Carissa started her physical therapy journey in 2001 after graduating from Maryville University in Saint Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor's of Physical Therapy.  In 2001, she completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill where her focus was in women's health studies specifically the effects of exercise during pregnancy.

Carissa's favorite area to treat is the pelvic floor, especially in the postpartum community.  She says, "It is so rewarding to have the privilege to treat new mommies and help them get back to doing all of the activities they did before pregnancy as well as help them discover ways to achieve balance in their life with the added joy and stress that come with motherhood."

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their 5 children, and their new dog, Bear.  She also enjoys running, reading, and traveling.

Her favorite thing about working at Breakaway is the ability to spend quality one-on-one time with her patients.  "I love that I am given the opportunity to really focus on each individual patient, educate and help them understand their condition, tailor treatment to meet their specific needs and goals, and help them prevent any further injury."

Alex Urban, DPT

Shaina Clemons, DPT

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Carissa Reed, DPT

Breakaway has been fortunate enough to have Alyx working at the front desk since March 2017.  Alyx has an Associate of Art History degree from the College of Southern Maryland.  She is currently applying to University of Maryland University College for a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies. 

Alyx highlights how Breakaway has an incredibly fun and unique work environment saying, "It's not just coming to work...everything that gets done here is about being part of a team and making things run smoothly together".  Alyx has been married to her husband, Jason, for 8 years and has two children.  Some of Alyx's hobbies include quilting, riding her bike, and going to the beach with her family.

Brandy recently graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  Brandy hopes to build on her undergraduate degree by pursing a career in physical therapy.  She loves the physical therapy experience that she is getting while working at Breakaway.

Some of Brandy's hobbies and interests include being with family, traveling, and going to both the Washington Nationals and Washington Capitals games with family and friends!  Since joining the Breakaway team, Brandy loves the "family feel" and how personal all of the staff are with the patients.  She also loves that everyone here at Breakaway is, "making a difference in peoples' lives".

Alex received her undergraduate degree from Salisbury University in exercise science, and continued her education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  Alex is a certified health fitness specialist (HFS) and a certified ergonomic assessment specialist (CEAS).  She also specializes in vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo/BPPV) and with pediatric patients.

Alex chose the field of Physical Therapy while in high school.  She knew that she wanted to work with others and was fascinated by rehabilitation after injury. Alex believes in educating patients about their injuries and the pain that they are experiencing.  She feels that once patients have an understanding of what is occurring, they are empowered and can prevent the problem from reoccurring in the future.

In her spare time, Alex enjoys playing guitar, drums, singing and paddle boarding.  She was an athlete all of her young life and notes that those experiences have help shape her treatments and care.

David graduated in 2017 from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.  David is interested in pursing a career in physical therapy, and feels that his experiences at Breakaway are invaluable to his future academic and career endeavors.

David greatly enjoys both listening to and making music in his spare time, along with playing the guitar.  David also participates in Tang Soo Do, which is a karate-based Korean martial art.  David greatly enjoys working at Breakaway, saying "I love meeting and working with new patients and learning new perspectives about physical therapy".

David Mensah, Aide

Brandy Gott, Aide

Melissa Austin, Front Desk


Shaina Clemons

Melissa is a graduated of Arundel High School Class of 2015 and is currently going to AACC taking online classes.  Melissa's dream job would be a novel writer, but would also love to do something where she could travel. Melissa's bubbly and outgoing personality fits in great with the Breakaway atmosphere! 

Some of Melissa's hobbies and interests include writing, baking, photography, learning Russian, knitting, collecting antiques, and yoga.  Melissa's favorite part about working at Breakaway is, "the family atmosphere and how sweet everyone is.  It is definitely a fun place to work!".

Alyx Hashman, Front Desk


Shaina is the founder and owner of Breakaway Physical Therapy.  She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland Baltimore, along with a Bachelor's degree from Towson University. 

Shaina is an Ironman triathlete, with a love of all sports. Exercise is her passion, which plays an important role in both her personal and professional life.  In her free time, Shaina enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children.  Shaina's love of snowboarding led her to her career choice many years ago.

Shaina wakes up everyday motivated to help you recover, get stronger, become healthier and lead a more active lifestyle! She knows firsthand the emotion and reward that comes with being able to achieve one's goals and wants to help her patients experience that as well.