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PHYSICAL THERAPISTS
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
Brian Kuruc
Brian Kuruc, DPT, ATC is a Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer based out of our Westport location. Brian obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut and went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. He completed several advanced clinical rotations including a rotation with the San Francisco Giants for their Spring Training. There, he worked with minor league players on injury prevention programs and return to sport protocols. Brian has a strong passion for working with athletes of all ages and is a great asset to the Performance team. Brian is currently serving as the lead Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainer for the Westport PAL Youth Football league, monitoring injuries and return to sport for all of the PAL Football athletes.   SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Robert Mahlman
Robert Mahlman DPT, PT, OCS is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and physical therapist based out of our Westport location. 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. 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
Ashley Moriarty
Ashley Moriarty, DPT, ATC is a Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer based out of our Greenwich location. Ashley obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Boston University and went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University as well. Ashley spent four years working in Boston with diverse patient populations consisting of high school and collegiate athletes, general population skewed toward the active population. She holds a certification in Dry Needling and incorporates this technique into the care of clients.   SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Michael Racca
Michael Racca, PT, MSPT, CEAS  is a senior Physical Therapist practicing in our Greenwich location. He is a Licensed Physical Therapist in New York and Connecticut with 19+ years of diverse clinical and management experience in hospitals, in-home, and outpatient settings. He graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Minor in English and went on to earn his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami with distinction for Academic Excellence. He has given local community lectures on back education, total joint replacements, ski and triathlon injury prevention, occupational ergonomics, posture, and sports performance. He has extensive manual therapy training and served as a volunteer lab assistant for 7 different continuing education courses with The Institute of Physical Art. He is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist through the Back School of Atlanta, Certified Myofascial Cupping Practitioner, Certified Compression Band Flossing Practitioner, and a Graston Technique Preferred Provider. He has completed 2 triathlons, was a volunteer coach for the West Point Junior Alpine Ski Team and is a PSIA Certified Professional Ski Instructor. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Ken Rubin
Ken Rubin, DPT  is a Physical Therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Ken obtained a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University and went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well. Growing up, Ken was always an athlete and had the talent to play at the collegiate level. He excelled for 4 years at the Division II level for the rugby team at Sacred Heart and by his senior year, led his team to victory in the Tri-State Championships, as well as competing at a national level. We are excited to have Ken as part of our Performance 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
Michael Semancik
Michael Semancik, DPT  is a Physical Therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Mike graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Sacred Heart University. Being an athlete all his life, Mike continued his football career at the collegiate Divison I level, receiving all-conference academic honors on the Sacred Heart Football team. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University and completed several advanced affiliations, including a rotation at Princeton University. There, Mike worked with both male and female division I athletes such as men's hockey, women's volleyball, and women's lightweight crew. We are excited to have Mike as part of our Performance team!     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
ATHLETIC TRAINERS
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 inpatient 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. Adam also serves as the Athletic Trainer for the New Canaan High school Football team, working alongside their athletic training staff to provide on-site game coverage and monitoring return to sports programs for the football athletes. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Winnie Victor
Winnie Victor, ATC, LATC, EMT is a certified athletic trainer and emergency medical technician based out of our Darien location. Winnie graduated from Sacred Heart University with a bachelors of science in Athletic Training and a double minor in Psychology and Health Science. She will be pursuing a Master’s in Exercise Science and Nutrition from Sacred Heart as well. While Winnie is not in the clinic with clients, she will be providing AT coverage for the Darien Youth Football program. Winnie has experience working with all different populations, from early intervention programs for toddlers to adult fitness programs. She has experience as a dance instructor through working with youth and collegiate level dancers during her undergraduate study.
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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 both post-rehab and youth sports training, based out of our Greenwich location. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Jordan has an extensive background in working with post-rehab clients and is very passionate about getting them back to top performance. Jordan is the lead strength and conditioning coach at New Canaan High School; working with football, boys basketball, and boys lacrosse. Jordan continues to further his education and research to facilitate a strong fitness program for all his clients to improve their performance. 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
Mathew Welch
Mathew Welch ATC, CSCS, FRCms is a certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist based out of our Greenwich location. Mathew has a bachelors in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University and is currently pursuing his masters in Exercise Science and Nutrition there as well. His experience includes all levels of athletes from high school to the professional level, creating and implementing strength and conditioning programs across various sports such as football, lacrosse, golf, rowing and more. As one of our skilled and experienced trainers, Mat combines his special interests of skeletal muscle hypertrophy, velocity based training and strength training to create dynamic, customized programs for his clients. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
PILATES INSTRUCTORS
Genevieve Boulanger
Genevieve Boulander,  is a classically trained and certified Pilates and Yoga instructor. She has completed over 700 hours of training from the renowned Pilates Studio, over 300 hours of yoga training from industry luminaries, and has completed a 13-week long anatomy program which has strengthened her understanding of the skeletal and muscular systems. She was first introduced to Pilates as a professionally trained ballet dancer, after being diagnosed with scoliosis.  Today, Genevieve passionately shares with her clients over 500 exercises of the classical Pilates method. Genevieve enjoys working with clients with special needs or physical limitations – such as hip replacements, scoliosis, pregnancy, neck and knee ailments, and lower back pain.  Her anatomy training proves useful as she provides appropriate modifications to suit their special challenges. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
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
Karen Jordan
Karen Jordan is a Pilates instructor based out of our Westport location. Participating in varsity and collegiate athletics and movement for over 20 years; teaching, coaching and creating diverse fitness programs for over 30 years, Karen brings 30 plus years of knowledge, experience, and passion to the movement and fitness industry. Through the mind-body system of Pilates, her focus is to improve balance, enhance coordination, control, and strength, while sustaining safe, practical movements to allow for improved health and wellbeing. 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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Micayla Wynn
Micayla Wynn,  is a PMA®-CPT through Polestar Pilates specializing in Pilates for rehabilitation. Micayla was originally drawn to research and study Pilates following a severe injury, where she first encountered the practice of Pilates for rehabilitation. After completing her 450-hour teacher training through Polestar Pilates, Micayla has most recently gone through continuing education involving anatomy of musculoskeletal injuries and pre/post natal training. Micayla appreciates the connection of a personalized Pilates and movement experience. She seeks to understand individualized growth and progress through focusing on the integration of movement into daily lifestyle. Her strong usage of imagery, breath and prop utilization awakens the body’s potential through the channel of Pilates.   SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
MASSAGE THERAPISTS
Daiana Negron
Danaia Negron, LMT is a licensed massage therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Daiana completed her certification at Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and holds certifications in Pediatric Massage and Reiki II. Her goal is to provide recovery to people by applying specific therapeutic massage treatment methods and perceptual abilities to assist the body’s organic healing process while enhancing physical relaxation and emotional restoration. 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
Anne Triano
Anne Triano, LMT, is a licensed Massage Therapist based out of our Greenwich location. Anne studied at Fordham University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications. While raising a family of 5, Anne went on to earn her 720 hours degree from Cortiva Institute (formerly Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy) in 2019. Anne has a great passion for massage therapy, and her training includes deep tissue, trigger point therapy and Swedish massage. Working with clients who are athletes and non-athletes alike, Anne's goal is to assist them to attain their best overall wellness through massage. She combines many modalities of massage therapy by linking them with her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to produce an overall sensation of well being and relaxation. Performance is excited to have Anne on our Wellness team!     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 medical professional, 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 where he competed as a Division I soccer player. He continued his education at Sacred Heart earning his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Thereafter he underwent and intensive sports residency program with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. Michael has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals on topics related to physical therapy. Outside of his treatment hours, Mike lectures at Sacred Heart University in the Physical Therapy program and serves as the leader of operations for Performance. 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 the University of Connecticut and went on to earn a Doctorate in Physical Therapy there as well.  Kevin specializes in adolescent injuries and return to sport interventions for athletes. In addition to being the director of business development at Performance, Kevin also serves as the Physical Therapist for the NY Rangers. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Jason Myerson Clinical Development
Jason Myerson, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT is a physical therapist and certified orthopedic specialist based our of our Westport location. Jason graduated from Quinnipiac University with a masters in Physical Therapy and went on to earn his doctorate from Arcadia University. He plays an active role in mentoring all clinical staff at Performance including the Orthopedic Residents and students of physical therapy programs completing their affiliations. He is Residency and Fellowship trained in Orthopedic Manual Therapy through the Ola Grimsby Institute (OGI), achieved a Doctorate in Manual Therapy (DMT) and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT). Jason specializes in helping active people get back to hobbies, activities, and sports they love while utilizing an integrated approach to wellness. Outside of his treatment hours, Jason also serves as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University in the physical therapy department. SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
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 bachelors 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