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, WCS
DPT: Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia PA
Certifications: Board Certified Women’s/Pelvic Specialist (WCS) through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT (CAPP-Pelvic), Fascial Movement Taping Level 1 Certification, Child and Adult CPR
Member of: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section; The Philadelphia Regional Pelvic PT Alliance
Gina received her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services and a minor in Bio-Ethics. She went to pursue her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University.
Gina has taken numerous courses through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA) to develop her manual skills. Since the beginning of her career, Gina developed a special interest in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders. She began her continuing education training with Herman and Wallace Institute and through the Women’s Section of the APTA, and is now a board certified specialist in Women’s/Pelvic Health PT. She also gained her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic PT (CAPP-Pelvic) through the APTA by completing a comprehensive education, training, and testing program for the management of both men and women with diagnosis of pelvic health dysfunction, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic pain. Gina treats orthopedic patients and patients with pelvic dysfunctions, including vulvodynia/vestibulitis, dyspareunia (painful intercourse), interstitial cystitis, prolapse, urinary and fecal urgency and frequency, constipation, post-prostatectomy, prostatitis, pre/post natal and pregnancy conditions.
Personally, Gina enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and two English Bulldogs. She loves to vacation in Ocean City, NJ each year, read a good book, and practices yoga. She spends time educating the community specifically postnatal moms and bringing awareness to 4th trimester care.
"Seeing a women's health physical therapist postpartum is protocol in many other first world countries however not always recommended in our healthcare system. I never understood the lack of acknowledging 4th trimester care until I gave birth to my own baby. Your body changes so much physically when you are pregnant and women need help preparing and recovering from delivery. I want all new moms to know that leaking is common, but not normal. Sex might hurt but doesn't have to. Your abdominals might be weaker but can be worked on. All of your physical postnatal symptoms can be helped and healed by a women's health physical therapist like me."
ONE OF GINA'S EMPOWERED PATIENTS: As a therapist, my bar is set pretty high for skill set, knowledge and overall bed side manner. I'm typically disappointed. I've been to several other outpatient clinics in the area and usually am only seen by the PT/PTA briefly and then given to the rehab aide to do unrelated time filling exercises. In a healthcare model, where seeing as many patients as possible (and at once) is the norm, I have been completely blown away by my experience at Empower. Every session is one-on-one with a therapist and completely tailed to your actual need. Yes, they are known for pelvic floor/scoliosis however I would go there for any diagnosis. I'm currently being seen by Gina for a orthopedic issue and have been able to return to running with decrease pain and better form. I have referred multiple patients of my own here and have had nothing but amazing feedback. Hands down best outpatient clinic in Chester County.
PT, WCS, PRPC
BS: Physical Therapist, University of Pittsburgh
Certifications: Board certified in Women’s health through APTA. The Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification (PRPC) specifically identifies the bearer as a specialist in the pelvic health field, and it covers both women’s and men’s pelvic health throughout the life cycle.
Member of: American Physical Therapy Association, Women’s Health Section, International Pelvic Pain Society
"For patients, pelvic floor disorders can be very frustrating and frightening. I enjoy educating and reassuring men and women, who suffer from these disorders, to ease the path to healing. Often these disorders affect the most private and basic aspects of a person’s life. Treating these diagnoses can go a long way to improving quality of life. We have a holistic approach working with all aspects of our patients from how they move during exercise or their hobbies, to how they sit at work. We also evaluate how their body responds to stress and how nutrition is affecting their condition."
Theresa received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1987 from The University of Pittsburgh. The
beginning of Theresa’s career was spent in acute inpatient rehabilitation, followed by outpatient orthopedics
and promotion to director of PT in a community based acute care hospital. The following years were spent
treating in an acute care hospital in all units as well as skilled nursing. In 1999 at the encouragement of her
Ob/Gyn Theresa turned her focus toward women’s health. Since that time it’s been full force ahead moving to
Empower Physical Therapy in 2009 to treat the pelvic floor exclusively. In 2014 Theresa earned her Women’s
Certification Specialization(WCS) through the APTA. Theresa achieved the Pelvic Rehabilitation Provider
Certification (PRPC) in 2015 recognizing her talent treating all pelvic conditions in both men and women.
Theresa is a proud member of The American Physical Therapy Association- Section of Women’s health, The
International Pelvic Pain Society, and The International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
After greater than 30 years of treating patients in a variety of physical therapy settings, Theresa finds treating
patients with pelvic floor disorders to be the most rewarding and fascinating specialization. She continues to
further her skills with advanced course work through The Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute.
Theresa is also a guest lecturer at West Chester University in their Health Sciences Department.
Outside of her career Theresa loves spending time with her husband and three sons, and any outdoor or
physical activities she can get her hands on. Theresa participates in several triathlons each year. In 2019
Theresa completed a 70.3 mile triathlon.
ONE OF THERESA'S EMPOWERED PATIENTS:
"Theresa Feola was my physical therapist and she was amazing! She created a program that moved at a pace my body could handle. I started out with basic exercises that at a glance looked to be easy. However, with no core strength from being stretched out from so many pregnancies, the exercises were quite challenging. Each week Theresa introduced several new exercises into my routine and she made sure I used proper form throughout each exercise. Week by week I got stronger and the exercises that were once challenging in the beginning became easy to do. After a few short months with Theresa, I exited the program feeling pain free, strong, and confident!"
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
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.
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.