Two La Plata Physical Therapists Receive Prestigious Board Certifications as Orthopaedic Specialists

Photos of board-certified physical therapists at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

The strength of University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Medical Center and all of its related practices comes from its people. From general doctors who treat a wide range of ailments to specialists who focus their efforts on specific conditions, our team is made up of people who’ve dedicated their careers to providing exceptional healthcare in Southern Maryland.

UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation is a perfect reflection of that strength — with a diverse team of physical therapists who help people recover from a variety of injuries or surgeries. And we’re excited to announce that this team continues to grow even stronger as Physical Therapist Amol Bakre (left) and Physical Therapist Lourdes Potestades (right) have both received the Orthopaedic Specialist Certification.

What is the Orthopaedic Specialist Certification?

Just 10 percent of physical therapists have achieved the designation of orthopaedic clinical specialist. You can usually tell if a physical therapist has this certification when they include “OCS” after their name.

Why have so few physical therapists received this designation? While any physical therapist can specialize in orthopaedics, becoming a board-certified specialist requires a rigorous certification process that spans over a decade of a therapist’s career. Here are a few of the key requirements for receiving board certification:

  • Complete 2,000 hours of physical therapy in the last 10 years, 500 hours of which must have been completed in the past three years
  • Pass a 200-question certification exam
  • Commit to continuing education and ongoing professional development
  • Complete 10-hour Maintenance of Specialist Certification
  • Must recertify every 10 years

What This Certification Means for Patients

For patients receiving the care of a physical therapist, board certification is simply a testament to a therapist’s dedication to their craft. An OCS designation is a reflection of the thousands of hours someone has put into providing orthopaedic care as well as their commitment to expanding their knowledge in an ever-changing field.

More than anything, this certification gives patients confidence that they’re working with someone who is on the leading edge of physical therapy.

Schedule Your Appointment at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

Ready to schedule your appointment? UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation offers one-on-one physical therapy services with flexible appointment times Monday through Friday. Visit our website to learn more or call (301) 609-5494 today.

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5 Common Reasons to See a Physical Therapist

UM Charles Regional Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Photo

Sometimes it’s easy to know when you should visit a physical therapist for treatment, but you might be surprised at just how many different conditions physical therapy is designed to treat. Here are five of the most common reasons why people ultimately choose to visit a physical therapist:

Chronic Pain

Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, hip bursitis, osteoarthritis, or sciatica, can often cause consistent, long-term pain known as chronic pain. Fortunately, physical therapy can usually help you manage, reduce, or totally eliminate chronic pain.

Best of all, physical therapy and rehabilitation can provide a safer alternative to medication for pain management, so it’s one of the best avenues to consider if you’re dealing with chronic pain.

Surgery Recovery

Some people will require the help of medical professionals to regain flexibility, strength, or balance in affected parts of their body after undergoing extensive surgical procedures. In these cases, the primary goal is to help patients return to or improve their lifestyle.

Sports Injuries

Whether you’re an athlete or just take part in occasional pick-up games or workouts, sports injuries can happen to anyone. These injuries can range from frustrating to crippling, depending on the cause and the severity of the injury — as well as how soon they’re treated.

Some of the most common sports injuries that physical therapists help treat are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Dislocations
  • Knee pain and injuries
  • Tennis elbow

Neck and Back Pain

Pain in the neck or back is something that can affect everyone. From those who are required to sit in an office chair all day to those who do heavy lifting regularly, people who experience this form of pain know how challenging it can be to maintain day-to-day activities. Fortunately, it can be treated with physical therapy in many cases.

Mobility Improvement

If you find it difficult to move around because of pain or balance issues, or you’re working on improving your mobility after a knee replacement, physical therapy may be able to help. Over time, consistent physical therapy can help your joints become more flexible, stronger, and more comfortable.

Want to See a Physical Therapist in Southern Maryland?

University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Rehabilitation offers personalized, one-on-one outpatient physical therapy at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion in La Plata. Here are just some of the services offered and ailments treated there:

  • Joint replacements
  • Sports injuries
  • Manual therapy
  • Fractures, sprains, and strains
  • Neck and back pain
  • Pelvic floor health
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries

Inpatient rehabilitation is also offered at UM Charles Regional Medical Center. Our inpatient rehab program includes treatment for:

  • Arthritis, including energy conservation and joint protection
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Orthopedics
  • Post-surgical deconditioning and weakness
  • Therapy for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, and neurological conditions

As always, before deciding whether or not you should see a physical therapist, be sure to consult with your primary care provider.

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Holiday Hours for UM Charles Regional and UM Community Medical Group Practices

UM Charles Regional Holiday Hours

The holiday season is upon us, and a few of your local medical practices will be operating under holiday schedules. Read on for additional information regarding closures and adjusted hours as our team prepares to observe the holidays.

As always, our hospital’s emergency room will be open 24/7 throughout the holidays. In the event of an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.

UM Community Medical Group – Surgical Care

11340 Pembrooke Square, Suite 214
Waldorf, MD 20603

100 N. Oak Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 609-5006

This locations will be closed on the following days:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24)
  • Christmas Day (12/25)
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31)
  • New Year’s Day (1/1)

This practice will follow its regular schedule for dates not listed above (Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm).

UM Community Medical Group – Women’s Health

605 E. Charles Street
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 609-4800

The La Plata location will operate under the following holiday schedule:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) — Closing at Noon
  • Christmas Day (12/25) — Closed
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31) — Closing at Noon
  • New Year’s Day (1/1) — Closed

For dates not highlighted above, this practice will continue to operate under its normal schedule (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm).

UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care

5 N. La Plata Court, Suite 101
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 609-5044

Dr. Childress’ office will observe the following holiday schedule:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) — Closing at Noon
  • Christmas Day (12/25) — Closed
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31) — Closing at Noon
  • New Year’s Day (1/1) — Closed

On dates not listed above, the primary care practice will follow its regular schedule (Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm | Wednesdays, 8am-7pm).

UM Charles Regional Imaging

5 N. La Plata Court, Suite 104
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 539-0345

Our imaging and radiology practice at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion will operate under the following schedule during the holiday season:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) — Closing at Noon
  • Christmas Day (12/25) — Closed
  • New Year’s Eve (12/31) — Closing at Noon
  • New Year’s Day (1/1) — Closed

On dates not listed above, this location will operate under its normal schedule (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).

UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

5 N. La Plata Court, Suite 102
La Plata, MD 20646
(301) 609-5494

Our outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation practice at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion will operate under the following holiday schedule:

  • Christmas Eve (12/24) — Closing at 5pm
  • Christmas Day (12/25) — Closed
  • New Year’s Day (1/1) — Closed

For any dates not listed above, UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation will continue to operate under its normal schedule (Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-7pm | Friday, 7:30am-4pm).

For additional information about these holiday hours or to schedule an appointment, please call the numbers included with each practice, or visit for additional information.

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6 Stories of Healing and Hope Honored with the 2018 Christmas Tree of Life

Tree of Life 2018 Event Photo

Every year, the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation hosts the Tree of Life Illumination Ceremony to signal the start of the holiday season.

On December 5 in our hospital’s courtyard, this annual event was dedicated to all those who’ve had a positive impact on our lives. The names and stories honored at this event turn this symbol of the holiday season into a symbol of hope and healing in our community.

There are so many stories of love and remembrance that can be told from this year’s event. Each name that was hung from a tree in our healing garden represents a personal connection with someone who lives or lived in your community. We invite you to stop by our hospital this holiday season to enjoy the holiday lights in the healing garden.

Tree of Life Healing Garden Photo

In the meantime, we wanted to share the special stories of those who helped our tree shine brightly into the night on December 5. These are the stories of our Tree of Life illuminators and a few other community members.

The Family and Friends of Dr. Guillermo E. Sanchez

Dr. Guillermo E. Sanchez Photo

Before his passing in 2018, Dr. Guillermo Sanchez served as the Chief of Staff, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Board Member of UM Charles Regional Medical Center. But beyond his titles, Dr. Sanchez was an asset to the health of our community and touched countless lives as an orthopedic surgeon.

We were so humbled to have the family Dr. Sanchez join us at the illumination ceremony and dedicate their light in his memory on this year’s tree.

Quint Burroughs

Quint Burroughs Photo

Earlier this year, University of Maryland student and Charles County resident Quint Burroughs came to UM Charles Regional Medical Center following hospitalization for a head injury and low sodium levels. He is still working towards a full recovery, but he and his family take comfort in knowing that they had somewhere to go nearby to get him the care he needed.

“His treatment was very personable,” Quint’s mother said. “Everyone knew what was going on and was trying to comfort him.”

We were so happy to see Quint at this year’s illumination ceremony and wish him the absolute best as he recovers from his injury.

The Bean Family

Bean Family Photo

After suffering from his first seizure earlier this year, Kimberly Bean’s son, Xavier, was transported to UM Charles Regional Medical Center for testing and treatment. Awaiting the results from his tests, Xavier suffered from another seizure and returned to the hospital. At that time, our Dr. Houston was able to determine that he was showing signs of epilepsy.

“From the moment we arrived at UM CRMC, the doctors, nurses, and medical staff treated Xavier and our family with the utmost care,” Kimberly said. “Because of his persistence, Dr. Houston was able to obtain the information needed to make the decision to prescribe an anti-seizure medication for Xavier.”

Kimberly joined us as one of our illuminators in honor of Dr. Houston and her son, and we wish the entire Bean family well as Xavier continues his treatment for seizures.

Greg Cockerham

Greg Cockerham Photo

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Greg Cockerham and his family have been receiving care from our hospital since the days we were known as Physicians Memorial Hospital. From same-day surgery and trips to the ER to physical rehabilitation and wound healing, Greg and his family have had experiences with nearly every branch of UM Charles Regional.

“I have a great, longstanding relationship with the hospital,” Greg said. “It’s an amazing local hospital and has been for some time. They really value the relationship with their patients.”

We were so excited to welcome Greg to our illumination ceremony and look forward to a continued relationship with him and his family.

Dutch Williams

Dutch Williams Photo

After having his kegel muscles removed to treat his prostate cancer, Dutch Williams found himself in need of assistance to restore his physical strength. He reached out to Sara Hall, DPT, at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation, who was more than willing to assist in his care.

Dutch’s treatment required an exercise program that he continues to this day as well as regular exams to ensure his muscles are responding appropriately. He has experienced continued improvements as a result of his muscle treatment but credits the informative approach Sara has taken throughout the process.

“It was a wonderful experience that helped me immensely,” he said. “I’m looking forward to coming back.”

Dutch’s story, like so many of our patients’ stories, is one of renewed hope after a life-changing experience, and we were so happy to be able to honor it at the illumination ceremony.

Bobby Stahl

Robert Stahl Photo

Town of La Plata Director of Operations Bobby Stahl came into our ER in August with a pain in his side, and further examination resulted in the removal of his appendix. Following the removal, his pathology results came in showing a cancerous tumor.

Because of the UM Charles Regional’s connection to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Bobby was confidently referred to a doctor who could treat him. He returned to work just days after his surgery and is staying well leading up to his procedure in December.

“The care that I got was exceptional,” Bobby said. “I really felt like they were looking out for my care and, in every situation, they made sure that I was comfortable and addressed my needs. Having the resources of the entire University of Maryland Medical System has been extremely important.”

This Year’s Cause

We, along with the entire Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation team, would like to thank everyone who contributed to this year’s Tree of Life.

As a result of your generosity, more than $4,000 was raised for the upcoming Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health in La Plata. Once it opens in 2019, this new practice will add to our existing range of services and help us further our mission to making Southern Maryland a healthier, better place to call home.

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3 Surprising Reasons You Should Celebrate Physical Therapy This Month

National Physical Therapy Month | Physical Therapist Assisting Patient

Physical therapy is one of those things that you don’t think about until you need it. But even if you don’t need physical therapy services, like those offered at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation, there are still three great reasons to celebrate them with us during National Physical Therapy Month:

It Offers a Safer Form of Pain Relief

It’s no secret that the United States is facing a dangerous and destructive opioid epidemic right now. It’s a problem that’s made worse by the fact that prescription opioids are too often the go-to method of treatment of chronic pain such as back pain or osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis. Even with the risk factors in mind, many of the estimated 116 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain each year are given medications to deal with pain.

A safer form of pain management and relief exists in the form of physical therapy, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends it over opioid-based treatment options. And unlike medications, which simply inhibit pain, physical therapy may actually reduce or eliminate pain altogether, making it even more valuable to the recovery process.

It Can Help Reduce Health Care Costs

Physical therapy is used to treat a wide variety of ailments, and in some circumstances, physical therapy can actually be used as an alternative to more invasive procedures such as surgery, which ultimately reduces health care costs.

For those who will still need a surgical procedure regardless, a physical therapy program may be beneficial both before and after surgery to improve diagnoses and healing times.

It Gives Hope to Many Stroke Patients

Although sports injuries and pain management are big reasons why people receive physical therapy, one of the often overlooked groups of patients are those who’ve suffered from strokes.

A stroke can often affect a person’s ability to walk, move, or balance, depending on the severity of it. That’s why, for many, physical therapy is an essential part of regaining independence in post-stroke life.

Want to learn more about the physical therapy services available here in Southern Maryland? Visit to find out how the experienced team at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation uses a one-on-one approach to get patients back to their best health.

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Introducing the University of Maryland (UM) Charles Regional Medical Pavilion in La Plata

UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion

We are so proud to unveil the new home of several of the region’s most trusted medical specialists, the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion.

As part of the UM Medical System’s commitment to growing its network of care throughout Southern Maryland, the new Medical Pavilion features a collection of three practices as well as the future home of the upcoming Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health.

And now that the doors are open, patients and visitors can find state-of-the-art facilities, ample parking space and expert specialty care in a convenient location, right near UM Charles Regional Medical Center.

Learn More About These Medical Pavilion Services

UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care

A great primary care provider can put you on a path to a lifetime of good health. And it’s that philosophy that inspires Dr. Lorenzo Childress, who leads the team at UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care.

UM Charles Regional Imaging

Board-certified radiologists employ their extensive experience and expertise to provide the highest quality diagnostic imaging services at UM Charles Regional Imaging.

There’s no need to travel beyond Southern Maryland when 3T MRIs, 64-slice low-dose CT scans, mammography and bone density (DEXA) scans are available right here in La Plata.

UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation

With early morning and evening appointment times, UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation offers personalized physical therapy that’s designed to fit your life. The talented, experienced team employs a one-on-one approach to help you get better faster — all on your schedule.

Coming Soon: Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health

When it opens its doors next year, the Julie and Bill Dotson Center for Breast Health will help us meet the goal of providing hope, support and care for family, friends and community members as they cope with breast health issues. Stay tuned to our blog and our Facebook page for the latest updates and information about this important new practice.

The UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion is home to just a small handful of practices and experts in the UM Medical System. Visit our new website today to learn more about all of the UM Charles Regional and UM Community Medical Group services offered right here in Southern Maryland.

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Recognizing the Importance of Physical Therapy Services This October

National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and every year, we like to take some time to recognize those who work so hard to help others overcome pain or regain mobility through physical therapy services.

Joint replacements, osteoarthritis, post-surgical recovery and even sports injuries often require the expertise of a physical therapist, but we’ve found that care and compassion are two of the most important qualities of these practitioners. And we’re saluting those physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who continue to serve their patients in this way, no matter what ailments they aim to overcome.

Recognizing Outstanding Physical Therapy in Southern Maryland

Residents of Southern Maryland have access to superior physical therapy services, including those offered by the skilled team at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation, located right here in La Plata.

With a proven, one-on-one approach to tackling physical therapy issues, the physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and rehabilitation technicians continue to help patients get on the fastest path to their best health.

To learn more about UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation or to request an appointment, visit their website today. Or call (301) 609-5494 now for more information.

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Primary Care and Rehabilitation Practices Relocating in La Plata

New Locations

One of our top priorities has always been to provide quality health care services for our community in the most convenient locations possible. And as part of that ongoing mission, we are announcing that UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care, led by Dr. Lorenzo Childress, and UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation are moving to new locations in La Plata.

Beginning April 17, you will be able to find these two practices at the following locations:

Rehabilitation: 5 North La Plata Court, Suite 102, La Plata, MD 20646

Primary Care: 5 North La Plata Court, Suite 101, La Plata, MD 20646

Rest assured, you’ll receive the same high-quality comprehensive rehabilitation and primary care services you’ve come to expect, just in a new location!

For more information about the relocation or the services offered by either of these practices, please call UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation at (301) 609-5494 or UM Community Medical Group – Primary Care at (301) 609-5044.

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Lace Up for the St. Charles Running Festival on April 1


It’s back — one of the area’s favorite annual running events!

The St. Charles Running Festival is taking place on Saturday, April 1, in Waldorf. With a 10-miler, a 5K and a Kids Hero Fun Run, runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels can have a great time and support the Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation.

This fun annual event offers a USA Track & Field-certified 10-mile, 5K and fun run course that begins at Regency Furniture Stadium (the home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs) and takes participants through the community of St. Charles.

On top of the accomplishment you’re sure to feel, you’ll feel even better knowing that all proceeds will benefit vital technology upgrades for our Emergency Department, which is key to ensuring we can meet the health needs of our entire community.

Are you in? Register online today to guarantee your spot! It’s $35 to run the 5K, $45 to run the 10-miler and $10 for the Kids Hero Fun Run. Hurry! Early-bird pricing runs through March 9, and prices for the 5K and 10-miler increase by $5 after that.

Your registration includes:
5K and 10-miler

  • Performance Race T-Shirt
  • Chip-Timed Race
  • Pre-Race Stretching Led by UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation
  • In-Race Water Stations and Course Support
  • Post-Race Massages and Nutritious Snacks

Kids Hero Fun Run

  • Fun Warm-Up Session
  • Souvenir Hero Cape
  • Post-Race Activities and Giveaways from Chick-fil-A

Before each race, our experienced team from UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation will help participants stretch to ensure everyone is in the best condition to run without injury. Visit our website to learn more about this specialty team that’s serving Charles County from right here in La Plata.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event as well! It’s a great way to support a good cause and get your business in front of an energized group of athletic and community-minded participants. You can get more information by visiting our website.

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Recognizing National Physical Therapy Month


At UM Charles Regional Medical Center, we work to always show our recognition for the outstanding physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who work so hard to help us overcome pain as well as gain and maintain movement. But because October is National Physical Therapy Month, we’re sending a little extra recognition this month to all those who help keep us moving.

This is also an opportunity to introduce our fantastic team at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation. This physical therapy center in La Plata offers a wide range of treatments from some of the discipline’s most experienced and compassionate practitioners.

Through a variety of individually focused treatments, the staff at UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation helps patients get back to living a more mobile life by treating conditions like sports injuries, joint replacements, osteoarthritis, spinal pain, post-surgical recovery and more.

The caring staff at  UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation can provide the assistance needed to move beyond injury and into a more active life. Wondering if your condition could benefit from physical therapy? Give UM Charles Regional Rehabilitation a call at (301) 609-5494 and take the first step towards moving better.

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