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Orthopedic Physiotherapy Residency Program | VA Washington DC Healthcare

PT Residency Program Director
Latasha Thomas, PT, DPT, NCS

Latasha Thomas earned her doctorate in physical therapy from George Washington University in 2010. She worked in an outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practice for three years and enjoyed working with medically complex patients. In 2014, she graduated from the MedStar Rehabilitation Network and the Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program at George Washington University. Soon after, she joined the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service. In 2015, she obtained her Board Certification in Neurological Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

During her career at DC VA Medical Center, she served as the site coordinator for clinical training and assisted in the development of the orthopedic physical therapy residency program. She continues to serve as a clinical instructor for pre-professional students and a clinical mentor for orthopedic residents during the vestibular and neurological gait modules. She also relishes the opportunity to teach as an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at George Washington University. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, singing, dancing and reading.

PT Orthopedic Residency Program Coordinator
Obioma Ogbuawa, PT, DPT, OCS

Obioma Ogbuawa is a physical therapist and orthopedic residency coordinator at Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In her current role, she is a physiotherapy and physical therapy supervisor and mentor in the residency program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Howard University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Obioma joined the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2013 and started out as an amputee physical therapist before taking the orthopedic specialist exam in 2016. She enjoys working with all patient populations and clinical settings and loves education . The VA has been able to bridge both of these interests with the residency program. Outside of work, catch her if you can because she loves traveling and spending time with her family!

Residence Mentor
Melanie Millstein, PT, DPT, OCS

Melanie Millstein graduated from the University of South Florida with her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2011. Prior to earning her DPT, Melanie attended the University of Florida with her Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology in 2008. Melanie has started at Washington DC VA Medical Center in 2013 as a physical therapist. In less than 3 years, she achieved board certification as a clinical specialist in orthopedics and was one of the first mentors in the orthopedic residency program. Mélanie is certified in dry needling and has received advanced training in spinal manipulation. More recently, Melanie has received training in pelvic health rehabilitation and plans to continue to combine her training in orthopedics with pelvic health. She enjoys treating the athletic and chronic pain population and helping people return to an active lifestyle and improve their quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys running, crossfit and spending time with her husband and puppies.

Residence Mentor
Erin Dennis, PT, DPT, OCS

Erin Dennis graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2010 with her doctorate in physical therapy. She began her career in a private outpatient physical therapy practice and returned to SHU’s DPT program as an adjunct professor. She has since expanded her practice to acute care, military installations and now Veterans Affairs. Erin’s love for teaching has been a common thread throughout her career, working as an Assistant Professor, Clinical Instructor and Residence Mentor. Her passion for lifelong learning has motivated her to pursue a wide range of educational opportunities including dry needling, battlefield acupuncture and Maitland COMT (to be completed in 2022 with COVID). Erin has been a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist since 2017, when she began mentoring the DC VAMC Orthopedic Residency Program. Erin is currently the DC VA Total Joint PT program manager and leads open research protocols on total joint functional outcomes. When Erin isn’t working, you can find her hiking with her husband and their dogs, teaching yoga, baking bread, gardening, or reading a library book.

Residence Mentor
Arsalan Khan, PT, DPT, OCS

Arsalan Khan is a physical therapist and resident counselor at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center. In his current role, he teaches in the residency program, provides mentorship, is a clinical instructor for physiotherapy students, and participates in clinical research. He received his Bachelor of Science in Human Health and Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams!!). He then took his talents to Tampa where he earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Striving for clinical excellence, he decided to pursue a board-certified clinical specialty in orthopedics and was awarded certification in 2018. Arsalan has completed continuing education courses at institutions such as Maitland, McKenzie, Institute of Physical Arts and Mid-Atlantic Manual Therapy. Consultants to name a few. Over the years, it has embraced current evidence to provide the most up-to-date, highest quality care. A main concept in his care is patient empowerment through education. Outside of work, you can find him blocking the right lane of traffic as a road cyclist or in the gym impersonating Kobe Bryant. As a DMV native, he is a strong supporter of hometown sports clubs and hopes to see a winning product in his lifetime.