Chaitanya Puri, DO, LMT, graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and earned her Doctor of Osteopathy from the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in southern Maine. Chaitanya completed her Family Medicine residency at Brown University in 2007 where she served as Chief Resident and focused her training on preventive medicine and fostering healthy lifestyles for her patients.
After relocating to Northern Virginia, Chaitanya began practicing medicine at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and then volunteered at the Arlington Free Clinic while raising her fast-growing family full-time.
Chaitanya’s passion for therapeutic massage began after her husband was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's Disease, a chronic neurological degenerative condition, manifesting in stiffness and pain, with little relief from medications. With her background in osteopathic medicine where she received specialized education in soft and hard tissue manipulation, Chaitanya was able to provide him some relief with regular application of soft tissue techniques, alongside his medications.
Chaitanya decided to get professionally trained in massage therapy at the American Massage & Bodywork Institute in Vienna, VA (just outside of Washington, DC) and is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Her treatment modalities include Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial techniques, and craniosacral to target pain due to pregnancy/postpartum, chronic medical conditions, and for stress reduction. Chaitanya has a special interest in serving the pediatric population with conditions such as, but not limited to, ADHD, anxiety, alopecia, depression, and injuries. For children, living with chronic illness can take a toll on their mental health and emotional state and many find that adding therapeutic massage into their treatment plans offers a tremendous amount of benefit.
Chaitanya pivoted from her stay-at-home mom career and launched First Hands Health, LLC in 2018 to focus on how the power of touch can improve the health of patients and also caregivers of all kinds, who give so much and often neglect their own wellness time and time again. Chaitanya also believes that knowledge is power and spends much of her time educating herself on lifestyle changes to achieve optimal health and researching diagnoses specific to her patients.
Chaitanya resides in northern VA with her wonderful husband and three objectively smart and wildly funny children. When not working, Chaitanya can be found staying active with or without her kids, engrossed in a book or health documentary, or laughing at a witty (likely sarcastic) joke.