately decided to redirect her career in pursuit of her true passion: care. She is now one of the top physical therapists in Washington, DC.

As one of the most highly regarded physical therapists in Washington, DC, Dr. Cari Simon’s treatment approach combines manual mobilization and manipulation techniques with individualized therapeutic exercise. She is a full body Active Release Technique (ART) provider. Additionally, Dr. Simon utilizes McConnell, athletic, and Kinesio Taping methods, as well as Trigger Point Dry Needle Therapy. When she is not helping her patients meet their physical goals, Dr. Simon enjoys networking with other physical therapists in Washington, DC, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

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Danielle Clare Physical Therapist Washington DC

Dr. Danielle Clare, DPT, Physical Therapist

Dr. Danielle Clare received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the prestigious Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has extensive experience in evaluating and treating a wide range of outpatient orthopedic conditions including sports injuries, high performance athletic improvement and function, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation, and chronic pain management.

Dr. Clare employs various manual physical therapy treatments such as deep tissue mobilization, myofascial release, joint mobilization and manipulation of the spine and peripheral joints, trigger point release, and cupping therapy. She also utilizes taping methods such as McConnell and Kinesio Taping. She is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling, and is a Graston Technique Provider. Dr. Clare frequently incorporates these, and other new and emerging treatments, into her therapeutic armamentarium to provide the most effective and up-to-date care.

In addition, Dr. Clare adds a valuable perspective in the fields of nutrition and wellness, which she integrates into her practice. While providing individualized treatment to each patient, she embraces a holistic approach, helping patients reach their optimum function.

Dr. Clare lives in Washington, DC, and is an athlete herself. She enjoys snow-boarding, hiking, camping and competing in triathlons and Tough Mudder events.

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Stephanie Lam Physical Therapist Washington DC

Dr. Stephanie Lam, DPT, CMTPT, Physical Therapist

Dr. Stephanie Lam, DPT, CMTPT received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook University, after attaining dual degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is highly experienced in several fields of adult orthopedics, including post-surgical recovery, acute sports injury rehabilitation, athletic performance improvement, and chronic pain management. She also has a passion for pediatrics and has treated kids of all ages for congenital and developmental issues. In fact, Dr. Lam redirected her thoughts about medical school to pursue physical therapy after completing an internship in pediatric Aquatic Therapy.

Dr. Lam uses her patient’s individual goals to guide treatment, addressing her patient’s symptomatic impairments while considering their day-to-day ability to function and perform athletic and recreational activities. Dr. Lam incorporates manual therapy throughout her treatments, specializing in extensive deep soft tissue manipulation and mobilizations of the spine and peripheral joints. She is also certified in Dry Needling for Trigger Point Release.

In her free time, Dr. Lam enjoys being active and is always welcome to suggestions for new adventures around DC and Virginia. She loves hiking with her dog, hosting dinner parties, and reading.

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Washington DC Physical Therapist Bettie Kruger

Bettie Kruger, PT, DPT, CDNS, Physical Therapist

Dr. Bettie Kruger is the newest addition to Release Physical Therapy. She is a patient-centered physical therapist who believes in a holistic approach to treatment in order to identify an underlying cause rather than pain control alone. Dr. Kruger believes in building a strong partnership with her patients in order to create a safe and comfortable environment for success. She is certified in trigger point dry needling and working towards a certification in manual therapy through The North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy.

Dr. Bettie Kruger is well seasoned in adult and adolescent orthopedics, sport related injuries, pre/post surgical rehabilitation, as well as, improving athletic performance for injury prevention, amongst many other conditions. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of New England and obtained her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science at Syracuse University.

In her personal time, Dr. Kruger enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active outdoors, and trying new restaurants.

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Physical Therapist Washington DC

Rachel Watford, Office Manager

Rachel Watford is the office’s right-hand-man. She performs all of the clerical and administrative duties at Release Physical Therapy. She is a DC native and lover of all things literature. The first voice you hear when you call Release Physical Therapy, she is jolly and full of cheer. Rachel believes in the healing properties of a smile and a kind word.

Rachel has a Bachelors of Arts in English literature, and she can be found wandering DC in her spare time, learning all her city has to offer.