Our newest facility, established in 2016, is conveniently located on the 4th floor of the Galleria Towers (Kaiser Building) at the corner of York Rd and Seminary Ave. Active Life Physical Therapy, a GBMC Affiliate, is a joint venture outpatient physical therapy clinic between Active Life and Sports and GBMC Hospital.
The 2,973 square foot facility provides Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Pre/Post Operative Spine Care, Balance/Fall Prevention, Work Injury Management and Neurological Rehabilitation services.
Our Lutherville facility has both semi-private and private treatment rooms to help maintain confidentiality and privacy during your care.
As a leader in vestibular rehabilitation, we utilize the best technology available to provide a quick and accurate diagnosis. By using Video-Nystagmography (VNG) we are able to perform our vestibular tests with the aid of a google mounted camera. This allows for us to see intricate movements of your eyes and improves diagnostic accuracy.
The Solo-Step Harness System is a ceiling mounted safety system that allows our therapists and our patients to have complete confidence while performing advanced balance exercises. The ability to challenge our patients safely beyond their limits helps us to produce better balance outcomes.
Our Fit-Light Trainer enables us to perform agility drills that promote reaction, agility and balance. We utilize this tool for a variety of diagnosis and to provide a competitive component to any rehabilitation program.
This facility currently operates with 4 physical therapists, 3 therapy technicians and 1 administrative care specialists.
Joe Palmer PT, DPT, OMPT, CSCS, CMTPT
"I find great satisfaction in helping someone take control of their situation. I believe that your physical therapist should be your teammate, and working together, you can achieve your goals. Seeing people improve and return to life without pain is very rewarding."
Joe grew up in Perry Hall and is excited to serve the community that gave him so much support during his education. Joe enjoys outpatient orthopedics because he is able to use a hands-on approach to evaluate and treat a variety of patient conditions. In additional to being a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist, Joseph is a Certified Myofasical Trigger Point Therapist, which allows him to perform a specialized manual technique used to relieve muscular pain and increase range of motion. (Dry Needling)
Being an athlete himself, he is particularly interested in the rehabilitation and prevention of athletic injuries. He believes that education is the most important step in the prevention of athletic injuries and he has spent time educating coaches and parents with presentations through local community organizations.
*Feel free to contact Joe if you have a group that may benefit from strength training and injury prevention education.
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), University of Maryland School of Medicine-Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Maryland Baltimore County
- Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
- Certified Myofasical Trigger Point Therapist
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Orthopedic and Sports Section Member
Christina Penny DPT, OMPT, CMTPT
"It is very rewarding to help patients return their normal activities. Every patient is unique, and I enjoy working side by side with each patient in order to accomplish his or her goals. I believe physical therapy is not solely for rehabilitation of injury, but to provide others with tools for prevention and generalized health."
Christina's special interests include vestibular rehabilitation, balance and falls, return to sport, return to running, and orthopedics. She is an avid athlete still playing soccer, football, short and long distance running. She completed the Boston Marathon in 2017.
University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Towson University, Towson, MD, Department of Kinesiology, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude
Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Evidence In Motion
Vestibular Testing Mastery Class; Johns Hopkins Hospital
Healthy Running Continuing Education; Anne Arundel Medical Center
Certified Trigger Point Dry Needling; Myopain Seminars
Fall and Prevention for Older Adults; American Physical Therapy Association
Evaluation and Treatment of Patients with Dizziness and Balance Disorders: A Comprehensive Approach Through Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy,
American Physical Therapy Association: Orthopedic section member
Vestibular Disorders Association
John J. Nietubicz PT, OCS, MTC
John's extensive experience with evaluating patients, developing treatment plans and administering care to a diverse patient population are only a few of the many reasons why John has been a successful Physical Therapist for over 31 years. He has worked in both the private practice and hospital settings, as well as in the home health care environment, giving him a well rounded perspective on patient care and patient communication. Not only is John a Certified Manual Therapist, but he also holds the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification. Additionally, he is a certified Clinical Instructor for the American Physical Therapy Association. John has a strong interest in Manual Therapy and Postural Correction. He particularly enjoys applying his experience to helping the Golfer, and has spearheaded programs specifically geared towards the prevention of and treatment of golfing injuries.
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Maryland School of Medicine,
Department of Physical Therapy
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 2011
Manual Therapy Certification, 1991
Certified Clinical Instructor, APTA, 2015
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
University of Maryland Physical Therapy Alumni Board, Board Member and President
Amy Lowe PT
"I believe the first step toward good patient care is listening to the patient and understanding how their impairments affect their lives. From there, I keep my patients involved in a continuous and open dialogue about the success and direction of their treatment. My professional satisfaction and goal is to help patients navigate their health issues, whether they be acute (new) or chronic, so they can attain a better quality of life."
M.S. Physical Therapy, Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PAB.S. in Biology, SUNY Binghamton, Binghamton NY
Board certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) 2016 Graston technique certified
Specialty Areas/Experience:Vestibular/Balance DisordersGeriatric and Neurological related conditions
James Hicks PT, DPT
James' special interests include generalized outpatient orthopedics, return to sport and injury prevention. James enjoys remaining as active as possible, with participation in multiple recreational sports, strength training and hiking.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD. Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, Summa Cum Laude
Treatment of the Lumbar Complex, Great Lake Seminars
John J. Nietubicz
We look forward to continuing to serve Lutherville MD, and the surrounding Baltimore communities. Our services are convenient if you live in or around, Lutherville MD, Timonium MD, Parkville MD, Hampton MD, Hunt Valley MD, Cockeysville MD, Mays Chapel MD, Pheonix MD, or Sparks MD. Contact us to schedule your Physical Therapy Evaluation today.