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Employee Appreciation Event at Culinaria

The Ascend team got together last summer - and before COVID-19 - at Culinaria in Vienna, VA for an employee appreciation event. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work in making our patients healthier and creating a great work environment at Ascend.

Nancy McMahon, DPT

Nancy McMahon, DPT, the founder and president of Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness, still remembers her first experience in a physical therapy clinic when she was growing up in Vienna, VA. “I was a 16-year-old basketball player and I hurt my knee really badly.” Nancy consulted a trusted coach and he suggested she try physical therapy before agreeing to surgery. Within a couple of months, she noticed great improvements with reduced pain and increased mobility.

Nancy says her teen experience with the healing power of physical therapy convinced her of its value as a career.

In the early years of her career, Nancy continued to explore a variety of clinics and gather practical knowledge about a variety of conditions treated with physical therapy. She worked in outpatient clinics, in hospitals, and served as a contractor physical therapist in schools and nursing homes gaining expertise in orthopedic, neurology, and pediatric physical therapy. She also gleaned extensive knowledge and training in anatomy, physiology, and the biomechanics of the body.

Along the way Nancy fostered a dream to open her own physical therapy clinic that would take a holistic philosophy to treating the whole patient and work to prevent the reoccurrence of injury and pain. Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness is the reality of that goal.

Nancy is licensed as a physical therapist in Virginia, Maryland, and Florida. She is a certified wellness coach in Virginia and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. When she is not working, Nancy loves to travel to all parts of Virginia and abroad with her husband. She believes in living an active life and spends time hiking, biking and exercising.

Petya, DPT

Petya is currently on leave from Ascend and we look forward to her return.


Kim is a long time fitness enthusiast, having played soccer at the University of Michigan and graduating with Physical Therapy MA from Drexel University.

Kim channeled her love of health and fitness into a career of physical therapy, practicing outpatient physical therapy for seven years with HealthSouth, Charlotte, NC. While raising two sons and living in Japan for 5 years, Kim developed her skills as personal trainer for the US Navy and then at LifeTime Fitness upon returning to Fairfax, VA.

Kim is excited to be back in the physical therapy field and is eager to apply her experience at Ascend. Kim’s unique passion for providing individual care to her clients will enhance Ascend’s hallmark philosophy.

In her free time, Kim enjoys swimming, hiking with her family and dog Vizsla, as well as studying Japanese.

Apryl, PT

Apryl graduated from Cebu Doctors’ University with a degree in Physical Therapy.

She has a strong interest in musculoskeletal conditions and post operative care, and gained valuable experience working alongside clinical instructors who are board accredited orthopedic certified specialists during clinical internship.

Apryl believes the philosophy that ‘Motion is Lotion’ - a memorable way to convey the helpful effects of movement for any painful condition - is essential to helping people make a positive change and achieve maximum function.

April is in the process of pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy to provide optimal level of care.

Chelsea, DPT

Welocme to our newest team member!

Chelsea is a licensed therapist in VA, MD, DC and SC. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for her DPT, and Salisbury University for her Bachelors in Exercise Science. Chelsea specializes in orthopedic and Pelvic Health physical therapy and offers specialized treatments such as Dry Needing, Active Release and Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage.

Chelsea was a dancer for 20 years and now enjoys exercising, hiking, seeing new places and playing with her English Bulldog. Chelsea believes in a holistic, full-body approach centered around hands-on treatment and individualized exercises to meet your goals.

Renae, PT Tech

Allison, PT Tech

Karina and Andrew, Summer Student Interns


Soheila, Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth, Receptionist


What our patients are saying

Ascend Physical Therapy & Wellness testimonials I have seen many therapists over the years, but I was never truly satisfied with my treatments. That is why, after my knee replacement earlier this year, I searched for a new therapist. My search led me to Ascend. Wow! Ascend has been spectacular. Over the last several months, I have seen Nancy, Petya, and Cathy and they have all been fantastic.


Every so often you meet someone who excels at their job and you realize it isn’t just their job, it’s their passion. That’s Nancy. She invests a part of herself with every patient, ensuring that they get the best possible treatment and stay well for years after that.


I would recommend Ascend Physical Therapy to anyone looking for therapy from a knowledgable, skilled, and caring team. Petya was my therapist for several months - she is AWESOME!


Every now and then you find a medical practice that is truly providing patient-centered care, not just a buzz word. That is the best thing about Ascend. Highly recommended.


Nancy is an outstanding physical therapist with a wide range of skills and knowledge. She has been so skillful in helping me get back on my feet due to all her training.


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