Cheryl Guarna, PT, MPT, CLT
Cheryl Guarna was a practicing Physical Therapist for 15 years before opening Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources, LLC. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1998. As part of her ongoing commitment to cancer survivors, Ms. Guarna is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). In addition to her certifications, she has extensive education and experience in oncology and oncology rehabilitation.
In her work and also family experience – where she has seen many people deal with the impairments resulting from cancer – Cheryl witnessed firsthand the potential to improve cancer treatment outcomes through rehabilitation. These experiences motivated her to open the region’s first cancer-specific rehabilitation clinic.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Ms. Guarna is an active member of the Ashburn community, living and working in Fairfax and Loudoun counties for over 22 years. In her years as a physical therapist, Ms. Guarna practiced in outpatient orthopedic and home health settings. It is with this combination of experiences that she continues to develop innovative rehabilitation and wellness programs that encompass the multi-layered needs of cancer survivors.
She is a member in good standing of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the National Lymphedema Network, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.
Eliska Amyx, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Eliska joined the staff of ORW in 2018. She is a 2011 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Prior to joining ORW, Eliska worked in short-term rehab and treated patients recuperating from orthopedic surgery, post-stroke, dementia-related functional decline and Parkinson’s Disease. Working alongside Cheryl as part of a PT-PTA team enables Eliska to help patients reach their maximum potential.
She says: “I feel privileged to be a part of our client’s cancer journey where I enable them to become stronger, have more energy, gain range of motion—in other words to watch them get their life back! Together, our hands-on interventions and oncology expertise can and does restore function and quality of life to our patients.”
Eliska is a member of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Julia Thorsen, RD
Julia received her BS in human nutrition and foods from VA tech 1987 and subsequently completed her Masters of science in exercise science and health George Mason University 1994
Julia is a Certified diabetes educator as well as Board certified specialist in oncology nutrition. She holds a certificate in weight management.
In addition to being a registered dietitian Julia is also an ACSM certified exercise physiologist thus enjoys applying nutrition to exercise needs of patients.
Julia has been a nutrition support clinical specialist at Inova Fairfax hospital with over 25 years of experience in Oncology, Diabetes, Weight Management, Heart and Lung Disease. She often leads support programs with Life with Cancer programs and has done yearly presentations on Nutrition and Cancer for Oncology Rehab and Wellness as part of our educational programs offered.
Julia joined Oncology Rehab and Wellness and joins us in providing a holistic approach to cancer care. Julia is available for consultations by appointment.
Brianna graduated from Bridgewater College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science. Since then, she has worked as an exercise specialist, rehab technician, along with many other health promotion roles.
She will be graduating from Marymount University in May 2022 with a Masters of Science degree in Public Health Education & Promotion and a Health Education Specialist Certification. She plans to use her skills for community outreach and program implementation focusing on the prevention of substance abuse and other diseases, mental health advocacy, and specific community health needs.
“I am happy to be a part of the ORWR team to be able to work with this unique cancer population. I believe in wholistic treatment for all types of rehab patients, and this role allows me to witness and be included in that every day.”
Prior to joining Oncology Rehab and Wellness, Jocelyn resided in Alaska and had 3 years prior experience as an administrative assistant for breast cancer surgeon, and she is a certified medical coder.
Jocelyn joined the ORW team in 2019 as Admin/Rehab Tech. Since, her role has evolved into being our Office Supervisor and Patient Care Coordinator. Jocelyn manages everything ORW! Since coming onboard, Jocelyn has spent extensive time learning new roles and has assisted with development of many ORW processes and procedures. She not only manages our office, but also assists with HR duties and covers as rehab tech as needed.
Jocelyn states: “I enjoy working with cancer rehab/cancer patients because it's so rewarding seeing patients how they were when they first come in to when they are discharged. Not only are they feeling healthier and stronger, but they seem so much more confident and empowered. It's rewarding to see patients come in excited about what they're doing here and the progress they are making.”