The Balance and Vestibular Center is now Powered by Access Physical Therapy & Wellness

We’ve opened a new location in Danbury, CT! This means you receive expert care from the team you trust—now with more comprehensive and convenient treatment options—backed by the experience and support of the Hudson Valley’s fastest growing physical therapy provider.

Check Out All We Offer:

  • Orthopedic and sports injuries
  • Neurological injuries
  • Joint replacements
  • Hand injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Geriatric conditions

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness
69 Sand Pit Road, Suite 201
Danbury, CT 06810

(203) 748-5631

  • Monday5AM–6PM
  • Tuesday5AM–6PM
  • Wednesday5AM–6PM
  • Thursday5AM–6PM
  • Friday5AM–6PM
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed
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Lisa Dransfield

PT, DPT, MA, Director

Lisa is the Director of Physical Therapy and The Balance and Vestibular Center at Associated Neurologists.  She has 25 years’ experience as a Physical Therapist treating patients in the areas of Vestibular Disorders (Dizziness and Vertigo), Head Injuries, Concussion, Musculoskeletal and Spinal Pain, Myofascial Dysfunction, and Neurologic Disorders.
 
 
Qualifications, Experience, and Affiliations
  • Certified Vestibular Therapist (Emory University/APTA)
  • Author of Vestibular Fact Sheets for both patients and physicians through the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Member, APTA Neurological Section/Vestibular Special Interest Group
  • Vestibular Disorders Association
  • Connecticut Coalition for Fall Prevention
 
Education
  • Ithaca College, Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy
  • Columbia University Teacher’s College, Master of Arts, Motor Learning
  • A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Doctoral of Physical Therapy, March 2010
 
Lisa is also a Certified Spiritual Director and Gestalt Pastoral Care Practitioner. Her additional personal interests include running and writing.

The Team You Know and Trust

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Nicole Theus

PT, DPT

  • Sacred Heart University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Sacred Heart University, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
  • Her experiences include neurology, orthopedics, and acute care
  • Nicole recently spent one month in Haiti teaching a course on the spine to the physical therapy students in the first rehab school in Haiti
  • Nicole has a special interest in treating neurological disorders, vestibular and balance disorders, and orthopedic injuries
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
  • Internship, Access Rehab Outpatient, Middlebury, CT
  • Internship, Hospital for Special Care (Inpatient), New Britain, CT
  • Internship, Main Street Rehab (Danbury Hospital Outpatient), Danbury, CT
  • Internship, Bridgeport Hospital Inpatient, Bridgeport, CT
  • Personal interests include going to the gym, attending church, and spending time with friends.
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Michelle Dibona

MSPT

  • Sacred Heart University, Masters of Science, Physical Therapy
  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • Over 13 years of experience as a Physical Therapist in a variety of settings, including Birth-to-Three, School Systems, Outpatient Rehabilitation treating both adult and pediatric patients, Home Care, and Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • She has experience treating pediatric disorders, myofascial dysfunction and pain, neurologic disorders, orthopedic injuries, headaches, and vestibular and balance disorders
  • Vestibular, Balance, and Neurological disorders
  • Cranial Sacral therapy, Somato-emotional release, and Visceral Manipulation training through Upledger Institute
  • Advanced training in Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy, and Integrative Therapy Training
  • Member, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Personal interests include cooking, reading, Pilates, photography, hiking, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with her family, including her two little ones and her husband
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Diane Yandow

PT, MS

  • Long Island University, Master of Science, Exercise Physiology
  • Stony Brook University, Bachelor of Science, Physical Therapy
  • Over 30 years of Physical Therapy experience, in both Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Diane focuses on the treatment of Neurological Conditions, Headaches, and Gait Dysfunction
  • Expertise in the treatment of Gait and Balance Disorders and Orthopedic Extremity and Spinal Dysfunction
  • Advanced knowledge of the McKenzie Technique for the treatment of the Spine; Chronic Pain; and Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Continuing Education with specialization in myofascial pain, the Mckenzie approach for treatment of the spine, gait training, prosthetics, treatment of orthopedic injuries, and diagnosis and treatment of vestibular dysfunction
  • Personal interests include being active outdoors, playing tennis, skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as spending time with her family and her dog, Freddy
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Nicole Bruno

PTA

  • Naugatuck Valley College, A.S., Physical Therapist Assistance
  • 4 years of experience as a Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), focusing on the treatment of Spine, Headache, Balance, and Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular, Balance, and Neurological Disorders
  • Concussion Management
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Lumbar, Thoracic, and Cervical Spine Pathologies
  • Internship, Southington Care Center In-Patient/Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Center
  • Internship, Carlson Therapy Network Out-Patient Rehabilitation
  • Personal interests include photography, hiking, traveling, and yoga
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Cynthia Bahr

PT

  • Bachelor of science in allied health with a concentration in physical therapy, University of CT
  • 25 years of experience as a Physical Therapist, specializing in Orthopedics, Spinal and Myofacial Dysfunction, and Neurology
  • She has worked in Connecticut throughout her career, including Stamford Easter Seals, Danbury Hospital, Wilton Physical Therapy, Danbury VNA, and Regional Hospice
  • Numerous continuing education courses in Orthopedic, Geriatric, and Neurology topics
  • Focus on integrating Music in the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease
  • Completion of 30-hour workshop at the International Training Institute in Neurological Music Therapy at Colorado State University
  • Speaker at the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Connecticut Chapter, 2011, “Music in Movement of Parkinson’s Disease”
  • Speaker at local Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group and Southbury Parkinson’s Support Group
  • Training in functional mobilization, spinal and extremity mobilization, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, muscle energy technique, aquatic therapy, and geriatric rehabilitation
  • Personal interests include spending time with her children, playing the violin in the Danbury Symphony Orchestra, ballroom dancing with her husband, and gardening
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Kim Downs

MS, OTR/L

  • Misericordia University, Master of Science, Misericordia University, Occupational Therapy
  • Misericordia University, Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy
  • Over 16 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist working in Outpatient Neurological Rehabilitation in the Greater Danbury Area, treating adults and children with Brain Injury, Stroke, Concussion, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injuries, Neuritis, Nerve Degeneration, Neurological Visual Disorders, Visual Disorders related to Eye Disease, as well as Dementia-related disorders
  • Upper Extremity Recovery and Management
  • Static and Dynamic Upper Extremity Splinting
  • Visual and Cognitive Rehabilitation and Adaptation
  • Home Modifications and Adaptations
  • Wheelchair Evaluations
  • SAEBO Innovative Rehabilitation Products’ Certified (rehabilitation products for stroke survivors and other neurologically impaired individuals)
  • Mentor Lions Low Vision Programs of Connecticut
  • Numerous continuing education credits in Upper Extremity, Visual, and Cognitive topics
  • Danbury Hospital Main Street Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Outpatient Services
  • Summit Neurological Rehabilitation, Outpatient Services
  • Personal interests include spending time with family, including her husband, beautiful girls, and dogs; being outdoors; traveling; and volunteering through Church and as a Girl Scout Leader.