About Us

Our Treatment Philosophy

Jennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS created ITR Physical Therapy in 2001 because she believed that each patient deserves to be treated in a caring and supportive environment while receiving quality one on one care and rehabilitation.  Jennifer and her staff at ITR come together with the same philosophy- that you deserve the best holistic approach to your health and wellness. ITR’s staff emphasizes open communication between you, your physical therapist and your physician with a special understanding of the issues affecting women’s and men’s health with a manual therapy approach.

ITR has made a strong commitment to continuing education and the exploration of the industry’s newest healing approaches.  Each physical therapist is dedicated to continually seek educational opportunities and technological advances in this field to better serve your healthcare needs.

Each treatment session lasts approximately an hour where you will receive the specialized treatment, personal attention and education needed to maximize your function, health and wellness.   It is ITR’s goal to assist you in every step of your recovery process—supporting your return to a full healthy life.

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Over 15 Years of Experience in Women's and Men's Health and Manual Therapy

Jennifer L. Chu, MS, PT, WCS

Board Certified Women's Health Specialist

Bachelor of Science, Sports Medicine
University of Virginia, 1995

Master of Science, Physical Therapy
Duke University, 1997

Jennifer Chu, MS, PT, WCS is one of the countries first Board Certified Women’s Health Specialists. She has been a physical therapist since 1997 when she started her career working with musculoskeletal injuries in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. It was here that Jennifer began her specialty in women’s health. In 2001 she opened ITR Physical Therapy in order to create an environment where patients would receive the individualized, quality and manual care that she believes each patient deserves.

Jennifer has spoken nationally at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition and has sat on the Board of Directors as the Director of Communication for the APTA’s Section on Women’s Health. She has participated in clinical research regarding myofascial soft tissue release techniques for painful bladder syndrome and painful C section scars.   She is committed to teaching and empowering women and men with pelvic floor dysfunctions how to help themselves.

When not working, Jennifer treasures being the mother of two amazing little girls, practicing yoga, meditation and spending time with her friends and family. 

Lauren Starace, PT, MSPT, PYT-c, RYT-200

Master of Science, Physical Therapy
Springfield College, 2006

Lauren began her career in geriatrics working in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. After 2 years, Lauren wanted some more adventure in her life and she began traveling PT where she gained experience working throughout the country in NJ, MA, CA, MD, and DC. As she traveled and learned more and more about herself and her career choice, she stumbled upon something new – pelvic floor PT. She became interested in this area in 2010 and decided make a big change from geriatrics into the world of pelvic floor.

Lauren found her true passion in pelvic health, treating women and men with complex pelvic issues for all ages. She has taken multiple levels of education in this area through Herman and Wallace. She furthered her education at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine learning muscle energy techniques for the spine and visceral mobilization through the Barral Institute and Herman and Wallace. She has since added to her repertoire with yoga, finishing her 200 hour teacher training, as well as starting training through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute to become a Professional Yoga Therapist. She has found so much enjoyment in combining yoga with PT and is excited to continue to build on this. She believes in integrated medicine to combine all facets of her patients’ lives – physical, psycho-social emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and energetic. She feels truly grateful to have found a way to combine her 2 passions, yoga and pelvic PT, and to be able to share this with her patients.

In her spare time Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 step-children as well as practicing yoga and going for long walks outside.

Tina Arrigo Sito, PT

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
Marquette University, 1981

Tina began her career in orthopedics and sports medicine in 1981, which has included working with professional sports teams and professional dancers. In addition, she works with geriatrics in home health and with pediatrics within the school system.

After experiencing pelvic floor issues herself, she began studying the causes and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. This led to a passion of continued study and treatment of Women’s and Men’s Health.

She continues to take a variety of courses to further advance her diagnostic and treatment techniques, offering an evidence-based practice.

Tina incorporates a variety of treatment techniques, including manual therapy, therapeutic and functional exercise, relaxation training, and education in body mechanics and posture.

She feels the key to a successful treatment and outcome is to listen to the patient and provide a holistic approach.

Ellicia D. Jacobs, PT, DPT, CLT 

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science 
Old Dominion University, 2012

Doctorate in Physical Therapy 
Marymount University, 2015 

Ellicia started her career as a pelvic health and orthopedic physical therapist at an outpatient clinic in Virginia. Within the first year of practicing she also received her certificate in lymphatic therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and began working with lymphedema, oncology, and pelvic congestion populations.  

Throughout the years her passion for pelvic health and pelvic floor dysfunction has continued to grow and remains the focus of her post-graduate coursework. Ellicia has taken advanced courses in women’s and men’s pelvic health, visceral manipulation, myofascial release, and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization. 

Taking a holistic approach, Ellicia’s work is grounded in empowering people to aid in the healing of both their mind and body throughout their time in physical therapy. 

Ellicia has spent most of her life traveling across the U.S. and abroad. Currently she resides in Arlington, VA.

Charissa Kafarakis, PT, DPT

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Health Studies
Ithaca college, 2010

Doctor of physical therapy
Ithaca college, 2012
 
Charissa began her PT career in outpatient orthopedics in a busy New York City clinic where she worked with athletes and weekend warriors for the first 3 years of her career. 
 
Delving into women’s and men’s health physical therapy, she found her passion in the field of PT. Her continuing education courses taken through the Institute of Physical Art include visceral mobilization, Pilates for the pelvic floor. At Herman & Wallace she took levels 1-3 of pelvic floor courses where she has been honing her skills to best serve this unique population. She has enjoyed treating men and women from age 15-100. Her favorite part of working with pelvic floor patients is seeing their quality of life improve.
 
With her outpatient orthopedic background in addition to having been a lifelong athlete herself (basketball, track, cross country, sprint triathlons) Charissa enjoys a well rounded treatment style of both hands on manual therapy and exercise. She is a firm believer in treating the whole patient: mind and body. 
 
Charissa relocated to Silver Spring from New York City with her husband Alex and their cat Kate (Middleton) and dog Champ (Champagne) in the fall of 2018. She loves to travel  and practice Bikram Yoga. She intends to get certified in Pilates and take the pelvic floor specialist exam now that she’s settled into her new home. 

Margaux Craig, PT, DPT

Bachelors of Arts, Exercise and Sports Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999

Master’s of Science, Physical Therapy
Marymount University, 2003

Doctorate of Physical therapy
Shenandoah University, 2017

Margaux began her physical therapy career in outpatient rehabilitation and gradually transitioned to orthopedics with a focus in manual therapy.

In 2011 she began her journey into pelvic health and utilizes her orthopedic skills to take a holistic approach to treating pelvic floor dysfunction because treating the person as a whole is the key to management and prevention of symptoms. She has taken pelvic floor coursework through the Herman and Wallace Institute as well as craniosacral and visceral manipulation through the Upledger, and Barral institutes respectively. She is also certified in trigger point dry needling through Kinetacore.

Margaux is a certified Pilates instructor and utilizes Pilates as another tool in treating patients in the field of Women’s Health. When not working Margaux enjoys practicing Pilates and spending time with her husband, young son, and soon to come little girl.

Amy Bristol

Amy is the office manager for ITR Physical Therapy. As a former high school English and Spanish teacher, foster mom, and homeschooling parent, Amy brings a love for clear communication and making each connection matter. In her spare time, she likes to cook, knit, and go birding with her husband.