Eric Fontaine, PT, DPT

BS with Honors Kinesiology Penn State University, University Park, PA; DPT University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Eric has been treating in the outpatient physical therapy setting since 2014, when...

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#ChoosePT: Here’s Why

National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month—a month where physical therapists make an extra concerted effort to educate their patients on the benefits of physical therapy as an alternative to...

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Kevin Dunn, PT

Kevin Dunn is a 1988 graduate of Thomas Jefferson University with a degree in Physical Therapy. He received the class award which is awarded to the member of the...

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Melissa Fitts, PT, DPT

Melissa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Elizabethtown College in 2011. Prior to applying to physical therapy schools, Melissa started working for Access Physical Therapy as a Physical...

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Galia Spassova, PT, MSPT, Director

After graduating from The National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria with a Master in Kinesiotherapy and Physical Education, she practiced as a kinesiotherapist (Physical Therapist) in Bulgaria for 10...

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Suzanne Sjem

  Suzanne graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in human movement/sports science and Master’s degree in physical therapy from Sacred Heart University.  She then went on to earn her Doctorate...

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Karen Schwarzchild, MAPT, Director

Manager of the New Fairfield and Brookfield offices B.S. degree in Physical Therapy, New York University; Master’s Degree in Motor Learning, Columbia University Specializes in treatment of the spine...

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Susan Anderson, PT, Director

Degree in Physical Therapy, Washington University Over 30 years of experience in various clinical settings Specialized in serial casting, developmental optometry and wheelchair positioning Involved in Special Needs Transportation...

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Jessica Koletsky

Jessica earned two degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia: first her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and then her Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) with honors. She started...

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Free BioFreeze!

Get a Free Sample of BioFreeze When You Schedule Your Free Injury Assessment at Access Physical Therapy & Wellness

Get a free BioFreeze (3fl oz. roll on/ 4fl oz gel) when you schedule your FREE injury assessment through March 31st. Valid where BioFreeze is available. Does not include hopsital...

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Tim Mertz, MPT, ATC

Tim Mertz is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Sports Medicine, Athletic Training Program, where he received his Bachelor’s (B.S.) in Movement Science, and achieved certification as an...

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Howard Wilen, PT, MPT

1989 Bachelor of Science in Accounting, SUNY Binghamton 1995 Master of Physical Therapy, Rutgers University/UMDNJ Have worked over 20 years in an Acute Care Hospital setting Additional Experience working...

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FREE Wellness Screen

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Lagrangeville New York

Start feeling your best again with a FREE wellness screen. Call us today to make an appointment at (845) 206-4202. Free Injury Assessments Initial Appointments within 24 hours Day,...

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Hillary Bastone, PT, Director

Hillary Bastone, PT, Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Bon Secours Charity Health System Outpatient Facilities

1996 BS in PT, Daemen College 16+ years experience all phases orthopedics Trained in Paris mobilization technique & McKenzie treatment of the spine 10+ years experience neurological & medical...

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Catherine Croce, PT, DPT

Catherine Croce, PT, DPT Clinical Coordinator, through Good Samaritan Hospital

2012 Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Springfield College 2010 BS, Pre-Physical Therapy, Springfield College Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation through American Institute of Balance Credentialed in concussion management through ImPACT’s Trained...

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Mark McDonald, PT, DPT, Co-Director

Mark McDonald, Director of the Wallkill, New York Physical Therapy office

2013 Doctorate in Physical Therapy, D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland-Kinesiology major and concentration in Exercise Science Clinical experience with St Francis Hospital inpatient rehabilitation and...

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Donna M DeMilio, PT, DPT

Donna DeMilio, Director of the New Paltz, New York Physical Therapy office

Donna went to Quinnipiac University where she received her bachelors in health science and doctorate in Physical Therapy. Donna is LSVT BIG certified and Rock Doc Fascial Movement Taping...

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Kiki Flynn, PT, DPT

Kiersten Flynn, Director of the Clayton, New York Physical Therapy office

Dr. Kiersten (Kiki) Flynn graduated from the University of Scranton earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She started with the company in the NY offices but has transferred to...

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Krishna Khamar

Krishna Khamar, Director of the Allentown, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy office

Dr. Krishna is an experienced Licensed Physical Therapist who earned her Doctor in Physical Therapy from Dominican College of New York. Dr. Krishna has experience in treating chronic pain...

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Ellie Kramer

• Access PT & Wellness is thrilled to have such an experienced therapist & valued community leader on our team. • Ellie will be working the same schedule and...

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Sean Altman

Sean earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Stony Brook University. His is a Certified Personal Trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE). Sean also has specialized training in...

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Joe Rifino

1999 Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy, SUNY Stony Brook Attended the University of Connecticut after graduating from North Salem High School Joe has participated in extensive continuing education...

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Sara Marsico

Sara graduated from University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Science, and then continued her education at New York Medical College where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy...

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Neil Chernick

Neil is a cum laude graduate of Ithaca College, where he received both his Bachelors (Clinical Science) and Masters (Physical Therapy) degrees. Over the course of his career, Neil...

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Cynthia Boccia

For over ten years, Cynthia has served the Orange County area by providing Occupational Therapy to a diversified population. She began as an Occupational Therapist working in a rehabilitation...

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Tara Singh

Tara first joined the company in the summer of 2012 as an aide in the Montgomery clinic while still completing graduate school. She graduated from Utica College with a...

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Tracy Urvater

“Having practiced in Rockland County for many years, I am very excited to continue to serve you in my office as part of the Access Physical Therapy & Wellness team” Dr. Urvater...

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Innocent Rwakonda

Innocent has been practicing in and around the Milford area for the past 15 years. He earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Scranton and his...

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Benjamin Muller

Dr. Benjamin Muller PT, DPT is the Director and primary physical therapist at Access’s Milford location. Ben started on his path to becoming a Physical Therapist at Binghamton University...

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Lori Schneider

1985 Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University 1999 Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Long Island University 2007 Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Dominican College Industrial...

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Bryan Weslowski

  SUNY Albany  BA Psychology SUNY Orange AS Biology TOURO College BS Health Sciences/MA Physical Therapy Spending time with friends and family Likes to exercise both in & outdoors...

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Gregory Redding

Dr. Gregory Redding graduated with his doctor of physical therapy degree from Stony Brook University in June 2011. He received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from Franklin...

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Jessica Bach-O’Shea

A partner in Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, Jessica Bach PT, DPT is a graduate of the University of Scranton receiving her Masters of Physical Therapy. While working full...

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Kristin Banse

Kristin Banse is a 1991 graduate of Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. With almost 23 years of overall experience, she has been concentrating on orthopedic/sports...

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Kevin Stafford

Kevin Stafford received his Bachelors Degree in Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Maryland at College Park and his Masters in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University graduating...

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Interview with Chris

Hillary Bastone, PT, Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services for Bon Secours Charity Health System Outpatient Facilities

I came into the interview with Chris Albanese with over 10 years of experience as a PT, which included a supervisory position. I had a background of working in...

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Decreased Muscle Strength

Decreased Muscle Strength Predicts Functional Impairments In Older Adults ALEXANDRIA, VA — Decreased muscle strength is associated with difficulty in performing functional activities such as stooping, crouching, or kneeling...

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Active Rehabilitation

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Get a Leg up on Sciatica

Active Rehabilitation Should Be First-line Treatment for Older Patients’ Back Pain After age 70 years, spine degeneration, pain thresholds and inflammatory mediators increase. By Susan M. Rapp ORTHOPEDICS TODAY...

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Chronic Pain

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How to Fall Safely

Chronic Pain May Be a Risk Factor for Increased Falls in the Older Adults Chronic pain may be linked to an increased risk of falls in adults older than...

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Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is one of the most common types of arthritis. It is characterized by wear and tear of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the part...

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Weak In The Knees

A Pittsburgh hospital developed a program to prevent ACL injury and promote overall health. By Beth Puliti Though basketball, soccer and football players are among the most common to...

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Stretching 101

Laura Inverarity, D.O., – Updated: November 07, 2007 Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by theMedical Review Board Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in...

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Neck Injuries

Most people will experience a minor neck problem at one time or another. Our body movements usually do not cause problems, but it’s not surprising that symptoms develop from...

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Tips To Prevent Tennis Injuries

Each year, more than 78,000 tennis-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctor’s officess, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons offers the...

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Physical Therapy Can Help Those Suffering from Fibromyalgia

Did you know that fibromyalgia affects approximately 4.5 million Americans? Fibromyalgia does not have a known specific cause or cure. Symptoms include chronic widespread pain throughout multiple areas of...

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Plica Syndrome

Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Function in an Injured Knee

Plica syndrome (also commonly referred to as synovial plica syndrome) is a condition which occurs when the tissue of the inner lining of the knee joint becomes irritated. Synovial...

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Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Get a Leg up on Sciatica

The term sciatica describes a symptom of pain through the leg caused by an issue in the lower back. The sciatic nerve starts at the lower back and goes...

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Concussions in Football

Physical Therapy Can Help Football Players Recover from Concussions

Football is widely considered the most popular sport in America due to its growing fan-base and the heavy amount of followers already existing. American’s can’t be blamed for falling...

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Avoiding Running Injuries

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How to Avoid Running Injuries

Running, a very healthy and beneficial activity, can be very dangerous if not performed correctly. Every year, about half the people who participate in running become injured. While some...

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The Mulligan Concept

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Therapist Certified in Mulligan Concept for Physical Therapy

Access Physical Therapy and Wellness Center would like to congratulate Dr. Jonathan Hunziker on receiving his certification in The Mulligan Concept of Physical Therapy. Receiving this certification makes Dr....

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Port Jervis

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Port Jervis New York

Are you in need of good physical therapy? Do you live in the Downstate and Hudson Valley area and can’t find a practice that will meet your personal and...

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Avoiding Muscle Tears

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Avoiding Muscle Tears

Muscle strains and tears can happen to anyone regardless of their level of physical activity. Although this is true, most muscles injuries do occur during high levels athletic play....

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Water Sport Safety

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Water Sport Safety

With summer approaching fast, everyone is eager to get out and enjoy the nice weather. With nice weather comes perfect temperatures to go out in the ocean or on...

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Safety Gardening Tips

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Tips for Healthy Gardening

With the weather finally getting nicer, it is the perfect time to start gardening to get that lovely summer lawn! Many people believe gardening is simple and does not...

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Knowing Your Knees

Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Function in an Injured Knee

Almost every individual in their lifetime will experience joint pain and discomfort somewhere in their body. One of the most prevalent areas of these aches is in the knees....

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Physical Therapy Can Help Reduce Pain Associated with Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve is compressed and sensation to the foot is compromised. The posterior tibial nerve is located in the tarsal tunnel, which...

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Graston Technique

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Has Many PTs Trained in the Graston Technique

Living with constant pain is something nobody wants to experience. The Graston Technique is a new innovative and effective approach that was designed for treatment of connective soft tissue...

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Cycling Injuries

Physical Therapy Can Help You Recover from a Cycling Injury

Now that spring is here, many people are shaking off the winter blues by going outside and getting some exercise. Cycling has become a very popular exercise among many...

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Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Office Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the practice in which a job is specifically designed to fit the worker. This practice is much more beneficial than forcing the worker to fit the job....

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Occupational Therapy Month

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Occupational Therapy

April is Occupational Therapy Month! Occupational Therapists help people with a broad range of therapy, encompassing anything that people would do on a daily basis or in their occupations....

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Industrial Medicine

Industrial Medicine at Access Physical Therapy

For both small and large industrial companies, one of the biggest issues is lost work time due to injury. Well, Access Physical Therapy is here to help. The talented...

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Tennis Elbow

Occupational Therapy Can Help Combat the Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that occurs due to overuse of the arm, forearm, and hand muscles that result in elbow pain. Even though...

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Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Milford Pennsylvania

You won’t find better physical therapists than the team at Access Physical Therapy. Access Physical Therapy is dedicated to delivering quality service to their patients in their convenient locations...

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Spring Running

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Proper Preparation for Running

With nice weather approaching fast, it’s hard to not be excited about getting outside and going for a run. Warmer temperatures make for optimal running conditions, but here at...

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Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How To Take Care of Your Neck

What is Torticollis? Torticollis is a disorder that affects flexion, extension, and/or twisting of muscles of the neck in an abnormal position and is more common in women than...

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Pomona – Access PTW

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In lieu of Mike Saunders’s retirement, he has proudly transferred his ownership to his long standing colleague, Dr. Tracy Urvater and the Access PT team.  Access PT is committed...

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Fall Prevention

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How to Prevent Falls During the Winter Months

This icy, snowing, and sleeting days of winter bring upon some very serious dangers. The risk of falling can be very detrimental to many and extremely dangerous for the...

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Carpal Tunnel

Occupational Therapy Can Help to Ease Pain From Carpal Tunnel

Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome holding you back from enjoying the activities that you love the most? Luckily, there are different types of physical therapy treatments that can help get...

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New Year, New You

Happy New Year From Access Physical Therapy & Wellness

The most common New Year’s resolution is to shed a few pounds and get in shape. Well, that time of the year has come once again and everyone promises...

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

Occupational Therapy Can Help Those Suffering From Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis, that dreaded household name we all know and hate. Unfortunately this very common inflammatory condition affects 46 million people according to But did you know there are...

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Stretching Benefits

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: The Benefits of Stretching Before Exercise

Just like warming up your car before a ride, your body needs to be warmed up before activity. Especially during these cold winter months it is imperative your body...

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Exercise and Arthritis

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Exercise and Arthritis

Arthritis is common cause of aches and pains in joints and is not just for those of old age. According to the Arthritis Foundation, two-thirds of people with arthritis...

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Preventing Heel Pain

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Preventing Heel Pain

Heel Pain? We have just the solution. Heel pain is commonly caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis, sometimes referred to as heel spur syndrome. Plantar Fasciitis is the...

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy can Help to Alleviate or Eliminate Chronic Pain

Occupational therapy may sound like physical therapy for working people, but it includes a different range of treatment. Physical therapists deal with physical range of motion, pain and pain...

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Diabetes Awareness Month

Help Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Raise Awareness of Diabetes

Like many other major conditions and diseases, Diabetes has a month dedicated to its awareness, fundraising, and research development. November is national diabetes month. This disease is growing rampant...

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Heel Spurs

Physical Therapy can Help Rehabilitate Heel Spurs

Heel pain is very common and often painful.  There are many heel conditions that arise from the wear and tear and stress on your heel bone. One of the...

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What is Bursitis?

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: What is Bursitis?

The condition known as bursitis is the result of an inflammation of bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs found in areas subject to friction, such as where a tendon passes...

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Importance of Posture

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How to Address Your Posture Issues

Everyone knows it’s important to maintain good posture, but many Americans have posture issues. Heads up! There’s a lot more to it than you thought, having good posture can...

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