Meet our Physical Therapists
David E. Ebbecke , PT, DPT, MBA, OCS, Cert. DN Physical Therapist / President and Owner
Since 1997, David has been helping individuals in Prince William County overcome pain and disability. Following in the footsteps of his friend and mentor, David S. Mizener, David took ownership of Piedmont Physical Therapy, Inc. (formerly Mizener, Ebbecke & Associates) in 2009, and continues to see patients in the clinic daily.
David had his sights set on a career in the healthcare field from a young age. He chose physical therapy after witnessing the positive impact it had on his father who was suffering from a painful shoulder injury at the time.
Drawing from an extensive background in orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, David integrates his skills as a manual therapist and exercise specialist to assist patients in living a life without pain and reliance on pain medication. He has published numerous articles on managing and avoiding common musculoskeletal injuries.
David’s Credentials & Practice Experience:
- Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Shenandoah University in 1996.
- Certification in Manual Therapy (MTC) from The University of St. Augustine in 2001.
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Shenandoah University in 2004.
- Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification in 2006 recognizing advanced clinical proficiency in orthopedic physical therapy practice.
- Took ownership of Piedmont Physical Therapy, Inc. in 2009.
- Certified practitioner in Trigger Point Dry Needling from Kinetacore in 2013.
- Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level III golf fitness instructor certification (Medical) in 2014.
- Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP) from Functional Medicine University (FMU) in 2018.
Gin Yang , PT, DPT, Cert. DN, CSCS Physical Therapist
Gin received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2018. He has completed clinical affiliations in various outpatient orthopedic settings and emphasizes manual skills, therapeutic exercises, and patient education to decrease pain and regain function. Gin is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
As an avid athlete, Gin has interest in various sports. He experienced a knee injury playing basketball and was referred to physical therapy due to long bouts of unsuccessful recovery. Through physical therapy he became pain free and was able to fully participate in sports again. This process became a catalyst in choosing physical therapy as a career path.
Gin places high value on quality 1-on-1 time with a patient and making a positive difference each session. He believes finding the underlying cause of pain is essential in creating a specific plan of care catered towards the individual.
Gin's Credentials & Practice Experience:
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Virginia Commonwealth University
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
- Certified practitioner in Dry Needling from AAMT
- Trained in spine manipulation/adjustments from AAMT
Jessica L. W. Beech , PT, DPT, ATC Physical Therapist
Jessica earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2002, and has continually practiced physical therapy in outpatient orthopedic settings. Jessica joined our practice in 2004 and has been an important part of the team as we expanded and moved offices in 2013.
Jessica continues to develop specialized skills in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and evaluation techniques through postgraduate education courses. She enjoys working closely with patients to problem solve and find the best treatment protocol for each case.
In addition, Jessica started our aquatic physical therapy program in 2014 in partnership with Central Park Aquatics Center in Manassas, VA. She enjoys the freedom that water based physical therapy offers her patients to perform exercises that increase strength, mobility and function while decreasing the load through the body’s joints. The support that water offers patients will often decrease sensations of pain during therapy, while increasing therapeutic benefits.
Jessica’s Credentials & Practice Experience:
- Bachelors of Science in Health Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Slippery Rock University in 1999.
- Certified Athletic Trainer in 1999.
- Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in 2002.
- Continuing education in manual therapy such as mobilization with movement, muscle energy, joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques.
- Continuing education in therapeutic exercise including TRX, balance training and aquatic therapy.
- Began an aquatic therapy program in 2014.
Katy Vander Woude , PT, DPT Physical Therapist
After receiving her Bachelor’s in Biology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Katy went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, graduating in 2009.
For the past 8 years, she has worked in outpatient orthopedic settings, while taking several continuing education classes focused on rehabilitation for athletes. Katy has a passion for working with athletes, as well as for nutrition and fitness. A distance runner herself, she has aspirations to develop programs here at Piedmont for local runners to help improve their running performance and prevent injury.
Katy’s Credentials & Practice Experience:
- Kinesiotape/KT tape application
- Running injury prevention
- Trained in manual techniques including muscle energy, Mulligan and mobilization with movement
- ACL prevention programs
- Selective functional movement screen (SFMA)
Erin Rasmussen , PT, DPT Physical Therapist
Erin received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh in April 2018.
Physical Therapy comes as a natural second career for Erin following her first career dancing and touring professionally with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Working with practitioners around the world to treat and prevent her own dance injuries exposed Erin to a wide variety of techniques and movement methodologies which inform her current practice. Academically, she draws on specialty knowledge gained during clinical affiliations in dance medicine, lymphedema and women’s health at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. Prior to graduate school, Erin gained corporate experience working on the finance team at a culinary teambuilding company. In addition to treating patients, she will be utilizing her business skills to assist with Piedmont PT’s strategic planning and development.
Currently Erin maintains an active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association and its Orthopedic Section. A lifelong learner, she is interested in pursuing further training in manual therapy, functional movement analysis and running analysis.
Erin believes that successful treatment arises from thoughtful communication. She takes pride in listening to her patients' histories and ensuring that important details are factored into their care. Erin truly enjoys helping patients learn about their bodies by guiding them through movement on the path to recovery.
Douglas Bell , PTA Physical Therapist Assistant
Doug is a 2018 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an Associate of Applied Science degree as a PTA. With a lifelong interest in physical fitness, health, and nutrition, he became attracted to a career in physical therapy after watching the tremendous improvement in mobility and function his uncle made during PT, following a stroke.
Doug considers being a PTA a unique calling of service to the community. He combines his knowledge of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise while partnering with patients to eliminate pain, reach their goals, and achieve optimal health outcomes.
With a history of service-oriented work (32 years at UPS), he strives to help people improve their quality of life, working to find solutions to physical challenges so they can return to activities that are important to them, whether it is going back to work, participating in sports, or simply playing with their grandkids.
An avid outdoorsman, Doug enjoys bicycling, camping, fishing, and kayaking. He lives in Manassas with his wife, Linda.
Terry Liesener Practice Administrator
Terry is a native of Manassas, Va. She rejoined the team at Piedmont Physical Therapy in the Spring of 2014, after previously working with David, Diane and Jessica at Mizener Physical Therapy years prior.
A seasoned Billing Specialist, Terry has 30 plus years experience in Hospital and Physician billing as well as collections. Her physician based billing background includes, Orthopaedics, Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, Audiology and Physical Therapy. Terry obtained her HFMA national certification, CRCR, while working in revenue cycle management for Conifer Health Solutions. She has also worked in revenue cycle management for such fortune 500 companies as Perot Systems and Dell, Inc.
In addition, Terry brings a wealth of top notch customer service experience having served many years as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. Terry enjoys movies, a good book, cats, the Washington Redskins and spending time with her daughter.
Sarah Ebbecke Receptionist
Sarah joined Piedmont Physical Therapy when she moved to the Manassas area in 2018. Having a strong background in customer service and love for helping people, in was a perfect fit.
Sarah has an educational background including the University of Mary Washington where she acquired credits in business and Cedar Valley College where she took part in their Veterinary Technician course. Being an avid equestrian for 12 years, Sarah loves to live an active lifestyle. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with all of her many animals, being outdoors, and traveling.
Lynne Marsh Receptionist
Lynne was introduced to Piedmont Physical Therapy when she was a caregiver to a woman who was a patient of the facility. She was thrilled with the care and humor of the facility so much that when she had her first knee replaced, she automatically thought of Piedmont.
When she came back 10 months later, after her second knee replacement, the care and the ambiance was still the same so she took a chance and asked if they were hiring in the office. Having worked at a couple medical offices and a DME office, she felt that she could be of some help to the office. Thankfully, it feels like a great fit.
Lynne enjoys several hobbies to occupy her free time such as walking/hiking (now that she has new knees) biking, reading, sewing and various handwork. She also LOVES to spend time with her adult children and their families who, thankfully, live close by. She and her husband Russ also re-enact the Civil War era. They share their home with their Calico cat, Mac.
Alenka Ferrufino Physical Therapy Technician
Alenka earned her bachelor degree in Health and Exercise Science from Bridgewater College in 2016. As a former collegiate field hockey and soccer player, Alenka’s passion towards sports and injuries really sparked her interest in physical therapy. Before joining Piedmont Physical therapy, Alenka worked as a sports performance coach with Explosive Performance. She specialized in speed, strength, and agility with several Loudon County sports teams. Alenka joined our practice in May of 2017 as one of our two technicians.
Apart from working as a technician, Alenka is also the Head Field Hockey Coach at Stonewall Jackson High School. Alenka began her field hockey career at Stonewall her junior year and returned to Stonewall in 2016 as the junior varsity coach. In 2017, she officially took over as the Head Varsity Coach and lead her team to the 2017 Regional Field Hockey Tournament. Alenka also played soccer all four years of high school and graduated from the International Baccalaureate program in 2012.
Alenka enjoys working with motivated individuals who have a positive and open mindset towards exercising. She enjoys the rewarding experience working directly with patients towards their goals. Alenka intends to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy as her passion towards sports and interest in injuries continues to grow. She is also our only Spanish speaking technician working alongside our team of Physical Therapists.
In addition, Alenka is very influenced by health and fitness as she spends her time at the gym weightlifting, running, and foam rolling. On the weekends you can catch Alenka spending time with her family and her two dogs, Mika and Lula. She also continues to play field hockey and soccer in adult coed leagues throughout Northern Virginia. Alenka looks forward to continuing her career at Piedmont Physical Therapy working alongside the team of very knowledgeable Physical Therapists.
River Dawson Physical Therapy Technician
River earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Shenandoah University in May of 2017. She is currently working as a Physical Therapy technician here at Piedmont while applying to Physical Therapy school. Her long-term goal is to practice as a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a focus on spinal injuries and trauma.
Her interest in physical therapy began at a young age, as her father has undergone three spinal surgeries and numerous therapy sessions. She was curious as to why and how the therapy aided in her father’s recovery. River was also a collegiate lacrosse goalie and a high school lacrosse coach, which exposed her to many injuries and various training methods. She enjoys working with high level athletes as well as post operative patients to help them progress in their therapy.
In her spare time, River enjoys spending time with her family, reading, adventuring with friends, and playing with her rottweiler puppy, Tarzan. He goes just about everywhere with her, and occasionally visits the clinic!