Our Team

Our Experts

Know our experienced team of wellness professionals. Your satisfaction is our goal.

Loribeth Cohen, PT, IMTC, AWP founded re:fit in 2000 with the goal of creating a unique fitness and wellness center.  When she started treating orthopedic conditions and chronic pain at a sports medicine office in 1989, she noticed that traditional PT did not address some of the important physical conditions or psychosocial/emotional components. Thus, Loribeth opened re:fit, uniting physical therapy with Pilates and Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT), believing in its combined power to achieve comprehensive rehabilitation. In 2013 Loribeth also received her certification in Ayurvedic Medicine from Kerala Ayurveda Academy and is incorporating eastern practices into her patient care. Her goal is to empower patients to listen to their body rhythms to detect acute imbalances so they can be resolved. Loribeth uses IMT as an effective way to remove blockages, promote energy flow, and heal the body from within. Loribeth, a former marathon runner and dancer, is a graduate of the University of Illinois and holds a BS in Physical Therapy with a specialization in gerontology.
  • Provides Ayurveda to enhance digestive, cognitive and emotional well-being
  • Incorporates Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT) with or without physical therapy (PT)
  • Uses Pilates for rehabilitation and chronic conditions
  • Treatment expertise in stress, autoimmune disorders, and learning disabilities

Mimi Abrams, PT, IMTC has been with re:fit since 2000. She graduated from University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and is certified in Integrative Manual Therapy.  Mimi’s 25+ years of experience have taught her that traditional healing techniques often need to be modified, layered, or reinvented to more fully address the same diagnosis of yesterday.  A simple ankle sprain is no longer an ankle sprain.  It may be layered with an old fracture trauma or a current stress from an unfulfilling job.  The applied holistic modalities also help pelvic and back pain; anxiety and bedwetting; migraines and TMJ. Mimi’s practice brings her personal satisfaction and gratitude for applying what she believes in with a wonderful set of clients.

  • Expertise in women’s health
  • Specialty in back pain and biomechanics of the pelvis
  • Treatment of emotional imbalance and anxiety
Noel Brandis is re:fit’s Director of Fitness.  She joined re:fit in 2003 as a Pilates instructor.  After graduating from Bard College in 2001 with a BA in dance, she earned her Pilates certification in 2003 and taught at The Movement Center under Leah Chabak Katz in Kingston, New York.  Noel enjoys the challenge of working with clients of all ages and abilities.  She loves seeing clients progress to the point where they can practice Pilates on their own.  Noel specializes in pre-natal and post-partum Pilates workouts, and she enjoys preparing students who want to be Pilates instructors.

Gretchen Schmalz, PT joined re:fit in 2005. She has a BS in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis, and a Master’s degree in Dance from Mills College. Former professional dancer and teacher, Gretchen specializes in PT for dancers, spinal conditions, and joint replacement. She also earned her certification in Power Pilates in 2004 and in the Feldenkrais® Method in 2009.  In addition, Gretchen is an instructor in the Gyrotonic Expansion System®, which includes Gyrotonic® (equipment using weights and resistance) and Gyrokinesis® (stool and mat). Gretchen teaches Pilates, Gyrotonic®, and Feldenkrais® at re:fit. With her many years of experience in orthopedics, she enjoys seeing patients reach their goals in recovery from injury or surgery.  Gretchen is a participating provider of the BCBS network.
  • Specialty with dancers, golfers, and clients with scoliosis
  • Assists with functional movement for neurological impairments
  • Expertise in joint replacement rehabilitation and spinal pathology

Anne Schrauth, PT joined re:fit in 2005.  She graduated with a BS in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1962.  Anne taught exercise classes, back clinics, and started an aquatic fitness program for Bethesda Naval Hospital.  Prior to joining re:fit, she focused on orthopedics in settings such as rehab, hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient orthopedic clinics. Anne is a certified Kinesio Tape practitioner and finds it a nice adjunct to hands-on therapy for lymph edema, muscle enhancement, and muscle spasm.  Anne loves the camaraderie at re:fit where everyone works together to get to the root of the problem, and not just treat symptoms.  Anne is a participating provider in the BCBS network.

  • Treats all orthopedic conditions
  • Expertise in treatment of migraines
Jane Park, PT, IMTC joined re:fit in 2007.  She earned her BA from Augustana College in 1995 with a major in biology and minor in psychology.  In 1997 she received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from Mayo School of Health Related Science.  Since then Jane has treated patients in a variety of settings, with an emphasis in out-patient orthopedics.  In 2008 she expanded her PT credentials by earning her Certification in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT).  Jane has implemented the teachings of IMT with her orthopedic training of exercise and closed chain reaction movements to promote the health and well-being of her patients.

Mary Nardi joined re:fit in 2001 as a Pilates instructor.  She earned her Pilates certification in 1996 and began teaching at the original Pilates training center in the midwest.  Prior to becoming a Pilates instructor, Mary was a professional dancer, giving her a special understanding of movement which she brings to her Pilates teaching.  Mary incorporates special applications of Pilates with older populations and has an expertise in post-surgical exercise.  She encourages her clients to explore being mindful during movement and exercise, teaching them to “work smarter, not harder.”

Barb Wertico joined re:fit in 2000.  She earned her Pilates certification in 1999 and began teaching at the original Pilates training center in the midwest. After working with clients who suffered from chronic pain, Barb discovered the effectiveness of the MELT® Method, a tissue rehydration movement therapy.  Barb is now a Level 2 MELT® instructor, helping with chronic pain and range of motion for more functional movement.  Barb also applies craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, and myofascial release, as needed for pain.

Niki Horrell joined re:fit in 2012 as a vacuodermie clinician after receiving certification from Selective Esthetics in California with an emphasis on post-surgical rehabilitation, lymphatic drainage, and management of scar tissue and swelling. Niki has also been a certified Pilates instructor since 2006, and draws on her personal hip replacement experience when she treats clients who may need post-operation joint rehabilitation. Niki appreciates the synergistic modalities offered at re:fit and values the collaborative environment where practitioners work together to help clients feel stronger and healthier.

Amanda Kanter Sargent joined re:fit in 2012 as a certified Pilates instructor. Her love for Pilates began in 1998 and continued throughout her three pregnancies, when she experienced first-hand the benefits of Pilates. Amanda specializes in teaching “Group Pilates Sessions,” encouraging clusters of friends to take Pilates together, thus creating friendly and committed classes which stretch both the body and soul.  Amanda has learned to consciously work with ease and effort while practicing Pilates to build a stronger, healthier mind-body connection, and she is excited to share her knowledge and passion with others.

Diane Ansel, LMT, NMT joined re:fit in 2012 and brings over 20 years of neuromuscular therapy and over 10 years of Ayurvedic experience to the table.  Blending east and west together, her treatments are customized for each client. Diane offers neuromuscular massage, Arvigo Mayan abdominal massage, Marma Point therapy, and subtle energy bodywork. In 2003, she earned her certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner at the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, and she consults on ayurvedic meal preparation, medicinal herbs, aromatherapy, and postpartum oils. Diane presents a unique blend of modern massage coupled with a deep understanding and reverence for ancient techniques. Diane treats stress and anxiety, trauma recovery, postpartum rejuvenation, and a wide variety of physical ailments. She appreciates re:fit’s integrative approach to dis-ease and dysfunction.

Marla Grabell is re:fit’s friendly Office Manager.  Marla, a former client at re:fit, joined the team because she believes in the philosophy and results at re:fit.  Marla organizes the daily office operations while welcoming and assisting all re:fit clients.  Marla schedules appointments, processes payments, drafts office correspondence, and ensures that all clients are well-served.  Marla, a former Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, enjoys the culture at re:fit, and she represents the first face you meet at re:fit as you embark on re:fit’s mission for complete and holistic healing.