Robert Cohen, M.A., P.T.

Experienced Educator, Mentor, Speaker, and Clinician

Robert Cohen, M.A., P.T.

I began my professional education at American University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Physical Education, in 1981. I earned a Masters of Arts in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1987 and in 1992 graduated with honors from University of Maryland Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy.

Upon graduation from AU, I spent a decade in the adult fitness field performing exercise prescription, supervision, and wellness counseling. I was recognized as a certified fitness instructor by the American College of Sports Medicine. This training gave me the tools to question some aspects of the physical therapy curriculum, which helped push me towards the manual therapy path. Four years after receiving my physical therapy license, I opened my private practice in 1996 using manual therapy exclusively.

In order to further my manual therapy skills, for most of my career I have attend 4 to 5 manual physical therapy post-graduate education courses annually – 5 times the amount required by the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners to maintain my license. In total, I’ve attended close to 100 post-graduate courses in my career. I am also an avid reader of the current scientific literature to keep abreast of changing trends and the latest research findings.

In addition to my clinical practice, I lead several teaching and mentorship programs to share the knowledge I have amassed with professional colleagues. These projects include leading a manual therapy study group and mentoring small groups of therapists that wish to increase their understanding of the intricacies of manual therapy.

In 2017, along with a colleague, Jon Laking, M.A., P.T., we founded the BayGrass Institute to provide licensed or certified healthcare practitioners with continuing education in the many areas of manual therapy through interactive and hands-on sessions. We feel strongly in the value of the Institute that teaches a philosophy that focuses on the interconnectivity of the body that has been lost in the many branches of specialized medicine today.

These professional and educational experiences blend with my life-long interest in sports, recreation and fitness, and healthy living. I enjoy many outdoor activities with my wife Susan, including hiking, walking, running, cycling, kayaking, and soccer.