Meet our team of physical therapists

Featuring experienced therapists with advanced credentials, our staff uses cutting-edge technology to implement a scientific but caring approach to physiotherapy, occupational therapy and sport performance. Each healthcare professional has received a degree from an accredited institution and state certification or license in their specialty.
The team at Physical Therapists at Comprehensive Orthopaedics provides individual consultation and custom developed programs. We grant care to patients of all ages and physical levels, and welcome sports performance clients from the serious golfer to the young sports enthusiast to the senior athlete.

Raymond Ryan
PT/Director

Education:

  • University of Hartford, West Hartford ,CT, B.A. in Biology with concentration in Athletic Training 1998
  • University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, B.S. in Physical Therapy 1985

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • General Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine
  • Responsible for the development, supervision, and integration of the Comprehensive Physical Therapy division formed in 2006, Ray worked to establish an initial location in Meriden. Guided by success, our physiotherapy services quickly expanded to Wallingford and Southington as well as a way to collectively provide patients with convenient care.

Melinda Amato
OTR/L, CHT

Education:

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, B.S. in Occupational Therapy 2001

Certification/ Licensure:

  • OTR/L: Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed
  • CHT: Certification in Hand Therapy

Specialties:

  • Treatment of upper extremity disorders, Fabrication of splints
Christine Cimino PA Comprehensive Orthopaedics

Christine Cimino
PA

Education:

  • University of Hartford Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Southern Connecticut State University Master of Science in Exercise Science Human Performance
  • Southern Connecticut State University Bachelor of Science In Exercise Science Human Performance and Minor in Nutrition

Certification/Licensure:

  • Licensed by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
  • Certified By Aquatic Physical Therapy Resources
  • ¬†Certified Energy Healer through the Connecticut Healing Institute

Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic injuries and post-operative care
  • Spinal injuries and post-operative care
  • Manual Therapy, Myofascial Release, and Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Vestibular Training
  • Christine has previous leadership experience managing Physical Therapy practices throughout Southern Connecticut

Brandon Heyda
OT/CHT

Education:

  • B.A. in Psychology from University of Connecticut 2006
  • M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College in MA 2015

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) May 2022

Specialties:

  • Specialty in Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Injuries

Peter Ives
PTA

Education:

  • Springfield Tech Community College, Springfield, MA, A.S. in Physical Therapy Assistant 2008
  • Keene State College, Keene, NH, B.S. in Sports Medicine 1997

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • General Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries

Isabella Mesturini
PT, DPT

Education:

  • Utica College, Utica, NY, BS in Health Studies 2020
    • Minor in Healthcare Ethics
  • Utica University, Utica, NY, Doctor of Physical Therapy 2022

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Valerie Peckingham
MSPT, COMT

Education:

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, M.S. in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy 2001
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, B.S. in Allied Health with PT Major 1992

Certification/ Licensure:

  • COMT: Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist
  • CEAS 1: Certified Ergonamic Assessment Specialist
  • CMTPT: Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (Dry Needling certification)
  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • Orthopedic assessment, manual therapy, dry needling, sports medicine.

Kirsten Perillo
PTA

Education:

  • Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT, A.S. in Physical Therapy Assistant 1999

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • General Orthopaedics, Sports Injuries

Colleen Seymour
PTA

Education:

  • Arapahoe Community College, Littleton CO ¬†A.S. in Physical Therapy Assistant 2018

Certifications:

  • SFMA Level I certified, Mckenzie Method Trained, Certified Myofascial Cupping
  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • General Orthopedics
  • Sports Injuries

Jessica Suomala
MSPT

Education:

  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY, Master of Science in Physical Therapy 1998.
  • Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY, Bachelor of Science in Pre Physical Therapy, 1995.

Certification/ Licensure:

  • Licensed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy

Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic assessment, manual therapy, sports medicine.
  • Jessica has held several management/leadership positions directing PT practices for the last 20+ years.

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