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. 

Alexandra Demers, PT, DPT

Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences
Gettysburg College, 2008

Doctorate in Physical Therapy
University of Maryland, 2011

Allie began her career as a Woman’s Health Physical Therapist at an outpatient clinic in Maryland immediately after graduation. While there she gained specialized experience in the treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction. She also worked at Sinai Hospital treating patients in the joint center part-time.

Allie has taken advanced courses in Women’s and Men’s Health issues, as well as Pregnancy and Post-Partum pain. She completed training in lymphedema management in October 2013 through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies. She is certified in the fitting of compression garments through Juzo. Currently, Allie is pursuing training in the osteopathic technique, Visceral Manipulation, through the Barral Institute. She has provided lectures in Women’s Health special topics to the students in the physical therapy and athletic training programs at East Carolina University.

Allie lives in McLean with her husband, their daughter and their dog Palmer.

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.