H. Bainbridge, PT
Laura Barry, COTA
Joanna Bainbridge-Blackburn, MPT, DScPT
L. Sherin, PT
Bruce M. Blackburn, MPT, CWS
Stephanie D. Duke, MS, OTR/L
S. Draper, PTA
Julia H. Bainbridge,
Education: B.S. in PT from University of MD in Baltimore
Experience: 1980-1985: Worked with handicapped children
in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Dorchester counties.
1985- Opening Chestertown Physical Therapy Services, Inc.
and quickly expanding to provide acute care to Kent and
Queen Anne’s Hospital. Pediatrics, Geriatrics, lymphedema,
wound care with a special interest in burns. Strong business
skills and management skills. Over the 23 years in business
Julia and her team have also provided therapy to Heron
Point, CNRC, Magnolia Hall, KC School system and Home Care.
Julia’s guidance as one of the most experienced PT’s in KC
will certainly be an asset to the continued growth and
expansion of this well respected practice.
is married to John Spry III owner of Kent Printing. They are
better known as Nana and Granman to their three
Education: Bachelor of Science 1995 -
University of Maryland Baltimore Medical School Department
of Physical Therapy. Masters of Physical Therapy 1996 –
Univ. of Maryland Baltimore Doctorate of Science Physical
Therapy 2003 – Univ. of Maryland Baltimore
Experience: St. Agnes Hospital –
Acute care, Wound center, Outpatient, Orthopedic, Neurology,
Skilled nursing facility, Sub-acute rehab, women’s health,
PT level II. Chestertown Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
– Lymphedema, Wound care, management, outpatient, acute care
and skilled nursing facility.
Certifications: Lymphedema, Wound
care sharp debridement.
Career goals: In the future Joanna
plans to become a geriatric clinical specialist but is now
taking time to build a “wellness” facility for the baby
boomer generation of Kent County, Maryland. This facility
will house the current outpatient rehabilitation along with
a new company “Aquafit” which will provide Aquatic and
fitness, wellness classes and nutrition education. Aquafit
will be membership based so that anyone in the community can
take advantage of the expertise of rehabilitation therapists
and the warm water benefits of the pool.
Personal background: Joanna
graduated from Kent County High School and has been a KC
native since she was 3 years old. She is married to Bruce
Blackburn (also a physical therapist) and they have three
wonderful energetic children, Julia, Brian and Isabella.
Joanna’s mother Julia Bainbridge (also a PT) started the
practice back in 1985 when Joanna was in high school.
The new “wellness” building on High Street
will be named after Joanna’s brother Brian Bainbridge who
passed away suddenly on January 25th, 1997 from meningitis
while he was in Scotland attending school for physical
Bruce M. Blackburn,
Education: Academy of Wound Management, AAWM (AAWM is a
national inter-disciplinary certifying board for wound care
professionals.), Received Certified Wound Specialist, CWS
credentials in October 2005, University of Maryland at
Baltimore Received Masters of Physical Therapy in May 1997;
Board certified in the state of Maryland in June 1997,
University of Maryland at Baltimore Received Bachelor of
Science in May 1995
Experience: Chestertown Physical Therapy and
Rehabilitation, Inc. - Primary PT, CWS for wound care in
acute, sub-acute, and out-patient settings. Specializes in
chronic, non-healing wounds.
Wound experience: acute and chronic wounds including:
dehisced surgical, arterial, diabetic, venous insufficiency,
burns, traumatic, decubitus, ischemic wounds secondary to
septic shock and sickle cell disease. Proficient in use of
adjunctive wound treatments including: electrical
stimulation (HVPC), VAC system, topical hyperbaric oxygen (THBO),
ultrasound, unna boots, and composite dressings.
Director of acute medical, ICU, and post-surgical care rehab
operations, Clinical instructor for PT and PTA students in
the acute and wound care settings
Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD - Staff Physical
Therapist, Acute, Sub-Acute, Orthopedics, Comprehensive
Rehab, Wounds, Out- Patient Rehab
Committees: Co-Founder of wound care group at Chester
River Hospital Center, Member of wound care policy and
procedure committee for Chester River Hospital Center
Active in wound education for nursing staff and nursing
interns at Chester River Hospital Center and Chester River
Manor (SNF), Assists with clinical aspects of wound product
selection for Chester River Hospital Center, Acute/wound
rehab care representative assisting with user education,
forms, and implementation of electronic rehab documentation
for Chester River Hospital Center.
Membership: APTA Member since 1997 ( through
spouse who is DScPT), Sections: Geriatrics, Aquatics,
Clinical Electro and Wound Management, AAWC Member
will be busy with the building of their new rehab/aquatics
and wellness facility in the coming months. He will
continue to strive for excellence with treatment of those
“hard to heal” wounds. Bruce is passionate about wound care
and plans to continue building this niche of the practice to
benefit those who are in need in the community. Bruce also
has interests in improving his manual therapy and nerve
Bruce grew up in rural Carroll County on a
small 67 acre working farm. He worked as a masonry foreman
for 7 years after graduating from North Carroll High School
in 1984. Bruce has always been interested in working out at
the gym and eventually began bodybuilding in 1990. He
entered WNBC bodybuilding contests which were all natural
and polygraph tested from 1990 to 1992. Bruce returned to
school in 1991 and began training for his Physical Therapy
degree and career. He graduated from UMAB in 1997 and
worked at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD until
June of 2000. Bruce moved with his wife (Joanna) and
children to Chestertown in July of 2000 and settled in
Worton, MD soon after. Bruce has really enjoyed the “small
town” lifestyle in Chestertown and is excited to help his
wife and mother in law (Julia) expand their rehab and
Jackie graduated from
the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in
Zoology in 1975 and with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from
University of Maryland, Baltimore City in 1980. In
1985 she received massage certification from the Potomac
Myotherapy Institute. She worked in an acute
care setting at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC and in an
outpatient orthopaedic office at the Washington Hospital
Center Medical Building. She has been with Chestertown
Physical Therapy since 1985.
She has completed
continuing education in incontinence treatment and aquatic
Jackie lives in Church
Hill with her husband Al and two wonderful daughters.
Jane L. Sherin,
Jane graduated from
Marquette University in 1982 with a B.S. in Physical
Therapy. She has 24 years of experience in physical
therapy in the areas of acute care, inpatient rehab at
Thom’s Rehab Hospital specializing in spinal cord and head
injury rehabilitation and also has worked in home health
care. She has worked in outpatient physical therapy
for Chestertown Physical Therapy since 1995.
Jane has taken
several continuing education courses regarding lumbar
functional stabilization, spinal instability, whole spine
stabilization, sacroiliac dysfunction, tendinopathies of the
upper extremity, functional rehab of the shoulder,
Tai-Chi for balance and rehab, balance and fall risk
reduction and rehabilitation, vestibular, oculomotor and
balance rehabilitation, total hip replacement,
neuro-anatomy, acute and recurrent patellar instability in
the young athlete, basic static and dynamic splinting, upper
quarter evaluation and treatment, geriatric rehab, joint
camp and sideline help and soft tissue mobilization with the
Jane is active in the
community with Kent Youth Soccer Association and coached
Kent County High School junior girls soccer in 2005.
from the University of Maryland in 1971 with a B.S. in
Physical Therapy. He is trained in clinical
electrophysiology and has been doing nerve conduction
studies and EMG testing for our facility since we opened in
1985. He is a two-term past president of the Maryland
chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. He
has also been honored with the Florence Kendall award, which
acknowledges an individual who has made outstanding and
enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy.
Irv stays very
busy, not only coming from Columbia, Maryland to our office
to do nerve conduction testing, but also has his own
full-time physical therapy practice and teaches clinical
electrophysiology at the University of Maryland.
Physical Therapist Assistants
Betsy received her
Associate of Applied Science degree as a Physical Therapist
Assistant from Delaware Technical and Community College in
1994. Betsy has worked for Chestertown Physical
Therapy since her graduation from college over 13 years ago.
She has experience with outpatient, inpatient and rehab.
patients. Betsy has completed continuing education in
a variety of areas, most recently a class for senior and
geriatric exercise. She has been in charge of
Chestertown Physical Therapy’s ROM (range of motion) Class
Betsy is active in
Wesley Chapel’s Sunday School Program and she is a member of
the Rock Hall Fire Department Ladies Auxillary. She
has been married to Jamie Hickman for 11 years and they are
raising their family in Rock Hall, Maryland.
Nikki graduated from
Chesapeake Community College with an Associate of Applied
Science degree in May of 1999. She also completed the
Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Anne Arundel Community
College in May of 1999. She became a licensed Physical
Therapist Assistant in December of 1999.
She has most of her
experience in the outpatient setting. She worked for
Tidewater Physical Therapy for four years before coming to
Chestertown Physical Therapy Services, Inc. in January of
2003. She has completed various continuing education
courses in orthopedics including the shoulder, total knee
replacement, and total hip replacement. She has also
completed continuing education courses in spinal cord injury
and manual therapy. She enjoys working with orthopedic
patients. She also enjoys manual therapy and massage.
Nikki is a member of
Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Rock Hall, Maryland, where
she lives with her husband Jacob and their 5 children.
from Chesapeake Community College with an AA degree in
applied science in May of 2001. She completed the
Physical Therapy Assistant Program in Anne Arundel Community
College in May of 2001 and became licensed in June of 2001.
She gained most of
experience in the outpatient setting working in Delaware for
Physical Therapy Services, Inc. for four years. She is
currently working in short-term rehabilitation and acute
care and has been employed by Chestertown Physical Therapy
Services, Inc. since December of 2004. She has strong
experience in orthopedics and sports medicine, enjoys
working with pediatrics, aquatics, and neurological
disorders. Melissa has received certification in
manual therapy of the spine by Maitland level 2, aquatic
training, and basic wound care.
She is active in the
community volunteering for Kent County Girls Babe Ruth
Softball Organization as the Secretary of the League as well
as coach for four years. She also plays co-ed softball
herself. She coaches in the fall for Kent County Shore
Sticks Field Hockey. Melissa is married with two
daughters and lives in Millington, Maryland.
Kathi is a Physical Therapy Assistant who has been with our
company for over 3 years in the SNF and Hospital settings.
She was previously in our OP practice after graduation from
A.A.S. in Physical Therapy Assisting in 1991 from Delaware
Technical and Community College. B.A. degree in Liberal
Studies from Thomas Edison State College, Certified Senior
Fitness Trainer, Certification in Holistic Health and
Nutrition accredited by the American Association of Drugless
Practitioners in New York City in 2005.
Kathi has a vast array of experience in Home Health Services
and Home Health Care Rehabilitation. She also has experience
in the outpatient and hospital settings. She spent over 10
years under the direct supervision of a certified NDT
therapist and has a strong knowledge base of stroke
Kathi is passionate about health and loves to learn. She is
a wife and mother of two who loves nature and holistic
health. She owns a Holistic Health and Nutritional
Counseling practice in Rock Hall, MD. You can visit her
a certified and active member of the American Association of
Drugless practitioners, Oldways Preservation Trust and The
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Kathi is able
to stay abreast of the latest medical discoveries.
is a recent graduate of the Physical Therapy Assistant
Program at Chesapeake College and the Chesapeake Area
Consortium for Higher Education. As a student she has
interned in many different facilities of physical therapy,
including outpatient, acute and sub-acute care. She is
a member of the APTA, and has always had great interest in
the field of physical therapy and the positive improvements
it can make in the quality of one’s life.
resides in Centreville with her husband, Edward C. Draper,
and their four children. Mary is looking forward to a
fulfilling career with the experienced and dedicated staff
at Chestertown P.T. Services.
Sarah graduated from Delaware Technical and Community
College in May 2005 and became licensed in August 2007 as a
Physical Therapist Assistant. She has most of her experience
in an outpatient setting. Sarah is an APTA member.
She has completed various continuing ed. classes, primarily
orthopedic related topics.
Sarah is an active member of Cecilton Volunteer Fire
Company. She lives in Warwick with her fiancee,
Robbie, and her pug puppy, Sadie.
Alaka spent her
teenage years with family and schooling in Great Britain.
After graduating college in 1974 with a degree in
Occupational Therapy from York, England, she gained
experience in Psychiatry for three years. Alaka’s move
to the USA has provided her knowledge in other facets of
Since 1977, her work
experience has included outpatient rehab, continuing care
retirement communities, adult day care centers, skilled
nursing facilities, acute inpatient care, and home health
care. Alaka has participated in community workshops to
provide education in the areas of joint protection
techniques for arthritic hands, and energy conservation
methods needed to live with COPD. She wrote a proposal
when working at Franklin Square Hospital regarding The
Management of Repetitive Motion Injuries via Occupational
Therapy Intervention. In several work settings in her
administrative role, Alaka has been fortunate in assisting
her employers to set up rehab clinics, sharing public
relations and marketing responsibilities.
Alaka has attended
continuing education courses to enhance her skills in the
areas of management/supervision, and multiple patient care
related issues, the most recent one being “The Assessment of
the Disabled/Older Adult Driver Safety”. Alaka hopes
to work with local physicians to serve the community in this
area of need.
Alaka, her husband,
and two teenage daughters moved here from the Western Shore
3 years ago, and are adjusting to the “homey”
originally from Lancaster, PA, completed her undergraduate
education at Washington College, receiving a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Psychology. She went on to complete her
Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson
University in Philadelphia.
graduation, Lanae was a staff occupational therapist at
Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Center City Philadelphia
for the next two years. At Magee, Lanae worked in a state of
the art acute rehabilitation setting, primarily taking care
of patients recovering from spinal cord injuries and
strokes. Following the birth of her daughter, she left Magee
and relocated to Chestertown with her family. Lanae spent
most of 2007 working with the Mid-Shore Special Education
Consortium, where she was a school therapist in Kent and
Queen Anne’s Counties. She was able to design and implement
plans of care for children with various needs and
backgrounds in the school setting.
has joined the staff of Chestertown Physical Therapy in
January 2008 and looks forward to the opportunity to return
to the hospital setting.
Stephanie D. Duke,
her Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University
of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida in August 2000.
She has worked in the rehabilitation department at Chester
River Manor for almost five years and she has witnessed
ongoing, positive changes that have taken place in the
facility through the years.
Stephanie has gained
experience working in various settings, such as acute care
in Christiana Hospital and Chester River Hospital, sub-acute
care in several skilled nursing facilities, and an
outpatient pulmonary rehab program. Most of her
experience has been in the skilled nursing facilities
providing rehabilitation to short-term and long-term care
registered by the National Board for Certification in
Occupational Therapy. She is licensed in the State of
resides in Delaware with her husband and three small children.
Frances J. Rodney is an Occupational Therapist - Registered
and licensed in Maryland
Education: BS degree in Occupational Therapy OTR/L -
Pennsylvania State University Aug 1998 – May 2001. AA degree
in Occupational Therapy COTA/L – Catonsville Community
College June 1994 – May 1996
Experience: Skilled nursing facilities, hospital,
outpatient setting, home care
Personal Background: Frances works with us on a per-diem
basis at Chester River Manor and Chester River Hospital
Center. She also works at Chester River Home Care and
Frances lives with her husband in Rock Hall.
Laura received her AA
degree in applied science in 1998 from Chesapeake Community
College. She completed the Occupational Therapy
Assistant Program in 2002 from Community College of
Baltimore County and became certified in 2002 as a COTA.
Laura gained most of
her experience working in the short-term rehab setting.
Laura enjoys working with the geriatric population.
Laura worked in a
skilled nursing facility in Severna Park, where she worked
hands on with many different diagnoses. She educated
patients to maximize independence with ADL’s to return to a
prior level of function, abide by proper precautions
according to diagnosis, assistive device training, and
therapeutic exercises. She worked per diem for
Chestertown Physical Therapy Services for one year before
becoming full-time employed in December of 2004.
Laura is married and
has three children. She lives in Rock Hall, Maryland.
Virginia has over 39 years of experience in the Speech
Pathology and Audiology field.
Education: BA – Speech Pathology, Minor – Psychology,
University of Arizona, MS – Audiology and Speech Pathology,
University of Hawaii
Experience: School based Speech pathologist in Howard
County for elementary, middle and high school students since
1982, evaluating and developing treatment plans for students
with Language Disorders, Articulation, Voice and Fluency
Disorders. Developed specific plans for students with
Traumatic Brain Injury and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Also
participated in IEP plan team meetings for students who are
Audiologist in the 2nd General Army Hospital in
Audiologist for Jose D. Angeles, M.D. in Melrose,
Massachusetts providing hearing assessments of children and
adults and Auditory Counseling.
Speech Pathologist for Melrose Public Schools, Massachusetts
evaluating the communication skills of a variety of children
and participated in a Core Evaluation Team. Developed and
initiated new programs for Language and Hearing Impaired
children in the classroom.
Speech Pathologist and Audiology for United Cerebral Palsy
of Northwest Florida.
Organized Language Training Programs for pre-school Cerebral
Palsy children and conducted hearing screening and follow-up
Brevard County Schools, Florida as a Speech Clinician
providing assessments and therapy for students with a
variety of speech disorders.
Virginia lives in
Kennedyville with her husband.