This is not your run of the mill physical therapy practice!
Dr. Zachary Cohen founded Cohen Health and Performance in 2016 when he knew that something had to change in the physical therapy world.
He began his career working in professional sports, delivering the best possible care to his athletes. He was able to spend as much time as was necessary to get them better and was able to perform the treatment that was essential to get them back on the field as quickly as possible.
After leaving the professional sports world, he moved to the DMV and for the first time, worked at a typical in-network physical therapy practice. He became aware of the limitations that health insurance companies place upon them, having to treat 2-3 patients per hour, and he was unable to deliver the care patients needed due to what insurance companies would allow.
This was the time that Dr. Cohen knew that something had to change and chose to build a practice that prioritizes the health of their patients, providing them with the same care that the elite athletes get.
At Cohen Health and Performance our mission is to enhance the lives of individuals who desire to live an active lifestyle by providing elite level physical therapy and performance training for continued health and wellness.
We treat you as an individual, rather than splitting our attention between multiple patients at once. We utilize our beautiful physical therapy clinic and state of the art sports performance facility to help you get better, and in less visits then the standard rehab setting!
If you are an everyday athlete or a high level performer that is in pain, injured or limited from performing at your highest level, we are here to help you!
Dr. Zac began his career working in professional sports. He noticed a large discrepancy between the quality of care that elite athletes receive when compared to the normal active public. This inspired him to create Cohen Health and Performance, a place that treats everyone as if they are a professional athlete!
He graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2011 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). While at Northeastern he worked as a Physical Therapy Graduate Assistant for the New England Patriots, and served as a strength and conditioning coach for Northeastern University athletics.
Prior to moving to Maryland, Zac was a Performance Physical Therapist with EXOS (formerly known as Athletes' Performance) in Dallas, TX where he treated and trained the world's most gifted athletes from throughout the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, and various Olympic teams.
Dr. Alex has a passion for using his specialized background to meet the needs of clients wherever they fall upon the spectrum between rehab and performance development. His professional aspiration is to get less people rehabilitating and more people training.
Drawn to sports medicine after his own youth soccer experiences, he graduated with his BS in athletic training from Boston University and worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) prior to PT school. He then graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
Prior to moving back to the DMV area, Alex was a Physical Therapist with Elite Performance and Rehabilitation in Santa Barbara, CA. There he gained valuable experience working with a wide variety of clients, including amateur and professional endurance, martial arts, volleyball, and tennis athletes.
Dr. Cody Brown, after overcoming multiple injuries of his own, developed a passion for helping injured athletes reach their goals in both the rehab and performance settings. While overcoming his injuries, he observed differences in the level of care being provided by physical therapists. He soon came to the realization that people often received limited one-on-one time and were not getting the highest level of service they deserved. Wanting to provide people with the best experience and outcomes, he was drawn to practice at Cohen Health and Performance.
Cody played football at Springfield College and was voted as team captain his senior year. After his football career, he remained at Springfield College and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Cody has completed clinical affiliations at Performance Physical Therapy in Wyoming, RI, and Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama. While at Champion Sports Medicine, Cody was able to treat many elite level athletes and help them return to optimal performance.
Cody is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Reflecting on his own past injuries, he is driven to deliver the best results possible for every person that he works with.
Dr. Cohen had the pleasure of interviewing our good friend, Lee Sommers. Lee is a strength and conditioning here in the Bethesda area, specializing with high level swimmers. He was the dry land coach for 5-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky!
Lee was kind enough to discuss the great work that he does to help his athletes, and the unique approach that he takes when training swimmers.
Check out our interview with Lee to learn about this and so much more!
Dana Monsees is a nutritionist and body image coach, as well as the founder of Real Food with Dana. She also has a very popular podcast called Real Talk with Dana.
This interview was awesome! Dana shared so much incredible information. She shared her approach to diet culture, the psychological effects of dieting, optimal nutrition habits for athletes, and why one approach to nutrition is not right for everyone.
Dana is located right here in the Bethesda area and we highly recommend that you check this one out!
During the workshop we learned how to optimally create internal pressure in order to protect our lower back when lifting weights. This is one of the first things that we teach in physical therapy and is of particular importance for people that lift weights or play sports. So how do we do it?Continue reading
In our first interview of the CHP Spotlight Series, Dr. Cohen had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Eve Hoffman. Dr. Hoffman is an orthopedic spine surgeon at Summit Orthopedics, here in the Washington, DC and Bethesda area. Dr. Hoffman was kind enough to share what inspired her to go into medicine, how to determine whether or not you should see a spine surgeon, and information about recent advancements in spine surgery (just to name a few!). Dr. Hoffman is a wealth of information and we hope that you enjoy the interview!Continue reading
Every winter here at Cohen Health and Performance, we see a rise in a very specific type of injury that brings people in for physical therapy. Skiing related injuries start as soon as the snow starts falling. The injury rates in skiing and snowboarding are particularly high for a variety of factors.
Recently, my inbox has been filling up with all kinds of holiday offers. Black Friday, extended Black Friday, cyber Monday, and various other holiday sales. Many of these sales and offers have been for health and fitness related tools such as foam rollers, hypervolts, smart watches, fitbits, etc. How do you know if any of these tools are beneficial to you?Continue reading
"As a personal trainer and athlete, it goes without saying that remaining healthy and mobile is essential for me on a daily basis. After suffering a nasty hamstring strain, I couldn’t sit, walk or lay down without extreme discomfort, so I reached out to CHP to began my rehab. After just 4 weeks into their comprehensive plan, I was back to squatting (half range of motion) and after 10 weeks was hitting numbers I’d never touched before. Fast forward to the present, 16 weeks, I just ran a Spartan Race and am about done with rehab feeling stronger, more mobile and athletic than I ever have. I would strongly recommend that any athlete (on any level) who is currently experiencing pain or discomfort and looking to get “back to play” ASAP, to connect with CHP. I have nothing but respect for both Dr. Cohen and Dr. Immermann, who have both not only made me a better athlete, but trainer as well."
"CHP packs a ton of experience, insight, and positive energy into every session! I recently recovered from a back injury with the help of Dr. Immermann, who also taught me how to become a better and more balanced runner. Together, he and Dr. Cohen can tell you how to care for your body and strengthen it in ways that can improve your performance dramatically. I am especially impressed by their drive to continue trying new techniques and technologies to get the most out of their clients."
"I tried to work with a 'big chain' PT group following a lower back surgery earlier this year. My time with them felt rushed and transactional and I never fully invested in the process. In contrast, Dr. Cohen is a fantastic PT and really takes the time to create and explain specific plans. His use of video is super easy to follow and he understands the time constraints of a busy lifestyle. Dr. Cohen is patient, professional and I recommend him without reservation."
Active Father of Two
""Dr. Cohen and his staff are outstanding. Very thorough with a great bedside manner, Dr Cohen makes it a priority to fully understand your issue and gives you exercises in the first session to start your road to recovery. He used my phone (with permission) to video me doing the prescribed exercises which is the most helpful method for recalling the process I've ever followed. I've been to many physical therapists, Cohen Health and Performance is the best!""
Avid Runner and Active Mother