Personnel

The People of Livefit

Bruce Worley, PT, M.Ed. – President

After receiving his degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and a Masters of Education from Springfield College in 1971, Mr. Worley has continued with extensive post-graduate education and experience in the fields of athletic training, orthopedic manual therapy, and orthotic training.

As past president of Hartford County Physical Therapy and New Frontiers Medical Associates, he has demonstrated his ability to be an innovator in the field of physical therapy, in both private practice and in industrial settings.

Stephen Worley, B.A. – CFO/Vice-President 

The former Chief Executive Officer of a large manufacturing firm, he entered physical therapy in 1986 as the Vice President of New Frontiers Medical Associates, a company engaged in providing physical therapy to various industries in a region stretching from Connecticut to Florida. In 1990, he became Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Greater Hartford Physical Therapy.

At Greater Hartford Physical Therapy, Mr. Worley utilizes his proven ability as an administrator and financial advisor to ensure that the patient is given the highest quality care.

Kirsten Jones – Financial Manager

Mrs. Jones has been employed with GHPT since 1989.  She began her employment in an entry-level position in the business office and in 1994 was appointed General Office Manager of GHPT.  Throughout her employment, she has developed expertise in medical management software and accounts receivable management.  Her knowledge in these areas, as well as her leadership skills led to her appointment in 2004 as Financial Manager of GHPT. 

Donald Roser – PTA, LMT

Donald has worked as a licensed massage therapist for over a decade and graduated with an associate degree for Physical Therapy Assistants in 2011. His has worked as part of the LiveFit team since 2006.

Some of Donald’s interests and certifications include:

  • Massage Therapy license
  • Post-Operative knee and shoulder conditions
  • Low and mid-back spinal pathologies.
  • Individualized manual techniques to promote mobility and decrease pain

Paul Knecht – PT

Paul Knecht graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in physical therapy in 1979 and has over 35 years of clinical experience in a wide variety of clinical settings.  He has been part of the Livefit team for over 20 years bringing a unique blend of traditional physical therapy and manual therapy techniques.

Some of Donald’s interests and certifications include:

  • Hands on techniques such as: myofascial release, cranio-sacral therapy and muscle energy techniques to optimize patient outcomes
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cervicogenic headaches
  • Diagnosis and treatment for rib disorders and spinal dysfunction

Amy Collins – DC

Dr. Amy Collins graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 2001 and has been a member of the Livefit team for over 9 years. She enjoys taking a team approach, as well as using a combination of manual and educational techniques to help patients achieve their highest level of function.

Some of Amy’s interests and certifications include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of back and neck spinal injuries
  • Sports related orthopedic and neurological injuries
  • Manual joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques to decrease pain and improve function

Francesco Worley—DPT, EMR

Francesco graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy in 2014 and has been a member of the Livefit team since 2015. He enjoys working with post-operative patients as well as assisting athletes in improving performance and returning to the highest level of performance possible after orthopedic injuries and concussion.

Some of Francesco’s interests and certifications include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of sports related injuries
  • Emergency Medical Responder Certification
  • Orthotic fabrication and footwear analysis

Kylee Violette – PTA

Kylee graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2009 and has been a member of the Livefit team since 2010. She enjoys taking a global approach to treatment, using a combination of exercise and hands on techniques to achieve the best possible outcome for her patients.

Some of Kylee’s interests and certifications include:

  • Extensive education for work with women’s health and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Diagnosis and treatment of balance, dizziness and vestibular conditions
  • Use of kinesiotaping to decrease pain and improve function

Richard Chavez – PTA, LMT

Richard graduated with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Services Program from Springfield College in 1996 and gained his physical therapy assistants degree from Springfield Technical Community College in 2011. He has practiced as a licensed massage therapist since 1997, and has been a member of the Livefit team since 2006 while managing student clinical affiliations for the company. He enjoys using his extensive background in manual techniques to improve patient outcomes and promote a fit lifestyle.

Some of Richard’s interests and certifications include:

  • Massage Therapy License
  • Use of Muscle Energy Techniques to address movement disorders and pain
  • Individualized manual techniques to promote mobility and decrease pain

Chris Blake – MA, LATC, PTA

Chris graduated with his Master’s in sport biomechanics from UConn in 1998, gained his Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Keene State and acquired his physical therapy assistant’s degree from Kent State in 2013. He has practiced as a licensed Athletic Trainer since 1995, and has been a member of the LiveFit Team since 2008. Over the course of his career, Chris has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes in both soccer and baseball and football, as well as numerous youth, high school, and collegiate athletes and organizations. He enjoys using these experiences and his expertise to promote the best possible outcomes for the patients he works with.

Some of Chris’s interests and certifications include:

  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified
  • Professional strength and conditioning coach
  • Licensed Athletic Trainer
  • Use of kinesiotaping to decrease pain and improve function

Lauren Santomenno – PTA

Lauren graduated from Springfield Technical Community College with her physical therapy assistant’s degree, and has worked as a member of the Livefit team since 2015. She has a passion for fitness and sports, and enjoys guiding her patients through the rehabilitation process and helping them regain maximum function with a combination of manual therapy and exercise.

Some of Lauren’s interests and certifications include:

  • Use of Pilates for physical rehabilitation
  • Use of Muscle Energy Techniques to address movement disorders and pain
  • Sports rehabilitation an physical therapy management of orthopedic conditions

Caroline Joslin, PTA

Caroline graduated from Naugatuck Valley Community College in 2015 and has worked as a licensed physical therapy assistant and member of the Livefit team since 2016. She has developed a passion for working with patients from diverse cultural backgrounds and enjoys taking a hands-on approach to relieving her patient’s symptoms and returning them to their highest level of function.

Some of Caroline’s interests and certifications include:

  • Evidence-Based Manual therapy techniques to relieve tissue dysfunction
  • Use of kinesiotaping to decrease pain and improve function
  • Treatment of spinal pathologies and restoration of function

Cheryl Jeffries, PTA

Cheryl graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1993 and her physical therapy assistant’s degree from Naugatuck Community College in 2012. After spending nearly 20 years in corporate America, Cheryl developed a desire for a career that could help people improve the quality of their lives. She has a strong background in the use and implementation of exercise programs, working as a group fitness instructor for over 10 years prior to joining the Livefit team in 2016.

Some of Cheryl’s interests and certifications include:

  • Group fitness training, including strength training, kickboxing, in-door cycling and kid fitness.
  • Use of Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) to help alleviate pain and improve function