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Professional Physical Therapist, DC - Orthopedic Injuries & RehabilitationChili Lati, MSPT, CSCS
Chili is a physical therapist with 12 years of practice experience in outpatient orthopedic injuries and rehabilitation. She has in-depth knowledge and advanced training in manual techniques, targeted therapeutic exercise prescription, kinesio taping, myofascial release and is well known throughout the medical community in the Washington DC area. Before founding VITAL PHYSICAL THERAPY LLC, she was the director of the large Outpatient Rehabilitation Practice at George Washington University Hospital. She trained at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NY and completed her Masters in physical therapy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is also involved in research and has published a study with NIH. She lives with her husband in Washington, DC

Education and Publications

  • Masters of Physical Therapy, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Contributing Author, Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine: A Case Approach. Oxford University Press. Publication in progress
  • Lati, C., Guthrie, L. C., Ward, M. M. (2010). Comparison of the Construct Validity and Sensitivity to Change of the Visual Analog Scale and a Modified Rating Scale as Measures of Global Assessment in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology. 2010 Apr;37(4):717-22

A personal note,

 “As a young girl I used to badger my teachers with many questions, which sometimes got me in trouble. Luckily, my curiosity and critical thinking are finally put to good use through my work. I dig deeper, think harder, and carefully consider the options to best help my patients.

As someone famous once said…”

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein



Chili always was upbeat, positive and encouraging and reassured me that I would get back. She also always came up with challenging and innovative approaches to help me recover and help ease pain. I am now running again, taking Barre classes and doing yoga...I am grateful for all her hard work, forward thinking and perseverance.

Christine D

Office Address

1150 18th Street NW (between L&M)
Suite 130
Washington DC 20036
Tel: (202) 704-5164