Experienced | Best Physical Therapist in Greenbelt | Silver Spring Maryland
Greenbelt Staff:
Claude Bernard, OTR/L: Claude Bernard graduated from Howard University with a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2013. Prior to earning his masters, he received an Athletic Training degree at Methodist University in 2011. He has gained valuable clinical experience in a variety of settings which include inpatient rehab, acute care, SNF, mental health, and sports injuries. Upon completion of OT school, he worked alongside his mentor in a hand therapy clinic where he developed skills in hand therapy, lymphedema therapy, and pediatric therapy. By working at the hand therapy clinic, Bernard developed the skills to combine his comprehensive knowledge of the upper extremity with functional treatments catered to each individual patient's need. In his free time, Claude enjoys playing basketball, fitness, traveling, and spending time with family.

Evangelina Margarita Melendez, PTA:  Evangelina Margarita Melendez is based at our Greenbelt office since 2009. She Graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Kinesiology 2009 and graduated from Montgomery College with Associate Degree in Physical Therapy in 2014.

Janelle Martinez PT, DPT: Janelle graduated from Rutgers University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. She received her doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Maryland at Baltimore. She has experience in multiple settings which include home health and outpatient facilities. She is motivated to help patients achieve their highest potential and improve quality of life as they recover from acute to chronic injuries through treatment and education.

Kaitlyn Preston, PTA:  Kaitlyn graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with her A.A.S. degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She played softball and basketball for many years, and encountered many orthopedic injuries as an athlete. Her own experiences as a patient in physical therapy led her to become a devoted therapist.

Kiranpreet Kaur, PT: Kiran graduated in 2005 with Bachelors in physiotherapy degree. She is very skilled and dedicated therapist. She is currently treating patients at our Greenbelt clinic. Kiran is fluent in Punjabi, Hindi, and English. In her free time she loves to spend her time with her husband and her young daughter.

Michael Boston, MPT: Michael has been the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy at our Greenbelt office since 2004. He graduated from Howard University where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. He was on the Dean's List at Howard throughout his entire academic career. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1995.

Oluwapelumi Awolesi, PT: Pelumi graduated from the University of Lagos College of Medicine.  Since graduating she has had the opportunity of working in different settings which has given her a vast knowledge of physical therapy from the acute post- surgical level to sports rehab. She strongly believes in establishing a connection with her patient to understand their goals is the key to motivating them to get better. Pelumi plans on getting her orthopedic specialization. Outside of work, Pelumi loves to read, watch movies, travel and spend time with her love ones.


Greenbelt (Greenway Ctr. Drive) Staff:

Elvis Hernandez OTR/L: Elvis Hernandez is an occupational therapist from Silver Spring, Maryland. I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in Kinesiology and later from Howard University with a Master's degree in Occupational therapy in 2015. I have experience working in various skilled nursing facilities with the geriatric population, helping those who have suffered from varying conditions return home to prior levels of independence. I have a special interest in hand therapy and I am working towards obtaining my certified hand therapy license. During my free time I enjoy watching movies and playing soccer.

Esther Rothman, OTR/L, CHT: Esther received her undergraduate degree in education and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University.  In her quest to expand her knowledge base and skills, she achieved a certificate in upper quadrant rehabilitation from Drexel University and then an advanced certification as a hand therapist. Through her extensive education and clinical work, Esther has become skilled in the assessment and management of all patients with hand problems. She has also participated in several research projects that were published in hand therapy journals. She has mentored hand therapy students who have gone on to achieve certification as hand therapists. She maintains the highest standards of care for all of her patients providing individualized, hands on treatment programs that applies evidence-based medicine. She is passionate about her field of work and enjoys interacting with the patients one on one to help each achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She tries to make all her patients feel welcome, comfortable, confident and satisfied with the service given. Esther continues to strive for excellence in her practice, by refining her skills through continuing education and research.

Michael Boston, MPT: Michael has been the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy at our Greenbelt office since 2004. He graduated from Howard University where he completed both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. He was on the Dean's List at Howard throughout his entire academic career. He has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1995.

Sam Dovelle, OTR/L, CHT: Sam completed his degree in Occupational Therapy in 1976 at Eastern Michigan University. Soon after receiving his certification in the American Occupational Therapy Association, he began his career in the United States Army Medical Specialist Corp. in orthopedic rehabilitation with a focus in hand therapy. His interest in hand therapy and the academic influences of two major army medical centers provided the opportunity to research and publish journal articles in tendon rehabilitation. He has also published many case studies in hand therapy and orthotic design that were presented internationally and continue to be referenced in medical journals. Sam has lectured nationally on the topic, “Rehabilitation Following Micro-Neurovascular Surgery of the Hand” for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Throughout his career he has been dedicated to promoting hand therapy.  He continues to sponsor occupational and physical therapists in their pursuit of hand therapy certification and remains committed to providing the hand therapy that he would expect to receive himself.


Silver Spring Staff:

Victoria Dec, OTR/L: Tori graduated from Howard University with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2017. Prior to earning her master’s degree, she graduated from Elon Unversity in Burlington, NC with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport Science in 2015. Tori has gained valuable clinical experience completing several rotations in different hand therapy settings broadening her knowledge and expertise in order to provide the best patient care. She has also worked over 3 years as a PT and OT aid sharpening her skills. Tori is passionate about hand therapy and helping patients restore their optimal abilities and regain a higher quality of life. In her free time, Tori enjoys working out, baking, spending quality time with her family, and walking her dog.

Divya Karkada, PT: Divya obtained her physical therapy degree from Manipal College of Allied Health Science in Manipal University, India.  Her primary interest is Orthopedic Physical Therapy.  She has had two and half years of specialized experience in orthopedics prior to joining Accessible Physical Therapy.  She enjoys working with patients to achieve their goals.  She will begin taking classes to earn a doctorate degree in physical therapy.   In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Sally Miller, LPTA: Sally graduated from Salisbury University in 2008 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and most recently earned her Physical Therapy Assistant A.A.S. degree from Northern Virginia Community College. Sally’s interest in orthopedic and sport-specific rehabilitation has been a driving force throughout her physical therapy education and experience. Sally's approach to treatment focuses on hands-on techniques specifically tailored to each patient's condition and unique goals. An avid music lover and sports enthusiast, Sally enjoys going to concerts, rooting for the Orioles, running half-marathons, and chasing around her adorable nieces and nephews.