Physical Therapy (PT) is a related service that helps students in special education achieve functional use of gross motor skills, specifically relating to their educational needs.


The PT staff provides therapeutic interventions, modifications, adaptive equipment and/or instructional accommodations. The PT staff is committed to working collaboratively with teachers, students, parents, and other IEP team members to develop strategies and adaptations/modifications that will help students achieve.

PT services are provided to students, ages 2 years old through high school graduation, when the IEP team decides that the student requires the related service of PT in order to benefit from his or her special education program. The student’s IEP goals and objectives are developed and implemented by the IEP team. Services are provided in a combination of the following ways:

  1. Working directly with the student,
  2. Collaborating with the student’s teacher, and
  3. Monitoring the student engaged in the classroom tasks.
Research supports the importance of students practicing skills in functional activities during routine tasks. The PT staff shares knowledge with teachers and parents so that the student can practice skills correctly throughout the day.

Physical Therapists and Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants must pass a national licensing exam and be licensed by the Virginia Department of Health Professions.


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Administrative Contacts

Heather L. Grim, Supervisor 
GrimHL@pwcs.edu

Cindy Kowalick, Secretary
kowalica@pwcs.edu
703-791-7419

Dr. Connie Mills, Administrative Coordinator
millscx@pwcs.edu
703-791-7282

PT Assignments By School

Physical Therapists and Base Schools

Dr. Heather Akgun
akgunhm@pwcs.edu
Leesylvania ES

Dr. Rachel Alachnowicz
alachnrw@pwcs.edu
Ashland ES

Dr. Lisa Cordova
cordovla@pwcs.edu
Woodbridge HS

Erin Duncan
duncanae@pwcs.edu
Cedar Point ES

Dr. Joni Gallegos
gallegib@pwcs.edu
Washington-Reid PS

Dr. Jennifer Guyton
guytonjj@pwcs.edu
Buckland Mills ES

Cara Kiernan
kiernacx@pwcs.edu
Piney Branch ES

Dr. Suzanne Mains
mainssx@pwcs.edu
Kyle Wilson ES

Dr. Erin Mueller
muelleem@pwcs.edu
Antietam ES

Dr.Sophia Scott
scottss@pwcs.edu
Osbourn Park HS

Physical Therapist Assistants

Ginger Spice
spicegx@pwcs.edu
Osbourn Park HS

Rachel Fama
famar@pwcs.edu
Fitzgerald ES