Kendal B. Blaser, PT, Owner, Blaser Physical Therapy, Inc.
Kendal Blaser opened her independently owned private physical therapy practice, Blaser Physical Therapy, Inc., in 1996. Prior to opening Blaser Physical Therapy, Kendal worked with orthopaedic patients since 1985 in acute hospital based, home health and outpatient settings.
Kendal also worked at Johns Hopkins’ Kennedy Institute in the physical therapy department for four summers during her undergraduate years. She fell in love with the field of physical therapy and the positive culture of the physical therapists she worked with.
Kendal’s field of expertise is Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. She participated in sports at high school and collegiate levels and has continued event participation throughout her adult life. Combining her love of sports and rehabilitation has motivated her to specialize in sports medicine in both student and adult populations. Treating running injuries has been included in her sports medicine emphasis over the past eight years. She has lectured extensively on various topics in sports medicine and orthopaedics over the past 28 years.
Kendal especially enjoys motivating and educating patients regarding their diagnoses, rehabilitation, and why their understanding and participation is essential to accomplishing their goals. She enjoys seeing her patients in the local community and hearing how they have been able to return to the activities they love.
Kendal is an active member of the Warrenton, Virginia community. She serves on the Boards of the Fauquier Free Clinic and Verdun Adventure Bound. She was a founding Board Member of Fauquier County Youth Lacrosse League, coached Girls’ Lacrosse and acted as Girls Commissioner for the initial five years of the League. She also has participated in medical missions in China, Tibet and Haiti. In addition, Kendal is a member of Greenwich Presbyterian Church and her professional organizations, the Virginia Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Kendal holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Philosophy from Frostburg State University. Her hobbies include cross training exercise, running, and gardening. She has run the Chicago Marathon and numerous other running and triathlon events. However, her crowning achievements are her two grown sons, Sam and Tyler.
Traci Busher, DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Traci Busher became interested in Physical Therapy as a profession after tearing her Anterior Cruciate Ligament. She received physical therapy for a few months afterward and found the profession very interesting. Now, as a professional physical therapist, Dr. Busher believes her time as a physical therapy patient helps her understand and empathize with her post-operative patients.
Dr. Busher loves working with patients of all ages, especially children. She completed her clinical internship working with the pediatric population at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD, where she treated children and adults with diagnoses of Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down’s Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, and various genetic disorders.
Currently, Traci specializes in treating children with special needs and disabilities, including neurological dysfunction. Dr. Traci also treats orthopaedic patients.
“The most rewarding aspect of my work is seeing patients improve day-by-day and week-by-week. It makes my day when, at the end of an appointment, a patient will say, ‘I feel so much better now than when I walked in,’” Dr. Busher says.
Dr. Busher attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA for her undergraduate studies and completed her graduate studies at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. She holds a B.S. in Health Sciences and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
As an undergraduate, Dr. Busher was on the cross-country team, and she will be participating in an “aquavelo” (swimming and biking portions of a mini triathlon) in the summer of 2013. She hopes to complete all three portions of the mini triathlon in 2014.
Marsha Colon, PT (Physical Therapist), CLT (Certified Lymphedema Therapist)
Marsha joined Blaser Physical Therapy’s team in 2011. She has worked in a variety of health care settings, including acute care, long term care and skilled nursing. Marsha also owns her own physical therapy clinic in Manassas.
Marsha became interested in physical therapy as a career at the age of 16 when she worked as a PT aide and saw firsthand how physical therapy could change peoples’ lives for the better by improving their ability to function.
Marsha recently became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). She is especially excited about Neurorehabilitation with emphasis on neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, strokes and balance dysfunctions.
“Working at Blaser PT gives me the opportunity to do a job I love in an environment surrounded by other talented clinicians who are equally as passionate about what they do,” Marsha says. “At Blaser, patient care always comes first!”
Marsha holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, Coral Gables.
Marsha is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is active in her church, where she has served in various positions from elder to greeter. Her hobbies include cooking, whitewater rafting, hiking, volleyball and reading.
Tish Flowers, LPTA (Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant)
Tish Flowers is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA). She graduated cum laude from Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) in 2006 with a Physical Therapist Assistant Degree. She also received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, cum laude, in Health Sciences from Virginia State University in 1999.
Tish worked as a physical therapy technician from 1999 in both inpatient and outpatient settings until becoming a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant in 2006. Prior to joining the Blaser Physical Therapy team, she worked with active duty, retirees and dependents at the Naval Health Clinic in Quantico.
Tish is comfortable treating a variety of pathologies. She has a strong interest in orthopaedic and sports-related injuries and core stabilization. Tish is committed to the recovery of the patients and sees that they reach their maximum potential while in therapy.
Outside of the office, Tish enjoys playing tennis, watching football, trying new wines, baking and spending time with her husband, son, daughter and miniature pinscher.
Valerie Helm, Physical Therapist (PT)
Valerie has worked for Blaser Physical Therapy, Inc. since 2000. Prior to joining Blaser, Valerie worked in outpatient orthopaedic physical therapy. She got interested in physical therapy as a profession after experiencing a sports-related injury as a multi-sport athlete.
Valerie especially enjoys working with orthopaedic patients and assisting all patients in achieving their full potential. Her special areas of interest and expertise include manual therapy, sacral mobilization, strain/counterstrain joint mobilization, and soft tissue work.
Valerie holds a Diploma in Physical and Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Administration from the University of LaVerne.
When she is not working, Valerie enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, skiing, yoga, gardening and cooking.
Jenn Miner, DPT, (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Jenn Miner was born and raised in Northern Virginia. She completed her undergraduate classes at Coastal Carolina University and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Dr. Jenn completed internships in clinical settings in Salisbury, MD, Lansdowne, VA, and San Diego, CA.
She has taken advanced classes and completed extensive course work in Cervical spine, Thoracic spine, Lumbar spine and sacroiliac dysfunctions, but enjoys treating patients with all types of physical therapy needs. She likes to make the treatment programs a unique and enjoyable experience for each of her patients.
Prior to joining Blaser Physical Therapy, Dr. Miner gained experience in Muscle Energy Techniques, Cupping and Electro Therapeutic Point Stimulation.
Dr. Miner has been very involved with cheerleading at all levels, both as a participant and as a coach, for more than 19 years. Her involvement has contributed to understanding the psyche of athletes, their injuries and their desires to heal and get back to their program as quickly as possible.
Samantha Powell, MPT (Masters in Physical Therapy)
Samantha Powell has worked as a Physical Therapist (PT) at Blaser Physical Therapy, Inc., since May of 2003. She holds a Masters of Science (M.S.) in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA.
Samantha enjoys the dynamic and diverse atmosphere that is provided at Blaser Physical Therapy. She has successfully treated a wide variety of conditions with manual therapy skills, exercise stabilization programs, and an emphasis on postural re-education and correction.
Samantha became interested in the field of physical therapy as a child, when she worked and volunteered at a nursing home with her mother, who was a nurse. She enjoys the challenges of working with people of all ages. She is experienced in treating a wide variety of neurological and orthopaedic conditions.
Samantha also treats women’s health issues such as back pain after childbirth and women’s incontinence issues.
“The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping people succeed in achieving wellness and helping clients remain independent in the activities that they love to do, pain free,” Samantha says.
Samantha is a mother to two awesome boys, Liam and Luke. She enjoys volunteering in their schools and activities.