Physical Therapy

Orthopaedic Specialty Group has three comprehensive physical therapy centers located conveniently in all of our offices. Our facilities provide physical therapy, hand therapy and industrial medicine for patients with orthopaedic and neurological conditions, as well as sports, auto and work related injuries. We treat every part of the body from the neck to the toes and everything in between. In addition, post-surgical and post-fracture therapy protocols are provided at our centers.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services Provided:

  • Activity of Daily Living Training/Restoration
  • Blood Flow Restriction Strengthening
  • Coordination and Balance Training
  • Customized Orthoses and Splints
  • Functional Assessment
  • Certified Hand Therapy *
    *Hand Therapy is provided by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).  A CHT is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years. There are roughly 6800 Certified Hand therapists in the United states and 85% are Occupational Therapists.
  • Joint Protection Education
  • Modality Treatment
  • Neuromuscular Reeducation
  • Pain Management
  • Remote Workstation Assessment
  • Sport/Activity Specific Rehab
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Transfer and Gait Training
  • Work Task Analysis

We develop specialized rehabilitation programs that are focused on treating the “whole patient.” We establish functional goals, communicate these goals to the patient and help the patient achieve the goals.

Your therapy is provided by a licensed physical therapist.

*Additionally, our hand therapy is provided by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Care for the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow is provided by an occupational therapist or physical therapist determined to be an expert in this area via a comprehensive test of clinical skills and theory, required clinical hours, and ongoing professional development and competency through recertification every 5 years.

Physical Therapy Staff

Fairfield Physical Therapy

  • Joshua Hutton, DPT – Fairfield Clinical Lead
  • Dave Mancuso, PT, ATC – Physical Therapist
  • Laura Della Donna, PT – Physical Therapist
  • MaryAnn Ward, PT, DPT – Physical Therapist
  • Doug Heim, PT – Physical Therapist
  • Kerry Rudich, MSPT, OCS – Physical Therapist
  • Juan Soto, MSPT – Physical Therapist
  • Caitlin Paige, DPT – Physical Therapist
  • Nancy J. Reichlin, MSPT – Physical Therapist
  • Michael Quinn, PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Steven Velez, PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant

Shelton PT

  • Lisa Hanelt, PT – Shelton Clinical Lead
  • Joanne Duni, PT – Physical Therapist
  • Caitlin Patry, DPT – Physical Therapist
  • Stephanie Wilkinson, PT – Physical Therapist
  • William Stanske, MSPT – Physical Therapist
  • Nicole Victor, DPT – Physical Therapist
  • Nataliya Kushta, PTA, CSCS – Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Adrian Valentin, PTA – Physical Therapy Assistant

Occupational / Hand Therapy

  • Sharon Andruskiwec, PT, CHT – Hand Therapy Manager
  • Elisabeth Mordecai, OTR/L, CHT- Certified Hand Therapist (Bridgeport Location)
  • Paul Zalenski,  OTR/L, CHT – Certified Hand Therapist
  • Lori Algar, OTD, OTR/L, CHT – Certified Hand Therapist
  • Alex Lengyel, OTR/L, CHT – Certified Hand Therapist

Industrial Medicine

  • Rebecca Bartlett OTR/L – Industrial Medicine Coordinator