Why We're Different
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you tired of that nagging ache or pain that is limiting how you move?
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?
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.
Are You a:
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?
Who has a day job, but also wants to stay competitive for your next event or race without being slowed down by nagging injuries?
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.
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?
Meet The Team
Jesse Lewis, DPT, OCS, CSCS
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
Nicki Ferramosca is a physical therapist who has been practicing since 2002, specializing in outpatient orthopedics. Throughout her career she has worked as a staff physical therapist, a center manager and clinic director as well as an adjunct professor. As 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. She takes a biomechanical approach to treat patient’s physical restrictions that focuses on both the direct and indirect limitation that keeps a person from reaching their goals and achieving highest level of function. For the past 14 years, she has specialized in the evaluation and fabrication of custom orthotics. 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!
Ariella is a physical therapist and our pelvic floor specialist 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.
Client Experience Coordinator
As District Performance & Physio’s Client Experience Coordinator, Alyssia is committed to making sure your entire experience with us is excellent. She will likely be your first contact when you reach out to us and is there to help guide your journey.
Traditionally, people have dreaded going to physical therapy or think of it as a bad experience. We want to change that and make you actually enjoy your experience with us and Alyssia leads the way on that.
A former competitive cheerleader and gymnast, she had been told by doctors she would never regain full strength and was able to return to competition at a high level. She has seen first hand the difference a performance approach can make and how important it is to realize you always have the ability to fully recover.
Alyssia is a personal trainer and group fitness coach focusing on functional fitness so she understands how important it is to be able to stay healthy and active to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
She also co hosts her own podcast, Throwing Shades, on the crossover between sports, politics and humanity.
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.