Kim Horton, PT, Co-Founder
Kim has spent her 28 year career as an outpatient orthopedic therapist. She has worked in both hospital and private practice settings in New York and Northern Virginia. Throughout her years of practice, she noticed a trend among PT practices towards high volume, non-individualized care. Kim believed that patients deserved more and in 2013 opened Restore PT & Wellness as a way to deliver an enhanced level of healthcare that focused on the individual needs of her patients and not just the injury itself.
As a manual therapist, Kim employs an approach that utilizes skilled, hands-on techniques to assess and correct dysfunction. Her passion for her craft leads her to pursue continuing education in the fields including; muscle energy, myofascial release, the Maitland approach, and weight training. Kim treats a wide rage of chronic pain issues as well as being a Ehlers Danlos literate therapist.
Kim is married and has 2 wonderful children. She greatly enjoys cooking and working out with kettle bells.
Julia Smith, PT, DPT, OCS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Board-Certified Clinal Specialist: Orthopedic
Julia completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professions with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. After receiving her doctorate, she completed an accredited residency program through the Jackson Clinics and is specialized as a board-certified orthopedic specialist. After specializing in orthopedics, she gained a special interest in Pilates based rehab, and has become BASI certified after 500 hours of additional training. She is now pursuing continued education to help with pelvic floor rehab and has taken Herman and Wallace coursework to assist in helping women with incontinence. She plans to continue this specialization in 2024.
Her special interests involve treating the neck and jaw along with foot and ankle. She has had both continued education in treatment of the temporomandibular joint and advanced treatment of the foot and ankle. Julia works closely with podiatrists around the area, and has experience with post op cases including but not limited to: bunion surgery, muscle and tendon repair, achilles tears and tendinopathy, reconstructive surgery, injuries to the plantar fascia, and ankle sprains. She enjoys working with individuals who have headaches or neck pain and aims to retrain not only the neck but the spine as a whole along with the core using a functional integrative approach.
Since finishing her residency program, her new special interest is integrating Pilates into rehab. She routinely uses the reformer and tactical cueing to retrain movement and enjoys getting individuals back to functional movement patterns and sports.
Rachel Gorman, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
LSVT BIG Certified
Rachel attended Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania where she received her undergraduate degree in Health Science and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While in school, Rachel was a division III field hockey player and is the assistant field hockey coach at Riverside High School.
Rachel is passionate about treating vestibular, neurological, and balance disorders. She enjoys helping people regain their independence by creating a personalized treatment program to allow them back to doing they things they want to do. Vestibular and neurological physical therapy is unique in its own way where you can have fun by getting creative with exercises to challenge peoples’ different balance systems.
Rachel recently became certified in LSVT BIG. She can treat patients with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders with this research-based treatment protocol which is designed to train people to use their body more normally to improve walking and other self-care activities.
In her free time, Rachel likes to spend time with family and friends. She is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia and goes home to see her family when she can. She also enjoys exploring new places and finding new things to do in the surrounding areas.
Craig Bittenbender, PT, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Craig has been a physical therapist in Northern Virginia for 24 years. He has worked exclusively within orthopedic and sports orthopedic settings. Craig received his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Marymount University in 1999 and went on to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Simmons college in Boston.
Craig has worked in both clinical and managerial roles during this time and has done lecturing to a variety of healthcare audiences in areas of clinical care within the orthopedic setting. He recently completed an Advanced Manual Therapy Certification from Evidence in Motion in 2014 to further delineate his expertise in assessment and treatment utilizing hands-on techniques. His emphasis is on hands-on specialized care to a variety of orthopedic settings. He also utilizes a comprehensive treatment approach including dry needling, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization, kinesio taping and exercise while providing one on one management to patients across the orthopedic spectrum.
Personally Craig lives in Leesburg, VA with his wife and 4 children. He enjoys exercising, cooking and especially eating.
Practice Administrator, Co-Founder
Kate's main role in the office is to manage all systems and processes involved in the daily operations of Restore PT & Wellness. Patient satisfaction from the intake process to their discharge is Kate's highest priority. After several years working as an administrative manager in a physical therapy setting Kate got to see first hand how essential a well run office is to the exceptional care that patients deserve. Kate manages the marketing, billing and ancillary services offered at Restore and is dedicated to making Restore PT & Wellness a positive experience for every patient and client.
Kate now considers Loudoun County home after living all over the county as her dad served 30 years in the US Army. Kate and her husband have raised their 4 children in Loudoun and enjoys cooking, traveling, skiing and watching their children play soccer, tennis, sing and enjoy life.