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Our Physical Therapy Team

When you work with our physical therapists, you’re working with some of the most highly skilled and trained specialists in the area. Our therapists focus on improving your movement, mobility, and strength to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function. This is accomplished in various ways, including exercise on land or in our therapy pools, manual techniques, therapeutic modalities and education.

Do your physical therapists provide education to schools and civic groups?

Yes! Our team is very active in the community and often provides lectures. If you have a topic of interest, please contact us at (203) 230-9226. Examples of topics we have spoken about include balance, preparing for joint replacement and avoiding concussions.

Our Team

Jacob Hunter, PT, MSPT, OCS
Site Supervisor

Jacob Hunter graduated with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford in 2009 where he also worked as a research assistant. Jacob has been certified as a clinical orthopedic specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association and is currently working towards his Doctorate Degree at Temple University. Before his physical therapy studies, Jacob graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Connecticut State University and worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Jacob is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has taught several community lectures on therapy related topics. He has worked in various settings of rehabilitation including home care physical therapy and sub-acute rehabilitation giving him experience throughout the spectrum of patient care. His experience with strength and conditioning allows him to develop unique and individualized rehabilitation programs for patients with various diagnoses.

Marika Baxter, PT, MSPT, OCS

Marika Baxter received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 2003. She has studied through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in advanced manual therapy techniques as well as comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body University. Marika is also board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). Marika has a background in performing arts medicine having worked in the clinic and backstage with organizations such as The New York City Ballet, The School of American Ballet, ABT, BalletMet, The Ohio State Department of Dance and various touring Broadway shows. She has developed and taught dance wellness programming for adolescent and collegiate dancers and continues to be involved in the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) as a peer reviewer. Marika has also taught private Pilates equipment sessions for both fitness and rehab clients.

Kate Grevelding, PT, DPT, MTC, OCS

Kate Grevelding is a physical therapist with a background in orthopedics and sports medicine. Kate has been practicing as a physical therapist since 2000. She has been with Gaylord Hospital since 2008 working with patients with orthopedic involvement and sports related injuries. Kate received her BSEd from the University of Virginia in sports medicine and is a certified and licensed Athletic Trainer. She received her Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (MGH IHP) in Boston in 2000, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH IHP in 2002.

Kate is a board certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association. She works actively to promote sports injury prevention with her patients as well as in the community, working with coaches and athletes of all ages. In addition to clinical work, Kate works as an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac University teaching orthopedic courses in the Physical Therapy Department.

Rebecca L. Juliano, PT, MPT

Becky Juliano is a staff physical therapist with experience in outpatient orthopedics. Becky has been with Gaylord Hospital since 2002, after graduating from the University of Connecticut with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy the same year. Becky is a Certified Pilates Instructor and has completed the Mat and Reformer Rehabilitation training through Stott Pilates. She enjoys incorporating Pilates into the rehabilitation of her clients. Becky works with her clients to develop individualized and functional programs to help them achieve their goals.

Greg Kane, PT, DPT, OCS

Greg Kane graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Ithaca College in 2009 and presented his research on orthotics in patients with hallux rigidus at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting.   Since that time he has focused his experience in orthopedics and sports medicine and is a board certified clinical specialist in orthopedics (OCS).  Greg has pursued continuing education in Functional Movement Screening (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Mulligan Concept manual therapy, North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), and various evidence based rehabilitation courses.  He is also Graston Technique certified.  Greg utilizes a variety of techniques to allow patients to return to activity, focusing on a combination of exercise and manual therapy treatment to bridge the gap to performance.  



Robyn Staub, PT, MPT

Robyn Manzelli has been with Gaylord Hospital since 2005. She obtained a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 2002. Robyn has completed her certification in Stott Pilates for Rehabilitation in both mat and reformer and incorporates these principles into her patient care. Robyn enjoys not only helping clients obtain optimal physical fitness, but shares her love of wellness with her peers as well. As a member of the Gaylord Wellness Committee she assists with providing health related education to staff at all Gaylord locations. Robyn is proud to be one of the founding members of the Gaylord Running Club as well as an active participant, traveling throughout the Northeast to participate in 5k, 10k and team marathon events.

Phil Silverio, PT, DPT

Philip Silverio is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, earning his doctorate in physical therapy in 2014. Since practicing, Philip has worked with all age groups and seen a variety of different injuries. He is a section member of Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a certified provider for the selective functional movement assessment (SFMA). Philip is currently pursuing his manual therapy certification through the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy.

Alyssa Smollen, PT, DPT

Alyssa Smollen is a licensed physical therapist from Middletown, CT.  She earned her B.S. in Biomolecular Science from Central Connecticut State University in 2008. Following that, Alyssa was the Laboratory Director for Anatomy and Physiology, and General Biology courses  at the University of Hartford.  Following her tenure as Lab Director, in 2014, Alyssa completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford, graduating with distinguished honors.

As a compassionate clinician, Alyssa has treated a wide variety of orthopedic cases ranging from surgical aftercare to patients with chronic pain. With her strong teaching background, Alyssa is not only passionate about providing evidence-based physical therapy interventions, but also empowering patients through education about their conditions and their bodies.

Eric Sokolowski PT, DPT

Eric Sokolowski is a licensed physical therapist from Southington, Connecticut. In 2011 he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Central Connecticut State University and worked as an ASCM Certified Health Fitness Specialist. Eric went on to pursue his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford where he graduated in 2015. He enjoys treating individuals of all ages with various orthopedic and neurological conditions and has a special interest in sports performance. 

Kerry Werner, PT, DPT, OCS

Kerry Werner received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at Columbia University. She attended Springfield College and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Med with a minor in Nutrition and Chemistry. Kerry is also board certified as an orthopedic clinical specialist (OCS). 

Kerry is currently working towards her Manual Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine as well as her Sport Physical Therapy Certification through the University of St. Augustine and the North American Sports Medicine Institute (NASMI). These additional certifications will enhance her already robust practice techniques. She is Functional Dry Needling Trained (FN1) through Kinetacore and is a Certified Oncology Physical Therapist. The ability to help a wide range of clients with varied needs is an ongoing professional goal which Kerry is dedicated to continuing. As a Member of the Orthopedics Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, Kerry maintains professional relationships and remains at the forefront of evidence-based practice changes and the latest research findings.

Joyanna Zdrojowy, PT, DPT

Joyanna Zdrojowy is an Alumni of Sacred Heart University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science in 2006 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2009. While earning her degree, she worked as a personal trainer gaining valuable experience in high level strength and conditioning exercise program development. After earning her DPT, she began her career working with a diverse patient population in an orthopedic clinic and became a Certified Clinical Instructor in order help teach and mentor student physical therapists during clinical affiliations. Joy has advanced training in Mulligan manual techniques and is working toward her practitioner certification.


Physical Therapy Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Appointments
North Haven: (203) 230-9226
Cheshire: (203) 679-3533
Fax: (203) 294-8705

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