Nichole Muzina, MPT, OCS
I was born and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. I was first introduced to the world of physical therapy after I was in a car accident when I was in the 4th grade. I was discharged before my family members, and was then allowed to ‘help’ with their treatment. I was active in school, playing soccer and swimming for the varsity team in high school, and luckily never had to return to therapy. However, the interest with the profession stuck.
I am a graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, earning a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. The day after I graduated I moved to my adopted home of Virginia to live with my future husband.
I have been working in outpatient orthopedics since 2001, all here in Northern Virginia. In 2007 I became a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist. My career has been focused on treating a variety of sports and orthopedic injuries. I also have significant experience with post-operative and spinal injuries. I am a firm believer that posture can play a big part in predisposing an individual for injury. Therefore, I treat the whole anatomical and physiological kinetic chain, not just the individual injury site, in order to restore a patient’s function.
In 2011 I sustained two herniations in my lumbar spine while playing ice hockey, and I then became a patient here at Integrated. Through my own rehabilitation I developed a new-found love for Pilates. I have had long term benefit from continued Pilates and became a certified instructor in 2014. Now, I integrate Pilates with most of my patients’ treatment plans. I also became a Graston certified therapist in 2015 and a dry needling certified therapist in 2017. I became certified in both these techniques after receiving them myself and noticing the tremendous benefit that they offer in a patients’ injury recovery.