Dan Kingsley, PT, OCS, COMT, CSCS (President/Owner)
Daniel Kingsley, PT, OCS, COMT, CSCS is a graduate of Daemen College in Amherst, NY and has been practicing outpatient orthopedic Physical Therapy since 1999. During that time he has obtained specialty certifications in CSCS*, injury prevention (Sportsmetrics™), EvidenceBased Practice (EBP), custom foot orthotic fabrication, and specialized soft tissue mobilization (Astym™). He also spent 8 years studying and training for a certification in orthopaedic manual therapy (COMT). In 2008 he obtained board certification in orthopaedics (OCS) by the APTA.
Currently, Dan is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Chittenango Rotary Club, and the Greater Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce. Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls, running, cross-country skiing, hiking and fishing.
Dr. Timothy Francisco, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr. Tim Francisco is from Oriskany, NY. He first became interested in physical therapy when his mother suggested it to him as a career during his senior year in high school. While in his freshman year at college, he volunteered at Faxton hospital. There he fell in love with assisting the physical therapist’s working in the rehabilitation department and that is when he knew he wanted to be a physical therapist. He graduated from physical therapy school at Utica College of Syracuse University in 2000. He worked in a subacute rehabilitation setting for 3 1/2 years before working at ProActive Physical Therapy for a little over 6 years. During this time he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified in the ASTYM Treatment and Sole Supports Custom Fit Foot Orthotics. He has also taken many continuing education classes including McKenzie classes and completed Evidence in Motion’s Evidence Based Practice specialized orthopedic residency program. Recently, he became a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Evidence in Motion.
Here is what one of Tim’s former patients has to say about him:
“My experience with Tim Francisco has been truly remarkable. I came into P.T. with an agonizing 3 bone fracture to my left shoulder. The 1st visit with my personal therapist, Tim Francisco, on April 14, 2004, was very difficult. My range of use of my shoulder was so severely limited and the pain so severe, that I truly thought I had destroyed my arm and would be disabled forever. At that 1st visit, Tim asked me “What are your goals for Physical Therapy?” Taken off guard, I quickly answered, “I want my arm back!” And from that point on, Tim worked with me to realize my prayer.
These many long weeks of P.T. with Tim have been very hard work, often uncomfortable. But with Tim’s encouragement, prayers and expertise, always sensing to push me harder, I do indeed now have “my arm back.” In fact, on my final visit my left shoulder is now stronger than my uninjured one!
Tim is regularly taking courses to learn cutting edge P.T. therapy techniques. One of these new treatments has eliminated the last limitation I was experiencing. They all seem to know how much we patients need their warmth and caring attention. I truly felt I was a part of a family, a very special family, all working to make me better.” Lucinda L. Savage Outside of work, Tim loves spending time with his wife, Lia and his kids and also is very involved with his church and serving the Lord through leading a weekly Bible study. He also enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, swimming, x-country and downhill skiing. He also participates in one or two sprint triathlons each year.
Dr. Christopher Farruggio, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Christopher Farruggio grew up in Syracuse, NY where he graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2014 and earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree with high honors. He successfully completed an orthopedic residency through Evidence In Motion (EIM) in 2016 and became a board certified specialist in orthopedics in 2017. He is also a certified ASTYM provider and Sole Supports Custom Foot Orthotics provider as well as a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Christopher was originally exposed to the field of physical therapy through firsthand experience as a patient seen by multiple physical therapists throughout high school and college. These experiences planted a seed of interest in the profession that grew over the years through summer internships and eventually culminated in a love for the profession as he began and completed his coursework and clinical rotations through SUNY Upstate Medical University. Christopher is committed to providing evidence-based treatments for his patients while at the same time empowering them to manage and take responsibility for their own wellbeing and physical function. He is also passionate about investing in the next generation of young therapists as a clinical instructor for SUNY Upstate PT students.
Christopher is a member of Missio Church in Syracuse, NY where he serves as a small group leader helping and encouraging others to know and represent Jesus as they live faithful lives of worship. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, woodworking, and picnics at local parks and lakes.
Dr. Samantha Guarrera Lawrence, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Samantha (Guarrera) Lawrence graduated from SUNY Geneseo with her bachelor’s degree in biology and later from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2014 where she earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. She has been with Chittenango Physical Therapy since 2014. Samantha completed the Evidence in Motion Orthopaedic residency program in 2016 and is a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopaedics (OCS), specializing in the evaluation and treatment of all orthopaedic conditions. She has also obtained certifications in both ASTYM treatment and Sole Supports Custom Fit Foot Orthotics.
Samantha entered the physical therapy field looking to play a role in helping patients of all ages reach individualized goals and return to higher function without limits. Outside of work, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing recreational sports, running/staying active, and attempting to keep up with her husband on the golf course.
Dr. Meredith Albert, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Dr Meredith Albert is a graduate of Russell Sage College and has been practicing mostly outpatient Physical Therapy for the past twenty years. Over the course of her career, Meredith has obtained certifications in Strength and Conditioning (CSCS) through the NSCA and in the McKenzie Method – Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment, the ASTYM treatment, and Sole Supports Custom Fit Foot Orthotics. She completed the Evidence in Motion (EIM) Orthopaedic Residency and doctorate in Physical Therapy programs in 2016, and is a board certified specialist in Orthopedics (OCS). Meredith is certified through Herman and Wallace to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. Outside of work Meredith enjoys instructing group exercise classes. She is a certified group exercise instructor through the Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and teaches a variety of classes and formats.
Here is what one of Meredith’s former patients has to say about her: “I began seeing Meredith after having a total knee replacement. She was awesome! My road to recovery was lengthy and challenging. She adapted each session to my physical (and sometimes mental) needs. There were a few days I wanted to quit and she would just smile, say a kind word or two and before I knew it I was doing the exercise. I’m grateful she didn’t let up. I haven’t stood this straight since my initial injury in my senior year of high school. Also, I’ve visited many therapy facilities in the last 30 years (due to my knee injury). Chittenango Physical Therapy is one of the best in the area. They are highly qualified, friendly, customer oriented, very supportive and well equipped. You walk thru their door and you know you’ll be taken care of.” Catie McClure
Dr. Alyssa Kutzner-Shute, PT, DPT
Dr. Alyssa Shute, DPT, is from Schenectady, NY. She first became interested in physical therapy during high school while volunteering at Ellis Hospital in the Physical Therapy Department. She enrolled in an internship program during her senior year of high school and was employed by Physical Therapy Associates of Schenectady as an office coordinator. She was accepted into the three plus three Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at LeMoyne College and SUNY Upstate Medical University.
She received her BA in biology; she graduated from SUNY Upstate with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in May of 2011 and was hired at Chittenango PT where she worked for ten weeks to complete her final clinical experience as a physical therapy student from Upstate Medical University. Alyssa is certified in the ASTYM treatment and Sole Supports Custom Fit Foot Orthotics. Alyssa is certified through Herman and Wallace to treat patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. Alyssa is also employed by Connections Family-Centered Therapies and works as a pediatric physical therapist specializing in early intervention and preschool age. . Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends including her husband, two children and two dogs, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Linda B. Harrington, PT
Linda Harrington, PT, is a 1986 graduate of Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. While growing up in Central New York, Linda lived in a three generation home. Because her grandparents (and later her parents) were elderly and infirm, she was always surrounded by medical professionals. This lead to an early passion for care-giving and compassion for anyone in need of medical attention. Caring for other loved ones with terminal cancer has also helped her to develop a deeper empathy and to connect with others who experience suffering and grief.
Linda has spent her entire career in out-patient orthopedic clinics in New York and West Virginia. . To further her education she also became a certified NYS Paramedic in 1998, and was a volunteer in the DeWitt Fire Department for many years. She participates in continuing education classes such as McKenzie (mechanical diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain), manual therapy, and post-operative and non-operative treatment of spinal and joint pathologies. She now is certified in ASTYM and Sole Supports Custom Fit Foot Orthotics.
Linda currently lives in Madison County. Her children are adults now, so she has renewed her EMT certification and is on the medical staff at the S.U. Carrier Dome. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, scrap booking and card making.
“Thank you, Linda…for your professionalism and assistance in getting my shoulder back in shape. It seems to be doing very well. It was a pleasure working with you…and meeting the other clients who came in. It is a very relaxed atmosphere and, yet, I knew I was in the care of a well-qualified therapist.” D. Haury, former patient.
Cheryl Pavlov-Shapiro, PT
Cheryl Pavlov-Shapiro, PT was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1999 and has worked in a variety of settings both in New York State and New Mexico including a group home for developmentally disabled children and adults, school-based PK-12 and early intervention, as well as outpatient, inpatient, home care and subacute settings. Currently Cheryl is concentrating in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She has been trained through Herman and Wallace to evaluate and treat both male and female patients. In 2018 she was invited by Herman and Wallace to assist their Manual Therapy course and has been offered other opportunities to assist in additional pelvic floor courses as well.
Coupled with enthusiasm and a nurturing approach, she is grateful to be able to work with patients with pelvic related pain, impairment and disorders. She strives to help them feel safe, valued, motivated and to achieve their greatest potential.
In her personal life Cheryl enjoys time with her husband and three children and being present in their activities and interests. She enjoys staying active by taking fitness classes, playing club soccer, being outdoors, and camping. Cheryl also devotes much of her personal time to spiritual growth in her church by participating in bible studies and assisting in youth ministries.
Maria Thannhauser, DPT
Graduated from Elmira College with her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2014 and obtained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2019. Maria is certified Astym treatment provider and a Sole Supports custom foot orthotics provider. She plans to complete her Evidence in Motion (EIM) Orthopedic Residency Program and receive her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2020. Outside of work, Maria enjoys biking, hiking, lifting weights and spending time with friends and family in her spare time.
Office Managers: Jamie Benoit & Vicki Woodworth
Office Coordinator: Patti Turk & Michelle Betts
Physical Therapy Aides: Zachary McCarthy, Rachel Burbidge, Chuck Farber and Austin Frawley