LEADERSHIP TEAM

Meet our leadership team

We’re a company that truly believes in the “bottom-up” approach to management. Our leadership team is comprised of individuals with various backgrounds. But they all have one thing in common – the goal of making Sports PT the best physical therapy provider around.

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PRESIDENT & CEO

LYNN STEENBERG

Dot Hall
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

DOT HALL

Teresa Lindell
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

Chad LaChance
CNY Regional Manager

CHAD LACHANCE

Alex Dirienzo
Practice Liaison

ALEX DIRIENZO

Kim Attwood
CLINIC MANAGER

KIMBERLY ATTWOOD

CLINIC MANAGER

ZACH COLE

Emily Lash
Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

TARA MACAULEY
Regional Operations Manager

TARA MACAULEY

Regional Operations Manager

THERESA SAMSTAG

PRESIDENT & CEO

LYNN STEENBERG

How did she come to Sports PT?
Sports PT found me!

  • Has more than 37 years of experience in the healthcare field
  • Graduated from Ithaca College in 1978 with her degree in Physical Therapy
  • Earned her National Certification in Athletic Training the following year in 1979
  • Began her physical therapy career in pediatrics while serving as a volunteer high school athletic trainer for various teams
  • Began her sports medicine management career at Cornell University in 1981 where she was the Supervisor of the Physical Therapy Department
  • Moved to Syracuse, NY in 1986 to open Onondaga Sports Medicine Center, a sports medicine-focused outpatient rehabilitation center
  • Joined HealthSouth under a management contract in 1994, where her responsibilities grew from managing two locations in Central New York to more than 50 locations across the state by 2000
  • Founded Sports Physical Therapy of New York, PC after the termination of HealthSouth’s management agreement on July 1, 2005

What’s her favorite part of the job?
Mentoring my people.

What does she enjoy outside of work?
Being with my family, volunteering, watching my husband’s football team, reading, and playing golf.

  • Key4Women Achieve Award Recipient in October 2017
  • Hospice of CNY Honoree in June 2017
    An active member of the WISE Advisory Board focusing on mentoring women entrepreneurs
  • Received Outstanding Mentor Award by BizEventz Successful Business Women Awards 2016
  • Named Ann Michel Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013
  • Named one of the “Professional Women of the Year” by the Syracuse division of the National Association of Professional Women in 2012
  • Received the “Clara Barton Award for Exceptional Volunteer Leadership” by the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross in June 2010
  • Received the “Women Who Mean Business” Award in 2010
  • Has served for more than 20 years as the musical director of two youth choirs at University United Methodist Church, sits on multiple support committees and is the former President of the Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association and is a 2008 Woman in Business award recipient
  • Member of the National Associaiton of Professional Women
  • Resides in Syracuse with her husband, Matt, a retired physical education teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius high school and a collegiate football coach at Cortland State University
  • Their three adult children have also joined the medical and fitness/wellness professions
  • Member of the Women Presidents’ Organization

 

SPECIALTIES:PT, ATC

EMAIL:LSTEENBERG@SPTNY.COM

LOCATION:ALL LOCATIONS

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

DOT HALL

How did she come to Sports PT?
I served on the Board of the American Red Cross with Lynn Steenberg and admired hearing her success stories. She offered me a chance to facilitate an All State meeting for Sports PT and I was convinced that I wanted to be part of the next chapter with these wonderful people!

  • Received a BS in Business/Human Resources from SUNY Empire State College.
  • Earned a Certificate in Human Resources from LeMoyne College
  • Consults with organizations on human resources, team dynamics and strategic planning

What’s her favorite part of the job?
Being able to contribute to the development of the people who make up Sports PT is the best part. Strategically aligning with the leadership to bring programs to the staff, community and the stakeholders delivers daily satisfaction and reward.

What does she enjoy outside of work?
Spending time with my family, engaging in community activities and helping those in need.

  • Board of Directors, American Red Cross of Central New  York, Past Chair, Current Executive Committee Member
  • Former member & Vice Chair, NYS Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Committee
    An active member of the WISE Advisory Board focusing on mentoring women entrepreneurs
  • Past President of CNY American Society of Training & Development
  • Past President, Professional Secretaries International

EMAIL:DHALL@SPTNY.COM

LOCATION:ALL LOCATIONS

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

How did she come to Sports PT?
I was a student here and loved the experience and the setting.

  • Earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 2006
  • Began working at Sports PT following graduation
  • Has actively participated in patient care, student internships, and continuing education opportunities on a regular basis
  • Spent 2 years as Facility Manager of the Tonawanda office
  • Specializes in Vestibular Therapy and Orthopedics

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping people feel better and meeting a lot of people.

Other Interests:
Running, reading, and working on my house.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, OCS, Vestibular Provider

EMAIL:tlindell@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA, NY

CNY Regional Manager

CHAD LACHANCE

How did he come to Sports PT?
I joined Sports PT because of their great reputation, dedication to patient-centered care, and evidence-based approach to providing physical therapy.

  • Earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015
  • Earned a BS in Athletic Training from Ithaca College, 2010
  • Clinical interests include: orthopedic manual therapy for the spine and extremities, vestibular rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, and sports medicine.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping people move better and feel better while doing it. Experiencing new learning opportunities and adopting ways that better help and serve our patients.

Other Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, staying active through working out and playing golf, and watching/attending sporting events.

Email: clachance@sptny.com

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

EMAIL:clachance@sptny.com

LOCATION:Camillus, NY

Practice Liaison

ALEX DIRIENZO

How did he come to Sports PT?
I wanted to join a team that puts people first and help that team and their positive mentality grow.

  • Earned his B.A. in English from LeMoyne College in 2013
  • Performs in Murder Mystery dinner theatre with the ACME Mystery Company

What’s his favorite party of the job?
Meeting new people

Things Alex enjoys outside of work:

  • Watching movies, reading, live music, and being outside when it’s not winter!

EMAIL:adirienzo@sptny.com

LOCATION:Webster, NY

CLINIC MANAGER

KIMBERLY ATTWOOD

  • Earned BS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2010
  • Earned Doctorate of Physical therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2013
  • APTA Certified clinical instructor
  • Part time instructor for Bryant and Stratton College
  • Clinical specialties include manual techniques in conjunction with therapeutic exercise, soft tissue mobilization, post-operative rehabilitation

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Working to help each patient achieve their individual goals, and structuring each therapy program to address their specific needs.

Other Interests:
Spending time outside with my family and pets, reading, doing crafts or playing games with my son.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:kattwood@sptny.com

LOCATION:Wheatfield, NY

CLINIC MANAGER

ZACH COLE

How did he come to Sports PT?
Zachary was a student at Sports PT and early into his clinical education he knew he wanted to be a part of the team permanently. Zach’s passion and drive to take athletes to the next level was a perfect fit with the Sports PT philosophy, and he felt this was the place where he could grow as a clinician.

  • Earned Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ithaca College, 2018
  • Earned Bachelors Degree in Clinical Health Sciences, Minor in Sports Studies, Ithaca College

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping patients return to the lifestyle they want to live! I enjoy working with people of all ages but working with athletes and helping them get back to the playing field as fast as possible is my biggest passion.

Other Interests:
Everything from hiking, hunting, golf, softball, and time with friends and family. I’m willing to discuss anything in the latest sports news!

About The Titleist Performance Institute:
“TPI is the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. I am a TPI certified provider excited to help golfers of all ages and skill levels to learn how to play the game more efficiently and pain free!”

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, Titleist Performance Institute Certified

EMAIL:zcole@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

How did she come to Sports PT?
When relocating to Buffalo, I had endlessly researched the best physical therapy clinics in the area; Sports PT was always at the top of the list. I am so happy to be part of the team.

  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016
  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Health Studies in 2014
  • APTA credentialed clinical instructor
  • Clinical specialties include vestibular therapy and concussion rehabilitation as well as return to sport of athletes.
  • Special interests include working with athletes of all ages, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, teaching and mentoring student PT’s, participating in APTA events, and continuing my clinical education.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
My favorite part of my job is seeing the look on my patients face when they reach their goals or no longer have dizziness. I love making a lasting impact on their lives.

Other Interests:
Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights, yoga, and most outdoor recreational activities. I love spending time with my boyfriend and our cat. Otherwise, you may find me shopping, cooking/baking, face-timing with my family….or dreaming about my next travel destination or being on a beach somewhere.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, VESTIBULAR PROVIDER, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:elash@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

Regional Operations Manager

TARA MACAULEY

How did she come to Sports PT?

I was actually a patient before I worked here. I saw how much fun their staff seemed to be having at work so when it came time for me to graduate college and get a full time job I applied! I never expected to be here this long or to love it so much!

  • Graduated from Buffalo State College in 2013
    • Earned BS – Public Communication
  • Professional interests include being a leader, mentoring my team and helping them grow.
  • Personal interests include science, history, true crime, and advocating for equal rights for all.

Favorite Part of the Job:

My favorite thing about my job is my coworkers, here in WNY and across the state. We truly feel like a family and I’m so thankful to have such a great team!

Other Interests:

I love to dance, read, shop, go out with friends, and hang with family. I love being an aunt and a homeowner!

EMAIL:tmacauley@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

Regional Operations Manager

THERESA SAMSTAG

How did she come to Sports PT?

I initially chose SportsPT because I wanted to get back in the medical field and was looking for an organization that had a lot of community presence and participated in giving back to the community.

  • Graduated from University of South Florida in 2015
    • Earned BS in Biomedical Sciences – 2015
    • Earned BA in Psychology – 2015
  • Professional interests include budget analytics and mental health workshops.
  • Personal interests include visiting all 50 states and visiting all the NFL stadiums; neuropsychology

Favorite Part of the Job:

My favorite part of my job is the mentorship that I get to do with my peers and seeing the result of all our hard work and watching them blossom into their full potential. I also absolutely love working with my teammates; they’re the best!

Other Interests:
I enjoy traveling, hiking with my dog, reading, going to concerts, watching NFL and college football, cooking, and tacos.

EMAIL:tsamstag@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

TONAWANDA TEAM

Emily Lash
Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

Teresa Lindell
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

SPTNY Team Member

ALEXIS PETERS

SPTNY Team Member

ERICKA TAPLIN

Monica Zeisz
SPTNY Team Member

MONICA ZEISZ

TARA MACAULEY
Regional Operations Manager

TARA MACAULEY

Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

How did she come to Sports PT?
When relocating to Buffalo, I had endlessly researched the best physical therapy clinics in the area; Sports PT was always at the top of the list. I am so happy to be part of the team.

  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016
  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Health Studies in 2014
  • APTA credentialed clinical instructor
  • Clinical specialties include vestibular therapy and concussion rehabilitation as well as return to sport of athletes.
  • Special interests include working with athletes of all ages, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, teaching and mentoring student PT’s, participating in APTA events, and continuing my clinical education.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
My favorite part of my job is seeing the look on my patients face when they reach their goals or no longer have dizziness. I love making a lasting impact on their lives.

Other Interests:
Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights, yoga, and most outdoor recreational activities. I love spending time with my boyfriend and our cat. Otherwise, you may find me shopping, cooking/baking, face-timing with my family….or dreaming about my next travel destination or being on a beach somewhere.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, VESTIBULAR PROVIDER, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:elash@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

How did she come to Sports PT?
I was a student here and loved the experience and the setting.

  • Earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 2006
  • Began working at Sports PT following graduation
  • Has actively participated in patient care, student internships, and continuing education opportunities on a regular basis
  • Spent 2 years as Facility Manager of the Tonawanda office
  • Specializes in Vestibular Therapy and Orthopedics

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping people feel better and meeting a lot of people.

Other Interests:
Running, reading, and working on my house.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, OCS, Vestibular Provider

EMAIL:tlindell@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA, NY

SPTNY Team Member

ALEXIS PETERS

How did she come to Sports PT?
I was a student from November 2020 through February 2021 and knew this is where I wanted to be. I love the atmosphere, the teamwork and the staff.

  • Graduated from University at Buffalo with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2021.
  • Clinical interests include vestibular, concussion, manual therapy, sports injuries and orthopedics.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy building relationships with our patients and our staff members.

Other Interests:
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, fitness and most sports.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:apeters@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA, DOWNTOWN BUFFALO

SPTNY Team Member

ERICKA TAPLIN

How did she come to Sports PT?
I came to Sports PT after a friend and former classmate began working at Sports PT shortly after graduation and recommended it due to its outstanding team and patients. My values aligned with the company, which I greatly appreciate.

  • Graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2022.
  • Clinical interests include the McKenzie Method, functional therapeutic exercise and vestibular rehab.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy being able to see patients return to the activities they enjoy doing and building a rapport with them, as well as working alongside a team.

Other Interests:
I enjoy working out, especially attending spin classes, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and learning new languages.

LOCATION:TONAWANDA

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:ericka.taplin@sportsptny.com

SPTNY Team Member

MONICA ZEISZ

How did she come to Sports PT?
I chose to join the Sports PT team because of their great reputation, including high standards and quality care.I especially like their welcoming atmosphere, provision of mentorship, and emphasis on lifelong learning.”

  • Earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University at Buffalo in 2019
  • Clinical interests include orthopedics, manual therapy, functional therapeutic exercise and vestibular rehab.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
The team environment along with building rapport with individuals and helping them return to activities they are passionate about.

Other Interests:
Spending time with my family, friends, and dog, reading, being outdoors, as well as being an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres Fan!

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:mzeisz@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

Regional Operations Manager

TARA MACAULEY

How did she come to Sports PT?

I was actually a patient before I worked here. I saw how much fun their staff seemed to be having at work so when it came time for me to graduate college and get a full time job I applied! I never expected to be here this long or to love it so much!

  • Graduated from Buffalo State College in 2013
    • Earned BS – Public Communication
  • Professional interests include being a leader, mentoring my team and helping them grow.
  • Personal interests include science, history, true crime, and advocating for equal rights for all.

Favorite Part of the Job:

My favorite thing about my job is my coworkers, here in WNY and across the state. We truly feel like a family and I’m so thankful to have such a great team!

Other Interests:

I love to dance, read, shop, go out with friends, and hang with family. I love being an aunt and a homeowner!

EMAIL:tmacauley@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

DOCTORS TEAM

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PRESIDENT & CEO

LYNN STEENBERG

Teresa Lindell
DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

Kim Attwood
CLINIC MANAGER

KIMBERLY ATTWOOD

Shane
SPTNY Team Member

SHANE CHERICO

CLINIC MANAGER

ZACH COLE

SPTNY Team Member

JON DiPASQUALE

SPTNY Team Member

YASMEEN ELHALABY

SPTNY Team Member

ALANA GORMAN

SPTNY Team Member

JILL HANSON

Meghan Haus
SPTNY Team Member

MEGHAN HAUS

Chad LaChance
CNY Regional Manager

CHAD LACHANCE

Emily Lash
Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

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SPTNY Team Member

KERRI LAURENZA

Samantha Lawrence
SPTNY Team Member

SAMANTHA LAWRENCE

Rebeca Mason
SPTNY Team Member

REBECCA MASON

SPTNY Team Member

MICHAEL MILLER

SPTNY Team Member

AUSTIN MIZELL

SPTNY Team Member

ALEXIS PETERS

SPTNY Team Member

CARLEIGH ROSENBERG

SPTNY Team Member

ERICKA TAPLIN

SPTNY Team Member

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Isaac Viragl
SPTNY Team Member

ISAAC VIRAG

Monica Zeisz
SPTNY Team Member

MONICA ZEISZ

PRESIDENT & CEO

LYNN STEENBERG

How did she come to Sports PT?
Sports PT found me!

  • Has more than 37 years of experience in the healthcare field
  • Graduated from Ithaca College in 1978 with her degree in Physical Therapy
  • Earned her National Certification in Athletic Training the following year in 1979
  • Began her physical therapy career in pediatrics while serving as a volunteer high school athletic trainer for various teams
  • Began her sports medicine management career at Cornell University in 1981 where she was the Supervisor of the Physical Therapy Department
  • Moved to Syracuse, NY in 1986 to open Onondaga Sports Medicine Center, a sports medicine-focused outpatient rehabilitation center
  • Joined HealthSouth under a management contract in 1994, where her responsibilities grew from managing two locations in Central New York to more than 50 locations across the state by 2000
  • Founded Sports Physical Therapy of New York, PC after the termination of HealthSouth’s management agreement on July 1, 2005

What’s her favorite part of the job?
Mentoring my people.

What does she enjoy outside of work?
Being with my family, volunteering, watching my husband’s football team, reading, and playing golf.

  • Key4Women Achieve Award Recipient in October 2017
  • Hospice of CNY Honoree in June 2017
    An active member of the WISE Advisory Board focusing on mentoring women entrepreneurs
  • Received Outstanding Mentor Award by BizEventz Successful Business Women Awards 2016
  • Named Ann Michel Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013
  • Named one of the “Professional Women of the Year” by the Syracuse division of the National Association of Professional Women in 2012
  • Received the “Clara Barton Award for Exceptional Volunteer Leadership” by the Central New York Chapter of the American Red Cross in June 2010
  • Received the “Women Who Mean Business” Award in 2010
  • Has served for more than 20 years as the musical director of two youth choirs at University United Methodist Church, sits on multiple support committees and is the former President of the Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association and is a 2008 Woman in Business award recipient
  • Member of the National Associaiton of Professional Women
  • Resides in Syracuse with her husband, Matt, a retired physical education teacher at Fayetteville-Manlius high school and a collegiate football coach at Cortland State University
  • Their three adult children have also joined the medical and fitness/wellness professions
  • Member of the Women Presidents’ Organization

 

SPECIALTIES:PT, ATC

EMAIL:LSTEENBERG@SPTNY.COM

LOCATION:ALL LOCATIONS

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL OPERATIONS

TERESA LINDELL

How did she come to Sports PT?
I was a student here and loved the experience and the setting.

  • Earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 2006
  • Began working at Sports PT following graduation
  • Has actively participated in patient care, student internships, and continuing education opportunities on a regular basis
  • Spent 2 years as Facility Manager of the Tonawanda office
  • Specializes in Vestibular Therapy and Orthopedics

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping people feel better and meeting a lot of people.

Other Interests:
Running, reading, and working on my house.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, OCS, Vestibular Provider

EMAIL:tlindell@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA, NY

CLINIC MANAGER

KIMBERLY ATTWOOD

  • Earned BS in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo in 2010
  • Earned Doctorate of Physical therapy from the University at Buffalo in 2013
  • APTA Certified clinical instructor
  • Part time instructor for Bryant and Stratton College
  • Clinical specialties include manual techniques in conjunction with therapeutic exercise, soft tissue mobilization, post-operative rehabilitation

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Working to help each patient achieve their individual goals, and structuring each therapy program to address their specific needs.

Other Interests:
Spending time outside with my family and pets, reading, doing crafts or playing games with my son.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:kattwood@sptny.com

LOCATION:Wheatfield, NY

SPTNY Team Member

SHANE CHERICO

How did he come to Sports PT?
I chose to join the Sports PT team for a number of reasons. Clearly the patients come first, and not only do they strongly emphasize this inside the clinic, but outside the clinic there seems to be a large community presence as well. Also, they care about their staff, offering a variety of paths to success based on individual goals, and being named one of the best companies to work for certainly speaks volumes about the atmosphere at Sports PT.

  • Earned his doctorate from Stony Brook University in 2013.
  • Clinical specialties include post-surgical care especially shoulders, hips, knees and ankles, cervical and lumbar pains/strains, headaches, and balance impairments.
  • Clinical interests include post-surgical rehab, sports injuries, McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment for the Spine and Upper/Lower extremities, and manual therapy/joint mobilizations.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Being a PT can be very rewarding for multiple reasons, but I love it when a returning patient requests to work with me again because they had a great experience during their prior rehab stint. I love educating my patients and giving them the tools necessary to recover from their current ailment(s) and learn how to prevent future episodes as well.

Other Interests:
Spending time with family and friends, exercising, being outdoors. I am also a big Dallas Cowboys fan and love football season!

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, OCS

EMAIL:scherico@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

CLINIC MANAGER

ZACH COLE

How did he come to Sports PT?
Zachary was a student at Sports PT and early into his clinical education he knew he wanted to be a part of the team permanently. Zach’s passion and drive to take athletes to the next level was a perfect fit with the Sports PT philosophy, and he felt this was the place where he could grow as a clinician.

  • Earned Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ithaca College, 2018
  • Earned Bachelors Degree in Clinical Health Sciences, Minor in Sports Studies, Ithaca College

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping patients return to the lifestyle they want to live! I enjoy working with people of all ages but working with athletes and helping them get back to the playing field as fast as possible is my biggest passion.

Other Interests:
Everything from hiking, hunting, golf, softball, and time with friends and family. I’m willing to discuss anything in the latest sports news!

About The Titleist Performance Institute:
“TPI is the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing. I am a TPI certified provider excited to help golfers of all ages and skill levels to learn how to play the game more efficiently and pain free!”

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, Titleist Performance Institute Certified

EMAIL:zcole@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

SPTNY Team Member

JON DiPASQUALE

How did he come to Sports PT?
The team at Sports PT were all very welcoming. Seeing the passion and patient-centered approaches to rehab, I knew Sports PT was the perfect fit for me.

  • Graduated from D’Youville College  with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2020.
  • Earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from SUNY Brockport, 2017.
  • Clinical interests include manual therapy, sports injuries and orthopedics.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy having an opportunity to make a difference in patients lives for the better every day.

Other Interests:
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, golfing, working out and the Buffalo Bills.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:jdipasquale@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA

SPTNY Team Member

YASMEEN ELHALABY

How did she come to Sports PT?
I came to Sports PT because I wanted to be a part of a team that supports each other and prioritizes patient care through their drive and passion for the PT field.

  • Graduated from D’Youville University with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2022.
  • Earned a post-Masters Certification in Advanced Orthopedic Physical Therapy from D’Youville University, 2022
  • Earned a BSc in Kinseiology from Brock University, 2018.
  • Clinical interests include the McKenzie Method, functional therapeutic exercise and vestibular rehab.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy fostering an environment for my patients to take an active role in their therapy to see themselves create their own positive and lasting change.

Other Interests:
I enjoy baking anything and everything especially gluten free recipes, playing roller derby, lifting, hiking, traveling, and playing fetch with my cat (yes….cat!).

EMAIL:yelhalaby@sptny.com

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

LOCATION:TONAWANDA

SPTNY Team Member

ALANA GORMAN

How did she come to Sports PT?
After searching for a physical therapy position in clinics across the country, I came to find that the excellence, professionalism, innovation and energy I was looking for in an employer (and in my co-workers) was right here in my home state of New York. With a driven team, forward-thinking therapists, and a positive environment, Sports PT is a great fit for me.

  • BS in Clinical Health Studies, 2010 from Ithaca College.
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2012 from Ithaca College.

Areas of interest include: All orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and rehab, and vestibular impairments. I love helping all people move well and perform better so they can enjoy their life and be the healthiest version of themselves.

Favorite Part Of The Job: The amazing people I work with, fellow therapists and patients alike!

Other Interests: Being close to the Adirondacks is one of the major perks of this area of NY. Hiking, kayaking, biking, cross-country/downhill skiing, and generally enjoying the outdoors are big interests of mine. I also love spending time with my family and friends, enjoying the local music and food Saratoga has to offer.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:agorman@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

SPTNY Team Member

JILL HANSON

How did she come to Sports PT?
I joined Sports PT as a full-time clinician after working with them as a per diem PT after earning my Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

  • Graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Exercise and Wellness in 2010
  • Graduated from New York University with Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Clinical interests include orthopedic conditions

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy developing professional relationships. I also find it very rewarding advocating for my patients and being able to see them progress through their treatment and return to the things they love to do.”

Other Interests:
I love to garden and travel around the East Coast with my fiance.

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT, CSCS

EMAIL:jhanson@sptny.com

LOCATION:Liverpool, NY, Camillus, NY

SPTNY Team Member

MEGHAN HAUS

How did she come to Sports PT?
I chose Sports PT due to the variety of services they provide and their emphasis on patient care and practitioner growth.

  • Earned Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Nazareth College, 2010
  • Practiced in an acute care setting in California then in an outpatient clinic for 8 years before joining Sports PT
  • Clinical specialties include pelvic health physical therapy. Trained by the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Institute with a certification in postpartum corrective exercise. Treats numerous conditions including pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy and postpartum, sciatica in pregnancy, diastasis recti, pelvic and c-section management, coccyx pain, urinary stress, urge and mixed incontinence, pelvic pain, and more.
  • Other clinical specialties include orthopedic conditions with a special interest in treatment of shoulder and knee injuries.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy empowering patients to take control and manage their pain to return to the activities they enjoy.

Other Interests:
I love exploring restaurants and hiking trails in Buffalo, spending time with my family and exercise: swimming, lifting, yoga and cycling.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:mhaus@sptny.com

LOCATION:Wheatfield, NY

CNY Regional Manager

CHAD LACHANCE

How did he come to Sports PT?
I joined Sports PT because of their great reputation, dedication to patient-centered care, and evidence-based approach to providing physical therapy.

  • Earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015
  • Earned a BS in Athletic Training from Ithaca College, 2010
  • Clinical interests include: orthopedic manual therapy for the spine and extremities, vestibular rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, and sports medicine.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Helping people move better and feel better while doing it. Experiencing new learning opportunities and adopting ways that better help and serve our patients.

Other Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, staying active through working out and playing golf, and watching/attending sporting events.

Email: clachance@sptny.com

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

EMAIL:clachance@sptny.com

LOCATION:Camillus, NY

Clinic Manager

EMILY LASH

How did she come to Sports PT?
When relocating to Buffalo, I had endlessly researched the best physical therapy clinics in the area; Sports PT was always at the top of the list. I am so happy to be part of the team.

  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2016
  • Graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s in Clinical Health Studies in 2014
  • APTA credentialed clinical instructor
  • Clinical specialties include vestibular therapy and concussion rehabilitation as well as return to sport of athletes.
  • Special interests include working with athletes of all ages, vestibular and concussion rehabilitation, teaching and mentoring student PT’s, participating in APTA events, and continuing my clinical education.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
My favorite part of my job is seeing the look on my patients face when they reach their goals or no longer have dizziness. I love making a lasting impact on their lives.

Other Interests:
Outside of work I enjoy running, cycling, swimming, lifting weights, yoga, and most outdoor recreational activities. I love spending time with my boyfriend and our cat. Otherwise, you may find me shopping, cooking/baking, face-timing with my family….or dreaming about my next travel destination or being on a beach somewhere.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, VESTIBULAR PROVIDER, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:elash@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

SPTNY Team Member

KERRI LAURENZA

How did she come to Sports PT?
I first came to Sports PT as a student. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere in the clinic and the relationships formed between both the staff and patients. I knew I wanted to be a part of their dedication to individualized, quality patient care and promotion of clinician growth so I could provide optimal care to every patient.

  • BS in Exercise Science, 2016 from University of Delaware.
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy, 2020 from The Sage Colleges.

Areas of interest include: All orthopedic conditions including sports-related injuries and rehab, post-op, as well as working with patients of all ages to build strength and decrease pain.

Favorite Part Of The Job: My favorite part of the job is helping patients achieve their goals and empowering patients return to the activities they enjoy without pain. I love assisting athletes in returning to their athletic events as quickly as possible without pain.

Other Interests: Outside of being a physical therapist I enjoy running, hiking, travelling and spending time with my family and friends. I am passionate about exercising and am also a Pure Barre fitness instructor in Saratoga Springs.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:klaurenza@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga Springs, NY

SPTNY Team Member

SAMANTHA LAWRENCE

How did she come to Sports PT?
As a company, Sports PT has impressed me with their commitment to patient-centered care and evidence-based medicine to achieve better outcomes.

  • Earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in 2011
  • Earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2014
  • Residency trained through Evidence in Motion
  • Clinicial specialities include being Board Certified in Orthopaedics through Evidence in Motion (Orthopaedic Certified Specialist)
  • Clinical interests include use of manual therapy/manipulation to spine and extremities, post-surgical care, and working with runners, and working with DPT students!

Favorite Part Of The Job:
Keeping therapy fun while empowering patients with the tools to meet their goals and own their recovery.

Other Interests:
Spending time with my daughter and husband, running, golfing, and training our family dog!

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, OCS

EMAIL:slawrence@sptny.com

LOCATION:Camillus, NY & Liverpool, NY

SPTNY Team Member

REBECCA MASON

How did she come to Sports PT?
I first came to Sports PT for an internship as a PT student. I quickly fell in love with the team atmosphere that placed a strong emphasis on individualized, ethical, evidence-based, and fun patient care. I knew that this was a place where I could be supported in practicing each of these aspects to provide the best patient care I can.”

  • Received BS in Natural Science from Indiana University of PA in 2009
  • Received Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University in 2013
  • Clinical interests include implementing restorative and corrective movement patterns in all age groups and activity levels. I enjoy manual therapy, working with athletes, and taking a whole-body approach to rehabilitation.
  • Clinical specialities include Graston Technique Specialist and Provider (IASTM), Certified Cupping Therapist

Favorite Part Of The Job:
My favorite part about what I do is giving people the tools and knowledge they need to help them get their life back – to get back to doing the things they love to do without being in pain. As an amputee, I have been through my fair share of physical therapy and have personally discovered the independence that it can bring in getting you back to what you want to do.

Other Interests:
My passions outside of work are photography, quality time with family and friends, international travel, and my Faith in Christ. I also have fallen in love with the Adirondacks and love getting outside and hiking!

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, GTS

EMAIL:rmason@sptny.com

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

SPTNY Team Member

MICHAEL MILLER

How did he come to Sports PT?

I loved getting to know everyone during the interview process and seeing what a people-oriented environment there is here. Sports PT is dedicated to continuing education and has a mentorship program for new clinicians which I am excited to take part in.

  • Earned Doctorate in Physical Therapy, SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2022
  • Clinical interests include sport and orthopedic rehabilitation as well as general health and wellness.

Favorite Part of the Job:

I enjoy connecting with people and providing them with skills and knowledge to improve their lives.

Other Interests:

I enjoy hiking and being outside, spending time at the lake, spending time with family and friends, golf and exercise.

EMAIL:mmiller@sptny.com

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT, ATC

LOCATION:CAMILLUS

SPTNY Team Member

AUSTIN MIZELL

How did he come to Sports PT?

I completed my last clinical rotation at Sports PT.

  • Earned Doctorate in Physical Therapy, University at Buffalo, 2022
  • Clinical interests include manual therapy, orthopedic conditions and musculoskeletal injuries

Favorite Part of the Job:

I love helping people feel better and meeting new people.

Other Interests:

I love being outside when we have warm weather, staying active and traveling.

 

EMAIL:amizell@sptny.com

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

LOCATION: LIVERPOOL

SPTNY Team Member

ALEXIS PETERS

How did she come to Sports PT?
I was a student from November 2020 through February 2021 and knew this is where I wanted to be. I love the atmosphere, the teamwork and the staff.

  • Graduated from University at Buffalo with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2021.
  • Clinical interests include vestibular, concussion, manual therapy, sports injuries and orthopedics.
  • Certified Graston Provider

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy building relationships with our patients and our staff members.

Other Interests:
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, fitness and most sports.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT, CERTIFIED GRASTON PROVIDER

EMAIL:apeters@sptny.com

LOCATION:TONAWANDA, DOWNTOWN BUFFALO

SPTNY Team Member

CARLEIGH ROSENBERG

How did she come to Sports PT?

I was looking for a workplace that was supportive while providing an atmosphere that encourages growth and opportunities to be a better physical therapist.

  • BS, 2016 from Ithaca College.
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, 2020 from SUNY Upstate Medical University.
  • Selective Functional Movement Assessment Certified, Level I & II

Areas of interest include:

My clinical interests include treating young athletes rehabbing to return to sport to older adults rehabbing to return to activities of daily living or recreational sport. I especially enjoy working with runners, cyclists and athletes working toward a fitness goal.

Favorite Part Of The Job:

My favorite part of being a physical therapist is connecting with patients while helping them get back to activities they  love.

Other Interests:

I enjoy running, biking, being with my friends and being with my dog.

EMAIL:crosenberg@sptny.com

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

LOCATION:Saratoga, NY

SPTNY Team Member

ERICKA TAPLIN

How did she come to Sports PT?
I came to Sports PT after a friend and former classmate began working at Sports PT shortly after graduation and recommended it due to its outstanding team and patients. My values aligned with the company, which I greatly appreciate.

  • Graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2022.
  • Clinical interests include the McKenzie Method, functional therapeutic exercise and vestibular rehab.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy being able to see patients return to the activities they enjoy doing and building a rapport with them, as well as working alongside a team.

Other Interests:
I enjoy working out, especially attending spin classes, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and learning new languages.

LOCATION:TONAWANDA

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:ericka.taplin@sportsptny.com

SPTNY Team Member

BEN ULRICH

How did he come to Sports PT?
After attending the University at Buffalo for six years, Buffalo has become home to me. A friend of mine referred Sports PT and I commend their involvement in the community as well as facilitating an environment for continued professional education.

  • Graduated from SUNY – University at Buffalo with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy, 2022.
  • Clinical interests include general therapeutic rehabilitation, the McKenzie Method, and vestibular dysfunctions. Personally, I often go on tangents learning about whatever catches my attention!

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy seeing the look on my patients’ face when their pain is abolished and helping them to reach their goals.

Other Interests:
I enjoy being outside, hiking, working out, jumping on the dance floor, and trying new things.

EMAIL:BULRICH@SPTNY.COM

SPECIALITIES:PT, DPT

LOCATION:TONAWANDA

SPTNY Team Member

ISAAC VIRAG

How did he come to Sports PT?
I was referred to Sports PT by a friend. I joined the Sports PT team because of the professional environment that promotes career growth and lifelong learning.

  • Graduated from Utica College in May 2016
  • Clinical interests include orthopedic conditions, sports injuries, ACL repairs, and total joint replacements

Favorite Part Of The Job:
I enjoy developing professional relationships and I also find it very rewarding helping people improve their quality of life through achieving their goals and enhancing their activity levels.

Other Interests:
I enjoy participating in any and all sports, hiking/being out doors, and playing music with my wife.

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:ivirag@sptny.com

LOCATION:Liverpool, NY

SPTNY Team Member

MONICA ZEISZ

How did she come to Sports PT?
I chose to join the Sports PT team because of their great reputation, including high standards and quality care.I especially like their welcoming atmosphere, provision of mentorship, and emphasis on lifelong learning.”

  • Earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from University at Buffalo in 2019
  • Clinical interests include orthopedics, manual therapy, functional therapeutic exercise and vestibular rehab.

Favorite Part Of The Job:
The team environment along with building rapport with individuals and helping them return to activities they are passionate about.

Other Interests:
Spending time with my family, friends, and dog, reading, being outdoors, as well as being an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres Fan!

SPECIALTIES:PT, DPT

EMAIL:mzeisz@sptny.com

LOCATION:Tonawanda, NY

Your First Step Towards physical health Starts Here :

After coming here three times a week, every week for six months – you’re part of their life. And they’re part of your life.

Patient

Diane Beideck

Everyone was really welcoming. It was just an environment where you could jump in and learn.

Student

Ricardo Whittaker - Ithaca College

I need a physical therapist that is going to think about what I do every day for a living.

Patient

Susan Reno

I had a little bit of low confidence. And my CI was the one who helped me build that confidence.

Student

Tiffany Bader -  Central Michigan University

They’re concerned about your concerns. You’re not just a number – you’re a human.

Patient

Matt Mamoone

I felt like I was another therapist in the clinic. I wasn’t just a student.

Student

Tom Maving - Nazareth College