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Staff

Therapist Biographies


Stephen Wirth, PT
Administrative Director to Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
and Winthrop Sports Medicine Service
swirth@winthrop.org

Steve’s vision of wellness through physical therapy became a reality with the help of Winthrop University Hospital.  The hospital partnered with Health Trax to achieve their goal of prevention and wellness for the Long Island Community. Steve worked with the hospital to establish the new entity that is Winthrop Physical Therapy.

Steve graduated from Adelphi University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health Education.  He then received a degree in Physical Therapy from New York University in 1973.    Steve has accumulated forty years of experience in sports medicine and orthopedic care.  He has been a physical therapist and strength consultant for many professional boxers, soccer players, and golfers. His professional career grew as he became consultant to the NY Mets and the team Physical Therapist for the New York Islanders from 1980-1996.

Steve is the administrative director of Winthrop University’s Sports Medicine Service. He is the coordinator for sports medicine and physical therapy services to Adelphi University and the Long Island Rough Riders.  He has developed a relationship with many local high schools and coordinated athletic training services to many communities. This service continues to educate local residents on all aspects of injury prevention for those participating in athletic events.

Steve is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), American College of Sports Medicine, and an Affiliate Member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.  In 2009 he became a Burdenko Method Instructor in water and sports therapy.  In the past, he was an instructor in the Department of Physical Education and Health Education as an adjunct Professor for Athletic Trainers at Hofstra University, as well as at Nassau Community College for the Physical Therapy Assistant program. For years at Adelphi he was the president of the Panther Club which helps support their athletic programs. During his free time.

Steve has been a co-author in the following research projects:

Case Series: Physical Therapy Intervention for Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction after Repeated Lateral Patellar Subluxation/Dislocation. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy/Volume 11, Number 3 June 2016.

Steve enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, golfing, and attending sporting events.

Teresa Errigo Vitale PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapy Supervisor
terrigovitale@winthrop.org

Terry graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Hunter College in 1985.  In 2000, her credentials included a Board Certification in Orthopedics. Terry is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. In 2004, she received a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University. She is a member of the APTA Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Section. 

Over the past thirty years, Terry has focused in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. She is involved in the rehabilitation and sport specific training to athletes and dancers of all ages, including collegiate, and professional. She is a treating clinician for Adelphi University athletes. For 15 years she coached, taught injury prevention, and assessed on field injuries in softball, soccer, and basketball on a community and travel level.

Terry is an APTA certified clinical instructor and affiliation coordinator at Winthrop. She is a clinical educator to the Doctoral Physical Therapy students from Quinnipiac, Scranton, and NYIT. Terry appeared in the documentary Jig, where she was featured rehabilitating the 2010 World Irish Step Dancing Champion. 

Terry has been the lead author in the following research projects:

Case Series: Physical Therapy Intervention for Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction after Repeated Lateral Patellar Subluxation/Dislocation. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy/Volume 11, Number 3 June 2016.

Injuries to Irish Step Dancers: Descriptive Case Series Review.  Ortho PT Practice, Oct. 2014; 26(4): 238-247.

Terry enjoys bike riding, exercising, and attending athletic events.  

Louise A. Murphy PT, MA, CSCS
lmurphy@winthrop.org

Louise received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland in 1985.  She received her Physical Therapy Certification from Hunter College in 1987.  Then in 1994, she obtained a master’s in Pathokinesiology from New York University.

She has been practicing for twenty-eight years. Louise became a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2007.  In addition to that credential, Louise acquired a Burdenko Certification in aquatic rehabilitation in 2009.  Throughout her career she has been an active member of the APTA and the Orthopedic and Sport Medicine Section. Louise is involved in regular continuing education in physical therapy as well as strength and conditioning.

Her outside interests include skiing, Iyengar yoga and hiking in our national parks. 

Michele Petherick PT, PCS
mpetherick@winthrop.org

In 1987, Michele graduated from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School.  She also attended the University of Evansville where she swam for their Division I program.  In 2012, she became a Board Certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist. Michele is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

She has twenty-years of experience in pediatrics and sub- acute orthopedic care.  Her specialty includes aquatic rehab in which she designs aquatic programs for specific patient needs. She has been a member of the APTA and the aquatic, pediatric and orthopedic sections during her professional career. She furthers her education by attending conferences and participating in regular sports and orthopedic continuing education courses. She is involved in the APTA’s Health Policy and Administration’s LAMP/ Leadership and mentoring program.

Michele’s interests include volunteering for a local Animal Rescue.

Michael Bernardo PT, DPT
mbernardo@winthrop.org

Michael graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Science from Florida State University.  He received a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology in 2005.

Michael has been involved in lecturing about repetitive work place injuries at Winthrop.  Over the years he has obtained orthopedic and sports medicine experience from different facilities.  Michael enhances his professional knowledge by attending numerous orthopedic and sports based conferences. His past personal training career allows him to encourage continued wellness in patients.

During his free time Michael enjoys weight training, golf, and furthering his education in the field of healthcare.

Bryan Davidson DPT, MSPT
bdavidson@winthrop.org      

In 2000, Bryan graduated with a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the New York Institute of Technology.  In 2010 he obtained his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, also from NYIT.  He has ten years of experience in orthopedic sports medicine, temporal mandibular dysfunction, aquatics and pediatrics.

To further his career, Bryan has taken numerous continuing education courses in orthopedic sports medicine and golf performance.  He is certified in Active Release Technique in the Lower Extremity and Spine and received a Titleist Golf Performance Institute Certification for Level I in 2010.

Bryan’s outside interests consist of participating in a men’s ice hockey league, volleyball, cycling, mountain biking, golf and yoga.  Recently, Bryan ran the Long Island Marathon.

Thomas G. Lorenzo MS, PT
tlorenzo@winthrop.org

Thomas graduated from Nassau Community College as a physical therapy assistant in 1999. He worked full time with traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputee population and part time in outpatient orthopedics.   Thomas returned to school while working full time and graduated with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Mercy College in 2003. Upon graduation he returned to working in outpatient orthopedics. 

Thomas enhances his professional knowledge by attending various orthopedic continuing education courses. He has been an APTA member since 1999.

Thomas’ interests include weight training, yoga, spin, hiking, soccer, volleyball and skiing.

Ava Perkins PT Assistant
aperkins@winthrop.org

In 1989, Ava graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associates of Science in Physical Therapy.  One year later she received her New York State Physical Therapy Assistant Certification.

Ava has twenty-three years of experience involving orthopedics and sports medicine.  Throughout her professional career Ava has furthered her education and skills by taking numerous continuing education courses in sports and orthopedic medicine.  She is certified in Pilates Mat certification for healthcare professionals and Aquatic Rehab with a certificate in Risk Awareness and Safety. Ms. Perkins is a member of the New York City Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Her work experience consists of developing individualized programs for post-surgical patients, rehabbing athletes, and overseeing pain-management in an aquatic environment.

During her free time, Ava enjoys traveling, volunteering for the medical staff of the New York City Marathon, and mentoring high school students on various healthcare careers.

Peter Lananna, PTA
PLananna@Winthrop.org    

Peter graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy in 2004 from Nassau Community College. He has developed his abilities and skills in Physical Therapy through continuous work in the field of orthopedics for the past eleven years.

Peter has taken numerous continuing education courses in orthopedic and sports medicine. As a Physical Therapy Assistant he has been exposed to various surgeries and protocols. He has worked under orthopedic surgeons developing individualized programs for post- surgical patients. He has experience utilizing manual therapy techniques with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

During his free time, Peter enjoys being a new dad, gardening, weight training and furthering his educational background in Physical Therapy.                                                                         

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Scott Yerys, PT, DPT, MA,OCS, Cert. MDT, CSCS
Physical Therapy Supervisor
syerys@winthrop.org

Scott received his undergraduate degree in exercise science in 1997 from Ithaca College and he was a member of the Men’s Soccer Team.  He received a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University in 1998 and his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from NYIT in 2001.   Scott continued his education and received his doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2005 from Stony Brook University. 

Over the past fourteen years, Scott has focused in on the field of orthopedics and sports therapy.  Scott is recognized by the APTA as a board certified Orthopedic Specialist.   He is a McKenzie certified therapist, which is an advanced spinal assessment and rehabilitation certification.   In addition he is certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  Scott is currently teaching as an associated professor at Hofstra University and an assistant professor at Stony Brook University’s doctorate program in physical therapy.  

Scott enjoys attending sporting events and playing golf in his free time.

Matthew Riley, PT, DPT, MPH, ATC, CSCS, CKTP
mriley@winthrop.org

Matt received his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training in 2007 from Northeastern University.  He then went on to study at New York Medical College where he earned his Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy in 2010 and Masters degree in Public Health in 2012.

Over the past seven years, Matt has focused on orthopedics and sports therapy. His past experience includes providing medical coverage for the Boston Marathon, U.S. Track and Field events, U.S. Paralympic athletes and Division I Men’s hockey.  Matt has earned additional certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner by the Kinesio Taping Association International.

In his free time, Matt enjoys traveling, attending sporting events and playing basketball.



 

Winthrop University Hospital Sports Medicine Service
Administrative Director: Stephen Wirth PT 

Christopher Napoli, ATC
Supervisor Athletic Training
cnapoli@winthrop.org

Chris graduated from Hofstra University in 2009 with his bachelor degree in Athletic Training.  He joined Winthrop University Hospital in 2012 providing athletic training services to local high schools and communities. He is currently the head Athletic Trainer at Garden City High school. Chris is involved in the development of community outreach injury prevention education. He lectured at the Concussion Prevention Program and aided in the development of ACL prevention programs.   

His experiences include working as an Athletic Trainer with the NFL New York Jets, and at the collegiate level with Hofstra University.  Chris enjoys working closely with the high school athletes because of the unique setting the high school brings.   It allows him to witness the maturation of the student athletes thru their athletic career.      

When not working, you can find Chris playing ice hockey, or on the streets running.

Adrienne LaVacca MS,PE, ATC         
alavacca@winthrop.org

Adrienne is a BOC certified and New York State licensed Athletic Trainer.  She graduated in 1997 from Colby Sawyer College with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise and Sports Science with a specialization in Athletic Training.  In 2008, she received her Master of Arts in Physical Education form Hofstra University.           

Adrienne has been the Athletic Trainer for W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School for the last 16 years.  Adrienne is the Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Rough Rider soccer team.  She is also the Regional Consultant for Section 8 wrestling certifications as well as part of the Section 8 wrestling medical staff.  Adrienne is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, New York State Athletic Trainer Association, Eastern Athletic Trainer Association, Section Eight Athletic Trainers Association and New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 

When she is not on a field helping athletes, Adrienne likes to geocache, hike and travel. 

Dan DeSimone, ATC, EMT-B.
ddesimone@winthrop.org

In 2010, Dan graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training.  He is a NYS Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Before coming to WUH, Dan was the District Athletic Trainer for Oyster Bay High School for three years. Currently he is the head Athletic Trainer for East Meadow High School. He has worked with numerous sports at the youth and semi-professional levels, including the Long Island Rough Riders.

At local high schools he provides immediate care of sports’ injuries among student/athletes, and works within Winthrop Sports Medicine Division to provide community outreach. 

Dan is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT, serving his hometown community for the past 8 years.  In his free time, he likes trap shooting, scrapping metal and keeping busy with his knowledge of carpentry. 

Matei Manu BS, ATC
Mcmanu@winthrop.org

Matt is a BOC certified and New York State licensed Athletic Trainer. He is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Matt graduated from Hofstra University in 2013 with his bachelor degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Exercise Science. He has been the head Athletic Trainer at MacArthur High School in Levittown for the past 2 years. Matt is an avid sports medicine advocate by educating student\athletes on injury prevention and implementing safe sports practice at the High School level. He is also involved in the development of the community outreach program in Levittown.

In his free time, Matt likes to play basketball and travel the world. 

Kristin Kerrigan BS, ATC
Kkerrigan@winthrop.org

Kristin graduated in May 2014 from Marist College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and a minor in Biology.  Throughout her undergraduate studies Kristin gained experience working at both the high school and collegiate levels.  She has provided athletic training services by volunteering at Special Olympic events in Poughkeepsie, the Nutmeg State Games in CT, the Can-Am Rugby Tournament in Lake Placid, and the Boston Marathon in 2013 and 2014.

Kristin is a BOC certified and NYS licensed member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.  She is currently the head Athletic Trainer at Division Avenue High School working to provide immediate quality care to ensure the health and safety of all athletes.  In addition, she works with the Winthrop University Sports Medicine Team in providing injury prevention and management education to the Levittown community. 

When not working, Kristin enjoys taking dance classes and spending time with family and friends.

Lynn Wille, ATC, EMT
Lwillie@winthrop.org

Lynn received her Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Hofstra University in 2001 with minors in physical education and psychology and was a member of the Division 1 Women’s Soccer Team.  She became a NATA-BOC certified athletic trainer in 2002 and a NY State Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2003.  Currently, she is pursuing a Masters Degree at Queens College in Physical Education and Health Education.  Lynn is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, New York State Athletic Trainers Association, and Section Eight Athletic Trainers Society. She is a Certified NY State Minimum Weight Assessor for High School Wrestling.  For 5 years she was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Long Island Rough Riders.  Other experiences included volunteering on medical staff for the New York Road Runners club, a medical team member for several NYC Marathons, Half Marathons, and the NYC Ironman.  Lynn is an Emergency Medical Technician.

Lynn is currently the Head Athletic Trainer at South Side High in Rockville Centre.  After becoming an ATC, she spent 4 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at West Hempstead High School, and 6 years at Division Avenue High School in Levittown.

For the last 8 years, Lynn is a volunteer EMT and fire fighter in her community.

Lynn enjoys spending time with her nieces and nephew, volunteering in her town fire department, playing soccer, softball, and golf, and watching various sporting events. 

Alyssa Brandofino, BS, ATC
Abrandofino@winthrop.org

Alyssa is a BOC certified and NYS licensed athletic trainer. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Alyssa was also a member of the women’s division I soccer team at Sacred Heart. Her athletic training experiences include working with collegiate athletes in a variety of sports at both the Division I and Division II levels. Alyssa has also worked regional high school wrestling tournaments, the Big East basketball tournament, and was actively involved with concussion research at Sacred Heart University.

Currently, Alyssa is the athletic trainer at Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School. She is also involved with community outreach to provide sports medicine related education to the local youth athletes and parents.

When she is not working, Alyssa enjoys baking, traveling and being active.

Nicole Brunnhoelzel, MA, ATC
Nbrunnhoelzel@winthrop.org

Nicole is a BOC certified and NYS licensed athletic trainer. She graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2006. with her bachelor's degree in athletic training. In 2010 she received her Masters of Art degree in Physical Education from Hofstra University. She is currently working at Hempstead High School where she is working to provide immediate quality care to ensure the health and safety of all athletes. She is also involved with community outreach programs to provide sports medicine related education to the community. Before coming to WUH, Nicole was the head Athletic trainer at Copiague High School for 8 years.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys running, biking, and being with friends and family.
 

Cole Buschmann, ATC, CSCS
Cbuschmann@winthrop.org

Cole attended Keene State College and graduated with his BS in Athletic Training in May 2011. He has experience with a wide range of ages, skill levels, and environments, including; Division III collegiate athletics, middle school and high school athletics, recreational camps and tournaments, physical therapy clinics, and Major League Baseball. Cole worked as an ATC for the Baltimore Orioles organization during the 2013 MLB season. During his time with the Orioles, Cole specialized in rehabilitation and was positioned at the organizations rehab and spring training facility in Sarasota, FL. Cole is currently the ATC at Herrick’s High School.

Cole obtained his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in August, 2014. He hopes to bring off season strength and conditioning programs to local high schools, and has a passion for weightlifting, strength and conditioning. 




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