Our Staff

Staff Therapists

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John W. Repsher, PT,  AT, C

Owner, Licensed Physical Therapist, Certified Athletic Trainer

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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, VT and a number of ski racing academies throughout New England.

John founded Repsher & Associates Physical Therapy in 1980 in Albany, NY. He 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

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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 addresses 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, PT, CSCS, Cert. MDT, Advanced Hip Clinician

Senior Physical Therapist

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Corey received his Master of Physical Therapy Degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT in 2005. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association; a certified coach through the Road Runners Club of America; a Certified MDT (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy) clinician through the McKenzie Institute USA; and an Advanced Hip Clinician as awarded by the Hospital for Special Surgery. His areas of interest and expertise include general orthopedic conditions, sports injuries, and post-op rehabilitation.

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Joyce Bettinger, DPT, Cert. MDT

Licensed Physical Therapist

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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 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 treating 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

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Steven graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University in 2006 with his Master 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, DPT, 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 needed to heal as well as prevent injuries and enhance lifelong 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

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Shane attended Stony Brook University where he received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. Shane's areas of interest include orthopedic and sports 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 focuses 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 Repsher PT 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

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Mikaela attended Springfield College where she graduated in 2011 with her clinical doctorate in Physical Therapy. Mikaela worked at Albany Medical Center from 2011 to 2014 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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Stephanie Ciulla, DPT, AT, C

Licensed Physical Therapist

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Stephanie graduated from Boston University with her bachelor's in Athletic Training in 2013 and her doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. She enjoys treating 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 rehabilitate student athletes back to sport participation. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys hiking, playing and watching sports, and traveling. She currently lives in Clifton Park.

 
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Justin Leva, DPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

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Justin attended The University at Buffalo, where he received a bachelor’s in Psychology as well as Exercise Physiology and went on to attain his graduate degree in Physical Therapy. 

As a native of Clifton Park, Justin has since returned to the Capital District. His special interests include low back and lower extremity pathologies, as well as athletic injury rehabilitation. In his free time, Justin enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports including golf, basketball, and snowboarding.

 
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Tony John, MSPT

Licensed Physical Therapist

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Born and raised in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean, Tony came to the US in 1984 on a full athletic scholarship in Track and Field. He received his Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Long Island University and holds a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Tony's experience competing in NCAA Division 1 athletics gives him a unique perspective when it comes to treating sports-related and orthopedic injuries. He currently resides in Latham with his wife and their youngest daughter, and his two older children live in California.


Front Office Staff

 

April Fanto

Office Manager

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April is a native of the Capital Region, growing up in Latham. She attended Ithaca College where she received her Bachelor 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, Billing Manager and is currently serving as the Office 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.

 
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Laura Curtis

Patient Representative

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Laura Curtis is a native of the Capital District. She received her bachelor's degree in health science from South University Online. She loves outdoor activities such as camping and hiking. In the winter you can find her by a cozy fire with a glass of wine. She loves watching sports with her husband and always looks forward to spending quality time with her husband, cats, and family.

 

Ryan Bannen

Patient Representative

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Ryan grew up in the beautiful Hudson Valley and graduated from Le Moyne College in Syracuse with a dual major in Theater Arts and English. After college he moved back to the Valley and began working in medical administration and customer service. He is proud to call the Capital Region his new home, and loves getting to know the area. Ryan enjoys making people laugh, helping others, traveling, and making memories with his family and friends.

 

Kristelle Jimenez

Administrative Assistant

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Kristelle grew up in the Philippines and recently relocated to Albany. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and worked for Chase Bank before joining Repsher PT. She loves her new home. She also enjoys discovering new places, taking pictures, and tasting different cuisines. 

 
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Liz Bates

Patient Representative

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Liz is originally from Potsdam, NY, but she has called the Capital Region home for
almost 19 years. Prior to joining the Repsher PT team Liz was a manager for a
software company, where she focused on project management and customer service. She
loves interacting with and helping people, and enjoys spending time with her
husband, family and friends. In her free time, Liz can be found unwinding
with a good book or crafting project.