Ask the Expert

Ask the Expert

By Max Lockwood Chevy Chase, MD February 15, 2010 For the Washington Running Report



Please come and to our panel of experts and learn about the many aspects of running including massage therapy, podiatry, physical therapy, and coaching.



Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


The event is free and open to all. No RSVP is necessary. The Chevy Chase Running Company is located at 4461 Willard Avenue in Chevy Chase, MD. There is parking behind the store and the Friendship Heights metro is only minutes away.


Please e-mail the Chevy Chase store at [email protected] with questions.


Below is a list of the experts and short excerpt on them.


Dr. Lee E. Firestone is a Podiatrist who practices in Chevy Chase and Washington, DC. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American  Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Firestone was recently recognized by the Washingtonian Magazine, as a top Sports Medicine Podiatrist in the DC area. Dr. Firestone works extensively with runners and is an active member of the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. He has been in practice since 1994.


Jeff Horowitz is a survivor of more than 150 marathons and ultras. His love of running has taken him all over the world, from Antarctica to the Great Wall of China, the Himalayas, and Africa. With the support of his wife Stephanie and hearing no objections from his 4-year old boy Alex, Jeff quit working as an attorney in 2008 to pursue this passion full-time as a writer, running coach, personal trainer, professor, and also as a brand ambassador for The Nations Triathlon and a program manager for a free summer triathlon program for at-risk youth. ACHIEVE KidsTri.

Polina Gregory BA, MAT, ACSM is one of 20 Muscle Activation TechniquesTM Master Specialists in the country, and has been practicing since she became certified in 2005. She primarily works with the identification and treatment of muscular imbalances that contribute to poor performance and repetitive stress injury. She is the Co-founder of Elements of Motion a Resistance Training Studio focused on helping athletes and non-athletes alike achieve a healthy, strong, and pain-free body. She has been active in the health and fitness industry since the late 90s. In addition to her MAT certification, Polina is committed to continued education and mastery in the mechanics of the human body as it relates to exercise. She has completed course work in advanced foot mechanics, spinal mechanics, and cadaver study. She is professionally certified by the American  College of Sports Medicine as a Health and Fitness instructor and is preparing to test for her Mastery Level Resistance Training Specialist certification. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the UMBC.

Muscle Activation TechniquesTM (MAT) is a hands-on approach that identifies and addresses muscular imbalances/weaknesses that lead to inefficient function, pain and injury. This helps to restore normal body alignment; thereby, decreasing pain, reducing the risk of injury, and boosting recovery in athletes and non-athletes alike. MAT will leave you more flexible, more stable, and prepare you body to handle the demands of sport, exercise, and everyday life.


Keith Dowling is currently the Key Account Manager for Reebok Running, the proud sponsor of the 2009 Outback Distance Classic. Prior to his tenure with Reebok, Keith served as the inaugural race director for the National Marathon and Half Marathon – an event that has grown to more than 8000 runners in four years. Before organizing races, Keith ran professionally for adidas – a career that culminated with multiple Olympic Trials appearances, four National Teams, runner up at the 1998 Gate River Run, and the first U.S. runner to cross the line at the 2002 Boston Marathon in a personal best time of 2:13:28.

Terrel Hale-Massage Therapist: Specializes in Active Release Massage Therapy: Active Release Techniques (ART) and Active isolated Stretching (AIS) focus on both lengthening and shortening the muscles. These two, coupled with sports and deep tissue massage help the runner train injury free and recover quicker from each workout. The best way to experience all of these is in a holistic approach informed by the runner’s training plan on a regular basis, at least once a week or twice depending on where the race lies. Using these tools from an experienced therapist on a regular basis can help the runner push through to the next level and then stay there thus aiding the PRs.

Robert Gillanders, Doctor of Physical Therapy: An avid marathoner that has been practicing PT for 12 plus years and has a clinic at Water Street Gym in Georgetown. He has treated patients with running-related injuries since 2001. Today he works with local running teams and clubs on injury prevention via running specific strength training. Robert was recently named as an “expert in sports medicine” by the Washingtonian Magazine. He publishes a blog with exercise instruction videos and tips at:

Dr. Paul Glodzik of Capital Sports Injury Center will be coming in to speak about soft tissue injuries and their treatments. The treatments he will be discussing are Active Release Techniques and Graston Techniques. Both techniques are designed to break up adhesions and scar tissue build up within muscles, tendons or ligaments. With the removal of these adhesions patients will regain a painless full range of motion through their joints. Dr. Glodzik and Dr. Horwitz are the only certified providers of both techniques in the District of Columbia. Capital Sports Injury Center has three separate locations in Silver Spring, Georgetown, and Cleveland Park. For more information please see our Web site or contact us at 301-622-9000 or [email protected].

Dr. Stephen Kominsky completed a surgical residency with emphasis in reconstructive surgery for the athlete. His post -graduate training in Northern California exposed him to several different running shoe companies as a running shoe tester and consultant for development.
Dr Kominsky has been practicing in Washington,  DC for the past 27 years. He is the podiatrist for the Washington Capitals and the podiatry consultant for the athletic department at Georgetown  University. Dr Kominsky continues to remain involved in the sports medicine world as he is a frequent speaker to a sports medicine class at George Washington  University and interacts on a regular basis with some of the area running clubs. He is the in-house podiatrist for the Kirov School of ballet in Washington, DC.

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