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199 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-789-8873


Meet the Pro Physical Therapy Staff

Michael DeChello MS, PT
Director of Physical Therapy

Mr. DeChello received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac College in 1987 and his Master of Science degree in Allied Health Administration from The University of Connecticut in 1998.  He has over 25 years experience in out-patient rehabilitation.  Mr. DeChello has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since its start in 1998.  He has extensive experience in working with all aspects of non-operative and post-operative orthopedic rehabilitation.  He has worked closely with the physicians of the The Orthopaedic Group, LLC to develop comprehensive rehabilitation protocols.  Mr. DeChello specializes in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders and has developed his own orthotic fabrication technique.  Mr. DeChello has traveled around the country for teaching engagements for other rehab clinicians.  Mr. DeChello is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association and Connecticut Physical Therapy Association.  He became Practice Administrator of The Orthopaedic Group in July of 2011 and continues to lead them into the technological frontier as healthcare continues to evolve.  He is currently a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives, Medical Group Management Association, The Orthopaedic Executive Group of Connecticut and is one of the founders of The Connecticut Community Orthopaedic Organization.  Mr. DeChello possesses the unique experience of orthopaedic rehabilitation, healthcare administration and management skills to lead The Orthopaedic Group into the next generation in the delivery of orthopaedic care.

Laura Adair PT, CHT

Laura has 30 years of experience as a Physical Therapist and 20 years as a Certified Hand Therapist.  She graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee Physical Therapy program and from SCSU with a Master’s in Human Performance.  Prior to working with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC, Laura worked at Yale New Haven Hospital where she was Supervisor and Clinical Specialist for outpatient therapy.  Laura has also published and presented articles on the role of Physical Therapy and Workers Compensation.  Laura has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since its beginning in 1998.

Noelle M. Austin MS, PT, CHT

Noelle Austin is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Therapy and later obtained her Master’s degree at the University of Connecticut with a special focus on Allied Health Education. She obtained her CHT in 1996. Noelle has been teaching the art and science of orthotic fabrication (splinting) for over 17 years. In addition to conducting both national and private workshops, Noelle has been involved in product development and training of sales representatives for Patterson Medical (Sammons Preston). She writes a regular column on Orthotic Fabrication in Patterson Medical’s publication Rehab Insider. She owns CJ Education and Consulting, LLC that is dedicated to providing quality clinical education for therapists around the country. Noelle has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since its beginning in 1998. She is also an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Noelle is co-author and co-editor of the book: Splinting the Hand and Upper Extremity: Principles and Process published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2003. (Currently being revised with the 2nd edition to be published in 2013.) In addition, she wrote the chapter 'Wrist and Hand Complex' in the 5th edition of Joint Structure and Function: A Comprehensive Analysis (Levangie and Norkin) published by FA Davis in 2011. She also authored 'Orthotics in the Management of Hand Dysfunction' in the 3rd edition of Orthotics and Prosthetics in Rehabilitation (Lusardi and Nielsen) to be published by Elsevier 2012.

Jen Bogardus PT

Jen graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelors of Health Science in 2001, and then with her Masters in Physical Therapy in 2002. She has been a therapist for 9 years, where she has gained extensive experience in the areas of trauma and wound care at Yale New Haven Hospital, and has 8 years of homecare experience prior to joining the team at TOG. She has been with TOG for more than 5 years, and now fabricates custom orthotics for the New Haven office, and treats a wide range of orthopedic injuries.  Jen has spoken at the CPTA conference, and written many professional articles for the TOG office. She has taught as an assistant instructor in Quinnipiac's graduate physical therapy program, and currently teaches at NVCC in their PTA program. Jen is also currently pursuing her PhD in Physical Therapy through Nova Southeastern University.

Christine Cimino RPT

Christine is a graduate from the University of Hartford with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. She is also a graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor and Masters of Science Degree in Exercise Science Human Performance as well as a Minor Degree in Nutrition. She is experienced in outpatient rehabilitation and in homecare and inpatient settings. She specializes in manual therapy, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, muscle energy techniques, vestibular/balance training and has extensive therapeutic exercise training. She also is experienced in aquatic therapy with certification by Aquatic Physical Therapy Resources.

William Coon ATC, PTA, CSCS

William was a multiple academic award recipient, graduating from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine in 2001. He is a Licensed Athletic Trainer, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Licensed Emergency Medical Technician. He also serves as a Certified Examiner for the NATA Board of Certification and is a Clinical Instructor for Athletic Training/Sports Medicine students. William is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainer’s Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He has specialty training in the Mulligan, Cyriax, and Kaltenborn Concept of joint mobilization/treatment techniques. He published two articles in 2007 with emphasis on the Mulligan Approach in treatment of the tibiofemoral joint and cervical spine. Will is also currently an adjunct faculty as a lab instructor at Naugatuck Valley Community College.

Rich DiCarlo PT, CHT

Richard T. DiCarlo is a 1998 graduate of The University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Richard has over 14 years of experience practicing physical therapy in an outpatient orthopedic setting. He has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 2003. Rich enjoys sports, working out and playing the guitar.


Alyssa Figlar PT

Alyssa completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of Staten Island in New York in 1999. In 2002 she received her Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University. Alyssa has 10 years of experience in the areas of inpatient care, home physical therapy, and now specializes in outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation. Her areas of interest include post operative rehabilitation and shoulder rehabilitation. She has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since 2006.

Gail Garfield OT, CHT

Gail Graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Gail received her certification in Hand Therapy in 1997 and is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. She currently is an adjunct faculty at Quinnipiac University in the Occupational Therapy Master’s degree program. Gail has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since 2002.

Maria Hague PT

Maria graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1996. Maria has specialized in home care physical therapy over the last 12 years, with particular emphasis on joint replacement rehabilitation. Maria first became interested in physical therapy when she needed to rehabilitate a knee injury suffered during her basketball career. Maria has been an active member of the home care community, serving on the Professional Advisory Committees for different agencies in the area. She was pleased to join the The Orthopaedic Group in 2011.

Kathy Jacobsen PT, CHT

Kathy has 28 years of experience as a Physical Therapist and 18 years as a Certified Hand Therapist. Kathy has worked at TOG since it was founded in 1998. She graduated from Ithaca College and before coming to TOG worked for 10 years at Yale Hew Haven Hospital where she specialized in Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery and Hand Therapy. She was an adjunct faculty member at Quinnipiac University from 2000-2010, teaching a hand and splinting course. Between 2000 and 2009 she made 8 medical mission trips with Interplast and Healing the Children to Honduras and Central America as the Physical Therapist treating hand and trauma patients.

Maria Ines Moreno MS, RPT

Maria has been practicing Physical Therapy since 1980. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Colombia, South America where she practiced at a children’s hospital, a university hospital and had a private practice for treatment of patients in both outpatient and homecare settings. In 1982 she came to the United States for an internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota developing an appetite for furthering her career. She completed her MS in physical therapy at University of Minnesota with her thesis focusing on the biomechanics of bicycling. An article about such research was published on the Journal of Sport Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise on August 1990 volume 22-issue 4: “Bicycle Pedaling forces as a function of pedaling role and power output”. Since then, she has been interested in the clinical applications of biomechanics and has worked in a wide variety of settings. During the past 10 years she has been working in outpatient facilities with emphasis on orthopedics and chronic pain using both land and aqua therapy. Maria joined the staff of The Orthopaedic Group, LLC in 2011.

Lauren Murray PT

Lauren graduated from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to joining the ProPT division of The Orthopaedic Group, LLC in 2007, she spent many years gaining orthopedic experience working in several outpatient Physical Therapy clinics in the New Haven area. Lauren was the Clinical Specialist in Industrial Rehabilitation at The Hospital of Saint Raphael's where she had been certified in Isernhagen Work Systems. She has extensive continuing education in manual therapy; including Muscle Energy Techniques, Mulligan and Paris mobilizations; in the treatment of Vertigo/Vestibular conditions, and Functional Assessment and Training. For the past 6 years, Lauren has also been an Official Tester for the Milford Fire Department's Physical Agility Test for Firefighter candidates.

Maria Shanley PT

Maria graduated from The University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Prior to her career in Physical Therapy, Maria received an Associate Degree in Dance and spent many years as professional dancer and dance teacher before changing careers. She enjoys applying those skills and experience as a dancer to her patients in the rehabilitation arena. She specializes in orthopedic and sport rehabilitation. Maria has been with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC since its beginning in 1998.

David Spak PTA

Dave graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College with an AS degree in physical therapy in 2000. He continued his education at UConn receiving a BS degree with focused studies on healthcare and occupational safety and health in 2005. He has been a physical therapy assistant for 10 years with much of his experience dedicated towards the orthopedic patient population in acute, subacute, outpatient and aquatics settings. Through continuing education studies, Dave has advanced his knowledge base in manual therapy techniques and is an accredited certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He has been with the Orthopaedic Group in their ProPT division since 2009.

Brian Tenenhaus PT

Brian Tenenhaus achieved his Masters in Physical Therapy, graduating from Quinnipiac University in 2004. He has over five years experience at The Orthopaedic Group, LLC. Previously, he worked as a Physical Therapist in an acute care setting, at Georgetown University, in the Washington, DC area. He is a Certified Kinesiotaping Specialist and is currently pursuing a Certification of Functional Manual Therapy through the Institute of Physical Art, out of Colorado Springs, CO. Brian is the director and co-founder of the TOG-JOG: a community and wellness event held every year in July. He was an accomplished collegiate tennis player, and 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. Lastly, Brian is engaged and excited to get married in the fall of 2013.

Maribeth Voytek PT

Maribeth has 18 of experience as a Physical Therapist, 15 years with The Orthopaedic Group, LLC. She graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1989 with a BS in Allied Health Science Studies and in 1994 with a BS in Physical Therapy with honors. Maribeth published a research article in 1994. While at QC she played softball from ‘85-‘89, and received the Quinnipiac Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1995. She was All New England in 1988 & 1989 and captain of the team in 1985. Prior to and while working at TOG, Maribeth coached the Quinnipiac Women’s Softball Team from 1989-2000. In 2000, Maribeth was inducted into the Quinnipiac University Hall of Fame. Maribeth enjoys treating all types of orthpaedic diagnoses, however has a special interest in the rehabilitation of post-operative and non-operative shoulder pathologies, as well as golf related injuries. Maribeth had her first Hole-In-One at Great River Golf Club in 2011.


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