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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact number | 202-476-3094
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Get to Know Our Team

We bring together experts in physical medicine and rehabilitation to provide personalized care for your child and family.

Meet our providers

When your child has a disability or injury, it is important to find specialists who understand how these conditions affect a child who is still growing physically and developing neurologically. At Children’s National Hospital, our goal is to help every child reach the highest level of physical, cognitive and social functioning possible – letting kids be kids and enjoy their childhood.

Physical Medicine for Kids

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation treats and monitors infants, children and teens at all stages of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. For children with more complex disorders or illnesses, our division experts can coordinate treatment plans and condition management with pediatric specialists in more than 50 disciplines at Children's National.

Features of the Rehabilitation Medicine program include:

  • Continuity of care. Our specialists provide acute comprehensive care for patients at Children's National as well as sub-acute and post-acute care at HSC Health Care System Pediatric Center in Washington, D.C., and pediatric inpatient care at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, located next to Children's National. The presence of Children's National at all three health systems distinguishes our rehabilitative services from other programs around the country, by ensuring a continuum of care with Children's National doctors and health team members who know your child's medical history and special needs.
  • Specialty programs and clinics. Our team offers comprehensive rehabilitation through our numerous multi-specialty clinics. All treatment is tailored to your child's unique needs.
  • Therapists with advanced training and certifications. As a children's hospital, we have the resources and knowledge to promote age-appropriate life skills for optimal growth and development, from daily living skills to play – a kid’s most important job. Our physical and occupational therapists have advanced training and certifications in a variety of pediatric rehabilitation therapies.
  • Multidisciplinary care. In addition to the division's pediatric physiatrists, our care team is comprised of experts from a variety of areas, including rehabilitation nursing, youth transition services, orthotics and physical, recreational and occupational therapy.

Conditions We Treat

We provide state-of-the art diagnostic evaluations and comprehensive rehabilitation services for many conditions, including neurological disorders, traumatic injuries and congenital (present at birth) physical disabilities, including:

Rehabilitation Services We Provide

We provide our patients and their families with a coordinated care plan that often saves them from the frustration of multiple appointments with various providers. We offer the following services as part of our program:

  • Bracing
  • Constraint-induced treatment
  • Developmental assessment
  • Exercise prescription
  • Gait training
  • Neuro-developmental treatment
  • Physical abilities testing
  • Sensory integration
  • Standardized testing and assessment for perceptual motor and learning disabilities
  • Upper and lower extremity (limb) casting

Our Multidisciplinary Clinics

We care for many children in the region with complex medical needs. We have established comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinics to meet the unique needs of these patients and their families, including our:

Contact Us

For more information about Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or to schedule your child’s in-person appointment, procedure or telehealth visit, call us at 202-476-3094.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Team

  • Justin Burton

    Justin Burton
    Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Jeffrey Rabin

    Jeffrey Rabin
    Vice-Chair, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist
    Chronic Pain Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Melissa Fleming
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Olga Morozova

    Olga Morozova
    Director, Education and Fellowship
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Mi Ran Shin

    Mi Ran Shin
    Associate Fellowship Program Director, Rehabilitation Medicine
    Associate Medical Director, Safe Kids DC
    Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Aditi Kulkarni

    Aditi Kulkarni
    Occupational Therapist

  • Jennifer Shorter

    Jennifer Shorter
    Occupational Therapist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Randi Simenson
    Occupational Therapist

  • Natalie Swartz

    Natalie Swartz
    Occupational Therapist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Jordan Tillman
    Occupational Therapist

  • Katherine Williamson

    Katherine Williamson
    Occupational Therapist

  • Heather Akgun

    Heather Akgun
    Physical Therapist

  • Justine Belschner

    Justine Belschner
    Physical Therapist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Marisa Birkmeier
    Physical Therapist

  • Blair Bossie

    Blair Bossie
    Physical Therapist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Ashley Brandt
    Physical Therapist

  • Catherine Coley

    Catherine Coley
    Physical Therapist

  • Colleen Donley

    Colleen Donley
    Physical Therapist

  • Mandana Fisher

    Mandana Fisher
    Physical Therapist

  • Katherine Kundrat

    Katherine Kundrat
    Physical Therapist

  • Michaela Lewis

    Michaela Lewis
    Physical Therapist

  • Emily Musy

    Emily Musy
    Physical Therapist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Julie Smolinski
    Physical Therapist

  • Sara Gordon

    Sara Gordon
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Children's National Hospital

    Nneka Okoye
    Nurse Practitioner

  • Leslie Phillips

    Leslie Phillips
    Rehabilitation Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital

    Julie Will
    Nurse Practitioner