Health and fitness are comprised of many interrelated components. In order to improve your results from exercise and achieve your goals, multiple components often need to be addressed. PEAK is the only training facility in Annapolis that works directly with on-site physical therapists to provide clients with an integrated approach to their health and fitness needs.
PT, DPT, Certified Pilates Instructor
Dr. Kim Shemer Kurtzman moved to Annapolis from New York City in 2013, where she spent the previous decade keeping the lights of Broadway bright. As director of Performing Arts Physical Therapy and later in her own Manhattan practice, Kim worked onsite daily at over 50 Broadway shows, with the Radio City Rockettes and Paul Taylor Dance Company. With a full body approach to rapid treatment and prevention of injuries, Kim was able to keep professional actors, dancers and musicians onstage every night. Through this work, Kim has become skilled in treating nearly all orthopedic injuries, but she particularly excels at chronic back, pelvis and hip pain, as well as failed cases of injuries treated by traditional physical therapy methods. She has brought her special knowledge and unique approach to her practice in Annapolis.
Sharon has been practicing physical therapy since 1986. She graduated from the Beaver College Physical Therapy Program which is now known as the Arcadia University Program in Glenside, PA. She has practiced in acute care, subacute care and rehabilitation, home care and the outpatient setting-bringing a variety of skills into practice.
PT sessions are always one on one so that individual needs are addressed and met.
-Integrative manual therapy including muscle energy, myofascial release, joint mobilization
-Therapeutic Dry Needling
-Exercise training and movement re-education
-Postural and back safety education
-modalities of heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation
Anne has been a physical therapist for over 30 years after graduating from Russell Sage College in NY with a degree in Physical Therapy. She found a passion for working with patients who have Fibromyalgia and myofascial pain issues in the early 1990s and has not stopped working to further her education as a manual therapist to serve those in pain, whether it be chronic pain or acute. She founded Haile Physical Therapy in 2008 after realizing there were not enough PT practices where full attention and time was spent focusing one on one with the patients. Looking at the whole person to resolve any issue that they find to be inhibiting them from functioning at their best has always been part of her philosophy. Through advanced courses in Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Dry needling, in particular, she has honed her skills to be a detective looking at the whole body in search of the source of the symptoms. Anne is certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist in Dry Needling and was the first physical therapist in Anne Arundel County to study this specialized treatment. She is also certified in Functional Nutrition for Chronic Pain as the source of inflammation and pain is often beyond the musculoskeletal system. In her spare time Anne enjoys spending time hiking with her husband, preferably in the mountains, as well as cooking and experimenting with ways to make her favorite recipes healthier.
Pam is a licensed physical therapist who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh,magna cum laude, over 30 years ago. She began her PT career at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and gained experience in acute care and outpatient orthopaedics, neurology, spine. It was here when she was the Outpatient Senior PT that she collaborated with Dr. Robert Gerwin which lead to her passion for treating the whole person and specifically, patients with myofascial pain. Pam has taken several myofascial trigger point therapy courses, including a course taught by Janet Travell, MD. Her treatment approach and focus is assessing inefficient movement patterns due to muscle imbalances and spinal and joint dysfunction. She utilizes a variety of advanced manual therapy techniques including myofascial release/trigger point therapy, craniosacral therapy, muscle energy techniques, strain/counterstrain to address the patient's dysfunction and prescribes an individual exercise prescription, ergonomic solutions and strategies to reduce pain. These techniques, exercises ,and strategies for the patient improves posture, balance, range of motion, and strength in order to restore and optimize function while decreasing pain. Pam is a dedicated and compassionate professional who works with the client as part of their health care team to help them achieve their goals.Pam is a married mother of 5 children who enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, kayaking and traveling.
Ann has been a licensed physical therapist in Maryland for over thirty years. She graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990. She has worked in many settings including acute care, home health and outpatient orthopedics. She specializes in spine and sacroiliac joint dysfunction and enjoys working with the adult and geriatric population. She recently moved to Annapolis from Rockville and has worked with Veronica Whetsel Integrative PT since February 2020.
Ann loves her profession and considers it a great blessing to be able to assist her clients on their journey towards healing and improved daily function. Her treatment approach focuses on manual therapy, exercises to correct muscle imbalance, and extensive patient education regarding proper alignment and movement patterns.
Ann is married and has four sons and one daughter. She enjoys swimming, yoga, running, volunteer work, boating and entertaining.
Rachel Meyer, the in-house Massage Therapist at PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions, is dedicated to thoroughly understanding her client's concerns and needs, addressing the root cause of pain and discomfort, and providing education and practices for clients at home in to integrate the healing process.
To learn more about Rachel's background and services, follow the link below:
I teach an open-level fundamentals Pilates class that focuses on correct muscle activation and alignment of the spine. A fundamentals class is by no means an easy class. Regardless of your Pilates experience or level of fitness, you will greatly benefit from adding this approach to your life. It is great for beginners (though I recommend one private lesson to get oriented first), for more experienced practitioners who wish to refine and hone their technique in order to advance, and for very active people who are struggling to get to the next level of fitness. Since I am a practicing physical therapist, this class is also great for people with injuries who are nervous about getting hurt through exercise. I limit class size so that I can have my eyes on each and every one of you to ensure perfect form. And it’s fun! Please join me!
PT, DPT, Certified Pilates Instructor
Pilates brought me back to life after years of battling recurring stress fractures in my spine from ballet, and I have been obsessed ever since. As a physical therapist and dancer, I find the human body to be the most wondrous thing, and I love that I can heal and maximize my body through movement! I am delighted to offer you this priceless gift of being comfortable and confident in your body through spinal stabilization work. Please visit my website at to learn more about me and my practice.
MENTAL SKILLS COACHING
Reaching your peak performance requires the development of certain mental skills to overcome obstacles in life, fitness, health, and performance. Don't let your mind hold your body back. Learn techniques to live, train, and perform more efficiently and effectively.
DR. TIM HERZOG
EdD, LCPC, CMPC, BCB
Dr. Tim Herzog and his team at Reaching Ahead offer psychotherapy/counseling, mental performance coaching, and biofeedback to help you feel and perform your best. When it comes to addressing mental health concerns, Dr. Herzog is a licensed professional who is there to work with you on concerns such as anxiety, trauma, depression, relationship issues, and more. He helps to facilitate the insurance reimbursement process for these services, even though he doesn't accept insurance. Dr. Herzog is also certified in biofeedback to train your psychophysiological stress responses to allow for increased self-regulation, performance, and recovery. Certified through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Dr. Herzog also works with people on optimizing performance in athletics, performing arts, business, and other domains. He is mentoring interns, Alex and Becca, as they also consult with individual athletes, teams, and other performers to help you learn and apply mental skills to remove barriers to your optimal performance (i.e. goal-setting, self-talk habits, mental imagery, anxiety tolerance, and more!).
Check out the team and our services at Reaching Ahead Counseling and Mental Performance to learn more about how we can help you to feel and perform your best in all areas of life!
PEAK Custom Fitness Solutions now offers in-house Chiropractic Care provided by Dr. Eric Schmitt from Maryland Chiropractic & Physical Medicine.
Dr. Schmitt is board-certified and cares about patient well-being. He'll discuss your treatment goals with you in order to get to know your situation better. Using methods like traction and chiropractic adjustments and manipulation, Dr. Schmitt aims to help you feel like yourself again.
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DR. ERIC SCHMITT
MS, EdD, LCPC, CC-AASP
USOC Sport Psychology Registry
If you are struggling with chronic pain from headaches, muscle aches or joint pain, chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic is a holistic, research-based therapy and non-invasive treatment proven to treat countless conditions. It focuses on the power of the body. Specifically, chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, as they both work closely together. Additionally, chiropractic treatments, or adjustments, help by re-aligning the spine and placing your body in the correct position. At Maryland Chiropractic & Physical Medicine, we will work with your other healthcare providers to create a custom plan that is right for you.
Whether it's finishing a 5K race or a marathon, completing a sprint triathlon or an Ironman, doing a century ride or a stage race, getting back into shape or competing at the highest level in any sport, Kinetic Motion coaches deliver healthy athletes to the starting line, physically and mentally prepared to meet the challenge.
The Kinetic Motion experience begins with a complete evaluation by a PEAK trainer to catch bio-mechanical limitations before they become injuries. For triathletes, the next step is a video-taped session in the pool with Kinetic Motion's swim coach.
Kinetic Motion completes thorough testing to establish the plateau from which the coaches launch a comprehensive coaching plan for each athlete. Additionally, Kinetic Motion provides full-service travel planning to get you to the finest national and international racing venues. Kinetic Motion coaches take athletes of all levels from the beginning of their journey to the finish line of your dreams.
Veronica is an Integrative Physical Therapist specializing in spine disorders, orthopedic and sports medicine, chronic pain management and lifestyle medicine. She offers Physical Therapy, Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Pilates, and Health Coaching to her local and online community.
Her philosophy is to teach you how to “heal faster than you injure” by addressing the deepest root cause of all diseases: cellular inflammation- contributing to the chronic pain and disease epidemic.
Veronica enjoys doing hot yoga, cooking organic foods, doing fasts, and listening to inspiring podcasts. She and her husband stay busy with their daughter and two sons.
2002 ~ Masters in Physical Therapy University of Maryland School of Medicine
2003 ~ Maryland Licensed Physical Therapist
2003-2011 ~ Functional Manual Therapy; Institute of Physical Art
2003 ~ Certified Mat Pilates Instructor; ProHealth and Fitness Institute
2005 ~ Professional Pilates Instructor; Peak Pilates
2011-2014 ~ Professional Yoga Therapist Certified in Yoga As Medicine I-IV; Professional Yoga Therapy Institute
2019 ~ Certified Health Coach; Cellular Health Coaching Institute
MPT, PPI, PYT, CHC