Meet Our Rehabilitation Therapy Staff

At CVMC Rehabilitation Therapy, our highly trained and qualified therapists are dedicated to helping people maximize their quality of life.

Ellen Adams, PT, MS

Ellen Adams, PT, MS

Ellen graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy and from Touro University International with a MS in Healthcare Management. Ellen relocated to Vermont from upstate New York in 2006. Her career has included management of rehab, medical practice and other clinical services  along with her clinical experience that includes acute inpatients, Inpatient Rehab, Cardiopulmonary Rehab and general outpatient therapy. When not working Ellen and her husband can be found hiking, skiing, kayaking, snowshoeing, bicycling and herding cats.

Michelle Alberghini, PT

Michelle Alberghini, PT

Clinical Manager, Rehabilitation Services

Michelle graduated from the University of Vermont in 2000 with a bachelors in physical therapy. She specializes in treating BPPV (a form of vertigo), lymphedema and urinary incontinence. She enjoys running and rock climbing. Look for her at events like the 100 on 100 race or at Petra Cliffs.

Sue Arbogast, PT, MS

Sue Arbogast, PT, MS

Susan graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a bachelor of science degree in Physical Therapy and the University of Vermont with an advanced master's degree in Physical Therapy. Along with clinical work, she has spent time throughout her career in both teaching and professional regulation. She has worked at CVMC for 15 years and has enjoyed serving the Montpelier community at the Montpelier Integrative Family Medicine since 2000.

Kelly Aremburg, PT, DPT

Kelly Aremburg, PT, DPT

Kelly is a Physical Therapist who graduated from the University of Vermont DPT program in 2008 after completing a BA in Communication Sciences with a minor in Nutrition and Food Sciences in 2006. Kelly moved to Colorado to begin her career as a physical therapist in 2008, being drawn to the outdoor recreation. A Vermont native, she has returned to the Green Mountains. Kelly has advanced training in orthopedics, sports medicine, post operative care, and is trained in dry needling. She also has extensive, specialized training in the area of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Women's Health. Kelly enjoys staying active with hiking, gardening, and you'll often find her skiing or playing pickle ball in the community.

Tyler Aruzza, PT, DPT

Tyler Aruzza, PT, DPT

Tyler graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science in 2011 and with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. He incorporates a combination of manual therapy and functional exercises to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. He enjoys biking, hiking, canoeing, and snowboarding in his spare time.

Sarah Avery, PT, WCC, CLT

Sarah Avery, PT, WCC, CLT

Sarah graduated from University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy. Sarah is Wound Care Certified through the NAWC (National Alliance of Wound Care) and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Her professional interests include wound care, aquatics, lymphedema, manual therapy and orthopedic physical therapy. In her free time she enjoys running, weight lifting, cooking, sewing, knitting and being active.

Ashley Barry, PT, DPT

Ashley Barry, PT, DPT

Ashley received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University in 2016. Her physical therapy interests include orthopedics and sports rehabilitation. She enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and skiing

Karla Bartolomei, PT

Karla Bartolomei, PT

Karla Bartolomei graduated from The University of Western Ontario and has been working as a physical therapist at Central Vermont Hospital since 1998. When not at work she also enjoys gardening, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Heather Bean, MS, CF-SLP

Heather Bean, MS, CF-SLP

Heather graduated from New York University in 2019 with a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. Her professional interests include dysphagia (swallowing disorders), cognitive communication disorders and social communication. In her spare time, Heather enjoys exploring with her two dogs, playing tennis, seeing live music and snowboarding.

Hannah Beatty, OTR/L, MOT

Hannah Beatty, OTR/L, MOT

Hannah Beatty earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College with a self-designed major in biology and dance. She then went on to receive a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Bay Path University in 2016. Hannah has gained clinical experience working in adult and pediatric outpatient settings. In her free time Hannah enjoys social dancing, biking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ali Boucher PT, DPT

Ali Boucher PT, DPT

Ali graduated from the University of Vermont in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and in 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Her clinical interests include adult orthopedics, aquatic therapy, and geriatrics. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities both in the mountains and on the lake.

Lauren Briere, OTR/L, MOT

Lauren Briere, OTR/L, MOT

Operations Supervisor, Rehabilitation Services

Lauren Briere earned her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. As an OT, Lauren has worked in a variety of settings with clients throughout the lifespan. She spent the early part of her decade plus career serving the pediatric population. Now her primary area of interest is orthopedic upper extremity injuries. Lauren is a Therapeutic Yoga Teacher in her spare time, and enjoys spending time with her husband and active young boys skiing, swimming and hiking.

Judy Buchanan, PT, DPT

Judy Buchanan, PT, DPT

Judy graduated from the University of Vermont in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in Physical Therapy. She went on to earn her DPT from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida in 2014. Judy is also a certified LSVT BIG provider. She specializes in treating individuals with vestibular disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, concussion, and stroke. In addition, she enjoys developing geriatric rehabilitation and fall prevention programs. When she is not working, Judy enjoys running, cycling, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Emily Dabrowski, OCS, MPT, Cert. MDT, OMT-C

Emily Dabrowski, MPT, OCS, Cert. MDT, OMT-C

Emily graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2009 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. She specializes in the treatment of low back pain and neck pain with her certifications in both the McKenzie method and orthopedic manual therapy. She has had the opportunity to work in various states and practice settings around the country and is happy to finally be a permanent Vermont resident. In her free time she enjoys swing dancing, traveling, various outdoor recreation and house renovation.

Kat Dwyer, PT, DPT

Kat Dwyer, PT, DPT

Prior to receiving her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont, Kat spent time with renowned instructors in California, New Zealand and Vermont before joining the CVMC team in 2017. She is particularly interested in orthopedic sports injuries and spent her last rotation blending Pilates techniques with physical therapy, offering a unique and gentle approach to rehab (Kat is a Certified Pilates Practitioner). Kat is known for building strong, inspirational relationships with clients, and her personal passion for health and wellness is infectious. When she isn’t in the clinic, you will likely find her hiking, mountain biking, paddle boarding or hitting tennis balls on any open court she can find.

Tricia Dwyer, PT

Tricia Dwyer, PT

Director, Rehabilitation Services

Tricia graduated from the University of Vermont in 1991 with a bachelors in physical therapy. She has worked at CVMC over the last 14 years as the department manager and outpatient therapist. She started the lymphedema program at CVMC and has a certification in the Vodder Method for lymphedema treatment. She enjoys working with patients to help them reach their personal goals using evidence based current practice utilizing manual therapy techniques and prescribed exercise. In her free time she enjoys all the great outdoors of VT has to offer especially mountain biking and skiing.

Pam Eldredge-Chevalier, PT

Pam Eldredge-Chevalier, PT

Pam graduated from UVM. She has over 30 years of experience treating orthopedics, foot and ankle /orthotics, pelvic floor/incontinence, manual therapy, brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke. She enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking , cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and loves her Bernese Mountain dogs.   

Kimberly Fuller, PT, CEAS II

Kimberly Fuller, PT, CEAS II

Kim graduated from the University of Vermont in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy.  Besides her special interest in orthopaedics and wellness, Kim has been involved with ergonomics since 1995, providing onsite ergonomic assessments and educational programs for several Vermont and New Hampshire based companies in such diverse industries as manufacturing, construction, banking, food and beverage delivery companies, utilities and general office settings.

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She is the past chairperson of the Education Committee for the Vermont Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. Outside of work, Kim enjoys being outdoors in all seasons and attending live music.

Gordon Gatewood, PT, MPT

Gordon Gatewood, PT, MPT

Gordon graduated from the University of Vermont with a masters degree in Physical therapy. His professional interests include aquatics and orthopedic rehab. 

Kate Gaylord, OTR

Kate Gaylord, OT/L

Kate graduated from Lyndon State College with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She then went to complete her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Bay Path University in Massachusetts. She developed her love for working with children early on as a therapeutic riding instructor. Kate gained great clinical experience working for a sports chiropractor for three years. In her free time she enjoys riding her horse, playing soccer, broomball, snowboarding and hiking with her dog.

Julie Giffin, PT

Julie Giffin, PT

Julie graduated from UVM with a bachelors degree in German and later with a degree in Physical Therapy. Her most recent experience is general outpatient orthopedics, manual therapy, pelvic floor, and pregnancy and postpartum therapy.  In her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing, and traveling with her family.

Sierra Klotz, PT, DPT

Sierra Klotz, PT, DPT

Sierra received a Bachelor of Science and became licensed in athletic training in 2015, graduating from the University of Vermont. She continued on to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont, graduating in 2019. Sierra grew up in Hardwick, Vermont. Her main area of interest is sports rehabilitation. She completed a 10-week internship at the Institute of Physical Arts Physical Therapy Clinic in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she gained a function-based holistic treatment approach that incorporates manual therapy and dynamic person-specific exercises. Recently, she has pursued continuing education in advanced manual therapy techniques for the neck and low back. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, bicycling, skiing and doing yoga.

Emily Lourie, PT, DPT

Emily Lourie, PT, DPT

Emily graduated from the University of New England in 2008 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. She lived and worked in Maine first at a sub-acute rehab hospital and later a nursing home setting. She decided to move back to her home state of Vermont in 2013 and her primary professional interest now is aquatic therapy. .She also enjoys hiking with her husband and chocolate lab, swimming, making music, baking, and quilting.

Nancy Mahoney MS, CCC-SLP

Nancy Mahoney MS, CCC-SLP

Nancy Graduated from Thiel College with BA in Medical technology and The University of Vermont with a Masters degree in Communication sciences. Her professional areas of interest include Adult Neuro (anoxic brain injury & stroke) and Voice Disorders.

Vicki Maier, OT

Vicki Maier, OT

Vicki graduated with a bachelor degree in occupational therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University in NY and has been practicing for 23 years in a variety of settings. Vicki has experience working with people in acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and in home care. Vicki has additional training in massage and body work and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors – hiking, biking,camping, singing and playing music, and spending time with family and friends.

Elizabeth Mauntler, PT, CLT-LANA, CMT, OCS

Elizabeth Mauntler, PT, CLT-LANA, CMT, OCS

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor's degree in physical therapy in 2002. She is a certified lymphedema therapist through Lymphology Association of North America and a Certified Massage Therapist. She incorporates manual therapy and exercise to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions and swelling disorders. She enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

Sarah Mazur, PT, DPT

Sarah Mazur, PT, DPT

Sarah received a doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Vermont in 2014, and received a bachelors in science from Bates College in 2006. Her clinical interests include orthopedics, manual therapy and dry needling. She enjoys working with patients to restore function through functional exercise and education. Outside of the clinic her interests include camping, hiking, biking and playing the trombone.

Kelli Mirto, OTR/L, CLT

Kelli Mirto, OTR/L, CLT

Kelli Kolenich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science at Gannon University in Erie, PA. She then continued her education at Gannon to receive a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Gannon University in 2016. Kelli moved to Vermont from Ohio to begin her career as an Occupational Therapist. Kelli has since gained experience working with adults in both outpatient and skilled nursing settings. In her free time, Kelli enjoys snowboarding, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.

Marlaina Montgomery OTR/L, CHT

Marlaina Montgomery OTR/L, CHT

Marlaina graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with her bachelors degree in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She has gained experience working in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, and has a special interest and certification in the treatment of Lymphedema. In her free time she enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, and going on walks with her dogs.

Brian Montgomery, PT, DPT, OCS

Brian Montgomery, PT, DPT, OCS

Brian graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. He enjoys treating the entire body for various orthopedic injuries and conditions using a biomechanical approach to finding balance throughout the body while incorporating manual therapy techniques to help promote healing. Brian also practices vestibular therapy and works with athletes for sports rehabilitation. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, and snowboarding, as well as recreational team sports like volleyball and basketball.

Lee Morse, PT

Lee Morse, PT

Lee received a Bachelor degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Vermont in 1994. He moved to Vermont in 1988 and has been treating many patient populations in Central Vermont for nearly 25 years with a focus in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He has developed his manual technique skills through advanced training in Graston Technique, Postural Restoration, Muscle Energy Technique and orthotic fabrication. He also coaches high schools sports as an Alpine Ski Coach in the winter and Boys Lacrosse Coach in the spring. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and fly-fishing.

Michelle Morse, PT

Michelle Morse, PT

Michelle received a Bachelor degree in Health Sciences in 1999 and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy in 2001. Michelle grew up in Florida but has lived in Vermont for the last 10 years. Her main area of interest is in neurological rehab with a certification in Neuro-IFRAH, a treatment approach for stroke rehabilitation. She enjoys working with many patient populations and has received advance training in ART, a manual treatment to reduce adhesions in soft tissue and improve ROM. Recently, she has pursued education in postural restoration. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, biking, and kayaking.

Emily Mortner, MS, SLP-CF

Emily Mortner, MS, SLP-CF

Emily graduated from the University of Vermont in 2018 with a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her professional interests include cognitive communication disorders, pediatrics, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In her spare time, Emily enjoys skiing, swimming, and seeing live music.

Heather Nelson, PT, MPT, ATRIC, FCE-Workwell Certified

Heather Nelson, PT, MPT, ATRIC, FCE-Workwell Certified

Heather holds a BS in Business Administration and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Clarkson University. Her practice includes Work-injured Rehabilitation, outpatient adult, pediatric and geriatric orthopedics, Aquatic therapy and TMJ. Heather has worked as a physical therapist in Vermont since 2004.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. Her hobbies include running, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and skiing.

Connor Noyes, DPT

Connor Noyes, PT, DPT

Connor graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Food Science and in 2016 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). His clinical interests include orthopedics, BPPV, and concussion rehabilitation. In his spare time he enjoys running, weight lifting, reading, and activities on Lake Champlain.

Larissa O'Grady PT, DPT, PCS

Larissa O'Grady PT, DPT, PCS

Larissa graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science and 2014 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT). Her professional interests include neurologic and vestibular rehabilitation, pediatrics and aquatics. In her spare time she enjoys running, hiking, reading and baking.

Jessica Olive, PT, MSPT, OCS

Jessica Olive, PT, MSPT, OCS

Lead Physical Therapist

Jessica received her physical therapy degree at Texas State University in 1998. She  then moved to San Francisco, California where she worked as a physical therapist in a variety of settings including a major trauma center prior to moving to Vermont in 2010.  Jessica has attained an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties accreditation as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS). Her specialties include trauma, orthopedics and sports rehab.  Other interest include outdoor adventures, crossfit and good coffee.

Andy Patterson, PT

Andy Patterson, PT

Andy graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989. He works with patients on general orthopedic conditions and has a particular interest in helping all of his patients achieve a more active and healthy lifestyle. He enjoys working with patients at the Aquatic rehab center and combining his knowledge of physical therapy with his past experience as a competitive swimmer to help patients achieve their goals. In his spare time he enjoys swimming and walking.

Robert Patterson, PT

Robert Patterson, PT

VP, Human Resources and Rehab

Robert graduated from Hartwick College with a BA in English and then went on to the State University of New York at Buffalo for his physical therapy degree. He has recently attained a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. Robert specializes in orthotics, vestibular therapy, shoulder rehab and manual therapy. In his free time Robert enjoys skiing, mountain biking, reading, watching the kids play sports (and driving them…lots).

Leslie Peck, PT, DPT

Leslie Peck, PT, DPT

Leslie graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She has spent time working in Cleveland, OH and Syracuse, NY prior to returning to Vermont in 2018. She uses functional exercises and manual therapy to treat a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. In her spare time she enjoys running, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Carter Peck, PT, DPT

Carter Peck, PT, DPT

Carter graduated from Cleveland State University with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2012. He spent 5 years working at a large medical center in Syracuse, NY prior to returning home to Vermont to join the CVMC rehab team. He is passionate about research and enjoys being involved with physical therapy clinical education. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, snowboarding, waterskiing, volleyball, and watching any of his favorite Ohio sports teams.

Samantha Reusch, PT, DPT

Samantha Reusch, PT, DPT

Samantha Reusch earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Husson University in Bangor Maine in 2012. Her professional interests include pelvic floor physical therapy, persistent/chronic pain, and orthopedic conditions. Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs, homesteading, hiking, and backcountry skiing.

Julie Rossignol OTR, CLT-LANA

Julie Rossignol OTR, CLT-LANA

Julie Rossignol, graduated in 1992 from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in a variety of different Rehabilitation settings including acute, sub-acute and out patient therapy in 7 different states along the East coast. She is the lead Occupational Therapist for CVMC and has worked for CVMC for 10 years. She specializes in hand therapy, wheelchair assessment and prescription, and in cancer/lymphedema therapy. She became a certified Lymphedema Management Therapist 10 years ago and became a member of LANA (Lymphology Association of North America) shortly after. She has been a guest speaker about edema and lymphedema prevention and management at multiple medical functions and meetings over the years. She also works as a consultant with CVMC's Cancer Center.

Josh Rudman, MPT

Josh Rudman, MPT

Josh graduated from Rutgers University/The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2002 with a Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT). He has spent his career in many clinical settings from acute and subacute inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient sites. His interests include pre and post-surgical rehab, general orthopedic injuries, falls and balance training for the aging population, and cardiovascular endurance training and cardiac rehab. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, sailing, and home improvement projects.

Janet Starr, OTR

Janet Starr, OTR

Janet has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sargent College of Allied Health at Boston University. She specializes in treatment of upper extremity injuries and repetitive use issues, ergonomic evaluations, geriatric and neurologic care as well as recommendations and training in use of adaptive equipment.

Christie Sternbach-Feist MA, OTR/L, CHT

Christie Sternbach-Feist MA, OTR/L, CHT

Christie graduated from the University of New Hampshire with her bachelor's degree and then New York University with her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. In her 30+ years of experience, Christie has attained a Hand Therapy Certification Commission accreditation as an Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) and is certified in LSVT "Big and Loud" therapy for the treatment of Parkinson Disease. Christie also does Clinical Driving Evaluations. In her free time she enjoys kayaking, x-country skiing, hikikng, freestyle disc dog and dog agility, traveling, and enjoying time with her family.

Jeff Winkeljohn, PT

Jeff Winkeljohn, PT

Jeff graduated from Florida International University with a bachelors degree in physical therapy. Jeff is a Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT) certified therapist. His areas of professional interest include: Neurology/Stroke Rehab/Head Trauma and geriatrics. In his free time he enjoys racquetball, volleyball, hiking, biking, woodworking, reading, puzzles, family time with wife, 2 teen children, 3 dogs, and a cat. Jeff relocated from the south and is loving the seasons and all the activity/variety unique to Vermont.

Lorelei Wyman, PT, ATRIC

Lorelei Wyman, PT, ATRIC

Lorelei graduated from UVM in 1999 with a bachelors degree physical therapy. Lorelei is a certified aquatic therapist and a certified yoga teacher from Kripalu. In her free time she is on the board of 3 non-profits, including Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic riding program in Marshfield, VT . She enjoys Morgan horses and her orchard.

Hannah Zajac, PT, DPT, NCS

Hannah Zajac, PT, DPT, NCS

Hannah graduated from the University of Montana in 2007 with a doctorate in physical therapy. She then went on to complete a post-graduate residency with the Ohio State University Medical Center in neurologic rehabilitation, and has attained an American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties accreditation as a Neurologic Certified Specialist (NCS). Her treatment philosophy reflects the current research basis for a shift from teaching patients with neurologic injury to compensate to a recovery based model, and uses a dynamic systems theory approach, meaning that the patient needs to learn to self correct for errors and become independent with movements/techniques. In her free time she enjoys playing with her sons, running, kayaking, cross country skiing, sewing, and scrapbooking.

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