Our mission at Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc is to be a leader in the field of physical therapy by providing the highest quality of individual focused care. We strive to address the person as a whole when determining your dysfunction, so that we can help you reach your maximum functional ability, health, and happiness. We listen to you, care about you, and provide one-on-one patient to therapist sessions in order to optimize the health and well-being of our community; one patient at a time.


Tracey Adler, DPT, OCS, CMTPTTracey Adler
Director / Owner
Tracey Adler, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT received a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Georgia State University in 1979. In 1984, after doing research on abdominal and pelvic pain, Dr. Adler received a Master of Science, specializing in orthopedic physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Adler was Board Certified as an Orthopedic Specialist in 1993, recertified in 2003, and has concentrated on patients with spinal, TMJ/TMD, pelvic pain, and musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Dr. Adler completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia Campus at Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2007. Dr. Adler has been utilizing trigger point dry needling since 2003 and received international post-graduate certification in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in June 2007, where she serves as senior faculty teaching this exciting new technique throughout North America. Dr. Adler is also on the adjunct faculty at MCV/VCU and is Direct Access Certified. On June 21, 2019, Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration, including the reappointment of Dr. Tracey Adler to the State Board of Physical Therapy.
Kristen R. W. Hicks, PT, MPT, CMTPTKristen R. W. Hicks
Kristen R. W. Hicks, PT, MPT, CMTPT, received a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from The George Washington University in 1997 and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Shenandoah University in 2000. Ms. Hicks specializes in treating patients with musculoskeletal dysfunctions of the neck and back, as well as muscle imbalances of the hip and shoulder. Ms. Hicks has advanced training in osteopathic manual techniques, such as muscle energy technique, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, functional indirect technique, and trigger point dry needling. Ms. Hicks received international post-graduate certification in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in May 2012.  Ms. Hicks is SFMA Level 2 certified and is also Direct Access Certified.
Brooks Steadman, PT, DPTBrooks Steadman
Charles Brooks Steadman, PT, DPT, MTC, CMTPT, received a B.A. degree in both Biology and Sociology from Bucknell University in 2006. While at Bucknell, Dr. Steadman swam at the varsity level, competing in mid-distance and distance freestyle. Dr. Steadman received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2011. Dr. Steadman received recognition of his advanced orthopedic skills and understanding by achieving a Manual Therapy Certification in November of 2012. Dr. Steadman received international post-graduate certification in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in July 2014. Dr. Steadman is also SFMA Level 1 certified and has been trained in the specific treatment and management of temporomandibular dysfunction.  He effectively utilizes a variety of advanced manual techniques to improve the functioning of the jaw, in relation to the musculoskeletal concerns of the neck and trunk. Dr. Steadman is Direct Access Certified.


Samantha Chou, MSPTSamantha Chou
Samantha Chou, MSPT, received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Virginia Tech in 1999 and a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from The George Washington University in 2002. Since graduation, Ms. Chou has worked in outpatient settings and focused her practice on manual therapies specializing in musculoskeletal dysfunction of the pelvis and spine. Ms. Chou has advanced training in osteopathic manual therapies such as muscle energy techniques, myofascial release, and joint mobilization. Ms. Chou integrates postural restoration exercises as well as neuromuscular re-education into her treatment approach. Ms. Chou is Direct Access Certified.


Jessica-AyersRebecca Ayers
Rebecca Ayers, PT, DPT, CMTPT, received her B.S in Health Sciences with honors in 2009 from James Madison University. Dr. Ayers received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has worked in outpatient settings treating a variety of orthopedic diagnosis. Dr. Ayers has a special interest working with patients with dysfunctions of the shoulder, hip, and knee, as well as neck, back and other spinal problems. She believes in an active approach to physical therapy, incorporating manual therapy techniques exercises specifically tailored to each patient.  Dr. Ayers received international post-graduate certification in Dry Needling by Myopain Seminars and Janet G. Travell, MD Seminar Series in 2018. Rebecca Ayers is Direct Access Certified.


Kiara Girkins, DPTKiara Girkins Holstege
Kiara Girkins Holstege, PT, DPT, CAPP-P, received her B.S.B.A. from Christopher Newport University in 2006 before attending Virginia Commonwealth University to complete the prerequisites for PT school in 2015. Dr. Girkins received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Lynchburg (formerly Lynchburg College) in 2018 and was the recipient of the program’s 7 C.O.R.E. Values Award of Excellence. Dr. Girkins has a special interest in working with patients with spine and pelvic musculoskeletal dysfunction. She strongly believes in patient centered treatment that effectively blends manual therapy techniques with targeted exercise.  Dr. Girkins is Direct Access Certified. Dr. Girkins is CAPP-P certified by the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, a designation that indicates her satisfactory completion of advanced training in pelvic floor therapy and her research contribution to the specialty under the CAPP process.  A former competitive soccer player and dancer, Dr. Girkins continues to stay active and outdoors as much as possible as an avid hiker and runner.


Jaifi Lewis, PT, DPTJaifi Lewis
Jaifi Lewis, PT, DPT received a B.A in Psychology from Bucknell University in 2003 and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2011. Since graduation, Dr. Lewis has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, developing a very broad base of knowledge and skills with patients possessing orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular/respiratory, and polytrauma conditions. Dr. Lewis has completed extensive coursework with the Institute of Physical Art towards a certification in Functional Manual Therapy. She effectively blends advanced manual techniques with individualized functional exercises and postural retraining to bring patients back to optimal function. Dr. Lewis also has a special interest in visceral manipulation and men’s and women’s pelvic health. Jaifi Lewis is Direct Access Certified.


Sammy the Therapy DogSammy Sammy, DOG, is the latest member of the OPT family and will be serving our practice as therapy dog, mood adjuster, and confidant.  He is seven years old and hails from the great state of Alabama.  Sammy gets along quite well with humans and cats alike, but not Auburn fans (Roll Tide).  His interests are varied, with specialties in land surveying, licking, swimming, poker, and chasing tail.  You might just see him during your next visit to the office!
TobyToby Toby (7/2000 – 11/2013) was affectionately known as the Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc. mascot. After receiving his B.S. from Canine State University in 2007, Toby received advanced training in cheering people up, fetching, and audible security tactics. In his free time, Toby enjoyed fine cuisine, ball sports, Jeopardy, and long walks through the park.