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Alexander Technique at Wiki

Edward Bilanchone
Stick To Principle
Reston / Alexandria VA
Member comment, "I've worked with Ed Bilanchone on Alexander technique and found him to be terrific....and I know he's very familiar w/needs of people w/chronic pain."

Riki Alexander (202) 363-6568
Washington DC & NY
Riki Alexander Somatics: Alexander Technique


Jay Cohen, DC (410) 224-3387
Adam L. Cohen, DC

Cohen Chiropractic
2770 Solomon's Island Road
Edgewater MD 21037
Near Annapolis MD
"Most helpful chiropractor, gentle manipulation and other helpful techniques, plus good advice on prevention and general medical knowledge. Good Diagnostician as well.  Dr. Cohen's son, Adam, has joined his practice and is also wonderful and helpful. Taking their advice, I'm able to stay out of their office for years at a time."
- Support Group Leader Toni

James G Binning DCPC (703) 257-0100

Chiropractic Center of Manassas
7513 Presidential Lane
Manassas VA 20190 Website updated 6/2016

More: Speakers Page
More: Dr. Binning Page on CFSupport

Brian McNicholas, BS, DC  (703) 435-8805
1712 Clubhouse Road, Suite 102
Reston VA 20190
Traditional chiropractic. Very gentle approach. Our office has found that most musculoskeletal conditions (including fibromyalgia cases) have responded very well to chiropractic care WITHOUT the debilitating side effects of most medications.

Justine M. Dee DC  (703) 723-9355
Beyond Wellness
44330 Premier Plaza #110
Ashburn, VA 20147
From her website: "At the age of five, Dr. Dee had her first Chiropractic adjustment which helped her overcome repeated lung infections and cope with her asthma. She focuses her practice on patients that need extra time, attention and gentler care.
Chronic Pain Disorders (Fibromyalgia, MS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Pregnant Women and Post-Partum Women
Pediatric (especially those with ADHD and Autism)
Geriatric Care including those with osteoporosis

Sue Ann Lewine, DC   (703) 426-7101
Z Life Center for Stress Reduction and Personal Growth
8996 Burke Lake Road Suite L105
Burke, VA 22015
Network Spinal Analysis (a type of healing that is very effective at resolving stress issues). Center also offers Somato Respiratory Integration and Classical Yoga Conditioning.

Kathryn Thompson, DC (703) 242-7474
Mark Chalfant, DC
New Life Wellness Center
243 Church Street NW Suite 300B
Vienna VA 2180
Certified in BioSET, Nutrition Response Testing and Precision Spinal Correction.
"What our doctors see clinically is that people dealing with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue have barriers to healing and nutritional deficiencies. We uncover those barriers with our services to get our clients well."
Member recommended for help with food allergies.

David Reynolds DC  (703) 721-0500
Bodnar Chiropractic
6969 Richmond Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22306

Christos Balis DC   (updated 9/10 - seems to have moved to CT)

Robert W. Breen DC  (703) 368-4040(updated 6/10)
8565A Sudley Rd
Manassas, VA 20110

Gary Blabey, DC  (703) 356-6284
Back in Action Spinecare and Rehab
8306-C Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna VA 22182
Member, who has no longer has CFS symptoms, says he has been helpful with adjustments needed after years of having to lie down so much.

Steve Lininger, DC  (703) 396-7770
Manassas Chiropractic & Rehab
8214 Centreville Rd
Manassas VA 20111
Started/hosted the Manassas Chronic Pain Meet-Up Feb 2008. No longer meets.
English & Spanish

Thomas Roselle DC   (703) 698-7117
Roselle Alternative Care
8550 Arlington Blvd., Ste. 325
Fairfax VA 22031
Also Applied Kinesiology & other practitioners.
Headaches, High Blood Pressure, Sleep problems, Fatigue, Circulatory Problems, Arthritis Pain, Back and Leg Pain, Decreased Immune Function, PMS / Menopause, Cancer Prevention, Colon & Digestive Trouble, Stress.

Tamara Santa Ana, DC  (540) 461-7000
150 Walker St.
Lexington, VA 24450
(across from the DMV)
Adjunctive Physical Therapy, Premium Vitamin Supplements, Homeopathy, Nutritional Symptom Survey, Computerized Diet Analysis, BioImpedence Analysis
Well received speaker to the Buena Vista support group 12/09

Vishal Verma, DC  (703) 359-4200
Advanced Spine & Laser Center
9477 Silver King Ct
Fairfax, VA 22031
Spinal Decompression, Cold Laser Therapy,
Also at Body Elements in Tysons Corner where performs EndermoTherapy for chronic pain relief.
Article in Your Health Magazine: New Age Pain Management
Self referred.

Randy Wiley, D C  (703) 532-4892
The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, P.C.
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean, VA 22101
Self Referred

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Alternate Names and Discussion of Osteopathic Manipulation at Emory Healthcare
Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial-sacral Therapy (Jump below to Massage & Cranial-Sacral Therapists)
Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)
Greenman Muscle-energy
Jones Counterstrain
Myofascial Release
Osteopathic Medicine

Sasha Rupert DO  (703) 998-6760
Integrative Doctor
Osteopathic Family Physicians
1225 Martha Custis Dr #C-7
Alexandria VA 22302
Member comment: "Dr. Rupert is an excellent, extremely caring Doctor of Osteopath.  I call her a doctor of the mind, body and, spirit because her magical touch and soothing energy brings balance to oneself.  She is amazingly compassionate and understanding of chronic illnesses. Dr. Rupert helped me greatly on days when pelvic pain was unbearable.  She listens with her ears, heart, and hands."

Jeffrey M. Kucine, DO   (410) 263-3313
443 Poplar Lane
Annapolis, MD 21403
Family Practice, Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy

Michael Porvaznik, DO    (703) 931-7173
4910A 31st St S
Arlington VA 22206-1656

Sally Murray, DO    (540) 635-4100
Front Royal, VA.
She does all hands on, very gentle stuff with craniosacral rhythms.

Avtar Robert Moore, DO (540) 464-4100
9 North Randolph St, LexingtonVA 24450
5012 Plantation Rd, RoanokeVA 24019
Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, including Osteopathy in the Cranial field
Recommended to list by Buena Vista CFS-FM-MCS Network

The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine  (703) 532-4892
Gary E. Kaplan, DO 
Lisa Lilienfield, MD
David Wang, DO
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean VA 22101
Family Practice, Anesthesiology-Pain Management, Acupuncture
Treats chronic pain and illness.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy, homeopathy, and mind-body work.
Dr. Kaplan spoke to our group on 11-8-07 after a joint showing of the "Living with FM"  at Kaplan Clinic.
Kaplan Clinic Newsletter Articles used to be archived on the website. including "17 Things to Know Before Selecting a Physician to Treat Your Pain" by Gary Kaplan. Sign up for new newsletters.

Note: Other categories may include other DO's.
Try using Search page for any specific techniques.

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See also, find a Phys. Med & Rehab (PMR) Doctor

A physiatrist--a doctor who practices physical medicine by using tools such as light, heat, cold, water and electricity to diagnose, treat and prevent disease. Physiatrists have also been using biofeedback, acupuncture and other alternative modalities for many years to treat illness.  See also: AAPMR's What is a physiatrist?

Medical Doctors for Pain:

Robert Gerwin, MD  (301) 656-0220 (Neurologist)
Medical Director
Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine
7830 Old Georgetown Rd C15
Bethesda, MD  20814-2432
A neurologist who knows both FMS and MPS, and directs the Travell Seminars.  He has a wonderful physical therapy department, and is understanding and compassionate.

Justin Wasserman, MD, FAAPMR (301) 656-0220 (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
Associate Medical Director
Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine
7830 Old Georgetown Rd C15
Bethesda, MD  20814-2432
8218 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, 20814  (301) 652-2825
Medical Advisory Board of the National Vulvodynia Association, Speaker, August 4, 2007 in DC
Spoke at Pain Connection's First Annual Chronic Pain Symposium - Pain Management - "An Art Form"

Specific expertise in the pharmacologic management of chronic pain.

Nadir Soliman, MD   (301) 251-2335
15001 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville MD 20850
Director, Washington Alternative Medicine & Integrated Pain Management Center
Anesthesiology Pain Medicine and Medical Acupuncture specialist.
Integrating auricular medicine into biomedical and medical acupuncture practices
for pain and medical problems. President of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.
Speaker Jan 1997

Neil Spiegel, DO   301-231-5600 (Certified in PM&R)
One Medicine Associates
6211 Executive Blvd
Rockville MD 20852
Also at Whole Health Bethesda-Chevy Chase Center
OneMedicine offers traditional and alternative medical care for the treatment of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal pain, including acupuncture, botox injections for spasticity, EMG and Nerve Conduction studies. Treats conditions such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, arthritis, headaches, and repetitive motion disorders. One-on-one Physical Therapy with licensed Physical Therapists & Massage Therapist on site.

Michael April, MD 301-770-6301
121 Congressional Lane, #204
Rockville, MD  20852
Board Certified Medical Acupuncture
Washingtonian Magazine Best Doctor's
Dr. April has been treating fibro for 18 years. He is  also one of the few physicians who participates with most insurances.  The practice has PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, a clinical social worker, an herbalist, massage therapy, and yoga.  Check with Gwenn  Herman, of  Pain Connection, as a reference.
Member Comment: He understands pain, spends time with you.
Featured presenter at
Pain Connection's Conference on Chronic Pain and Your Practice: "Making the Invisible Visible"

The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine   (703) 532-4892 
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean VA 22101
(New Address for 2010)
Family Practice, Anesthesiology-Pain Management, Acupuncture
Treats chronic pain and illness.
Osteopathic manipulative therapy, homeopathy, and mind-body work.
Dr. Kaplan spoke to our group on 11-8-07 after a joint showing of the "Living with FM"  at Kaplan Clinic.
Kaplan Clinic Newsletter Articles used to be archived on the website. including "17 Things to Know Before Selecting a Physician to Treat Your Pain" by Gary Kaplan. Sign up for new newsletters.

Joseph Y Lin MD     (301) 590-0722 (Certified in PM&R)
8 Russell Ave #101
Gaithersburg MD 20877-2966

Norman Rosen, MD     (410) 821-7775 (physiatrist)
8415 Bellona Lane #204
Baltimore MD 21204
Also Owings Mills (410) 363-7246
Multi-disciplinary. Holistic Sports medicine approach to patients suffering from any physical or emotional disability, or any painful condition. Physiatrists, Physical Therapists, and Mental Health counselors, committed to wellness through Exercise and Personal Empowerment. Rosen & Hoffberg deal with pain management, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and wellness. Rosen also Pelvic pain, Arts Medicine, Sports Medicine, Piano Wellness, and Art History. Mind-body approach in the treatment of chronic pain patients.

National Rehab Hospital Washington DC  (202) 877-1000
Has a pelvic pain program and
Fibromyalgia Comprehensive Program

See also Rheumatologists

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National Association of Myofascial Trigger Point Therapists - Practitioners
American Institute for Myofascial Studies - Practitioners

Frank Gresham, CMTPT  (703) 313-8550
The Chronic Pain Center
6417 Loisdale Rd. #311
Springfield, VA 22150
Facebook Fibromyalgia Q&A
Self-referred. Was a guest at a 2011 meeting discussing many things related to treatment.

Nancy Shaw, CMTPT  (703) 922-8250
Myofascial Pain Treatment Center
6417 Loisdale Rd. #308
Springfield, VA 22150
Linked In Profile
- Authoring ‘Ending Chronic Pain by Addressing Trigger Point Perpetuating Factors,’ to be published 2012
- Co-author of “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Treating Myofascial Pain Syndrome”, (Chap.80),
     Weiner’s Pain Management, A Practical Guide for Clinicians, 7th ed., Taylor & Francis, 2005.
- Co-author, “Multidisciplinary Approach to Focal Dystonia,” (Chap.), Clinical Mastery in
      the Treatment of Myofascial Pain, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2004.
- Olympics - Traveled with heptathlete to 1996 Olympics as personal therapist.

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FMS & MPS Information for Physical Therapists  Devin Starlanyl, MD

OCS = orthopedic certified specialist
= Jones Institute in Strain-Counterstrain

Tyrone Heitmann, MPT, COMT, MTC (703) 928-6673

Heitmann Physical Therapy & WellnessNew. Added 12/2021.
4530 Walney Road suite 103
Chantilly VA 20151

Ty Heitmann has been practicing Physical Therapy for more than 20 years. He began his career with a degree in Sports Medicine Technology. He received his Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1998. He became a Certified Manual Therapist in 2007. In 2016, he became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments. Ty began training in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) in 2006.
More: About
More: Eight 5 star reviews at Healthgrades

Member Comment: "I can turn my head so easily left and right when I leave after manual therapy! Finally, I kind of physical therapy that is gentle enough for ME/CFS with a practitioner that isn't going to push push push. Ty listens and is genuinely interested in you, your story, and finding ways for you to live with more ease and movement." - EB

Diane T. Stroud, PT, Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (703) 527-8446

Hand-N-Hand TherapyNew! Added 6/2016
4141 North Henderson Road Plaza 8
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Member Comment: "Some of the best help I have gotten. I feel like she is helping me release stuff that has been stuck for years." - EM

Alison Lichy, PT, DPT, NCS   (703) 533-1515
Neurological Physical Therapy PLLC & Evolution Pilates
7115 Leesburg Pike, Suite #305
Falls Church, VA 22403
Works with Rheumatologist Brian Walitt, MD, in Fibromyalgia studies
Two members highly recommended her in Fall 2011.

Secili DeStefano, PT, DPT, OCS   (703) 230-1760
Bodies in Motion Physical Therapy
1790 Reston Parkway Suite 403
Reston VA 20190
Was a speaker 5/2010. Doing research on FM, Chronic Fatigue and Pain and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome
Northern District Chair, Virginia Physical Therapy Association
Previously, her practice was dedicated to 80% chronic pain patients. The Reston location is a new address for 2010.

Elizabeth Polis,  PT    (571) 309-3048
2201 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
Core Wellness & Physical Therapy, LLC
     "As a manual based physical therapist I have the knowledge and experience to utilize an array of hands on techniques, from craniosacral technique to manipulations, muscle energy technique, strain counter strain and the like. All of this is supported with exercises prescribed for the individual to allow for improved biomechanics, decreased pains, and breaking pain patterns that tend to develop in chronic cases that have yet to find good successful management strategies. Both of these diagnoses [CFS and FMS] are multifactorial and are layered in their causes and presentations-physical therapists tend to address most of these issues as they manifest into physiological symptoms and directly impact quality of life, function and mobility. When I practiced at Massachusetts General Hospital: patients with these diagnoses were assigned to a team of medical professionals immediately following diagnosis; physical therapy was the first stop-in order to get things moving, some pain management underway in order to facilitate more control over their condition as well as to collaborate with other providers on the team. A comprehensive and holistic approach was always the most successful. Of course, a large issue was encouraging patients to utilize all the available resources.
     I have worked with FM patients in particular since I have begun practicing. CFS to a lesser degree (3:1 ratio). Although I have successful outcomes with both.  I am happy to help in any way I can. As a resource or a referral. Just let me know! "

Robert Dowd, PT, DPT, OCS, MHA, JSCC-I   (410) 768 9500
Atlantic Rehab - A Jones Strain-Counterstrain Clinic
5 Crain Highway, #103
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Manual therapy techniques such as strain-counterstrain, muscle energy techniques,.

Laura Liberatore Grayson, DPT, MPT, CSCS   (301) 464-4500
Professional SportsCare Rehab
4367 Northview Drive
Bowie, MD 20716
Manual Therapy

Elizabeth F Derringer PT   (703) 241-5536  (may have new contact info.... checking into it. 2/08)
Novacare Physical Rehabilitation
2946 Sleepy Hollow Rd Ste B
Falls Church VA 22044
Article: Mechanical Link Pre- and Post-Surgery: A Case Profile

Jan Dommerholt, PT, MPS, FAAPM (301) 656-5613
Bethesda Physiocare
7830 Old Georgetown Rd, Suite C-15
Bethesda, MD  20814
Speaking in Silver Spring Speaker Series to Pain Connection, June 25, 2007, "What Makes Pain Chronic?"
More info:

Kay Schaefer PT MPA    (703) 534-1943 
6506 36th St N,  Arlington, VA  22213-1316 (old)
5312 North 36th St; Arlington,Va 22207 (12/05). 
$150 / hour. Her office is in the lower level of her home off Williamsburg Blvd. at Harrison St.
Energy and massage work; fees lower for those services.

Gretchen Cassell, PT  (540) 932-5940              
Augusta Medical Center
96 Medical Center Dr
Fishersville VA 22939
"Helping YOU Live without Embarrassment" PDF
Pelvic pain and incontinence can significantly disrupt a normal lifestyle. With the right treatment and exercises, however, these problems can be overcome. That’s where AMC’s physical therapy program comes in. “Many people think that these problems are just a natural part of aging,  but they’re really not,” says Gretchen Cassell, physical therapist at AMC.  “It’s important to tell your doctor about the problem because he or she can refer you to physical therapy, and there’s a lot that we can do to help.”

Jayne F. Gribble, RPT    (410) 590-8750
3455 Wilkens Ave, Ste 306
Baltimore MD
Used to do a CFS - sensitive functional capacity test while at National Rehab Hospital.
Testing cognitively before and after physical tests.
Get the "after" test and/or report how badly doing over next days.

The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine  (703) 532-4892
Jeanne Schleele,  PT
Jessica Briscoe Coleman, MPT
Patricia Alomar, PT
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean VA 22101
Physical Therapists, other body work
Self Referred.

Brian Tuckey PT, OCS, JSCCI     (301) 662-7496
Frederick MD 21701
Strain-Counterstrain useful for reducing
chronic myofascial pain caused by unrelenting muscle spasms.

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The European Journal of Pain published a study showing that massage relieved pain, reduced depression, and improved the quality of life in people with fibromyalgia. General studies on massage prove that it lowers levels of stress hormones, increases production of serotonin in the brain, and leads to improved sleep. The Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome included a study of massage which indicated that patients receiving massage showed less depression, pain, anxiety, stress and that it enhanced sleep.
- Sterling Holistic Health

Tara Bauman, LMT    (571) 228-9443   (added 02/2012)
Elements of Wellness
803 W. Broad St Suite 740
Falls Church, VA 22046
Massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Energy Work with Reiki. Home visits are available.
Member comment: "I wanted to share another provider that I LOVE. She is a masseuse and is amazing at any type of massage. But what really hooked me is the Craniosacral Therapy that she does. It literally changes my day each time I go. I experience a sense of calmness and strength that I don't get from anything else. I feel like it positively affects and impacts my entire body. There is no pressure or fear of pain, which I know some people have with massage. I think it would be great for anyone with CFS or FM to try. She is very calm and serene and intelligent and interesting to talk to. I like going to see her not just for the therapy but to talk with her as well."

Michelle Robinson, CMT    (571) 434-9319
Selden Island Way
Sterling, VA 20164-1357
Hot Stone massage, lymph drainage therapy, trigger point massage, swedish massage.
Adapts techniques for people with fibromyalgia.

Elizabeth Liotta, CMT (703) 622-8342
203 Loudoun Street, SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 622-8342
Also in McLean, VA / Tysons Corner starting late 2009
"I used to have Chronic Fatigue!"
Therapeutic Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymph Drainage Therapy, Myofascial Release,
Maya Abdominal Massage, The Art of Relationship Creation for Individuals and Couples,
Health Assistance & Life Transformation, Reiki, Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Sees children.
Home visits are available to those experiencing serious health challenges.
Welcomes those with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, CFS, Restless Leg Syndrome, ADHD, PMS, IBS, Endometriosis, Allergies, Anxiety, Depression, Reflux, Constipation, more.

W. Thomas Blanchard    (703) 868-8667
TouchTech Therapies
Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax Counties, Manassas/Woodbridge VA.
In your home massage service!

Kourosh Kashan, NCCAOM  (703) 585-7162
108 S. Columbus St #300, Alexandria VA 22314
Diplomate Acupuncture.
A therapeutic program incorporating subtle energy healing (to stimulate the circulation of Qi so as to restore balance and harmony in the body and soul), touch therapy (CranioSacral Healing,  Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Soft-Tissue Technique, Strain and Counterstrain, Visceral Healing, Zero Balancing), and herbal medicine (including nutrition). Development of one's sensitivity and attunement to body wisdom encouraged to perceive tensions in the body and then release them. All ages welcome.  Committed to helping people in need regardless of their ability to pay.
Member Comment: "He is best at guiding you to a place of healing and accepting."

Carlos Durana, PhD, MAc  (703) 620-4509
11417 Tanbark Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
(301) 654-0080   Bethesda, MD
Body Therapy (CranioSacral)
Also: Life Coaching & Individual and Couples Counseling
Also: Qigong, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

Marsheen Helgeson (703) 379-8633
5901 Dawes Ave, Alexandria VA 22311
Holistic Practitioner. Massage, Cranial Sacral, Energetic bodywork, polarity therapy.
Member comment: "she knows all about fibro"

Bernadette O'Donnell  (703) 887-6634
Massage Therapist
doTerra (Gift of the Earth) Essential Oils
Ashburn, VA
A Touch of Health

Jeannette Grzech  (703) 863-1481
Does the massage in her home in Sterling, VA.

Jeff Miller (703) 864-6071
Jeff's Mobile Therapeutic Massage (I bring my services to your home)
"I have worked with many Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain clients."
jeff_miller5 AT

Jodi Scholes  (703) 255-1500
Northern VA Massage Center
301 Maple Ave. West; Birch Building, Suite D
Vienna VA 22180

Jan Yates CMT (703) 790-1582
Tysons Corner / Vienna VA 22182
Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, Bowen Therapy

Vicki Mechner CMT  (703) 455-0111
Springfield, VA 22153
Bowenwork ® / Bowtech® (Bowen Technique) / Instructor.
Vicki Mechner's Bio
The Bowen Technique and Fibromyalgia Relief: Gentle Touch Produces Miracles -

Chuck Thomas       (703) 989-6025
Fairfax and Herndon VA
Medical and Therapeutic Message. Techniques:
Connective Tissue Massage, Lymphatic Drainage Techniques, Neuro-Fascial™ Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Oriental Medical Techniques, Osteopathic Manual Therapies, Reflex Techniques, Stretching & Positional Release Techniques, Trigger Point Therapies

Robyn K Hanna   (703) 243-9383
Arlington VA  22205-1013
CranioSacral, neuromuscular, and sports massage therapist.
$80/hour; In her home office.

Avery Nelson (301) 530-8962
Bethesda MD
Cranial sacral therapist.
Has Ondamed machine helpful to some people with energy issues,
Lyme's disease and other microbes, and pain. Works out of home.
Recommended to a member by Kay Schaefer and Robyn Hanna.

Judy Mitchell, Ms. T (Massage Therapist) (410) 750-9394
MyoPractic Massage
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal, Reflexology

Gloria Lawrence Rangel, CMT  (540) 461-3447 or (859) 461-3441
309 N. Main St.
Lexington, VA 24450
Myofascial release, stone massage, Alexander Method, and Pilates.
Buena Vista support group reports she was a great speaker in 2007

The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine (703) 532-4892
Linda Glick CMT - massage and cranio-sacral
6829 Elm Street, Suite 300
McLean VA 22101
Medical Team
Self Referred.

Teresa Stockman BA CMT  NOTE: moved away; now in Arizona (AZ).    Anyone know where?
Note, she is still listed on

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About Rolfing at

Diane T. Stroud, PT, Certified Advanced Rolfer™ (703) 527-8446

Hand-N-Hand TherapyNew! Added 6/2016
4141 North Henderson Road Plaza 8
Arlington, Virginia 22203

Member Comment: "Some of the best help I have gotten. I feel like she is helping me release stuff that has been stuck for years." - EM

Emily D. Gordon   (240) 575-0454
250 E 6th St
Frederick MD 21701
Self referred
"I was a trigger point specialist and LMT before I became a Rolfer, and during my years in Europe was able to train and work with the osteopathic community there, so my approach is multilevel.  I do have experience with CFS and various types of fibromyalgia. My technique does not follow the Rolfing tradition of being painful or invasive, so it could be well suited to people who are already in enough pain."

Viktor Simkovic, L. Ac. (703) 599-0564
46400 Benedict Dr, Suite 107, Sterling VA 20164
6176 Grovedale Ct, Suite 100,  Franconia, VA 22310
Free 30 minute consultation. All body types and ages welcome.
Acupuncture, Herbs, and Rolfing (deep bodywork).
Moved to Northern VA from Texas in 2007.
Self referred.

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A rheumatologist is an internist or pediatrician who is qualified by additional training and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. 
Read more at American College of Rheumatology.

David P Wolfe, MD 
Arthritis & Rheumatology Asso
2021 K St NW # 300; Washington DC 20006  (202) 293-1470
5530 Wisconsin Avenue #1150; Chevy Chase MD 20815 (240) 497-0230
Special interests in Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis.
Spoke to Loudoun CFS/FM Group 11/07.

Susan Lacks, MD (202) 293-8815
2141 K Street NW Suite 407
Washington DC 20037
Profile at Health.USNews
Member comment (2013): "I recently had an appointment with a new rheumatologist who was truly EXCELLENT. I was incredibly impressed with her thoroughness and desire to help me. Be forewarned though: the parking garage for the building is valet only and costs $20."

Brian Walitt, MD MPH FACR  (202) 877-8535
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Georgetown University Medical Center
Associate Director, Section of Rheumatology
Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
Director of the new (2010)
Fibromyalgia Evaluation and Research Center - for info call Patrice Thompson at 202-877-0890
Speaker Page - new in May 2011
Participates in research on FM.
Member comment, "Very honest. Tells it like it is. Helpful! Willing to say when science just doesn't know."

Kathleen Price MD    (703) 241-1010
6400 Arlington Blvd
Falls Church VA  22042-2325

Jennifer Odutola, MD, MSc, CCD
Loudoun Rheumatology Center
703-723-3398  19465 Deerfield Avenue, Suite 309; Lansdowne, VA 20176
703-723-3398  740 E. Main Street; Purcellville, VA 20132
Has worked as a physician on 3 continents. Her clinical and research interests include the medical treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
Clinical Fellow, NIAMS, Intramural Research Program
Ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health among patients with rheumatic disease Current Opinion in Rheumatology. 17(2); 147-152, March 2005

Claudia Saba, MD  -  Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis  
(703) 573-0130  8316 Arlington Blvd Ste 222; Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 858-7222  44055 Riverside Pkwy, Ste 242; Leesburg VA 20176
(703) 709-9174  1860 Town Center Dr.  Ste 130;  Reston,  VA 20190
Member Comment: "Supportive, well informed, pro-active, offers useful testing."

Maria Chou, MS, MD  (301) 345-5600  (moved 2012)
Pediatric & Adult Rheumatology
Arthritis and Pain Associates of P.G. County
7300 Hanover Dr, Suite 201, Greenbelt, MD 20770
9131 Piscataway Rd, Suite 310, Clinton, MD 20735

Russell Rothenberg MD (301) 571-2273
10215 Fernwood Rd, Suite 401
Bethesda MD 20817
Medical Board of FM Partnership

Mohsen Ghafouri, MD  (703) 361-3255               (not accepting new patients, Dec 2010)
Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Northern VA
8100 Ashton Ave Suite 215 Manassas, VA 20109
(across the intersection of Bull Run Festival Shopping Center)
Member comment: "extremely good.  My primary internist Dr. Goleshorki is the one who recommended Dr. Ghafouri and I'm forever grateful to him for doing that."

Stephen Schaechter, MD  (301) 493-2500
10215 Fernwood Rd, Ste 260
Bethesda MD 20817-1192

Alben G. Goldstein MD  (703) 379-5828
611 S. Carlin Springs Rd, Suite 202
Arlington, VA 22204
Internal Medicine & Rheumatology, added qualifications in Geriatric Medicine       
Participated in a Xyrem Study in 2007
In a letter dated 3/7/07 from Dr. Goldstein,"If you have some fibromyalgia patients who might benefit from my care, are interested in disability, etc., you may give them my name.  I will be happy to meet with them on a case-by-case basis and see what I could do to help them."
VA Dept of Health Professions Action - License 0101028331 - Reinstatement Granted 2/20/07

Leila H. Zackrison, M.D., FACR, FACP  (703) 359-9300
Optimal Health Dimensions

Norman Levin, MD   (sold practice ~2010, new practice not accepting patients)
39070 John Mosby Hwy
Aldie VA 20105
Speaker June 1993
Rheumatology. Very popular, very understanding and helpful! Good with CFS, Fibro, joint pain, Lyme. Supportive if disability application becomes necessary.
Integrative Medicine. Nutrition. IV therapies.




Judyette Baker, (703) 447-7918
14651 Seasons Drive
Centreville, VA 20120
No stairs, private parking, singles and duets classes. No bathroom on studio floor as yet - remodeling in future plans. A discount on all private sessions at Studio Connections to our group members.

Studio BE Pilates (703) 222-0122
Cherie Meeboer
Judyette Baker
4211 Fairfax Corner East Ave #215, Fairfax VA 22030  (near FF Co. Govt Center)

>Member comments about Pilates for adapted exercise:

" Judyetter Baker is a really awesome teacher who has worked wonderfully well with me in her home studio in Centerville, VA.  She has lots of training and is very skilled at working with people who have many limitations. Although lots of CFS people probably can't do pilates, over the years I've found that pilates has been an enormous help as long as i do it the right way with the right teachers.  Once i developed fibro i could no longer do simple yoga so i was thrilled to be able to do pilates. It has helped me a whole bunch with being able to walk a lot more but also the pilates exercises focus on the body "core" which is where all our internal organs are so i think having those muscles exercised helps our insides function well too (though that is just my idea, this should be confirmed)

The one thing i need to stress is if you get someone who is not familiar with CFS etc. you can do more harm than good so i always ask a lot of questions before i'll work with someone. Also you really have to work 1 on 1 with a teacher because all pilates instructors have told me that the regular classes and videos are probably not good for cfs/fibro people unless they really know what they are doing. I like to go twice a week, maybe 3 times if i'm having a good week and can dig up the money. But also i've done once a week often too.

I've discovered over the years that doing a half hour of Pilates rather than the standard hour works best for me. I have asked 3 different teachers as i've moved around the country about doing the half hour and they all agreed as long as i was flexible about scheduling to help them not lose time. Usually i just pay a little more than half the going hour rate. Judyette was happy to do this too. She is also a wonderful caring positive person.

The other good place to go for Pilates is Studio BE in Fairfax corners near the government center. I've been going there about a year. Judyette also teaches there for people who don't want to drive to centerville
and the other teachers who would be good for fibro are the owner Cherie, and also Diane. "
-KH, 01/07

Therapy Pools

From a CFSupport Email:

Thank you to our members for responding to Cynthia's M2M (member to member) inquiry about warm pool therapy and more. Here is some of the back and forth between our members. Thank you, Cynthia, for helping to compile this summary. - Elly
I went to a place called Nova Care in McLean for pool therapy.  The water is very warm!

Hi Cynthia,
I'm responding to your query about pools.  Although I don't have personal experience with the pool, I know that the National Rehab Hospital (NRH) in NE DC does have a pool. Don't know if that would be manageable for you, but at one time, they did have a program for fibromyalgia. (See DC area Programs of FM/CFS.) I learned this because I had a PT evaluation at NRH for MetroAccess. You could have your doctor write a scrip with specifics of what you need, then call the physical therapy dept. - Celia

Thanks Celia, I am in Alexandria, near Landmark. I have no problem with a prescription, can get it.
It is going to and from. Thanks for your thoughts and help. Cyn
Cynthia - how far do you want to go for your pool therapy? Sibley Hospital in northwest DC has a warm water pool for physical therapy. My husband used it a year or so ago. Linda

Linda, I have difficulty driving distance, etc. A cab would be costly.
Sibley sounds great though- I am glad to know it. I will contact them and
see if they know any closer facility. Many thanks. Cyn

I attended my pool therapy in Herndon at the Worldgate pool.
It was really cool because you could use their sauna and they had a
real nice locker room with free soap and shampoo to use.
The therapy was at I think Dominion Therapy in Herndon.
They have an agreement with the pool.
The pool is pretty warn.
I have also used the community pool in Herndon, it is pretty warm there too.
I have also gone to a class at the Holiday Inn in Sterling.
All of this was a few years ago.
I hope this helps.
The pool therapy did help my fibromyalgia, but the DR had to use a
different diagnosis to get me [insurance coverage?].

Thanks Susan, I appreciate your help very much. Wish you well.
I need to find something close to home in Alexandria area. All the best. Cyn

Hey Cynthia,

Just a thought on heated pools from another member of the support group.

I am finding occasional mention that chlorine is a toxin to which exposure should be reduced.  It goes without saying that filtered drinking water is a good idea.  But I am increasingly wondering about absorption through the skin of the chlorine and chlorine compounds used to control pathogens in swimming pools and hot tubs, where chlorine levels are particularly high.  Also, the inhaling of the chlorine vapors from those pools and tubs may be an issue.  Bromine is also sometimes used and also presents a potential toxic challenge.

There are already some shower heads on the market that supposedly neutralize the chlorine in shower water, where the chlorine levels are much lower than in swimming pools and hot tubs.  There is an ozone approach to controlling pathogens in swimming pools; but I gather that it is expensive, and I have never personally seen an ozone-treated pool.  But I have read of a comparison of a chlorine pool with an ozone pool made by a swim team at Stanford University.  The team greatly preferred the ozone-treated pool because of reduced eye irritation.

This is a subject that I have NOT adequately investigated, but caution may be advisable for individuals whose toxic load or other health challenges are already significant.  As a fellow who greatly enjoys swimming, I am especially unhappy about this situation.



Hi Ronald, Yes I have read this. I agree 100%. The toxins are present. It is bleach......I am pleased to hear about the ozone approach. When you do the chems. in your own hut-tuv you can by safter water purifiers and control the mix better.  I had to sell mine.......for the move. I never got sick from it and I have from public pools and hot-tubs. I do not know what the answer it. Thanks for your response.

Dear Cynthia,
It has been a long time since I attended a meeting of the group, but I still receive the emails.

You might wish to contact National Rehab Hospital in DC; I would imagine they have a heated therapy pool.
202 877-1620. Located on Irving Street in Washington, DC right off of North Capitol Street. They are near the Metro and could probably advise you how you could arrange alternative transportation.

In the past, I was able to get a local Hotel to allow me to use their pool for my therapy. I already had my own exercises, etc., and just needed a place to do them. -Joan


Hi, Cynthia, I know what you mean about the "pool temp conflict." I had been enjoying the pool at the Springhill Rec center in McLean. There were some great instructors and classes I was able to do. The temp is around 80-81, and initially, that was OK. Then as my Raynuads started kicking in, I was turning White from being cold. I even bought wet suits...but even all that didn't help. I gave it up and I miss it.

Then I was told about the 2 large pools at George Mason University - I called and they were so nice and said their pools were kept at 88 degrees. AND I've never followed up. I believe 88 degrees would be good for me, even though I can't tolerate "hot" showers, etc. If you're interested in trying this pool, please call me and "kick my butt", I need someone to go with on a regular schedule. Call George Mason Rec/pool and see if they have would you need. -Penelope

Hi Penelope,
Thanks, I will call George Mason Univ. This sounds promising. Thanks, I
hope we can share again. Cynthia Ray
Does the YMCA heat their pools?  They should charge lower rates than
average, and I know they offer sliding scales for financial considerations?
Good luck,

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