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Isleidi García

Isleidi García

Isleidi García

Physical Therapist

  • Massage Therapy, Lee Professional Institute

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
Isleidi García

North Naples

 

“A massage is a time to honor your body, which we demand so much of daily. ”

Isleidi García, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist based in Naples who specializes in Swedish Massage, connective tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, cupping, neuromuscular massage, sports massage, and more. She started her career working with plastic surgeons, in post-operative recovery with lymphatic drainage techniques for corrective surgery patients, and implantation of prostheses.

Later, Isleidi started to expand her expertise into the relaxation and the holistic areas of massage, as well as working with chiropractic doctors. There, she started practicing sports and connective tissue massages and working with patients with different types of injuries due to accidents. In that role, she worked with tennis players, golfers, and runners, among other athletes.

Isleidi also has experience with treatments for recovery from rotator cuff injuries, low back pain, sciatica, arthritis, migraines, lymphatic drainage for people with breast reconstructions due to cancer, as well as people with edema. Isleidi is always open to learning new techniques, and she currently is working toward a CranioSacral Massage Certificate.

As a massage therapist, Isleidi listens to the needs of each client, and makes it a priority to make them feel cared for, comfortable, and safe, so that they can enjoy the massage and experience its full benefits.

Outside of massage therapy, Isleidi enjoys contact with nature, traveling and seeing new places, as well as reading and learning many things I like, taking professional and personal development courses, dancing, and enjoying spending time with my family.

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    Jenna Iannacci

    Jenna Iannacci

    Jenna Iannacci

    Athletic Trainer

    • BS in Athletic Training, Ithaca College
    • MS in Fitness and Wellness Leadership, SUNY Plattsburgh

    • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
    • American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
    • OSHA 30 for General Industry
    Jenna Iannacci

    Greenwich

     

    “I like to get to know clients on a personal level to build that level of trust and open communication. This has allowed clients to feel comfortable in letting me know what their goals are, what's working/not working for them and allowing for adjustment and tailoring sessions to clients' needs/wants.”

    Jenna Iannacci, ATC, is a certified athletic trainer based in Greenwich who specializes in working with athletic populations and their return to sport after an injury.

    Having been an athlete her whole life, with her own share of injuries and returning to different sports (soccer, basketball, track, rugby), Jenna has an appreciation for the human body and how it moves, functions and responds to injury. Athletic training has allowed her to help others not only in sport, but in life, and be the best that they can be while helping them to set and achieve goals they might not have been thought possible.

    Jenna worked previously as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at SUNY Purchase with their 17 sports teams on the field and in the clinic to help prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries as well as provide an emergency response. After that, she transitioned into working with the general population where she worked with sales and operations teams to ensure were working ergonomically correct with their day-to-day work responsibilities and helping to correct any improper movement behavior to help prevent injuries.

    Outside of work, Jenna continues to stay active and participates in a women’s soccer league.

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      Clare Wilson

      Clare Wilson

      Clare Wilson

      Massage Therapist

      • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy

      • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
      Clare Wilson

      Greenwich

       

      “At Performance, I have found a home for all the practical knowledge I’ve gained throughout my 25-year career. I’ve learned and continue to learn something from every client I’ve worked on, as well as innumerable doctors, trainers, physical therapists and other massage therapists. This career is an ongoing journey and now in my role as lead therapist, I am in a position to share my knowledge with our growing team.”

      Clare Wilson, LMT, is the lead massage therapist at Performance and is based out of our Greenwich location. She has over two decades of experience and specializes in a variety of massage techniques, including integrated Swedish, deep tissue, sports, medical, and prenatal massage. Clare has been in private practice in Greenwich since 1999, and has extensive experience in the world of high end spas. She believes blending these diverse backgrounds can help achieve optimal healing.

      As a massage therapist, Clare has had the opportunity to work with many people from all walks of life, all of whom have had their own unique set of experiences and circumstances. In many cases throughout the years, her massage table has served as a safe space for her clients to discuss and work through life’s many challenges.

      Clare has completed Gabor Mate’s Compassionate Inquiry program in 2020, and received a Life Coaching certification from CLCI two years later.

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        John Lusk

        John Lusk

        John Lusk

        Personal Trainer, Nutritionist, & Business Development Associate

        • AS in Exercise Science, New River Community College

        • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
        • Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS)
        • Certified Elite Trainer
        • Certified Fitness Trainer
        • Certified Nutritionist
        • CPR/AED Certified
        John Lusk

        North Naples

         

        “My approach to fitness emphasizes age-appropriate programming with a specific focus given to the client's goals. I have over 15 years of hands-on client experience and have worked with clients from all walks of life.”

        John Lusk, CPT, CSCS, is a personal trainer, nutritionist and business development associate with over 15 years of experience and is certified in strength and conditioning training, elite fitness training, and nutrition. He has worked with many clients throughout the years, ranging from K-12 athletes to individuals looking to maintain balance, health, and wellness.

        John’s passion for fitness started when he was a young athlete in grade school, continuing through his time as a collegiate baseball player, and ultimately transitioning into a career as a Special Agent, combatting terrorism and espionage for the United States Federal Government. Due to the physical demands and high stakes of his career, physical fitness was at the top of his priority list to ensure the safety of himself and those around him.

        John has a very personable approach to fitness – he takes the time to get to know his clients, their goals, and what motivates them. From there, he designs a customized plan that works for them and the goals they are looking to achieve. He establishes long-term client interactions with the goal of integrating exercise and optimal wellness into the high demands of daily life and ensuring it becomes a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime. His intense passion for this field allows him to invest in each of the client’s goals as if they were his own.

        When John is not training with his clients, he enjoys being outdoors, riding motorcycles, woodworking, working out, playing ice hockey, and spending time with his two Great Danes.

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          Paige Stella

          Paige Stella

          Paige Stella

          Pilates Instructor

          • BFA in Dance, Adelphi University

          • Comprehensive Pilates Certification from The Fitness Guru
          • Comprehensive Pilates Certification from Club Pilates
          • Barre Above with Pilates Focus Certification
          Paige Stella

          Westport

           

          “I want to help people be their best and be able to do the things they love longer.”

          Paige Stella is a Pilates instructor based in Westport who specializes in working with clients of all ages, return to exercise from injury, and pre/post-natal Pilates. She started practicing Pilates as a dancer and found that it complemented her dancing and helped recover from minor injuries. Paige realized it could be used to help anyone live with less pain and experience more functional capacity in their everyday activities.

          Paige's knowledge of technique and anatomy allow her to dive into the specifics of body mechanics, allowing her clients to move more efficiently over time. She strongly believes that details matter in movement, whether someone is in the studio working through an exercise or on a walk, working at home, or doing other daily activities.

          In her spare time, Paige likes to travel, bake, practice Pilates & yoga, and spend time outside with her dog, Luna.

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            Claire Spellman

            Claire Spellman

            Claire Spellman

            HR/Finance Coordinator

            • BS in Psychology, Fairfield University
            • MS in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Touro University
            Claire Spellman

            All Locations

             

            Claire Spellman, MS, is an HR/Finance Coordinator at Performance, where she assists with onboarding, talent acquisition, coordinating events, and maintaining accurate records. Claire strongly values growth, believing that there is always room to learn and grow regardless of where you are in life.

            Outside of work, Claire enjoys going on long walks and trying new challenging workouts.

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              Kayla Michalik

              Kayla Michalik

              Kayla Michalik

              Physical Therapist

              • BS in Clinical Exercise Science, Grand Valley State University
              • DPT, Gannon University

              • LSVT BIG Certified
              Kayla Michalik

              Naples

               

              “I treat my clients like they are my family — and I am their biggest cheerleader.”

              Kayla Michalik, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist based in Naples who enjoys working with athletes, among other populations, such as outpatient orthopedics. She works with clients of all levels and age ranges, including young and professional athletes in sports ranging from hockey, football, volleyball, baseball, dance, and cheerleading.

              As a physical therapist, Kayla values getting to know her clients past their injury, listening to what their goals and interests are so that she can tailor a program that fits their needs while also reaching their goals and beyond. It is important to Kayla to build a trusting relationship with her clients built around education; she is a firm believer that exercise is medicine and that physical therapy is not a one size fits all approach.

              Kayla was previously involved in the Tampa Bay community helping a lot with Feeding Tampa Bay and Impact Academy, where she helped promote and educate students, teachers, and parents about the importance of physical activity. In her off time, Kayla enjoys practicing Pilates, watching Michigan football, and hanging out at the beach.

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                CJ Cofrancesco

                CJ Cofrancesco

                CJ Cofrancesco

                Personal Trainer

                • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                • MS in Exercise Science and Nutrition, Sacred Heart University
                CJ Cofrancesco

                Hamden

                 

                “'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why it’s called the present' – Kung Fu Panda.”

                CJ Cofrancesco, MS, is a personal trainer based in Hamden. He has a background in working with youth populations, general populations, and seniors with a specific focus on balance.

                CJ is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University, teaching exercise science. He is also a group fitness instructor at his local Senior Center, and has worked in a variety of different positions at the YMCA.

                For CJ, there is no better feeling than helping someone set a fitness goal, work towards, and achieve that goal. He loves working with people, and hearing his long term clients talk about how much better they feel in their day to day lives. As a trainer, CJ often implements SMART goals for his clients: they are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based, designed to help his clients achieve success in a timely and efficient manner.

                CJ leads an active lifestyle outside of work, often snowboarding, going camping, running 5ks, playing flag football, and expanding his knowledge on exercise science.

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                  Maresa Catenzaro

                  Maresa Catenzaro

                  Maresa Catenzaro

                  Physical Therapist

                  • BS in Health Science, Quinnipiac University
                  • DPT, Sacred Heart University
                  Maresa Catenzaro

                  Hamden

                   

                  “I think what makes my care different is I try to talk to my patients and get to know them for more than just what their injury is.”

                  Maresa Catenzaro, PT, DPT, is physical therapist based in Hamden who works with all types of clients, including young athletes and older adults.

                  Maresa focuses on giving her clients a good education, which helps increase patient outcomes. By building a trusting relationship, her clients are more likely to be consistent with coming to their appointments, completing their home exercise programs, resulting in them getting better faster. This also helps to build a unique experience for each individual, so that Maresa is able to build the best program for the client that is tailored specifically to them.

                  As a former athlete, Maresa experienced multiple injuries in her past, which opened her up to the world of physical therapy. She started shadowing in inpatient and outpatient clinics to get a better idea of what work as a physical therapist is like, and ultimately decided to pursue the career. Maresa completed her final 10 week clinical rotation at our Westport location, solidifying her interest in orthopedics.

                  Maresa lives a very active lifestyle outside of work, weightlifting at the gym and going on hikes. She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, or going to the beach or lake during the summer.

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                    Jennifer Fier

                    Jennifer Fier

                    Jennifer Fier

                    Jennifer Fier

                    Finance Associate

                    • BA, Binghamton University
                    • MA in Education, Hunter College
                    Jennifer Fier

                    Jennifer Fier is a finance associate at Performance Optimal Health. She handles daily accounting for all locations and reconciles accounts for end of month closing periods.

                    In her off time, Jen enjoys going for a walk and strength straining.

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                      Kristen Chacho

                      Kristen Chacho

                      Kristen Chacho

                      Clinical Operations Assistant

                      • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                      Kristen Chacho

                      Kristen Chacho serves as an assistant to Clinical Operations Lead Michael Beecher, helping with patient care. She also coordinates with all site leads to assist them with day-to-day operations of the clinics.

                      Outside of work, Kristen likes to exercise or spend time with family and friends.

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                        Angela Leite

                        Angela Leite

                        Angela Leite

                        Massage Therapist

                        • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy
                        • BS in Physical Therapy, University of Grande ABC
                        • Integumentary, musculoskeletal and orthopedic Condition in Physical Therapy, Philippine Rehabilitation Institute Foundation, Inc.

                        • Cupping Massage, Genesha Institute
                        • Manual Therapy, Lumbopelvic Stabilization & Exercise for Movement Dysfunction, Cross Country Education
                        • Dynamic Stretching and Rehabilitation, Cross Country EducationHot Stone Massage, Institute of Massage
                        Angela Leite

                        Hamden

                         

                        “I am always calm in my work and 100% focused on the work I am doing. I effectively listen to my clients’ input and adapt my care to their needs.”

                        Angela Leite, LMT, is a massage therapist based in Hamden with over two decades of experience as a massage therapist and physical therapist. She specializes in a variety of massage techniques, including pre-natal, Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal, cupping massage, and sports massage, among others. She is currently pursuing continuing education in a few different fields, including myofascial release therapy, stretching, and Pilates.

                        Angela’s previous experience includes working as a physical therapist, rehabilitation aid, caregiver, event chair massage therapist, and pain management massage therapist.

                        When she’s not working, Angela enjoys going to the gym, swimming, relaxing on the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

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                          Natasha Neitzell

                          Natasha Neitzell

                          Natasha Neitzell

                          Operations Assistant, Strategy/Compliance

                          • BS in Neuroscience, Princeton University
                          Natasha Neitzell

                          All Locations

                           

                          Natasha Neitzell is an operations assistant at Performance Optimal Health. She provides assistance on various projects and research focused on the company's growth.

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                            Karen Mitchell

                            Karen Mitchell

                            Billing Manager

                            Karen Mitchell

                            All Locations

                             

                            Karen Mitchell is the billing manager at Performance with over 25 years of experience of billing and coding. Karen was previously the president of her own company for over 12 years.

                            Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my three — soon to be four — grandchildren, or taking walks with her husband.

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                              Linda Velazco

                              Linda Velazco

                              Linda Velazco

                              Practice Administration Lead

                              Linda Velazco

                              All Locations

                               

                              Linda Velazco is the practice administration lead for Performance Optimal Health, bridging the gap between efficient healthcare operations and exceptional client experiences. Her expertise in healthcare administration and resource management ensures the seamless day-to-day functioning of the facility. Linda fosters a collaborative environment, motivating the team to deliver their best care while maintaining compliance with industry regulations and optimizing the facility's performance.

                              Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, visiting new places and spending time outdoors.

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                                Johanna Clement

                                Johanna Clement

                                Johanna Clement

                                Business Development / Healthcare Partner Liaison

                                • BA in Public Health, University of Rochester
                                • MBA in Marketing, University of Connecticut
                                Johanna Clement

                                All Locations

                                 

                                Johanna Clement, MBA, is the business development manager and healthcare partner liaison for Performance, with over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness space. She currently oversees various business development initiatives across the organization.

                                Johanna's core responsibilities include developing and nurturing community partnerships consistent with the Performance mission, core values, and target market, sourcing new business opportunities to fuel future growth, and supporting the clinical team in showcasing their roles as subject matter experts with key stakeholders and community leaders through educational events.

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                                  Andrew Chruscicki

                                  Andrew Chruscicki

                                  Andrew Chruscicki

                                  Project Manager and Assistant to the CEO

                                  • BS in Mathematics, Niagara University
                                  Andrew Chruscicki

                                  Naples

                                   

                                  Andrew Chruscicki is a project manager and assistant to the CEO, Todd Wilkowski. He is responsible for a variety of strategic operational and growth projects, such as developing end-to-end standard operating procedures and process maps for a variety of departments, from on-boarding new clients through accounts receivables.

                                  Andrew has created Performance's business intelligence platforms and oversees the design and production of all analytics and reports for managing and improving operations. In addition, he works closely with the CEO on growth strategies and plans, and he directly oversaw the creation of the North Naples office, from site selection through opening.

                                  In his free time, he enjoys cycling and swimming.

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                                    Grant Gulino

                                    Grant Gulino

                                    Grant Gulino

                                    Operations Assistant, IT/Facilities

                                    • BS in Business Management, Sacred Heart University
                                    Grant Gulino

                                    All Locations

                                     

                                    Grant Gulino is an operations assistant at Performance Optimal Health, and provides assistance with projects, research, and growth within the company with a focus on facility management.

                                    Outside of work, Grant enjoys going to the gym and being conscious of nutrition.

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                                      Jennifer Bohn

                                      Jennifer Bohn

                                      Jennifer Bohn

                                      Jennifer Bohn

                                      Pilates Instructor

                                      • BS in Political Science, University of Central Florida
                                      • MS in Textiles & Merchandising, Florida State University

                                      • Comprehensive Pilates Certification for: Mat, Reformer, Springboard, Trapeze Table/Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel Spine Corrector & Magic Circle
                                      • Bodybar Pilates Certified
                                      • Completed Club Pilates Teacher Training Program
                                      • Completed Balanced Body Anatomy in 3D & Movement: The Core Like Never Before
                                      • Completed The Movement Tour (Balanced Body & Bosu) ACE, AFAA, NASM, PTA Global (CEU’s)
                                      Jennifer Bohn

                                      Pilates Instructor

                                       

                                      "I love working with clients and watching them attain their goals and grow. I am their biggest fan! I believe in exercise and moving your body; nothing makes you feel better than movement."

                                      Jennifer Bohn is a Pilates Instructor based in North Naples who is certified in a variety of Pilates disciplines, including mat, Reformer, Cadillac, and more. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, especially young athletes, and has been teaching Pilates since 2010.

                                      After spending the beginning of her career in the fashion industry, Jennifer decided to make a career change for her physical and mental health. Formerly an avid runner, Jennifer traded in her running shoes for a Pilates Trapeze Reformer & took a year off to focus on obtaining her Pilates certification & healing her body. Now, Jen enjoys working with people of all ages & teaching them about body awareness, flexibility, core strength, balance & coordination.

                                      Jennifer particularly enjoys working with clients coming off an injury or transitioning from physical therapy. And as an avid pickleball player herself, Jennifer always takes the opportunity to chat about the sport with her clients, many of whom are fans of the sport as well.

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                                        Natalia Wiater

                                        Natalia Wiater

                                        Natalia Wiater

                                        Marketing Coordinator

                                        • BA in Politics, American Studies
                                        Natalia Wiater

                                        Natalia Wiater is the Marketing Coordinator for Performance Optimal Health, overseeing digital marketing and content creation for the company. She optimizes the website to not just provide a user-friendly experience, but a resource with educational articles on a variety of health and wellness topics. Natalia is also responsible for all collateral, content creation, and signage, as well as email and newsletter campaigns.

                                        Outside of work, she enjoys staying active, playing tennis and volleyball in the summer months.

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                                          William Manzi

                                          William Manzi

                                          William Manzi

                                          William Manzi

                                          Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer

                                          • BS in Exercise Physiology, Central Connecticut State University

                                          • Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
                                          • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)
                                          William Manzi

                                          Greenwich

                                           

                                          “I chose this path because this is what I love to do. Being able to shape the body and mind of individuals and have their lifestyle change is a reward in itself.”

                                          William Manzi, CEP, is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer who specializes in the ability to take care of any individual, regardless of any limitations. Over the past ten years, he has trained a variety of different individuals for over ten years, including US Navy SEALs, heart attack patients, and more. Through this, Will has been able to build his expertise, and add an arsenal of exercises to his toolkit that can be progressed or digressed depending upon the individual.

                                          Having worked with cardiac patients for the past 5 years, Will has developed a speciality in cardiac training and rehabilitation, as well as reading EKGs. Currently, he is currently studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

                                          As an exercise physiologist, Will loves being able to show his clients that there is a way to get better, no matter what the issue is, and enjoys being with his clients every step of the way. He feels rewarded when helping others shape their mind and body and changing their lifestyle overall for the better.

                                          He enjoys working out in his free time along with going on hikes with his dog Jackson. Will also plays semi pro football for the Connecticut Panthers.

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                                            Todd Wilkowski

                                            Todd Wilkowski

                                            Todd Wilkowski

                                            Todd Wilkowski

                                            Founder/CEO

                                            • General Management Program, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
                                            • BS in Physical Therapy, Ithaca College

                                            • Board Certified Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
                                            • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional — Level 3 (TPI-MP3)
                                            • Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician
                                            Todd Wilkowski

                                            "I empower people to live better by living by our core values. As an educator, I teach people what they need to know to take accountability for their own health and achieve a balanced life."

                                            Todd Wilkowski, PT, SCS, has a life-long commitment to helping his clients live better lives in pursuit of Optimal Health. He founded Performance in 2002 and has expanded it from one office in Manhattan to a network of facilities throughout Connecticut and most recently in southwest Florida. His visionary perspective on the healthcare marketplace, as well as his tenacious approach to service innovation, continues to expand the boundaries of what is possible with Performance.

                                            Todd took the burgeoning physical therapy practice and transformed it into a company rooted in a holistic approach to health and founded on his own core values. He expanded Performance’s mission from its original focus on recovery to one of finding balance in all aspects of one’s health: sleep, exercise, recovery and nutrition. Each are equally important and necessary to maintain Optimal Health. In an ever-evolving world, Todd strives to keep Performance one step ahead, anticipating people’s needs and challenges and empowering them to live better.

                                            Todd is a board-certified sports clinical specialist, and has served as an adjunct professor at New York University, and sits on several advisory boards: Greenwich Youth Lacrosse Medical Advisory Board and the Ithaca College Athletic Advisory Council, of which he is the chairman. He previously was a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network Advisory Board, and is a past president of Burning Tree Country Club.

                                            When he is off the clock, you can find Todd playing golf, training and spending time with his family. He especially enjoys watching his four daughters participate in athletics themselves (three are rowers, one a soccer player) and teaching them lessons about life through sports.

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                                              Svitlana Panzarino

                                              Svitlana Panzarino

                                              Svitlana Panzarino

                                              Svitlana Panzarino

                                              Personal Trainer

                                              • BS in Economics

                                              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                              Svitlana Panzarino

                                              North Naples

                                               

                                              "I like to inspire people by living a healthy lifestyle. I’m enjoying helping clients to become stronger and see them succeed.”

                                              Svitlana Panzarino, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Naples. Svitlana specializes in training both youth and older populations, as well as training with the intention of weight loss. She also has an interest in corrective exercises and working closely with physical therapists to provide the best possible outcomes for her clients. Svitlana prioritizes continued education, aiming to specialize in a new area every few years.

                                              Svitlana pays close attention to details and strives to create enjoyable and progressive training regimens so her clients feel safe and cared for in a respectful and friendly environment.

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                                                Stephanie Soete

                                                Stephanie Soete

                                                Stephanie Soete

                                                Stephanie Soete

                                                Personal Trainer

                                                • BS in Athletic Training, Southern Connecticut State University

                                                • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                Stephanie Soete

                                                Westport

                                                 

                                                “The foundation of a successful workout program is educating the clients on the why behind everything they do.”

                                                Stephanie Soete, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. Her approach to her clients revolves around setting goals. She underscores the fact that not all goals have to be big, just attainable. By empowering her clients to be goal-driven, Stephanie empowers them to achieve victories every day, no matter how big or small.

                                                Stephanie has experience working with youth athletes, but loves working with anyone. Her goal as a personal trainer is to help her clients achieve their own goals. Stephanie is a firm believer that fitness has a major impact on people both in and out of the gym, and it can make a positive impact on their lives, both physically and mentally.

                                                In her off time, you can find Stephanie on the slopes, at the beach or traveling.

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                                                  Stash Rutkowski

                                                  Stash Rutkowski

                                                  Stash Rutkowski

                                                  Stash Rutkowski

                                                  Physical Therapist

                                                  • BS in Physical Therapy, College of Charleston

                                                  • Certified in Active Release Therapy (ART)
                                                  • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                  Stash Rutkowski

                                                  Westport

                                                   

                                                  "Caring is genuine. In our field, it builds and solidifies relationships that are needed in physical therapy."

                                                  Stash Rutkowski, PT, ART, is certified in both Active Release Therapy and Dry Needling, and has two decades of clinical experience. He specializes in hip pathology and has trained with top hip surgeons in the country, including those at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

                                                  Physical therapy allows Stash to stay active in the world of sports while providing the essential service of helping people improve their lives through medicine. Stash gives 100% of himself when working with patients; genuinely caring about his patients helps him solidify causative relationships that are necessary for physical therapy to be successful.

                                                  You name a sport, and Stash plays and watches it; he even coaches his two kids in soccer and baseball, sharing his love for sports with them.

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                                                    Shane Foley

                                                    Shane Foley

                                                    Shane Foley

                                                    Clinical Operations Lead

                                                    • BS in Biology, Sacred Heart University
                                                    • DPT, Sacred Heart University

                                                    • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                    • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                    • BSPTS Certified Schroth Therapist
                                                    Shane Foley

                                                    Greenwich Site Lead

                                                     

                                                    "I empower people to live better by building relationships, collaboratively establishing a plan to help people accomplish their goals and leading people to optimize their performance."

                                                    Shane Foley, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is the clinical operations lead as well as an orthopedic specialist who is certified in strength and conditioning, dry needling, and the Schroth Method. He has a deep passion for building relationships, helping people accomplish their goals and leading people to optimize their performance. Shane combines his advanced research, knowledge and skills as an orthopedic specialist along with his background as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist to provide the optimal analysis for his patients: he analyzes and helps people across the full spectrum of health care, from injury to improved performance.

                                                    As a former DI lacrosse player, Shane is passionate about helping his patients return to sport following an injury, using a criterion-based series of tests to ensure that when an athlete is ready to resume play, they have a little risk of re-injury as possible with optimal performance.

                                                    When not in the clinic, you can find Shane in nature either hiking or seeking out good wind to kiteboard, fresh powder to snowboard or calm tides to paddle board.

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                                                      Roza Murphy

                                                      Roza Murphy

                                                      Roza Murphy

                                                      Roza Murphy

                                                      Personal Trainer

                                                      • Registered Dietitian, Medical University of Warsaw
                                                      • MPH, Medical University of Warsaw

                                                      • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                      • Sports Nutrition Certified
                                                      Roza Murphy

                                                      Westport

                                                       

                                                      “I care about every client I have; I care about their goals and expectations, and I will do everything I can to design their program and set achievable goals, as well as help with their diet, stress management and recovery.”

                                                      Roza Murphy, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Westport. She started out as a registered dietitian in Poland, then transitioned to a career in personal training in the United States. As a former athlete herself (she used to swim and run), Roza believes that everyone can benefit from exercise. Whether it’s working out, doing Pilates, going on a walk or meditating, she underscores the importance of people having an escape from their hectic lives.

                                                      As a trainer, Roza seeks to educate her client on the “why” behind everything they do. Once they do, they can take better care of their health and lead a healthier lifestyle. By teaching her clients about their nutrition, recovery and managing their stress, Roza can help them achieve their goals and bring that knowledge home.

                                                      On the side, Roza likes to volunteer as a trainer for her son’s soccer team and daughter’s tennis team. And drawing on her high school days, she is determined to keep running — she’s been able to complete a marathon and three half marathons, a success she attributes to plenty of strength training.

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                                                        Robert Mahlman

                                                        Robert Mahlman

                                                        Robert Mahlman

                                                        Robert Mahlman

                                                        Site Director Lead

                                                        • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                                                        • DPT, Sacred Heart University

                                                        • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                        • BSPTS Certified Schroth Therapist
                                                        • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                        Robert Mahlman

                                                        Westport

                                                         

                                                        "Listening and understanding where patients come from lets me create a unique program that they will enjoy."

                                                        Robert Mahlman, PT, DPT, OCS, is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and certified Schroth therapist who specializes in the treatment of various orthopedic injuries, along with scoliosis and concussion management. He serves as the site director lead, and works closely with the heads of other locations. Prior to joining Performance, Rob completed a clinical affiliation with the United States Air Force at Kessler Air Force Base and worked with top military and civilian physical therapists to provide evidence-based care to our active-duty military, veterans and their dependents.

                                                        Rob enjoys being able to use his hands to help people, talking them through their problems and experiencing something new every day. He provides his patients with the knowledge, guidance and tools they need to understand their body and achieve their goals. By listening to each person and learning what they need, Rob creates a unique program aimed to not only help his patients recover but enjoy the physical therapy as well.

                                                        When he is not helping people move, Rob is doing it himself, going on hikes, mountain biking and using his GoPro as much as he can.

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                                                          Renee Lascarides

                                                          Renee Lascarides

                                                          Renee Lascarides

                                                          Renee Lascarides

                                                          Physical Therapist

                                                          • BS in Health Science, Quinnipiac University DPT, Quinnipiac University

                                                          • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                          Renee Lascarides

                                                          Hamden Site Lead

                                                           

                                                          “Educating clients is the most powerful tool we can provide to give them more confidence and control over their progress or rehabilitation.”

                                                          Renee Lascarides, PT, DPT, is the Hamden Site Lead, as well as an adjunct faculty member at Sacred Heart University. As a youth athlete, Renee was constantly active and played soccer and participated in cheerleading and gymnastics. Facing an injury, Renee underwent physical therapy and fell in love with the practice.

                                                          Now, as a physical therapist herself, Renee is excited to be a part of the world of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. She is particularly interested in working with athletes, having done research on injury risk assessment in dancers and gymnasts during her time at Quinnipiac University. She is currently pursuing further education on the relationship between Pilates and physical therapy, so that she could apply its principles in her care.

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                                                            Rebecca Deeley

                                                            Rebecca Deeley

                                                            Rebecca Deeley

                                                            Rebecca Deeley

                                                            Pilates Instructor

                                                            • BA in Theatre Arts, Seton Hill University

                                                            • Stott Pilates Certified Matwork Instructor
                                                            • Fully Certified Stott Pilates Instructor
                                                            • Stott Pilates Instructor Trainer (Matwork and Reformer)
                                                            Rebecca Deeley

                                                            Greenwich, Westport

                                                             

                                                            “Every single human body is unique, so I treat each one as an individual: no matter how many bodies I’ve seen in the last 20+ years, I take into account the similarities between us all but realize we each experience ourselves and the world differently, so I try to steer clear of preconceptions.”

                                                            Rebecca Deeley is a Pilates instructor who specializes in exercises for low back pain, pre/post-natal fitness, Scoliosis, athletic conditioning, Pilates for golfers, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, post-rehab recovery, and more.

                                                            In 2001, Rebecca had the desire for a complete 180° career change. With a background in classical ballet and modern dance, prior exposure to Pilates as a young dancer, and a passion for educating others, Rebecca decided to pursue becoming a Pilates Instructor. After successfully completing her certification, she spent time in Hawaii and Doha, Qatar teaching Pilates.

                                                            Each year, Rebecca completes continuing education to maintain her Stott Pilates Certifications, and she has completed 60 workshops to date. She has also recently completed Module 2 of Scolio Pilates, and aims to complete the Scolio Pilates Certification soon, which would allow her to prescribe Scoliosis-specific exercises for her clients.

                                                            Rebecca loves to spend her spare time focusing on her own optimal health by hiking, mountain biking, chanting mantra, cooking, gardening, singing, and traveling.

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                                                              Patrick Vierengel

                                                              Patrick Vierengel

                                                              Patrick Vierengel

                                                              Patrick Vierengel

                                                              Personal Trainer / Golf Trainer

                                                              • BS in Business, Salve Regina University

                                                              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                              • TPI Fitness Professional (TPI-F1)
                                                              Patrick Vierengel

                                                              Greenwich, New Canaan

                                                               

                                                              “I put my clients needs and goals first, most importantly I listen carefully. I believe in honest communication and transparency as we work together to reach a goal.”

                                                              Patrick Vierengel, CPT, TPI-F1, is a certified personal trainer and golf trainer who trains clients out of Greenwich and New Canaan. He specializes in functional training, weight loss, core/stability training, bodybuilding, strength and conditioning, and has been training clients for over a decade. Patrick also specializes in working with golfers, using his golf knowledge as a golf trainer and Titleist Professional Institute Level 1 Certified Golf Fitness Professional. He is currently studying to achieve the TPI Level 2 Fitness certification.

                                                              After Patrick suffered a hip injury and underwent compartment syndrome surgery due to playing sports in college, he realized how expansive and important the world of health and fitness is. It wasn’t enough to exercise or go to the gym to stay health and injury-free, but one’s recovery, sleep quality, dietary habits and stress management all play a role in feeling good and energetic in one’s day-to-day life.

                                                              Outside of work, you can find Patrick spending time with family or on the golf course as a third-generation member of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. He also enjoys going on the boat/water sports or going to the beach with his dog in the summer, but in the winter, you can find him in the rink playing ice hockey.

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                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio

                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio

                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio

                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio

                                                                Personal Trainer

                                                                • BS in Applied Exercise Science, Springfield College

                                                                • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio

                                                                Greenwich, New Canaan

                                                                 

                                                                “Nothing is more powerful than belief. Showing people that I have full confidence in them allows them to become confident in themselves and their abilities.”

                                                                Nicholas DiMeglio, CSCS, is a strength and conditioning specialist whose primary area of expertise is athletic development for both youth and adult populations. He is a firm believer in building a proper foundation of movement, especially in youth athletes, so they can achieve their maximum athletic potential with the lowest risk of injury.

                                                                Nicholas has a passion for sports and played Division III baseball at Springfield College. Once he discovered the impact he could have on people’s lives through athletics, there was no going back. Building those relationships with his clients and other trainers is at the core of his philosophy. By being mindful of how his actions affect others and vice versa, Nicholas is able to communicate more clearly, keep himself and his clients accountable, and provide better support as a trainer.

                                                                Nicholas recently finished certifications, Rethinking the Big Patterns Level 1 (a biomechanics based course on teaching and training movements), and The Art and Science of Speed Training (a course on running mechanics and program design for sprinting). He is currently working on completing a Metabolic Nutrition Certification, so that he can help athletes optimize their performance with nutrition on top of their training program.

                                                                In his off time, Nicholas competes in powerlifting and enjoys hiking with his dog, Baloo.

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                                                                  Michele Tenney

                                                                  Michele Tenney

                                                                  Michele Tenney

                                                                  Michele Tenney

                                                                  Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor

                                                                  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                                  • Nutritionist, Stratford Career Institute
                                                                  • Pilates Reformer Instructor
                                                                  Michele Tenney

                                                                  Hamden

                                                                   

                                                                  “I love being creative as a team and seeing things from different vantage points to best support the person we are working with.”

                                                                  Michele Tenney, CPT, is a personal trainer based in Hamden who enjoys working with all populations. As a trainer, Michele takes care to talk about the importance of nutrition in achieving goals. She also believes that proper nutrition is medicine for the body, and that one’s food intake needs to adapt to support the person’s current goals, age and limitations.

                                                                  Though she started off in the financial industry, she decided to try a new path when she saw the foreclosure boom coming in 2006. Seeking something that didn’t feel like “work,” Michele discovered a passion for health and wellness, and proceeded to receive certifications as a personal trainer and nutritionist.

                                                                  She has coached youth squash at the New Haven Lawn Club for over 15 years, and has served as the Chair of the Healthy Lifestyle Committee for the elementary schools in the town of Orange for the past six years. Michele is also a columnist for The Milford-Orange Times, and is the author of her own book, “The Passion of My Heart.”

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                                                                    Michele Elliman

                                                                    Michele Elliman

                                                                    Michele Elliman

                                                                    Michele Elliman

                                                                    Pilates Instructor

                                                                    • BA in Sociology & Performing Arts, Barnard College

                                                                    • Certified on all Pilates Apparatus by Pilates Academy International and Power House Institute
                                                                    Michele Elliman

                                                                    Greenwich

                                                                     

                                                                    “Creativity and curiosity define me: I learn from each body I have the honor to work with. I embrace being in a dynamic community of colleagues in which we can learn from each other and appreciate this opportunity to offer clients a true physical education.”

                                                                    Michele Elliman has been practicing and teaching contemporary Pilates for over 30 years. Michele’s teaching is informed by her professional career as a principal dancer on the concert stage and as a noted choreographer and rehearsal coach for both national and international contemporary dance companies.

                                                                    Michele continues to expand her knowledge and appreciation of the body in motion through everyday practice and continued study of anatomy and biomechanics with the renowned teacher, Irene Dowd. Michele has focused her practice on guiding each individual toward deepening their own understanding of their unique alignment and physical choices, leading clients towards a strong, informed and balanced body that moves efficiently and with ease. She has a particular affinity for people with lower back issues, postural concerns (such as kyphosis, lordosis) or undertaking pre/post natal care.

                                                                    Michele’s love for the arts extends far past dance: she enjoys visiting museums, cultural events and art shows. And above all, she enjoys the arc of parenting.

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                                                                      Michael Semancik

                                                                      Michael Semancik

                                                                      Michael Semancik

                                                                      Michael Semancik

                                                                      Physical Therapist

                                                                      • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                                                                      • DPT, Sacred Heart University

                                                                      • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                      • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                      • HSS Hip Preservation Specialist
                                                                      • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical and Power Professional — Level 2 (TPI-MP2, TPI-PP2)
                                                                      Michael Semancik

                                                                      Greenwich

                                                                       

                                                                      "I empower people to live better by giving them the tools and motivation to do so. I believe that teaching someone and expanding their knowledge is the best way to help them achieve their goals and live a better life."

                                                                      Michael Semancik, PT, DPT, OCS, TPI-M2, specializes in working with young athletes, specifically with rowers, hockey players and football players. Michael also brings this passion with him outside of the clinic: He formerly served as the physical therapist for various teams at Princeton University, including men’s hockey and football as well as women’s lightweight crew and volleyball. Michael is also a Level 2 TPI Certified Medical and Power Professional, allowing him to specialize in working with golfers.

                                                                      As an athlete his entire life, Michael has always had a natural inclination towards the field of sports medicine and was fascinated by the rehabilitation process. He played Division I football at Sacred Heart University, but when he tore his ACL, Michael was introduced to the rehab process, reinforcing his decision to pursue a career in physical therapy.

                                                                      Michael believes that knowledge is one of the most powerful tools people have at their disposal, and he considers himself to be a lifelong learner. Whether this is through teaching patients, learning from colleagues or staying up to date on the newest research, Michael is constantly trying to learn something new each day, which allows me to be the best clinician he can possibly be and empower his patients to live better.

                                                                      When he is off the clock, Michael enjoys going to the beach, taking his dog for a swim, watching football and playing golf.

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                                                                        Michael Beecher

                                                                        Michael Beecher

                                                                        Michael Beecher

                                                                        Michael Beecher

                                                                        Transformation/Integration Lead

                                                                        • BS in Physical Therapy and Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                                                                        • DPT, Sacred Heart University

                                                                        • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                        • Sports Certified Specialist (SCS)
                                                                        • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                        • Titleist Performance Institute Medical Professional (TPI-MP2)
                                                                        • Hospital for Special Surgery Advanced Hip Clinician
                                                                        Michael Beecher

                                                                        Greenwich

                                                                         

                                                                        "I empower people to live better by practicing what I preach."

                                                                        Michael Beecher, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, is the transformation and integration lead for Performance, overseeing the growth of the company. He is also a Titleist Performance Institute medical professional, a Hospital for Special Surgery credentialed advanced hip clinician and a certified dry needling specialist. He enjoys working with patients to close the loop of injury and recovery, helping them on their journey to rehabilitation from start to finish.

                                                                        After graduating Sacred Heart University where he played Division I soccer, Michael underwent an intensive sports residency program with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, then returned to Sacred Heart as an adjunct professor. He has published his research on physical therapy in numerous publications and seeks to serve as an educator both in and out of the Performance clinic, where he serves as the Chief Operating Officer. He is currently a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network Advisory Board.

                                                                        Michael used to play Division I soccer for Sacred Heart, and continues to stay active and play recreational sports. In his downtime, Michael spends time with his family and friends and likes to go hiking and paddle boarding.

                                                                        Publications:
                                                                        Journal of Orthopaedic & Physical Sports Therapy

                                                                        SportsHealth: A Multi-disciplinary Approach

                                                                        Journal of Athletic Training

                                                                        Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation

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                                                                          Meghan Dietz

                                                                          Meghan Dietz

                                                                          Meghan Dietz

                                                                          Meghan Dietz

                                                                          Chief Operations Officer

                                                                          • BS in Biology, Villanova University
                                                                          • DPT, New York Medical College
                                                                          Meghan Dietz

                                                                          New Canaan

                                                                           

                                                                          “I love being part of the process that helps people return to activity and achieve performance goals – it’s an ongoing joy and privilege to be part of that process with my patients.”

                                                                          Meghan Dietz, DPT, is a physical therapist, women's health specialist, and chief operating officer at Performance Optimal Health. Having started practicing in 2008, she has years of experience both as a physical therapist at several major hospitals and an operations director, making her the perfect fit for Performance. Meghan was excited to join the operations team, seeing a great opportunity to work in another multidisciplinary group that works to empower patients and provide holistic care.

                                                                          As a physical therapist, Meghan enjoys working with all kinds of clients and cases, but she specializes in running performance and injury rehab (with an emphasis on distance running), as well as women’s health and pelvic floor physical therapy.

                                                                          Meghan has always been interested in health care as a profession, and found that physical therapy was a great combination of scientific processes, educating people, and empowerment of patients on an individual level. Meghan had always enjoyed playing sports and being active as a young kid, and physical therapy was a natural career path for her to stay active. Being a therapist enabled Meghan to work with many people with diverse interests in activity and movement, and it brings her joy to see people be active and empowered to do what they love.

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                                                                            Maddy Mazoue

                                                                            Maddy Mazoue

                                                                            Maddy Mazoue

                                                                            Maddy Mazoue

                                                                            Physical Therapist

                                                                            • BS in Public Health Science, Clemson University
                                                                            • DPT, Medical University of South Carolina

                                                                            • Women's Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
                                                                            • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                            Maddy Mazoue

                                                                            Greenwich

                                                                             

                                                                            “I really believe in the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle and want to help people achieve their goals — whatever they may be.”

                                                                            Maddy Mazoue, PT, DPT, CSCS, is a physical therapist, pelvic floor specialist, and strength and conditioning specialist who specializes in developing athletes’ return to sport programs, as well as torticollis treatment. She has implemented various injury prevention warm-up programs for middle and high school athletic teams. As a physical therapist, Maddy values collaboration and teamwork, and believes that patient care is always better when providers are open and willing to work with each other to best serve the patient.

                                                                            Maddy enjoys working with people to find ways to stay active that they are passionate about, regardless of the activity. She strives to build relationships with the people she helps.

                                                                            Outside of work, Maddy maintains a healthy lifestyle to ensure she has the energy to tackle each day with enthusiasm. She loves cooking shows, playing volleyball, and watching college football.

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                                                                              Larry Piretra

                                                                              Larry Piretra

                                                                              Larry Piretra

                                                                              Larry Piretra

                                                                              Physical Therapist

                                                                              • BS in Health Science, Springfield College
                                                                              • DPT, Springfield College

                                                                              • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                              • Golf Programming Lead
                                                                              • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                              • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional — Level 2 (TPI-FP2)
                                                                              Larry Piretra

                                                                              Naples

                                                                               

                                                                              “I enjoy challenging my body physically and mentally, seeing what we are truly capable of when we set our mind to something. There's no better feeling than accomplishing goals you never thought were possible.”

                                                                              Larry Piretra, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, TPI-M2, is a physical therapist and strength and conditioning specialist who serves as the Naples Site Lead. As a Titleist Medical and Fitness Professional, Larry also serves as the Golf Programming Lead for Performance.

                                                                              His experience includes working at outpatient orthopedic-focused clinics, treating patients of all ages as well as clinic affiliations with veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and high-level athletes in Birmingham, Alabama. Larry has also worked with local high school sports teams to implement ACL injury prevention programs and with local senior citizens’ centers to screen for and reduce risk of falling.

                                                                              As an athlete, Larry has always had tremendous respect for physical therapists that helped him overcome injuries and get back to playing collegiate basketball. Now, he is able to return the favor and help people get back to the sport they love. He particularly enjoys working with golfers, both on the physical therapy and fitness sides. As a TPI Professional, Larry bridges the gap between rehabilitation, staying pain-free, and improving strength, power, and performance.

                                                                              Larry does not believe in a one-size-fits-all philosophy, and instead takes care to listen to his clients and alter his approach to meet their specific needs and goals. He is also a strong proponent of taking ownership, both as a therapist and as a client. Being proactive and taking ownership not only improves outcomes, but builds up those around you.

                                                                              In his free time, you can either find him trying a new local restaurant or playing golf.

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                                                                                Koren Bradshaw

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                                                                                Koren Bradshaw

                                                                                Koren Bradshaw

                                                                                Nutritionist

                                                                                • BS in Finance, Marketing, Boston College
                                                                                • MS in Nutrition, University of Bridgeport

                                                                                • Certified Dietetic Nutritionist (CDN)
                                                                                • Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC)
                                                                                Koren Bradshaw

                                                                                All Locations

                                                                                 

                                                                                “I truly love teaching clients about nutrition and the impact food has on our wellness; I love empowering people to feel their best by making the best choices to fuel their bodies.”

                                                                                Koren Bradshaw, MS, CDN, CLC, is a nutritionist who specializes in working with new/expecting mothers and women’s health, as well as in autoimmune and thyroid issues, food allergies and sensitivities, celiac disease and anti-aging. Her previous experience includes working as a nutritionist and lactation consultant, as well as starting her own practice.

                                                                                A previous stint in the corporate office of a well-known quick-serve restaurant chain known for its treats, opened Koren’s eyes to hidden ingredients and just how damaging these commonly consumed treats really are. Around the same time, her oldest child was born with life-threatening food allergies, leading Koren to throw herself into research on how the food we eat impacts our bodies. These events, combined with a lifelong passion for wellness and healthy eating, motivated Koren to change the trajectory of her career path and become a nutritionist in order to help others on their own paths to wellness.

                                                                                Koren believes everyone has the power to feel and look their best, and much of that power lies in the food we choose to put in our bodies as fuel and the activities we choose to use that fuel for. By educating her clients and simplifying concepts, Koren helps her clients understand which foods work best with their individual biochemistry and lifestyle, as well as how to make diet and lifestyle choices that will help them to feel their best, boost their energy and feel comfortable in their skin without restrictive eating or dieting.

                                                                                Koren is a mom of two and lives in Fairfield with her husband, kids and pup. She loves to cook and stay active and heads to the beach as often as she can.

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                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi

                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi

                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi

                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi

                                                                                  Golf Trainer

                                                                                  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                                                  • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional — Level 2 (TPI-F2)
                                                                                  • TPI Power Level 2 Certified
                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi

                                                                                  Westport

                                                                                   

                                                                                  “I value ownership and accountability because I know no one can do things for me. Results come from a consistent exercise work ethic and healthy choices.”

                                                                                  Kirsten deBiasi, CPT, TPI-F2, is a TPI certified golf trainer at Performance based in Westport. She specializes in golf corrective exercises that are based on balance stability and mobility, as they are crucial foundations to speed, strength and power in the game of golf.

                                                                                  As a personal trainer, Kirsten came to realize that she could apply her skills in a specific niche: golf. This married her love for sports fitness and the game of golf. As a golf trainer, Kirsten is passionate about motivating people to move better, perform to their best ability and use proper form. This is important not just for achieving results, but for preventing future injuries, as well.

                                                                                  Kirsten sets up her clients for success with personalized fitness plans include proper nutrition, adequate sleep and sufficient recovery — it’s the quality, not quantity that makes the biggest difference.

                                                                                  In her free time, Kirsten is all about competitive rowing (she’s a sculler). But in her actual free time, she likes to snowboard, bike, play golf (of course), do some gardening and bake sourdough bread.

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                                                                                    Kiera Klaum

                                                                                    Kiera Klaum

                                                                                    Kiera Klaum

                                                                                    Kiera Klaum

                                                                                    Physical Therapist

                                                                                    • BS in Allied Health Sciences, University of Hartford
                                                                                    • DPT, University of Hartford
                                                                                    Kiera Klaum

                                                                                    Darien

                                                                                     

                                                                                    "I am firm believer that mobility is medicine and being active can do a world of good."

                                                                                    Kiera Klaum, PT, DPT, is based out of the Darien office. She focuses on orthopedic physical therapy, has experience with post-operative and post-COVID care and has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds, including athletes.

                                                                                    While at the University of Hartford, Kiera worked with the Division I volleyball team, exploring how improving lower extremity power increases vertical jump height.

                                                                                    Having always been a runner, Kiera finds movement key in daily activities. She appreciates the body’s ability to heal and enjoys being the person who can guide that healing process. As a physical therapist, Kiera seeks to optimize the rehabilitation experience as much as possible, focusing on the details and consistently following up with her care.

                                                                                    In her off time, you can find Kiera running, on a hiking trail or spending time with her friends and family. She’s also an avid fan of the New York Islanders — but please don’t let Kevin know.

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                                                                                      Kevin Cota

                                                                                      Kevin Cota

                                                                                      Kevin Cota

                                                                                      Kevin Cota

                                                                                      Physical Therapist

                                                                                      • BS in Allied Health Sciences, University of Connecticut
                                                                                      • DPT, University of Connecticut

                                                                                      • Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS)
                                                                                      • Certified in Active Release Therapy (ART)
                                                                                      • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                      Kevin Cota

                                                                                      Darien Site Lead

                                                                                       

                                                                                      "I empower people to live better by encouraging wellness in all aspects of their lives."

                                                                                      Kevin Cota, PT, DPT, SCS, ART, CDN, is a board-certified sports clinical specialist, certified in active release therapy and a certified dry needling specialist. Growing up in a family with only brothers and playing three varsity sports throughout high school, he grew up constantly competing. Now, Kevin has found a new kind of competition: getting his clients back to what they love as quickly and safely as possible. He enjoys being able to diagnose and treat orthopedic and sports injuries due to the complex nature of human movement and demands that are placed on the body daily. Kevin specializes in adolescent injuries and return to sport interventions for athletes.

                                                                                      Kevin previously served as the physical therapist for the New York Rangers, and is currently consulting for the team. When he is not working, Kevin can be found on a boat, fishing, playing hockey or spending time with his family.

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                                                                                        Keaton Mangi

                                                                                        Keaton Mangi

                                                                                        Athletic Trainer

                                                                                        • BS in Psychology, Sacred Heart University
                                                                                        • MS in Athletic Training, Sacred Heart University

                                                                                        • American Red Cross CPR/AED - Basic Life Support
                                                                                        Keaton Mangi

                                                                                        Greenwich

                                                                                         

                                                                                        “I strive to do my best with each and every client or athlete that I work with. I want them to continue to go out and perform in their daily lives to the fullest of abilities.”

                                                                                        Keaton Mangi, MS, is an athletic trainer who specializes in upper extremity throwing mechanics and rehabilitation.

                                                                                        Keaton has experience working with both collegiate Division I athletes and high school students, supporting 21 different sports teams over three years. Keaton was a physical therapy aide prior to getting his degree in athletic training, an experience that provided him with early insight into biomechanics as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention.

                                                                                        When working, he develops personal bonds with his clients and athletes, as he believes that developing trust and comfort is one of the best ways to enhance his clients’ outcomes.

                                                                                        Outside of his work, Keaton is an avid runner and overall loves being active in any way possible.

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                                                                                          Jonathon Mendola

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                                                                                          Jonathon Mendola

                                                                                          Jonathon Mendola

                                                                                          Physical Therapist

                                                                                          • BS in Health Science Studies, Quinnipiac University
                                                                                          • DPT, Quinnipiac University

                                                                                          • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                          Jonathon Mendola

                                                                                          Darien

                                                                                           

                                                                                          "It is hard to find the energy to push through and achieve your goals. I am here to help you navigate that experience."

                                                                                          Jonathon Mendola, PT, DPT, CSCS, is a detail-oriented physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is particularly interested in working with patients post-op, clients dealing with joint replacements, as well as weekend warriors.

                                                                                          Jon has completed a series of rigorous affiliations, including a rotation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he worked with military cadets and retired military veterans. He also worked with top rehab physicians and therapists at Keller Army hospital. Jon is currently pursuing further education on sleep and pain science to continue building out his knowledge of the human body.

                                                                                          Jon's holistic, empathetic and caring approach is built around the client as a whole; he takes into account his clients' experience and pain journey, utilizing multiple facets of their health to help get them to their goals.

                                                                                          Working with his hands is Jonathon’s passion. From providing physical therapy to taking care of cars and wood working, Jonathon thrives on creativity and his ability to problem solve. He also enjoyed playing intramural soccer in college.

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                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht

                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht

                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht

                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht

                                                                                            Athletic Trainer

                                                                                            • BS in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University

                                                                                            • Basic Life Support Certification (BLS)
                                                                                            • Athletic Trainer Certified, Licensed (LATC)
                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht

                                                                                            New Canaan

                                                                                             

                                                                                            “I empower people to live better by pushing them to do their best and helping them with their struggles.”

                                                                                            Harrison Ranscht, ATC, is an athletic trainer deeply embedded in his community. He serves as the assistant athletic trainer for the University of Bridgeport’s women’s lacrosse and men’s soccer teams, athletic trainer for New Canaan Youth Football and assistant athletic trainer at the Danbury Ice Arena.

                                                                                            As an athletic trainer, Harrison looks at every detail in an athletes’ routine to determine the cause of an injury. An injury can be cause by a minor factor that can throw of the whole system and finding that factor and treating it with modalities and rehabilitation can work wonders for the athletes’ performance — and overall confidence in their sport.

                                                                                            In his free time, Harrison enjoys playing golf, going to professional sporting events, and watching football, soccer and basketball.

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                                                                                              Gloria Christiano

                                                                                              Gloria Christiano

                                                                                              Gloria Christiano

                                                                                              Gloria Christiano

                                                                                              Physical Therapist

                                                                                              • B.A. in Psychology, Mount Saint Mary College
                                                                                              • DPT, University of Hartford

                                                                                              • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                                              • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                              • Graston Technique Specialist
                                                                                              Gloria Christiano

                                                                                              Westport

                                                                                               

                                                                                              “I believe each patient requires unique individualized treatment plans centered around meaningful goals to help restore and optimize function.”

                                                                                              Gloria Christiano, PT, DPT, OCS, is a physical therapist who is passionate about elevating the healthcare experience through a holistic treatment approach and emphasis on creating a therapeutic alliance with patients. She utilizes education and patient empowerment to achieve the exceptional outcomes for everyone she treats. She believes having shared goals with her patients creates mutual accountability to help restore and optimize function.

                                                                                              Gloria is certified in the Graston technique, which allows her to perform instrument-based soft tissue mobilization techniques. She is also working toward other advanced specialties in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine.

                                                                                              Gloria treats a wide variety of sports-related injuries, general orthopedics, and has a clinical fondness for ACL rehabilitation and return to sport. She is motivated to help patients successfully reach their maximum potential through exceptional patient-centered care.

                                                                                              When not in the clinic, Gloria enjoys spending quality time with her family, watching sports, and traveling to National Parks.

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                                                                                                Francine Blinten

                                                                                                Francine Blinten

                                                                                                Francine Blinten

                                                                                                Francine Blinten

                                                                                                Nutritionist

                                                                                                • BS in Business, Hofstra University
                                                                                                • MBA in Finance, Fordham University
                                                                                                • MS in Bionitrition, Nutrition Institute at Bridgeport University

                                                                                                • Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN)
                                                                                                • Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS)
                                                                                                Francine Blinten

                                                                                                All Locations

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                "I empower people by connecting with them, discovering their motivations, gaining their trust and listening to them."

                                                                                                Francine Blinten, MBA, MS, CCN, CNS, has worn many hats: she started out in the finance sector, and later transitioned into the world of nutrition after having children. She looked for a new project to focus her energy on and drew on her childhood upbringing that was full of healthy eating habits. Francine specializes in disease prevention, management of chronic disease, weight management, gastrointestinal disorders and bone support. She also has a subspecialty in oncology nutrition.

                                                                                                Francine is a firm believer of listening to what your body needs and creating a unique, comprehensive diet that meets those specific goals, steering away from a quick fix. She uses laboratory results, medical history and the client's background to customize an eating plan appropriate for the their age, gender and lifestyle.

                                                                                                Outside her role at Performance, Francine is a lecturer at the Yale School of Medicine and consults for the Connecticut Mental Health Center, a partnership between Yale University and State of Connecticut.

                                                                                                Publications:
                                                                                                Better Eating and Recovery: Addressing Food Insecurity at an Urban Community Mental Health Center, International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (2016).

                                                                                                Hunger is a Health Issue, Health Progress (2019).

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                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle

                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle

                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle

                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle

                                                                                                  Physical Therapist

                                                                                                  • Bachelor of Dance Arts, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
                                                                                                  • MS in Physical Therapy, Central Michigan University
                                                                                                  • Advanced Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, New York University

                                                                                                  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                                                  • Pilates Mat and Equipment Certification
                                                                                                  • Florida Telehealth Provider
                                                                                                  • Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers
                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle

                                                                                                  Greenwich

                                                                                                   

                                                                                                  “Movement is essential to life. I am passionate about empowering people to move mindfully, efficiently, and fearlessly.”

                                                                                                  Elisa LaBelle, PT, MSPT, is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy practicing in Greenwich, with a specialty in performing arts medicine. She holds an Advanced Certificate in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from New York University as well as Pilates Mat and Equipment Certifications.

                                                                                                  With over 20 years of experience, Elisa has worked in top-ranked teaching hospitals including New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Harkness Center for Dance Injuries/NYU Langone Health, as well as private practices across Connecticut and New York.

                                                                                                  Elisa has lectured and co-presented on presentations covering injury prevention for the dancer and clinical perspectives on dance medicine. She also took part in creating and presenting NYU Langone Health continuing education content as a member of the dance medicine team at Harkness, in addition to providing backstage and onsite physical therapy services for the performing arts community in and around New York City.

                                                                                                  Elisa is licensed to provide telehealth physical therapy in Florida.

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                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto

                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto

                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto

                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto

                                                                                                    Massage Therapist

                                                                                                    • BS in Therapeutic Recreation, Temple University
                                                                                                    • Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy

                                                                                                    • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
                                                                                                    • NCTRC Certified
                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto

                                                                                                    Westport

                                                                                                     

                                                                                                    "I work with my hands, but it comes from my heart."

                                                                                                    Deirdre Otto, LMT, is a massage therapist who specializes in stress management and pain reduction. She works with a variety of clients, but is passionate about working with people who are seeking to reduce their pain.

                                                                                                    Working closely with physical therapists allows Deirdre to be an integral part in the treatment process of many physical therapy clients, both during the treatment and after they are discharged. Deirdre's goal is to help her clients feel better and return to the things and activities they love, as soon as possible.

                                                                                                    Deirdre started out as a recreational therapist, and has worked with patients on their recovery of physical and mental function. She brings this knowledge into her approach as a massage therapist, maintaining an adaptive approach that helps her to tailor each massage for the client's specific needs.

                                                                                                    Deirdre is an excellent resource for her clients, providing them with self-care tips and ways to manage stress.

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                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale

                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale

                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale

                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale

                                                                                                      Physical Therapist

                                                                                                      • BS in Clinical Health Studies, Ithaca College
                                                                                                      • DPT, Ithaca College

                                                                                                      • Women's Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
                                                                                                      • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                                      • Pre/Post-Natal Fitness Specialist
                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale

                                                                                                      Greenwich, New Canaan

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      “I am genuinely invested in each patient’s treatment plan and overall wellbeing to help optimize their full potential and achieve their goals.”

                                                                                                      Danielle Pasquale, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist certified in dry needling, women's pelvic health, and pre/post-natal fitness. She has always had a passion for helping people, and decided to funnel that drive into physical therapy and teaching others how to live their healthiest life.

                                                                                                      Danielle attended Ithaca College to obtain her doctorate in physical therapy where she led a biomechanics research team looking at ACL return to sport testing and worked with collegiate athletes to ensure proper progression back to their sport.

                                                                                                      As someone who values living a healthy and active lifestyle, Danielle began her specialty in women’s health and pre/post-natal performance to give women the tools and training to safely continue to live an active life during and after pregnancy. Danielle believes that showing compassion and dedication builds trust between provider and patient, providing the motivation they need to achieve their goals.

                                                                                                      In her free time, Danielle enjoys staying active attending new exercise classes, doing hot yoga, and playing with her dog Callie.

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                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan

                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan

                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan

                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan

                                                                                                        Personal Trainer

                                                                                                        • BS in Psychology, University of Connecticut

                                                                                                        • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan

                                                                                                        Westport

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                        "My goal is to make hard work an enjoyable experience, and I am here to provide the framework and take you through the steps necessary to help you achieve optimal health.”

                                                                                                        Christopher Nolan, CSCS, is a firm believer that nothing should be taken for granted and no small detail overlooked. As a former athlete, Chris has always been driven to make his body perform at an optimal level. Becoming a personal trainer was the perfect opportunity to funnel that same passion to other areas of his life.

                                                                                                        Chris worked in an athletic training facility at the University of Connecticut with a variety of athletes, including men's and women's track and field, softball, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and field hockey. Chris also worked at New Canaan High School as a strength and conditioning coach for the school's men’s basketball and hockey teams.

                                                                                                        Chris is passionate about expanding his knowledge in exercise science and sport-specific training. He aims to obtain a certification as a Functional Strength Coach, as well as several other certifications down the line to further improve his skill set.

                                                                                                        When he is not learning about exercise science and the body, Chris enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, including boxing, MMA, football and basketball. He will never turn down an offer to try new restaurants and breweries or spend time with his friends.

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                                                                                                          Christina Merrill

                                                                                                          Christina Merrill

                                                                                                          Christina Merrill

                                                                                                          Christina Merrill

                                                                                                          Pilates Instructor

                                                                                                          • BFA in Dance, University of the Arts

                                                                                                          • Mat Pilates Certified, Comprehensive Equipment trained through Balanced Body
                                                                                                          Christina Merrill

                                                                                                          Westport, Greenwich

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                          "I am always rooting for people. When they feel cared for, they achieve more."

                                                                                                          Christina Merrill is a lifelong dancer who channels her passion for movement into Pilates. She is particularly skilled in the contemporary technique, which emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach to Pilates. Christina has always been interested in quality of movement, and she focuses on flexibility, strength, coordination and body/spatial awareness.

                                                                                                          Christina believes that Pilates creates a strong foundation to do other things in life, especially through reconnecting you when you are pulled in many different directions.

                                                                                                          When she is not practicing Pilates, Christina taps into her dance background, having concentrated in jazz in college. She currently teaches and performs in Fairfield County.

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                                                                                                            Chris Donato

                                                                                                            Chris Donato

                                                                                                            Chris Donato

                                                                                                            Chris Donato

                                                                                                            Physical Therapist

                                                                                                            • BS in Exercise Science, Sacred Heart University
                                                                                                            • DPT, Sacred Heart University
                                                                                                            Chris Donato

                                                                                                            New Canaan

                                                                                                             

                                                                                                            “I strive to empower people to live a better life, optimize their function, and motivate them to achieve and exceed their goals.”

                                                                                                            Chris Donato, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist based in New Canaan who enjoys working with all populations. He specializes in working with athletes, especially overhead athletes, drawing from his time playing five years of club baseball at Sacred Heart University.

                                                                                                            Prior to joining Performance, Chris completed a 10-week clinical rotation with the San Francisco Giants, working with professional baseball players to help optimize their recovery and return to sport. At the same time, he pushed them to perform at the highest possible level while relying on sustainable improvements to enhance their athletic performance.

                                                                                                            Chris carries over his athletic mindset to motivate all kinds of clients and problem solve efficiently, and he enjoys utilizing his hands-on clinical skills to improve client outcomes. His ability to listen and understand the client allows him to find salient ways to overcome all obstacles and enhance their recovery process.

                                                                                                            In his off time, Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching baseball and playing softball.

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                                                                                                              Carter Bushway

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                                                                                                              Carter Bushway

                                                                                                              Carter Bushway

                                                                                                              Personal Trainer

                                                                                                              • BS in Exercise Science, Ithaca College

                                                                                                              • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                                                                              Carter Bushway

                                                                                                              Greenwich

                                                                                                               

                                                                                                              "Even though exercise can be a 'chore,' I'm here to make it fun and comfortable while giving people confidence."

                                                                                                              Carter Bushway, CPT, has channeled his passion for exercise into everything he does. He seeks to be a resource both in and out of the gym for his clients and tries to get to know them and getter a better perspective on what they are working towards.

                                                                                                              Originally interested in athletic training, Carter realized he wanted to work with all types of people, not just athletes. Now, giving people confidence and making them comfortable in an uncomfortable environment is his specialty. He writes personalized fitness programs for each client so that they can achieve their own Optimal Health goals their own way and at their own pace. Carter is also the instructor for all Forever Fit classes at Greenwich, and enjoys creating fun and functional exercise routines for those who want to keep their bodies moving as the years go on.

                                                                                                              At Ithaca College, Carter worked with gymnasts, football players and women’s lacrosse athletes while working on a research project that examined college endurance athletes. His research team looked at which running modality — ground, treadmill or non-motorized treadmill — for training was better, a study he is currently working to get published.

                                                                                                              Carter has a passion for basketball, balance and stability training, group fitness classes and working with older adults. On the side, he likes to cook, write poetry, go kayaking and play fetch with his dog.

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                                                                                                                Carolyn Surgent

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                                                                                                                Carolyn Surgent

                                                                                                                Carolyn Surgent

                                                                                                                Physical Therapist

                                                                                                                • BA in Architectural History, New York University
                                                                                                                • DPT, New York University

                                                                                                                • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                                                Carolyn Surgent

                                                                                                                Greenwich

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                "I have a real commitment to life-long learning; I love what I do."

                                                                                                                Carolyn Surgent, PT, DPT, FDN, is a mover by nature and loves to explore how the body works and moves. Though she started out in the field of architectural history, she danced professionally after obtaining her degree. Instead of studying the structure and function of buildings, she began to take an interest in the structure and function of the human body.

                                                                                                                With an interest in orthopedics that runs in the family, Carolyn combined it with her love for the art of movement and obtained her DPT from New York University, a career choice that allows her to spend time and build relationships with her patients. She holds a deep curiosity on helping people and enjoys educating others on the importance of taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing.

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                                                                                                                  Britt Gunsser

                                                                                                                  Britt Gunsser

                                                                                                                  Physical Therapist

                                                                                                                  • BS in Exercise Science, University of Delaware
                                                                                                                  • DPT, Rutgers University

                                                                                                                  • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                                                                  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                                                  • Certified Schroth Therapist
                                                                                                                  • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                                                  • Road Runners Club of America Running Coach
                                                                                                                    Britt Gunsser

                                                                                                                    Greenwich

                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                    "I empower people by getting to know what they truly value and hold them accountable to achieving their goals."

                                                                                                                    Britt Gunsser, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, certified Schroth therapist and dry needling specialist. She has completed extensive work on running rehabilitation and is an RRCA Running Coach. As a physical therapist and board certified orthopedic clinical specialist, Britt takes a comprehensive approach to recovery, taking an in depth look at the causes of injury and conditions to provide the best treatment possible.

                                                                                                                    Britt has a passion for helping people in need, and physical therapy allows her to be a resource and teacher for them. She related to her clients, having grown up with a special-needs family member who also worked with a physical therapist, and having herself gone through physical therapy twice.

                                                                                                                    As a physical therapist, Britt takes care to get to know all of her patients, including their goals and hobbies. This helps guide their treatment, as she can tailor to them in a way that will result the greatest success and achieve their goals.

                                                                                                                    When she is not running through Central Park, Britt is exploring the city’s best pizza places and watching New York Giants games.

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                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc

                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc

                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc

                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc

                                                                                                                      Physical Therapist

                                                                                                                      • BS in Athletic Training, University of Connecticut
                                                                                                                      • DPT, Sacred Heart University

                                                                                                                      • Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                                                                      • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                                                      • Licensed Athletic Trainer, Certified (LATC)
                                                                                                                      • HSS Hip Preservation Specialist
                                                                                                                      • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Medical Professional — Level 2 (TPI-M2)
                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc

                                                                                                                      Westport

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                      "I have a passion for making people better, starting with educating them. I give them the tools they need to be effective in reaching their goals."

                                                                                                                      Brian Kuruc, PT, DPT, OCS, TPI-M2, is a physical therapist, dry needling specialist, and TPI certified medical golf professional. He has completed several advanced clinical rotations, including Spring Training with the San Francisco Giants. Brian enjoys working with athletes of all ages; he used to work with minor league players on injury rehabilitation programs and currently serves as a physical therapist and athletic trainer for the Westport PAL Youth Football League.

                                                                                                                      Brian makes it his mission to educate his patients. He helps them understand not only what he is working on, but why certain exercises and treatments help more than others. His clients are part of their own treatment every step of the way and enjoy a collaborative environment where everyone recognizes the importance of working as a team to achieve individual goals.

                                                                                                                      Anyone that is highly motivated and is looking to get better is a good match for Brian, who has a passion for helping others improve their lives, especially athletes. When Brian is not outside staying active through tennis, running and basketball, he enjoys mind puzzles, video games and fantasy sports.

                                                                                                                      Publications:
                                                                                                                      Reliability of elbow extension, sensory response, and structural differentiation of Upper Limb Tension Test A in a healthy, asymptomatic population (2019).

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                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                                                                                        Personal Trainer, Wellness Lead

                                                                                                                        • BS in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Quinnipiac University
                                                                                                                        • MBA in Healthcare Management, Quinnipiac University

                                                                                                                        • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                                                        • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
                                                                                                                        • Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certified
                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley

                                                                                                                        Greenwich

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                        “My goal is to help foster connections that lead to a deeper understanding of the patient's injury and goals.”

                                                                                                                        Brendan Copley, CSCS, ATC, is a personal trainer who specializes in working with endurance athletes and post-rehab clients. Brendan also serves as the Wellness Lead across all Performance locations.

                                                                                                                        Brendan previously worked at a physical therapy cooperative where he performed athletic training outreach to University of Vermont club sports, corporate wellness programs, local organizations, and group fitness classes. He has also worked as an athletic trainer for the Washington State University rowing team and for Quinnipiac University’s cross-country and track teams.

                                                                                                                        Brendan also completed the Pain-Free Performance Specialist Certification, an integrated prevention-based system for personal trainers to optimize their client’s fitness and performance around the common presence of pain, dysfunction and injuries.

                                                                                                                        With his background as an athletic trainer, Brendan is able to look at personal training through a lens of injury prevention in conjunction with sports performance. His background allows him to facilitate effective communication with the care team and more consistent training.

                                                                                                                        Brendan was a cross-country athlete at Quinnipiac University, which led to his interest in personal training. He had many positive experiences with healthcare and sports performance professionals throughout his time as an athlete and wants to be able to help others in the same way.

                                                                                                                        Outside of work, Brendan loves outdoor activities. Some of his favorites are running, rock climbing, snowboarding, and hiking.

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                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty

                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty

                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty

                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty

                                                                                                                          Physical Therapist

                                                                                                                          • BS in Athletic Training, Boston University
                                                                                                                          • DPT, Boston University

                                                                                                                          • Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS)
                                                                                                                          • Certified in Dry Needling
                                                                                                                          • Pre/Post-Natal Fitness Specialist
                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty

                                                                                                                          New Canaan Site Lead

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                          “I empower people to live better by finding out what is important to them so I can help them achieve their goals.”

                                                                                                                          Ashley Moriarty, PT, DPT, OCS, is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist who is certified in dry needling and pre- and post-natal fitness. She has a passion for helping people move better and stay active, especially new moms.

                                                                                                                          Ashley attended Boston University for both undergraduate and graduate studies and stayed to work in the Boston area for a number of years after she graduated. She joined Performance in the fall of 2019 and now works as the New Canaan Site Lead.

                                                                                                                          As a provider, Ashley understands the importance of actively listening to her clients, getting to know them as a whole person and not just their injury, and helping them get back to what's important to them.

                                                                                                                          Outside of work, you can find Ashley sitting on a beach, skiing a black diamond, or spending time with her husband, infant son, and golden retriever.

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                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry

                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry

                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry

                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry

                                                                                                                            Nutritionist

                                                                                                                            • BS in Health Science, University of Bridgeport
                                                                                                                            • MS in Human Nutrition, University of Bridgeport
                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry

                                                                                                                            Most Locations

                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                            “I pride myself on providing motivation, support and accountability to clients. Because eating is so personal and often requires behavior change, I ensure my clients know that I am there for them every step of the way.”

                                                                                                                            Ashley Jerry, MS, is a nutritionist who specializes in a variety of fields, including food sensitivities, medical conditions, and sports nutrition. Her expertise includes gut health issues, weight loss, self-image and an overall understanding of nutrition, as well as treating a diverse range of medical conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood glucose levels, obesity, pregnancy, gastrointestinal function, anxiety, depression, and overall health. Ashley also specializes in sports-specific nutrition guidance, including for sports such as powerlifting, running, bodybuilding, crew, football, and more.

                                                                                                                            One of Ashley’s fortes is designing customized nutrition protocols to include meal plans, grocery lists, health tips, and supplement recommendations. Having the ability and knowledge to assess lab results helps Ashley to create a comprehensive eating guide to keep her clients on track and improve overall health.

                                                                                                                            Ashley is a strong advocate of having a strong knowledge of nutrition, which makes all the difference in a person’s mental and physical strength. Childhood obesity is something that she is also very passionate about, as educating children on how to take care of their bodies is the start to implementing preventative care long term.

                                                                                                                            Ashley provides telehealth services to clients based in Florida and New York, as well as telehealth and onsite services in Connecticut, with the exception of Greenwich. Outside of work, Ashley is very involved in the bodybuilding world, as competing and training is a huge part of her life. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as spending time with her French bulldog, Leo.

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                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti

                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti

                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti

                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti

                                                                                                                              Mental Performance Consultant

                                                                                                                              • BA in Communications and Sport Studies, Manhattanville College
                                                                                                                              • MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Western Washington University
                                                                                                                              • MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Western States
                                                                                                                              • Ed.D., Sport and Performance Psychology, University of Western States
                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti

                                                                                                                              All Locations

                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                              “I empower people to live better by helping them increase their self-awareness and recognize that they have the ability within themselves to create change in their life.”

                                                                                                                              Arianna Martignetti, Ed.D., is a mental performance consultant who works with individual athletes, weekend warriors and teams at all levels, including competitive youth, high school, and collegiate levels, as well as recreational athletes.

                                                                                                                              As a lifelong learner, Arianna is motivated by connecting with others and engaging in activities or conversations that fuel her natural curiosity. Having experienced injuries and mental barriers as an athlete herself, Arianna wants to be the mental performance consultant for her clients that she was not able to have when she needed one.

                                                                                                                              Combined with her passion for educating others, Arianna works with her clients to fine-tune their mental skills or increase their self-awareness to create the change that they want and achieve their goals— and more. Arianna takes a person-centered and collaborative approach with her clients and does her best to meet them where they are at in their journey.

                                                                                                                              Arianna was an undergraduate instructor at Manhattanville College for four years, as well as a faculty advisor and research coordinator. Arianna’s work has been published in the Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education and her research areas focus primarily on burnout and sport psychology professional quality of life.

                                                                                                                              She has also been a peer reviewer for several journals as well as a guest lecturer and presenter at universities and conferences. She is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, American Counseling Association, and the American Psychological Association.

                                                                                                                              On a personal note, Arianna enjoys spending time with her family, as well as hiking, camping, and spending as much time as possible in nature with her partner, Alexander.

                                                                                                                              Publication:
                                                                                                                              The Relationship Between Burnout and Depression in Intercollegiate Athletes: An Examination of Gender and Sport-Type, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education (2020)

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                                                                                                                                Anne Triano

                                                                                                                                Anne Triano

                                                                                                                                Anne Triano

                                                                                                                                Anne Triano

                                                                                                                                Massage Therapist

                                                                                                                                • BA in Communications, Fordham University
                                                                                                                                • Cortiva Institute, Massage Therapy program

                                                                                                                                • Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)
                                                                                                                                • American Massage Therapy Association Member
                                                                                                                                Anne Triano

                                                                                                                                Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien

                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                "I care for each of my clients. I love empowering people and having the opportunity to see them progress on their journey to Optimal Health."

                                                                                                                                Anne Triano, LMT, is both a mother and mentor. After raising her three sons with her husband Chuck, she completed the Massage Program at Cortiva Institute and now helps her clients on the road to wellness. Anne loves having the opportunity to see people progress and improve their conditions through massage therapy. She focuses on the best treatment for her clients and utilizes various massage techniques such as prenatal, trigger point therapy, sports and deep tissue, Swedish and relaxation.

                                                                                                                                Having herself gone through many injuries and physical therapy, Anne knows how hard it can be to recover without a helping hand. Anne is interested in physiology and anatomy and is always willing to learn more about the body and mind to provide the best massage experience possible. She even continues to participate in Massage Therapy Continuing Education courses.

                                                                                                                                Anne continues to stay active through yoga, tennis, golf, long walks and biking. Books also capture her attention — especially historical fiction, psychological thrillers and memoirs.

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                                                                                                                                  Allyson Yandow

                                                                                                                                  Allyson Yandow

                                                                                                                                  Allyson Yandow

                                                                                                                                  Allyson Yandow

                                                                                                                                  Personal Trainer

                                                                                                                                  • BS in Sport Management, Castleton University

                                                                                                                                  • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
                                                                                                                                  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
                                                                                                                                  • NASM Nutrition Certified
                                                                                                                                  Allyson Yandow

                                                                                                                                  Darien

                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                  “It’s the little things that can make a world of a difference. When it comes to form during exercise, healthy habits, and celebrating little victories, these seemingly small details may not make a huge difference on their own, but the sum can make a difference in performance and healthy living.”

                                                                                                                                  Ally Yandow, CPT, is a certified personal trainer who specializes in corrective exercises, post-rehab training, and working with clients who have injuries or limitations, and she became nutrition certified in the fall of 2021.

                                                                                                                                  As a trainer, Ally seeks to be empathetic, patient and understanding. She pays attention to detail and stresses the importance of the role safety plays in helping her clients achieve their goals. Having herself been injured, she understands the added stress injury recovery places on an individual.

                                                                                                                                  Ally has a passion for helping people of all ages and abilities get healthier and gain strength, especially in order to prevent future injuries and to build productive habits to create a longer, healthier and happier life.

                                                                                                                                  In her off time, you can find Ally staying active through hiking, biking, swimming, and playing basketball and soccer.

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                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright

                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright

                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright

                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright

                                                                                                                                    Mental Performance Consultant

                                                                                                                                    • BA in Philosophy, LaSalle University
                                                                                                                                    • M.Ed. in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Temple University
                                                                                                                                    • Ph.D. in Sport & Exercise Psychology, Temple University

                                                                                                                                    • Professionally Certified Coach (PCC)
                                                                                                                                    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
                                                                                                                                    • Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP)
                                                                                                                                    • Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES)
                                                                                                                                    • Titleist Performance Institute Certified Fitness Professional (TPI-F1)
                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright

                                                                                                                                    Virtual — All Locations

                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                    “I am driven by a model of servant leadership. I aspire to share power, put the needs of others first, and help people develop and perform as highly as possible by leveraging their strengths and honoring what is unique about each individual.”

                                                                                                                                    Adam Wright, M.Ed., Ph.D., is a mental performance consultant who has worked with athletes at all levels, business executives, and medical professionals, among others.

                                                                                                                                    A published, peer-reviewed author, college instructor in sport psychology, and speaker on optimal human performance, Adam has made an impact not just in the classroom, but in the NFL, the European PGA, MLS, and Wall Street. He is also currently the director of mental performance for the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Team.

                                                                                                                                    Adam sees the field of applied sport and performance psychology as intellectually engaging and personally fulfilling, as it requires an intense curiosity for lifelong cross-disciplinary learning that is not limited to a research lab. Rather, it is an opportunity to engage with clients directly to creatively and artfully apply the science of performance to help them thrive in their life and craft.

                                                                                                                                    As a lifelong learner, Adam continues his education in counseling and psychotherapy at St. Bonaventure University and the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis.

                                                                                                                                    He currently resides with his wife, son, and Goldendoodle. After spending the last decade volunteering his time as a youth coach across multiple sports, Adam now spends his spare time obsessively digesting books and listening to podcasts related to optimal performance while running, lifting, obstacle course racing, golfing, mountain biking, skiing, and sometimes discussing philosophy, wine, microbrews, and 911s.

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