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. She has lectured extensively on various topics in sports medicine and orthopaedics over the past 32 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.
Dr. Brandi Blaser, DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Brandi Blaser has had a passionate pursuit to become a physical therapist since high school. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Health Sciences at Clemson University, home of the 2018 National Football Champions. Dr. Blaser continued her studies at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University where she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Blaser’s clinical expertise includes Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Pediatrics. Her doctoral research project was a study of the best practices in treatment and management of the post concussive patient. Her results were culminated in her paper, “Vestibular Rehabilitation Compared to Rest for Concussion Management.” Dr. Blaser is an avid fitness and exercise participant, but never second to being a Clemson Tiger Fan!
Dr. Blaser’s enthusiasm for her patient’s recovery is evidenced by her commitment to providing the highest level of rehabilitation in today’s healthcare environment.
Dr. Traci Busker, DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Busker 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. Busker believes her time as a physical therapy patient helps her understand and empathize with her post-operative patients.
Dr. Busker 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, Dr.Busker specializes in treating children with special needs and disabilities, including neurological dysfunction. Dr. Busker also specializes in orthopaedics and is trained in Therapeutic Dry Needling.
“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. Busker says.
Dr. Busker 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. Busker was a member of the cross-country team and continues to enjoy participating in running events.
Dr. Heather Finley, DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Finley has always been an avid athlete, participating in sports throughout her youth, high school, and college.
She attended University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature. During this time, Dr. Finley began to gain an interest in the healthcare profession. She found Physical Therapy to be a perfect fit for her as it combined her interest in Sports Medicine while also having access to treat a broad spectrum of patients who benefited from Physical Therapy.
Dr. Finley received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University, School of Medicine. While attending Duke, she worked with the pulmonary transplant team at the Duke Center for Living. She was also privileged to treat many Veterans at the local Veterans Administration and assist them with their rehabilitation and recovery.
Since graduation, Dr. Finley has been practicing Physical Therapy in Virginia in the outpatient orthopedic setting for over 15 years. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and treating a wide variety of patient populations. Dr. Finley’s expertise and optimistic caring demeanor has helped her patients return to a pain-free lifestyle including the sports and activities they love.
Tish Flowers, LPTA (Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant)
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.
Samantha Powell, MSPT (Masters of Science in Physical Therapy)
Samantha Powell has worked as a Physical Therapist at Blaser Physical Therapy, Inc., since May of 2003. She holds a Masters of Science 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, women’s incontinence issues, and pelvic pain.
“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.
Dr. Shay Vestal, DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy)
Dr. Vestal’s interest in Physical Therapy was sparked when she got the opportunity to observe a PT Clinic while participating in a career shadowing program. Her interest grew into a career choice while she worked as a Physical Therapy Aide at Blaser Physical Therapy.
Shay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and minored in both Biology and Psychology at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She continued her post graduate work at Shenandoah University and completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Vestal’s interest and experience includes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Neurological rehabilitation of patients recovering from a stroke, as well as patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Shay is passionate about serving the community where she grew up and a commitment to delivering the highest level of rehabilitative care while always keeping the patient the number one priority, thus, leading her back to Blaser Physical therapy where these philosophies are honored every day.
Outside of work, Shay enjoys the outdoors, namely the beach, and spoiling her dog, Lola and her cat, Tucker!