Meet Our Team

Helen Mendez

Helen Mendez

 Welcome to Body Kinetics Rehab!! Courteous Helen is your contact for all scheduling and insurance coverage questions. Helen has educational background and experience doing business in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the USA. She has a Master Degree in Business Administration from the Inter-American University (Puerto Rico) and a second Master Degree in Education with a major in Administration and Supervision from University of Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate degree in Southern New Hampshire University obtaining a Bachelor in Science with a concentration in Marketing and a minor Physical Education for the Handicapped. She has 20 years of work experience in Business and 10 Yrs in the field of education. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. 

Dr. Kavita Arora, Ph.D., MS, OTR/L, MS PT

Dr. Kavita has been an Occupational Therapist since 1981 and a Physical Therapist since 2003. She brings years of experience of working with Pediatrics, Adults, and Geriatrics patients. She has worked with clients of all diagnoses: Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinsonism, Muscular Dystrophies, Low Muscle Tone, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Hand Injuries, Pre and Post Surgical Clients. She is a firm believer in the use of holistic approach when working with clients of all ages and diagnoses. Her Certifications include - Vestibular Rehab, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Administration and Interpretation, Sensory Processing Disorders, Yoga Instructor for children and adults , Therapeutic Listening, Provider for Astronaut Training, Provider for Interactive Metronome, Management of Feeding Disorders in Children .

Vibhakar Karambelkar MSc.PT, DPT

Vibhakar has a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Utica College NY. He has extensive experience of over 25 years in the management of people with orthopedic and neurological conditions of all ages. He is trained in the use of McKenzie treatment method for Lumbar and Cervical impairments. He also has expertise in the management of Vestibular disorders and in the Lee Silverman BIG Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease. Vibhakar is very comfortable in evaluation and management of complex cases with multiple diagnoses, performing assessments for adaptive equipment and in prosthetic and orthotic training across pediatric, adult and geriatric populations. Vibhakar excels in providing the highest level of care through personalized attention in a professional manner. His strength is in building lasting relationships with his patients with attentive listening and educating them in their physical well being to improve their quality of life. 

Vanessa Lagera Physical Therapist

Vanessa M. Lagera, DPT

Vanessa M. Lagera graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and a Bachelors in Physical therapy from the University of the Philippines. She started working in 1996 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and moved to Northern Virginia in 2001. While she has mostly worked in outpatient and orthopedic outpatient clinics, Vanessa has also worked with children in the school system and with seniors residing in Skilled Nursing Facilities. She enjoys working with her patients and helping them get better. Vanessa loves being around her family, traveling and volunteering with local organizations 

Michael Defosse OTR/L

Michael Defosse, OTR/L

Michael has over 12 years of experience in various settings in health care - including acute care hospitals, long-term acute care settings, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living settings and outpatients settings. He has experience working with patients with a variety of medical conditions and diseases, including CVA and neurological disorders, cardiovascular disorders/diseases, neuro-muscular conditions/diseases, cognitive disorders as well as orthopedic conditions. He has worked with various populations from 3 to 103 Yrs of age. Michael grew up in a military family that moved frequently around the world. In his working professional life, Michael has also lived all over the country. In his free time Michael enjoys traveling, cooking and exercising. 

Mai-Kristin Duncan, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist

 “Maia” earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland and relocated to northern Virginia in 2015. Maia enjoys serving pediatric and adult populations with a variety of needs and diagnoses including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological disorders, dysarthria and oral-motor difficulties, fluency, hearing impaired, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental language delays and parent coaching, articulation and phonological disorders, and pragmatic and receptive-expressive language difficulties. Maia has worked with adults with neurological etiologies in out-patient settings and senior centers and with infants and children in various settings including pediatric hospital, public and private schools, drama/performance approach, and out-patient clinics providing feeding protocols, social skills, and speech-language therapy. Maia is an active, certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a certified provider in Interactive Metronome (IM) and Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, and is trained in PECS and PROMPT Level 1. In her free time, Maia, enjoys spending time with her family and going to movies, concerts, and traveling.  

Loretta Reilly

Loretta Reilly, COTA

Loretta is our Occupational Therapy Assistant, a graduate from EVCC with a background in Therapeutic Recreation. Loretta has extensive experience working with diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, and populations from early intervention to geriatrics. Loretta has worked as a Community Integration Specialist in New York, assisting Seniors achieve their ADL and IADL goals. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with Arlington Country Department of Parks and Recreation, Loretta worked with children with varying disabilities, and developmental delays. Loretta strives to provide outstanding patient service and support to assist those we serve be the best that they can be. In her off time Loretta loves to travel and explore new areas, as life may be a journey, but it is also our greatest adventure 

Dr. Jennifer JG Connolly, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Dr. Jennifer Connolly is a licensed behavior analyst, a BCBA-D, and has a doctorate in school psychology. Throughout her career, Dr. Connolly has taught middle school students, and served as a school psychologist, a BCBA for an autism program, a trainer, research analyst and a behavioral and educational consultant. She has worked with teachers, administrators, related service providers and individuals ages 2 to 22, but her real passion is with working with families. Dr. Connolly takes a collaborative approach when providing in-home services in order to create a positive learning environment for the whole family. She uses effective evidence-based interventions to support the individual in growing and reaching his or her true potential. When she is not providing ABA services, Dr. Connolly likes to go hiking with her family, including her dog, Stanley.

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