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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.



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Alyssia Graves

Social Media Coordinator

 A former competitive cheerleader and gymnast, Alyssia 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 also 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.


Ashlee Kim, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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!


Stephanie Katz, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Katz is an Occupational Therapist (OT) with a specialty in hand and wrist conditions. She is currently working towards becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT) and is enrolled in a Doctorate of Health Science program. 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 gym, you can find her behind a pottery wheel, at the pickleball courts, or walking her german shepherd, Gatsby.

Marissa Savage

Client Experience Coordinator

Marissa is our Client Experience Coordinator, and strives to make your experience as seamless as possible. She will most likely be one of your first points of contact, and will give you a warm welcome then help guide you through your journey.


With experience managing a Physical Therapy practice in New York City, she understands the ins and outs of all stages of recovery. She is committed to helping people have the most enjoyable and effective experience possible.


Marissa was a former ballerina, and has had a long journey with having scoliosis and dealing with its impact on dance. Physical Therapy has played a huge role in her life, and she is glad that it has helped her gain strength and relief.


Marissa's passion for helping people also goes back to her time in college, as she majored in Fine Arts: Painting and Drawing where she studied to be an Art Therapist. Painting, drawing, and graphic design are some of her hobbies, as she enjoys being able to express herself creatively.



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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