Our Staff

Staff: Dr. S. Jeremy Dunker, PT, DPT, OCS
S. Jeremy Dunker, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist, Owner

Jeremy, along with his wife Stephanie, decided to open their own practice in 2011. After working in physical therapy for more than fifteen years, they envisioned an environment where patients were more than just their symptoms. They wanted a collaborative and holistic approach to physical therapy, working alongside their patients to improve quality of life. Thus, Sage was born!

Jeremy received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from Andrews University. After receiving his degree, he began intensive continuing education and mentoring and in 2008 attained his Orthopedic Specialist Certification from the American Physical Therapy Association. He has been published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Jeremy’s clinical experience includes being the lead therapist in a busy outpatient sports-based physical therapy clinic. He has built a reputation amongst referring physicians and patients in the area as a knowledgeable and caring therapist who is asked for by name as a preferred clinician.

In his spare time, Jeremy likes to go for long runs and spend time with his wife, Stephanie, and their two sons.

Staff: Stephanie Dunker, PT, MSPT

Stephanie Dunker, MSPT
Physical Therapist, Owner

Stephanie has been a physical therapist since 2000. She has practiced in a variety of settings including orthopedic, neurologic, geriatric, vestibular, pain management, wound care and aquatic physical therapy. Stephanie earned her MS in Physical Therapy from Andrews University where her master’s thesis was informally published and presented at meetings for both the American Physical Therapy Association and the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. She has instructed several educational seminars for fellow therapists, including “Evaluation and Treatment of the Shoulder” and “Physical Agent Modalities.” Although well-versed in many aspects of physical therapy, Stephanie has focused her practice on outpatient physical therapy with an emphasis on seniors, wellness and vestibular rehabilitation.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys teaching and practicing Tai Chi and spending time outdoors with Jeremy, their two sons, Zack and Eli, and her dog Kimber.

Staff: Michelle Jeram, PT

Michelle Jeram
Physical Therapist

Michelle has been practicing physical therapy since 1997, specializing in orthopedics. She has taken extensive manual therapy courses and enjoys practicing muscle energy techniques and dry needling treatments. She has worked at various physical therapy clinics in Washington, D.C. as well as New York City. While in NYC, Michelle worked on the set of “Wicked,” treating Broadway performers.

She lives in Urbana with her husband, two children and dog. Michelle enjoys yoga, running, tennis and chocolate.

Staff: Laura LaBoiteaux, PT, DPT, RYT

Laura LaBoiteaux, DPT, RYT
Physical Therapist

Laura graduated from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2004 with her Master of Physical Therapy. Laura began working in the outpatient orthopedic setting in June of 2004 and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005. She has completed specialized training in CranioSacral Therapy, Muscle Energy Technique, Strain Counterstrain, neural mobilization, Pilates, post-operative rehabilitation, dance rehabilitation, and medical therapeutic yoga. She has been working predominantly in the outpatient orthopedic setting for over a decade, and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients. Laura is also a registered yoga teacher and teaches both therapeutic yoga classes for adults and kids’ yoga. She is dedicated to providing compassion and individualized care to her patients. Laura is one of only two physical therapists in Frederick County certified to administer LSVT BIG treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Laura currently lives in New Market, MD with her husband and three young daughters. She is passionate about yoga, and also enjoys the arts, cooking, and photography.

Nicole Davis, DPT, RRCA Level II Certified Running Coach
Physical Therapist
Nicole joins the Sage family after gaining broad experience treating patients spanning NICU babies to centenarians. She has experience in a variety of settings including outpatient orthopedics, subacute rehabilitation, school-based pediatrics, and inpatient. Nicole has a BS in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Tulane University, an MS in Physical Therapy from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from MGH Institute of Health Professions. She has served as a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy and a consultant to numerous running organizations. Her passion is gait, specifically running injury management and prevention and lower extremity prosthetics.
In her free time, Nicole is an avid trail ultrarunner, racing distances from 5k to 50 miles. She also enjoys photography, playing the piano, and spending time with her husband and four children.

Amelia Iams, DPT, CKTP, CIDN, CCI
Physical Therapist, Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner, Certification in Integrative Dry Needling and Certified Clinical Instructor

Having received her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2000, Amelia went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009 from Shenandoah University. She continued her education to become a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner and a Certified Clinical Instructor. In addition, she has her certification in Integrative Dry Needling. Amelia’s 19 years of experience includes working as an outpatient clinician and as a therapist in a hospital setting.

Amelia was an instructor and Director of the PTA program at Craven Community College in North Carolina before moving back to Frederick. She currently teaches a rehabilitation course at Montgomery Community College. Amelia has written several articles for Frederick Child’s Magazine highlighting physical therapy for the community.

Amelia lives in Middletown with her husband and two children, ages 16 and 11. They have two dogs and participate in Wags for Hope with their younger dog, Occhio. Amelia and Occhio enjoy visiting the hospital and an assisted living facility together. Amelia also enjoys hiking and knitting.


Lisa M. Phelps, PT
Physical Therapist

Lisa received her physical therapy degree in 1988 from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. She specializes in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine. She enjoys all levels of spine care—pain management, mobility and stabilization. Lisa is trained in the McKenzie technique, an acclaimed method for evaluation and treatment of spinal and extremity pain.

Lisa has had great success with physical therapy for TMJ, chronic headaches, postural dysfunctions and post-operative patients.

Lisa started her career doing acute care in a hospital setting. She has since worked in sports medicine, long-term care, assisted living care, and currently in outpatient care. She has thoroughly enjoyed working in each of these settings, each offering unique opportunities and challenges for her as a physical therapist. In addition, she has worked with patients of all ages—from young children to seniors, including even a few 100-year-olds!

Lisa is married and has two sons. (A dog, turtle and fish as well!) She and her family enjoy spending time outdoors running, biking and hiking. Lisa has completed 37 marathons and 6 ultramarathons. Her goal is to return to running in the near future.

Tammy Bailey, LMT, MSPT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Tammy is an experienced massage therapist and physical therapist. She has a varied professional background ranging from treating patients in outpatient orthopedic care and athletes at the Olympic Games, to working in premier athletic clubs and spas. With her deep knowledge of the human body, Tammy is able to customize her sessions to accommodate her clients’ needs, whether it’s relaxation, rejuvenation, or pain relief. She is well-versed in sports massage, pregnancy massage, Swedish massage, neuromuscular massage and therapeutic exercise/stretching which allows her to draw from a variety of techniques to achieve results.

In her free time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband, Ryan, who is an Army Colonel stationed at Fort Detrick, and their daughter, Tate. Tammy loves traveling with her family, trying new restaurants, yoga and mountain biking.

Dawn M. Burke, LMT
Licensed Massage Therapist

Dawn received her certification in massage therapy from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2003. In 1988 she received her bachelor of science in political science from Syracuse University and her JD degree from Vermont Law School in 1991.

Dawn has been a massage therapist for 16 years. Her areas of specialty training include: orthopedic treatment, infant, pregnancy and postpartum, hot stone, sports, Thai, Shiatsu, fibromyalgia, CPR and First Aid.

Dawn lives with her husband, Bryan, and their dog, Pantoufle, a Sheepadoodle. They live in Frederick and are involved in the community through The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.

Dawn is happy to live in an area so rich in artistry and culinary experiences. She also loves being outside whether hiking, walking the dog, tubing, bicycling, or rollerblading.

Kim Rea, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Kim graduated with her physical therapy assistant license in 2015. As a PTA, Kim works closely with the physical therapists to execute the prescribed plan tailored to each patient. Kim excels in several modalities including manual and CranioSacral therapies. She is a big advocate of movement and exercise-based physical therapy, and provides education and awareness to her patients on how to decrease pain.

In her spare time, Kim, her husband and two dogs live an active lifestyle. They travel frequently and love to explore and experience new locations. Kim and her husband enjoy lifting weights and being fit.

Jenny Wittich, BS, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Under the direct supervision of a physical therapist, Jenny provides quality individualized care to her patients to help them achieve their specific goals. Jenny has extensive manual therapy experience and is well-versed in treating patients with lumbosacral conditions.

Prior to becoming a member of the Sage Family, Jenny worked in a skilled nursing facility and various outpatient clinics. Jenny has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas, as well as an associate’s degree from Houston Community College. She was licensed in Texas and practiced there before returning to her home state of Maryland.

When not at Sage, Jenny enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three young children. They enjoy spending their summers on the water.

Adrian Ionut Mihalache, PTA
Physical Therapist Assistant

Adrian received his certification as a physical therapy assistant in 2019 from Montgomery College. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Ploiesti in Romania.

Adrian entered the field as a PTA in September 2019. Previously, he volunteered and worked as a PT Tech in various settings. He also worked part-time for a family medical practice while studying to be a PTA.

Adrian lives in Gaithersburg and loves spending time with his family. He has a great passion for the outdoors, including fishing, hiking, biking and playing tennis. He also enjoys traveling and exploring new places.

Laura Hartman 
Exercise Physiologist

Laura interned at Sage several years ago and has returned to run the SageFit medical fitness program. She is an experienced exercise physiologist with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in exercise physiology. Laura is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. Laura evaluates clients of the SageFit medical fitness program and prescribes exercises to help achieve each individual’s fitness goals.

In her free time, Laura enjoys being outdoors. She loves the beach, the woods, hiking and working out.

Mette Espino
Retail Store Manager

Mette hails from the beautiful country of Denmark, but has lived in the United States for almost thirty years. She has a background in retail management, sales and customer service. Mette manages the retail store for Sage Physical Therapy & Wellness. She helps customers find products ranging from active wear, footwear and fitness and wellness accessories. Mette also manages the inventory and operations of the retail store.

Mette is an outgoing, energetic person who loves to spend time with her husband, two kids and menagerie of animals. She enjoys cooking international dishes, going for walks and reading.