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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, DPT, PT is a physical therapist and certified dry needling specialist based out of our Westport location. Muhammad graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor in Exercise Science degree and obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Muhammad performed on the Division I Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field Teams, while also serving in the U.S. Army, which he continues to serve as a reservist. As part of his education, Muhammad completed a competitive residency-style clinical affiliation at Keesler Air Force Base, treating active duty service members, military dependents, and government contractors with various musculoskeletal conditions. Muhammad has been accepted as an orthopedic resident at Performance. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Olivia Bolen
Olivia Bolen, DPT, PT is a physical therapist based out of our Westport location. Olivia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Sacred Heart University and was a member of their biological honors society program. She went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University, where her clinical experience ranged from total knee and total hip replacements to experience with high level competitive CrossFit athletes. We are excited to have such a versatile physical therapist on staff leading the charge in our Westport location. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Shane Foley
Shane Foley DPT, PT, OCS, FDN is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist, certified Schroth therapist and a certified dry needling specialist based out of our Greenwich location. Shane graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and was the captain of the Division 1 Men's Lacrosse Team at Sacred Heart. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart University, where he also completed his orthopedic residency program. Shane specializes in adolescent sports orthopedics, and scoliosis treatment. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Britt Gunsser
Britt Gunsser, DPT, PT, CSCS is a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist based out of our Manhattan location. Britt obtained a Bachelor in Science degree in exercise science from the University of Delaware and went on to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Rutgers University. Britt treats patients at all levels and specializes in adolescent athletes and runners of all ages. Britt has concentrated her efforts towards continuing education courses in the assessment of running injuries and injury prevention for runners. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Robert Mahlman
Robert Mahlman DPT, PT is a physical therapist based out of our Greenwich and Westport locations. Robert graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy with honors from Sacred Heart University. Robert completed his final clinical affiliation with the United States Air Force at Keesler Air Force Base, where he worked with top military and civilian physical therapists to provide evidence-based care to our active duty military, veterans, and their dependents. Currently, Robert is in our orthopedic physical therapy residency program and on track to become an orthopedic clinical specialist. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Jonathon Mendola
Jonathon Mendola DPT, PT, CSCS is a physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist based out of our Darien location. Jonathon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health science studies at Quinnipiac University and went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy there. Jonathan completed a series of rigorous affiliations, including a rotation at the United States Military Academy at West Point, working with military cadets and retired military veterans. He also worked with top rehab physicians and therapists at Keller Army hospital. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Mario Paredes
Mario Paredes DPT, PT is a physical therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Mario graduated from Quinnipiac University with a bachelors degree in health science and went on to complete his doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well. As a former soccer player himself, Mario enjoys working with soccer players of all levels for injury-prevention as well as post-injury. Mario is currently enrolled in the Orthopedic Residency Program at Sacred Heart and is working toward becoming a Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist. Mario brings an exciting energy and Performance is thrilled to have him on the team. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Stash Rutkowski
Stash Rutkowski PT, SCS, ART is a board-certified sports clinical specialist and is certified in active release therapy. Stash has 18+ years of clinical experience and leads the charge in our Westport location. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and went on to earn his Physical Therapy degree at New York University. Stash has extensive training in hip pathology and has trained with some of the top hip surgeons in the country, including the top hip surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Benedict Salanitro
Benedict Salanitro DPT, PT is a physical therapist based out of our Darien and Stamford locations. Benny graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in rehab sciences and went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well. He has experience working with a number of high school and collegiate athletes and completed clinical affiliations at Scarsdale High School and Manhattanville College. Benny is passionate about working with all athletes and plans to expand his expertise in golf-specific training and performance.   SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Sam Sheppard
Sam Sheppard DPT, PT, TPI is a physical therapist and certified golf fitness professional through Titleist Performance Institute based out of our Stamford location. Sam graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor in Science degree in exercise science & physiology. Sam served as the captain of the varsity wrestling team and was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association's 1st team all-academic. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Sacred Heart and has developed a special interest in golf rehab and sport-related injury. Sam leads the charge on golf related community events and injury-prevention talks that lend a special focus to our golf network. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Carolyn Surgent
Carolyn Surgent, DPT, PT is a physical therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Carolyn obtained a bachelors degree in architectural history from Tufts University. As a life long ballet dancer, Carolyn danced professionally after graduation and fell in love with the art and study of movement. She quickly changed gears and obtained her doctorate in Physical Therapy from New York University and has been practicing for over 15 years. Carolyn has a natural affinity towards dancers and enjoys working on injury-prevention with dancers of all backgrounds. Carolyn has participated in several half marathons, a few spartan races, and plays tennis recreationally to stay in shape. Her love for movement is evident in both her practice of physical therapy and in life. Performance could not be happier to have such a versatile and experienced therapist on staff. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
OCCUPATIONAL/HAND THERAPISTS
Julie Corbett
Julie Corbett MS, OTR/L, CHT is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist based out of our Greenwich location. She obtained her master’s in occupational therapy from Columbia University and went on to earn her certification in hand therapy. Julie brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Performance team, having spent 20+ years in the field. Julie specializes in upper extremity rehabilitation, is trained in custom orthosis splinting and ergonomic assessments. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
ATHLETIC TRAINERS
Eric Faatz
Eric Faatz MS, ATC, LATC is a certified athletic trainer and is based primarily out of our Darien location. Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training at Florida Southern College and went on to earn his master’s degree in health and human performance and sports leadership from Austin Peay State University. While earning his masters, Eric was one of a few selected to serve as the athletic training graduate assistant for the football, tennis, cross country, and baseball teams at the division I level. At Performance, Eric is a part of our Athletic Training team that provides on-field Athletic Training services to youth programs in Fairfield County including Darien, New Canaan and Westport youth football. When in the clinic, Eric provides sports-specific training for athletes looking to improve their performance. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Adam Geiger
Adam Geiger, ATC is a certified athletic trainer based out of our Westport location. Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Western Illinois University and has experience working with youth, high school, and collegiate athletes within various sports. At Performance, Adam has continued to grow his expertise by working with our Physical Therapists in patient care. Outside of the clinic, Adam is the provider of Athletic Training Services for Westport PAL Youth Football. While Adam is not on the field, he runs the Forever Fit group fitness class for seniors in the Westport location. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Dwayne Hagenow
Dwayne Hagenow, ATC, LATC is a certified athletic trainer and the head of Performance's Athletic Training Department. Dwayne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Western Illinois University and went on to pursue a master’s degree in sports management. While at Western Illinois University, he worked as an athletic training teaching assistant, providing mentorship to athletic training students. Dwayne has experience working with youth, high school and collegiate athletes and specializes in concussion management and return-to-sport. In addition to huddling with our Physical Therapists and Wellness team, Dwayne serves as the provider for Athletic Training services for New Canaan High School in Fairfield County. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
PERSONAL TRAINERS
Raquel Fernandez
Raquel Fernandez, CPT is a certified personal trainer based out of our Westport location. Raquel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and international development at American University. After working in the corporate world for nearly a decade, Raquel embarked on her second career in the fitness industry and is currently working towards her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Raquel works with clients of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She believes that with hard work and a great attitude, you can reach your peak performance in fitness and in life. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Kristina Festa
Kristina Festa, MS is a certified personal trainer and certified clinical exercise physiologist based out of our Greenwich location. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Sacred Heart University and a master’s in exercise science and nutrition. Kristina has been personal training since 2010, specializing in medically-based fitness. She excels with all types of training demographics, but especially enjoys the older population. She currently leads the charge for our Forever Fit small group fitness class for seniors. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Kerven Jacques
Kerven Jacques CPT is a personal trainer based out of our Greenwich & Darien locations. Kerven graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelors degree in allied health sciences. As a former football and lacrosse player, Kerven naturally gravitates to the developing athlete. He has worked with youth football and lacrosse teams all throughout Fairfield County and is currently working under Performance as the strength and conditioning coach for boys New Canaan lacrosse and hockey. When it comes to developing athletes, Kerven specializes in sports performance training with a focus on functional strength and mobility. Performance is excited to have such a versatile and energetic trainer on staff working with our youth. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Jordan James
Jordan James, CPT, CSCS is a certified personal trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist and specializes in youth sport training, based out of our Greenwich location. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Ithaca College. Jordan continues to further his education and research to facilitate a strong fitness program for all his clients to improve their performance. Jordan leads the charge in our dry-land training programs for water polo. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Nick Lambe
Nick Lambe CPT, LMT is a certified personal trainer and a licensed massage therapist based out of our Greenwich location. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology and human movement and the Finger Lakes School of Massage for a 1,000-hour certification. Nick provides a unique approach to training in that he acts as a healthcare practitioner first. Exercise and lifestyle interventions can be powerful medicine, especially in a proactive mindset. He has completed certifications in nutrition, behavioral psychology, heart rate variability, brain health, stress and sleep, keeping abreast the latest research to further compliment his training programs. Nick leads the charge in our Kinstretch program, a movement practice aiming to improve joint health performed in a small group setting. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Michael McGuire
Michael McGuire CPT is a certified personal trainer based out of our Westport location. Michael received a Bachelor's degree at Sacred Heart University in exercise science and is on track to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Mike has been a personal trainer for 6 years and has a true passion for fitness. As an exercise therapy specialist, Michael creates safe, efficient work outs for his clients to reduce injury and to achieve their specific fitness goals. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Alyson Sheppard
Alyson Sheppard MS, CSCS, CPT is a certified strength & conditioning specialist and trainer based out of our Westport location. Alyson graduated with a bachelors in health promotion and fitness from Otterbein University and went on to earn her masters in exercise science from Kent State University. Alyson served as the head strength coach for the women's gymnastics team at Kent State, as well as assisting with volleyball, basketball, golf, and wrestling. As Alyson gained experience, she developed a passion for creating & implementing injury prevention & strength programs. During her time in Houston, she worked for 6 years at the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute doing exercise physiology testing & running biomechanics for a myriad of athletes. She worked alongside physical therapists and physicians to create advanced strength programs for athletes returning from injury as well as injury prevention programs. Alyson honed her expertise in running biomechanics and serves as a specialist in gait analysis & injury prevention for runners. When Alyson is not in the clinic, you can find her training for her next Ironman race. We are thrilled to have a specialized trainer like Alyson join our Performance Team. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
PILATES INSTRUCTORS
Michele Elliman
Michele Elliman is one of our Pilates Reformer instructors based out of our Greenwich location. She was a professional principal dancer on the concert stage, a noted choreographer and seasoned rehearsal coach for contemporary dance companies both nationally and abroad. All this has deeply shaped her understanding of and appreciation of the body in motion. She is fully certified in all apparatus, with continued studies in anatomy and bio mechanics with the renowned teacher, Irene Dowd. Michele has focused her practice on guiding each individual towards deepening their own understanding of their unique alignment and physical habits, leading clients towards a strong, balanced body. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Christina Merrill
Christina Merrill is one of our Pilates Reformer and Mat instructors based out of our Westport and Greenwich locations. Christina is a lifelong dancer and has been a student of Pilates for over 10 years. She earned her BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts and has been teaching dance for the past 15+ years. Her dance specific training includes modern technique, which emphasizes a whole body, anatomical approach. She has translated her dance training into her Pilates practice here at Performance; her focus includes flexibility, strength, coordination and body/spatial awareness. Christina is Mat Pilates certified through Equinox and Reformer trained through Balanced Body. When she isn't teaching Pilates or dance, she performs with Anthony LoCascio's #Taplife company. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Elise Swanton
Elise Swanton is one of our Pilates Reformer instructors based out of our Greenwich location. Elise has a wealth of experience when it comes to dance, Pilates and musculoskeletal movement, making her the perfect fit here at Performance. Elise's professional career started as a ballerina with the New York City Ballet and continued for over 10 years. She studied Pilates in New York City with Romana Kryzanowska, a direct disciple of Joseph Pilates, for over 12 years. Elise went on to earn her degree in physical therapy from Hunter College and is currently licensed as a physical therapist in New York and Connecticut. Elise's Pilates practice is catered to her clients, all with special attention to injury prevention and increasing core performance.
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MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Janess Coffina
Janess Coffina, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of our Fairfield County locations. Janess earned her degree at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in clinical massage and is board certified in massage therapy and bodywork. Her 1100 hours of massage training include Swedish, sports and neuromuscular massage. She also has completed training in massage for cancer patients, for migraines and for seniors. Janess' comprehensive practice allows her to customize the massage to best fit her client's need. Her strong background in anatomy and physiology helps her to zero in on the muscles that are contributing to discomfort or pain.
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Chris Deldin
Chris Deldin, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of our Fairfield County locations. Chris earned his bachelors degree in exercise science from Southern Connecticut State and went on to pursue his massage therapy degree at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in 2003. Chris utilizes various methods of massage with techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, and Thai massage. Whether it’s an athlete trying to overcome an injury or non-athlete suffering from a sedentary lifestyle, Chris’ years of experience combined with his specialties provide lasting relief for all of his clients. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Simone Rigolin
Simone Rigolin, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of our Fairfield County locations. Simone earned her degree at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and has been working in the field since graduation. She specializes in sports massage, deep tissue, myofascial release and seniors. Simone's integrated approach is paramount to her practice and creates a unique experience for every client she handles. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Daniel Stroup
Daniel Stroup, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of our Fairfield County locations. Dan earned his degree from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in clinical massage and is licensed in both New York and Connecticut. He holds several certifications including myofascial release, spontaneous muscle release technique and has also completed coursework focusing on chronic-pain prevention. Daniel's specialties include trigger point therapy, sports massage, Swedish, deep tissue and relaxation and rehabilitation massage. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
NUTRITION SPECIALISTS
Lauren Timmerman
Lauren Timmerman, MS, RDN is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified exercise physiologist based out of our Fairfield County locations. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in nutritional sciences and a master’s in health promotion sciences from the University of Connecticut. Lauren has experience with clients of all ages and works to curate specific programs tailored to each client’s goals and medical history. She has worked with community groups such as Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, where she focused on the nutritional needs of campers with severe allergies and inherited metabolic disorders. Lauren is an avid marathon runner and has a strong passion for endurance sports. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
DIRECTORS
Michael Beecher Clinical Operations
Michael Beecher DPT, PT, OCS, SCS is a board-certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor, a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician and a certified dry needling specialist. He earned a Bachelor in Science degree with honors from Sacred Heart University and competed at the collegiate level as a division I soccer player. He continued his education at Sacred Heart and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Mike has published numerous articles for the American Journal of Physical Therapy and serves as an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University in the Physical Therapy program. Mike is the VP of clinical operations for Performance and leads the charge in our mentorship programs with Orthopedic Residents and students of physical therapy programs completing their affiliations. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Michael Cook Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Cota Business Development
Kevin Cota DPT, PT, SCS, ART is a board-certified sports clinical specialist, certified in active release therapy and a certified dry needling specialist. Kevin earned a Bachelors in Allied Health Sciences degree from University of Connecticut and went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well. He leads the charge in our Darien location and has been especially important to the growth of Performance in the Darien community. Kevin specializes in adolescent injuries and return to sport interventions for athletes. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Julie Flakstad Marketing Director
Todd Wilkowski Founder / CEO
Todd Wilkowski PT, OCS, SCS is a board-certified orthopedic and sports clinical specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness instructor, and a Hospital for Special Surgery Credentialed Advanced Hip Clinician. Todd served as an adjunct Professor at NYU and is currently one of thirteen key influencers nominated to sit on the Ithaca Athletics Advisory Council. During his 20+ years of experience, Todd also acted as a rehabilitation consultation for the New York Rangers. After graduating from Ithaca College as an All-American Division III Quarterback, he went on to earn his master's in physical therapy at Ithaca College. Todd is the founder and CEO of Performance Physical Therapy and Wellness across New York and Connecticut and has continued to evolve the Performance brand. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT