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Pathomechanical Specialist

Transitions Physical Therapy

SPORTS                     SPINE                           PELVIS                       POSTURE

Our Story

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.

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. 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 and son, Oliver.

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). In addition to athletes and musicians, Sean enjoys working with patients of all ages and abilities.

​Sean grew up in Jericho, VT and enjoys providing clinical service in his childhood hometown,  as well as in Essex Junction where he resides with his wife and Transitions' newest location, Shelburne.


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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. Samantha Hornsby DPT

Sam graduated with her Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware before attending the University of Vermont to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Sam has practiced in Vermont since, treating a variety of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. Her physical therapy interests include biomechanics, gait, and injury prevention. 


Originally from New Hampshire, Sam enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, paddle boarding, and running. In her free time, you can also find her reading or traveling around the New Hampshire and Maine coasts.
Dr. Patricia Kohn DPT

Patty, a CT native, received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Columbia University. She is familiar with the Burlington area as she completed a clinical rotation with Transitions and attended Saint Michael’s College where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and minors in chemistry, psychology and music. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and has PT interests in orthopedics, sports, geriatrics and postural restoration. Patty’s love for physical therapy came from years of being a competitive athlete, a 4-year division 2 collegiate swimmer and a swim coach.


In her free time, you can find her somewhere outdoors hiking with her puppy, Maple, biking, skiing, running or swimming!
Dr. Tory Wilder DPT

Tory graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BS in Education, where she majored in Kinesiology and minored in Leadership Studies. She furthered her education with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from South College. Tory is dedicated to a holistic approach in patient care, with specific interests in outpatient orthopedics, postural restoration, geriatrics, pelvic health, and wellness promotion. 


Originally from Talbott, TN, Tory currently resides in Essex Junction with her boyfriend Dylan and their dog Luna. Outside the clinic, Tory finds joy in strength training, dancing, experimenting with new recipes, exploring new destinations, and getting lost in a good book.
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, Director of Schedule Management and Culture

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.

Brittany Lavallee, Care Coordinator - Jericho Clinic

Brittany is a native Vermonter who grew up in South Hero. She studied at the University of Vermont and worked in customer service until the travel bug called to her. She has lived in Hawaii, Connecticut, and most recently the Netherlands. While abroad she engulfed herself in the local customs, learning the language and studied a variety of courses. She came back to Vermont to be closer to her family and is excited to spend time with her 3 sisters again.


In her free time she enjoys hiking, basketball, reading and cooking.

Taylor Lebria, Care Coordinator - Essex Clinic

Taylor was raised in Vermont, here in Essex. Although she has moved out of a state a few times, her close relationships with her family and appreciation for the state have always brought her back. Prior to joining Transitions Physical Therapy, Taylor worked in various administrative roles in medical offices and other customer service related industries.


When she isn’t working, Taylor enjoys reading, spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, and searching local thrift stores for hidden treasures. She also spends time with her cat, Stanley and dog, Stella.

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