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Melissa Graziano, PT, Director of Rehabilitation

Melissa Graziano, PT, is the Director of Rehabilitative Services for The McGuire Group’s five Western New York facilities. In this capacity, she is responsible for directing the overall services of the rehabilitation departments including coordinating and supervising operations within the departments; maintaining performance improvement activities; developing and implementing systems; and ensuring compliance with all state, federal and local regulatory laws, standards and protocols. Melissa’s experience is enhanced by the numerous roles she has held within the company including as a staff Physical Therapist at Autumn View; Director of Rehabilitation at Seneca; and Director of Rehabilitation and Assistant Administrator of Rehabilitation at Garden Gate. She holds a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University at Buffalo.

Holly Abbott, PT, DPT

Joined company in: 2016. Graduated from: Daemen College. Best part of the job: “Seeing patients progress is rewarding.” Hobbies: Working out and spending time with her family. How she motivates patients: She performs the exercises with them if needed and encourages them. Most important thing for patients to do: “Work hard in therapy.”

Kristine Beedham, PTA

Joined the company in: 2007. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Making the patients smile.” Hobbies: Camping and spending time with family and friends. How she motivates patients: “I ask them to show off their progress for family members and friends.” Most important thing for patients to do: “Have a positive […]

Jen Brennan, Physical Therapist

Joined company in: 2009. Graduated from: Daemen College. Best part of job: “Seeing our rehab patients succeed and go home.” Most important thing for patients to do: Have determination.

Katherine Bull, PT DPT, Physical Therapist

Joined company:  June 2018. Graduated from:  Daemen College. Best part of the job:  “Interacting with the patients and seeing their progress.” How she motivates patients:  “I keep a positive attitude throughout each treatment session and provide reassurance as needed.” Most important thing for a patient to do:  “Work hard”. Personal hobbies:  Field hockey official, softball […]

Emily Cincotta, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Joined company:  November 2018. Graduated from:  University at Buffalo. Best part of the job:  “Seeing my patients improve their quality of life.” How she motivates patients:  “Keeping a positive attitude.”

Emily Cumminsky, COTA/L

Joined company:  November 2018. Graduated from:  Erie Community College. Best part of the job:  “Watching patients make progress so they can go home.” How she motivates patients:  “Encourage them to be positive and have an open mind.” Most important thing for patients to do:  “Don’t give up and stay positive.”

Eric Duchscherer PT, DPT Physical Therapist

Joined Company:  January 2019. Graduated from:  Erie Community College Best part of job:  “Seeing patients go home happy and healthy and excited for the rest of their lives.” Hobbies: Hiking, football, biking, exploring, traveling, strategy card games, movies, video games, reading. How she motivates patients:  “I tell them that they have a lot to look […]

Krysta, PT, DPT, PT Supervisor

Joined company: April 5, 2016. Graduated from: D’Youville College.

Elizabeth Koenig, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Joined the company in: 2003. Graduated from: University at Buffalo. Best part of the job: “Watching a patient walk out of the facility at the end of their rehabilitation feeling proud of themselves and knowing you helped them.” Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends. How she motivates patients: “I try to motivate patients by […]

Rob Kordylewski PT, DPT Physical Therapist

Joined company:  2009. Graduated from:  Daemen College. Best part of the job:  “Helping those who were sick or had an injury.” How he motivates patients:  “Highlight their accomplishments from admissions and work together on their areas in need of improvement.” Most import things for patients to do:  “Keep trying but actively strive to achieve goals.”

Lisa Lucas, COTA

Joined company in: 2002. Graduated from: Erie Community College North. Best part of the job: “Nothing can replace the feeling I get when I help someone succeed at something and see them smile after they’ve accomplished an activity or task they couldn’t do before.” Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, cooking, camping, horseback riding […]

Claire Mangano, M.S., CCC-SLP

Joined company:  October 2018. Graduated from:  Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Best part of the job:  “Working with a wonderful team of therapists, nurses and MDs.” Hobbies:  Skiing, yoga, boxing, cooking, baking and decorating. How she motivates patients:  “I find something that’s motivating for the individual patient (i.e. going home, being able to eat their favorite […]

Marcy Manning, PTA

Joined company in: 2015. Graduated from: Canisius College & Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Getting to know about my patients lives.” Hobbies: Hiking, aerial yoga and playing with her puppy. How she motivates patients: She reminds them about the comforts of their home and their goals to get back if they work […]

Carrie McCoy, MS, OTR/L

Joined company: October 2017. Graduated from:  D’Youville College. Best part of the job:  Sharing compassion with others. How she motivates her patients:  It’s very individualized and it’s important to understand what matters most to your patients. Most important thing for a patient to do:  “Be open minded and understand everything we do has a purpose […]

Mitch Mediak, PTA

Joined company: October 2018. Graduated from:  Niagara County Community College. Best part of the job:  Getting residents back home. How he motivates his patients:  “The harder you work in therapy the easier it will be when you get home.” Most important thing for a patient to do:  “Stay positive and focus on their goals.” Personal […]

Nicole Mierczewski, PTA

Joined company in: 2015. Graduated from: Villa Maria College. Best part of the job: “Improving patients’ functional ability.” How she motivates patients: “I encourage them to do their best.”

Gena Monahan, Physical Therapist

Joined company in: 2003. Graduated from: Daemen College. Best part of the job: “Seeing patients progress.” Hobbies: Spending time with family. How she motivates patients: With “anything that works!” Most important thing for patients to do: “Stay positive! Try their best!”

Allison Bernacki, PTA

Joined company:  May 2018. Graduated from:  Genesee Community College. Best part of the job:  Getting to know the patient’s and watching them make progress. How she motivates her patients:  “Encourage them to do their best!” Most important thing a patient can do:  “Stay positive”.

Justine Smith, MS, OTR/L

Joined company:  July 2018. Graduated from:  D’Youville College. Best part of the job:  “Smiling patients”. Most important thing for a patient to do: “Ask questions”. Personal hobbies: Volleyball, hiking, and my puppy named Odin.

Michelle Solazzo, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

Joined company in: 2013. Graduated from: D’Youville College. Best part of job: “Watching patients achieve their full potential.” Hobbies: Reading and spending time with her 3 sons. How she motivates patients: Setting small goals to help boost their confidence levels when they meet them which encourages them to keep trying. Most important thing for patients […]

Jordan Thompson, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist

Graduated from:  Daemen College. Best part of the job:  “Contributing to our patients’ success and seeing them go home.” How he motivates patients:  “I provide ongoing encouragement, and I build upon what they can already do.” Most important thing for a patient to do: “The patients nedd to have a positive attitude, be dedicated, and […]

Wade Tomaszewski, PTA

Joined company:  September 2018. Graduated from:  Villa Maria. Best part of the job:  “Helping people get back to their previous state.” How he motivates patients:  “By giving them encouragement and giving them achievable goals.” Most important thing for a patient to do:  “Put the work in”. Personal hobbies:  Owning, training and driving racing horses at […]

Kim Tupper, PTA

Joined company in: 2009. Graduated from: Villa Maria College.

Joe Vokes, OTR/L

Joined company: September 2018. Graduated from:  University at Buffalo. Best part of the job:  “Working with the patients and seeing their progress”. How he motivates his patients: “Finding what is meaningful to them and working towards that.” Most important thing for a  patient to do:  “Give the best effort they have during therapy.” Personal hobbies:  […]

 

Amanda R. S. Wesolowski, PT, DPT

Joined company in: 2010. Graduated from: University at Buffalo. Best part of the job: “Assisting people to walk when they haven’t been able to and seeing them increase their independence.” Hobbies: Reading, cooking, traveling, church activities. How she motivates patients: Reassuring and encouraging them by making them aware of the improvements she sees. Most important […]

Shannon Wiseman, OTR

Joined company: July 2018. Graduated from:  D’Youville College. Best part of the job:  “Communication with the patients and residents, as well as seeing them improve.” How she motivates her patients: “You work with me, I’ll work with you and we’ll get through this together.” Most important thing for a  patient to do:  “Give their full […]