OUR ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT
We understand that the Internet should be accessible to anyone and we’re committed to maintaining standards that enable accessibility for everyone, in spite of their situation or ability.
In line with our vision to make the web accessible for everyone, we strive to maintain the best possible accessibility standards by using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) level AA success criteria as our model.
The WCAG is a set of guidelines that were established by the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative, that describes how to make all web content accessible to a broad range of people with disabilities.
We use a web accessibility interface that helps people with disabilities to adjust our website's UI and design to meet their specific needs.
We aim to provide the highest standards of accessibility on our website. because we understand the moral and practical importance of being compliant with the WCAG 2.1 AA standards. We perform regular scans to identify and fix any accessibility issues that may arise. Despite our best efforts to uphold the highest possible accessibility standards on our website. you may find that there may be some pages or components of our website that may fall short of accessibility standards. This may be because we have not yet identified, or are currently in the process of identifying the best possible solution for such a problem.
To enable the accessibility assistant on our website. navigate to the accessibility icon at the corner of the page and click it. The menu will appear. You can then interact with the icons and options to suit your specific needs.
We are able to make websites accessible to people with disabilities by providing specialized profiles through the Accessibility Assistant. The disability profiles supported on our website are:
Blind (screen reader/braille): This profile enables people who are blind to use the website by eliminating non-essential elements from the accessibility tree. It also adjusts the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, and VoiceOver.
Vision Impaired Profile: This profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to people who have visual impairments by making the onscreen features more prominent and easy to read. It helps people with Glaucoma, age-related eyesight degradation, etc.
Seizure secure: This profile provides various assistive features to help users with seizure disorders including pausing/stopping all animations, flashes, and multimedia.
Motor Impaired: This profile significantly reduces the hassle involved in navigating a website with a keyboard. Your customers can easily use the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys to access website elements.
Focus (ADHD): This profile reduces distractions and noise, so people with ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders can browse, read, and focus on the essential elements of a website.
Dyslexia: This profile makes it easier for people with learning difficulties like Dyslexia so they can easily understand the content of web pages.
OTHER ADJUSTABLE SETTINGS ARE:
Color Contrast. This allows you to alter the website's display settings. You can display without colors/monochrome, increase contrast, reverse colors, and change the color pattern.
Text Size. Adjust the size of onscreen text to optimize it according to your preferences.
Highlighting. Underline links, headers, and highlight image titles.
Zoom. Control screen zoom. Choose to use the big white cursor or black cursor.
SUPPORT FOR ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
We use modern methods such as semantic HTML and ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) attributes to ensure that our website is accessible to user agents (browsers, assistive technology. etc).
We strive to provide support for user agents (browsers, extensions, and assistive technologies), so that our customers can choose suitable tools, with little or no limitations. We have support for the major user agents in the market such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Opera. Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, JAWS, ORCA, and NVDA.
WE PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING DISABILITIES:
We want the public to know that in spite of our commitment to an accessible web, it may be possible to find sections of our website that are not completely accessible but are in the process of becoming accessible.
This is because we are continually expanding and improving our technology in a bid to reach the highest standards attainable.
To contact us, please use the following email: email@example.com
PT, DPT, CFMT, WCS
Gabriela completed an accelerated program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received a BS in Exercise Science with a minor in psychology and earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy with Distinction in 2013. After graduation, Gabriela moved to Richmond, VA, where she completed a two-year residency program through the Institute of Physical Art. In 2015, she sat for the rigorous Functional Manual Therapy ® certification exam, passing with honors. After completing CFMT, Gabriela began taking pelvic floor classes through Herman and Wallace and expanded her treatment to male and female patients with pelvic pain, pain with sexual intercourse, colorectal dysfunction, post-partum, and urinary and fecal incontinence. In 2018, Gabriela passed the rigorous pelvic health certification exam through the American Physical Therapy Association.
In 2017, Gabriela and her husband, Matthew Van Sickle, opened Functional Physical Therapy, LLC, to provide one-on-one, individualized care for those with musculoskeletal, neurological, and pelvic floor disorders. Together, Matthew and Gabriela apply their advanced knowledge and techniques to specialize in treating patients with complex conditions who have not recovered with traditional treatment or physical therapy.
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PT, DPT, CFMT
As an athlete in high school, Matthew has been a patient in physical therapy multiple times. A foot surgery kept him from running outdoor track during his junior year, but it taught him how interrelated the body is and how it is essential to rehabilitate the entire body to return to peak performance.
Matthew graduated from Salisbury University in 2007 with a B.S. in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, in 2010. Matthew has experience helping patients in many settings, including hospital outpatient, outpatient orthopedics, pediatric orthopedics, and sports-specific rehabilitation. Matthew's interest in manual therapy led him to take classes through the Institute of Physical Art, where he passed the rigorous Functional Manual Therapy® exam in 2016. Recognizing the importance of continuing education, Matthew is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to help patients recover more efficiently. He is currently completing Visceral manipulation and Neural manipulation courses through the Barral Institute.
In 2017, Matthew and his wife, Gabriela Van Sickle, opened Functional Physical Therapy, LLC in Rockville, Maryland, to provide one-on-one, individualized care for those with musculoskeletal, neurological, visceral, and pelvic floor disorders. Together, Matthew and Gabriela apply their advanced knowledge and techniques to specialize in treating patients with complex conditions who have not recovered with traditional treatment or physical therapy.
PT, DPT, PRPC
Caroline became interested in physical therapy when a shoulder injury from high school swimming led her to becoming a patient. She started working as an aide in a PT clinic her senior year of high school and worked there until she was accepted into PT school. She likes how PTs get to build rapport with patients and have a hands-on career.
Caroline graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2019 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. She then went on to attend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to obtain her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2022.
In 2023, Caroline passed the Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner Certification exam through Herman and Wallace, distinguishing herself as an expert in pelvic health.