Meet Our Staff
Pamela A. Wood, PT, DPT
Co-founder, Hand-N-Hand Therapy, LLC Arlington VA
Pam is a '79 graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo and received her clinical doctorate from Utica College in 2015. Her greatest expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of lipedema, lymphedema and other complex medical clients. Pam enjoys the challenge of applying a creative approach with sound scientific principles to the art of physical therapy. Pam's most extensive clinical training is in functional capacity evaluation, manual therapy and lymphatic drainage techniques.
She received her Lymphedema certification, LLCC through the Upledger Institute and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps of Arlington. In her spare time she enjoys being the managing member of the Wood Family LLC, a real estate holding company and loves to spend time tinkering with all sorts of home and yard repairs. When not steeped in her manual hobbies, she has a passion for healthcare advocacy at both the State and Federal level. In the early 2000s, through her membership on the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs committee she helped to educate key players in Richmond to assist in the recognition of carpal tunnel syndrome as a covered workplace injury in Virginia.
Co-founder, Hand-N-Hand Therapy, LLC Arlington VA
Diane is a '79 graduate of California State University at Fresno and a '17 graduate of Utica College with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. She is also a Certified Advanced Rolfer™ and Rolf Movement® practitioner. She has spent the majority of her career studying healing, wholeness and wellness. Diane delights in providing a multidimensional approach for her clients and actively integrates her services with other healthcare practitioners.
Her most recent endeavor has been with her pursuit of dry needling as well as finding time to do a poster presentation at the 2017 VPTA conference. Diane's most extensive clinical training has been in movement and myofascial techniques, but clearly has a depth of training in women's health, visceral manipulation, muscle energy, craniosacral and many other manual techniques.
Check out the Hand-N-Hand Blog, written by Diane here!
Paula Levinson, PT, OCS, CLT-LANA
Paula comes to Hand-N-Hand as a highly seasoned therapist with many years of experience. She is a LANA Certified Lymphedema therapist and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. She has been an instructor in the Lymphedema program with the Norton School.
Her passion is to combine her manual skills and lymphatic expertise to provide highly individualized treatment and guidance to those suffering with Lipedema, Lymphedema and those in need of Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.
Donna comes to our practice with over 26 years of clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings. In the last several years, Donna has completed a certification process through the Postural Restoration Institute® that treats pain and dysfunction with a holistic treatment approach using multi-system integration. Postural Restoration has proven to be highly effective in giving patients the tools to align, stabilize and safely strengthen their bodies.
Her other manual skills include myofascial techniques, joint mobilization, as well as training through the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy and lymphatic drainage.
Donna's special interest is in the management of dysautonomia and the unique pain, hypermobility, and dysfunction associated with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).
She has been married for over 30 years and has 3 grown children.
Lauren Shaub, PT, DPT, CSCS
Lauren is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), completing her studies in 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Lauren also holds a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University Delaware, where she competed as a distance runner on the Cross Country and Track & Field Teams; and, is a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®).
For over 10 years, Lauren has been practicing physical therapy in Arlington, most recently at Virginia Hospital Center, as a sports medicine specialist, pelvic floor specialist, and the lead therapist of the Aquatic Rehabilitation program. She has also enjoyed teaching as a lab assistant with Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute in their Pelvic Floor Series. Lauren enjoys working with and promoting people of all abilities to have pain free activity.
In her spare time, Lauren continues to run and compete for various road races ranging from the 5K to the marathon. Lauren trains with the Capital Area Runners in Arlington and is their assistant coach. When not training, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog.
Susan Barr-Hunter, PT, DPT, GCS
Geriatric Clinical Specialist
Susan graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and in 2018 received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Utica College.
Her depth of experience ranges from acute care and rehabilitation to home health and outpatient settings. Susan's focus and passion during her physical therapy career has been on the geriatric population and stroke rehabilitation, receiving her board certification as a Geriatric Clinical Specialist.
She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Virginia chapter and the Geriatric section.
Pamela Tinker, PT, MAIS
Pam Tinker received her PT degree from the Medical College of Virginia in 1975. She was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the of the INOVA Mount Vernon Rehabilitation program (1980). She directed the program which included Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Recreation Therapists, Neuropsychologists and Physiatrists. Other experience includes hospital and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, school based physical therapy in Fairfax County and Falls Church Public Schools, home health physical therapy and geriatric care, and outpatient PT. She specializes in myofascial release technique and has completed four courses in MFR instructed by John Barnes. She particularly likes to treat soft tissue issues such as headaches, plantar fasciitis, pain, dysfunction, and limited range due to overuse, trauma or post-surgical soft tissue damage.
Pam founded Frog Pond Early Learning Center in 1998, and continues to serve as its President. She is responsible for oversight of one of the few inclusion full-day preschools in the area. The non-profit school provides nature-based outdoor curriculum and includes a mini-farm with dwarf goats, ducks and chickens, as well as two acres of grounds and organic gardens. Pam also enjoys hosting children and adults at Wolf Run, her mountain retreat, where she engages people in the natural environment. She recently completed a Master of Interdisciplinary Studies at George Mason University with a concentration in Religion, Culture and Values.
Lynne Niznik, Accounting
Lynne comes to Hand N Hand therapy bringing her free lance bookkeeping and accounting skills to keep our clinic running efficiently. When not working with our books, she enjoys concerts and the occasional ride on her motorbike.
Receptionist Position is currently open
Kelli Schlarmann, LPTA, CLT
Kelli is our new addition to Hand N Hand Therapy and comes to us with a certification in Complex Lymphedema Management. In 2019 she graduated from Whatcom Community College located in Bellingham, Washington and went on to receive her CLT in April 2021. She is very excited to continue her journey as a CLT, delighting in helping patients with lymphedema to achieve their goals.
Kelli also has a background in fitness, both as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. As a fitness instructor she received education in PiYo, TRX and Ultimate Sandbag Training. She thrives in sampling new platforms for exercise and invites continuing collaboration on new classes to further enhance her professional background.
On a more personal note, her Navy family of six came to Fairfax Station in 2019, relocating from Fidalgo Island in the Pacific Northwest . There they enjoyed hiking and camping while soaking up the mountains and Puget Sound. Since moving to Virginia they continue to camp during the summer months, enjoy paddle boarding, and take in as much of the area as possible.