Meet Our Therapists
Dr. Katie Bayer is a therapist with a focus in manual work and functional strengthening. She has a special interest in Women’s Health, pelvic floor dysfunction and treating pregnant and postpartum women, along with visceral manipulation and dry needling. She believes that during pregnancy, it is important to educate women on ways to manage their changing bodies, and also prepare for labor and delivery. In postpartum (no matter how many months or YEARS you are from your last baby), she believes every woman deserves a thorough assessment and follow up care. This may include examination of – C-section incision, pelvic floor, diastasis rectus, breathing mechanics, postures, and dysfunctional movement patterns- always with the goal to return to prior level of function and exercise.She has received training through Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, the Barral Institute and the Institute of Physical Arts, among many others.
She brings a diversity of knowledge to Concierge Physical Therapists and has spent time in an array of physical therapy settings, including hospital-based PT, rehabilitation, and outpatient facilities, along with experience as a massage therapist. This background has helped her to treat the individual as a whole, instead of just an injury.
Katie earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Mary Washington College, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Katie lives in Fall Church, VA with her husband, three energetic young daughters and dog Mack.
Sarah Wilson earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, V.A. in 2014 after completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2011 from East Carolina University.
Sarah practices with an emphasis on manual therapy and is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling. While she treats spinal and peripheral joint disorders among people of all age groups, Sarah specializes in treating patients who suffer from post-concussion syndrome and vestibular disorders. She is passionate about her work and will go above and beyond to help individuals maximize function and regain independence.
Sarah is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA). She is a Board Certified Direct Access Provider, enabling her patients to see her without a referral from another practitioner.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys running, high-intensity workouts and traveling. She was a nationally ranked gymnast and continues to find her motivation in working hard in order to see results.
Dr. Gabriela van Sickle completed an accelerated program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with Distinction in 2013. After graduation, Gabriela moved to Richmond, VA where she completed a two-year residency program through the Institute of Physical Art. In 2015, she sat for the rigorous Functional Manual Therapy ® certification exam, passing with honors. After completing CFMT, Gabriela began taking pelvic floor classes through Herman and Wallace and expanded her treatment to male and female patients with pelvic pain, pain with sexual intercourse, colorectal dysfunction, post-partum, and urinary and fecal incontinence. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, running and spending time with her husband and adopted dog, Mattie.
Elizabeth A. Hatch was first introduced to the field physical therapy as an undergraduate at The Catholic University of America. A defender on the women’s soccer team and a performer in the school’s musical theater productions, Elizabeth experienced a sidelining injury when she herniated a disc in her lower back as a junior. Her rehabilitation and return to the field and stage gave her first hand experience to draw on as a therapist.
Elizabeth received a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and has treated pediatric and adult patients of all ages–from infant to grandparent. Elizabeth’s treatment style integrates manual therapy with functional strengthening and postural education to help her clients reach their fitness goals.
Her special areas of interest and continuing education have been in manual therapy, treatment of post-concussion and vestibular disorders, pilates-based rehabiliation of pregnant and postpartum women, and injury prevention and rehabilitation of athletes and performing artists. Elizabeth lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and family and enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing soccer with her family.
Dr. Ri Sayed is a manual therapist focusing on orthopedic, pelvic floor dysfunction, visceral manipulation, integrated manual therapy, and dry needling.
She graduated from Wroclaw Medical University in Wroclaw, Poland with Diploma in Medicine and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. Since graduation she has received additional training from Herman Wallace, and Barral Institute, MAPS.
Ri’s philosophy of care, in her words: “I’ve learned that not all patients will benefit from the traditional approach of physical therapy, and that you need to look beyond the symptoms and take the time to get to know the patient as a whole person.
Dr. Svetlana Sidilkovskaia—Growing up as a member of Russian Junior Olympic team in my formative years left an impression on me like no other. By the time I was 10, I drank coffee, enjoyed canned fish and was even allowed to miss Geometry class in order to attend training.
In 1997, my family moved to the U.S. I enrolled as a freshman at Lake Worth High School in Florida. The discipline I’d learned as a young athlete helped me to overcome the shock of a new culture and to make friends and find joy in daily life. I learned self-reliance and began to focus on personal growth.
My physical passions: Swimming, weightlifting, waterpolo, underwater hockey, triathlons, Crossfit, yoga, cycling, tennis, wrestling with dogs, cleaning my home... Movement satisfies an intrinsic craving for engagement with life. It was a natural transition from that to a job as a personal trainer for Equinox Fitness. I enjoyed personal training so much that I moved my young family to Richmond, Virginia, to earn a doctorate in physical therapy.
Infected with an infinite curiosity about the structure and function of the human body, I sought to reduce the barriers people often feel to engaging in physical activity. As I worked with clients from all age groups, I developed what I call my theory on competitive aging: Live each year better than the previous one.
Since I became a licensed healthcare professional, I’ve been bridging the medical and fitness worlds as physiotherapist. I have a wide repertoire of manual skills (ranging from advanced dry needling to Thai Massage) and insist on customized regular strength & conditioning. I move bodies for living.
I’m happy to teach, to share what I know, to help others find wellness.
Dr. Ernest Brown is a Washington, DC native, family physician, and founder of the house call medical provider, Doctors To You. While in medical school, a young Dr. Brown predicted a life in the emergency room; however, after mentorship by one of the country’s leading house call doctors, things changed. This experience working in homes rather than in clinics steered his focus from being a run-of-the-mill hospital employee, to fulfilling his purpose as a true caregiver by staying connected to the community that made him.
In 2015, Doctors To You was born with the mission to rebuilding the doctor-patient relationship, giving patients the care they deserve. Today, it’s a burgeoning movement in the DC area, providing both residents and visitors seamless access to quality care without having to go out and find it—the doctor comes to you! “I greatly enjoy providing both traditional and charitable house calls. I have a distinctive and patient-centric vision of how house calls should be practiced and have spent my career bringing that vision to life.”
Old-fashion? Maybe. But with Doctors To You, Dr. Brown is spearheading the return of the house call, and has achieved local and national recognition for his outstanding service by outlet such as: The Today Show, NPR, and The Washington Post.
Visit doctorstoyou.com to learn more about Doctors To You and Dr. Ernest Brown.