Kim Horton Physical Therapy, muscle energy, myofascial release, chronic pain, sacroliac joints

Kim Horton, PT, Owner

Physical Therapist 


Kim has spent her 26year 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 of 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: Orthopaedic

Julia graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professions with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology.

Julia is passionate about helping individuals of all ages with orthopedic injuries and post-op rehabilitation. She has completed a postdoctoral residency program through the Jackson Clinics and is board certified in orthopedics.   As an avid long distance runner, Julia has a special interest in analyzing running mechanics, and is able to utilize analysis software during running evaluations. 

In her free time, Julia loves to run long distances, and is always looking for a new hiking adventure! She enjoys photography and painting landscapes, particularly of places she’s visited. She loves traveling, and one of her favorite physical therapy experiences was serving as a mentor for physical therapists in Nairobi, Kenya. She also enjoys playing the piano and singing almost anything!



Leyla Lytle, PT, MSPT

Physical Therapist 


Leyla is a graduate of Springfield College. She received her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2000, and specializes in outpatient orthopedics.  Leyla combines manual therapy with strength, mobility and conditioning to return patients to their pain free lifestyle.  Leyla enjoys treating a wide range of disorders and has a passion for helping people. Leyla speaks Turkish which is really beneficial for some of her patients.

Leyla is a wife and mother of two.  She is an avid tennis player and enjoys running in her spare time.


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Lauren Starace, PT, MSPT, PYT-c, RYT-200

Physical Therapist   


Lauren has been a PT for 12 years.  Her interest in movement began at the age of three when she started dance lessons and it never stopped. 


She began her career in geriatrics working in skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.  After 2 years, Lauren wanted some more adventure in her life and she began traveling PT where she gained experience working throughout the country in NJ, MA, CA, MD, and DC. 

Lauren is an experienced orthopedic therapist who also treats pelvic floor dysfunction.  Lauren has found the best of both worlds at Restore.  She splits her schedule between orthopedics and her private pelvic floor practice.


Lauren found her true passion in pelvic health, treating women and men with complex pelvic issues for all ages.  She furthered her education at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine learning muscle energy techniques for the spine and visceral mobilization through the Barrel Institute in order to complement the skills needed to treat the lumbopelvic and abdominal region.  She has since added to her repertoire with yoga, finishing her 200 hour teacher training, as well as starting training through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute to become a Professional Yoga Therapist.  She has found so much enjoyment in combining yoga with PT and is excited to continue to build on this.  She believes in integrated medicine to combine all facets of her patients’ lives - physical, psycho-social emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and energetic.  She feels truly grateful to have found a way to combine her 2 passions, yoga and pelvic PT, and to be able to share this with her patients. 

See PELVIC HEALTH,  under services tab.



Rachel Gorman, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rachel attended Lebanon Valley College in Lebanon, Pennsylvania for both her undergraduate and graduate studies. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and Spanish. A few years later, she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. While in school, Rachel was a division III field hockey player and continues to play when she can. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain where she lived with a host family and attended the local university to learn the Spanish language and culture.

Rachel is passionate about treating vestibular and balance disorders. She enjoys helping people stay as independent as possible by improving their balance and preventing falls. Balance therapy is not like traditional physical therapy and is unique in its own way. You can have fun with it by getting creative with exercises to challenge patients’ different balance systems.

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.


Kate Darne, Practice Manager, Owner


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. 


The techs at Restore are an integral part of our clinic. They keep everything running smoothly to allow our therapists to have maxime time with their patients. The techs bring the patients back to tables for the therapists, make sure the therapists have everything they need, clean the treatment areas, help keep the therapist on schedule and assist with exercises when appropriate.


Ali Doiron: Full time tech.

Ali is a native Leesburg resident and a JMU graduate. Ali joined the Restore team after observing here for school credit. She then helped out in the summers and after graduation started here full time. In the summers Ali can be found coaching a swim team in Leesburg. Ali is in the process of applying to PT school.


Mary Reilly: Part time tech.

Mary joined the Restore 2 years ago. Mary has a background in hospitality and a keen interest in fitness. Mary has 2 sons, one in high school and one in college. When Mary isn't at Restore she is cheering for her boys on the lacrosse field.

Leslie Carlone: Part time tech

Leslie has been with our team for the past 2 years. Before joining Restore, Leslie was a nurse for 20 years. Leslie has twins

in middle school who keep her busy running between soccer, basketball and softball practice.