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Our Story

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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.

 

sean@transitionspt.com

 

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.



elise@transitionspt.com
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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.

 



katie@transitionspt.com
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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. 

bryant@transitionspt.com

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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.

michelin@transitionspt.com

Tory Wilder DPT 

Tory earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she majored in Kinesiology and minored in Leadership Studies. She recently graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from South College. Tory was drawn to kinesiology because of her athletic experiences in volleyball, cheerleading, and track. During undergraduate and graduate school, Tory discovered she had a passion for health and wellness promotion for all ages, athlete or not. Her current physical therapy interests include outpatient orthopedics, postural restoration, geriatrics, pelvic health, vestibular rehab, and public health/wellness promotion. 

Tory is originally from Talbott, TN. She completed her second clinical rotation here at Transitions Physical Therapy last winter and enjoyed the snow so much, she decided to come back for more. Tory currently resides in Williston with her boyfriend, Dylan, and their dog Luna. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling, writing, and taking evening walks with Dylan and Luna. 

tory@transitionspt.com

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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 is a native Vermonter who enjoys playing ice hockey and canoeing on Lake Arrowhead.

jorie@transitionspt.com

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@transitionspt.com
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. 

kristin2@transitionspt.com
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Tori Vondle, Care Coordinator - Essex Clinic

Tori is a 3rd generation Castleton University graduate that holds a bachelors degree  in Acting and Directing with a minor in Music. Tori has worked in the health care industry as a patient service specialist for the last ten years.  She is an avid theater lover who’s worked with numerous theater companies throughout Vermont both on and off stage.

Tori currently resides in Colchester with her boyfriend, Cliff and their dog Hosen. In her free time, Tori enjoys singing karaoke, traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with friends and family.

tori@transitionspt.com

Melissa Short, Care Coordinator - Shelburne Clinic

Melissa is a native Vermonter who grew up in Burlington.  She has spent much of her adult life managing, operating and owning a family business for 20+ years focusing on the importance of customer service and community connections. Upon the sale of her business, she continued to work with the public in the customer service/office setting providing the same welcoming spirit, compassion to help others and commitment to the community.   

Melissa lives in Burlington with her husband Steve, dog, Isabella and cat, Boots.  She is an empty nester with three grown children and feels fortunate that they all live in Vermont allowing her to enjoy her most favorite past time, as of recent, which is keeping up with her 2 grandchildren. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, dancing, cooking, gardening, bike riding, hiking and spending time with family and friends. 

melissa@transitionspt.com

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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. 

amy@transitionspt.com