Performance Physical Therapists

Christopher DiPasquale, PhD, PT, OCS, SCS, CHT, COMT

Chris graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. In 1998, he earned a Master of Science in Allied Health and, in 2007, a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. He is specialty board certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and Sports Physical Therapy (SCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.  Chris is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT).  

 

Chris supervises our Hebron office and is the Administrator of our Medicare Rehabilitation Agency.  He also supervises our Sports Medicine Program and is certified in concussion rehabilitation by ImPACT Applications as an ImPACT Trained PT.  

At Deer Park High School in New York, Chris played varsity football, lacrosse, wrestling and club hockey. At Quinnipiac University, he was a member of the hockey team his freshman year then left the team for residential life staff positions to pay for school. After Quinnipiac, Chris rode for a competitive club cycling team and competed in run-bike-run biathlons.  He was a founder of the local Colchester and Hebron-based youth lacrosse programs. He is currently active as a high school and college lacrosse referee and high school soccer referee.  

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James A. Ferland, PT

A 1989 graduate of the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Physical Therapy, Mr. Ferland has an extensive background in neurology, orthotics and prosthetics, general rehabilitation as well as orthopedics. Mr. Ferland is trained in vestibular rehabilitation and is our specialist in the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV.  He is also certified in concussion rehabilitation by ImPACT Applications as an ImPACT Trained PT.  

 

He brings extensive supervisory experience to the practice including his role in the outpatient physical therapy department at Gaylord Hospital. He supervises operations at our Colchester office and also serves as the Associate Administrator for our Medicare Rehabilitation Agency.

 

He served as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford and is currently our coordinator of clinical education working with physical therapy students during their clinical internships.

 

At St. Thomas Aquinas high school, he was a member of the varsity basketball team all 4 years including two state championships. He was also a member of the cross country team. After high school. he competed in marathons and continues to stay active cycling.

Kasey Matson, BA, PTA

Kasey graduated in 2019 from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT with an
A.S. in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. She previously earned her B.A in
Communications from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY where she also played NCAA Division
I soccer.


Kasey has always had a love for sports and the outdoors. She grew up doing gymnastics and
playing soccer. She ran track and played soccer at Manchester High School where she achieved
multiple accolades and ultimately earned All-America honors for soccer her senior year.  

 

After college Kasey ran a marathon in San Diego; lived, hiked, and skied in Colorado; raced XC
and downhill mountain biking in VT and NH; and sky-dived in Hawaii and Las Vegas. After her
adventures, she settled down and pursued her PTA career path that was originally influenced
by her previous experiences and injuries as an athlete. She is happy to have the opportunity to
help people regain function and improve their quality of life.


Kasey continues to share her love of sports and the outdoors with her family and friends. She
enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and coaching her daughters’ soccer teams.

Kasey will be seeing patients in our Hebron office primarily team treating with Stephen Strong.

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Stephen Strong, DPT, CMTPT

After completing his B.S. in Biology in 2014 at Central Connecticut State University, Stephen went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts in 2017.  

 

Dr. Strong has an extensive background in orthopedics, and has a strong interest in sports medical as well as manual therapy.  Stephen is certified in Dry Needling and has additional advance trained in vestibular rehabilitation and the treatment of concussions.  He is also a certified clinical instructor and looks forward to working with students during their clinical internships.  

 

Stephen played baseball and football at Ledyard High school.  His interest in physical therapy began following a football injury.  Stephen is an avid Boston Red Sox and Green Bay Packers fan and can be found watching game when away from work.  He loves spending time with his wife and family, running, hiking, and on exercise program like Insanity.  He is also a musician and enjoys creating music with his wife and friends.  Stephen currently practice in our Hebron office. 

Mark R. Skinner, DPT, MTC, CEAS

A 2000 Master of Science graduate of the University of Connecticut Physical Therapy Program, Dr. Skinner completed his Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine in 2007. He has a Manual Therapy Certification (MTC) from the University of St. Augustine and is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (CEAS) by the Back School of Atlanta.

 

Dr. Skinner has an extensive background in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. He practiced full time with PPTSM from 2000 through 2003 where he had primary responsibility for the Hebron office and affiliated student athlete programs. He currently practices part time in our organization while also supervising and practicing full time in an occupational health physical therapy service.

 

At East Hampton, high school Mark played varsity soccer, basketball and baseball. He is now active coaching his children in youth soccer.  

 

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Zuzana Kudernatschova, DPT, COMT

Dr. Zuzana Kudernatschova completed graduate school at the University of Hartford where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  She also earned a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Hartford.  Zuzana is also certified in concussion rehabilitation by ImPACT Applications as an ImPACT Trained PT.  Zuzana is also a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT)

As an undergraduate at the University of Hartford Zuzana was a pitcher on the NCAA Division I Softball Team.  Zuzana is a native of the Czech Republic where she was a member of the  Junior National Softball team.  Her interest in physical therapy started during her successful treatment of softball injuries with physical therapy. 

 

Zuzana was drawn to the active group of people our practice serves with an approach emphasizing manual therapy and exercise.  Her experience as an athlete and physical therapy patient combined with her manual therapy background maker her a welcome addition to our practice.  Dr. Kudernatschova will be based in our Hebron office.   

Kayla Hall, DPT

Dr. Hall is a 2011graduate of the Springfield College Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  After graduation Dr. Hall practiced at both our Colchester and Hebron offices through 2014.  She went on to practice in another private practice as well as a large regional orthopedic surgery group.    

Dr. Hall will see patients in our Colchester office.  She focuses her practice on orthopedics, sports medicine, and dry needling.  

Kayla grew up playing soccer.  She was an all state soccer player at Lyman Memorial High school and went on to play NCAA Collegiate soccer at Manhattan College and Springfield College.   

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Zachary Turini, BS, PTA

Zach is a 2018 graduate of the NEIT where he obtained an Associates in Science in the Physical Therapist assistant program.  He is also a 2013 graduated of ECSU with a Bachelor of Science in Exercises Science & Sports Physiology.  Prior to joining us Zach practiced in an orthopedic private practice in northeastern Connecticut and a Covid-19 recovery skilled nursing facility.

 

Zach is a 2009 graduate of Woodstock Academy where he was a member of the lacrosse team.  After graduating from ECSU he returned to the Woodstock Academy as a lacrosse coach.  He now spends he free time fishing, downhill skiing, and exploring every sport possible.

Zach will be seeing patients in our Colchester office, primarily team treating with Jim Ferland.

Michael Russo, DPT, Cert. MDT

Mike earned both his bachelors in 2008 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2011 at UCONN. He has extensive experience in orthopedic physical therapy while traveling throughout the United States and practicing in clinics in Hawaii, New Mexico, Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.  A native of Middletown, Michael and his family have returned to settle in southeastern Connecticut.

Dr. Russo earned his Cert. MDT (McKenzie Method) and specializes in spinal health treatment and prevention. This technique, while not limited to the spine, is most known for conservative care of neck and back pain. Mike is also an enthusiastic certified clinical instructor and can often be found guiding future therapists in the clinic.  He will be seeing patients primarily in the Hebron office.  

Outside of the office, Mike thoroughly enjoys hiking, triathlons, and all things food. 

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Natalie Edwards, PTA

Natalie earned her Physical Therapist Assistant Associate in Science degree from New England Institute of Technology in 2017.  She has extensive experience providing orthopedic physical therapy treatments in private physical therapy practices and for a large orthopedic surgery group.  

 

Outside of physical therapy practice Natalie is also a self-employed personal trainer.  She also has extensive experience in the horse community including instructor certification in Centered Riding.  Natalie also stays active as a multi-sport athlete.  

 

Natalie will be seeing patients in the Hebron office, primarily team treating with physical therapists Kayla Hall and Jim Ferland.  

Jazzare Mays, DPT

 

Jazzare earned her Bachelors degree in Health Science in 2018 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2021 at the University of Hartford. She was born and raised in New Haven, CT as the youngest of six girls. Since a kid, she has been involved in the performing arts as a violist and dancer. She has a diverse background in dance including Ballet, Modern, African, and Hip-Hop.

Dr. Mays’ clinical rotations include general orthopedics and sports medicine in Washington DC, and West Hartford CT.  A general rehabilitation rotation was completed at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, CT.  In her free time she enjoys yoga, dance classes, and working out.