Washington DC Physical Therapists

Release Physical Therapy staffs the top Washington DC physical therapists. Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists specialize in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, including sports therapy, chronic pain management, orthopedic/spinal therapy, pre/post-surgical therapy, as well as wellness and prevention. Our PTs utilize a wide-range of therapies and technologies to deliver a personalized care plan.  All of our physical therapist are accepting new patients.

Cari Simon Physical Therapist

Dr. Cari Simon PT, DPT

Owner & Physical Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

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.

Dr. Stephanie Lam PT, DPT, CMTPT

Physical Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Dr. Stephanie Lam 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.

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, as well as dry needling.

Bettie Kruger PT, DPT, CDNS

Physical Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Dr. Bettie Kruger 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.

Joanne Gribler PT, DPT, CMTPT

Physical Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Dr. Joanne Gribler received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Cincinnati, OH, where she was a 2-year Division I athlete for Cross Country and Track and Field. After sustaining injuries that precluded her from competing, she hung up her running shoes and picked up a swim cap – walking onto the University of Cincinnati’s Division I Swimming and Diving team, where she participated for her remaining two years. Upon graduating in 2010, Dr. Gribler went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Gribler relocated to DC in June 2016 from Houston, TX and served as a staff physical therapist and later clinic director in at her previous post.

Outside of work she teaches the Manual Muscle Trigger Point Therapy course series for Myopain Seminars in Bethesda, MD.  An avid runner, swimmer, and cyclist, Dr. Gribler can be seen in and around the Capital region training for and competing in triathlons and other endurance sports events and has a special interest in treating these populations. Dr. Gribler employs her certifications in Manual and Dry Needling Trigger Point Therapies as well as a focus on improving biomechanics to achieve long-lasting positive outcomes for her patients.

Ethan Gramstad Physical Therapist

Ethan Gramstad PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Dr. Ethan Gramstad is the newest addition to the staff at Release Physical Therapy. A native of Virginia, he has recently relocated to Washington, DC following the last two years of practicing PT in Denver, Colorado. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the UVA Men’s Rowing team for three years. It was that experience that ignited his interest in the science of exercise, as well as physiology and anatomy. He went on to obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University from Norfolk, Virginia in 2017.

Dr. Gramstad uses manual therapy and mobilization techniques to obtain optimal patient outcomes and places a high priority on establishing a strong patient-therapist relationship. He focuses on assisting his patients in meeting their physical goals and finds satisfaction in the application of individualized exercise programs, as well as dry needling to achieve success. He has previous experience in providing pre and post-operative therapy protocols and treating the outpatient orthopedic population. Besides his rowing days, Dr. Gramstad has personally participated in endurance sports; running Cross Country and multiple marathons and continues to maintain a devotion to a rigorous gym regimen.

Caitlin Tollis LMT

Massage Therapist, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Caitlin Tollis graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 2009 and has been working in massage therapy for over 10 years. She specializes in targeted deep tissue, myofascial release, injury rehab, and postural realignment. She enjoys specialized deep work that addresses each client’s unique challenges and preferences.

Lynnette M. Gonzalez Avila

Office Manager, Release Physical Therapy Washington DC

Lynnette M. Gonzalez Avila moved to DC in January 2021 to take on the role of Office Manager at Release Physical Therapy. She is from a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico, called Culebra. Lynnette has an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puerto Rico, a Bachelor’s Degree in Language and Speech Therapy from Ana G. Mendez University and is currently finishing up her Master’s in Business Administration at Walden University.

She has experience working as an occupational therapy aid in pediatric clinics and as an administrator in hospitality and vehicle rental businesses. She is fully bilingual in Spanish and English, enjoys CrossFit, rock-climbing, and exploring the city. Lynnette is dedicated to managing her work with 100% professionalism and always welcomes you with a smile and warm “hello”.