Intelligence Officer, Reconnaissance Marine, Age – 49
“I was suffering from a ruptured disc in my lower back at L4-L5 and also a bulging disk at L-5 S-1. These were injuries caused by 32 years on active duty in the Marine Corps and were exacerbated by vertical loading such as carrying a heavy backpack or conducting the heavy loading required for events such as a fireman’s carry during the combat fitness testing. Shortly before going to see Dr. Chorba at physical therapy I was unable to function normally and was looking into pain management and possibly surgery. I was sure that I was going to have to retire immediately. I had tried physical therapy before through military medicine and honestly I found the experience un-helpful. The first big difference that I noticed with Rita was that her level of competence is exceptional, this is clearly manifested in her ability to tell you the most complicated and nuanced medical jargon with a very easy to digest layman’s explanation tied in. A close second is her enthusiasm for her work coupled with a genuine care for the patient. She employed what I would consider state of the art therapeutic techniques on several problems for me, including my back, my shoulder, and an issue I was having with my hip flexors. All improved dramatically. After working with her for several weeks, and then continuing to do the exercises she prescribed for about 6 months after, I was back on my feet, back in the gym, and living a normal healthy lifestyle. I did not have to retire immediately as I thought, I avoided pain management and no longer require heavy doses of anti-inflammatory drugs.”
Military Communications Guy, Age – 28
“For years, I had recurring nerve pinching in my upper back and chronic lower lumbar stiffness, both of which seemed to be linked to sharp neck pain. The pain was debilitating and my recovery plan consisted of staying physically inactive for as long as it took for the pain to go away. It was difficult sleeping, my spinal range of motion was diminished, and the pain also discouraged me from working out. I had lost faith in (branch of the military) medicine – I had gone into the (branch of the military) hospital and several (branch of the military) clinics several times over the years. I tried stretching, ignoring the problem, chiropractic adjustments, and of course, ibuprofen/changing my socks (thanks doc). Rita was always a straight shooter and very passionate about the investigation process. It was relieving to be able to go straight to one person instead of going through a rather arduous walk-in / appointment process with which service members are familiar. Rita also has 17 college degrees and calls each nerve-ending by name, so with that power was able to articulate where my pain was and educate me throughout the PT process. I found in my case, Rita ensured I understood the science behind my pain and our sessions were very effective for future pain prevention. I wanted to know what was causing the strain whether bad posture, lack of exercise, not enough of the right exercise, poor lifting form, etc. I learned what the causes were and now when these pains occur (they resurface from time to time), I know what to do.”
Marine Raider, Instructor, Security Contractor, Age – 30
“I had lower back pain, left knee pain, and limited neck mobility. It was making my ability to be combat effective while deployed difficult. I was constantly on pain relievers. My job had me on a quick turn around schedule, I had to attend many military schools and deploy to meet the demands of being a CSO. I would try to work through the pain hoping it would get better and take pain pills. I also went to get massages to relieve the pain. Rita was able to find weakness in my posture, and stabilizing muscles. Rita provided me with stretches and strengthening exercises that gave me the lasting relief I needed. In the mean time, Rita would used other manual therapies that helped. I wanted to be able to deploy and continue to do my job pain free. It was accomplished and now I am able to continue to do what i love to do without pain. All I have to do is keep up with my routines. Rita treated me with respect, heard me out and gave me all the facts, I couldn’t have asked for a better physical therapist.
Retired US Army Military Police, SWAT Officer
“Rita has spent a large portion of her career working with and keeping the most elite warriors our military has to offer in shape. She has been able to help these warriors recover and get stronger while completing the most rigorous training our military has to offer.
You should give Rita and Dave a chance. They will provide you with the care, knowledge, concern to get you back into the “fight.” I personally received care while participating in the Marine Raider Memorial March. They were able to help correct a nagging neck and back issue I had for years. While this may not seem like news, well it was done on the side of a roadway in about 10 mins.
Infantry Assaultman, Marine Intel Specialist, Age – 39
“I had recently had shoulder surgery for a SLAP tear and bicep tendinosis. After the surgery I was having issues regaining my range of motion and it was causing a lot of pain. Other PTs tried to help, but with no success. Rita was able to improve the range of motion and almost completely eliminate the pain. Rita is aggressive with her methods based off her careful assessment of your problem. She takes every avenue to ensure you are getting the proper care. The pain was my number one issue. Rita was able to focus on exactly what the issue was, and mitigated the pain almost immediately. Rita was a consummate professional and really takes her time to assess the people that come see her, before she starts treatment. This allows her to focus on not just the issue, but what may be an underlying problem that may be causing the issue. Rita has kept me in the game much longer than I would have been able to otherwise.”
Infantry Officer, Marine Raider, Age – 41
“I was doing pull-ups one day and felt muscles tearing under my left shoulder blade. For 12 years after that injury that nagging muscle pain would activate whenever I pushed it to max out pull ups, push-ups, or upper body weights. I was frustrated – how do you improve if you can’t push it sometimes? Fortunately I could get through pull ups to pass the PFT but I had to modify workouts for years or that problem, once triggered, would cause my shoulder to lock up and the pain would last for months. I tried Motrin, rest, and exercise with rubber bands that were prescribed by military medicine multiple times, but it never worked. From Rita I learned that my neck and rib cage lacked flexibility, and that was actually causing a compensation. Rita was different because she worked the problem from a different angle than conventional medicine and finally got rid of the problem. I’ve always loved pull-ups my goal was to continue them without pain. We accomplished that, and I have since been able to work out and operate without any concerns. “
USMC Infantry, Machine Gunner, Age – 31
As a Marine, I spent my career from 2006-2016 in kit and carrying heavy things long distances. After four deployments in units 1/7, 3/6, and finally Marine Special Operations School house, my body was ailing from years of wear and tear. My low back (L4, L5, S1) were my main complaints had been radiating from. Slowly, and with Rita’s expertise, we began finding the total cost of not listening to my body for a decade. Rita was a one stop shop. She was able to work alignment, dry needles, cups, strength and conditioning, along with a holistic and multi-symptom approach. Not only was she able to help me sustain what I had post injury, but she took the time to ask about my diet and home treatment plan that I still use in my daily routine 2 years after getting out. Many of the methods that Rita uses have allowed me to keep my medication consumption at a minimum. Rita’s attention to detail and in-depth understanding of the needs that high functioning war fighters must have to be operational is second to none.
The most impressive and important thing that Rita was able to bring was her innate ability to diagnose an injury pre-MRI and be 100% correct in her assessment as to what she believed to be the injury. She diagnosed my left and right shoulder SLAP tears precisely, along with the L4, L5, and S1 trauma. In my transition, her thorough notes and medical documentation was the key to success when fighting for my benefits with the VA and Medical Retirement PEB.
I would recommend anyone who is not getting what they want out of PT, or an assessment, to give Alpha Performance a chance. If your goal is to find an expedited way to heal and keep your body operationally sound and deployable, this is who I would trust. To this day I still joke that I wish I had a Rita so that I could get everything at one location with one professional. Instead I now have to use multiple civilian services weekly from Chiropractic, mobility therapy, cupping and acupuncture.
Marine Corps Reconnaissance Man, Parachute and Combatant Diver Qualified, Assessment and Selection Instructor, Age – 56
The initial problems that lead me to Rita was chronic back and shoulder pain that was affecting my ability to work. Being a 50 year old former Special Operations Marine with 6 shoulder and 3 back surgeries the chronic pain was not only causing me to miss work opportunities as an Independent Military Contractor it was effecting my quality of life. The biggest obstacle that kept me from seeking treatment sooner was me think I could manage the pain myself with the advice and treatment from my primary care provider. Before going to Rita I had been to several pain management treatment facilities, taken several epidural injections, several Radiofrequency Ablation treatments, Botox injections, pain medication, muscle relaxers, and tons of rolling and stretching. What I like best about Rita was she not only taught me a lot about how to manage pain. But changed the way I thought and helped me understand the importance pain prevention techniques. She taught me the importance of being able to Quantify Mechanical Stress (QMS) so I was able to train and maintain my physical abilities without constantly suffering from chronic pain. The more I understood and better I got at QMS the less pain I experienced. My number one goal was to get my pain to manageable levels so that I could continue working in the Special Operations community as well as enjoy a pain free quality of life. Rita was paramount in accomplishing all of my pain management and pain prevention goals. I was 50 when I first started receiving treatment from Rita, at that time and currently I’m an Instructor for Marines Special Operations School Assessment and Selection Phase One. One of our primary duties is physical fitness development and as instructors we must be able to run, hike with a 50lbs Military ALICE pack and preform all types of physical exercises. At age 56 with Rita’s help and knowledge I have no problem and will be able to preform these duties well in to my 60’s if I chose to do so.
Marine Raider, Age – 32
“I had been dealing with a foot problem that started while I was training to be a CSO. It was really affecting my ability to run and make my times. My training schedule made it difficult to get help. I did see 3 doctors and had xrays and MRIs done, but no one was able to tell me what was wrong. I tried using ice and pain pills, stretching, and getting new running shoes. Rita was the first person who actually found the problem. Rita gave me an insert for my shoe that relieved the pain so that I could continue training, and she told me what to do to keep the pain from coming back. I wanted the pain to go away so I could continue training and pass my course, and I did. Rita listened to what I had already tried and did something else that actually worked. I have been pain free for over 4 years now, and no problems with running. Thank you.”
Special Operations Capability Specialist, Age – 32
Over a period of roughly three years Rita patiently helped me recover from the following injuries: Right calf muscle tear, right hip, dislocated shoulder/impingement, lower back pain, upper back mobility, ankle mobility, shin splints, right quad minor tear, and asymmetrical arches. Mostly just being stubborn but once I got over that, Rita was also able to fit me in her busy schedule. Stretching combined with heat and ice; supplemented by drinking a large glass of “suck it up” and hobbling around feeling old. I quickly found out that the later was not very effective. It only takes about ten seconds of talking to Rita to realize that she is completely invested in her work. Rita is friendly, patient, and experienced. I was very impressed with her ability to provide easily relatable explanations to complex injuries. Making a complete recovery is one thing I wanted to achieve.. Yes, Rita did an excellent job of helping me achieve my goals. Very satisfied with the outcomes from all treatments. Not all physical therapist are created equal, I highly recommend Rita to anyone.