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 spare time she acts as the managing member of the Wood Family LLC, a real estate holding company and has a passion for healthcare advocacy at both the State and Federal level. She is a career long member of the APTA
In the early 2000s, she served on the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs committee where she helped to educate key players in Richmond in the recognition of carpal tunnel syndrome as a covered workplace injury in Virginia. When not steeped in her advocacy, she loves to spend time tinkering with all sorts of home and yard repairs. And hopefully by 2022 she plans to spend more time in her "SHE SHED".
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.
On a personal note, she enjoys spending time doing photography, walking her wonderful furry companion and spending time at her mountain retreat.
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.
In Paula's spare time you may find her rowing in glorious waterways alongside her husband or spending time practicing the piano.
Donna comes to our practice with over 30 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, has 3 grown children and some very fun, energetic grandchildren.
Jackie Vance, PT, DPT, CLT
Jackie graduated from the George Washington University in 2011 with a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. She is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist, completing the Norton School Lymphedema program in 2017. Her primary experience has been hospital-based care, where she helped develop and institute an early mobilization program and participated in the Oncology board where she advocated for a pre-surgical rehab program for patients with breast cancer. Her other experience includes home health care, where she focuses on improving function and reducing falls.
Jackie enjoys helping people to manage all types and stages of lymphatic impairment and is interested in therapeutic pain management techniques. When not at work, Jackie attempts to keep track of her two boys, two dogs and a cat and spends entirely too much time at the grocery store.
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.
Susan enjoys fitness activities such as refreshing hikes in the mountain with her husband and leisurely walks with the family dogs.
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), serving as the director of the entire rehab team. Other experience includes hospital and outpatient neurological rehabilitation, school based and home health physical therapy, as well as outpatient PT care. 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.
When not tending to the outdoor school and farm animals, she enjoys hosting children and adults at Wolf Run, her mountain retreat, where she engages people in her passion for the natural environment. Pam's Master of Interdisciplinary Studies at George Mason University, with a concentration in Religion, Culture and Values further adds to her passion for enhancing our society.
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.
Lauren Mason, Office Admin
Lauren is our newest addition to Hand N Hand Therapy and will be our receptionist and front desk manager. She comes to us with a Social Work degree and years of experience working the front desk in many clinical settings. When away from the desk, Lauren enjoys seeing rock concerts with her husband, snuggling with her cat Clyde and visiting her family in New York.
Kelli Schlarmann, LPTA, CLT
Kelli comes to Hand N Hand Therapy with a certification in Complex Lymphedema Management. In 2019 she graduated with a physical therapy assistant degree 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.