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Gabriela completed an accelerated program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with Distinction in 2013. After graduation, Gabriela moved to Richmond, VA, where she completed a two-year residency program through the Institute of Physical Art. In 2015, she sat for the rigorous Functional Manual Therapy ® certification exam, passing with honors. After completing CFMT, Gabriela began taking pelvic floor classes through Herman and Wallace and expanded her treatment to male and female patients with pelvic pain, pain with sexual intercourse, colorectal dysfunction, post-partum, and urinary and fecal incontinence. In 2018, Gabriela passed the rigorous pelvic health certification exam through the American Physical Therapy Association.
In 2017, Gabriela and her husband, Matthew Van Sickle, opened Functional Physical Therapy, LLC, to provide one-on-one, individualized care for those with musculoskeletal, neurological, and pelvic floor disorders. Together, Matthew and Gabriela apply their advanced knowledge and techniques to specialize in treating patients with complex conditions who have not recovered with traditional treatment or physical therapy.
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As an athlete in high school, Matthew has been a patient in physical therapy multiple times. A foot surgery kept him from running outdoor track during his junior year, but it taught him how interrelated the body is and how it is essential to rehabilitate the entire body to return to peak performance.
Matthew graduated from Salisbury University in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, in 2010. Matthew has experience helping patients in many settings, including hospital outpatient, outpatient orthopedics, pediatric orthopedics, and sports-specific rehabilitation. Matthew's interest in manual therapy led him to take classes through the Institute of Physical Art, where he passed the rigorous Functional Manual Therapy® exam in 2016. Recognizing the importance of continuing education, Matthew is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to help patients recover more efficiently. He is currently completing Visceral manipulation and Neural manipulation courses through the Barral Institute.
In 2017, Matthew and his wife, Gabriela Van Sickle, opened Functional Physical Therapy, LLC in Rockville, Maryland, to provide one-on-one, individualized care for those with musculoskeletal, neurological, visceral, and pelvic floor disorders. Together, Matthew and Gabriela apply their advanced knowledge and techniques to specialize in treating patients with complex conditions who have not recovered with traditional treatment or physical therapy.
Caroline became interested in physical therapy when a shoulder injury from high school swimming led her to becoming a patient. She started working as an aide in a PT clinic her senior year of high school and worked there until she was accepted into PT school. She likes how PTs get to build rapport with patients and have a hands-on career.
Caroline graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2022.
Caroline started at Functional PT in 2023 and is currently completing advanced training in pelvic floor treatments and Functional Manual Therapy.