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Spinal Pain Therapy

Spine Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers therapy for individuals with spine (back) pain. This program is for individuals of all ages who are experiencing pain at any level of their spine from the neck, mid-back or low back, with or without extremity pain from nerve involvement

Upstate Rehabilitation at Western Lights
Suite B-100,
4671 Onondaga Boulevard
Syracuse, NY 13219
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: M, W: 8:00am - 4:30pm Tues & Thurs: 8:00am - 6:00pm Fri: 7:30am - 4pm

What to Expect from Therapy

  • An evaluation will be performed to assess movement and document functional deficits.
  • A goal-driven program will be developed to resolve or minimize symptoms and return you to your previous level of activities as tolerated.
  • The spine rehabilitation team works with specific protocols in the areas of pre and post surgical intervention, scoliosis, stenosis and chronic pain.
  • Acute pain is addressed with manual therapy and modalities along with education to gradually regain normal movement patterns.
  • Muscle imbalances are assessed to minimize effect of uneven forces from weak or over-lengthened muscles on the spine through spinal stabilization and Pilates rehabilitation techniques.

Preparing for your First Visit

  • The initial visit will entail a complete review of past medical history, specific tests and treatment plan.
  • Loose clothing is recommended for initial and subsequent visits.
A physician's referral is required for evaluation and treatment within this program.

Providers

Rebecca S Alexander, PT, DPT, E-RYT
Rebecca S Alexander, PT, DPT, E-RYT
315 464-5540

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2018

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Low Back Pain; Low Back Pain During Pregnancy; Pelvic Floor Disorders; Stroke; Balance and Fall Prevention, Rehab Service; Brain Injury Rehabilitation; more

Research Interests

  • Pelvic Health; Yoga; Integrative Medicine; Mindfulness

Education Interests

  • Pelvic Health; Neurological Disorders; Yoga for Spine Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Pelvic Health

Clinical Interests

  • Neurological Disorders; Pelvic Pain; Pelvic Health; Pre and Post Natal Pelvic Rehabilitation; Spine


Jennifer L Collis, PT, DPT
Jennifer L Collis, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Achilles Tendon Injury; Acute Pain; Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Nicole M Conese, PT
Nicole M Conese, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: University of Maryland at Baltimore, 2015, Physical Therapy
  • BS: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2012, Exercise Science

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Dementia; more

Clinical Interests

  • stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation and management of dizziness


Annina Dougherty, PT, DPT
Annina Dougherty, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011

Tania N Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT
Tania N Gardner, PT, DPT, LMT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2007

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Knee Pain; Low Back Pain; Pelvic Floor Disorders; Shoulder Injuries; Voiding Dysfunction; more

Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic injuries, Pilates therapy, Manual Therapy, Women's health


Mindy L Heath, PT, DPT
Mindy L Heath, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2014, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute Pain; Trauma; Acute Pain; Amputee Rehabilitation; Chronic Pain Rehabilitation; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Rebecca Kelsey
Rebecca Kelsey
315 464-5540

Maureen A Mancuso, PT, DPT
Maureen A Mancuso, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2012

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Concussion; Concussion Management; Concussion Management, Rehab Service; Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Kaitlin M Mead, PT, DPT
Kaitlin M Mead, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Ithaca College, 2010

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Concussion; Foot and Ankle; Knee Pain; Low Back Pain; Neck Injuries; more

Michael E Oliver, PT
Michael E Oliver, PT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy; Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)

Emily S O'Toole, PT, MSPT, DPT
Emily S O'Toole, PT, MSPT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011
  • PT: Nazareth College of Rochester, 2008, Master's of Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Pediatric Physical Therapy

Maria J Podbelski, DPT
Maria J Podbelski, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Brain Injury; Dizziness and Vertigo; Neuromuscular Disease; more

Jeffrey Romans, PT
Jeffrey Romans, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Stony Brook, 2013

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Achilles Tendon Injury; Cervical Radiculopathy; Knee Cartilage Tear; Low Back Pain; Lumbar Stenosis; more

Clinical Interests

  • Sports Rehab. Spine Rehab. Pain Sciences. Orthopedics.

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Christopher Ross, PT
Christopher Ross, PT
315 475-1433

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Achilles Tendon Injury; Ankle Sprain; Arthritis; Curved Spine or Scoliosis; Foot and Ankle; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Adam P Rufa, PT, DPT, OCS
Adam P Rufa, PT, DPT, OCS
315 464-6883

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2008
  • PT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2002
  • BS: LeMoyne College, Syracuse NY, 1999

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Strength and Conditioning Spec; Orthopaedic Physical Therapy; Physical Therapy

Research Interests

  • Pain

Clinical Interests

  • Manual therapy

    Chronic pain

    Spine care

    Orthopedics

    Sports


Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
Katharine L Sellers, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Russell Sage College, 2008
  • BA: Russell Sage College, 2006, Biopsychology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Osteoarthritis; Geriatrics; Outpatient Physical Therapy; Spine Pain Treatment; more

Research Interests

  • Geriatrics

Education Interests

  • Geriatrics

Clinical Interests

  • Geriatrics


Thomas M Spangenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS
Thomas M Spangenberg, PT, DPT, CSCS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2013
  • BS: University of Rochester, 2007

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Achilles Tendon Injury; Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Arthritis; Bone Chips in the Elbow; more

Education Interests

  • McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy

Clinical Interests

  • Treatment of low back pain and spinal related disorders.  Management of acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Sports injuries and rehabilitation.


Adam Strizak, PT, DPT
Adam Strizak, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Cervical Radiculopathy; Chronic Pain; Fibromyalgia; Foot and Ankle; Frozen Shoulder; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Sarah C Talbot, PT, DPT
Sarah C Talbot, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Northeastern University, 2008

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Bunion; Foot and Ankle; Hamstring Strain; more

Clinical Interests

  • Foot and ankle rehabilitation


Ahnna M Telgheder, PT
Ahnna M Telgheder, PT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • PT: Upstate University Hospital, 2014

Kerry Walsh, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
Kerry Walsh, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2008
  • BS: Boston College, 2003, Biology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Geriatric Physical Therapy; Falls; Hip Fracture; Knee Pain; Low Back Pain; more

Clinical Interests

  • Geriatrics, Balance and Falls

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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