Reach a Higher Level of Wellness from La Plata Wellness Center

Wellness Center in La Plata, MD

Our intimate wellness center strives to provide an encouraging and safe atmosphere for every client. All programs are based on each individual’s needs and abilities. In conjunction with our physical therapists, we can create personalized exercise programs for persons preparing for joint replacement and recuperation following general surgery. We also customize exercise sessions to individuals looking to enhance athletic performance skills and exercise weight loss programs.

At La Plata Wellness Center, our employees are experienced in the preventive fields of exercise science and personal training with a therapeutic focus. Our staff is dedicated to the benefit and well-being of our clients.

Program and Service Goals:

  • Enhance awareness of the positive effects of health and wellness on persons of all ages
  • Advocate self-responsibility for our clients’ health
  • Encourage independence in self-care and maintenance for those battling extenuating circumstances such as diabetes, lymphedema, Parkinson’s, stroke, cancer, and heart surgeries
  • Heighten awareness of behaviors which inhibit health and perpetuate disease
  • Promote increased performance in activities of daily living
  • Social interaction and communication
  • Support the health and well-being of our clients and their family members

For more information on how our wellness center could help you, call us at 301-392-5054.

Meet Our Staff


Alejandro was born and raised in Southern Maryland and is a proud alumnus of Westlake High School. He is the lead Exercise Specialist at La Plata Physical Therapy and Wellness. In 2014 Alejandro became certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Personal Trainer. In 2015 Alejandro continued his education with NASM and became certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. In 2016 he continued to build on his education and became certified as NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist. He has over 4 years of experience as a health and wellness professional. Alejandro is currently responsible for assessing and developing exercise programs designed to meet each individual clients health and wellness goals. He works one on one with clients who come from various backgrounds, to assist in implementing exercise into their daily routine. He concentrates on developing and enhancing individual’s form, as well as their technique through detailed and direct guidance.

Outside of work, Alejandro trains as a men’s physique athlete, composes music, and enjoys outdoor activities and family oriented activities.

Alejandro truly believes that exercise, nutrition, and mental health all work together for the overall success of the individual. He demonstrates knowledge, as a strong skill set in program design for both individuals as well as small groups. He focuses on fostering client relationships and promoting individual wellbeing through attainable goal achievement and personal empowerment. He has developed a great sense of compassion, patience, and reliability, developing a personal connection with each of his clients; helping them to reach their full potential and goals.



Denise Gardiner has been with us at La Plata Physical Therapy for 3 years. She is a registered nurse* with 22 years of experience through patient education, medication teaching, and information in disease processes. She completed 2 years of telemetry work with cardiac patients and for 17 years she has expanded to critical care working with neurology, pulmonary, and other life threatening conditions. *Through La Plata Physical Therapy she has been able to complete 2 years of occupational health nursing. She graduated with her associates in nursing* in 1996 and received her associate of arts in psychology in 1992. She lives locally with her family.

  • 2 years telemetry working with cardiac patients
  • Moved into critical care for 17 years
  • Worked with cardiac, neurology, pulmonary, and other life threatening conditions
  • 2 years occupational health nursing
  • Medication teaching, help teach disease processes, patient education
  • 22 years nursing experience
  • Lives locally with her family
  • Graduated 1996




Sarah Gingerich grew up in the local area and graduated from La Plata high school in 2014. She graduated from Salisbury University in 2018 with a BS in exercise science. She originally did an internship at La Plata Wellness during the summer of 2017 and was an exercise technician at Aquacare in Salisbury, Maryland in 2018. She teaches an aquatic class at a local retirement community and has experience in writing aquatic exercise programs. She also has 4 years of customer service where she gained experience in sales, customer relations, and communication skills. Sarah is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist and begun working at Wellness in June of 2018.

  • Graduated from La Plata High school
  • Graduated with a BS in exercise science from Salisbury University, 2018
  • Certified exercise physiologist
  • Originally interned at La Plata Physical Therapy
  • Just started working in the June of 2018
  • Worked as a physical therapy technician at Aquacare Physical Therapy in Salisbury
  • 4 years of customer service




Jack went to school at La Plata High School and the College of Southern Maryland. He’s been at La Plata Physical Therapy for 8 years where he’s worked on both the Physical Therapy and Wellness facilities. Currently in the Wellness Center, Jack assists in developing and guiding clients through their individually created routines in order to fit their needs and goals. In addition to this, for the past 3 years he has been teaching indoor exercise and aquatic exercise classes to a local retirement community.




Kathy White grew up in Southern Maryland; where she has lived her entire life. She went to school at La Plata High School, and the College of Southern Maryland. Kathy has a certificate in Office Technology which she acquired in 2015. She is proficient in Microsoft Office programs such as: Microsoft Word, Access, Publisher, and PowerPoint. Kathy has worked at La Plata Physical Therapy for almost 15 years as an Office Assistant, Physical Therapy Technician and also as an Exercise Assistant to supervise modified exercise programs for the Wellness Center. Being a Physical Therapy Tech she assists the Physical Therapist so they can provide patient care, relying on Therapists for advice, also have learned how to work with patients that have orthopedic and neurological conditions, and provide feedback regarding treatments. Patients graduating from physical therapy can progress to the Wellness program, where we instruct corrective exercise, and supervise patients and clients during physical activity such as ambulation, exercise, pre or post treatment if necessary and also help with monitoring and stretching. Working in both Physical Therapy & Wellness Center has allowed her to have experience in Customer Care such as helping customers with questions, or creating exercise techniques allaying fears or concerns, scheduling appointments, assist with accounts, and give customers the best possible care giving the VIP experience.




Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ben graduated in 2015 from the University of Liverpool with Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. After completing his degree Ben spent 3 years working as a Physiotherapist in England for the NHS, gaining experience in respiratory, neuro-rehabilitation and musculoskeletal care. Alongside his NHS work, he has gained experience working for in private practice and for various professional sports organizations providing pitch side services and massage therapy. Ben has since moved to the US in 2018 and is currently working as Director of La Plata Wellness while pursuing Physical Therapy licensure in Maryland.