In 2012, Active Life and Sports Physical Therapy was selected to provide onsite outpatient physical therapy services at GBMC hospital. With that contract, we became part of the multidisciplinary team known as the GBMC Center for Rehabilitative Medicine. The Center operates in a model that includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, physical and occupational therapist assistants as well as therapy technicians and administrative care specialists. Medical Director Alan Kimmel, MD and Clinical Director Virginia Moratz, OTR, CHT, CLT, oversee the coordination of care across all disciplines.
The Center for Rehabilitative Medicine is a 5,600 square foot facility that incorporates Lymphedema Treatment, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy, Oncology Rehabilitation, Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Pre/Post Operative Spine Care, Balance/Fall Prevention, Work Injury Management and Neurological Rehabilitation services.
Our GBMC 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. This facility is also equipped to perform Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) testing. During this test, muscles in the neck are stimulated with electrodes to assess the function of the vestibular organs and nerves.
Along with vestibular care, many of our patients suffer from balance deficits. Our NeuroCom Balance System allows us to objectively measure balance by looking at postural sway in a variety of test positions. This technology also helps us standardize and document progress with our balance program participants.
Our Woodway Treadmill offers parallel bars that allow us to work with mild to severe gait dysfunctions. Parallel bar assistance is ideal for management of neurological disorders including post CVA or Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease among other disorders.
Michael Wah PT, DPT, OCS
"I've treated patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. There's so much about physical therapy that I enjoy, particularly getting to know patients, figuring out how to solve their physical problems and getting them back to their favorite activities."
BS, Physical Therapy, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy
tDPT, Evidence in Motion Institute, Louisville, KY
Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, 1990 (recertified in 2010)
Herdman Competency (Intensive course in Vestibular Rehabilitation, treating vertigo and balance disorders.)
"Creating and Sustaining a Service Culture", The Disney Institute
"Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy" for spinal disorders, The McKenzie Institute
"Spinal Manipulation", Neuro Orthopaedic Institute
"Vestibular Rehabilitation: An Advanced Course and Update", University of Pittsburgh
"Explain Pain", Neuro Orthopaedic Institute
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), Joint Task Force on Injured Workers
Lecturer and Presenter:
University of Maryland and Shenandoah University physical therapy programs, GBMC medical staff meetings (vertigo, balance and falls among the elderly), GBMC osteoporosis meeting for physicians and allied health professionals, speaker and moderator at Joint Task Force for Injured Workers meetings.
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
Emily Sauder Wood PT, DPT, OMPT, ATC
"I find great joy and satisfaction in working with patients to improve their quality of life and reach their activity goals. I have a strong background in sports rehabilitation and believe everyone can reach their individual exercise potential. My daily goal is to make a difference in at least one persons life and I thank my patients for giving me that opportunity."
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training, Towson University
- BOC Certified Athletic Trainer
- Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy, Evidence In Motion
- BIG certified for treatment of Parkinson's Disease
Jessica Abraskin PT, DPT, CBIS
"As a physical therapist, I take pride in providing compassionate care to each and every person. I believe in utilizing a combined approach of manual treatment mixed with functional specific exercises to assist patients in return to their maximum, functional potential. It is an awesome responsibility and honor to be able to make such a difference in the lives of others."
Jessica enjoys treating both orthopedic and neurologic populations. Her special interests include management of vestibular disorders, cervicogenic dizziness and pain, and concussion management.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Boston University
Masters of Science, Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut
Bachelors of Science, Pre-Physical Therapy, University of Connecticut
* American Physical Therapy Association- Competency in Cervicogenic Dizziness
* American Physical Therapy Association- Advanced Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation
* American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists- Certified Brain Injury Specialist
* American Physical Therapy Association- Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation
* Mechanical Disorders of the Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint: ASymptom Reproduction Model; Russell Woodman, DPT, MS, FSOM, OCS, MCTA
* Mulligan Concept Courses: Introductory course, Upper Quarter, Lower Quarter
American Physical Therapy Association
Vestibular Disorders Association
American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists
Priya Joshi PT, MHS
“I find much happiness in making my patients smile every day. I believe the most important factor is to engage with them and work together to achieve their end goals. Being a physical therapist, I feel privileged in being able to make a difference in their lives and assisting them to return to their prior functional level. My special interests include generalized orthopedic conditions, manual therapy, balance and falls, and rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. “
Doctor of Physical Therapy, Touro College, School of Health Sciences – Expected Jan 2021
Master’s in Health Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Krannert School of Physical Therapy
Bachelor of Physical Therapy, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India
Certified Clinical Instructor, APTA, 2019
American Physical therapy Association (APTA)
Maryland Physical Therapy Association
Joshua Haffner PT, DPT
“Instead of restrictions, patients deserve solutions that allow them to safely continue performing the activities that are most important to them. Every patient has unique goals that he/she is hoping to achieve in physical therapy, and reaching these goals requires a unique and customized regimen. This starts with the physical therapist asking the right questions and listening to the patient closely. I am passionate about working with patients to learn what is important to them, and giving them the tools to take an active role in their recovery. I take pride in collaborating with patients throughout this process, beginning with a hands-on approach, and ultimately progressing to training healthy movement patterns to minimize injury risk in the future.”
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
Bachelor of Arts, College of Charleston Honors College
American Physical Therapy Association
Maryland Physical Therapy Association
Emily Sauder Wood
We look forward to continuing to serve Towson MD, and the surrounding Baltimore communities. Our services are convenient if you live in or around, Towson MD, Parkville MD, Rodgers Forge MD, Roland Park MD, Mt. Washington MD, Overlea MD, or Hampton MD. Contact us to schedule your Evaluation today.