Physical Therapists - Brad Gilden, PT, DPT, CSCS, CFMT - Michael J. Racca, PT, MSPT - David Potucek, MSPT

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Physical Therapists

Brad Gilden, PT, DPT, CSCS, CMFT

Brad Gilden, PT, DPT, CSCS, CFMT - Old Greenwich, CTManaging Partner

Doctorate in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from Drexel University

Masters in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA

Member of American Physical Therapy Association

Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA)

Dr. Brad Gilden has been practicing orthopedic & sports physical therapy since graduating from New York Medical College in 2000. He has worked in a variety of settings treating patients with various neurological, orthopedic and sports injuries. In 2004, he completed a clinical doctorate in upper quarter & hand therapy from Drexel University. He joined Elite Health Services as a managing partner and rehabilitation coordinator in 2005.
Dr. Gilden follows the approach of a Functional Manual Physical Therapist treating movement dysfunction. His focus is on restoring normal mobility and strength while integrating patients back to their highest level of function. He enjoys working with all diagnoses and has extensive experience treating both pre- and post-surgical patient populations. In 2010, he completed an intensive certification in functional manual therapy through the Institute of Physical Art.
Dr. Gilden has worked with many professional athletes as well as collegiate and recreational. He is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. He lectures throughout the community on injury prevention and ergonomics while promoting a healthy lifestyle. He is training to become faculty with the Institute of Physical Art. He enjoys a multitude of sports and completed his first NYC Marathon in 2008.

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Michael Racca, PT, MSPT, CEAS

Michael J. Racca, PT, MSPT - Old Greenwich, CTDirector of In-Home Physical Therapy

Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Miami School of Medicine

Previously a Senior Physical Therapist at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Former Director of Physical and Occupational Therapy at NYCONN Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Specialists

Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist through the Back School of Atlanta

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Michael Racca is a Licensed Physical Therapist in New York and Connecticut with diverse clinical and management experience in hospital, in-home, and outpatient settings since beginning practice in 1999. He has extensive experience working with patients of a wide variety of diagnoses to help them restore their full potential level of function. He has given community lectures on a variety of topics including back education, total joint replacements, injury prevention, posture, and sports performance. Mike has most recently specialized in treating the post-surgical orthopedic outpatient population and has helped many local students and nationally recognized athletes return to their prior level of competition following injury and surgery. He has worked directly with Orthopaedists, Podiatrists, Pulmonologists, Spine Surgeons, Pain Management Specialists and Primary Care Physicians to insure his patients have a reliable continuum of care.

Mike continues to complete and lab assist progressive continuing education focusing on manual therapy through The Institute of Physical Art and he is pursuing Certification in Functional Manual Therapy. He is also Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist through the Back School of Atlanta. He has completed 2 triathlons, is a recreational ski racer, and enjoys fishing and hiking. Mike was formerly a volunteer coach for the West Point Junior Alpine Ski Team and is a Certified Professional Ski Instructor.

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David Potucek, MSPT, CFMT

David Potucek, MSPT - Old Greenwich, CTMaster of Physical Therapy from Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Post-Graduate Doctorate in Progress

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA)

David Potucek, MSPT has been practicing orthopedics and sports physical therapy since graduating with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Springfield College in 2004. David has worked in a variety of practice settings, treating a multitude of orthopedic, sports, and neurological patient populations. David joined the Elite Health Services Physical Therapy Team in 2008. David began his career working for the physician owned practice Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfield County. He treated a variety of post-operative, sports, neurological and orthopedic patients. David continues to expanded his clinical skills by taking many post-graduate continuing education courses.David has worked as a personal trainer allowing him to further develop his knowledge of exercise based strength training. He was a collegiate athlete participating in gymnastics, which has given him the discipline and insight into what it takes to succeed on a competitive level. David continues to take continuing education courses from the Institute of Physical Art, and from The Center for Integrative Manual Therapy to broaden his manual therapy skills. Some of the manual techniques include Muscle Energy, Strain/Counterstrain, Functional Mobilization and Myofascial Release. In addition, David will be working towards a Doctorate in Physical Therapy this coming year. David is an avid reader of anything related to the health field.

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Matthew Silvaggio, MSPT, CFMT

Matthew Silvaggio, MSPT - Old Greenwich, CT Masters of Physical Therapy from Nazareth College

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Certified Funcational Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physcial Art (IPA)

Matt Silvaggio, MSPT has been practicing across a broad scope of physical therapy settings since graduating from Nazareth College of Rochester, NY in 2003. His experience has been shaped by working in acute rehabilitation, home health, orthopedic private practice as well as sports medicine settings. This includes working for Howard Head Sports Medicine and working directly with the physicians of Steadman Hawkins Orthopedics in Vail, CO where he provided Physical Therapy services to athletes and patient’s from around the world. Through full time positions as well as contract work as a traveling physical therapist, Matt has been fortunate enough to perform what he loves doing in places including San Diego and San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL, Vail, CO, South Hampton, NY and West Palm Beach, FL to name a few. Through these experiences along with a constant commitment to professional growth and excellence, he brings his experience and enthusiasm to the Elite Health Services Physical Therapy team.

The foundation for Matt’s physical therapy practice comes from the Institute of Physical Art. In August of 2012, Matt earned the prestigious CFMT, Certified Functional Manual Therapy certification.

 

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Heather Whiting, DPT, CSCS, CFMT

Heather Whiting, DPT, CSCS - Old Greenwich, CT Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University

Bachelors of Rehabilitation Sciences from Northeastern University

Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA)

Dr. Heather Whiting joined the Elite Health Services team of Physical Therapists through the post graduate program started by the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). Heather graduated from Northeastern University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a minor in Spanish. In addition to her academic pursuits at Northeastern, she was also a member of the women’s varsity swim team earning All-CAA Conference honors and was voted team captain. During her NCAA Division I swimming career she was a valued member of multiple record breaking relay teams.

Heather continued her dedication to swimming by joining the varsity coaching staff as an assistant coach following her final year of team eligibility and then she became a coach for the university’s club swim team. The valuable insights she has gained over a 17 year swimming career have become an integral part of her approach to physical therapy. She takes advantage of an in-depth understanding of swim stroke mechanics, best practices for training at a high level for long sports seasons, and valuable insight in effective coaching techniques.

Dr. Whiting grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO where the founders of the IPA call home. She had the opportunity to shadow and study under the clinicians at the renowned Johnson and Johnson Physical Therapy Clinic (JJPT). She became intrigued by their pioneering therapy techniques and created a clinical affiliation at JJPT. Heather took many post graduate educational courses provided by the IPA before graduating in 2011 with her DPT. Throughout her academic career, Heather has had the opportunity to work with patients that have orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary dysfunctions and has worked with a variety of patients from orphans in Ecuador to politicians in Boston and actors from Hollywood. She is looking forward to bringing her experiences, thirst for knowledge and friendly personality to the EHS family.

 

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Tara Gibson, DPT, CFMT

Heather Whiting, DPT, CSCS - Old Greenwich, CT Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hunter College

Certified Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Therapist through the IPNFA

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association

Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA)

Dr. Tara Gibson is thrilled to be joining the Elite Health Services team of physical therapists. This year she will complete her post-doc residency toward her certification as a Functional Manual Therapist under the Institute of Physical Art (IPA). Tara received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 from Hunter College in NYC.

During her educational experience she worked with a variety of patient populations ranging from Broadway dancers to geriatrics. She just completed another post-doc 9-month residency at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, CA where she studied and applied the PNF philosophy to complex neurological patients with conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury. She is recognized by the International PNF Association as a certified PNF therapist.

Before becoming a PT, Tara worked for 6 years as a private Pilates Instructor in Manhattan and is certified under Romana's Pilates. As an instructor, she worked with individuals of all age groups on an array of apparatus including the reformer, the cadillac, and wunda chair to optimize movement through strength, flexibility, and postural awareness with an emphasis on the muscles around the spine. It is these same principles that led her to continue her post-graduate education (while still a student) with the IPA where the approach to physical therapy is always based on treating the body as a whole and integrated system. Tara practices Yang style Tai Chi Chuan and has trained under masters C.K. Chu in Manhattan and Peter Davis, PhD in Sonoma, CA. She also loves to run!

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Brian Tenenhaus, MSPT, CFMT

Heather Whiting, DPT, CSCS - Old Greenwich, CT Master of Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University

Certified Kinesiotaping Specialist

Member of the American Physical Therapy Association
Certified Functional Manual Therapist through the Institute of Physical Art (IPA)

Brian Tenenhaus achieved his Masters in Physical Therapy, graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2004. He brings to Elite Health Services over 10 years experience in Sports and Orthopedics.  He is a Certified Kinesiotaping Specialist and obtained his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy in 2014 through the Institute of Physical Art in Colorado Springs, CO.

Previously, he worked as a Physical Therapist in an acute care setting, at Georgetown University and co-founded and directed a community and wellness event in Branford, CT.

An accomplished collegiate tennis player, Brian now teaches and plays competitive tennis locally.  Brian is also currently working on the second edition of his book, Le Washington Sports Curse: This is Where the Healing Begins. 

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Tiffany Sudol, DPT

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Doctorate in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from Hunter College

Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Theatre and Dance

Member of American Physical Therapy Association

Adjunct Lecturer in Health, Physical Education & Dance Department at Queensbourgh Community College

Dr. Tiffany Sudol joined the Elite Health Services team in 2014. As a former Personal Trainer, Dancer, and Dance Teacher, Dr. Sudol has worked extensively with dancers and athletes and brings to us her unique perspective and insight as a Physical Therapist.

Dr. Sudol earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree from Hunter College in New York City. While completing her degree she worked as a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and was an adjunct lecturer at Queensborough Community College in the Health, Physical Education, & Dance department.

Dr. Sudol was born and raised in Champion, Ohio and moved to New York City in 2000 to pursue a career in musical theatre and dance. Some of Dr. Sudol’s previous career highlights include cheering for the NFL, the 2007 Country Music Awards and over 30 music theatre shows including Mamma Mia!, and Camelot with her friend Lou Diamond Phillips.

Dr. Sudol has taught competitive dance and physical education for more than 20 years. Recently, she had the opportunity to present platform presentations on The Performance of Dancer’s on the Y-Balance Test at the Combined Sections Conference for the American Physical Therapy Association as well as at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

During her Physical Therapy internships Dr. Sudol had the opportunity to work with a multitude of diagnoses in the areas of vestibular and chronic dizziness, orthopedics, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, and cardiopulmonary. Dr. Sudol is excited for the challenge of pursuing her Certification of Functional Manual Therapy credential through the Institute of Physical Arts in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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For more information on Elite Health Services Physical Therapists services, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 203-983-5748. You can also use our online Request an Appointment form.

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