MEET THE TEAM

Personalized Care and Guidance

EXPERIENCE

Staff Expertise

 

The staff at Magna Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center is well trained in many areas of physical therapy and rehabilitation.  Although we are an outpatient orthopedic sports medicine facility, areas of expertise of each clinician offer the community diverse knowledge and backgrounds which improve overall health and wellness.

Areas of expertise include: 

  • Orthopedics

  • Sports Medicine

  • Post-Operative Care

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Golf Medicine

  • Sports Biomechanics

  • Concussion Management

  • Vestibular & Balance Rehabilitation

  • Neurological Rehabilitation including Parkinson's, Stroke and MS

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Athletic Taping

  • Dance Medicine

  • Performing Arts Medicine

  • Vocal Massage

  • Running Medicine

  • Manual Therapy

 

The staff continues to enhance their knowledge base and is always challenged to grow in all areas for the benefit of the patient. 

MEET THE TEAM 

Attention You Can Rely On

Dr. Brian Magna, DPT ATC

CEO | Physical Therapist

 

Brian has been working as a physical therapist for over 20 years. He holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Institute of Health and a physical therapy degree from the University of Connecticut. Brian's other degrees include a masters degree from Western Michigan University in sports medicine as well as a bachelors degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Biology.

 

Brian's expertise lies in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions with all athletes with specific training dealing with golfers, dancers, athletes, and runners.

Brian served as a Physical Therapist on the LPGA & PGA Tours from 2000-2004 as well as the U.S. Solheim Cup Therapist in 2002 in Edina, Minnesota and 2003 in Malmo, Sweden. Brian currently serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut Dance Alliance and is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. He also previously worked as a physical therapist for the Hartford Ballet.

Brian has worked with numerous junior and collegiate players, PGA teaching professionals and professional golfers including: Annika Sorenstam,Tiger Woods, Casey Martin, Meg Mallon, Beth Daniel, Julie Inkster, Christie Kerr, Heather Daly-Donofrio, Laura Diaz and many more.

Dr. Suzanne Osborne, MSPT, DPT

Physical Therapist

 

Suzanne received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and has been practicing within the greater Hartford area since 2001. In addition to her skilled knowledge of orthopedic and sports physical therapy, Suzanne has extensive experience with vestibular therapy and balance disorders. Her specialties include physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Osbourne's approach to patient care includes a strong emphasis on partnering with her patients to address those limitations that interrupt everyday function.

Dr. Brianne M. Dwyer, PT, DPT

Clinic Coordinator | Dance Medicine Director | Certified Pilates Instructor

 

Brianne M. Dwyer is a Connecticut native who graduated from DeSales University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Prior to receiving her undergraduate degree, Brianne trained with Mystic Ballet, as well as danced with American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program, Annex Dance Company, and LEVY dance. Upon graduation in 2012, Brianne performed with Full Force Dance Theatre and CONNectic Dance. Brianne has taught dance throughout Connecticut and Southeastern Pennsylvania for over 10 years. Brianne has also been a certified Pilates instructor for since 2012.

From 2012 to 2015, Brianne worked at Magna Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center as the Director of Dance Medicine & Conditioning. Since then, she went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Sacred Heart University in 2018, in which she had the opportunity to complete clinical affiliations at NovaCare Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Rehabilitation, and The Johns Hopkins Hospital Performing Arts Physical Therapy Program. Brianne recently returned to Magna PT as the Clinic Coordinator of our Avon location and Dance Medicine Director to continue to grow and expand the amazing physical therapy programs Magna PT has to offer.

Brianne continues to remain involved with the dance community in CT, as Vice President of the Connecticut Dance Alliance.

Jennifer Stawarz, MSPT

Physical Therapist

 

In 2004, Jennifer received her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford.  She offers quality orthopedic care and her treatments emphasize a hands-on approach combined with medical exercise training. She believes in promoting a healthy lifestyle and loves educating her patients about diet and exercise for the mind and body.  She also helps her patients by promoting self awareness to their rehabilitation experience. 

 

Jennifer has an advanced certification in the Cyriax technique and completed a 10 month manual therapy course emphasizing spine injuries & intervention. Jennifer continues to supplement her education through continuing education courses including fundamentals in therapeutic & kinesiology taping, strain/counter strain techniques, Core Therapy using theraball, bio-mechanical analysis & treatment of foot & ankle dysfunction, Mulligan mobilization with movement & taping. 

 

Jen's areas of interest include treating foot & ankle injuries, post surgical athletes, and providing postnatal core strengthening programs. Jen lives in Burlington with her husband and 2 small children. 

Dr. Ryan Edgar, DPT

Physical Therapist

Ryan graduated Mount Saint Mary College with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2015, and completed his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Hartford in 2018. He enjoys treating a wide variety of sports related injuries and also discovered particular enjoyment in treating adolescents after completing a clinical rotation with Westview Sports Medicine and having the opportunity to work with athletes from Pomfret School. Ryan grew up in Avon, CT playing baseball and soccer from childhood through to college, which helped to develop a clinical fondness for rehabbing shoulder, knee, and ankle injuries.

Dr. Meagan K. Robichaud, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist | Dance Medicine Coordinator

Meagan graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Springfield College. She was given the opportunity to complete her full time clinical affiliations with Mountain Center PT in NH, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, and Magna Physical Therapy. Prior to receiving her doctorate she completed her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences and Dance. She has had a passion for dance and incorporating it into her career for many years. Meagan has been dancing since she was three, spending her time training with the Roxey Ballet in New Jersey and performing in the trainee company, fulfilling roles in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Pied Piper. Through her time at Springfield College, she had the opportunity to expand her dance variety and perform with the Dance Repertory Company.  Meagan is very excited to be returning to Magna Physical Therapy as a physical therapist and Dance Medicine Coordinator to finally fulfill her dream of blending her passion for helping people with her love of dance.

Dr. Sarah Parker, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist | Certified Pilates Instructor

 

Sarah is a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a strong background in dance and Pilates. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Springfield College with a concentration in Dance and received her Doctorate from Springfield College two years later. Prior to employment, she completed an internship at Magna Physical Therapy working with a variety of population diagnosis ranging from orthopedics to neurological conditions. She grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts dancing and teaching at the Huntington Dance Center and spent her summers taking classes at Jacob’s Pillow. She has also danced and performed with the American Dance Institute. In 2018 she became a certified Pilates instructor.

Thomas Crowley, PT, CSCS

Physical Therapist

 

Tom is a staff physical therapist who graduated from The University of Connecticut in 1985 with over 33 years of experience. Clinical specialties include Acute Rehab Care, Orthopedics, Sports medicine, Home Care and Gerontology. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. 

Katie Bittner

Physical Therapist Aide Cooridinator

 

Katie ​Bittner attended University of Hartford, graduating with a BFA in classical ballet pedagogy in May, 2016. She has taught dance as well as reading and comprehension skills at several programs including CDF Freedom Schools, (CREC) Ana Grace Academy, and Nutmeg Conservatory. In addition to being a part of Magna’s staff, she currently teaches at Ballet Theatre Company and Revolutionary Youth Theatre, both based in West Hartford, works as a freelance contemporary dancer with Hartford and New York based companies, and an avid lover of animals! Katie has been part of the Magna team since 2016 and enjoys applying her knowledge of kinesiology and classical ballet to the practice of rehabilitating dancers and athletes.

Lea-Janell Mitchell

Physical Therapist Aide | Personal Trainer

 

Lea -Janell Mitchell is originally from East Lansing, Michigan. She grew up dancing with Capitol Ballet Theatre of Michigan and Happendance. After graduating from high school in 2011, she moved to Connecticut where she attended The Hartt School for Performing Arts on scholarship. Lea graduated in May of 2015 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Ballet Pedagogy. After graduation, Lea danced as a guest artist with several local companies. She has danced professionally with Fort Wayne Ballet, Vivid Ballet/Ballet Hartford and more recently with Ballet Theater Company in West Hartford. Lea joined the Magna team in October of 2017. She is a certified Personal Trainer and is studying for a continued education in high performing athletics. Magna Physical Therapy and Dance Medicine is the perfect place to build her skill sets.

Calvin Bittner

Physical Therapist Aide

 

Calvin Bittner is a performer and choreographer living in Hartford, CT. He graduated from The Hartt School in 2017 with a degree in Dance Performance. Since then he spent a year as a company artist with Ballet Hartford (formerly Vivid Ballet), and is now freelancing as a choreographer, teacher, and performer. His work has been presented at The American College Dance Association, University of Saint Joseph, The Alvin Ailey School, and Jacob’s Pillow.

Janelle Holmes

Physical Therapist Aide

Janelle Holmes recently earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Hartford in May of 2020, with a focus in ballet pedagogy. While attending The Hartt School, she performed in many main stage shows, and danced as a guest artist with Ballet Hartford. Janelle has also held various internships focused on teaching dance in the Hartford area. Additionally, Janelle is involved with artistic outreach programs such as Spectrum in Motion and The Prism Project, practicing movement and music therapy with students with exceptionalities. Currently, Janelle is pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at University of Hartford and is excited to apply her knowledge of movement, and to build on her professional skills at Magna Physical Therapy. 

Cheryl Cleaves

Customer Service Coordinator | Bookkeeper

 

Cheryl is the Customer Service Coordinator and bookkeeper at Magna Physical Therapy.
She came to us with an extensive background in sales and marketing leading 3M/Cuno in their consumer customer service department for 9 years. She also worked in international sales & marketing for SINCO, Inc. and came to us after working for the State of Connecticut Military Department. Outside of Magna PT, Cheryl dedicates a great deal of her time to her non-profit she founded in 2012, SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center of Canton, where her facility provides equine therapy to individuals with disabilities. 
Cheryl and her husband reside in Canton with their 3 sons.

Anna Lafreniere

Patient Service Representative | Physical Therapist Aide | Personal Trainer

 

Anna has been apart of the Magna PT team for 4-years, working as both a PT Aide and Patient Service Representative. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2020 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport. She is currently working towards receiving her doctorate in physical therapy. Outside of Magna, Anna is involved in numerous research projects focusing on kinesiology and rehabilitation at the University of Connecticut and Hartford Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and promoting a well rounded lifestyle throughout her community. 

Ingrid Kania, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Peggy Gorham

Certified Pilates Instructor

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CONTACT THE TEAM

Brian

Cheryl

Suzanne

Lea

Brianne

Katie

Sarah

Jen

Ryan

Meagan

302 West Main Street, Suite 204, Avon, CT 06001

Phone: 1-860-679-0430

Fax: 1-860-679-0431

61 Maple Avenue, Suite 2, Canton, CT 06019

Phone: 1-860-352-2463

Fax: 1-860-352-8247

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