Physical Therapy Clinic Staff

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic has licensed physical therapists who are certified specialists in the areas of sports, orthopedic, geriatric, and neurologic physical therapy.  Our staff is among the most educated therapists in the country.

Physical Therapists

Tara Jo Manal PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA

Tara Jo Manal PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAPTA

Director of Clinical Services and Residency Training Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports

Tara graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991. She went on to receive her Masters in Physical therapy at UD in 1993 then received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Temple University in 2006. She is board certified clinical specialist in the areas of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Tara lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to physical therapy, residency training, reduction of variability of practice and her area of expertise in electrical stimulation, low back, knee injuries, and more. She teaches within UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum in courses related to Spine Management, PT as a Profession, Rounds, and Emergency Response. She provides expert consultations in the clinic in her areas of specialty.

tarajo@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Airelle O. Hunter-Giordano PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Airelle O. Hunter-Giordano PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Associate Director of Clinical Services Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports

Airelle graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 2001. She went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2003 and then her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2007. She is a board certified clinical specialist in the areas of orthopedic and sports physical therapy. Airelle is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor. She lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to residency training, concussion management, ACL and knee rehabilitation, gymnastics, and more. Her professional development is in the area of training Physical Therapy Residents and Doctoral Students. She teaches in Emergency Response, Exercise Progression, and Rehabilitation throughout UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum and she coordinates a Sports Elective class.

aohunter@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Grace K. Ademski PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Grace K. Ademski PT, DPT, GCS, NCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric and Neurologic Physical Therapy

Grace graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2004. She went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Delaware in 2006. She is a board certified clinical specialist in the areas of neurologic and geriatric physical therapy and she completed the APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor as well as the Advanced Clinical Instructor course. Grace’s professional development has been in the area of vestibular therapy and concussion. She has been treating patients with complaints of dizziness since 2009. She teaches the vestibular component in UD’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum.

gkeenan@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Laura A. Schmitt PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Laura A. Schmitt PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Physical Therapist Director of Clinical Education Board Certified in Orthopedics and Sports

Laura graduated from West Chester University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She then received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Beaver College in 1991. She later completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2003. She has been at University of Delaware since 1997 and is Board Certified Specialist in both Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy. She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1988. Laura’s professional development is related to the training of both Resident and Doctoral level students. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor and has completed the APTA Advanced Clinical Instructor training course. She has now gone on to become an APTA Credentialed Clinical Trainer. She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the UD Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and lectures and serves as a teaching assistant throughout the DPT curriculum.

lschmitt@udel.edu (302) 831-2430 CV

Anthony Carroll PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Anthony Carroll PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, FAAOMPT

Physical Therapist Center Coordinator of Clinical Education Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Anthony graduated from the University of Delaware with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007. His service learning project was developing an assistive program for a freshman student with FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva) and received the Faculty Choice award. He then pursued the University of Delaware Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency in 2011, specializing in orthopedic management of disorders of the spine, upper and lower extremities with a focus in the spine. In 2012, Anthony completed the Kaiser Permanente’s Manual Rehabilitation Fellowship program in Los Angeles, CA consisting of advanced training in both manual and movement sciences related to the treatment of spine, extremity pain, and chronic pain. Upon completion of his fellowship program, Anthony returned to the University of Delaware as a Physical Therapist, Residency mentor and Clinical Faculty in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Anthony is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

anthonyc@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV
Megan Sions, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CEEAA

Megan Sions, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS, CEEAA

Physical Therapist Clinical Research Scientist 

I have been a physical therapist since 2004 and a board-certified, orthopedic physical therapy specialist since 2008. My areas of expertise include evaluation and treatment of muscle and joint dysfunction and vestibular disorders. I have a special interest in the management of spinal pain and disorders, particularly in older adults. As your physical therapist, I will seek to address your orthopedic condition through manual techniques reinforced by specific exercises that target your individual needs. As a team, you and I will focus on enhancing your ability to manage your symptoms and resume your everyday activities, with ongoing education and incorporation of a home program that works for you. I look forward to our partnership!

megsions@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Angela Hutchinson Smith PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Angela Hutchinson Smith PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports Board Certified in Athletic Training

Angela Smith received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training in 2003 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006, both from the University of Delaware. She started her physical therapy career at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma (NISMAT) in New York City, but returned home in 2008 to work for the University of Delaware. She is currently a Physical Therapist in the Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinic and an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy department. She also serves as the Clinical Research Liaison for ACL Research studies. Angela is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in both Orthopedics and Sports by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists.

ahutch@udel.edu  (302) 831-8893 CV

Teonette Velasco PT, DPT, OCS

Teonette Velasco PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist

Teonette Velasco received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Florida in 2004 and her transitional doctorate in physical therapy from Shenandoah University in 2012. She worked in private and military clinics prior to starting her orthopedic residency at the University of Delaware, which she completed in 2008. She is recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She currently serves as a physical therapist and is an advanced certified clinical instructor at the University of Delaware physical therapy clinic. She is the clinical research coordinator for Dr. Gregory Hick’s research laboratory and also lectures and services as a teaching assistant in the DPT curriculum.

teonette@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Sarah Smith PT, DPT, GCS

Sarah Smith PT, DPT, GCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatrics

Sarah received her bachelor of science from Penn State University and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Columbia University. Sarah completed her residency in 2013 to become a Geriatric Clinical Specialist. She is an APTA credentialed clinical specialist and works in the UDPT Neurologic and Older Adult Clinic and in Dr. Hick’s research lab.

scsmith@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Leslie O’Neill PT, DPT, NCS

Leslie O’Neill PT, DPT, NCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Leslie received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Washington College in 2007 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2011. She completed her Neurologic Residency in 2013 with the Ithaca College/Unity Health System program (now Rochester Regional Health System Neurologic Residency). Leslie went on to work in the acute rehabilitation setting, primarily working with individuals with spinal cord injury and brain injury. She returned to the University of Delaware and works in the Neurologic and Older Adult Clinic. Leslie is recognized as a Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and she is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

loneill@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Jeffrey Miller PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Jeffrey Miller PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics and Sports

Jeff received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2008 and Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010, both from the University of Delaware. Upon graduating, he began practicing as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist at Professional SportsCare and Rehab in Washington, DC. He returned to the University of Delaware in 2013 to complete a Sports Physical Therapy Residency, and transitioned into the role of a full time physical therapist in the Sports and Orthopedics Clinic upon completion of the residency in July 2014. He currently treats patients and serves as a certified clinical instructor for UDPT graduate students in the Sports and Orthopedics clinic.

jmiller@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

W. Gregory Seymour PT, DPT, OCS

W. Gregory Seymour PT, DPT, OCS

Physical Therapist Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics

Greg received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Delaware. He completed his residency at Evidence in Motion Orthopedic Residency in 2012 to become an Orthopedic Certified Specialist. Greg is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and works in the UDPT Sports & Orthopedic Clinic.

gseymour@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Michael Palmer PT, DPT

Michael Palmer PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury University and his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He completed his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Delaware in 2015, and he now works in the UDPT Sports & Orthopedic Clinic. He is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

mcpalmer@udel.edu (302) 831-8893 CV

Melissa Dreger, PT, DPT

Melissa Dreger, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Union University in 2012 and received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015. After graduation, she immediately began her orthopedic residency program at the University of Delaware and completed the program in 2016. She has since transitioned into a full time staff physical therapist at the University of Delaware in the Sports and Orthopedic Clinic and is also an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor.

dregermm@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Scott Fenstermacher PT, DPT

Scott Fenstermacher PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Scott graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Taylor University in 2013 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware in 2016. He is currently pursuing a clinical specialty in geriatrics through the geriatrics residency program at the University of Delaware. Scott is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor and works in the Neurologic and Older Adult Clinic.

sfenster@udel.edu(302) 831-8893

Patrick O'Rourke, PT, DPT

Patrick O'Rourke, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California and completed his Orthopedic Residency there in 2016.  He now treats patients as an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor for UDPT graduate students in the Sports & Orthopedic Clinic and teaches in the DPT curriculum.

porourke@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Administrative Staff

Gina Pusey

Gina Pusey

Manager of Advanced Clinical Operations

gina@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Kim Guida

Kim Guida

Administrative Assistant II

kguida@udel.edu (302) 831-8522

Sonya Yasack

Sonya Yasack

Administrative Assistant II

sonya@udel.edu (302) 831-8522

Jeanne Wojnarowski

Jeanne Wojnarowski

Administrative Assistant II

jeannew@udel.edu (302) 831-8522

C. Taylor Cahill

C. Taylor Cahill

Administrative Assistant II

ctcahill@udel.edu (302) 831-8522

Lori Wojcik

Lori Wojcik

Administrative Assistant II

loriw@udel.edu (302) 831-8522

Residents

Gabrielle Plesniak

Gabrielle Plesniak

Sports Physical Therapy Resident

gplesnia@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Shane Reybold

Shane Reybold

Sports Physical Therapy Resident

sreybold@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Sam Arnold

Sam Arnold

Sports Physical Therapy Resident

sarnold@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Leslie Gartner

Leslie Gartner

Sports Physical Therapy Resident

lgartner@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Rebekah Gillin

Rebekah Gillin

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident

agillin@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Fred "Breidy" Breidenbach

Fred "Breidy" Breidenbach

Sports Physical Therapy Resident

breidy@udel.edu (302) 831-8893

Anthony Sinacore

Anthony Sinacore

Orthopedic Physical Therapy Resident

sinacore@udel.edu (302) 831-8893