Morgan Petro

Falls Church, VA
Doctor of Physical Therapy

10 Reviews
$175.0 / Hour

About

Dr. Morgan is a passionate, empathetic physical therapist who enjoys working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Morgan’s interest in the physical therapy profession began during her Division II Cross Country and Track career at Seton Hill University. During that time, she sustained multiple season-ending injuries and was left feeling frustrated by unanswered questions from healthcare providers. She quickly realized that runners are told far too often to “just stop running” as a solution to their injuries. Morgan wasn’t willing to accept that answer, so she went on to pursue her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Slippery Rock University. Now, she strives to be a source of hope and guidance for her patients dealing with challenging injuries that disrupt their quality of life. The most rewarding part of her job is when she hears her patients are back to doing what they love.

Before becoming a physical therapist, Morgan worked as assistant manager at a local shoe company for runners and walkers. She developed expertise in run analysis and shoe prescription that she now incorporates into her treatments with runners. After graduating from physical therapy school, she completed a rigorous post-doctoral residency program, which significantly advanced her ability to provide high quality care in the specialized area of sports. Morgan spent 2 years working in an outpatient rehab clinic where she gained extensive experience with complex orthopedic and sports injuries. Being an avid runner and hiker herself, she is passionate about and highly qualified to treat runners and other endurance athletes.

Morgan’s goal is for each patient to feel listened to and understood each session. Her practice is 100% mobile, so she can work with you at your home, on the track, on the trail, in the gym, or wherever is most convenient for you and your goals. She looks forward to helping you feel your best, so you can get back to moving and living your best!

Availabilities

Monday: Early mornings, Mornings, Afternoons
Tuesday: Early mornings, Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings
Wednesday: Early mornings, Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings
Thursday: Early mornings, Mornings, Afternoons
Friday: Early mornings, Mornings, Afternoons

Certifications and Credentials

• Doctor of Physical Therapy
• Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
• Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
• Expert in Run Analysis, Run Retraining, and Shoe Prescription


Education

Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Exercise Science, Seton Hill University

Graduate Degree: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock University

Residency Training in Sports: Evidence in Motion


Specialties

• Run Analysis and Run Form Retraining
• Return to Sport Assessment for all Athletes
• Orthopedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation
• Injury Prevention Programs for Endurance Athletes
• Strength and Conditioning
• Sleep Optimization
• Concussion Rehabilitation
• 2D Movement Analysis for Compound Lifts
• Gait Analysis
• Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

• Manual Therapy Techniques:
- Cupping Therapy
- Joint mobilization and manipulation
- Deep tissue massage therapy
- Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
- Kinesio taping
- Stretching


Fun Facts

• Morgan loves all animals, especially her pet bunny Mr. Gus!
• She is an avid outdoor adventurer and is planning her first backpacking trip at the end of this Fall.
• Morgan loves running and, once recovered from hip surgery, hopes to begin training for half and full marathons again.


Reviews

I’m an amateur distance runner and I’ve been working with Morgan since the summer to improve my form and build a workout/recovery regimen to optimize my performance. In just a short time I’ve learned so much from her! She’s incredibly kind and very clearly an expert at what she does. Quite certain I was well on my way to an injury before we met. Looking forward to our continued work together!

Whytne, Aug 16

When I experienced an ankle issue while training for a marathon I was referred to Morgan Petro’s by two people who had great experiences under her care. From the start, Morgan expressed an interest in understanding the whole situation: where I was in training, what I was experiencing and what my goals were. During our first session she assessed my overall conditioning and situation and identified the problem. She explained in easy to understand terms what was going on and how we were going to remedy it. She came up with a stretching and strengthening program that addressed the immediate issue and would prevent it from returning. I cannot say my results were typical, but I saw noticeable improvement in just a few days. We continued therapy sessions for a few weeks to monitor progress and adjust the program. Less than two weeks after being cleared to run I completed 14 miles with no discomfort. Morgan is not only professional and thorough; she is genuinely concerned about her clients. She reached out after our sessions were over to check on my progress and make sure all was well. Anyone in need of a Physical Therapist who is concerned about them as a whole should give her a call.

Robert, Aug 27

Morgan has been my physical therapist for 2 1/2 years . She is Fantastic ! I am a hockey player, a dentist, and a home gardener. My body gets challenged. Over the past 2 1/2 years Morgan has fixed six or seven significant injuries of mine . The first time I went to Morgan for physical therapy I was having pain in my back. I’ve had a lot of pains in my back over the years and I’ve had a lot of PT. She performed what I thought was the most careful thoughtful exam I’ve ever had. She said “you have facet impingement syndrome “ and explained what was happening with my bones and tendons and muscles to cause the pain . No one has ever broken it down to that level for me. My return to full function was faster than ever before because her program was so specific to my problem. The degree of care she provides is number one. She has tremendous knowledge of muscle/tendon/joint anatomy and mechanics . She also has a large toolbox of diagnostic tests . The end result is that her diagnosis and treatment plans are accurate and specific and they’ve gotten me 100% better in relatively short periods of time . Can’t say enough good things!

Stephen , Aug 27

Morgan is fantastic! She helped get Avery back to playing soccer within a few weeks. She is great with kids and extremely responsive to emails. I've recommended her to at least three friends already!

Avery, Sep 02

Dr. Morgan Petro is a well-trained, passionate and enthusiastic physical therapist who knows whereof she speaks: A Cross Country and Track athlete at Seton Hill University who overcame injuries to achieve her goals. She earned a doctor of Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University, completed a rigorous post-doctoral residency program, and is in top shape from running and hiking. She has an engaging manner. Dr. Petro helped me recover from a torn cartilage sustained while running, meeting weekly to work on flexibility and strengthen the muscles surrounding my knee after I had an adipose-derived stem cell injection. In our weekly PT sessions, she used manual therapy techniques, joint mobilization and manipulation, and sometimes cupping therapy. Morgan never pushed too hard, always asking me about the pain level I was experiencing. I can’t speak highly enough about the run analysis and run form retaining she conducted, which included video analysis from the front and side, and introduction of a metronome to help me shorten my stride, keep my shin vertical, and put my foot straight down instead of landing out front. Morgan followed up each session by sending me videos and a written exercise plan to help me continue to heal and so that I could perform injury-free. It worked. I told her my goal was to compete in a sprint triathlon 8 weeks after receiving stem cells. After her examination, and considering my general level of fitness, Morgan assessed that was realistic if I took it easy on race day. So she devised an exercise plan consisting of complete rest the first two weeks; three weeks of non-weight bearing exercises like water jogging and bicycling to improve flexibility and build back strength; then running while wearing an extender brace 2 minutes, walking 1, progressing to 3:1 and 4:1 over a period of weeks. I achieved my goal and credit Dr. Petro for helping me get there! Now it’s time to set a new goal.

Jeff, Sep 08

Morgan is fantastic! She is easy to work with and extremely responsive to emails/texts. I've already recommended her to several friends!

Karen, Sep 08

Morgan is an absolutely outstanding therapist and I cannot say enough good things about her approach, expertise, and care - during sessions and throughout the week, as questions arise. I am a Boston qualifying-distance runner who suffered a knee injury, and received multiple recommendations from runner friends to see Morgan. These recommendations were spot on - I have been working with her for over a month now, making substantial progress each week, AND Morgan has figured out an approach so that I can keep running throughout the process, as part of rehab. Morgan’s expertise is incredible, and in addition to a measured and effective approach to coming back from the injury, she has also identified several weak areas that could easily lead to other injuries if not addressed. What started as a very frustrating situation has become an opportunity to build back even stronger, and it’s all due to Morgan’s expertise not only in PT, but in running mechanics, form, cadence, etc. I will also emphasize again that - as any runner knows! - the last thing we want to do is to stop running. I have been impressed and amazed that Morgan has kept me running in a sensible way that has helped me maintain my fitness while still coming back my injury.

Diane, Sep 16

Morgan is an absolute gem to work with. I’ve had two sessions with her so far to address some tendon issues and already feel improvements between the exercises she gave me and the treatment during our sessions. She literally goes out of her way to meet and help me and even kept going when it started to rain on us! Looking forward to our session this week to have her look at my running form to see what corrections I need to prevent my issues from reoccurring.

Debbie, Sep 22

I have been very pleased with the outcome of my sessions with Morgan. She is thorough with her diagnosis and effective in creating a personalized, strategic treatment plan. Incorporating a variety of soft tissue work, as well as exercises, creating a home program, and analyzing and correcting my running form has led to better and, most importantly, pain-free performance. I would recommend Morgan to anyone seeking tailored and results-oriented physical therapy.

Courtney, Sep 27

My recent session was excellent. After a few months of intense knee pain that kept me from running, I am now on the mend. I started seeing Morgan about a month ago, and am already seeing significant progress, and am confident that I will be able to resume the activity I love. A runner herself, Morgan has the background and expertise to translate my diagnosis into a customized physical therapy plan that will get me back on the roads safely. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Carrie, Sep 28