At Cohen Health and Performance we help injured athletes get back in the game.
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 athlete that is in pain, injured or limited from performing at your highest level, we are here to help you!
Dr. Alex Immermann is the newest member of Cohen Health & Performance family. He 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. While at GW he interned with EXOS (formerly known as Athlete’s Performance), getting the opportunity to learn from a world-renowned sports medicine/performance team treating many of the world’s most elite athletes. Prior to moving back to the DMV area, Alex was a Staff Physical Therapist with Elite Performance and Rehabilitation in Santa Barbara, CA. There he gained valuable experience working with general orthopedic clients as well as a wide variety of amateur and professional endurance, martial arts, volleyball, and tennis athletes.
Alex is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a certified in Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms) a comprehensive system of joint mobility training meant to optimize human function through a focus on building true mobility, joint integrity, and body control/awareness.
Dr. Zachary Cohen is a Physical Therapist and the founder of Cohen Health and Performance. He specializes in helping injured athletes get back in the game by correcting the root cause of pain, rather than simply chase symptoms.
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. He graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University in 2011 with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 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.
Zac is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is very passionate about using his knowledge and background to help people safely and efficiently bridge the gap from rehab/injury to the highest level of performance.
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This is something that I commonly hear from our physical therapy patients in Bethesda. Many participate in Crossfit, sports or simply enjoy exercising. Regardless of their exercise preference, kettlebell swings often find their way into the regimen. This is for good reason as the kettlebell swing is a great exercise. However, like all exercises, when performed improperly it can result in discomfort.
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"After playing in the CFL over 10 years I tore my ACL/LCL. I was concerned about how I would get into the best shape possible, and I turned to Zac for rehabilitation. Zac by far was the best PT/trainer I've ever worked with and pushed me to the limit. Zac challenged me by advancing me through innovative training allowing me to return at the highest level I could imagine."
Former NFL and current CFL football player, Grey Cup MVP
"I worked with Zac after my second ACL repair. He allowed me to get back on the field and playing better then I was prior to my injury and sooner then I ever thought possible. I was very nervous to return to play since this was my second ACL tear but he made me feel so confident due to his expertise and dedication to his patients. I wish I had known about Zac before my first injury!"
Division 1 collegiate soccer player
"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