We are a group of clinicians and support staff that believe physical therapy can be done better. The current orthopedic model is broken and starting in 2006, we have set out to change it. We believe in delivering the most comprehensive PT specialist care to you, in a home town caring manner. You will not find a collection of more dedicated professionals with as much understanding of postural control, gait, systemic respiration, and stability dysfunction in the country. The professionals listed below are ready to help you understand why you are having pain and to teach you how to change the way you move through life.
Dr. Sean Fitzgerald MPT DPT PRC EPPM
Sean holds bachelors degrees in Health Science and Biology, a Masters degree of Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont, and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from EIM Institute for Health Professions. Sean is currently 1 of only 150 Postural Restoration Certified therapists in the country. Sean is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association in the Sports PT and Private Practice sections as well as The Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) and the EIM PT Executives Masterminds group. Sean is also a proud member of the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) and provides services for the St. Michael's Playhouse and numerous local performing artist.In addition to athletes and musicians, Sean enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities.
Sean grew up in Jericho VT and is happy to be able to return to that community, providing clinical service in his childhood hometown as well as in Essex Junction where he resides with his wife.
Elise Minadeo MSPT
Elise holds a Bachelors degree in biology from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Columbia University. Elise is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy sections.
Elise’s background is rooted in geriatric physical therapy, but more recently she has pursued outpatient orthopedics through continuing education courses with special interests in Postural Restoration, kinematics and biomechanics of running, and treatment and prevention of running injuries.
Elise lives in Essex with her husband. She enjoys
running, traveling and spending time with her active family.
Dr. Katie Swanson Pratt DPT, PHC
Katie has a bachelor degree in Exercise and Movement Science and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont. Katie is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association including the Sports Physical Therapy and Women’s health Sections. She utilizes our unique postural control and stability dysfunction approach to pelvic floor and women’s health populations. She is Pelvic Health Certified through Evidence in Motion.
Katie is a native Vermonter who enjoys all the outdoor activities that VT has to offer with her husband, Eben and pup Piper.
Dr. Bryant Hazelton DPT, PT
Bryant is a native Vermonter who grew up in southern Vermont before coming to the University of Vermont for his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He spent 2 years working with children with physical disabilities before returning to the University of Vermont for his doctorate degree in physical therapy. Bryant has spent the past 6 years working as a travel physical therapist throughout the United States before coming back to Vermont to continue his career in outpatient physical therapy.
Bryant has a passion for travel, spending time with friends and family, sports and being outdoors. He currently lives in Underhill with his wife Caitlin.
Michelin Carroll PT PRC
Michelin graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Physical Therapy and Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine. She was a Certified Athletic Trainer for 30 years and has worked at both the collegiate and high school levels. Michelin's treatment philosophies are based upon extensive continuing education and involve various manual and therapeutic exercise approaches, strength and exercise training and a strong influence from the Postural Restoration Institute. As a former collegiate soccer player with over 25 years coaching experience, she has extensive experience in athletic performance and performance based biomechanics. Michelin has earned the distinction of being a PRC therapist from the Postural Restoration Institute.
Michelin's hobbies include strength and conditioning training, hiking, running, soccer, golf, and equestrian activities.
Dr. John Basa DPT, PT
John has a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Vermont (2018) , and a Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Vermont (2020). He is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. John has a strong passion for both preventative and restorative medicine with specific interests in sports and orthopedic injuries as well as treatment and management of arthritis.
John grew up in Plainfield Vermont and loves all outdoor activities ranging from farming, to gravel biking and Nordic skiing.
Jorie Hart MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT
Jorie has a Master's degree in Advanced Athletic Training from the University of South Florida as well as her original Bachelors degree in Athletic Training from the University of Vermont. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and Vermont Association of Athletic Trainers. Jorie currently holds the position of head athletic trainer at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho, Vermont. Jorie has significant experience when it comes to acute and chronic care training for athletic injuries and the ultimate goal of improving overall functional athletic performance.
Jorie resides in Milton with her husband, Chris. She is a native Vermonter who enjoys playing ice hockey and canoeing on Lake Arrowhead.
Kristin Fitzgerald, Practice Manager
Kristin is a native New Yorker who graduated from Saint Michael's College with a bachelors degree in Journalism/Public Relations. Utilizing her previous professional experience of 20 years as the Senior Associate Director for Admission at Saint Michael's, she coordinates the marketing activities and community outreach for Transitions Physical Therapy. She also oversees the daily operations of the office including scheduling, billing, insurance liaison and supervising the staff.
Kristin lives in Essex Junction with her husband. She enjoys reading, gardening, exercising and traveling with her family.
Kristin Liberman, Care Coordinator - Jericho Clinic
Kristin is originally from Maine and attended Southern Maine Technical College as well as Oregon Health and Science University. She worked in the dental industry for 15 years in customer service prior to leaving the work force to be a stay-at-home mom to her three children.
Kristin lives in Jericho with her husband, children and a menagerie of pets. She enjoys many forms of exercise and has been a dance instructor for 15 years. Please feel free to call Kristin at the Jericho office with your questions.
Allie Gratton, Care Coordinator - Essex Clinic
Allie is a native of Essex Junction who graduated from Saint Michael's College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining Transitions Physical Therapy, she was a Member Services Representative at Planet Fitness. Allie is an avid runner who is always looking for that next big race and enjoys sharing her running expertise as an assistant x-country coach at Essex High School. Allie also enjoys reading and has been known to share her excellent baked goods with the staff! Please don't hesitate to call Allie at the Essex office to reach her with any questions.
Amy Pearl, Operations Coordinator
Originally from upstate New York, Amy moved to Vermont in 1995 after spending many years in Washington, DC where she received a Criminal Justice degree from American University. Professionally, she has enjoyed a variety of interesting careers from Visual Display artist at Bloomingdales and Exhibit Design staff at Smithsonian to sign artist at Trader Joe’s and and most recently Customer Experience Manager at Mamava.
Amy and her husband live in Jericho and have two daughters in college. When she’s not keeping things organized and running smoothly at Transitions, she can be found hiking, taking long walks, kayaking, doing artwork, cooking, reading, or looking for yet another addition to her ridiculously large rock collection.