Meet Our Staff

Alison Lichy

Alison Lichy, PT, DPT, NCS is the owner of our center and a practicing physical therapist at NeuroPT. She is a board certified specialist in neurological physical therapy. Currently, Dr. Lichy is a research investigator for the National Capital Spinal Cord Injury Model System, the Rehabilitation Research Training Center, and the Assistive Technology Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Her research has been presented at national conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lichy consults nationally on the treatment of neurological disorders, and is a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association. She is an adjunct faculty member at Marymount University. She is also the current chapter president of the District of Columbia American Physical Therapy Association.

Alison Lichy

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Elissa Federovich

Elissa Federovich, PT, NCS is a practicing physical therapist at NeuroPT and adjunct faculty at Marymount University. She is a Board Certified Specialist in neurological physical therapy. Elissa received her Bachelor's in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland College Park in 1994 and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 1999. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the physical therapy program at Marymount University. Her previous experience includes inpatient rehabilitation at the National Rehab Hospital in 1999. There she gained experience treating patients affected by spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, vestibular rehab, cardiac, amputation, total joint replacements, and multitrauma. Elissa's areas of expertise are neurological impairments, seating and mobility, and orthosis prescription and fabrication.


Renee Carnahan

Renee Carnahan, MS, PT is a practicing physical therapist at NeuroPT, and has more than 10 years of experience in the treatment of individuals with neurological conditions. Renee received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Marymount University in 1999. She joined the NeuroPT staff in 2011 after working in inpatient rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, skilled nursing at ManorCare, and school-based pediatrics in Stafford County Schools. She has extensive experience treating individuals affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy, total joint replacements, amputation, spinal cord injury, cardiac, and multitrauma.

Renee Carnahan

Jade Bender-Burnett

Jade Bender-Burnett

Jade Bender-Burnett PT, DPT, NCS is a practicing therapist at NeuroPT and adjunct faculty at Marymount University. She also continues to treat patients in the acute rehabilitation settings at Virginia Hospital Center and Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Jade received her Master's in Physical Therapy from University of Evansville in 2006 and doctorate of physical therapy from Marymount University in 2009. She is an APTA Board Certified Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Her experience includes inpatient rehabilitation for people suffering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, vestibular rehabilitation, amputation, total joint replacements, and multitrauma. Jade's areas of expertise are neurological impairments, seating and mobility, and orthotic prescription. She currently lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with her husband, Andy, and son, Leo.


Jennifer Cigna

Jennifer Cigna PT, DPT has practiced physical therapy since 2000. She received her Masters of Physical Therapy from Marymount University, and Doctorate from Boston University. She has experience in a variety of settings including: inpatient rehabilitation, chronic pain and high-level sports and orthopedic clinics. Jennifer enjoys working with patients with non-operative pain, Parkinson’s and spinal injuries, orthotic fabrication, along with patients with golf, biking and running injuries.

Jennifer Cigna