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Staff Bios 2017-05-14T23:22:35+00:00

Meet The Capital Area Physical Therapy & Wellness Team

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Andrew J Gaetano, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Mechanicville native Dr. Andrew Gaetano, co-owner of Capital Area Physical Therapy & Wellness, is a graduate of Ithaca College where he earned a doctorate in physical therapy. He is a nationally accredited board certified clinical specialist in the field of orthopedic physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. In addition to being a clinical educator, he is an Assistant Professor at Sage Graduate School in Troy NY, where he teaches Gross Anatomy, Neuroscience and Physical Therapy Interventions. Because of Andrew’s extensive background in orthopedics/manual therapy including education in a wide array of techniques and theories, he specializes in patients with all types of pain including chronic pain. His specialties also include patients who have not improved with other therapy or treatment. He has taken several continuing education courses which allow him to use a well-rounded treatment approach, focusing on manual therapy including joint/spinal manipulation, specific individualized exercise prescription, and self-care education. Andrew’s main interest is educating patients on how to care for themselves, and teaching them everything they need to know to maximize their function. . He is also interested in assessing running mechanics and function in relation to running and sports related injuries, as well as problems with the jaw (TMJ), face and neck. Outside of the clinic, Andrew enjoys outdoor activities and sports of all kinds, as well as spending time with his wife Melissa, son Joel, daughters Ava and Lila, and his dog, Val.

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Evan J Marsh, PT, DPT

Evan Marsh, Co-Owner of Capital Area Physical Therapy & Wellness, was raised in nearby Bethlehem, NY, and earned his doctorate in physical therapy from Ithaca College. Evan brings a strong focus on orthopedic and manual skills and has taken numerous continued education courses from some of the top professionals in the field of osteopathic care and physical therapy. Using his extensive background and knowledge, Evan focuses on individualizing his care to optimize and restore function. Evan is actively involved in the community and has participated in coaching club and high school sports, and hosts several running clinics locally. Evan brings a strong focus to treating athletes across all spectrum and works closely with local coaches to decrease incidence of injury. Outside of the clinic, Evan enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and playing sports.

Megan-Dodge

Megan Dodge, PT, DPT

Dr. Megan Dodge is a 2012 graduate with her doctorate in physical therapy from Sage Graduate School. She is originally from Newburgh, NY but now resides in Mechanicville. Megan’s passion for working with the orthopedic population stems from an extensive background of playing sports including 4 years of collegiate basketball at SUNY Oneonta. She has continuing education training in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) and is actively pursuing her certification as a McKenzie clinician. The MDT approach is an evidence based assessment and treatment for patients with spinal and extremity disorders that helps to restore patient function, improve posture and body mechanics as well as reduce pain. Outside of the clinic, Megan enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, Darren, her family & friends and her dog, Ginger. She also enjoys sports and being active!

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Kate Pratt, PT, DPT

Dr. Kate Pratt grew up in South Glens Falls, NY, and earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Sage Graduate School in 2010. She has been practicing in orthopedics since graduating and has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients who have musculoskeletal diagnoses. Kate’s interest in orthopedics began with her own experience as a high school athlete with knee injuries. She has completed continuing education coursework in Kinesio Taping, evaluation and treatment of shoulder pathologies, and the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT), and has participated in several community events to include a Senior Fitness health fair at the Queensbury YMCA, the Adirondack Sports and Fitness Expo in Saratoga, and presentations to local sports teams regarding proper stretching techniques and dynamic warm ups.

Kate has a particular interest in helping her patients rehabilitate athletic and/or recreational injuries and return to their activity of choice. She knows that every person and injury is different and approaches each case as such, creating customized treatment plans in order to maximize functional gains and achieve optimal therapeutic benefits. Outside the clinic, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, her son, Vance, her step children Ally and Ethan, and the family pets. She also enjoys playing ice hockey with her team, the Saratoga Storm.

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Jennifer Welt, PT, DPT

Jennifer Welt is from Buffalo NY, where she graduated in 2015 from the University at Buffalo’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Her interest in exercise and physical therapy grew out of her experience as a figure skater and skating coach. Jennifer moved to Clifton Park upon graduation and has since gained valuable experience working with pediatric and neurologic populations in a variety of settings. Jennifer also has experience in adult neurologic and vestibular rehabilitation and is interested in orthopedics and sports rehab. She finds patient education and a well-rounded treatment approach to be very important, and is excited to be a part of the CAPT team. Outside of the clinic, Jenny enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Michael, and their friends and family. She enjoys kayaking, biking, hiking, and cross-country skiing.

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Michael Berkal, MS, LMT

Licensed as a massage therapist in 2001, Mike started advanced training in orthopedic massage that same year. Using specific protocols to assess for certain soft tissue pathologies in the muscle tendon unit, he works with the client’s level of comfort to address short, tight muscle groups, fascial and joint capsule restrictions, muscle belly (myofascial) trigger points, and minor muscle strains/ligament sprains. Mike provides Clinical Massage Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions, Pain management, and Injury Recovery.

Mike offers full hour and half hour massage sessions.

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Rachelle Valenzuela, LMT

Rachelle has earned her Associates degree in Massage Therapy and is a California and New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. She practiced for two years in clinical settings where she developed a passion for manual therapy. She is working towards becoming a physical therapist in the future. With her position as an aide at CAPT, she is gaining valuable experience working with two of the most knowledgeable and effective physical therapists in the area.

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Joan Toyama – Office/Billing Specialist

Joan has a strong administrative background and has worked as an office receptionist for other physical therapy clinics in the past. She brings 14 years of office experience to CAPT. Not only does Joan excel at assistant patients with office tasks, she also enjoys interacting with patients and watching their demeanor change as they begin to feel better as they achieve their goals. Outside the clinic Joan can be found cheering on her favorite hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Val – Office / Therapy Dog

Val is Capital Area PT’s therapy dog. She’s a mixed breed rescue from Tennessee and is about 10 years old. You can find her in the clinic on Fridays and she will probably come greet you at the door when you enter. She’s very gentle and loves to sit with patients while they receive treatment.