Physical therapy treats muscular and skeletal conditions using special exercises, stretching, ultrasound, ice and heat therapy, electrical stimulation, aquatic therapy and biofeedback. Some of the conditions that might be treated using orthopedic physical therapy include tendonitis, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, joint replacement recovery, whiplash, bursitis, sciatica and spinal injuries.
Physical therapy can be prescribed as a primary treatment for your condition or as part of your recovery after surgery. Many times a condition can be improved by strengthening certain muscles, using exercises specifically targeted to these muscles. Our physical therapists are skilled at identifying muscle groups and joints that need improvement. They can assess levels of fitness and ability and design an exercise plan that best fits your lifestyle.
During an orthopedic physical therapy session, your physical therapist will teach you these exercises, some of which will be done at home and some of which are done with your physical therapist. Sometimes special tools and equipment will be used during the orthopedic physical therapy session to make targeting these muscles easier.
Stamford Health Physical Therapy @ the New Canaan YMCA
564 South Avenue
New Canaan, CT 06840
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Stamford Health Physical Therapy
469 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
Formerly AMFIT, this location has been serving Fairfield County, New York and Westchester communities since 1982 under the leadership of site manager and founder, Mike Acocella. Together, we will deliver patient-centered care by combining the depth and resources of Stamford Health with AMFIT's personalized approach.
Our expertise in physical therapy include:
- Orthopedic injuries
- Sports medicine injuries
- Pre- and post-operative rehabilitation
- Work-related injuries
Nicole Dahl, PT, DPT
Dr. Dahl joined the practice in 2015 and is preparing for the 2017 Orthopedic Clinical Specialist examination. Her background includes outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics, aquatics, acute, sub-acute and inpatient rehab. She has special interests in working with children, female athletes and cervical/lumbar-related pathologies.
Dr. Dahl is currently pursuing postgraduate training in the McKenzie Method of Diagnosis and Treatment. She is also a mentor for high school students seeking careers in the medical field.
A former member of Ithaca College’s women’s lacrosse team, Dr. Dahl currently enjoys recreational soccer, running and cooking.
Maureen Meehan, PT, NDT
In addition to her physical therapy degree, Maureen has achieved distinction as a Certified Neuro-Developmental Therapist. She joined Advanced Physical Therapy, now Stamford Health Physical Therapy in 2002, bringing extensive experience in geriatric rehabilitation, total joint replacement and neurological rehabilitation.
Maureen previously served as Senior Inpatient Physical Therapist at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY, where she worked extensively with stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord and amputee patients. Her primary focus is in the areas of geriatric, post-stroke care, prosthetic training, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, as well as gait and balance disorders. She also specializes in prosthetic gait training for both the below-knee and above-knee amputee, including highly technical gait training with the “C-leg” which uses a computerized microprocessor to help control the knee for the active above-knee amputee.
Her interests include gardening, walking and outdoor leisure activities, as well as spending time with her family. She is also a founding member of “The Friday Girls Team,” whose fundraising efforts benefit Stamford Health’s Bennett Cancer Center.
Allan Bronstein, PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Bronstein began his career in 2007 as a Physical Therapy Assistant where he developed a passion for working with athletes especially soccer players, runners and golfers. In addition to working full-time, he went on to complete graduate school to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. In 2016, Dr. Bronstein earned distinction as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, joining an elite group of only 170 in Connecticut. He also serves as a lab assistant in orthopedics for Mercy College and is a Clinical Instructor for DPT students in this office.
Dr. Bronstein is currently pursuing Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy in the Maitland Approach and Certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment through the McKenzie Institute, USA.
He enjoys golf, soccer, music and hiking.
Steven Fiorenza, PT, DPT
Dr. Fiorenza’s background includes training in outpatient orthopedics, acute inpatient rehabilitation and sub-acute rehabilitation. He has special interests in the prevention and rehabilitation of overhead-throwing athletes, post-operative management of total joint replacements, and cervical/lumbar spine-related pathologies. He is also a Clinical Instructor for DPT students in this office.
He is currently pursuing certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment through the McKenzie Institute, USA.
Dr. Fiorenza grew up in the Bronx and is an avid Yankees fan. He also enjoys traveling, cooking, weight training and playing baseball.
Michael W. Acocella, BS, PT, BS, PE
Mike is the former owner of AMFIT Physical Therapy, now Stamford Health Physical Therapy. Previously, he was Clinical Director of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York and head of its Back Treatment and Learning Center.
Mike has an extensive and specialized background in acute and non-acute orthopedic and sports-related injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, spinal disorders and arthritis. He has taken care of numerous high-profile athletes, and has given educational seminars and lectures on back care, sports injuries and fall prevention.
Jamie Wallace, PT, DPT
Dr. Wallace has clinical experience in acute care, out-patient orthopedic rehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation. She is a Certified Connecticut State Coach and has coached children ages 3–17 in gymnastics and cheerleading. She is also a varsity coach at Joel Barlow High School in Redding.
Andrew C. Shannon, PT, DPT, ATC, FDN-1
Andrew received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Columbia University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Connecticut in 2010. After suffering a season-ending knee injury as a high school football player, Andrew knows what it takes to get his patients back to function and performing the activities they enjoy. As an athletic trainer and physical therapist, Andrew has experience working with Division 1 and professional athletes, as well as weekend warriors. He holds a certification in Functional Dry Needling (FDN) from KinetiCore and enjoys treating orthopedic injuries and chronic pain. Prior to working for Stamford Health and HSS, Andrew was the Clinic Director at a private practice outpatient facility in Stamford, CT.
Chris Heymann, PT, OCS, DPT, FDN-1
Chris received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University after graduating Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor of Science in Biology. Chris enjoys working in sports medicine, injury prevention, pre-operative, and post-operative care. He now holds a certification in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) and a Level 1 certification in Functional Dry Needling (FDN-1). Currently, he is working on obtaining his board certification in orthopedics in order to remain up to date on the most current research. When he is not treating patients Chris enjoys traveling, fishing, and alpine climbing.
Lynne Roberts, PT, DPT, ATC, FDN-1
Lynne earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mercy College in NY. Prior to becoming a PT, she earned her BS in athletic training from Sacred Heart University and worked for two years covering the sports events for a high school in Westchester, NY. She enjoys working in sports medicine as she was a Division I volleyball player. She enjoys working with patients in all phases of the rehabilitative process including prevention, conservative management, post-operative, and return to sport. She has completed continuing education in kinesiotaping and is certified in functional dry needling (FDN) and the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA).