Our Team

 

 

Cheryl Guarna, Owner, Oncology Rehab and Wellness Resources, LLC, Ashburn VA

Cheryl Guarna, PT, MPT, CLT

Owner

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 24 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.  Ms. Guarna is now also a BoneFit-trained clinician through the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation.

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Kacie Pollard, DPT

Physical Therapist

Kacie joined the staff of ORW in 2021. She graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Medical University of South Carolina in 2016. Prior to joining ORW, Kacie worked in acute care rehab at East Cooper Medical Center in South Carolina. She has additional experience working in home health and skilled nursing rehab.

Her interest in working with oncology patients led her to join the ORW team and she notes, "I really enjoy working with oncology patients to assist them in returning to their prior level of function. I am honored to provide the best care possible during a challenging time in their lives and I love being able to watch the patient's progress. Being able to also provide a caring ear is of utmost importance to me and am thrilled to be a part of the team.

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Lida Pitsch, PTA

Physical Therapist Assistant

ORW welcomes its newest therapist, Lida Pitsch! Lida comes to us from Select Rehabilitation where she was Director of Rehab for an outpatient physical therapy department for seniors. Lida loves learning and as such holds multiple degrees and certifications. Lida holds a PhD in Health Services with a specialization in Health Promotion and Education, she has a MS in Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion. In addition to these amazing credentials, Lida is a Certified Athletic Trainer. Lida has been a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2002 and brings strong clinical skills to the ORW team from her background in outpatient physical therapy and home health.
Lida is looking forward to joining the team and notes what interests her most about working for Oncology Rehab and Wellness, "I am looking forward to being a part of cancer survivors' journey and witnessing the amazing progress and potential of each patient, while helping to improve their quality of life".
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Julia Thorsen, RD

Dietitian 

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.

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Jocelyn Green

Office Supervisor

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.”