Staff Therapists


John W. Repsher, PT,  AT, C

Owner, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer

John attended the State University of New York at Cortland where he received a degree in health and physical education in 1968 and The University of Pennsylvania where he received a Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy in 1970. John was an instructor and Athletic Trainer at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and later helped co-found the Berkshire Sports Medicine Institute in Williamstown, MA. John has also been active in skier fitness and developed the Ski Fit Profile that measured the fitness of skiers which was used at Stratton Mountain, Vermont and a number of Ski racing academies in New England. John founded Repsher and Associates Physical Therapy in 1980 in Albany, NY. Mr. Repsher has treated thousands of patients in the Capital District including professional, collegiate and Olympic athletes. He is a published author, having submitted two chapters to the first edition of the A.M.A. award winning book Athletic Training, and has conducted numerous seminars for doctors and physical therapists across the country and in Spain. One of John’s areas of interest is rehabilitation of shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, total shoulder replacements and reverse total shoulder replacements. John is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.

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Matthew Alheim, PT

Clinical Manager, Licensed Physical Therapist

Matthew attended Quinnipiac University where he received his degree in Physical Therapy in 1995. His areas of expertise include the treatment of orthopedic and sports related injuries including total joint replacements, rotator cuff repairs and ACL reconstructions. Matthew has completed the McKenzie Spinal Series which addressed the pathology and treatment of spinal dysfunctional. He is trained in the Quadrastep System, which evaluates a patient's foot type and determines a specific pre-fabricated orthotic for different foot type conditions. Matthew lectures on a variety of topics including Overuse Injuries in Runner & Golfers as well as Low Back Pain at the Ciccotti Center. He is also on the Medical Advisory Board at the Ciccotti Center where a team of local health professionals advise the center on different health and wellness issues.

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Corey Kruse, MPT, CSCS

Senior Physical Therapist

Corey received his Masters of Physical Therapy Degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in 2005. His areas of interest and expertise include general orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and post-op rehabilitation. He holds specific interest in the treatment of hip pain and joint preservation. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Golf Performance© Specialist, and a certified coach through the Road Runners Club of America. As an avid runner and golfer, he enjoys bridging the gap between physical therapy and his knowledge / experiences (good and bad) in his treatments to allow individuals to return to sport. 

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Joyce Bettinger, DPT, Cert. MDT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Joyce received her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in 2008.  She received a degree in Biology from St. Lawrence University before receiving her BS in Physical Therapy from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, NY.  She is currently a certified McKenzie practitioner with many years of experience in rehabilitation of spinal injuries and pain. Joyce worked as an athletic trainer at Cornell University and enjoys working with orthopedic and athletic injuries.  She is currently a ski instructor for the Adaptive Sports Foundation for the mentally or physically challenged in Windham, NY. Joyce lives in Delmar with her husband and four children.

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Steven Cornell, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Steven graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2006 with his Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. He has been working in orthopedics since that time in both outpatient and acute rehabilitation settings. Steve completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy through Utica College in 2010. Steve has attended continuing education with Kevin Wilk, D.P.T., a leader in the field of Physical Therapy for shoulder rehabilitation. He enjoys the challenges of helping people work through a variety of orthopedic conditions. He also believes in providing patients with the toolset provide healing, as well as prevent injuries and enhance life long wellness. Steve enjoys cross country skiing, golfing, and spending time with his family. He lives with his wife and son in Clifton Park. 

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Shane Cherico, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Shane attended Stony Brook University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree in 2013. Shane's areas of interest include orthopedic and sport injuries, and he enjoys helping people recovering from knee and shoulder surgery return to their prior level of function. He has furthered his knowledge and clinical skills by taking continuing education courses, such as therapeutic taping for musculoskeletal injuries and the Part A series of the McKenzie MDT approach, which focused on the assessment and treatment of the lumbar spine. Shane enjoys playing golf and going to the gym, and he encourages his patients to be physically active outside of the clinic as well. It is his goal to help clients leave feeling confident to do beneficial exercises at home. Originally from Broadalbin, NY, Shane currently lives in Schenectady with his wife. 

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Mikaela Ross, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Mikaela attended Springfield College where she graduated in 2011 with her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy. Mikaela worked at Albany Medical Center from 2011-2014 working in the inpatient hospital setting as well as the acute rehabilitation facility. Mikaela is a very active individual who has been training in the martial arts for 19 years and has been an instructor for 10 years. She loves to work with other martial artists and athletes to help them achieve their goals. Mikaela lives in Albany, NY with her husband.

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Susan Paurowski, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Susan graduated with her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015 from The Sage Colleges Graduate School in Troy, New York. Prior to this, Susan attended Bay State College in Boston Massachusetts where she graduated from the Physical Therapy Assistant program in 2001. For the past 14 years, she has been practicing as a licensed physical therapist assistant both in inpatient and outpatient settings; most recently with St. Peter's Health Partners here in the Capital Region. Susan's vision for the future is to work towards an orthopedic specialty along with specializing in the treatment of patients with cancer. She enjoys educating patients with a preventative and wellness approach to physical therapy. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in the Capital Region.

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Nathaniel Fiedler, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

Nate received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from Sage Graduate School and his Bachelor's in Biology in 2006 from S.U.N.Y. Cortland. He enjoys treatment of general orthopedic injuries with a special interest in shoulders, knees, and post-operative rehabilitation. Nate has taken continuing education in the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son as well as playing soccer, golf, and weight lifting. Nate is originally from Endicott, NY and currently lives in North Greenbush.

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Stephanie Ciulla, DPT, AT, C

Licensed Physical Therapist

Stephanie attended Boston University where she received her Bachelor's in Athletic Training in 2013 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She enjoys all orthopedic injuries with a special interest in sports rehabilitation and post-operative rehabilitation. During her schooling, she had the opportunity to intern at orthopedic clinics in both Colorado and North Carolina. As an Athletic Trainer student she got to work with sports teams including the Harvard men's basketball team and the MIT football team, working to prevent injuries, triage injuries during competition and rehabilitating student athletes back to sport participation. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys hiking, playing and watching sports and traveling. She Currently lives in Clifton Park.



Front Office Staff

Lynn Casey

Office Manager

Lynn grew up on Long Island and moved to the Capital District shortly after receiving her BA degree in Sociology from SUNY Brockport. She and her husband, Bill, live in Latham, NY. She enjoys seeing her 2 grown children who also live in the area. Lynn joined Repsher and Associates PT 33 years ago as a part time receptionist. Over the past 3 decades she has worked in all areas of administration including serving as Billing Manager and is currently the Office Manager. Carol Repsher fondly remembers Lynn's interview for her original position as part time receptionist. The phone rang during her interview and Lynn without our asking and with no hesitation answered it perfectly as if she had worked there for years, and of course she was hired. Lynn truly enjoys interacting with our patients and helping insure they have a positive experience at our office. Lynn is very active enjoying yoga, reading, walking and hiking.


April Fanto

Billing Manager

April is a native of the Capital Region, growing up in Latham. She attended Ithaca College where she received her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a specialty in Sports Medicine. April joined the Repsher & Associates Physical Therapy family in 2008 as a receptionist and has worked various positions including Patient Representative, Assistant Office Manager and is currently serving as the Billing Manager. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, reading and baking. April currently lives in Ballston Lake with her husband and son.


Laura Witherell

Director of Patient Services

Laura joined Repsher & Associates in July of 2014. She was raised in the military life. She has 3 sisters and 3 brothers, whom she is exceptionally close with. Her and her siblings were born in a variety of states and countries. Her family is originally from NY. Laura enjoys spending time at her family's lake house and keeping active by discovering new hiking trails with her Golden Retriever, Hudson. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College in NYC, she moved to Upstate NY to be closer to family. Outside of work, she loves traveling, painting and photography.


Christine Noon

Patient Representative

Christine Noon has been with the company since October of 2015. She has a Bachelors Degree in Communications with a Minor in Human Services. She has been an Assistant Director and Acting Director for a Children's Center, spent 7 years as Advertising Manager for the New York State Dental Association, and 4 years working for St. Peter's Health Partners in a Primary Care Physician's Office. Christine has 2 children, ages 9 and 11. She enjoys camping, kayaking and hiking with her family and friends.