We're proud of our highly qualified, professional, and energetic staff. Meet the team:
PT, MSPT, WCS, CFMT
MS: Physical Therapy,
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Certifications: Functional Manual Therapy™, Institute of Physical Art; Polestar Pilates and Reformer; Board-Certified in Pelvic Health through the American Physical Therapy Association, Certified Running Gait Analyst
Member of: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section; National Association of Continence; International Pelvic Pain Society; International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.
“Every individual is different, so our treatment techniques are always designed around that person, spending direct care with each patient and taking a whole-body approach to solve the puzzle of their symptoms and the real causes of their pain. We want to empower all our patients to experience the importance of lifelong exercise for better overall health and fitness.”
When you need advanced physical therapy, you need highly skilled therapists with advanced training. Rachel has many years of experience with pelvic and spinal pain, incontinence, pre- and postnatal conditions, knee and shoulder problems, sports injuries and headaches.
Rachel is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist™ (CFMT), which is an advanced clinical certification currently bestowed on only a handful of therapists in Pennsylvania. This integrated and seamless treatment system couples manual physical therapy with active patient movement to get optimal and quick results. The benefits of FMT include specific exercise- and physical therapy-provided resistance training to eliminate pain. Rachel also has integrated her manual therapy training with Pilates and Yoga to achieve maximal results.
She also is a Board-Certified Pelvic Health Clinical Specialist at Empower Physical Therapy. Rachel has been a guest lecturer at Widener University and Thomas Jefferson University, for their Human Sexuality Studies Program, discussing the benefits of physical therapy in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders.
Rachel continues to integrate further treatment techniques each year, including visceral mobilization, which is a light touch technique to restore proper balance to the organs. For example, if you have had hysterectomies, caesarean sections or any abdominal surgery, then that scar tissue can bind down and create restricted movement within your whole system, not just your spine. Everything is connected! That chronic constipation that you have been suffering for over the years may be a big contributing factor to your pelvic and back pain, and many people have no idea. We are here because we love education and want to empower our clients to take back their health and wellness!
ONE OF RACHEL'S EMPOWERED PATIENTS: I can't sing Rachel Miller's praises high enough. I emailed Empower as a last ditch effort to avoid surgery and that decision changed my life. The combination of Rachel's expertise and my determination was precisely what my body needed, and I was able to feel zero symptoms after 2.5 months. Infinity THANK YOUs, Rachel.
K. M. W.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Level 1 Pelvic Floor through APTA
Level 2A and 2B Pelvic Floor courses through Herman & Wallace
An Intro to Male Sexuality and Pelvic Pain through APTA
Doula Services & Pelvic Rehab Therapy through Herman & Wallace
Alexa was born and raised in South Jersey, and graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with her Bachelors of Science in Health Sciences and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in an accelerated program.
Alexa obtained her Level 1 Pelvic Health certification and also completed an introductory course in male sexuality and pelvic pain, both provided by the APTA. In addition, she has obtained her Level 2A and 2B certifications, both provided by Herman & Wallace. Alexa treats a wide variety of pelvic floor conditions including, but not limited to, pregnancy/postpartum, urinary incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, male pelvic floor dysfunction, and bowel conditions including fecal incontinence and constipation.
In college, Alexa found her passion for exercising and weight lifting. She fell in love with helping others in the gym and especially making women feel comfortable in the weight room and thus, obtained her personal trainer certification via the ACSM. Alexa enjoys teaching others about proper body mechanics while exercising and does this via networking opportunities at fitness centers such as Burn Boot Camp.
When she is not working, Alexa enjoys painting, baking sweets, and of course catching up on her shows! She is also interested in trying all types of exercise such as Pilates, barre, yoga, and cardio. These first-hand experiences as an athlete help her better support her patients through all forms of fitness and movement goals. Alexa also cares for her two kittens, Ellie and Andy that are giving her a run for her money!
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Rutgers University New Brunswick, NJ
Certified Running Gait Analyst
Fundamentals of Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopedic and Sports sections
Mari was born and raised in southern New Jersey and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Rutgers University. She then continued on to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University as well.
In her time there she earned an Academic Excellence Award and initiated a Manual Therapy Special Interest Group to promote the overall knowledge of manual techniques for students within the program. This kick started her lasting interest in utilizing manual treatments within the plan of care to promote the recovery and return to activity for a variety of patient populations.
Mari is the primary orthopedic therapist at Empower Physical Therapy and treats a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to, neck injuries, back pain and spinal injuries, knee and hip replacements, shoulders, TMJ, and orthopedic conditions relating to pregnancy.
Mari has the strong ability to look at the body as a whole; this allows her to not only treat the conditions, but find the original cause. With her personal passion in exercise in weight training, Mari enjoys helping others return to their favorite hobbies and activities!
Outside of work Mari enjoys spending time with her golden doodle Maya, at the beach with family, and participating in Crossfit.
“Throughout my professional career I have developed an appreciation for the implementation of manual therapy into physical therapy practice. I believe there are physiological, biomechanical and psychological benefits of manual treatments to assist in getting back to daily activities with decreased pain and improved function.”
PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Neumann University
Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) by American Board of Physical Therapy
Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)
Certified Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PCES)
Running Gait Analyst Level 1
American Physical Therapy Association
Holly Wells earned her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2004 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Neumann University in 2013.
Holly is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties since 2015. Orthopedic specialization within the physical therapy profession refers to prevention of disability and the physical rehabilitation of persons with disability resulting from dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and its related neurovascular components.
She is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) by the Ola Grimsby Institute since 2015. This training includes hands-on clinical skills in soft tissue work, joint mobilization and spinal manipulation.
Holly’s additional training includes Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist (PCES) with Sarah Duvall and Core Exercise Solutions; and Level 1 Certified Running Gait Analyst with ACE Running. She has also completed pelvic floor education with the Herman and Wallace Rehabilitation Institute.
Following her own postpartum rehabilitation journey, Holly became an advocate for pelvic physical therapy and integrating this specialty into her orthopedic background. She is passionate about improving the level of care for expecting mothers and postpartum women.
Outside of work, Holly enjoys time spent outdoors with her husband Sean and their two sons.
Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Arcadia University
Level 1 Pelvic Floor through Herman & Wallace
Level 2B Pelvic Floor through Herman & Wallace
Kelly graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina in 2013. She then went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University.
Kelly had been working primarily in outpatient orthopedics but has long had a desire to expand her practice into the realm of pelvic floor therapy. Joining Empower’s team has helped make that dream a reality as Kelly has been able to treat individuals with pelvic floor conditions including incontinence, pelvic pain, and pregnancy and postpartum-related concerns on a daily basis. She has enjoyed transitioning from the world of orthopedics and feels like it has been an immense privilege to be entrusted with helping individuals achieve their unique goals.
Kelly has completed her Level 1 and 2B pelvic floor training through Herman & Wallace as well as continuing education in rehabilitation of postpartum women. Kelly is also excited to continue her training by learning from her peers at Empower Physical Therapy and taking additional continuing education courses to enable her to better serve her patients and provide them with the knowledge and tools that will allow them to take control of their health and well-being.
When not at work, Kelly enjoys early morning runs, baking, and traveling with her husband & family.
Julia Gibson is our Office Manager at Empower Physical Therapy, bridging the gap between patients and the complex health care system. She works closely with Medicare, workman’s compensation programs and additional insurance companies to ensure a smooth processing of claims. As office manager, Julia’s goal is to remove the insurance burden so patient’s can focus on our primary goal: complete, holistic treatment without any hindrance or complication. Julia’s extended time with the practice means she can seamlessly anticipate patient’s needs.
Beyond the insurance realm, Julia is able to answer questions about treatment, evaluations and plan of care prior to your appointment. She is the hospitable and assured voice behind your initial call to Empower and goes above and beyond to help each patient. An integral backbone to Empower Physical Therapy, she keeps our operations running smoothly.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with family.
Lisa Tokash is our Front Desk Receptionist at Empower Physical Therapy, welcoming patients and visitors to our office. Lisa will help you manage your therapeutic plan of care, building a convenient appointment schedule around your work or school calendar or during our early-morning or late-evening hours. Lisa also maintains patient accounts with current personal and insurance information, and prepares your monthly statement. She is readily available to any questions regarding your account or insurance needs, both in the office and over the phone.
When she is not at the office, Lisa loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys photography, illustration, painting, kayaking and working in her garden.