Ann Marie Simko graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY in 1987. She began her career at Albany Medical Center working in the ICU and rehab unit with spinal cord injuries, amputees, and burn patients, before moving to Virginia in 1988. For the next 18 years she worked at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital. She treated primarily outpatient orthopedic patients, but her caseload also included inpatient orthopedics, acute care, and cardiac patients. She helped develop a pre-op total knee and hip replacement program, performed biomechanical evaluations, and worked in the Work Capacity Program conducting Functional Capacity Evaluations.
In the summer of 2006 Ann Marie joined the Back In Motion team for its high quality care and family friendly environment. She loves being able to spend a full hour giving her patients the treatment they need. She integrates manual therapy with a functional approach to reach her (and her patients) treatment goals.
Ann Marie is proficient in treating orthopedic conditions in the spine and extremities. She has extensive knowledge in treating vestibular patients. She is trained in Muscle Energy techniques (MET–spine, neck and ribs), Strain- Counterstrain, Myofascial Release techniques, concussion management and Craniosacral Release. Ann Marie has been LSVT BIG certified to treat Parkinson’s Disease since 2015 and she holds a certification for Direct Access, which allows her to evaluate patients without the need for a prescription from a physician.