Andrea Santman, PT, DPT
Founder and CEO
Andrea founded MOCO Movement Center with the philosophy of taking pediatric therapy out of the clinic and into the real world. Her dream was to create a fully inclusive environment where therapy was so much fun that patients wouldn’t know they are receiving therapy. A facility where a child could receive world class therapy services alongside a sibling or peer taking a sports class. This led her to create a center equipped with a synthetic ice rink, a basketball court, exciting obstacle courses, and a 15 foot climbing wall and simulated playground, where a child could be offered endless opportunities to reach his or her goals.
As passionate as Andrea is about inclusion, Andrea is uncompromising in ensuring that her patients receive the very best in evidence-based, world class therapy services. Andrea has practiced as a pediatric physical therapist in the Washington area since 1986 in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, research facilities and private practice. She has also been fortunate to have interned, and worked side by side with some of the world’s leading therapists and researchers, which has allowed her to develop her unique approach.
Andrea holds a B.S. in physical therapy from Boston University, Sargeant College, a Master of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Marymount University. Andrea completed a fellowship in pediatrics at the Georgetown University Hospital Child Development Center, received NDT Certification, and received certification as a PT Pediatric Certified Specialist from the APTA. Andrea always brings the latest research and advances to her practice and has published and presented her research in the United States and abroad.
Our Valued Team
MOCO Movement Center sees amazing advances everyday thanks to our highly-skilled team of Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Aides, Class Teachers, Administrative staff, and our beloved Scout. Our MOCO family shares Andrea's passion for connecting families to the world around them.
Meet our team.
Scout was born on a rural farm in PA and came to the DC Metro Area with high aspirations but uncertain as to what path he will take. He took an early interest in retrieving balls of all kinds with a particular preference for tennis balls. Not knowing one day how useful this hobby would become. After the three girls who helped raise him left home and went off to college, Scout sought out a career path he would find fulfilling. When he came into MOCO for the first time it was love at first sight. It was not just the barrel of tennis balls but the kids who would shower him with attention and engage in his favorite activity of fetch. He also has tremendous insight into people's feelings and can immediately sense a person's sense of anxiety, fear or other discomfort and will do anything he can do to brighten their day. Scout looks forward to many more years at MOCO and hoping one day to achieve a promotion to the ranks of management.