Structural Elements® Hagerstown is an orthopedic wellness clinic that focuses on balancing the structures of the entire body to reduce pain, optimize performance, and prevent new injuries from occurring. Located on the North End of Hagerstown in the Fountain Head Plaza, this is our Flagship Clinic. Douglas Bertram opened the doors of Structural Elements® Hagerstown in 2013 and has since expanded the clinic to include 7 treatment rooms, an exercise lab and a specialty retail storefront.
Douglas Bertram, L.Ac., MTCM
CEO AND LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST
Douglas is the owner of Structural Elements™. He has been assessing and treating orthopedic disorders for the past fifteen years. He completed a four-year medical program in Traditional Eastern Medicine at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California in order to become a Nationally Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Maryland.
Douglas started his career as a massage therapist and subsequently studied first hand with the developers of several modalities including Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, and Neuro-Energetic Release. His extensive training in structural bodywork led him to Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he earned his B.A. in Contemplative Psychology. Douglas has practiced in multiple clinical settings throughout the United States treating along side Medical Doctors, Physical Therapists, and Chiropractors.
In addition to his private practice, Douglas is the founder of Structural Elements Franchising, LLC. When away from the clinic you can find him out on the road training, as he is a 3 x Ironman Triathlete and has completed numerous Ultramarathons of 50 and 100 mile distances. Whether you are an elite athlete or suffer from chronic pain, Douglas takes the same great pride in working with all populations.
Jason Knicley, PT, DPT, MTC, CDNT
CCO AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Jason attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. He then attended the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences where he graduated with honors in 2010 with his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy.
Jason is a highly accomplished physical therapist specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine with an emphasis in manual therapy and advanced manipulation of the spine and extremities. He holds an advanced Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) and is a Certified Dry Needling Therapist (CDNT) through the Institute of Advanced Musculoskeletal Treatments. Furthermore, Jason is a certified Graston clinician, treating and healing soft tissue impairments and is a level one certified medical professional through the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), that looks at how to increase player performance through a deep understanding of how the body functions during the golf swing.
Prior to joining Structural Elements, Jason was a clinic director at an outpatient orthopedic private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. When away from the clinic, Jason is a passionate sports fan and in his free time enjoys, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, working out, running, golfing, and playing soccer.
Marc Cesari, DC, CSCS
Doctor of Chiropractic
Marc is the newest member to the Structural Elements family and has been an established provider for over 13 years in the greater Baltimore area. He completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, which included an unique internship at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, treating active military. Marc has extensive board certified training in spinal rehabilitation through the ACRB(American Chiropractic Rehabilitation Board), he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, a provider of Active Release Techniques (A.R.T.) for 10+years, and holds certifications in Graston, Dry Needling, Fascial Stretch Therapy, Functional Range Conditioning.
Marc is currently in his 5th year on the PGA tour as a member of the sports medicine staff, and he is the official chiropractic provider for Towson University Athletics. Marc has years of experience in working at sporting events which include: Pro soccer, Pro beach volleyball, Crossfit, triathlons, running festivals, football, basketball, and lacrosse events.
Marc has been involved in athletics all his life. His philosophy is to get people out of pain, improve function to the human body, and empower people to improve the quality of their lives through patient education. To contact Marc directly, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Everhart, PTA, LMT
PHYSICAL THERAPIST ASSISTANT AND MASSAGE THERAPIST
David has been working with orthopedic injury and wellness for over 15 years. He began his studies at the University of Maryland and later he earned his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Carroll Community College. His work as a PTA has allowed him to work alongside some of the best in orthopedic rehabilitation and sports injury management. David went on to study at the Central Maryland School of Massage to give him the freedom to work with patients in a preventative and holistic capacity. Blending his years of professional experience with his passion for athletics and sports injury management, David was a natural fit to join the Structural Elements™ team.
Christian Long, LMT
LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST
Christian has had an interest in the human body as long as she can remember. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland and attended the Maryland School of Massage and holds an Associates Degree from Frederick Community College in Pre-Nursing. Christian is always eager to learn and grow as a massage therapist and loves how (se) looks at the body in a whole new way. Christian is also a runner and has completed many 5k's with and without obstacles and in 2018 ran her first half marathon. She also enjoys strength training.
Sarah Frydman, CPT
(se)® LAB DIRECTOR
As a devoted personal trainer, Sarah brings an ambitious energy to the Structural Elements team. Originally from Chicago, IL, she has been residing in Hagerstown for over a decade. With a background in photography and design, Sarah received her design degree in Pittsburgh, PA.
Due to a personal injury that left her unable to walk over a decade ago, Sarah found solace in studying health and wellness. Her education and understanding of how to utilize physical rehabilitation led her to become a personal trainer. Sarah has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge of health and wellness. You can usually find her in the gym strength training. Structural Elements is a natural fit for Sarah!
PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR
Brianna brings a passion for wellness and customer service to our Hagerstown team! She was born and raised right here in Hagerstown, Maryland with her parents and older brother. Her schooling took her to Bethany College where she graduated with BA in Sports Communication in 2016 where she spent most her time either on the track, on the soccer field, or with her Phi Mu fraternity sisters. Bri still enjoys going for long runs, hitting the gym, and spending her free time hanging out with friends and family.
Amazing place with a super friendly staff! Very knowledgeable.
Doug Bertram and his team are among the most knowledgeable, professional and best in the world at what they do. Doug accompanied me to the Badwater 135, a 135 mile race across the hottest desert in the world recognized by National Geographic as the toughest race in the world. I was nearly knocked out at mile 80 but Doug got me back into the race after about 20 minutes of body work. After the race he did an acupuncture session and I felt so good I hiked 22 miles up to the top of Mt. Whitney for the first time in my life. The Structural Elements® office is state of the art. Doug is always striving to provide the leading techniques to treat pain, injures or to prevent.
Last year at this time I was hit with a terrible case of plantar fasciitis after my first attempt at a 50 miler. The pain in my foot was so bad, I was unable to stand on it getting out of bed in the morning. While it would loosen up after moving around and after running for a mile or so, within minutes of stopping it would severely tighten up again. I was on the brink of giving up my plans to train for a spring 50k and Ironman the following fall. On a friend's recommendation, I went to Structural Elements® to see Doug. After my first visit, he determined it was a mis-alignment of my hips that was causing the foot pain. After only two treatments, I was running moderate distances without pain and after three I was back on track completing my long runs of 15+ miles with no side effects. I completed the 50k in April - second in my age group. Later in the year I set a PR in the half-Ironman triathlon and just this weekend, another PR in the full Ironman. As the owner of a triathlon store, I see customers all the time with these types of injuries. Most have been told by doctors to take anti-inflamatory drugs, get cortisone shots or even surgery. Most have been told to stop running. On the contrary, Doug suggested I keep running to let my body learn how to run when properly aligned. Based my positive experience, I've sent countless customers to Structural Elements®, and continue to hear results similar to mine. Thank you, Doug and SE® for swimming against the current. I couldn't have done it without you!
I've been to Structural Elements® several times over the last 2 years and have been treated for a range of different problems, including: back and neck pain, migraines, and 2 tailbone injuries. Much of the pain and problems I was experiencing were a result of very poor alignment, and Doug was successfully able to help put my body back into proper functioning alignment. Through treatment sessions, I was able to greatly decrease my pain, recover quicker from injuries, and eliminate my migraines all together. I find myself amazed at how quickly he is able to identify the underlying cause of pain and treat accordingly from the start. If you are experiencing any sort of chronic pain or problem, I highly recommend a visit.
I have been seeing Doug Bertram for about two years for various aches and pains. I just tell him what hurts and he figures it out...I've come to understand that pain in your knee can come from just about anywhere originally...but through his bodywork and acupuncture, I am a better and stronger person. He has a wonderful team of professionals that work together to treat the "whole person" and that is a great thing especially in today's atmosphere. I joke to him that I am "Humpty Dumpty" and he is constantly putting me back together!
Their services have helped with so many of my "health" issues that the medical world just wanted to throw pills at without getting to the root of the problem. So blessed to have found them.
Everyone in our family, including my husband and me and two teenage daughters have had sessions at Structural Elements® which have greatly reduced pain and helped to promote healing. The girls play sports in high school and college, and my husband and I both enjoy exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle. The therapeutic treatments from acupuncture to sports massage have been a tremendous help! Doug and the entire staff are extremely knowledgable and professional!
Ann Smeltzer Fulton
I can't say enough about how this place has helped me! I won't be going anywhere else.
I have NEVER been able to find permanent relief to my hip/SI and shoulder pain before befinning treatment with Doug at Structural Elements®. Having background in physical therapy myself, I am of the same mindset that we must find the root cause of the imbalances and not just where today's pain happens to be. Doug and the entire SE® staff do just that! I will be a lifer at SE® for all my future structural treatments and maintenance!
Tiffany Nedela O'Reilly
I spent six years of my life in chronic pain and went through painful procedures and surgeries just praying for some sort of relief that never happened...then almost two years ago I had my first treatment with Doug and I cannot thank him enough for everything he did to ensure I would live my life entirely pain free!
The best customer service around. Educated professionals that will go out of their way to care for you. Adjustments that last, tips on staying aligned, and the overall caring atmosphere that is TOTALLY patient centered!
Tia Waltemire Wright
Nothing but praise for this place. Where have they been all my life?
Corey Spartan Raymo
Structural Elements® works with local businesses, schools and teams to develop meaningful relationships. We love to create educational opportunities, incentives and mutually beneficial programs that will keep our Community Partners healthy and performing at the top of their game. If you are a business owner or director of an athletic program, we would love to discuss how we could work together. For more information, contact us.