Our Therapists and Staff

Our extraordinary team

Here at Cheshire Fitness Zone, we are staffed with therapists and administrative personnel who strive to meet every individual’s needs that walks through our doors.  We take great pride in what we do and find joy in the smiles of every child and family we treat.  For more details on our staff, select the appropriate team tab below.

Craig Goldstein
Owner, Physical Therapist

Craig attended Thomas Jefferson University and has been practicing since 1996. He opened Cheshire Fitness Zone on January 1, 2001. Craig is an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, Department of Physical Therapy. In his spare, time Craig enjoys spending time with family, hiking, biking and skiing. Craig has also led a group of physical therapy and occupational therapy students to Guatemala to provide therapy services to people in need for the past two years and has participated in Skiers Unlimited for the past 20 years, a program that teaches children with special needs to snow ski.

Kristen Kolwicz
Rehab Director, Physical Therapy Department Supervisor, Physical Therapist

Kristen attended Quinnipiac University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2005, starting as an aide before becoming a PT in 2007. If Kristen is not spending time with her husband and kids, she enjoys doing DIY home projects.

Jessica Carbone
Physical Therapist Assistant

Jessica attended Eastern Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley. She has been a member of Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2008. Jessica really enjoys the problem solving involved in toe walking gait abnormalities. In her spare time Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hanging with their dogs, Bonnie, Clyde and their growing family of goats. She is a music lover and Zumba Fitness Class Teacher. Jessica also belongs to a book club and enjoys listening to educational podcasts.

Jessie Maniscalco
Physical Therapist

Jessie attended Springfield College for both her undergraduate and graduate programs and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017. She treats patients both at the clinic and at the pool for aquatic therapy. In her spare time, Jessie enjoys going to the beach, crafting, exercising and walking her black lab!

Caitlin Kearns
Physical Therapist

Caitlin attended the University of Connecticut’s Physical Therapy program for her graduate degree and Stonehill College for her undergraduate degree, majoring in Health Sciences. She has been practicing PT since 2016 and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys being with her family and friends, running and playing with her cat, Shera.

Amanda Morgan, DPT
Physical Therapist

Amanda attended Sacred Heart University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since the beginning of her career as a Physical Therapist in 2012. She specializes in Aquatic Therapy, Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy and is a Children’s Yoga Instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, hiking, bike riding, going to the beach, teaching graduate students at Sacred Heart and cheering for the Patriots!

Bianca Costa
Physical Therapist

Bianca attended Quinnipiac University and has been practicing since 2016. She did her clinical rotation at Cheshire Fitness Zone prior to moving to California and now is back in Connecticut, working at Cheshire Fitness Zone! In her spare time, Bianca like sto read, workout and spend time with her family. Her and her fiance also really enjoy traveling and hiking together with their two dogs.

Katherine Velez
Physical Therapist Assistant

Katherine attended Norwalk Community College and has been practicing since 2015. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, bike riding and running.

Stephanie Curcio
Physical Therapist

Stephanie attended The University of Hartford and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since becoming a Physical Therapist in 2015. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys hiking, running and spending time with her family.

Michelle Brennan
Physical Therapist

Michelle attended UCONN and has been practicing for over 15 years. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2007 and specializes in developmental delay, torticollis, CP; DOC Band Clinician. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband, Chris, her children, Ella, Liam, and Colin, and their dog, Ally. She also loves reading a good book and going outdoors.

Amy Cahill
Occupational Therapy Supervisor

Amy attended the University of New Hampshire and has been practicing for over 20 years. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2009. Her specialties include Feeding, Therapeutic Listening, SI Certification, and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy. In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places, exercising, being outdoors and reading.

Lisa Marie Tarchini
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Lisa Marie attended Southern Connecticut State University where she received a B.S in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health/Wellness and Manchester Community College where she received an A.S in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has been practicing since 2016 and is most interested in Sensory Integration Therapy. In her spare time, Lisa Marie enjoys living a healthy active lifestyle and spending time with her family and pets. On top of that, she is also on the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association board as a Member at Large and Member for Public Affairs.

Cory Robertson
Occupational Therapist and Student Fieldwork Coordinator

Cory attended Towson University and has been an Occupational Therapist since 2013. He specializes in ADHD, ASD and Sensory Processing. In Cory’s spare time he enjoys playing with his dog, board games and watching and playing baseball.

Katie Steffens
Occupational Therapist

Katie attended the University of New Hampshire and has been practicing since 2006 and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2012. She specializes in ASD and sensory processing. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends and family, Crossfit, going to concerts, going out to eat, gardening, organizing and DIY projects.

Kristen Sebastian
Occupational Therapist and Lead Occupational Therapist in Farmington School District

Kristen attended Springfield College and has been practicing since 2016. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Bianca Lane
Occupational Therapist

Bianca attended Ithaca College and has been practicing since 2007. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2013. Bianca specializes in feeding and ages birth to 5 and is a Certified Lactation Counselor. In her spare time, Bianca loves running, yoga, rock climbing and being outside with her family!

Bethany Walker
Occupational Therapist

Bethany attended Bay Path University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since becoming an Occupational Therapist in 2015. She specializes in Aquatic therapy and loves it because it encompasses play while getting input through the whole body via water. She works on play skills through fine motor activities, regulation skills, strengthening activities and community integration. In her spare time, Bethany loves to read, bake, hike, paint and go to the beach.

Tamar Margolis
Occupational Therapist

Tamar attended Boston University and has over 20 years of experience. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2014 and specializes in feeding and neurological challenges. In her spare time, Tamar enjoys hanging with her kids who are growing way too fast!

Jeremy DeAngulo
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Jeremy attended Goodwin College and has been practicing as long as he has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone, starting in 2014. He specializes in working with adolescent kids to increase independence with age-appropriate self-help skills; working with kids to increase strength, coordination and emotional confidence in themselves forming a strong foundation for success! In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time and bonding with his son; continuing his career as a collegiate football official with the aspirations to continue the progression in that avocation. He lives a very active lifestyle including his gym regiment, golf outings, football and entertaining his enthusiastic son!

Amanda Devoe
Occupational Therapist

Amanda attended Springfield College and has been practicing since 2016. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017 and is interested in Sensory Integration Therapy and early childhood neuromotor development and rehabilitation. In her spare time, Amanda likes to play with her dogs, spending time with friends and family and working on DIY and craft projects.

Alex Marandino
Occupational Therapist

Alex attended the University of Scranton and has been practicing since 2015, just as long as she has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone. She specializes in feeding therapy and in her spare time, enjoys cooking for family and friends, traveling and outdoor walks with her dog.

Julie Fortuna
Occupational Therapist

Julie attended Quinnipiac University and has been practicing since 2014. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017 and specializes in feeding therapy. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling to new places, and going to the beach in the summer. 

Elizabeth Masko
Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth attended Misericordia University and has been practicing since 2014. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2015 and is interested in physical dysfunction, neuro-rehabilitation and development of hand skills. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys visiting family and friends, playing with her dogs, traveling, reading, kickboxing and running.

Erin Wells
Occupational Therapist

Erin attended Quinnipiac University and has been practicing since 2011. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2015 and is Interactive Metronome Certified. In her spare time, Erin enjoys playing with her kids and visiting Disney World.

Lori Brown
Occupational Therapist

Lori attended the University of New Hampshire and has been practicing for over 25 years. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2012. She specializes in vision and in her spare time, Lori enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her family and running.

Andrea Nocera
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Andrea attended Lincoln College of New England and has been practicing since 2017. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2016 and prefers working with manual therapies, physical disabilities, neurological disabilities and visual/visual perceptual impairments. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys reading spending time in nature and hiking, the beach, photography and playing with her rescue pup, Daisy.

Maddy Lecker
Occupational Therapist Aid

Maddy attended Quinnipiac University and will be going for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has been here since May of 2017 and specializes in attention to detail and smiles. In her spare time, Maddy enjoys running and traveling.

Jennifer Evangeliste
Occupational Therapist

Jennifer attended Quinnipiac University and has been practicing since 2000. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2012 and is also a part time faculty member at Quinnipiac University. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her two daughters, and visiting family and friends in her home state of Rhode Island.

Julie Shadman
Occupational Therapist, Lead Therapist Hamden Public Schools

Julie attended Quinnipiac University and has been practicing since 2000. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2011. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, painting/crafting and attending musical events and plays.

Beth Dunn
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Beth attended Briarwood College and has been practicing and a member of Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2012. She specializes in sensory and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden and reading.

Sara Wayland
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

Sara attended Lincoln College for the COTA program and Boston University for her BA in English. She is a school based COTA in the Farmington Public Schools and has been practicing since 2016, just as long as she has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone. Sara is very interested in visual perceptual and ocular motor skills as they relate to academic function. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, camping, live music, bird watching and growing indoor and outdoor plants. She also loves cooking and eating!

Larissa Phillips
Occupational Therapist

Larissa attended Bay Path University and has been practicing since 2012. A year into her career as an Occupational Therapist, she joined the Cheshire Fitness Zone team. She specializes in sensory feeding challenges and fine motor. As a parent to a two young children, she doesn’t have much free time, but he enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors, puzzles and board games.

Emma Yungk
Kimberly Doherty
Speech-Language Pathologist & Speech-Language Pathology Department Supervisor

Kimberly attended Southern Connecticut State University and has been a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2003. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2008, specializing in feeding and oral motor. Kim is also PROMPT trained. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her family.

Hannah Wilson
Speech-Language Pathologist

Hannah attended Southern CT State University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2015. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and going to the beach!

Ali Brown
Speech-Language Pathologist

Ali attended Southern CT State University where she received a B.S in Communication Disorders and the University of Rhode Island where she received a M.S. in Speech Pathology. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017. She enjoys working with families to create programs for the home environment as well as fluency and pragmatic language intervention. In her free time she enjoys walking her dogs, reading and photography!

Maya Edelman
Speech-Language Pathologist

Maya has a B.A. from the University of Connecticut and an M.S from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been practicing since 2015. Maya specializes in feeding and is trained in the Hanen Program-It Takes Two to Talk & PECS. In her spare time Maya enjoys to cook, travel, and read!

Yana Strevens
Speech-Language Pathologist

Yana obtained her MS from Southern Connecticut State University and has been practicing since 2008. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2013 and specializes in working with clients diagnosed with ASD, Apraxia and TBI. She is also PROMPT trained. In her spare time, Yana enjoys kickboxing, being outdoors and reading. 

Megan Porto
Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan attended Southern Connecticut State University and has been practicing since 2010. She has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2013 and specializes in AAC, articulation, receptive and expressive language disorders.  Megan is also PROMPT trained. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 kids, husband and dog; as well as reading and partaking in outdoor activities.

Lynn Rose
Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Team Lead

Lynn attended Southern Connecticut State University for her Masters Degree.  She has been practicing for 20+ years, starting at Cheshire Fitness Zone in 2012.  Lynn specializes in feeding therapy and the oral motor concerns that impact feeding, orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrust, ankyloglossia) and articulation disorders.  In her spare time, Lynn enjoys hiking and paddle boarding with her family, running stairs or stadium bleachers, gardening, reading and walking her dog.

Caitlin Geary
Speech-Language Pathologist

Caitlin attended the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University. She has been practicing since 2013 and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017. Her professional interests include literacy, phonological awareness and AAC. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading.

Michelle DelGrego
Speech-Language Pathologist

Michelle attended Ithaca College for her B.S. and Southern Connecticut State University for her M.S. She has been practicing since 2000 and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2017. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, yoga and traveling

Alison Strang
Speech-Language Pathologist

Alison attended Southern Connecticut State University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2012 and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2016. Alison enjoys working with kids with articulation weaknesses and the birth-3 population. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in Vermont and lounging around with her cat, Halibut.

Colleen Cull
Jackie Gomes

Jackie attended Emerson College and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2001. Her career had been in television, working at Fox TV in Hartford and Media Networks in Stamford. After having her third child, whom was born with a disability, Jackie decided to change careers and met Craig, owner of Cheshire Fitness Zone. Craig pinpointed her child's delays and provided therapy services to improve these delays. She has grown close to most of the families and children that come through the door. In her spare time, Jackie enjoys shopping, going for morning walks and spending time with her family.

Gabby Angus
Occupational Therapy Scheduling Coordinator

Gabby attended Eastern Connecticut State University and has been working at Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2014. She specializes in interpersonal communication and scheduling. In her spare time, Gabby enjoys spending time in nature and being a mom.

Andrea Montagna
Physical and Speech Therapy Scheduling Coordinator

Andrea attended Central Connecticut State University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2012. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids and learning new things.

Robin Fernandes
Medical Records Specialist

Robin attended Southern Connecticut State University where she received a Bachelors of Social Work and is currently attending Sacred Heart University to obtain her Masters in Social Work. She has been working at Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2015 and specializing in working with children. In her spare time, Robin enjoys spending time with her husband, four boys and two dogs. A fun fact about Robin is that her dog, Tres, has three legs and is much faster than her dog Zoey, who has four legs!

Michelle
Billing Manager

Michelle has been working at Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2002. She started working here in August of 2002 as a part-time billing assistant just a few hours a month and worked her way up to a full-time billing manager. Her background previously has been in the bookkeeping/human resource fields. Michelle has experience in processing A/R, A/P, payroll, human resources and a school secretary, sometimes holding multiple jobs at one time. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys exercising, going for walks and spending time with her family.

Audra Petrosky
Billing/Authorization Specialist

Audra attended Branford Hall and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since August of 2014. In her spare time, Audra enjoys exercising, cooking and hanging out with friends.

Madison Edmunds
Front Desk Coordinator

Madison attended Southern Connecticut State University and has been with Cheshire Fitness Zone since 2016. In her spare time, Madison enjoys traveling, running road races, coaching softball, going to sporting events and trying new foods!

Maggie Griffin
Front Desk Coordinator & Billing Associate

Maggie's background experience in Medical Administration is in pediatrics, otorhinolaryngology and orthopedics. Growing up with a brother with special needs, Maggie has always had a passion for helping others, including volunteering with The Special Olympics and “Wishes on Wheels”. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, swimming and long walks with her husband and their dog Lucy. Maggie also loves to cook and play her piano and most of all, she is a proud mom of two adult children and is excited that her family is growing!

Shay Cronin
Marketing Coordinator

Shay attended Sacred Heart University where she received her B.A. in Marketing and her Masters in Business Administration. Shay specializes in social media and experiential marketing and is excited to use these skills to bring Cheshire Fitness Zone to the next level. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and two dogs, trying new restaurants, running and the occasional Netflix binge.

What clients are saying

Cheshire Fitness Zone has been absolutely wonderful for my family. All of the staff and therapists treat the children with respect and truly care about their development. The therapists are always available to ask questions and are extremely knowledgeable. The front desk staff alway works to accommodate our schedule and are always friendly and kind. I always refer Cheshire Fitness Zone to other families who are looking for services for their children.
Anonymous
I love it here. They make you feel like family; they work with your schedule. Everyone in the office is very friendly. I’m here with my son three times a week and I see the differences from when he first started and he’s been doing great. This place is just great with my son and with other kids I see around. I’m truly blessed to be around great people all the time.
Anonymous
I am privileged to work with amazing children, wonderful families, skilled therapists, and professional staff each day at Cheshire Fitness Zone. We are a team working toward the best possible outcome for each unique child. I am so thankful to be a part of such a special place.
Anonymous
I love working at Cheshire Fitness Zone because the therapy team is always willing to collaborate and share different treatment strategies and therapy techniques. You are never at a loss for ideas!
Anonymous
Highly recommend. The warm, loving atmosphere sets the tone for these highly motivated therapists to do their thing. The office staff is top notch as well!!
Peter S.
As a physical therapist at Cheshire Fitness Zone, I have seen firsthand the positive impact therapy services have had on so many children and their families. We are very family-oriented at Cheshire Fitness Zone and are constantly working with our families to help reach their goals for their children. It is an extremely rewarding feeling to see a child learn mobility skills that they were unable to perform prior to starting therapy services. The staff at Cheshire Fitness Zone is dedicated to providing the best care possible for all the children that they work with.
Anonymous

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