209 Madison St.
Alexandria VA 22314
Specialty Services Offered:
- Custom Orthotics
- Dry Needling
- Performing Arts
- Running Exam
- Work Hardening
Take a Look Inside The Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy Clinic Old Town (Inside Sport & Health)
Physical Therapy Clinic Old Town Staff
Kristen Landers, Clinic Director
Kristen Landers, PT, DPT, OCS
Education: Kristen graduated from the University of Vermont with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and also received her Bachelor of Science, Biology from Gettysburg College. She completed the Jackson Clinics Orthopedic Residency program in 2014. She is a Board Certified Direct Access provider and a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Specialties: Kristen has a special interest in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She has experience rehabilitating collegiate athletes with sports-related injuries and post-surgical conditions. She also has experience in research and participated in a project using diagnostic ultrasound imaging to assess trunk musculature to try to predict those patients with low back pain who would benefit from a stabilization program (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23228626). She has a particular interest in lower extremity conditions including the hip, knee, ankle, and foot. She also specializes in trigger point dry needling, which is the insertion of needles into trigger points in muscles to help accelerate the return to function.
Fun Facts: Kristen spends most of her free time with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly running and hiking. She also loves to travel.
Michele Waku, Office Administrator
Alisha Nagda, Physical Therapist
Alisha Nagda, PT, OCS
Education: Alisha graduated from The Chicago Medical School in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Major in Finance from The University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. Alisha is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.
Specialties: Alisha has nine years of experience in the field of orthopaedic Physical Therapy and is highly trained in treating a variety of orthopaedic conditions including the spine, shoulder, knee, hip, and ankle. She has a special interest in treating post-surgical patients and the athletic population.
Fun Facts: Alisha enjoys reading, exercising, and watching movies. Most importantly, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Emily Lucas, Physical Therapist
Emily Lucas, PT, DPT, OCS
Education: Emily graduated from East Carolina University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and May of 2015. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from The College of William and Mary in May 2011. She has been an APTA member since 2012. Emily completed the Jackson Clinics Orthopedic Residency in 2016 and became an Orthopedic Certified Specialist in 2017.
Specialties: Emily has a strong interest in manual therapy and orthopedic injuries. As a former collegiate soccer player, she has a strong background in athletics. She was able to complete an internship at Duke Sports Medicine, with the opportunity to treat patients with a wide variety of orthopedic injuries. She enjoys working with athletes who participate in a variety of sports.
Fun Facts: Emily is a former collegiate athlete and enjoys participating in and watching team sports, as well as running half marathons. She is a Pittsburgh sports fan, but has grown to love the Washington Nationals.
Erin Burford, Physical Therapist
Erin Burford, PT, DPT, OCS
Education: Erin graduated from Marymount University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in August 2015. She completed her undergraduate work at The University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a sports medicine concentration. She is a certified direct access provider. Erin recently completed our Orthopedic Residency Program and is now an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist.
Specialties: Erin has a strong interest and background in orthopedic injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. She has experience working with various sports in college while in college spending a year with the men’s lacrosse team and working various other summer camps.
Fun Facts: Erin is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, attending Fairfax High School. In her free time Erin enjoys coaching a club field hockey team with girls from high schools all over Northern Virginia. Outside of that she enjoys anything outdoors or reading a book on a rainy day.
Sonal Sheth, Physical Therapist
Sonal Sheth, PT, DPT
Education: Sonal graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. She also worked as a teacher in rural India and DC Public Schools for 7 years and earned her Master’s in Applied Teaching from American University. She graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a sub concentration in urban inequalities.
Specialties: Sonal has experience treating individuals with various orthopedic conditions, including the shoulder, back, and knee. She has treated pediatric populations for impairments related to various conditions, including torticollis, toe walking, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay related to autism and developmental coordination disorder. Sonal has also treated geriatric populations for impairments related to Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis, rehabilitation post-hip fracture, and Guillain-Barre.
Fun Facts: Sonal was trained in classical South Indian dance, called Bharatanatayam, and loves watching modern dance performances. She has a passion for creating and teaching visual art. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, yoga, reading historical fiction and nonfiction, and watching movies with good company.
Elwira Ksiazek, Physical Therapist Assistant
Elwira Ksiazek, PTA
Education: Elwira graduated from Montgomery College in 1998 with A.A.S degree and works as an Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.
Specialties: Elwira has experience in acute and chronic orthopedic injury rehabilitation and treatments of neurologically based conditions in pediatric and adult populations. She worked in specialized rehab units: stroke, head trauma, spinal cord injury and joint replacement. In 2005 she joined The Jackson Clinics team and enjoys working in a sport oriented facility. Helping patients to restore their functions, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disability by exercising is a very rewarding and inspiring experience.
Fun Facts: Elwira enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing and many others outdoor activities. She also loves theater and poetry.
Maphase Abusharakh, Certified Athletic Trainer
Maphase Abusharakh, ATC
More about our Physical Therapy Clinic in Old Town
Health Club Hours:
Mon – Fri : 5:30am-10:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm
Guest Fees for TJC patients only$10/adult (must be 21 years of age or older)
Child Care: Childcare is offered to TJC patients through sport&health. M-F: 9am-3pm; 5pm-8pmSaturday: 9am-2pmSunday: 9am-12pm Ages 3 months to 12 years. Appointment required for children 15 months and younger. Two-hour maximum stay. $10/child/visit as a guest or add children to your membership.
Parking: Street parking is available for free for 2-3 hours. We also validate parking for our patients who park in the top level of the garage (entrance off of Montgomery street, cross street is North Fairfax Street). Please bring your parking ticket with you to your physical therapy visit and we can validate it. The cost to park in the garage with a validated ticket is $3 for 2 hours.
Metro Directions: Take the rail system to the Franconia/Springfield stop on the blue line. From there, take either the 10B Metrobus towards Hunting Towers and get off at Pendleton St./N. Columbus, or you can take advantage of the Alexandria Transit’s DASH system. There are numerous routes that run by our office and any DASH bus operator should be able to direct you on which line and where to get off the bus. For more information, go to www.wmata.com. The site will provide you with a trip planner to determine how much time you should allow arriving on time for your appointment.