Auburn Clinic

Auburn

THERAPY STAFF

JIM LESLIE

PT, ATC, Director

BIO:

I became a Physical Therapist because as a senior in high school, I sprained my ACL. I needed physical therapy and Dave Kuhn looked like he really enjoyed his job and inspired me to become a Physical Therapist.

My favorite part of this job is improving a person’s quality of life with non-invasive and non-medical techniques.

Outside of work, I enjoy my family, being outdoors, hunting, and baseball.

MARISA SALMERI

OT

BIO:

I chose to become an Occupational Therapist because it is a unique job where I can work in a variety of settings and the scope of the work is extremely diverse. I was able to begin working as a hand therapist right out of school and obtained my CHT as soon as I was eligible to test. You don’t appreciate how much you need your hands until you can no longer use them! I enjoy using my background in OT to help patients adapt and learn how to be successful in achieving their goals – no matter how big or small.

The best part of my job is my coworkers (of course), and being able to connect with patients every day and making therapy fun for them.

Outside of work I enjoy traveling, visiting my family in NY, hiking, biking, kayaking, walking my dog, and really anything else that gets me outdoors and staying active!

KRISTIN SWINEHART

PT, DPT

BIO:

I became a Physical Therapist because I love that PT is about patient autonomy and not about dependency on a healthcare provider.

My favorite part of this job is the variety this job brings, it’s different every day…and my co-workers are kind of great.

EMMA RIFFE

PT, DPT

BIO:

I became a Physical Therapist because I have a passion for helping and connecting with others, and I love anatomy and science!

My favorite part of this job is daily connecting with each individual I work with.

Interesting fact about me, I played collegiate softball at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods!

ALEXIA ZAWADZKE

PT, DPT

BIO:

I became a Physical Therapist because I witnessed several teammates on my track and cross country teams need to go to PT due to injuries. They told me how helpful it was for them, so I decided to shadow a PT in high school and decided I liked it and found it very interesting.

What I really like about my job is that there is always variety in what conditions I see and what body parts I work with. I am always happy when I am able to put the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what is going on with the patient and then be able to help them get back to the things they love.

Outside of work, I race 5ks in the fall!

KAYLYN SAILLANT

PTA

BIO:

I enjoy being a Physical Therapist Assistant because I am always continuing to learn and grow while helping patients do the same.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and family, and watching sports.

EVAN COCHRAN

PTA

BIO:

I decided to pursue a career as a PTA in order to be in the healthcare field, helping my community through some of my interests such as health and exercise.

My favorite part of this job is meeting and building relationships with people of all backgrounds.

Interesting fact about me, I have a boxer named Stella who is better than anyone else’s dog no matter what you say.