Meet Our Team
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Kirsten received her B.S. degree in physical therapy from Ithaca College in 1989, and an Advanced Master's degree in orthopedic physical therapy from Quinnipiac University in 1995. She became orthopedic board certified by the A.P.T.A. in 1996 and Pilates certified on the comprehensive rehab track from Polestar Education in 2004. Prior to opening P.T.P.R. in 2004, she worked in acute care at Yale New Haven Hospital for ~ 4 years and at an outpatient orthopedic clinic in New Britain, CT. for ~ 14 years. She mostly provides physical therapy care at P.T.P.R., but also teaches Pilates mat and Reformer classes at her facility as well as off-site at the ESPN wellness center. Kirsten is particularly trained and interested in treating lower extremity biomechanical injuries, including the prescription of custom orthotics. She is also specialized in the treatment of spinal conditions with manual therapy and the use of the Pilates method of strengthening, and has over 25 years of experience treating a wide variety of orthopedic diagnoses, both non-surgical and post-surgical.
Alyssa is a native of Berlin, CT. and a 2012 graduate of the physical therapy doctorate program at Northeastern University. She has received training through the Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates certification program, and has taken coursework on the McKenzie method of treatment for spinal conditions. In addition to utilizing manual techniques and the Pilates method of exercise for her physical therapy care, Alyssa teaches Pilates Reformer classes at our facility and a Pilates mat class at a fitness center in Berlin.
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Samantha received her doctor of physical therapy degree in 2015 from Franklin Pierce University. She went on to practice in North Carolina at a Women's Health clinic and she received additional training at the Academy of Lymphatic Studies to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has particular interest in utilizing her knowledge and manual skills to treat patients following breast cancer surgery and those affected by lymphedema. She also has specialty training in the treatment of various pelvic floor dysfunctions. She enjoys incorporating both yoga and the Pilates method into patient care.
Amanda Mia has been teaching Group Fitness since 2004 and began her Pilates Reformer Training with Balanced Body In 2006. She loves being a part of the Fitness Journey of the people who workout with her and is honored to be teaching at PTPR.
Diane joined PTPR in 2004 as the office manager and has over 20 years of experience working in other physical therapy and medical facilities. She has extensive knowledge of our physical therapy contracts, medical coding, and physical therapy authorization and billing procedures. Thanks to Diane, the majority of our patients can use their medical insurance for our physical therapy services.