Garden Gate Rehab Team

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Ashley Argentieri, COTA

Joined company: March 22, 2018. Graduated from: Jamestown Community College. Best part of the job: “Watching my patients gain greater independence.” Hobbies: Exercising, traveling and spending time with family & friends. How she motivates patients: “I create interventions that build self-confidence through an appropriate challenge.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Keep a positive […]

Maria Aquino, PT, DPT

Joined company: January 7, 2015. Graduated from: D’Youville College. Best part of the job: “Seeing patients achieve their goals.” Hobbies: Spending time with family & friends and being outdoors. How she motivates patients: “Seeing patients achieve their goals.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Stay positive and try your best.”

Amy Banister, PTA

Joined company: November 23, 2004. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Seeing people get better.” Hobbies: Spending time with her family. How she motivates patients: She tries to stay positive and be compassionate. Most important thing for patients to do: “Don’t give up.”

Angela Barthel, PTA

Joined company: November 16, 2015. Graduated from: Niagara County Community College. Best part of the job: “Helping people to reach their goals and return home.” How she motivates patients: “I give positive encouragement.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Participate and trust that the exercises will help you get better.”

Amy Cole, COTA

Joined company: June 1, 1988. Graduated from: Erie Community College. Best part of the job: “Watching patients make progress and returning home.” Hobbies: Camping, watching her children play sports and dance. How she motivates patients: “Maintaining a positive attitude and pointing out the progress they have made big or small.”

Marcia DeFazio, MS, SLP, Speech-Language Pathology

Joined company: September 30, 2007. Graduated from: University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College. Best part of the job: “Meeting new people every day.” Hobbies: She teaches group exercise classes, book club, traveling, spending time with her family, especially her grandson Dominik. She also volunteers for Kids Escaping Drugs, Alzheimer’s Associations, Gowns for Prom and […]

Taylor DiPirro, MS, OTR/L Occupational Therapist

Joined company:  August 2018. Graduated from:  D’Youville College. Best part of the job:  “Watching patients regain their independence and achieve their goals.” How she motivates patients:  She keeps the sessions fun and productive. Most important thing for patients to do:  “Trust the process and stay motivated!” Personal Hobbies:  Adventures and spending time with loved ones! […]

Lisa Dressel, COTA

Joined company: November 29, 1999. Graduated from: She has 2 degrees from Erie Community College. Best part of the job: “When I see someone I’m working with succeed and smile after accomplishing an activity or task they couldn’t do before.” How she motivates patients: “Every patient is different and you need to find some kind […]

Jessica Fouts, PTA, Long-Term Care Specialist

Joined company: August 1, 2013. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Watching patients progress and seeing their hard work pay off.” Hobbies: Teaching dance and kickboxing. How she motivates patients: “I try to keep it fun and change things up when I can.” Most important thing for patients to do: “To […]

Jeanine M. Gorman

Joined company: May  27, 2008. Graduated from: D’Youville College.

Joe Hacken, PTA

Joined company: March 23, 2017. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Having the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others.” Hobbies: He teaches and trains in Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. How he motivates patients: “I like to motivate my patients with humor. I want to […]

 

Brittany Hosmer, PTA, Assistant Rehab Director

Joined company: June 20, 2012. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Making patients and family members smile as functional progress is being achieved, ensuring a safe discharge back home.” Hobbies: Spending time with family & friends and playing with her dog Toby. How she motivates patients: “I provide them with feedback […]

Sol Kim, PT, DPT

Joined company: September 21, 2017 Graduated from: University at Buffalo. Best part of the job: “Seeing people get to go home with their family.” Hobbies: Going for walks with her dog and food adventures. How she motivates patients: “I try to give them easily obtainable goals first to boost their confidence.” Most important thing for […]

Courtney Klein, PTA

Joined company: April 25, 2018. Graduated from: Niagara County Community College. How he motivates patients: “Positive encouragement.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Participate to your full capacity.”  

Rebecca Kociencki, COTA, LTC Specialist

Joined company:  December 2018. Graduated from:  Erie Community College. Best part of job:  Building relationships and seeing progress. Hobbies:  Baking, running and baseball. How she motivates patients:  “Stay positive and respectful and always encourage them.” Most important thing for patients to do:  “Be positive and stay motivated.”

Alison Kunkel, PTA

Joined company: September 21, 2009. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Helping people get better and seeing their improvements. I also enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories.” Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. How she motivates patients: “I encourage them to try their best and to believe in […]

Annette Sheehan, COTA

Joined company: December 27, 1974. Graduated from: Erie Community College. Best part of the job: “Working as a team and watching patients improve their quality of life and return home. I also like when they return for a visit to show us how good they are doing.” How she motivates patients: “Through encouragement and motivation […]

Jennifer Spors, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Joined company: August 28, 2017. Graduated from: D’Youville College. Best part of the job: “Helping patients achieve their goals.” Hobbies: Riding her bike and spending time with family and friends. How she motivates patients: “Providing words of encouragement and helping patients recognize the progress they have made.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Stay […]

Holly Szafarczyk, PT, DPT Physical Therapist

Joined company:  June 2018. Graduated from:  University at Buffalo. Best part of the job:  “I love building relationships with my patients and watching them improve.  Helping someone walk again is very rewarding.” How she motivates patients:  “I get to know each individual and what is meaningful to them so that I can incorporate it into […]

Tim Szalkowski, PT, DPT Physical Therapist

Joined company:  July 2018. Graduated from:  Canisius College, Daemen College. Best part of the job:  “Helping patients reach their goals.” How he motivates patients:  “Stay positive and remind patients of their progress and accomplishments.” Most important thing for a patient to do:  “Put forth best effort each day and remain patient.” Personal hobbies:  Spending time […]

Laura M. Vargovich, PT, DPT, Director of Rehab

Joined company: September 10, 2015. Graduated from: Daemen College. Best part of the job: “Hearing from patients once they’ve returning home that they are back to their previous activities and enjoying family events or being able to be involved with their grandchildren’s activities.” Hobbies: Outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends. How she motivates […]

Katherine Vetter, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Joined company:  March 2019. Graduated from:  D’Youville College. Best part of job:  “Helping others achieve their goals.” Hobbies:  Running, being outside with nature, spending time with family and friends. How she motivates patients:  “Keeping a positive attitude, providing encouragement and support.” Most important thing for patients to do:  “Stay positive, actively participate, be open to […]