A local graduate of Mount Vernon High School, Lee graduated from Howard University with a Physical Therapy degree. She has over 20 years’ experience in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, most recently at Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic. She has managed and owned private practices, worked in home health, nursing homes and outpatient clinics.
Lee is a past Director of Physical Therapy for a large local multi-site Orthopedic practice in the Metro area. She has vast PT experience in orthopaedics, sports medicine, geriatrics, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, TMJ, Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes. Lee is also the inventor and owner of Flexboard, an achilles stretch device, used in numerous PT Clinics, team training rooms and fields, senior living facilities, gyms and homes. Lee is also a current Board Member for the local organization Mount Vernon at Home, which helps seniors age in their homes and communities.
The mission that Lee follows in her practice is to "treat every patient with highest respect and go above and beyond in their needed care." Lee enjoys golf and travel with her husband and teenage daughter.
Stephen Sarro, PT, OMT, CEAS
Steve earned his degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Lowell, MA in 1991. He completed a two-year residency at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in Woburn, MA to advance his skills in orthopaedic manual therapy, and became a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He has been working in outpatient orthopaedics for the past 24 years. He was the director of a work compensation program in two clinics for over 10 years. Steve was also Director of Physical Therapy for the Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic - a large orthopaedic surgical physician's group in Northern Virginia. He directed three of their outpatient physical therapy sites, which more than doubled in size since he took over as director.
Steve is also a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist (CEAS). He has instructed numerous seminars on ergonomic awareness to physical therapists, occupational health nurses, and industrial health and safety professionals. He recently teamed up with the physicians of INOVA to teach physicians and physical therapists on how to treat lower back pain.
Deb Sarro, MPT, GCS, ATC
Practice manager Deb Mann Sarro is a Mount Vernon High School graduate with a BS in Physical Education and Sports Sciences from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University. She has been a Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) for the past 10 years and did a one year residency at the Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (IOMT) in Burlington, MA. In addition to her 20 + years of practice as a physical therapist practicing at Massachusetts General Hospital, Genesis Rehabilitation Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and, most recently, Anderson Orthopaedic Physical Therapy in Northern Virginia, Deb also holds a Certification in Athletic Training (ATC).
Deb lives in Alexandria and enjoys spending time with her family doing activities that include swimming, biking, skiing and hiking. She also volunteers for the various youth athletic programs that her son is participating in.
Carolyn Byron, PT
Carolyn earned her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland. Over the last 20 years as a Physical Therapist, she has worked in acute care, rehabilitation, home care, and outpatient settings. Carolyn has focused exclusively on orthopaedics for the past 15 years and for the last six years was part of the Anderson Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Clinic. Carolyn’s special interests are rehabilitation of the shoulder, joint replacement, and disorders of the spine.
Outside of work, Carolyn devotes her time to her family, including her two children who are active in competitive sports. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and yoga.
Jennifer Herrington, DPT, OCS
Jennifer Herrington graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from Army-Baylor University in 1998 and in 2009 received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She earned a Board Certification in Orthopedics in 2010 and has 17 years of experience in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She is certified in Trigger Point Dry Needling and served in the US Navy for 10 years as an instructor and a physical therapist. She has a wide variety of experience in treating teens through senior adults. In her free time she enjoys running, golfing and raising her 4 teenagers.
Janice Draper, MSPT
Janice, a native to the Fort Hunt area, is a licensed physical therapist and a graduate of Marymount University. She worked in the INOVA Health System for approximately 13 years, specializing in adult neuro rehab and multi-trauma. After leaving INOVA, she focused the next three years in the area of pediatrics. She was adjunct faculty for Marymount University, assisting doctoral students in their research of patient case scenarios for over four years.
Her love of sports and active lifestyle has led Janice back to the field of orthopedics. She is excited to be a part of the MVPT team and looks forward to working with individuals of all ages.
Janice enjoys spending time with her family! She has been involved in the local junior tennis league for many years. She participates in multiple competitive USTA tennis leagues, and enjoys training and competing in triathlons.
Kathleen Thompson, MPT
Joining Mount Vernon Physical Therapy's team of skilled physical therapists is Mt. Vernon, VA native Kathleen Thompson. A graduate of West Potomac High School and Old Dominion University with a BS in Sports Medicine, she went on to receive a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University, fulfilling her educational goal of becoming a physical therapist.
Kathleen brings her enthusiasm to MVPT and her over 20 years experience as a physical therapist. She has had years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient clinics where she treated patients with a variety of needs, including acute and cardiac care, orthopedic, neurological, balance, wound and ventilator weaning rehab. Most recently she worked with inpatient joint replacement patients at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, where she was also a member of the outpatient clinic team helping patients of all ages recover their maximum abilities after experiencing orthopedic or neurological events.
On a personal level she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes not only a husband and three children but also a dog and a rabbit, volunteering in the Mount Vernon community and her children's schools, as well as raising service dogs for the military veterans' Warrior Canine Connection program.
Brian Dunn, PT, DPT
Brian earned his Bachelor's of Science in Biology from St. Lawrence University in 2005 and his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Utica College in 2010. Since then, as a military spouse, he has been privileged to work in numerous settings across the country, including a government position with the Department of Veteran's Affairs and as a private practice clinic director. Brian's clinical philosophy consists of an evidence-based approach, with emphasis on manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and patient education.
Outside of the clinic, Brian is currently working towards a certification in orthopedic manual therapy. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family doing outdoor activities such as hiking, riding ATVs, and camping.
Nancy Mejia, Office Manager
Nancy, a Mount Vernon resident, has over 9 years of experience in the medical/therapy office field. Prior to working for Mount Vernon Physical Therapy as the Office Manager, she worked as Rehab Aide at Anderson Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. Nancy ensures that the office is running efficiently and effectively. Working as a liaison between insurance companies, patients, doctors and the rest of the staff she ensures you have an enjoyable and successful outcome with your therapy.
In her spare time she loves spending time with her two children, husband and two dogs, she also enjoys playing soccer, camping and biking.
Cory Kingsley, Clinic Assistant and Marketing Manager
Cory moved from San Diego to the Mount Vernon Area in 2015. Before coming to Mount Vernon Physical Therapy (MVPT) she worked as a personal trainer at a fitness center while raising her family and volunteering in the community. Cory assists the office manager as an intermediary between the insurance companies, the patients, and their doctors. In addition, she serves as MVPT’s marketing and community outreach specialist.
Cory is an enthusiastic addition to the MVPT staff who will strive to compassionately assist you with your therapy, both behind the scenes and on the clinic floor.
Away from work she loves spending time with her children, friends, and pets. She is an avid runner who also enjoys yoga. Additionally, Cory is passionate about clean organic eating, healthy cooking and baking, and promoting nutritional education.
Nena Abernathy, Rehab Aide
Nena is a Mount Vernon High School graduate who participated in the Physical Therapy Program at West Potomac Academy. She is currently studying Health Administration at George Mason University. Nena began as a volunteer at Anderson Orthopaedic Physical Therapy and was employed there for 2 years before joining the group at Mount Vernon Physical Therapy. She enjoys her dog, cooking, and working out at the gym.
Lorena Marquez, Rehab Aide
Lorena is a 2016 graduate of Mount Vernon High School. She currently works part time at Mount Vernon Physical Therapy as a Rehab Aide. While in high school, she was enrolled in the West Potomac Academy for physical therapy. She also ran track, played soccer and managed the Varsity girls soccer team. In her spare time, she likes to run and watch movies. Lorena hopes to become a physical therapist in the future.