Who We Are
At Indigo Physiotherapy, we believe in challenging the traditional models of care to cultivate true whole-body healing. We offer one-on-one, private and personalized treatment sessions with our clients, focusing on their individual goals for healing and returning to function. Using an ever-evolving paradigm of whole-body health, at Indigo we blend traditional medicine with holistic approaches to create and propagate individualized healing, wellness, movement and function across the lifespan. We strive to create and maintain an atmosphere of safety and welcome for all who walk through our door.
Why Choose Us
Our holistic approach means that we don’t chase pain or “fix” people; we treat dysfunction, listen to your goals and needs, and treat with a whole-body approach. As Dr. DuFlo delved further into treatment of pelvic pain and dysfunction, prenatal and postpartum care, it became exceedingly obvious that full healing is a collaborative approach that often requires other modalities in addition to physical therapy. We would be happy to provide reading resources and peer-reviewed evidence for this collaborative and dynamic approach. Our meticulously curated team of professionals were sought out by Dr. DuFlo specifically because they are highly educated, skilled at their unique crafts, and bring a unique approach to healing. As you follow your own unique path to healing, you may choose to seek one, or all, modalities, as well as referring you to other trusted local providers.
Indigo’s model is based upon the relationships with our clients and the time available to spend with them. As a concierge physical therapy and integrative health practice, we are available in off-hours for phone and e-mail communications, we respond timely to our clients needs, have the ability to flex our hours and schedule to help our clients get the treatment they need quickly. As the models for healthcare change, Indigo is on the forefront of the future of healthcare, putting the client first.
Indigo Physiotherapy is the only pelvic physical therapy practice in the region in which each and every pelvic physical therapist has the highest level of specialist certification available (WCS or PRPC) AND has educated at a university level. We are passionate about what we do and hope that every day you feel that from us.
We are highly trained specialists in pelvic floor dysfunction, including but not limited to sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, endometriosis, fertility, incontinence, pregnancy-related issues and pain, bowel issues, sexual trauma and general pelvic health issues. We invite you to one of our three convenient locations: our clinics in Baltimore, Ellicott City, or Mt. Airy.
We welcome you to visit our large and inviting studio space, perfect for regaining the relationship with your body postpartum as you return to running, assessment of movement, exercise and movement analysis of athletes returning to sport, or our comforting private rooms for client care.
Dr. Samantha DuFlo, PT, DPT, Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certified (PRPC), RRCA Certified Running Coach
Owner/Founder of Indigo Physiotherapy
Dr. Samantha DuFlo, PT, DPT, PRPC earned a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, after which she relocated to Chicago, IL to further her knowledge and training in pelvic pain and rehabilitation. As Chicago is home to several of the leading pelvic pain institutions, Dr. Sam felt privileged to be immersed in the learning, research and care environment. Returning to the Baltimore area, Dr. Sam was able to bring her unique, holistic approach to treatment of pelvic and sexual dysfunction happily to Baltimore City and the greater Maryland region.
Dr. Sam prides herself on being up to date with current research, pursuing continuing education, ongoing pelvic trends, and education of her clients so they can dispel pelvic “myths” and come to understand their own bodies and journeys to healing. As a holistic physical therapist, Dr. Sam integrates a wide range of therapeutic and manual techniques, and a multifaceted approach to facilitate whole-body healing. Dr. Sam is a hunter of knowledge, has a passion for the pelvis and women's health, and loves a good challenge.
Dr. Sam is adjunct faculty, teaching reproductive anatomy, physiology, and pathology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine to doctor of physical therapy students. Dr. Sam is honored to have been asked to lecture and present to groups both small and large, a regular guest on podcasts and conferences. You can find Dr. Sam quoted often in large media, such as Scary Mommy, Motherhood Magazine, the New York Times, featured on TV broadcast and more. Dr. Sam is honored to have been awarded the Daily Record's Leading Women 2020 award, honoring women 40 years of age or younger for the accomplishments they have made so far in their careers and recognizes the next generation of Maryland's women leaders.
Dr. Sam specializes in treating complicated pelvic pain and dysfunction, as well as prenatal, postpartum, and the athlete. A distance runner, yoga/Pilates student, and mama herself, Dr. Sam is passionate about continuing to exercise safely and effectively throughout pregnancy, and resuming sport, yoga, running, and weight lifting postpartum. Dr. Sam enjoys the postpartum niche, treating severe tears, urinary incontinence, birth related injuries, and diastasis recti. Dr. Sam works with high level competitive and professional athletes and runners on a national level. In addition to her high level of training and expertise in running, Dr. Sam is an RRCA Certified Running Coach, and has been featured in Runner's World magazine, Women's Running magazine, Livestrong, Pop Sugar, amongst others. Dr. Sam has a love of Pilates and utilizes principles of pilates throughout her practice, and is mid-way through her full mat and reformer pilates certification through Balanced Body Pilates Dr. Sam has been voted 2021 Baltimore Sun's Readers Choice Awards for Best in Baltimore: Best Physical Therapist -AND- 2021 Baltimore Magazine's Best in Baltimore Editor's Choice Award for Best Physical Therapist.
Additionally, global and public health outreach is important to Dr. Sam, having traveled to Costa Rica and Malawi for medical global outreach and research.
Questions? Feel free to reach out at [email protected]!
Dr. Kristen Joyce, PT, DPT, Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certified (PRPC)
Dr. Kristen Joyce earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She found her love for treating pelvic and sexual dysfunction during her last internship in school. Treating as a pelvic physical therapist since that point, Dr. Joyce believes the best physical therapist is one that merges expertise on both orthopedics and pelvic physical therapy to treat the whole client. Giving up to date, evidence-based care, Dr. Joyce is an expert and leader in her field, working closely with surgeons and medical doctors on the latest technology and improvements, particularly with gender affirmation procedures. She has been certified by Herman & Wallace as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner (PRPC), the top certification available.
Dr. Joyce specializes in the care and treatment of the LGBTQIA+ community, including care of post-operative gender affirming surgeries. Dr. Joyce also specializes in individuals undergoing fertility treatments or along their fertility journey, clients with hypermobility disorders, endometriosis/PCOS, and pre/post surgical (bladder sling, hysterectomy, endometriosis surgery, etc.) She also had an extensive knowledge in the treatment of pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary and fecal incontinence and pregnancy and postpartum related impairments, as well as treating clients with a history of trauma.
Additionally, Dr. Joyce is a Clinical Instructor, mentor to rising pelvic PT's, and lectures and lab assists for the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Dr. Joyce is excited to be joining the Indigo team where she will be able to continue to focus on an individualized approach for every client. She is a well known pelvic health practitioner in Columbia and Mount Airy, MD where she will continue to provide one-on-one, individualized care to that community.
Dr. Jana Bille, PT, DPT, CSCS
Clinical Director: Roland Park Location
Dr. Jana received her Bachelor of Exercise Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Through her work in outpatient orthopedics throughout Baltimore, Dr. Jana has honed a vast knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions. As Dr. Jana developed her unique manual therapy skill set combined with love for the form and movement of the body, she achieved advanced certifications including NSCA strength and conditioning specialist, certification in dry needling through EIM, and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization through Graston.
Dr. Jana’s manual therapy and concussion rehabilitation coursework has supported her niche of working with clients with chronic neck pain, headaches, and upper extremity dysfunction. Often people postpartum present with chronicity of headaches or balance challenges due to postural or hormonal changes, to which Dr. Jana applies her detailed background in creating an achievable plan of care together with her clients. Additionally, Dr. Jana specializes in working with highschool and collegiate female athletes in post injury rehab, avoidance of pelvic floor impact, and progression through menstrual phases and optimal sports outcomes, as well as working with athletes during Mamahood.
Dr. Jana comes to Indigo with the desire to provide unique, whole-body perspective care to her orthopedic and pelvic clientele with direct, hands-on manual therapy and a listening ear. When not working, Dr. Jana enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and spoiling her Bernedoodle puppy.
Dr. Kristin Sternowski, PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Kristin Sternowski, PT, DPT, NCS comes to Indigo with a diverse background and integrated systems approach to physical therapy. After receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University, she went on to work in hospital and outpatient settings across the country, developing an evidence-based approach to addressing pain and movement deficits.
Dr. Kristin has spent much of her career specializing in the treatment of those with neurologic conditions and earned her Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) certification from the APTA. She has experience treating diagnoses such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, and brain injury. Throughout her own journey into motherhood and postpartum, Dr. Kristin dove into learning about pelvic health and the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular impacts of various stages. Through that, Dr. Kristin bridges the gap between neuromuscular deficits and pelvic floor dysfunction, treating clients with MS related pain and incontinence, pudendal nerve dysfunctions, peripheral neuralgias and neuropathies, diabetes related bladder dysfunction, nerve traction injuries related to hip/pelvic surgeries or childbirth, sciatica, as well as general prenatal, postpartum and pain management concerns. Dr. Kristin’s advanced and unique skill set is present in no other clinical setting in the region.
Dr. Kristin believes in building strong partnerships with clients as she combines education, body awareness, and manual techniques to help clients achieve their goals. Her work combines restoration of function with strategies for daily living to improve quality of life and allow return to activities that bring joy and happiness. Dr. Kristin is honored to be a part of the Indigo team, offering high-quality individualized care to a diverse group of clients with pelvic pain and dysfunction.
Dr. Sarah Thomas, PT, DPT
Dr. Sarah Thomas is an expert in the birthing person, from prenatal to postpartum and well beyond. High achieving, Dr. Sarah graduated head of Duke University’s Doctorate Program with goals to facilitate women’s health. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Sarah has done breast cancer research through the National Cancer Institute, and is a published author in Cell Systems for her contributions to the scientific article “Tissue Architectural Cues Drive Organ Targeting of Tumor Cells in Zebrafish.” Paired with her BA in kinesiology, Dr. Sarah is a movement and body mastermind, lending that knowledge to the pelvic and core system, treating pelvic pain/dysfunction, continence issues, orthopedic injuries and the peripartum spectrum.
Dr. Sarah`s strength is her ability to help her patients through the rapport and genuine connection she builds with each client, individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their lifestyle and goals, and her utilization of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Sarah is a strong manual therapist, with skills in joint mobilization and alignment correction, myofascial release, scar tissue (internal, or c section), amongst others.
Dr. Sarah has a special interest in working with pregnant and postpartum individuals. She is passionate about education and is a participant in advocacy to reduce the maternal mortality rate in her community.
When not at work, Dr. Sarah enjoys spending time with her loved ones, taking yoga classes, working out, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Emily Priestas, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN
Clinical Director, Frederick location
Dr. Emily received her B.S. in exercise physiology and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from West Virginia University. She is among the distinguished 10% of physical therapists who are recognized as board certified orthopedic clinical specialists. Dr. Emily has received advanced training in evaluation and treatment of the pelvic floor through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She is recognized as a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, and has been trained in advanced dry needling through Myopain Seminars.
In addition to her clinical time, Dr. Priestas is adjunct faculty for the Marshall University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and teaches the pelvic health curriculum to the University’s 3rd year PT students. She has a passion for introducing the niche practice of pelvic health to future physical therapists, emphasizing that pelvic floor physical therapy is a subspecialty of orthopedic physical therapy.
Dr. Emily has extensive training in pelvic dysfunction throughout the lifespan, and in particular treats: chronic pelvic pain, interstitial cystitis, pudendal neuralgia, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vulvodynia, and more. Dr. Emily is devoted to looking beyond the pelvic floor to identify the “Why?” behind someone’s diagnosis in a whole-body approach. Dr. Emily’s extensive sports and ortho training make her a great fit for athlete’s looking for individualized, hands-on treatment or guidelines for safe exercise during pregnancy, postpartum, or post-operatively.
Dr. Emily is a native of Smithsburg, Maryland. When not treating patients, Dr. Priestas enjoys running, practicing Pilates, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Dr. Mandy Dinkin Rose, PT, DPT
Certificate in Advanced Women’s Health Physical Therapy
Dr. Mandy Rose PT, DPT received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Dallas, TX. She is originally from the East Coast and prior to becoming a Physical Therapist, worked in Advertising in New York City. Her advertising and marketing artistic eye allows for the creative, right brain connection to the pelvis.
Dr. Mandy has an extensive and well-rounded experience, having worked in several clinical settings including Acute Care, Inpatient Rehabilitation, Home Health and Outpatient. This experience lends to a layered and comprehensive approach to treatment of the body and pelvic dysfunctions across the lifespan.
Dr. Mandy is passionate about treating the Abdominopelvic Health population for all sexes and genders, and was fortunate to receive mentorship from experienced board certified specialists in the Dallas/Forth Worth (DFW) metroplex. Having completed a rigorous one-year post-professional program at TWU, Dr. Mandy earned a Certificate in Advanced Women’s Health Physical Therapy. In both 2020 and 2021, Dr. Mandy was nominated by her patients and received the “Mom Approved Wellness Professionals Award” from Dallas Fort Worth Child magazine.
Dr. Mandy is a lifelong learner and, in addition to learning from her patients, enjoys taking specialized Women’s and Men’s Health continuing education courses in order to further develop her approach to treatment and optimize results for her patients. Dr. Mandy is a lead in Indigo’s education and mentorship program and works out of our Roland Park, Baltimore City location.
Dr. Mandy is excited to be back on the East Coast and, when not working, enjoys spending time with her two young children and pilot husband when he’s not flying, and making up for lost time with her extended family in the area.
Dr. Abby Mandelblatt, PT, DPT
Dr. Abby Mandelblatt, PT, DPT is driven by empowering clients to attain their health and wellness goals through a modern, research-informed approach that is tailored to each individual. After gaining experience as a certified personal trainer, she went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. As someone who understands the joy that movement brings, Dr. Abby’s approach to rehab emphasizes a return to pain-free, optimal activity for clients of all ages and abilities. It is Dr. Abby’s mission to integrate pelvic floor physical therapy with performance training and hands-on techniques, while facilitating mind-body connection to allow clients to feel their best. She specializes in guiding pregnant and post-partum individuals through their journey of beginning, maintaining, or establishing an exercise routine, taking into account each person's unique goals and lifestyles. Dr. Abby spent time as a Teaching Assistant for Anatomy and Physiology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, giving her the ability to explain concepts related to patient care simply yet effectively to maximize each client’s involvement in their rehab plan. In her free time, Dr. Abby enjoys staying active by weight-lifting, running, golfing, or doing yoga, cooking a good meal, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Dr. Emily Hughes, PT, DPT, CYT
Dr. Emily Hughes, PT, DPT, CYT completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Jefferson College of Rehabilitation Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Emily’s interest in pelvic floor physical therapy began when she was teaching yoga and it further developed into a passion during her first year of physical therapy school in her anatomy and musculoskeletal courses. She continued on to pursue research and presented health disparities in women’s health services and national community needs involving the availability and accessibility of postpartum management and care in the United States. Dr. Emily continues to promote awareness of the benefits of women's health services, specifically pelvic floor therapy, in the medical community through presentations, fundraisers and community activism. Dr. Emily is a certified yoga teacher (CYT) and enjoys integrating the principles of yoga into evidence-based treatment programs. She has a strong interest in treating prenatal and postpartum patients and gets enthusiastic about sharing education about safe movement patterns with patients as they transition to return to any desired activity. Treating from a holistic and functional movement perspective, Dr. Emily’s empathetic and compassionate nature allows her to connect with her patients through building a relationship with her clients and building a personalized treatment program that is valuable to each patient she treats. When not in the clinic, you can find Dr. Emily trying new restaurants or activities a city offers or outdoors traveling, hiking or skiing with her friends and family.
Traci Spacek, RMP
Traci Spacek is a Registered Massage Practitioner and member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She is a graduate of The Holistic Massage Training Institute in Baltimore, where she honed her passion for healing massage through a series of intensive clinics and hands-on learning. Traci specializes in a variety of techniques including: myofascial release, stretching, prenatal, infant and child massage, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, and breathwork. Her mission is to help her clients feel safe and at home in their bodies.
As a queer massage therapist, Traci believes strongly in client-centered, affordable, and affirming bodywork for all genders and body types. Growing up, she received regular massage from her Aunt which assisted in pain management, grounding, and an ability to accept her body and learn to work and heal with it. She has followed this path to help share the benefits of massage therapy with those around her. We all deserve to rest, to be cared for, and to be pampered. Traci understands that sharing your body and your pain can be vulnerable, so working at the client’s speed and comfort level is a central tenet of her practice. Additionally, Traci has spent many years in childcare, working specifically with infants, young children, and their families and is trained to lead new parents through the basics of child massage and breathwork.
Outside of work, Traci loves to read, do yoga, host dinner parties with friends, and relax with her cat, Addie!
Jessie Bernstein, LMT, BCTMB, CEIM
Jessie Bernstein is a Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist and Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She graduated from University of Hartford in Health Science and returned back to Maryland to study at the Baltimore School of Massage. With dedication to advanced trainings, she specializes in fertility, pregnancy & postpartum massage, oncology massage and also teaches infant massage classes.
As a second generation massage therapist, she grew up with an incredible appreciation with the power of touch and was energetically inspired to provide the same support. Working with clients who already have so much going on with their health, she seeks to create plans with her clients to give them part of the steering wheel with their care. Women’s health has been her passionate drive for massage therapy. She utilizes her hands, and the messages of her client's bodies and voices, to listen to her clients, navigate the body, and provide the necessary support to encourage shifts to happen.
Jessie is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the Society for Oncology Massage, Maryland Birth Network, and Infant Massage USA. With her skill set, Jessie has worked in various settings including hospitals, cancer centers and wellness centers which has provided numerous experience opportunities within her focuses.
In addition to massaging, Jessie is also a retreat facilitator, helping people through the journey of magical empowerment. In her spare time, she actively volunteers for local cancer organizations, plays with her puppy, and enjoys walking on trails and hiking with her husband.
Indigo boasts the only clinical practice in the region where every physical therapist is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with their board certification. A hunter of knowledge, Dr. Sam believes in the highest level of education, trauma awareness and manual therapy skills available to give her team a unique and meaningful experience for each and every client that walks through Indigo's doors. By being board certified, this indicates that the practitioner has exceeded thousands of hours of patient care in a specialty, has completed specific coursework beyond a doctorate degree, and has sat for a specialized examination. A board certification is the highest level of certification in a specialty of physical therapy that is available in the United States.