Veronica is a compassionate and energetic Integrative Physical Therapist with over 16 years of clinical experience specializing in complex spine disorders, women’s health, chronic pain, sports medicine, and general orthopedic and neurological disorders. She combines Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Pilates and Functional Manual Therapy to educate and assist her patients through their journey to healing, wellness, and independence.
Veronica has cared for patients predominantly in the outpatient rehabilitation setting since 2000. During graduate school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, her clinical rotations were completed at UMMS R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and Kessler Rehabilitation in Annapolis. Since then she has completed over 2000 hours of Continuing Education courses in Medical Therapeutic Yoga with PYTI and Osteopathic Manual Medicine with the Institute of Physical Art.
In 2003, Veronica was introduced to a continuing education course, Pilates Mat for Healthcare Professionals at the ProHealth and Fitness Institute in Bethesda, MD. After 100 hours of training, she became a certified Mat Pilates Instructor. She opened up her first fee-for-service Integrative PT practice, Mission Physical Therapy and Fitness, LLC in 2004. She then pursued Pilates Apparatus training with Peak Pilates (Colorado) in 2005. She received local mentorship with Peak Pilates Teacher Trainers and was certified after 5 months and 200 intensive hours. Her Pilates certification continued with an additional 300 hours of medically-based Pilates with ProHealth and Fitness Institute and advanced to Professional Pilates Instructor. Treating her patients with Therapeutic Pilates and manual therapy began to heal their ailments rapidly and taught them independence with lasting and effective natural pain management. She learned how to become an intuitive and creative healer, by spending more quality time to listen and learn what her patients needed. Mission PT was open for 4 years, and then she closed to pursue other professional and personal goals.
Functional & Integrative Manual Therapy
Veronica worked for an Institute of Physical Art private outpatient PT practice for 3.5 years, receiving excellent mentorship from advanced manual therapists at Encompass Physical Therapy in Annapolis. In 2011, Veronica was recruited to introduce and implement her Integrative PT approach to the patients, colleagues and PT/PTA students at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Center. After devoting 3 years at this teaching hospital, she took a break from her career in 2014 to stay home with her newborn daughter Naomi, and in 2016 she returned to her roots in private practice.
Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Professional Yoga Therapy
Veronica was accepted into the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute in 2011 and invested over 2000 hours studying and practicing the PYT Method under Dr. Garner’s guidance and mentorship. Veronica deepened her holistic therapy approach after studying at PYTI, exploring her patients’ emotional, spiritual, energetic, social, mental and nutritional health. Veronica’s ongoing continuing education through PYTI encourages her to intuitively diagnose and effectively treat a wide spectrum of patients ranging from prenatal/postpartum mothers, the elderly population, teenage athletes and dancers, weekend warrior and adult athletes, musicians and artists, and the exponentially growing chronic pain population.
In Spring 2018, Veronica became a Teaching Assistant for Yoga As Medicine I (Module 8) at PYTI. This is an Intensive 7 Day Continuing Education Training Course held on the beautiful beaches of Emerald Isle, NC, teaching Dr. Garner’s methodology to physical therapists, occupational therapists, physicians, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers seeking to integrate functional medicine into patient care and community education.
MTY can radically transform healthcare for the 21st century. That is the mission of Dr. Ginger Garner and her students all over the world. More information about the Medical Therapeutic Method can be found HERE.
MTY & Pilates Community Classes & Workshops
Veronica began teaching weekly Medical Therapeutic Yoga Workshops at Anne Arundel Medical Center Sajak Pavilion in January 2013 and has taught hundreds of hours of MTY in Annapolis at AAMC, Evolutions, Peak Fitness and Wellsview Center for Holistic and Integrative Health. Since 2003, she has been teaching weekly Pilates Mat classes at The Y of Central Maryland (previously Big Vanilla Athletic Club) where she educates the community about safety and modifications for special conditions and prevention of exercise-related injuries.
Her passion for spreading the word about integrating a holistic approach in physical medicine naturally led her to move beyond the walls of patient care. She was a guest lecturer for students studying Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Howard University in Washington DC. She taught Integrative Physical Therapy and Spine Education classes at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Doordan Institute and wrote monthly health and wellness articles for the Severna Park Voice newspaper. She also had the opportunity to co-write a PYTI Yoga Therapy Training Report in the publication, Yoga Therapy Today.
Veronica has been married to her husband David for over 20 years and they have two sons, Ethan and Graham and young daughter Naomi, all born 100% naturally using The Bradley Method. She is actively involved in her community through her church, family, and friends. She lives in Arnold, MD.
MPT 2002 ~ Masters in Physical Therapy; University of Maryland School of Medicine
Licensed PT 2003 ~ Maryland Licensed Physical Therapist
Functional Manual Therapy CEU Training 2003-2011 ~ Institute of Physical Art; Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Integrative Manual Therapy Solutions; NY
PPI 2005 ~ Professional Pilates Instructor; Professional Health and Fitness Institute (Bethesda, MD) and Peak Pilates (Colorado)
PYT 2014 ~ Professional Yoga Therapist & Medical Therapeutic Yoga Instructor; Professional Yoga Therapy Institute Emerald Isle, NC
PYTI Teaching Assistant 2018 ~ Yoga As Medicine I; Professional Yoga Therapy Institute Emerald Isle, NC