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Why We're Different

Work With A Physical Therapy Expert

Work With A Physical Therapy Expert in DC

Why We're Different

Ask yourself these questions:


  1. Are you tired of that nagging ache or pain that is limiting how you move?

  2. Are you frustrated that you have been told that all you need to do is rest. Or, even worse, that since it hurts that you should just stop doing what you love?

  3. Do you want to be more active but feel like you’re limited by injury or mobility?


We are just as tired and frustrated as you are at all the bad advice that's out there and that you're not as active as you could be! That’s the District Performance & Physio difference. We were founded on the belief that the answer to an injury shouldn’t be “just rest it.” And it should never be “you can’t go back to doing that anymore.” The true answer is to find out WHY the injury happened in the first place, and get you back to what you were doing—even better than before.


We believe in challenging your expectations of physical therapy to give you an experience and outcome that is better than you imagine. That means we will defy what you think of physical therapy and how it can improve your life. Your experience with us will be different from what you expect from a typical health care visit. You and your physical therapist will work as a team to reach your goals and redefine your perceived limits. Whether you were injured yesterday or have been in consistent pain for years, District Performance & Physio in Washington DC determines the source of your distress, helps it heal, and prevents it from happening again. 


If you are a CrossFit athlete, we’ll get you back in the gym and setting a new PR.  If you are a runner, we’ll get you on the road, faster than before. If your goal is to start being more active, we’ll guide you there and KEEP you active.

District Performance & Physio in Washington DC
Why We're Different
Who We Help

Are You a:

Busy Professional

Who wants to get out of pain or back in the gym but doesn’t have a lot of time to waste with treatments that don’t work or spend an hour of physical therapy exercises every day?

Adult Athlete

Who has a day job, but also wants to stay competitive for your next event or race without being slowed down by nagging injuries? 

Crossfit Athlete

Who loves the community and workouts and wants to stay as healthy as possible while also hitting that next PR? You need someone that understands what CrossFit is and don’t want to be told to stop lifting.

Recreational Runner

Who runs for fun and wants to continue running without the fear of having to slow down or stop as you get older? Maybe you’ve been told that you shouldn’t run because of your “bad knees” or “bad back”.

Active Gym Member

Who wants to stay fit and active in the gym, pilates studio or yoga studio? You might use exercise as your stress reliever and need to stay as active as possible.

Sensible Man or Woman

Who understands that you shouldn’t have to be limited in what you like to do and that pain doesn’t have to be a part of your everyday life?

Who We Are

Meet The Team


Jesse Lewis, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Physical Therapist

Dr. Jesse Lewis is the founder of District Performance & Physio.  He is a physical therapist, coach, and believes that movement and exercise are life.  His passion is keeping active people active and healthy. Dr. Lewis’s treatments include a strategic combination of education, exercise, manual therapy, and dry needling. With advanced certifications in both physical therapy and strength and conditioning, he will develop your plan with both a rehabilitation and performance approach.  


Nicki Ferramosca, MSPT, CSCS

Physical Therapist

Nicki Ferramosca is a physical therapist who has been practicing since 2002, specializing in outpatient orthopedics. A former collegiate soccer and rugby player, she has specific expertise in treating athletes allowing them to return to a high level of performance in their sport following injury. She is also certified through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), allowing her to specifically evaluate, treat, and fine tune golfers of all ages and skill levels. Golfers from all over the DMV region seek her expertise to keep them on the course and hitting them long! ​ Her approach to physical therapy and treatment focuses on the restoration of functional movements and a thorough biomechanical analysis. Her approach includes manual therapy techniques, Trigger Point Dry Needling, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education and patient education. Nicki’s expertise in the aforementioned treatment techniques in conjunction with her certification as a strength and conditioning specialist allows her to create home and gym exercise programs that are individually tailored to each person. ​Nicki has a love for all things fitness, but is especially passionate about Barre, running and HIIT workouts. Tennis is her newest love, which makes treating her tennis friends even more rewarding!

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Ariella Pohl Bickell, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ariella is a physical therapist and one of our pelvic floor specialists here at District Performance & Physio. Ariella specializes in helping men and women overcome pelvic floor issues such as incontinence, pain, constipation, and post partum conditions. She is very passionate about helping people overcome these issues because they are hard to discuss and even harder to find solutions for. She is also our running specialist, helping runners recover from injuries, continue running while treating their injury, and helping them with their training programs when they are healthy. Her desire to become a physical therapist came at a young age when she would observe her mother, a physical therapist for Montgomery County Public Schools, work with special needs children. She began her career as a physical therapist in New York City, working with all types of orthopedic clients. She has been involved in research and is a co-author of a case study that was presented at various rehabilitation conferences after treating a patient with a rare operative procedure. Ariella has always been active her whole life. She was a dancer through high school and is a long distance runner who has finished four marathons and 6 half marathons (and counting). She also enjoys hiking, skiing and weightlifting. She is passionate about getting patients back to performing the physical activity they love and encouraging them to continue reaching their goals, whether it be running a personal record at a marathon or getting back to lifting after giving birth.



Physical Therapist

Dr. TJ Janicky has 6 years of experience as a physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and male pelvic floor conditions. He received his manual therapy certification in 2016 and went on to become a board certified orthopedic specialist (OCS) in 2016 and a fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in 2019. 

Dr. Janicky has a passion for both teaching and coaching. Currently, Dr. Janicky is on staff with Bellin College as an adjunct faculty where he teaches various musculoskeletal management courses. Out of the clinic Dr. Janicky can be found in the CrossFit gym where he coaches and maintains his own physical fitness. Dr. Janicky is passionate about his own performance goals which translates well into his practice passions.

He also is passionate in helping males deal with pelvic floor issues. It can be hard as a male to know what to do when you're having groin pain, constipation, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, or any other number of pelvic floor conditions. Dr. Janicky is a specialist in this area and can help you find out the cause of your condition and how to overcome it.



Ashlee Kim, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Clinic Manager of Navy Yard Location

Hi! My name is Ashlee. I identify as a dog mom, wife, sister, daughter, amateur wannabe-home baker, and your friendly neighborhood PT. I grew up in Northern VA, graduated from JMU for my undergraduate degree, and took two years to work (fun fact, for Jesse Lewis!) before attending Duke University to obtain my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. 

My passion is helping people get back to an active life and being able to enjoy life. My specialties are helping people with neurological conditions such as concussions and dizziness, women's health, and fitness athletes.

When I’m not at DPP, you can find me exploring new dog parks and dog-based breweries with my three cavaliers, working out at the gym, or fanning the fire alarm while attempting to bake a new dessert recipe!

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Fay Etienne, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Hi there! My name is Fay, I’m originally from northern NJ, and I’ve lived in DC for just over 2 years since graduating from MGH Institute for Physical Therapy in Boston, MA.

Since starting my career in DC, I have worked in a variety of settings with clients looking to get back to a variety of sports and fitness routines as well as with patients with stroke, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury. My diverse experience has given me a well rounded perspective that better allows me to provide comprehensive support to my clients.

As a physical therapist, it’s my privilege to empower my clients and support them in achieving their fitness, performance, and sports-related goals and help them live their lives to the fullest! I’m also passionate about increasing health literacy and increasing access to PT in underserved communities.

My loves outside of PT include traveling, playing and watching soccer (c’mon Arsenal!), Crossfit and exploring hidden gems in DC with my puppy Moose!


Dakota Tilley

Client Experience Coordinator

Meet Dakota, who is fresh to the DC area from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is passionate about people and helping to serve her new community which is why we’re excited to have her on our team as a Client Experience Coordinator. 

She is here to welcome you to District Performance & Physio and strives to assure that your journey with us is as seamless and effective as possible. 

While she grows with us at DP&P, she hopes to learn new ways to elevate everything about your client experience and is always looking for opportunities to help us make lasting positive impressions. 

She loves meeting new people, spending time exploring all of DC’s museums, and traveling home to NC to visit family (and to get out of the cold every now and then)!


Tyrone Bryant

Sales and Operations Lead

Hi, it's Tyrone here! A local here from the DMV area currently residing here in DC. I love to travel to see all the wonderful sights the world has to offer and enjoy meeting new people along the way. I'm truly passionate about leaving lasting impressions and experiences as I encounter people looking to stay active.  Here at District Performance & Physio I will serve as one of your first points of contact to contribute to your client experience while carrying the helping spirit that we all have here

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Maria Garcia

Administrative Assistant 

Hi, I'm Maria Garcia, an Administrative Assistant at District Performance & Physio. I'm proud to be a part of a team that's dedicated to helping people achieve their health and wellness goals. In my role, I provide essential support to the team and serve as a point of contact for clients, ensuring that their needs are met and their questions are answered. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time in nature, trying out new recipes, and exploring my creative side through various art forms.


Stephanie Katz, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Katz is an Occupational Therapist (OT) and certified hand therapist (CHT) with a specialty in hand and wrist conditions. She obtained a dual bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From there, she went on to pursue her master's degree in occupational therapy at New York University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in health science at GW as well as working as an adjunct professor for the new GW entry level OT doctorate program. In addition, she serves on the board for the Capital Hand Therapy Association (CHTA), which connects hand therapists in the DMV. She is passionate about continuing to learn in order to help her clients reach their goals. Her approach is a holistic one, utilizing different techniques to maximize outcomes. When not in the clinic, you can find her behind a pottery wheel, at the pickleball courts, or walking her german shepherd, Gatsby.



Official Greeter

Olivia is our official greeter and strives to make each client visit start off on a paws-itive note! Olivia is the newest member of our team but is already making quite an impression among the DPP family.

Her life goals include becoming a therapy dog and has been spending a lot of time socializing and getting comfortable with our busy gym environment.

She brings with her expertise in making just about anyone smile, sitting for treats, collecting sticks, and mid-day naps.


About District Performance & Physio in DC


The answer to an injury shouldn’t be “just rest it.” And it should never be “you can’t go back to doing that anymore.” The true answer is to find out WHY the injury happened in the first place, and get you back to what you were doing—even better than before.

We want to give you your best healthcare experience.

Not Sure if District Performance & Physio Can Help?

This Free phone consultation with one of our physical therapy experts is something that we offer to people who are nervous or skeptical about physical therapy - unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a free phone call so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done--- without any risk on your part.

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