Who we are:
Helen Parker, PT, DPT, NCS
Clinical Director of Ability Fitness Center
Helen graduated from Columbia University in 1998 with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 2003. She completed her NeuroDevelopmental Training (NDT) in 2001 and has been a board certified Neuro Clinical specialist (NCS) since 2006. She is a Certified Clinical Instructor Affiliate (CCCE/CI) through the American Physical Therapy Association and has been an instructor at Mercy College Physical Therapist Assistant Program. Helen has spent her career as a physical therapist focusing on people with neurological conditions. She has worked in acute-care, inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient facilities. She has been active in community involvement with the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA), with the Stroke Comeback Center (SCC) and with her stroke support group “The Survivors.”
Kristina Purma, PT, DPT, NCS
Kristina Purma graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2005 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She continued to pursue a transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2012 from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She has been a certified clinical instructor since 2007 and was certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist in 2009. She developed and taught in an APTA credentialed neurologic physical therapy residency program, and has also served as guest lecturer for Texas Woman’s University. She has extensive training in activity based rehabilitation with clinical experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.