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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Our team
The PM&R staff includes more than 20 experienced therapists, some having specialized training in areas such as trauma, sports medicine, lymphedema, balance disorders, pain management, amputee care, hand therapy and spinal and extremity manual therapy. The staff works closely with other care providers under the direction of your physician.


Paul Tryninewski, Physical TherapistPaul Tryninewski, Physical Therapist
Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Paul has 37 years of experience as a clinician and with department administration. He has served on faculties at several universities teaching physical therapy procedure, kinesiology and neurophysiology. Currently, he practices with special interests, including pain management, balance/vestibular therapy and orthopedic outpatient care.

Paul received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Buffalo, and completed his master's degree in administration at Alfred University. He has special training in orthopedics, manual therapy and balance therapy.

To reach Paul, contact Altoona Regional's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Station Medical Center, 889-3900.
Rebecca Johnson, Inpatient Physical Therapy ManagerRebecca Johnson, Inpatient Physical Therapy Manager

Rebecca has 8 years of experience in outpatient, inpatient and acute rehabilitation. Her patient populations include orthopedic, neurological, trauma, and general medical.

Rebecca received her bachelorís degree in biology from Dickinson College and her doctorate in physical therapy from Temple University. Rebecca has continuing education in vestibular rehab, stroke and bone/joint health.

To contact Rebecca, please call the Inpatient physical therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Heather-Lee Bednarski, Speech-Language PathologistHeather-Lee Bednarski, Speech-Language Pathologist

Since 2009, Heather has worked at Altoona Regional. She has also completed her CFY at Altoona Regional. She has worked with adults and children dealing with language, articulation, cognition, swallowing and voice disorders.

Heather received her bachelorís in education and masterís of science in speech-language pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

To reach Heather, call the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic at 889-3155.
Erica Caldwell, Physical TherapistErica Caldwell, Physical Therapist

Erica has four years of experience in acute care, outpatients and home health therapy. Her patients include orthopedic, neurological, trauma and general medical. Her special interest includes joint replacement and trauma.

Erica received her bachelorís degree and doctorate in physical therapy from Saint Francis University.

To contact Erica, please call the Inpatient Physical Therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Elena Caracciolo, Speech-Language PathologistElena Caracciolo, Speech-Language Pathologist

Elena has more than 16 years of experience treating children with autism, apraxia, hearing loss, language disorders, speech disorders and fluency disorders. She has also treated adults with dysphagia, CVA, TBI and neurological disorders. Her special interests include apraxia, dysphagia, CVA and TBI.

Elena has her master's of science degree, as well as ASHA certification and a certificate of clinical competence. She is certified in vital stim therapy and videfluoroscopies.

To reach Elena, contact the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic at 889-3155.
Brent Dodson, Physical TherapistBrent Dodson, Physical Therapist

Brent has three years of experience in outpatient and acute care setting. His patients includes orthopedic, trauma, neurological and genera medical. His special interest include orthopedic and trauma.

Brent has continuing education in orthopedic related issues. He is also a member of the Falls Committee.

Brent received his bachelorís degree and doctorate in physical therapy from Saint Francis University.

To contact Brent, please call the Inpatient Physical Therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Joanne Dunmyer, Occupational TherapistJoanne Dunmyer, Occupational Therapist

Joanne has 26 years experience working in occupational therapy in rehabilitation, outpatient therapy and acute care. Her primary interest is working with trauma and neurological patients in acute care.

She received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from College Misericordia. To reach Joanne, call the inpatient PM&R department at Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-4463.
Nancy Forshey, Occupational TherapistNancy Forshey, Occupational Therapist

Nancy is a certified hand therapist (CHT), treating individuals with injuries to the hand, wrist and elbow at Station Medical Center. These can include fractures, tendon or nerve injuries, dislocations, wounds, arthritis or neurological conditions to name a few.

She is also a certified lymphedema therapist, treating both upper and lower limbs. She provides treatment for injured workers and completes ergonomic assessments. She focuses on enabling her patients to restore as much function during daily activities as possible. She has experience in acute care, long term care and behavioral health.

Nancy received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College. She can be reached at the Station Medical Center at 889-3900.
Roy G. Roy G. "Geoff" Geesey, Chief of Therapeutic Recreation Services

Geoff is a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) through the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification. He has worked at Altoona Regional for the past 25 years in Behavioral Health Services and Physical Medicine, providing leisure education, social recreation and leisure wellness services.

He also has ten years of outpatient experience in community recreation services to behavioral health residents.

Geoff is a board member of the Pennsylvania Therapeutic Recreation Society. He received his bachelorís degree in community recreation from Penn State University.

To reach Geoff at the Altoona Hospital Campus, please call 889-6737.
Holly Greene, Physical TherapistHolly Greene, Physical Therapist

Holly has five years of experience in outpatient, skilled nursing, home health and acute care. Her primary interests include vestibular and neurological patients.

Holly received her bachelorís degree in biology and heath science and doctorate in physical therapy from Duquesne University.

To contact Holly, please call the Inpatient Physical Therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Brenda Hazenstab, Physical TherapistBrenda Hazenstab, Physical Therapist

Brenda has 20 years experience with acute care, long-term care, inpatient rehab, and joint replacement patients. She completed her bachelor's degree in physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, and is F.I.M. certified.

To reach Brenda, call Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Altoona Hospital Campus, 889-2356.
Brian Hmel, Physical TherapistBrian Hmel, Physical Therapist

Brian has three years experience in both outpatient and acute care settings. His patients include orthopedic, neurological, trauma and general medical. Brianís special interests include orthopedics and trauma.

He received his bachelorís degree and doctorate in Physical Therapy from Saint Francis University.

To contact Brian, please call the Inpatient Physical Therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Letitia Keefe, Occupational TherapistLetitia Keefe, Occupational Therapist

Letitia works in the acute care setting at Altoona Regional, treating patients for joint replacements, chronic illnesses and cardiac disease. She also works at Station Medical Center, providing services for lymphedema patients, return-to-work patients, and others with neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Letitia has a masterís degree and a certificate of advanced study in occupational therapy. She is also a certified ergonomic assessment specialist and a certified lymphedema therapist. To reach Letitia, call the Station Medical Center at 889-3900.
Christa Kozminski, Speech-Language PathologistChrista Kozminski, Speech-Language Pathologist

Christa has eight years of experience, treating patients in a skilled nursing facility and now treating adults and children at Altoona Regional with speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. Her main interest is in treating dysphagia.

Christa received her bachelor's in communications disorders from Penn State and her master's from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in vital-stim therapy for dysphagia (swallowing disorder).

To reach Christa, call the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic at 889-3155.
Kenneth J. Kozminski, Physical TherapistKenneth J. Kozminski, Physical Therapist

Ken has served Altoona Regional for 16 years treating necks, headaches, shoulders — including therapy following rotator cuff surgery — backs, hips, knees, and ankles. He also treats patients who have suffered from a stroke, Bell's palsy and chronic pain. Ken also works with patients who need aquatic therapy.

Ken received his bachelor's degree from Daemen College in Amherst, New York, completing coursework in shoulders, knees, balance, necks and backs. To reach Ken, contact Altoona Regional's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Station Medical Center, 889-3900.
Paula Krepps, Occupational TherapistPaula Krepps, Occupational Therapist

Paula has been an occupational therapist for ten years, working first in long term care. She also has experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient rehabilitation, sub-acute care and transitional care. Her special interests include working in acute care and trauma patients with neurological disorders.

Paula received her bachelorís and masterís degrees of occupational therapy from Saint Francis University.

To reach Paula, please call 889-4463.
Breanna Layo, Speech-Language PathologistBreanna Layo, Speech-Language Pathologist

Since 2004, Breanna has worked at Altoona Regional with both children and adults dealing with communication, voice and swallowing disorders. She completed CFY at Donahoe Manor in Bedford, Pa., from 2003-2004.

Breanna received her bachelor's in education and master's of science in speech-language pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

To reach Breanna, call the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic at 889-3155.
Sue LeCrone, Physical Therapist Sue LeCrone, Physical Therapist

Sue has 20 years experience with inpatient/acute care orthopedic and trauma patients, as well as outpatient orthopedic and aquatics patients.

She received her bachelor's in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. To contact Sue, contact Altoona Regional's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Station Medical Center, 889-3900.
Lori Manners, Chief Speech Language PathologistLori Manners, Chief Speech Language Pathologist

Lori has been a speech-language pathologist for 19 years, having been with Altoona Regional for nearly 16 years. She has worked in a school and a skilled nursing facility. She has also done home health visits.

At Altoona Regional, Lori has been both an inpatient and outpatient therapist. She has evaluated and treated both children and adults. Treatment has been provided for articulation, language, cognition, swallowing, voice, fluency and accent reduction.

Lori has been performing video fluoroscopes for 12 years. She received her bachelor's and master's of science degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is certified in vital-stim for dysphasia management.

To reach Lori, contact the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic, 889-3155.
Maggie McCloskey, Speech Language Pathologist Maggie McCloskey, Speech Language Pathologist

Maggie has been a licensed speech-language pathologist since 1997. She has worked in skilled nursing facilities, home health, special education preschool through sixth grade, high school and currently at Altoona Regional. Additionally, Maggie's sees outpatients for voice, dysphasic management, articulation and language disorders, and neurological disorders. Inpatient treatment includes a variety of these areas, with the addition of trauma and stroke.

Maggie received her bachelor's and master's of science from Western Illinois University. She has a certificate in vital-stim therapy for dysphasia management.

To reach Maggie, contact the Mallery Speech and Hearing Clinic, 889-3155 or at the Station Medical Center, 889-3900.
Christine Miles, Chief Occupational TherapistChristine Miles, Chief Occupational Therapist

Christine has 26 years experience working as an occupational therapist at Altoona Regional. Her areas of work experience include acute care, sub acute care, rehab, outpatient and home health care. She treats a variety of patients, including orthopedic, neurological, cardio-pulmonary, chronic disease and geriatric mental health.

Christine is responsible for conducting the monthly wheelchair clinic for outpatients in the community. She received her bachelor's in occupational therapy from College Misericordia, and has rehab FIM certification.

To reach Christine, call 889-4463.
Diane Ozog, Occupational TherapistDiane Ozog, OTR, MS, Occupational Therapist

Diane has over eight years of experience as an occupational therapist working in skilled nursing rehab and acute care at Altoona Regional.

She received her bachelorís degree in occupational therapy from Saint Francis University. To contact Diane at the Inpatient occupational therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus, please call 889-4463.
Beth Ann Sassano, Occupational TherapistBeth Ann Sassano, Occupational Therapist

Beth Ann works as an occupational therapist in acute care and behavioral health at Altoona Regional. She has over 15 years experience working in long term care/skilled nursing facilities, with focus on geriatric rehabilitation.

Beth received her bachelorís degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College.í

To reach Beth Ann at the Inpatient Occupational Therapy department at the Altoona Hospital Campus, please call 889-6737.
Karen Walters-Smilnak, Physical TherapistKaren Walters-Smilnak, Physical Therapist

Karen has 26 years experience in inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation and home care. She currently works in the outpatient department at Altoona Regional treating orthopedic, neurologic and chronic pain patients.

She received her bachelorís degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, New York.

To contact Karen at the outpatient physical therapy department at the Station Medical Center, please call 889-3900.
Jamie S. Smith, Physical TherapistJamie S. Smith, Physical Therapist

Jamie has worked for Altoona Regional for 15 years. The majority of her time has been spent in the acute care setting, which Jamie calls very diverse and challenging. She works with trauma, orthopedic, neurological, critically ill and geriatric patients.

Jamie received her bachelor's degree in biology and her master's degree in physical therapy from Slippery Rock University. To contact Jamie, call the inpatient physical therapy department at Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-2356.
Dana Tomlinson, Occupational Therapist Dana Tomlinson, Occupational Therapist

Dana has worked in adult rehab, outpatient orthopedics, pediatrics (school based therapy) and adult acute care/orthopedics.

She received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia. She is certified in neurodevelopment treatment for adults and trained in stroke rehabilitation, vision rehab, manual lymphatic drainage and sensory processing deficits.

To reach Dana, call the inpatient physical therapy department at Altoona Hospital Campus at 889-4463.
Judith Vaughn, Occupational TherapistJudith Vaughn, NBCOT, Occupational Therapist

Judy works as an occupational therapist in behavioral health and acute care. She is certified in Functional Behavioral Assessments. She has previous experience working with physically/mentally challenged individuals and long term care/skilled nursing.

Judy received her bachelorís degree in psychology and health science and her masterís degree in occupational therapy from Saint Francis University. She is NCCOT certified.

To reach Judy in the Inpatient Occupational Therapy department at the Altoona Hsopital Campus, please call 889-6737.
Bonnie Wareham, Occupational TherapistBonnie Wareham, Occupational Therapist

Bonnie has been an employee of Altoona Regional since 2003. She has experience in a variety of settings including pediatrics, acute care, outpatient and behavioral health. Her primary interest is treating children with developmental and neurological disorders.

Bonnie has a bachelorís degree in occupational therapy from Elizabethtown College and a masterís degree from Penn State University.

To reach Bonnie, please contact the occupational therapy department at 889-4463.
 



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