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Andy Symula Physical Therapist
Graduating from New York’s Ithaca College in 1997, Dr. Symula received his Masters in Physical Therapy from one of the top programs in the country. He proceeded to further his education by receiving his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and became certified in Functional Movement Screening in 2013. Dr. Symula has been with the Advanced Wellness Centre since 2006 and is currently the director for the Physical Therapy, Massage and Fitness departments. Prior to joining the Advanced Wellness Centre, he worked for two years at the Chippenham Johnston-Willis hospital outpatient therapy clinic.
Besides focusing on manual therapy, his postgraduate education has included emphasis on functional orthopedics and extremity rehabilitation. Dr. Symula has developed a unique hands-on style of treatment, combining soft tissue and joint mobilization, as well as exercise that can be directed towards the acutely injured patient or those suffering from chronic pain.
Aside from his professional career, Dr. Symula is a musician, an avid cyclist, and runner who trains year round. He has realized the benefit of exercise, manipulation and soft tissue mobilization personally, as well as clinically. This has created a treatment style that is quite effective for those who have not had results with conventional means.
Dr. Symula, along with the rest of the Advanced Wellness Centre team, is a strong advocate for the dynamic and integrative approach that AWC has to offer. His specialized clinical skills add yet another dimension to our multidisciplinary practice.
Indrani Agarwal Physical Therapist
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Dr. Agarwal joined the Advanced Wellness Centre in 2008. Prior to coming aboard at AWC, she gained valuable experience at UVA Healthsouth in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she worked primarily with patients of various neurological conditions including strokes, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and organic brain disorders.
Over the years, Dr. Agarwal has continued to further her knowledge and expertise in manual therapy by becoming trained in neuromuscular stabilization of the spine and pelvis. As well as pelvic floor rehabilitation with emphasis on women’s health. She also has a special interest in pediatric orthopedics and adult extremity rehabilitation.
In addition to furthering her manual therapy training, Dr. Agarwal has developed a dynamic treatment approach that integrates therapeutic exercise with joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, postural and body mechanics training, to create a well rounded program to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Outside of her career, Dr. Agarwal enjoys family time, traveling, exercising and cheering on her favorite college football team- Go Hokies! Her passion for helping others shows in her ability to talk to her patients in a way that allows them to be a part of the team when deciding on a treatment plan that works for them. Indrani has an outstanding relationship with each of her patients and continues to be an important addition to the Advanced Wellness Centre clinical team.
Cathleen Pigg Physical Therapist
Graduating with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2003 from Western Carolina University, she has been working in Richmond at Parham Doctors’ Hospital. As a PT there, she worked throughout the entire facility. She was in inpatient rehabilitation working with patients after stroke, amputation, fractures, joint replacements, and general debilitation. She helped the patients regain their strength and independence in order to return home safely and as independently as possible. Additionally, she saw patients in the acute care setting in every unit from intensive care to medical-surgical to the total joint replacement center.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, discovering new restaurants in the area, visiting and playing with her nieces, and not only walking but relaxing at home with her dog.
Stephen Vesely Physical Therapist
Graduating with his Doctor of Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in May 2013, Dr. Vesely joined the Advanced Wellness Centre team August 2013. With a peaked interest in manual therapy throughout his studies, Stephen spent 24 weeks of his clinical affiliations at three different out-patient orthopedic practices in the Richmond and Fredericksburg areas where he received advanced manual training for spinal and extremity conditions. In addition, he completed 12 weeks in skilled nursing and cancer rehabilitation, providing him with a well-rounded scope of physical therapy and medical practice.
Stephen’s true passion lies in utilizing his hands-on approach and strong clinical background in exercise, health, and wellness to restore pain-free mobility and function. His prior training and techniques match our holistic approach, where elimination of true body impairments, and not just symptoms, are the focus of rehabilitation. In his experiences, clients recover more quickly and with less risk for re-injury following physical therapy that pairs manual and manipulative techniques with therapeutic exercises, education, and preventive measures.
Outside his professional career, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing and writing music, bike riding, weight lifting, and doing anything outdoors. He is so excited to contribute to and be part of a team of experts who share a common goal in delivering the highest quality of holistic care to its clients.
visiting and playing with her nieces, and not only walking but relaxing at home with her dog.
Beth Klemen Physical Therapist
Beth began her Physical Therapy career after working as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist serving individuals with special needs. While she greatly enjoyed her ability to help those with cognitive challenges, she had a strong desire to further develop her skills relative to the body’s physical performance. Influenced by her personal experiences and interests in supporting an active lifestyle, she set out to switch professions, ultimately continuing to fulfill her inherent desire to help others. Beth graduated from VCU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in 2014 and worked for several years with Sheltering Arms in an outpatient orthopedic setting. While there, she had the opportunity to help individuals with orthopedic pain, and relative impairments, in addition to rehabilitating individuals following joint replacement and operative procedures.
When Beth found herself in need of professional services, she did her research and found that the mission and vision of Advanced Wellness Centre aligned with her personal beliefs. As a patient, she was impressed with the professionalism of the clinic staff and the unique attributes of the Physical Therapy team. It wasn't long before she made the decision to join AWC's team of highly skilled staff providing holistic care to the Richmond community. Beth finds that a hands-on, manual approach combined with addressing body mechanics, movement patterns, increasing strength, and educating patients on self care maximizes the patient's outcomes by addressing underlying impairments that are often overlooked.
Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending time with family, friends, her dog and Mother Nature. Her favorite activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, rock-climbing and kayaking.