Point Performance Team
José Surós, MD • Sharon Landesberg • Joanna Bakos, DPT • Sara Squires, DPT • Adam Gershowitz • Robert Gillanders, DPT • Allison Haynes, DPT • Cherron Lampkins, LMT • Chris Ricardo, DPT • Danny Rodriguez, CSCS • Julie Shein, PT • Michal Tekle, DPT
Dr. José Surós performed his Medicine Internship at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York before completing his Neurology Residency at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received additional training at the University of California San Diego and at the Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital before completing an Interventional Pain Management Fellowship through the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Surós has presented his research and spoken nationally on various topics relating to Pain Management, Neurology, and Spinal Disorders. Dr. Surós has also contributed to several textbooks in the fields of Neurology and Minimally Invasive Interventional Pain Management and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Surós is a strong believer in the benefits of a multimodal and comprehensive approach to spine disorders and musculoskeletal care. He has lived in Washington, DC for over ten years and enjoys running, soccer, woodworking and spending time with his wife and young son.
Sharon Landesberg brings remarkable assets to her role at Point Performance. She has extensive experience in building and managing successful small businesses and running their operations. A case in point is her key role in launching The Casey Health Institute in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Sharon is committed to making sure every patient visit to Point Performance is a positive experience for both patients and staff alike. Sharon grew up in Olney and is a mother of two. She likes to stay active in her spare time by kayaking, hiking and camping.
Dr. Joanna Bakos graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at her alma mater. Since graduating, Joanna has been taking continuing education coursework, with a recent interest in Postural Restoration concepts. Joanna focuses her treatments on restoring functional movement through the identification of biomechanical faults and muscular imbalances. She educates on the benefits of addressing these imbalances throughout the kinetic chain with manual techniques and exercise in order to treat underlying impairments, and not just present symptoms. She has a strong interest in treating recreational athletes, as she spent much of her past experiences working with an active population throughout major cities (Boston and Washington, DC). In addition to working with patients with orthopedic injuries, she has experience treating children with a wide range of impairments, in both outpatient and pediatric settings. When she is not treating patients, Joanna enjoys traveling, recreational tennis and running, and exploring new restaurants in the greater DC area.
Dr. Squires has been practicing physical therapy for over a dozen years and she is tremendously enthusiastic about helping her patients achieve optimal wellness and a sense of wholeness as a result of injury, trauma or chronic pain. Dr. Squires completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2001 from the University of Southern California. Dr. Squires has also completed advanced coursework in Manual Therapy from Orthopedic Manual Therapy Seminars, where she received her manual therapy certification. She is certified to perform dry needling as an adjunct treatment for myofascial pain. Her areas of specialty include temporomandibular joint dysfunction, spinal dysfunction, joint hypermobility/Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, headaches, and vestibular disorders. Recognized for her diligence, she received the Clinical Instructor of the Year Award by George Washington University in 2010. Dr. Squires joined the Point Performance Team after successfully owning and managing her own practice in Bethesda. She attributes her success to her love for her job and the ability to learn something new every day.
Adam spent his career in outpatient orthopedics with a focus on manual therapy and movement impairments. He enjoys working with all types of orthopedic patients to achieve rehabilitative and personal goals.By incorporating joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques with functional exercises, Adam improves the way the body produces and accepts forces to increase function. He ensures his patients have a strong sense of their body systems and that they feel confident in their movements during treatment. Adam is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has completed two out of three levels of certification in dry needling and will become a certified Manual Trigger Point Therapist this year—skills he uses to ensure treatment remains goal oriented and effective. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a BS in exercise science and a minor in coaching. He completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In his spare time, Adam is dedicated to staying active and healthy. You can often find him on the golf course or outdoors, traveling the world or with his family and friends. He is a native of Baltimore.
Physical therapist and American Physical Therapy Association member Robert Gillanders is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, ergonomic assessment specialist, and bike-fit specialist. He is also certified in trigger point dry needling and is a running medicine expert. He integrates clinical skills with personal experience to provide athletes with sports-specific services that help them expedite their recovery and improve their race-day performance. Gillanders received his master’s of physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine and his doctor of physical therapy degree from Marymount University. He is a frequent guest speaker at medical conferences and athletic events, a contributor to Runner’s World magazine, and a consultant for local running and triathlon teams. Gillanders enjoys staying active by running and cycling. He has competed in numerous endurance cycling, running, and triathlon events, including the Boston Marathon five times.
Dr. Allison Haynes is a Maryland native who graduated from Good Counsel High school in 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2007. While at Maryland she worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, which gave her an early interest in health and wellness. This passion led to a career in physical therapy. Allison received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in 2011. Allison is a certified manual therapist, and is also certified in trigger point dry needling through the American Dry Needling Institute. She combines her strong manual therapy background with a thorough movement assessment to deliver optimal patient outcomes. Allison has worked with a variety of orthopedic conditions with a focus on runners and endurance athletes allowing them to stay healthy through a vigorous training. She believes there is an art and a science to physical therapy and works with her patients to reach their goals and maintain a pain-free active lifestyle. In her free time Allison enjoys staying active as well, practicing yoga, playing soccer and enjoying a run through the city.
Cherron comes to Point Performance after 17 years in Raleigh, NC. where she received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiotherapy at Shaw University in 2000. Since obtaining her LMT designation in 2008 Cherron has working with a wide range of patients including professional athletes, elite youth athletes and amputees. Cherron specializes in sports and rehabilitation massage as well as a variety of soft tissue techniques such as deep tissue and myofascial release. The combination of her extensive understanding of the body and modalities helps to meet the many, and often complex, needs of the client by addressing the body with a multi-faceted approach. This allows her to not only assist in addressing the symptoms; it also permits her to get to the root of the issue and create path to healing for the body. Cherron is a mother of one and enjoys traveling, skiing, volunteer work and coaching high school athletes. She most recently coached track and field at Bethesda area high school.
Dr. Chris Ricardo graduated with a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland and went on to compete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at George Washington University. Chris has spent his career working in outpatient orthopedics with a focus on post-operative and overuse injury rehabilitation. He enjoys treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions and his passion is treating athletes ranging from high school superstars to weekend warriors.
Chris incorporates both manual therapy and functional movement and exercise into his treatments. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has further studied Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). This year Chris is pursuing his OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) and Dry Needling certifications to allow him to better serve his patients.
Chris is an active member of the APTA sports and physical therapy chapter and is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor. In his free time he enjoys an active lifestyle, traveling, and running.
Danny graduated from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science with a concentration in Exercise Science. Seeking to further his education, he took on an intensive internship with Indianapolis Fitness And Sports Training (IFAST), working and learning under some of the best minds in the human performance industry. Danny has experience in working with a very broad scope of individuals, ranging from patients with special needs to collegiate and professional athletic level clientele.
He finds joy in working with a wide range of individuals because he believes that everyone has an opportunity to improve, and helping people reach their potential is exciting and deeply gratifying. In his practice, Danny uses a variety of approaches to training, such as Postural Restoration, to understand and address the variety of physical dysfunctions that have a tendency to cause chronic pain and sub-optimal athletic performance.
Being a former collegiate athlete, Danny has a heart and passion for athletics and seeing his athletes grow and develop both on and off the playing field. When he isn’t coaching, Danny loves to study and understand how to be a more effective coach, developing relationships with his co-workers and clientele, and competing in anything and everything.
Julie Shein, PT, CPT is a graduate of The University of Maryland School of Physical Therapy and has been providing excellent patient care for the past 20+ years. She received her Vestibular Certification from the University of Miami in 1999 and has taught and provided vestibular evaluation and treatment for the past 15 years.
Julie developed a Post-Concussion Certification for physical and occupational therapists and a physical therapy treatment protocol for persons with Post-Concussion Syndrome. She is a member of The Vestibular Disorders Association and has penned articles on Balance and Fall Prevention and has provided regional lectures to area Physicians, PTs, Neuropsychologists, OTs, and Athletic Trainers on Physical Therapy and Post-Concussion Syndrome. She has participated in a research project looking at the benefit of physical therapy post-concussion.
Julie is a neurologic physical therapist providing excellent care for persons with multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, TBI and CVA. Julie enjoys working with persons with complicated injuries and compound diagnosis. She considers herself an explorer who wants to get to the bottom of her patients deficit and put the pieces of the puzzle together to reduce their dizziness, improve their pain and increase their function. A long distance runner and certified personal trainer (AAAI-ISMA), Julie enjoys working out with her friends and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, three children and black lab in Potomac, MD.
Michal Tekle, PT, DPT, received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, followed by Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Howard University. Michal strives to enhance her skills and knowledge base by taking continuing education courses, in order to better serve her patients. She enjoys treating a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, especially spine dysfunctions. Michal offers an integrative approach to treatment, which treats the whole person, rather than just the injury or condition. Michal has attended extensive coursework in different manual therapy techniques which allows her to develop an individualized treatment plan that is right for each patient. She is currently in pursuit of obtaining a manual therapy certification. In her personal time, she enjoys outdoor activities and traveling.