Mary Beth Herrity, PT
Mary Beth Herrity, PT


Making a difference

“I always knew I wanted to be in a helping profession so I could make a real difference in the lives of others. Physical therapy has been the perfect field for me, and I’ve grown to appreciate it more and more over the past 30+ years. I love being able to see the physical and emotional transformation that happens with healing when you’re feeling better and able to function again. It changes your whole outlook on life. Few things in life are more rewarding than seeing my patients experience that transformation and newfound freedom.”

A more personal, involved approach

“I am fortunate to have an incredible team who enjoys their work transforming lives. They share my philosophy of doing everything possible to help, and letting you know that you really matter to us. Many PT offices have changed how they do business, with each therapist seeing multiple patients at a time. We believe each patient deserves our undivided attention. Not only that, we are continually seeking the latest training and techniques to ensure we do all we can to bring relief and healing to our patients. I’m proud of my entire team, my colleagues, who agree that the best way to provide physical therapy is by focusing intensely on one patient at a time.”

Mary Beth’s Background

Mary Beth is the owner and director of Orthopedic Physical Therapy of NOVA (Ortho PT of NOVA) since 1991. She is a manual therapist who specializes in, and is passionate about, the use of Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) to treat patients of all ages and diagnoses.

She trains intensely with the Jones Institute Counterstrain and the Counterstrain Academy for mastery level instruction which empowers her to quickly assess the entire body and target the source of pain and problems. She then uses gentle but incredibly powerful passive manual techniques which unload tense fascia to correct and alleviate pain and dysfunction for lasting benefits.

Mary Beth uses a combination of FCS and an individually designed recovery program to improve the health and well-being of each patient. In addition to FCS, she has trained in Muscle Energy Technique (MET), the McKenzie approach, and a wide variety of other manual therapy techniques. She enjoys teaching symptom management strategies and exercises to empower patients to understand and minimize the triggers that affect their problem and pain.

Mary Beth received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. For more about Mary Beth’s professional credentials, see below.

Mary Beth enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, and their four children. She enjoys playing with her dogs, hiking, biking, playing tennis and attending her kids’ sporting events. She makes the best candied pecans in Northern Virginia and often shares them with her teammates and patients.

Professional Credentials

Member: American Physical Therapy Association; APTA Private Practice Section; Virginia Physical Therapy Association

Former Member: Advisory Committee, Northern Virginia Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Former Chairperson: Virginia Physical Therapy Association Northern District Section Ways and Means Committee, Third-Party Reimbursement Committee and Membership Committee

Continuing Education (selected): Foundation of Clinical Orthopedics; Evaluation and Treatment of Wrist Disorders; The Complex Shoulder; Spinal Stabilization; Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Cervical/Thoracic Spine; Muscle Energy Techniques for the Spine, Upper and Lower Extremities; McConnell Patellofemoral Treatment and Taping Techniques; Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Spine – McKenzie Approach; Myofascial Release Techniques; Effective Examination of the Shoulder Complex – New Advances; Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy; Evaluation and Treatment of the Neural Tissue in Disorders of the Neuromusculoskeletal System; Evaluation and Mobilization of the Spine – Paris Techniques