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Meet The Team

Alexandra Cerrati, PT, DPT

Alex graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is a licensed Physical Therapist in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has always worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist. She loves working with children and her clinical affiliation at Blythedale Children’s Hospital is what “sealed the deal” for her. Alex is happily married. She enjoys hiking, traveling and cooking. What she likes most about working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids are the children and the staff, which make every day there a complete joy!

Caterina Abate, PT, DPT

Caterina graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Vertebrate Physiology and a Minor in History. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mercy University in May 2022, and currently participates in Mercy University’s Professional Advisory Council. She is licensed in New York State and is an active member of the New York Physical Therapy Association and American Physical Therapy Association. Physical Therapy is a second career for her. She previously worked in Oncology Clinical Research and continues to pursue research as a Physical Therapist. What Caterina enjoys most about Physical Therapy is during each session, she has the opportunity to teach a new skill or provide a new experience to her patients. Her personal goal is to add value to the child’s day at each and every session.

Chloe Keller, PT, DPT

Chloe graduated from Ithaca College where she graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2020. She has been working as a Pediatric Physical Therapist since graduation. Currently, Chloe is licensed in both New York and Connecticut. She has worked in both school-based and pediatric outpatient settings, and has treated an array of diagnoses including, Torticollis, ASD, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury, among others. 

By working in Physical Therapy, Chloe is able to combine her love of movement with helping others. She said, “I am passionate about combining my knowledge of the human body with my creativity and interpersonal skills to create successful plans of care to improve children’s function and independence. What I most enjoy about working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids is the environment. Every clinician has different experiences, and there is no shortage of clinical knowledge and expertise here amongst the staff.” In her personal time, Chloe enjoys being outside, exercising, and spending time with her husband and golden retriever.

Diane Nusso, PT, MPH, C/NDT, Clinical Director

Diane Nusso is a Pediatric Physical Therapist and has more than 38 years of pediatric experience. She graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Psychology. She received her Physical Therapy degree from New York University, graduating in 1986 and then graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from New York Medical College in 2006. Diane received her certification in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) in 1996.

Diane is currently licensed in New York. Diane’s areas of clinical expertise and specialization are in treating babies, medically fragile children and children with neurological impairments. She has spent decades working in sub-acute pediatric rehabilitation with children from birth to 21 years of age, working with Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) graduates, children with traumatic brain injuries and children with neurologic and orthopedic impairments.

For fun, Diane enjoys traveling, going to the beach, kayaking, biking, gardening, reading and spending time with her friends, family and her Maltese rescue. Diane said, ”I love working with children. I am a fierce advocate for my patients and families. I take great pride in my work and my patient’s progress and achievements.

Glenn Lavellee, MS, PT

Glenn earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Rehabilitation Services at Assumption College in Massachusetts. In 2003, he received his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy at Touro College in NY. He knew Pediatric Physical Therapy was the perfect fit for him when he did a clinical rotation as he obtained his graduate degree. Since that time, he has worked exclusively in the field of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Glenn specializes in working with children from birth to school-age and has spent more than twenty years helping children who have been diagnosed with Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, and many other medical conditions.

Outside of work, Glenn enjoys playing tennis, chess and spending time with his two children. He enjoys working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids, as “they not only allow me flexibility in my scheduling, but also give me an opportunity to see children with a broader range of needs.

Hayden DeCillis, MS, PT

Hayden received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University in 1992 and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1998. She has been a Pediatric Physical Therapist for more than 26 years and is currently licensed to practice in New York. She specializes in Neuro-Developmental Treatment as well as treatment of Torticollis, Toe-Walking, gross motor delays, and related deficits. Hayden’s experience includes doing both in-office and home care treatments.

Hayden enjoys the collaboration and support provided in the intimate Physical Therapy setting at Physical Therapy 4 Kids. She has enjoyed building relationships with the families who entrust her with treating their babies in a one-on-one setting. She believes that being a Pediatric Physical Therapist and mother of three enables her to educate the families and provide comfort, reassurance, and peace of mind.

Hayden’s three children are very involved in sports and she frequently attends their baseball games or skating competitions. She also enjoys long walks with her rescue dog and visiting family.

Jane Berger, MSPT

Jane received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from New York Medical College. She has been licensed and practicing Physical Therapy in New York since 1999. Jane began her career working at the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, NY. In addition, she has worked in various settings with different populations including Home Care, Early Intervention, Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE), Committee on Special Education (CSE), Outpatient, Hospitals, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Her experience includes treating a diverse population including autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, genetic conditions, musculoskeletal impairments, and neuromuscular disorders, including cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy. 

Jane is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition to working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at New York Medical College where she enjoys mentoring student Physical Therapists. At the Center for Cerebral Palsy at Teachers College, Columbia University, she is also part of a team conducting research designed specifically for children with bilateral cerebral palsy who have difficulty sitting independently. 

Jane is the proud mother of three children and enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends. In her free time, she pursues her interests in the arts and culture and enjoys being active outdoors.

Jasmin Jamandron, PT, DPT

My name is Jasmin and I have been a Physical Therapist since 2018. I received my doctorate degree at Arcadia University in 2020. I started my career in home health and outpatients in Saipan, a beautiful island in the Pacific and then moved to New York. I have experience working with patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. I have been married for 10 years and I love to travel. I am thrilled to be part of the wonderful and talented team at Physical Therapy 4 Kids where I get to treat infants through teenagers and watch them explore and learn. I’m so excited to be here and I can’t wait to meet you!

Jennifer Brennan Kachnowski, PT

Jennifer is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 30 years of experience. She received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Vermont. In addition to working at Physical Therapy for 4 Kids, Jennifer has worked in a school-based setting, at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, and as an adjunct faculty member at New York Medical College’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Jennifer has continued to advance her education by studying treatment of Torticollis, Toe-Walking, Neuro-Developmental Treatment and motor learning. She loves to continue to expand her knowledge so that she can better serve her patients. Jennifer explains, “I feel so lucky to have found a career that allows me to help children gain strength, independence and confidence in themselves. I feel like I have the best job ever!

Jennifer’s personal interests include yoga, Pilates, traveling, attending concerts and reading. She enjoys spending time with her husband and adult daughters.

Karen Conti, PT, MA DPT, ATP, C/NDT

Karen Conti is a Pediatric Physical Therapist with more than 35 years of experience. She graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy and a Masters of Arts in Developmental Disabilities. She also has a transitional Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from Dominican College. She is certified in Neuro-Developmental Treatment (C/NDT) in Pediatrics. Karen is licensed in New York.

She has spent her career treating children with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, traumatic brain injury, prematurity and chronic respiratory disease, just to name a few. She is an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) with more than 25 years of experience assisting children to receive durable medical equipment. Through seating and mobility, she has provided her clients with a means to participate in activities with their peers. Karen believes prevention is key to keeping children safe so she became a Safe Kids Technician assisting with proper installation of car seats and eventually an instructor for Safe Travel for Children with Special Needs. Karen said, “I am most happy when I am working with the children and helping them to achieve their goals.

Laurilyn Gelardi, PT, DPT

Laurilyn received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the State University of New York at Cortland. She then pursued her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Mercy University. She is licensed to practice Physical Therapy in New York. She has a wide range of clinical experience ranging from pediatrics and outpatient orthopedics to inpatient/acute care and vestibular rehabilitation.

Laurilyn states, “Making a positive impact on a child’s life has always been important to me. My very first job was as a babysitter for a next-door neighbor. I then went on to become a local camp counselor and CYO basketball coach. Now, I have accomplished my dream of becoming a Pediatric Physical Therapist! There is truly nothing better than assisting a child to accomplish any task, big or small, for the very first time.” She remarked that “At Physical Therapy 4 Kids, each and every child is reminded (with a whole lot of love from each therapist) how brave, strong and smart they are!

Liz Curran, MSPT

Liz Curran, is a dedicated pediatric physical therapist with a passion for empowering children to reach their fullest potential. With over 15 years of experience in pediatric rehabilitation, Liz specializes in providing comprehensive and compassionate care to children with diverse physical challenges in a variety of settings such as schools, clinics, and at home. The 10 years prior to becoming a pediatric physical therapist were spent rotating through the orthopedic, neurological, spinal cord, and cardiopulmonary departments at Helen Hayes Hospital. 

Liz holds a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University and is licensed to practice PT in New York and New Jersey. She continues to stay abreast of the latest advancements in Pediatric Physical Therapy through ongoing professional development and training.

Currently practicing at Physical Therapy 4 Kids, Liz collaborates closely with other healthcare professionals and families to ensure a holistic approach to pediatric rehabilitation. The therapists are skilled in creating engaging and effective therapy sessions that promote motor skill development, independence, and improved quality of life for their young patients. 

As a therapist and mom of 2 boys and a dog, I have learned to disguise work as play. I take as much pride in children laughing and enjoying therapy sessions as I do empowering children to reach new milestones and thrive.

Mary Louise Hunt, MS, PT

Mary Lou has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas. She also has a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Long Island University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University. She has more than 25 years of experience in treating children who are developmentally delayed, medically fragile or that have low muscle tone, Torticollis, Cerebral Palsy, or Down Syndrome.

Mary Lou has provided Physical Therapy in schools, homes and recreational facilities. Employing the principles of Neuro-Developmental Treatment, motor relearning and elements of yoga, Mary Lou works with each child and their parents to improve strength, balance and coordination and develop confidence in their ability to walk, run and jump or move in the water.

Before arriving at Physical Therapy 4 Kids, Mary Lou was focused on treating traumatic head injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and developmental delays. At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she treated patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mary Lou also worked for the World Health Organization in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, providing training in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and head injuries. She also worked with the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia, treating survivors of war injuries.

Mary Lou enjoys yoga, rooting for the Mets and traveling. Working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids, Mary Lou loves the families, collaborating with other therapists and Wendy’s leadership.

Nia Mensah, PT, DPT, PhD

Nia Irene Toomer-Mensah is an advocate for children with disabilities and has been working with the pediatric population for over fifteen years. Her areas of interest include physical activity measures and implementation, aquatic therapy, neuroplasticity, utilizing outcome measures and motor skill acquisition for children with Cerebral Palsy and other brain injured populations as it relates to improved gait and motor function. Dr. Mensah received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California (2006) and PhD in Kinesiology from Teachers College Columbia University (2023). She is recognized as a Board-Certified Specialist in Pediatrics by the American Board of Specialties in Physical Therapy and is a certified practitioner of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) which promotes critical thinking and strategic recruitment of muscles to improve function through play for children with neurological deficits. Dr. Mensah’s most celebrated achievements include raising her adorable children and serving the global community via international medical outreach to underserved communities in Ghana, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and South Africa.

Nidhi Gupta, PT, DPT

Nidhi was born and raised in Bergen County, New Jersey, and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 2003. She is currently licensed to practice Physical Therapy in New York and New Jersey. After graduating, Nidhi continued to advance her clinical skills working at University Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center, gaining experience with orthopedics, trauma, neurology and pediatrics. At University Hospital, Nidhi was the lead therapist for the pediatric orthopedic patients, and worked in both the acute setting and outpatient pediatric setting. Since then, Nidhi continued to expand her knowledge base and utilize her clinical skills by providing excellent care in numerous hospitals in New York, the New Jersey Early Intervention Program and school settings. She loves the camaraderie and wealth of knowledge available here at Physical Therapy 4 Kids.

Nidhi is the proud mother of two boys and currently resides in Northern New Jersey with her family. In her free time, Nidhi enjoys being a class mom, keeping fit and attending live music events with her husband. Nidhi is grateful for completing a full marathon in San Diego, California, with a team from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Association. Not only was she able to accomplish a lifelong goal, she was also able to use her clinical skills to treat various injuries among her teammates.

Rebecca Brauning, MS, PT

Rebecca has always had a love for working with kids and is honored to help children reach their highest potential. She graduated with honors from Northeastern University, earning her advanced degree in Physical Therapy. Rebecca has spent the last twenty years working in multiple settings, including hospitals, schools and rehabilitation centers. Rebecca’s diverse experience has fostered her passion for working with children of all ages. Rebecca’s approach is rooted in evidence-based practices, ensuring each child receives the best possible care. She is a compassionate communicator and values building strong relationships with her clients and their families. She is thrilled to bring her devotion and passion to Physical Therapy 4 Kids. On a personal note, Rebecca loves spending time with her three boys, playing pickleball and hiking with her two dogs. She is also a dedicated volunteer within her children’s schools and multiple local youth sports organizations.

Office Staff

Nikki Lucas, Office Coordinator

Nikki has been working at Physical Therapy 4 Kids since 2022 and is the Office Coordinator. When she is not here working, she is pursuing a journalism and communications degree. She has a deep love of writing. She is a young adult/new adult fiction self-published author and hopes to be traditionally published in the future. Nikki says “Physical Therapy 4 Kids is an amazing place to work. We have wonderful Physical Therapists who truly love what they do and want to help children reach their full potential. I’ve always loved working with children and working here, I play a role in their healing and recovery process, which feels amazing.”