Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dance Medicine Specialist
Jessi received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2015. She is a Licensed Physical Therapist in Washington DC and Maryland. Dr. White is a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist utilizing dry needling in addition to manual mobilization techniques, biomechanical evaluation, therapeutic exercises and activity re-training in her treatment sessions.
She has 25+ years of dance training and performance experience with extensive knowledge of Pilates mat and reformer, yoga, and floor barre. Dr. White became a PBT® (Progressing Ballet Technique) certified instructor in 2017 and a GYROTONIC® Method teaching apprentice in 2022. She specializes in treating performing artists providing injury prevention screening, strength/conditioning training, and backstage PT during performances. She continues to take dance classes for both fitness, and to stay connected with the local dance community.
“My treatment philosophy is that people are more than their injury. By taking the time to learn about each person, how they were injured, and what their goals are, I work in partnership with my patients to find the right interventions to get them back to doing what they love. I strive to empower every patient to manage their health and mobility goals independently when away from the clinic. This is achieved through continual patient education and encouraging communication & feedback.”
Why Physical Therapy?
Regardless of age, activity level, or prior fitness, we all go through times when we just aren't moving like we want to. Sometimes that's because we are injured, other times it's because we are afraid of getting injured. So whether your goal is to take your fitness to the next level or just start moving again after a period of inactivity, physical therapy can help. Because Movement is For Every Body®.
PT treatments combine comprehensive medical screening, musculoskeletal examination, & creating a personalized plan of care to reach your goals.
A typical session will include a brief exam, discussion of symptoms, manual treatment when appropriate, and therapeutic exercises or movement re-education to progress you towards your goals.
PT can help you recover from an injury or help you prevent one from happening.
What's Your Goal?
When we become injured we change the way we move. The first objective during rehabilitation is to restore proper function. The second objective is to reduce pain, because pain is a protective mechanism.
And most importantly our goal is making sure you can safely get back to doing what you love!
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Recognizing the signs of overuse to head off an injury can keep you moving at your best. Whether you are starting a new activity or just increasing the amount of one you already do, knowing the right body mechanics, how to modify them, when to rest, and optimal recovery techniques will keep you moving.
Still trying the same things to be better but not seeing real improvements? PT can help! The same skills that help to identify the root of an injury allows us to see the movement patterns that may be holding you back. Combine that with a customized strength & conditioning program and you have a recipe for success.
Who do I treat?
As an orthopedic specialist I treat patients from head to toe. From whiplash & cervicogenic headache to Achilles repair & balance training for neuropathy, and everything in between. Because there are so many musculoskeletal diagnoses that I treat it’s easier to list the few areas I don’t specialize in, but would happily refer to another provider for:
pelvic floor dysfunction
pediatric developmental delays
prosthetics and wheelchair fittings
Not sure if PT is right for you? Schedule a free 15 minute consultation to discuss how I can help.