Valerie W. Gibson, PT, DPT

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Valerie Gibson holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been a therapist for over 30 years. She is owner and director of Advanced Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, LLC, in Vienna, VA, a private clinical practice specializing in the treatment of neurological diseases and injuries. Dr. Gibson’s goal is to maximize her patients’ potential for recovery and their general well-being.

Dr. Gibson says, “I am interested in modalities that have shown promise in facilitating an improvement in patients’ quality of life. My experience has made me aware of the difficulties patients with progressive disabilities encounter, and of the profound effect of these difficulties on family relationships, employment, social interactions, and self-esteem. I will respect you, listen to you, and work with you to achieve your therapy goals.”

What is a Neurologic Physical Therapist?
A neurologic physical therapist is a physical therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system.

Direct Access

Valerie Gibson, PT, DPT, has the necessary skills to practice as an entry point into the health care system. You can make an appointment to be evaluated for your condition without a doctor referral. However, a referral may be recommended if deemed necessary by the therapist.
 

Christine Wallace, MSPT

Christine earned her Master’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She brings an experienced knowledge base including wound care, lymphedema and geriatric rehabilitation.
Christine specializes in treating gait and balance impairments for individuals with neurological disorders.
Christine has been LSVT BIG certified to treat individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Her passion remains with the neurologic population. She is a strong advocate of helping patients truly rehabilitate, not just receive care.
 

Kristen Patterson, PT, DPT

Kristen earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Medical University of South Carolina in 2010. Kristen specializes in treating gait and balance impairments for individuals with neurological disorders. Kristen has been LSVT BIG certified to treat individuals with Parkinson’s disease since 2013 and her primary goal is to help people achieve the most functional active lifestyle possible after a neurologic event or diagnosis.

Our Facility

At Advanced Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, LLC (APT), leading edge rehabilitation technology, combined with expert hands-on therapy, help to maximize function and increase independence in our patients who have had stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord,  brain injuries, or who suffer from other neurological illnesses and conditions. New and emerging technologies are transforming the field of  neurorehabilitation and APT is the only clinic in Northern Virginia that has the most advanced technologies to assist patients who have limited use of their upper extremities or who have difficulty walking due to injury or illness. APT’s staff has received advanced training by experts and have earned the necessary certifications to use these remarkable devices to enhance their patient’s potential to overcome the challenges created by their impairments.

 

Functional Electrical Stimulation:
(FES), is a therapy utilizing advanced computer technology to deliver electrical stimulation to paralyzed or weak muscles. FES can be utilized for muscle re-education, functional substitution, spasticity management or general health and wellness benefits. Advanced Physical Therapy offers a variety of FES programs for persons with neurologic dysfunction.


Balance Master:
The NeuroCom Balance Master provides objective assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance. With visual feedback on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment, the therapist can assess patients’ performance of tasks ranging from essential daily living activities through high-level athletic skills.

 

Ekso®:
Ekso is a wearable robotic device that allows people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand up and walk. The patient provides the balance and proper body positioning, and the device facilitates walking over ground with reciprocal gait.

 

Armeo®:
A robotic device that uses functional, task specific therapy with visual feedback for rehabilitation of the elbow, hand and forearm for patients after a stroke,  or other neurological diseases and injuries. It also uses highly sensitive weight support to reduce gravity, allowing patients with limited arm use to have a wide range of movement.

 

LiteGait®:
Through the use of an overhead suspension system and harness, the LiteGait allows therapists to provide body-weight-supported gait therapy to individuals who have difficulty walking following a neurological event. The system facilitates more normal movement patterns with better postural control.

 

Ekso Bionics

Helps survivors of stroke, spinal cord injury and other forms of lower extremity weakness to walk again. The Ekso GT™ robotic exoskeleton has changed the course of recovery in gait training and neurorehabilitation by augmenting not only the individual’s strength, but the therapist’s ability to work with their patients. Ekso is a wearable robotic device that allows people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand up and walk. The patient provides the balance and proper body positioning, and the device facilitates walking over ground with reciprocal gait.

 

 

Armeo

A robotic device that uses functional, task specific therapy with visual feedback for rehabilitation of the elbow, hand and forearm for patients after a stroke,  or other neurological diseases and injuries. It also uses highly sensitive weight support to reduce gravity, allowing patients with limited arm use to have a wide range of movement.

Functional Electrical Stimulation

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), is a therapy utilizing advanced computer technology to deliver electrical stimulation to paralyzed or weak muscles. FES can be utilized for muscle re-education, functional substitution, spasticity management or general health and wellness benefits. APT offers a variety of FES programs for persons with neurologic dysfunction.

 

What Our Patients Say

“Our first inclination is to hide, to stay away from the stares of what we begin to refer to as normal people. Sort of the same thing we do when our arm or leg begins to weaken, we tuck it away to protect it when I’ve learned from you it’s the last thing I should do. Use it, use it, and use it, more!I’ve learned that I should never just accept a problem without seeking some type of remedy or help. Never give up! There may not be a cure but there are ways to alleviate problems. Thank you for everything.”

“The treatment plan developed in partnership with my doctor and Valerie has allowed me to be as independent as I can be.  It has improved my strength, mobility and has helped me access the necessary mobility aids which have supported my efforts.”

 

“Staff and patients have provided the support necessary for me to face declining mobility.”

“When I feel overwhelmed with the stress that accompanies a chronic illness, I can count on a trip to Advanced PT to help me see my situation clearly and design an appropriate plan of action.”

“When I started with Gibson Advanced PT, I couldn’t sit properly. I had difficulty  standing. I couldn’t walk even with assistance. I now walk with a cane in therapy, and I am confident that I will walk normally unassisted before year’s end.” 

“ I like coming to PT primarily because it helps me improve my overall physical condition. Also, I enjoy the people and the relaxed atmosphere. My mobility is improved with the stretching of my legs and the working on the machines. PT exercises also help clear my head, and during breaks, the stimulating conversations are mentally relaxing too.”

“Valerie  is extremely knowledgeable in the causes and treatments of many neurologic conditions.She develops a rehab program for each individual and truly cares that each person reaches their goals.”

“I have been going to PT for dealing with complications from spinal cord injury. My overall condition has improved.  I have more strength and my flexibility is better which has reduced my overall pain. We all have bad days, as my physical condition has improved my overall outlook on life has improved. I continue to go to PT because I have been given hope that I will get better, inch by inch day by day and that tomorrow will be a better day.”

Forms

Patient Registration Forms

HIPPA Notice

Consent for Treatment and Authorization for Payment

 

Contact

  • Advanced Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, LLC
  • 703-749-0223 Fax 703-749-0225
  • 8230 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 350
    Vienna, VA 22182