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Garrett County native joins Cortland Acres Rehabilitation Center

Cortland Acres Rehabilitation Center is expanding its commitment to the outpatient therapy needs of the community as they welcomed the newest member of their team, David “DJ” Ritchie.

The Garrett County native is a 2021 graduate from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wheeling University. He also has a Physical Therapy Associate degree from Allegany College of Maryland and a bachelor of science degree in biology from Waynesburg University.

“Initially I wanted to travel, but after I got my physical therapy license I decided to stay in the area to be near my family,” Ritchie said. “I worked here for six weeks in the summer of 2018 when I was a PTA student. I was excited to get the opportunity again to work part-time for the center after I received my degree. I told them if they ever need a full-time physical therapist to let me know, and now here I am.”

Alisha McCune, director of outpatient rehabilitation for Cortland, said that Ritchie is a great addition to the therapy staff.

“DJ takes time to listen to the issues and concerns of his patients and addresses their goals for treatment with a smile and enthusiasm,” McCune said. “We are thrilled to have him as a member of our therapy team.”

Some patients may recognize Ritchie from his time on the basketball court. The Southern High School graduate is familiar with the Tucker County High School rivalry. He also had the opportunity to play basketball in college.