About Us

We are experienced physical therapists providing treatments to develop, maintain, and restore your maximum movement and function.

Click on the names below to learn more:
Elizabeth Polis | Jolene Walsh | Angie Kowalski | Margaux Craig | Dana Guynes | Elizabeth Polis | Kelly Biagini | Anne Viser

 

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Elizabeth Polis

 

Elizabeth Polis

Elizabeth is the owner and founder of Core Wellness & Physical Therapy. She is experienced in treating a vast range of orthopedic conditions, specializing in neck and back pain, headaches, and pre/post-natal conditions. Involved in health and fitness since 1999, Elizabeth’s ultimate goal is to provide patients with the highest quality of individualized rehabilitation. Her approach to therapy offers patients an integrative treatment approach, providing each patient with the focused attention they need to discover their body’s true potential.

Utilizing a predominantly manual approach to rehabilitation, Elizabeth integrates a combination of hands on techniques, functional exercise, Pilates, nutrition, and lifestyle modification, to support long term success.

Formal Training:

Elizabeth holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of St. Augustine, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from The University of Vermont. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Nutrition and Sociology.

Physical Therapy and Women’s Health:

Trained through the Upledger Institute, Elizabeth incorporates CranioSacral Therapy into her manual therapy practice, Orthopedic Manual Therapy techniques via Stanley Paris, and Institute of Physical Art. She has extensive training in visceral manipulation, myofascial release, Grayston-style assisted soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy technique, strain counter-strain, Kinesiotaping, cupping, fascial and trigger point release. Elizabeth is a pelvic floor therapist, utilizing specialized gynecological techniques in patients with endometriosis, a history of abdominal surgeries, pre-and postnatal concerns, and fertility issues.

Pilates:

Elizabeth integrated apparatus-based Pilates into the practice in 2009. Trained by Polestar Pilates, she implements a contemporary approach to Joseph Pilates’ foundational teachings, ensuring exercises are modified to meet the needs of every patient. In her experience, an individualized Pilates program provides the perfect balance of strength, stability, flexibility and range of motion, combined to leave patients feeling long and strong.

Nutrition:

Elizabeth’s extensive nutrition background supports her belief in optimizing bioavailable nutrients to maximize our body’s potential to heal. By obtaining an in-depth nutritional history, Elizabeth helps her patients set attainable goals and formulate an integrative approach to reaching them. Encouraging patients to consciously choose the best “dietary fuel” helps keep them focused on their greatest investment—their health.
Elizabeth is also a Whole30 Nutrition Partner and a Primal Blueprint Certified expert.

Personal:

Elizabeth’s own lifestyle promotes wellness. She maintains a regular exercise schedule, testifying to her personal fitness belief: cross-training is key. (Her personal favorites include high interval intensity training, weight training, and Pilates on the apparatus.) She regularly supports her local farmer’s market in Arlington, promoting organic and local farming while maximizing nutritional content of the food and with minimal environmental impact. She is committed to getting eight hours of sleep each night, and drinking a gallon of water daily. She believes every effort makes a difference!

 


 


Jolene Walsh

 

Jolene Walsh

Jolene holds a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior, she completed a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science, with a concentration in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Her lifelong participation in sports, including soccer at the collegiate level, helped form Jolene’s strong interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Since graduation in 2002, Jolene has developed a wide range of skills for the treatment of many musculoskeletal and neurological diagnoses. With over 140 hours of training in manual medicine techniques through the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Continuing Medical Education program, Jolene specializes in manual therapy techniques of the spine and extremities. Combining manual skills with specific exercise techniques allows for a comprehensive approach that is individual to each patient. Her philosophy is to treat the body as a whole, not as one injured part.

Jolene’s most recent focus of study is coursework through the Postural Restoration Institute. Jolene also serves as adjunct faculty at the George Washington University Program in Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Jolene continues to play soccer in the DC metro area’s Capital Coed Soccer League and also enjoys yoga. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two children.

Contact Jolene directly at jolene@corewellness.net

 


 


Angie Kowalski

 

Angie Kowalski

Angie earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She also holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Audiology and Hearing Science with a minor in psychology from Indiana University.

Since graduating, Angie has completed over 300 hours of continuing education in furthering her manual skills through Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, The Institute of Physical Art, Maitland Australian Manual Therapy, and Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions. Utilizing these techniques built on her foundation of Shirley Sahrmann’s Movement Impairment Syndromes, she assesses and diagnoses one’s mechanical and neuromuscular deficits contributing to their pain and affected activity tolerance. Her treatment focuses on addressing these findings and returning the person to a state of efficient mobility and stabilization. Angie has treated a variety of acute, chronic, and post-surgical orthopedic impairments as well as neurological disorders in outpatient settings. She also has experience in treating active and retired military with complex medical histories at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Angie is originally from Indiana and has been in the DC area since 2008. She currently lives in DelRay with her husband and calico cat. She enjoys playing tennis and has begun taking up golf lessons from her husband, who is a golf pro, as she finds the sport very intriguing from a therapy perspective. Despite her East Coast location, she still loves to cheer on her Indianapolis Colts and (out of duty) her husband’s Cincinnati Reds!

Contact Angie directly at angie@corewellness.net.

 


 


Margaux Craig

 

Margaux Craig

Margaux holds her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from Marymount University and her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Sports Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a physical therapist for over 11 years and has been a participant and instructor in Pilates for over 9 years. She received her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University.
Along with Pilates, Margaux has interests in restoring movement dysfunction for a variety of orthopedic and sports related injuries. Her treatments include using muscle energy techniques (MET), therapeutic taping, trigger point dry needling, visceral mobilization and cranialsacral therapy along with many other manual practices. She is able to use and combine multiple treatment methods to effectively apply individualized therapy for each patient.
In addition to orthopedic impairments, Margaux also treats Women’s Health conditions including pelvic floor pain, incontinence, and constipation.

Contact Margaux directly at margaux@corewellness.net.

 


 


Dana Guynes

 

Dana Guynes PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, COMT

Dana obtained her Master of Science with a major in Physical Therapy through Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000. She later received her doctorate through Marymount University in 2007. She has always had a special interest in treating spine patients and became a credentialed McKenzie therapist (Cert. MDT) in 2004. She continued to advance her manual skills through various techniques and became a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars. Dana has also worked part-time as an ergonomist, helping improve work space ergonomics for various companies. Over the past several years, she became interested in women’s health, and has been treating various conditions for pelvic pain, incontinence, and constipation. She also has a special interest in running and enjoys using video analysis as an element of evaluation for runners. She uses many techniques in her treatment, including trigger point dry needling , muscle energy technique, strain counter-strain, joint mobilization, and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), among others. She has always loved sports and tries to continue participating in these while balancing work and motherhood.

Contact Dana directly at Dana@corewellness.net

 


 


Kelly Biagini

 

Dr. Kelly Biagini PT

Kelly holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Marymount University in Arlington. Her bachelor’s degree is in Exercise and Sports Science from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, where she also minored in Behavioral Psychology and Coaching.

Her clinical background is in orthopedics, with an emphasis on manual interventions including Maitland-Australian manual therapy, strain-counterstrain, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) techniques. Kelly is an advocate of evidence-based practice and is passionate about incorporating the latest research into her treatments.

Kelly has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Marymount where she moderated student discussions on patient cases and current research.

Kelly lives in Alexandria with her husband, son, daughter, and dog. She is a lifelong runner and is always training for her next race, whether it’s running in Old Town or cross-training at the local parks with her kids in tow.

Contact Kelly directly at kelly@corewellness.net

 


 


Anne Viser

 

Anne

An experienced physical therapist, athletic trainer and Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist, Anne has a wealth of expertise to share. She has worked with all age groups and a breadth of conditions ranging from acute sports injuries and overuse syndromes to chronic neuromusculoskeletal disorders and postoperative rehabilitation. Anne is particularly interested in women’s health. She views physical therapy as a valuable resource for women to achieve strength and mobility goals throughout their lives.

Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science with an emphasis in athletic training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston and is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Specialist (OCS) formally recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Anne is a certified Pilates Mat Instructor through the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute. She has found Pilates to be a powerful tool in helping clients reach their rehabilitative or fitness goals.

Anne enjoys being outdoors, whether exploring new playgrounds with her twins, hiking in the Shenandoah mountains, or riding her bike with her husband along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Please contact Anne directly at anne@corewellness.net