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; Pilates, Polestar Pilates; Infant, Child and Adult CPR, American Red Cross, Board-Certified in Women’s 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 one of several Board-Certified Women’s Health Clinical Specialists at Empower Physical Therapy. Rachel is a guest lecturer at Widener 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!
Outside of PT, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two children, exercising, gardening and taking new and exciting vacations!
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.
PT, DPT, C2 Cert
DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Certification: Advanced Practitioner Schroth Method Certification – C2, Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School, Adult and Child CPR, American Heart Association
Andrea received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Honors Program with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Pre-Medicine and Cardiovascular Health. She continued her education at Thomas Jefferson University where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She joined Empower Physical Therapy in 2014.
Andrea was certified in the Schroth Method for Scoliosis for adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) in 2014 from Beth Jenssen, co-founder of Scoliosis Rehab. In 2016, she received her C2 Schroth certification promoting her to Advanced Practitioner by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School. As an Advanced Practitioner, Andrea also treats Adults with previously diagnosed or new onset scoliosis, early onset scoliosis (EOS), as well as post-operative care for fusions and rod placement. The Schroth Method is a unique three-dimensional approach to treating scoliosis, promoting neutral body positioning while reducing the forces on the spine.
Andrea is passionate about early detection and treatment of scoliosis and is currently working towards passing legislation for early school screenings. She is also promoting Schroth’s scoliosis specific exercises as an early plan of care for newly diagnosed patients.
Andrea also enjoys yoga, golfing, playing music and running after her Collie Mutt with her husband.
ONE OF ANDREA'S EMPOWERED PATIENTS: Last summer my scoliosis was at 51 degrees and I was a candidate for scoliosis surgery. I really didn't want to go through all of that so my mom found Empower Physical Therapy online and saw that Andrea specialized in dealing with patients who have scoliosis. I began to go once a week and then once a month and only 7 months later my curve went down to 35 degrees! Andrea is such a dedicated and intelligent physical therapist and cares deeply about all of her patients. I recommend anyone who is in pain because of their back either due to scoliosis or something else to give Andrea a chance! She's amazing.
DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA
Certifications: Pelvic Floor Level 1, 2A, 2B Certified through Herman & Wallace
Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section
Megan Wylie was awarded a Bachelor's in Kinesiology from Penn State University in 2013. Megan continued her professional education after Penn State and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University in 2016.
At Drexel, Megan completed a specialty rotation in Women's Health where she treated various types of pelvic pain, incontinence, SI joint pain, pregnancy/post-partum, and other pelvic dysfunctions. Through Megan's graduate rotations, she developed a deep interest in Women's Health which has continued through her career. Megan has completed advanced training through Herman and Wallace and the Women’s health section of the APTA to treat specific urogynecological, and pelvic floor diagnoses and is working towards her board certification in the near future. Outside of work, Megan enjoys playing tennis, running, and spending time with friends and family.
“My passion for the field of physical therapy began in high school after I sustained a sports related injury. The care I received from my physical therapist allowed me to continue playing the sport I love. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue this amazing field in college then subsequently graduate school. I was in grad school when I learned about pelvic health and its relationship to physical therapy. To me it seemed crazy that I had devoted so much of my life to pursuing an education that would allow me to be a physical therapist, but was only exposed to pelvic health at the end of my graduate school experience. The physical therapists’ role in pelvic health unfortunately receives very little attention. I saw pursuit of this speciality as an opportunity to help people who didn’t know physical therapy was an option, people who have been living in pain and discomfort. I am incredibly happy to have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for my patients.”
DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA
Pelvic Floor Level 1 Certified through Herman & Wallace
LSVT BIG Certified
Parkinson’s Disease & Pelvic Rehab
Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor
Member: American Physical Therapy Association; Women’s Health Section; The Philadelphia Regional Pelvic PT Alliance
Kelsey received her undergraduate degree from East Stroudsburg University with a BS in Exercise Science. She then went on to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.
Kelsey developed her interest in Physical Therapy after years of being a competitive and elite gymnast. The high rigor of the sport and demand on the body sparked an interest in working with physical injuries and long term trauma to the body. During her time at East Stroudsburg University she found the practice of yoga. She was quickly drawn to the physical benefits of hot yoga and soon became a Bikram Yoga instructor. Teaching yoga allowed her to travel around the world, and learn from people of all different backgrounds. From then on, Kelsey knew that she wanted to marry the mental and physical benefits of yoga to her PT practice in some way.
Kelsey found her passion for women’s health and pelvic rehab during a clinical rotation right here at Empower Physical Therapy. She saw first-hand how much pelvic therapy can transform and improve patient lives. It wasn’t long before she realized that she had strong desire to spread awareness about pelvic health and to become an educator in women’s health. Kelsey has taken courses with the Herman and Wallace Institute to become efficient in treating pelvic floor dysfunctions for conditions such as urinary incontinence, urinary frequency and urgency, prolapse, pelvic pain, pre/post-natal and pregnancy. Kelsey also holds a strong interest in studying holistic treatments, and using her background as a yoga instructor to find unconventional therapeutic solutions for her patients.
When she’s not working with patients, Kelsey enjoys yoga, hiking, traveling and a good cup of coffee!
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.
"“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.”
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.
Outside of work Mari enjoys spending time with her mini golden doodle puppy, at the beach with family, and participating in Cross Fit.