Clinical Team

Maureen Ambrose, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT

Physical Therapist / Residency Director

Dr. Ambrose completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and Dr. Ambrose has an interest in treating orthopedic conditions and sports injuries of athletes of all ages.

Dr. Ambrose completed her undergraduate studies at University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology and Physiology. While at Maryland, she played and captained the Women’s Club Lacrosse team.

Dr. Ambrose finished the dry needling certification program through the Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series. This rigorous training in dry needling was instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others, and concluded with a certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars. Dr. Ambrose is also certified as an orthopedic manual physical therapist (COMT) through the prestigious Ola Grimsby Institute and she is a certified orthopedic manipulative physical therapist (OMPT) through a program instructed by internationally renowned manual physical therapist Jim Meadows.

Dr. Ambrose enjoys leading an active lifestyle, cooking, and traveling.

John A. Baur, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Baur earned his Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, with a focus on neuromuscular injury of the spine and orthopedic sports injury. In addition, he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology, with honors, from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Baur is a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). He completed an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) accredited fellowship training program in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and Dr. Baur is a fellow (FAAOMPT) of the prestigious AAOMPT.

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Dr. Baur completed the Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series dry needling training program. This rigorous training in dry needling was instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others, and concluded with a certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars. He is a certified Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapist (OMPT), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and a certified Dive Medical Technician through the International Board of Undersea Medicine.

Dr. Baur is a former adjunct faculty member in orthopaedics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science. He is currently a Clinical Coordinator of Clinical Education (CCCE) and Clinical Instructor (CI) for several physical therapy programs across the United States. Dr. Baur is a member of both the Orthopaedic Section and Sports Section of the APTA, and he has completed the numerous continuing educational courses instructed by many internationally renowned medical specialists.

Dr. Baur works at the Roland Park and Rosedale locations, where he specializes in outpatient orthopaedic and manual therapy spine care. For nearly fourteen years he oversaw the physical therapy care for the 400+ varsity athletes at Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Baur has an interest in treating afflictions of the spine and orthopedic.

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Roy Bechtel, PT, PhD

Physical Therapist

Dr. Bechtel has taught orthopedic Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland School of Medicine for over 30 years. He retired in 2011 as Course Director for the orthopedic Physical Therapy curriculum and is now an adjunct Assistant Professor, part time.

Dr. Bechtel has worked at New York University Medical Center, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, and most recently the University of Maryland Medical Center, from which he retired in 2015 as a Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics.

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Dr. Bechtel has taught numerous continuing education courses here and abroad, has published several scientific articles and a book. He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT).
He has earned the following degrees:

  • BA – Urban Studies
  • BS – Physical Therapy
  • MA – Physical Therapy
  • PhD – Biomechanics

Dr. Bechtel will treat patients at the Columbia/Clarskville location. He is out-of-network for all insurances and will not see patients with Medicare Insurance coverage.

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Nick Bertsch, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Nicholas Bertsch completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. While attending Arcadia, Dr. Bertsch served as a teaching assistant for first year doctorate students and conducted research on neuromuscular changes in elderly individuals with hip fractures. Dr. Bertsch also spent a week abroad in Jamaica providing pro bono therapy services to impoverished patients.

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Dr. Bertsch received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Penn State University and is an avid Penn State football fan. While attending PSU, Dr. Bertsch helped chair a committee for Penn State’s THON, a year-round fundraising effort that benefits pediatric cancer.

Dr. Bertsch is a residency trained Orthopedic Physical Therapist who completed his residency training with renowned instructors from the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT). He is working toward his specialist certification in orthopedics (OCS). Dr. Bertsch is an active member of the APTA orthopedics section.

When he is not working Dr. Bertsch enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and family and playing golf, basketball and volleyball.

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Tyler Tice, PT, DPT, MS, ATC

Physical Therapist

Dr. Tice earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Delaware. He has also received a Master’s degree in Anatomy and Clinical Health Sciences, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware. Dr. Tice is completing the Orthopedic Residency Program at Physical Therapy First in addition to working as a full time Physical Therapist.

During his time at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tice has worked with various athletes across multiple sports from the youth to professional level. He also has experience working in physical therapy inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, Dr. Tice participated in research at UD’s Tendon Research lab assisting with improving rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon injuries.

In his free time, Tyler likes to stay active by working out, participating in recreational sports, and spending time with his friends and family.

Sarah Feierstein, PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Feierstein holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Widener University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. After going through rehab of a soccer injury in high school, Sarah knew that she always wanted to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Dr. Feierstein is a residency trained orthopedic physical therapist and a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Feierstein also completed the Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series dry needling training program. This rigorous training in dry needling was instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others, and concluded with a certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars.

Dr. Feierstein also completed a demanding certification program through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT) to become a Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT).

Dr. Feierstein enjoys working with a variety of orthopedic patients of all age ranges. She believes that patient education, treating the patient as whole, and initiating and maintaining a healthy patient/therapist relationship is key to good quality of care. While not working, Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, hiking, running, and playing with her new puppy. Sarah lives with her husband Aaron and dog Melo in Hampden.

Joanne Forman, PTA, LMT

Physical Therapy Assistant / Licensed Massage Therapist

Joanne received her Associate of Applied Science degree in the Physical Therapy Assistant program from Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, Maryland. She has 30 years of experience working in outpatient physical therapy.

Joanne is also nationally certified in Therapeutic Massage & Body Work from the Holistic Massage Training Institute and has been a licensed massage therapist for many years. She specializes in sports, Swedish, deep tissue massages, trigger point release, and myofascial release techniques. Joanne also incorporates hot stones and cupping in her practice..

Samantha Gubka, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist / Fellowship Administrator

Dr. Gubka received her doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Minnesota. She completed an Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency and became a board-certified specialist in both Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and Sports Physical Therapy (SCS). Samantha completed an Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship in Sports Rehabilitation. She currently clinical faculty for MVP’s Orthopaedic Residency, clinical faculty for MVP’s Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Fellowship in Sports Rehabilitation, and adjunct faculty at University of Puget Sound. Samantha also serves on numerous committees through APTA that includes: ABPTRFE’s Credentialing Committee, ABPTRFE’s Program Services Committee and ABPTS’s Specialization Academy of Content Experts – Orthopaedic.

Ray Moore, III, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist / Clinic Director – Roland Park

Dr. Moore completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES), Department of Physical Therapy. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He continues to participate in research involving light therapy and low back with UMES.

Dr. Moore is residency trained in orthopaedic physical therapy and he is a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr. Moore also completed the Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series dry needling training program. This rigorous training in dry needling was instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others, and concluded with a certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars.

Dr. Moore completed an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) accredited fellowship training program in orthopaedic manual physical therapy and he is a fellow (FAAOMPT) of the prestigious AAOMPT.

Dr. Moore is also a residency mentor for PTF Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Residency program and he is a member American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Orthopaedic section. He lives in Federal Hill and enjoys participating in trivia and recreational sports leagues.

Sean Phillips, PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist

Dr. Phillips completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Phillips completed the Janet Travell, MD Seminar Series dry needling training program. This rigorous training in dry needling was instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others, and concluded with a certification as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT) through Myopain Seminars.

Dr. Phillips is a residency trained orthopedic physical therapist and a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Dr Phillips is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). He lives in Canton and enjoys participating in recreational sports leagues.

Logan Swisher, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Swisher completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Touro College School of Health Sciences in Long Island in 2019. Logan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences from Gettysburg College, where she competed as a Division III varsity swimmer for four years.

In her doctoral training Dr Swisher completed clinical rotations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, but particularly enjoys the orthopedic diagnoses found in the outpatient setting. Dr. Swisher is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and she is completing an advanced clinical residency training program at Physical Therapy First.

In her free time, Logan enjoys playing with her two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Tripp and Murphy, boating, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Scott Vocke, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Vocke completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Vocke spent the first 6 years of his career working Johns Hopkins University Hospital. During his time at the burn center he has been involved in multiple research projects, facilitated the Johns Hopkins New Life Burn Society, and completed the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Credentialed Clinical Instructor program. Dr. Vocke has taught continuing education courses related to burn rehabilitation and he has been a Capstone Adviser for the Rehab Essentials Distant Learning Transitional Masters to Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program.

Dr. Vocke’s has an interest in manual therapy techniques and orthopedic physical therapy. He is currently preparing to become a board-certified Orthopedic Specialist (OCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). He enjoys being outdoors hiking and fishing and staying active by running, biking, and swimming. Dr. Vocke currently lives in Catonsville with his wife and their dog Izzy.

Patti Weber, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Weber completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in North Carolina. She competed as a Division I varsity softball athlete while completing her undergraduate degree and graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Business from Elon University. Prior to attending physical therapy school, she participated in pharmaceutical research project testing anti-cancer and anti-viral drugs, while assisting teach organic chemistry to first- and second-year college students.

Dr. Weber has worked for Johns Hopkins Hospital main campus and has experience with various types of post-operative and ICU patient populations, including orthopedics, solid organ transplant, neurology, and oncology. She has experience in outpatient orthopedics, as well as, acute-based and rehab-based physical therapy. As a competitive athlete, she also enjoys working with athletes of all skills levels and ages. Dr. Weber completed Myopain Seminars rigorous training program to become a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (CMTPT). This program is instructed by internationally renowned physical therapist Jan Dommerholt and others. Dr. Weber enjoys working with patients of all ages.

When she is not working, Patti enjoys staying active playing sports and competing in military/obstacle-style races, weight lifting, traveling, hiking/kayaking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Justin Yerkes, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Yerkes completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. While at MU, Dr. Yerkes was a Biology lab instructor for undergraduate students. He also had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and deliver care to the local population and assist with the opening of an orthopedic physical therapy clinic.

Dr. Yerkes completed his undergraduate studies at McDaniel College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. He also played four years on the McDaniel football team. After graduation, he served as a physical education and weight lifting teacher at a high school outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, he is an active member of the APTA orthopedic section and is enrolled in an orthopaedic residency program working toward his specialist certification in orthopedics (OCS).

Dr. Yerkes continues to stay active by weightlifting, spending time outdoors, and supporting the hometown Ravens and Orioles teams. In his free time he enjoys being on the water, fishing and cooking.

Kayla Coad, PT, DPT

Physical Therapy

Dr. Coad completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Rosemont College. While at Rosemont, she was captain of her tennis team for 2 years. She is completing an advanced clinical residency training program at Physical Therapy First.

Dr. Coad enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and traveling with friends in her free time.

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Baltimore, MD 21210

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Clarksville, MD 21029

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9110 Philadelphia Rd #100
Baltimore, MD 21237

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Timonium, MD 21093

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