Benjamin A. Howe - PT, DPT

Ben received a master’s and doctoral level degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in New York State. During his graduate year at Ithaca, Ben worked in the research laboratory and center for foot and ankle research at the Rochester campus. He was given the faculty research award and co-authored a journal article in the Physical Therapy Journal. Following his doctoral education Ben decided to move from New York, and accept a position in Virginia as an outpatient therapist at the Riverside Rehabilitation Institute.  During his time at RRI Ben developed his skills in the neurologic and orthopedic populations and has helped develop the Williamsburg clinic.

Ben’s philosophy to treatment is to provide an individualized and one on one approach to care, emphasizing his client’s goal achievement through manual therapy techniques.  These hands-on techniques include energy techniques, myofascial release, various mobilizations, and normalization of muscle control. He emphasizes personalized treatments to help his clients maximize their level of function in physical activities. Personal interests include golf, running, cycling, and home improvement.  

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Mandi Ogaard - OTR/L

Mandi graduated with a Masters of Arts in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California.  She has worked in various fields of occupational therapy including mental health, skilled nursing facilities, home health, acute care and outpatient rehabilitation.  Mandi joined Riverside Rehabilitation Institute in June, 2004, working in outpatient rehabilitation.  Mandi has specialized training in various fields.  She has trained at the University of Alabama, Birmingham to receive her certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation.  This has provided her with the opportunity to work with clients who have “low vision”, due to an acquired brain injury, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other visual deficits.  She has also undergone several educational courses specializing in manual therapy, including a focus on Myofascial Release under the direction of John Barnes, PT.  This has allowed Mandi the opportunity to effectively treat clients with chronic pain, including Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, status post cancer treatments and other various pain syndromes.   Mandi also has trained in the Level I and Level II courses for the Saeboflex Dynamic Orthosis, to be used with a weakened upper extremity due to stroke or brain injury to improve movement, function and use. 

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For general information about the clinic contact Jerry Evans at (757) 345-3795 or via e-mail at

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