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Ryan Lynch

PT, CODN, CCTT

* Certified Cervical Temporomandibular Therapist

* Member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain

* Member of the American Headache Society

* Former APTA Board Member

* Dry Needling Certified

Ryan Lynch culminated his education in physical therapy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In the subsequent 21 years, he has consistently worked in the physical therapy field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This experience has afforded him an extensive knowledge of the entire rehabilitation process, from initial injury and hospitalization to full recovery. More recently, Ryan began to specialize in the treatment of TMJ pain. In the past 10 years, he has undergone extensive training in the field of TMD, jaw pain, and cervicogenic headaches, studying directly under the top physical therapists in this specialty.

 

Today, Ryan Lynch is an active member of an elite group of physical therapists who are specialized in the treatment of orofacial and associated cervical pain. With the distinction of CCTT, he is one of only 75 physical therapists in North America who have qualified to specialize, through the PTBCCT (Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial & Cervical Therapeutics) in this unique area. To maintain this specialization, Ryan is required to consistently take additional coursework and monitor research in the area of TMD treatment. Furthermore, Ryan has the distinction of a certification in orofacial dry needling. While dry needling is an advanced skill in physical therapy, Ryan has achieved accreditation on performing this technique to the neck and face. This high-level training allows an extremely comprehensive approach to treatment of TMD and orofacial pain.

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Brady Baird

PT, DPT

* Dry Needling Certified

Brady graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance. He went on to earn to his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Following graduation, he moved to Maryland and has since thrived in the outpatient physical therapy setting. During both his professional schooling and subsequent employment, Brady has undergone extensive training in manual therapy including myofascial release, joint manipulation and soft tissue mobilization. This degree of manual therapy education is remarkably unique in the field of physical therapy and allows an advanced level of patient care. He is most interested in treatment of the spine, TMJ dysfunction and orofacial pain, making him an ideal provider at Lynch Physical Therapy. After extensive hands-on training and TMD literature reviews, Brady has been certified as a Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain Specialist.

When not providing exceptional patient care, Brady enjoys traveling with his wife Katie, playing with his house full of dogs, and attempting to make the perfect shot of espresso.

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Sri Medidhi

PT, DPT

* Certified Cervical Temporomandibular Therapist

* Dry Needling Certified

Sri Medidhi graduated from one of India’s top universities with a degree in physical therapy, and gained valuable experience working in both hospital and outpatient settings. Driven to further her education, she pursued a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Mississippi College, followed by a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University. Sri's expertise in the field of physical therapy extends beyond traditional techniques and she is certified in dry needling, spinal manipulation, musculoskeletal ultrasound and nasal release, which allows her to provide a holistic approach to wellness and healing. Since 2020, she has focused her attention on treating TMD, headache and concussion patients and is a certified Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain Specialist.


With an extensive understanding of human anatomy and function, Sri is an expert in delivering
personalized treatment plans to individuals seeking to improve their physical health and overall well-being. She is known for her compassionate and attentive approach to treatment, always taking the time to listen to her patients and formulate tailored treatment plans to best suit individual needs.


Away from her profession, Sri enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Her passion for adventure has taken her to various corners of the world, which has helped her to broaden her cultural horizons. She also enjoys staying active through various sports and outdoor activities.

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Sonya Schwab

PTA

Sonya studied philosophy and dance at the University of Maryland, College Park, and played the saxophone in several local jazz bands. After graduating, she founded a small circus dance troupe, which was awarded “Best Dance Performance” at the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival. She has always had a passion for fitness and movement, and has over 20 years of experience with yoga, Pilates, ballet and aquatic exercise. In 2012 she became a PTA and furthered her education by attending the inaugural Aquatic Physical Therapy Clinical Competency Certificate program in Austin TX. She enjoys both the inpatient and outpatient physical therapy settings and found that her experience teaching music helped her relate well to her patients and their family members, especially those with orofacial pain. Outside the clinic, Sonya enjoys cooking, going to Orioles games and reading. She particularly enjoys attending productions at the Shakespeare Theatre in Mt. Vernon and seeing old movies at the Charles Theatre.


At Lynch Physical Therapy, Sonya underwent extensive training in the treatment of orofacial and TMJ pain. Under the direct supervision of Ryan Lynch, she mastered her treatment techniques in orofacial pain thorough research reviews, lectures and hands-on competencies. Following hundreds of successful patient treatments, Sonya earned the certification as a Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain Specialist.

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Brian Leimkuhler

PT, DPT

* Dry Needling Certified

Brian earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from The University of Lynchburg in 2018. After graduation, he continued his studies and earned his certification in trigger point dry needling as well as multiple functional movement screenings, including SFMA and FMS. He has also taken multiple courses to advance his manual skills and continues to learn through research.  

Brian has experience working with all athletes but specializes in weightlifting and rotational sports. He earned his CSCS and TPI certifications in order to help patients improve their body mechanics and achieve their full potential.

At Lynch Physical Therapy, Brian underwent extensive training in the treatment of orofacial and TMJ pain. Under the direct supervision of Ryan Lynch, he mastered his treatment techniques in orofacial pain through research reviews, lectures and hands-on competencies. Following hundreds of successful patient treatments, Brian earned the certification as a Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain Specialist.

In his free time, Brian can be found on the golf course or reliving his glory days playing slow pitch softball. He also enjoys water activities such as paddle boarding with his family.

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Cindy Maraj

PTA

Cindy graduated from the CCC Physical Therapist Assistant program and is proud to be a part of the rehabilitative community. She has a strong background in orthopedic care, and uniquely pelvic health.  As a healthcare provider, Cindy is most proud of her patient's compliments describing her as smart, tenacious and compassionate. However, her true specialty is making patients feel comfortable during treatment. She also enjoys academic research and constantly discovering new ways to promote patient healing and wellness. 

She is excited to be a part of Lynch Physical Therapy, where she received expert, hands-on training in the field of TMD and orofacial pain. She utilizes a comprehensive approach to patient care, working collaboratively with her patients and the Lynch Physical Therapy team to achieve positive outcomes. Her certification as a Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain specialist is a direct result of her hard work and dedication to this challenging collection of diagnoses.

In her spare time, she is often in the kitchen  whipping up new recipes or reading. She also enjoys spending quality family-time with her husband and two girls.

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Allison Handel

DPT

* Dry Needling Certified

Allison completed her undergraduate degree in Chattanooga, TN. She then began her physical therapy journey while working as a physical therapy tech, which confirmed her passion for working with patients. She was awarded her doctorate in physical therapy from Loma Linda University in Southern California, before returning home to Maryland. Throughout her professional career, Allison was driven not only by patient care, but also with management and leadership, serving as a clinic director for a variety of offices. This inspired her to further her education, and in 2023 she completed her Masters in Business Administration from Western Governors University. Because of her academic success, she was nominated to join the university’s chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success, of which she is now a member. 


In the clinic, Allison enjoys treating people of all ages, but has a special passion for the geriatric population. Her treatment style places a heavy emphasis on functional movement and getting her patients back to doing the activities they love most. Additionally, she has experience in treating people with chronic pain, lymphedema, and post-operative breast cancer treatments. At Lynch Physical Therapy, Allison extensively studied the treatment of orofacial and TMJ pain with Ryan Lynch. Through literature studies, collaboration with top TMD providers and numerous hands-on treatments, Allison earned the certification as a Lynch Physical Therapy TMJ Pain Specialist.


Outside of her career, Allison regularly competes at a national level in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. She also enjoys traveling in & out of the country as often as she can. At home, she is the step mom of two precious cats, Kiki & Zola. 

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