Address: 4940 Hampden Ln, Suite 201, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (240) 686-5609

Our Story

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.

This is not your run of the mill physical therapy practice! 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!

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Meet Our Team

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Dr. Zachary Cohen PT, DPT, CSCS

Performance Physical Therapist, Founder

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.

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Dr. Alex Immermann PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Performance Physical Therapist, Director of Education

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.

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Cody Brown

Performance Physical Therapist

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.

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First move well, then move often. - Gray Cook

Blog & Video

Eliud Kipchoge

Why Sprinting is Essential for Distance Runners

  • by Zac
  • 21st October 2019

Recently, Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. To do this, he had to average a speed of 13.1 miles per hour throughout the race! In other words, he had to be fast, but you don't have to be Eliud to run faster. Anyone can benefit from incorporating more sprinting into their run programming!

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Nasal breathing

Nasal Breathing: Not just for yogi’s!

  • by Zac
  • 15th August 2019

Here at Cohen Health and Performance, we often work on nasal breathing with our clients. Why in the world would be doing that? After all, we are physical therapists. Aren’t we just supposed to be strengthening, stretching, and doing things like that? Feeling better and performing at your best extends far beyond these classic approaches to rehab.

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Are you mobile or are you flexible?

  • by Zac
  • 3rd June 2019

I’m sure this is not a question you get asked a lot and you may be asking yourself, “what is the difference?” Well, I’m glad you asked! Flexibility is like the gas tank in your car and mobility is the gas that fills that tank.

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Olympic female runners

What Can You Learn from the World's Best Runners?

  • by Zac
  • 13th May 2019

Even the world’s most competitive athletes need help building better training habits!

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What is functional training?

  • by Zac
  • 7th March 2019

“This is a functional exercise.”……“This is functional training.”
 
How many times have you heard this? Have you ever wondered what is meant by “functional”? What does “functional” even mean for you?  

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Snow shoveler

Easy Ways to Decrease Your Risk of Snow Shoveling Injuries

  • by Zac
  • 30th January 2019

Physical therapy clinics throughout Bethesda and other areas like this are now crowded with people that have injured themselves shoveling snow. Back injuries are the most commonly injured area when shoveling however many other areas can become irritated as well. Why does this so commonly occur?
 

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What Separates CHP from the Rest?

  • Faster Results
    At CHP you are able to get better, faster. We help you do this by addressing the root causes of your injury, rather than simply chase symptoms.
  • Personalized Care
    This is not the standard PT clinic. We treat you individually so that you get the results that you deserve. Our physical therapists will never compromise the quality of care that they can deliver by treating multiple patients at the same time.
  • Athletic Injury Rehabilitation
    Sports injuries require special attention because athletes are required to return to and perform at the highest of levels. Our Physical Therapists have worked with many of the best athletes in the world and want to help you be at your best!
  • Elite Running Analysis
    Our Doctors of physical therapy are running analysis experts. This analysis will identify your risks of injury and how you can improve your running performance. We utilize a highly scientific, sensor-based technology called DorsaVi to analyze your running and collect essential data.
  • State of the Art Facilities
    We utilize our beautiful physical therapy clinic and 4,000 square foot sports performance facility to help you be at your best.
  • Our Team
    The Physical Therapists at CHP have been entrusted with treating many of the worlds greatest athletes. We utilize experiences like these to get you the results that you deserve.

Client Testimonials

Personal Trainer

"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."

Michael
Personal Trainer

"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."

Patrick
Runner

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"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."

Will
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!""

Sasha
Avid Runner and Active Mother

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Physical therapy too often focuses on temporary relief. Rather than simply treating the source, the cause of pain and sub-optimal performance must be addressed accordingly. - Zachary Cohen

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