Dan Wyand, PT – Owner
Dan graduated from the University of Vermont in 1975 with a degree in Physical Therapy and has continued his training with an emphasis on extremity and spinal manual therapy techniques.
In 1981, Dan established Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates, PLLC, and has developed the practice to include PTs, PTAs, ATCs, OTs and personal trainers. In addition to managing the practice, Dan remains a full-time clinician, specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries of the spine and extremities.
Dan is active in the Vermont American Physical Therapy Association in several capacities, including his current position as the Northeast District Chairperson and past president of NEAHEC (Northeast Area Health Education Center). He is also the Chairperson for the Professional Advisory Committee of Caledonia Home Health & Hospice and is a Corporator at NVRH.
Dan remains active through golf, tennis, biking and hiking throughout the Northeast Kingdom.
Kristin works as the Practice Manager at Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates. She grew up in Danville and after living out of state for a number of years, returned to the area to raise her children. She most recently worked as the Director of Human Resources at DWPT and now manages both clinics. She has been with the clinic for 10 years.
In her free time, Kristin enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with her husband, two daughters, and their golden retriever.
Jacqueline E. Abella, PT, DPT, CLT
Jackie joined the team in 2019 after working in community-based rehabilitation, hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, and pro-bono physical therapy settings in the Philippines for over 10 years, until she moved to Vermont. Since moving here in 2009, Jackie has worked in several skilled nursing facilities and in the home health setting.
She graduated from Silliman University in her home country of the Philippines in March of 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy degree and is committed to working with individuals in fostering achievement of their highest mobility. Jackie earned her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA in 2017. She is a skilled certified lymphedema therapist, and provides that service at our St. Johnsbury outpatient clinic.
She loves to spend time with her family mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, and participating in walks for a cause.
Erin Galarza, PT, DPT, OCS
Erin graduated with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Pacific University in 2013. She has over seven years’ experience as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist treating general orthopedic conditions, aquatic therapy, and pelvic health. As a pelvic health physical therapist, she treats bowel, bladder, and pelvic pain conditions in both male and female clients, as well as female pelvic organ prolapse. In 2018 she became a She has been practicing as a physical therapist in Washington State prior to her move to Vermont in 2020. Erin enjoys traveling and taking in the outdoors.
Jennifer E. Hemond, MPT
Jennifer has been employed as a Physical Therapist at our clinic since June, 2007. She graduated from Lyndon State College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science and from the University of Vermont in 2007 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy (MPT). Jennifer continues to further her education and develop her skills through orthopedic evaluation and manual therapy courses. She promotes utilization of aquatic therapy and oversees the aquatic program offered by Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates.
Jennifer takes great pride in her family, which has recently grown with the addition of her daughter. She also enjoys caring for her home, spending time with friends, running and staying active.
Mike Matteis, PT, DPT
Mike received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2012 from the University of St. Augustine with a concentration in Manual Therapy. Mike’s 10+ years of experience have been concentrated on outpatient orthopedics, specializing in manual therapy and sports medicine. Mike loves his profession because he gets such satisfaction from assisting his patients in achieving their greatest rehab potential.
Mike is originally from the Northeast Kingdom and is proud to call it his home. His interests include spending time with his family, golf, ice hockey and outdoor activities. He spends much of his free time coaching youth ice hockey and baseball in the community. He serves as a board member for the Lyndon Area Sports Association and the Lyndon Institute Alumni Association.
Sara Stinson, PT, DPT
Sara graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and from Franklin Pierce University in 2009 with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). She has been employed with us since 2009 and has completed several advanced courses in manual therapy during that time.
Sara lives in Danville with her husband and their two children. She enjoys biking, gardening and spending time with her family.
Dan Wheeler, PT, DPT
Dan joined the staff in the fall of 2013 after graduating from the University of Vermont with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He is originally from Lyndonville and a former Lyndon Institute graduate where he played football and competed in track and field. As an undergraduate at UVM Dan was a 2-time Captain of the Varsity track and field program. Now as a physical therapist, Dan tries to treat the body in a holistic approach by looking through the entire kinetic chain and not just the joint or area with dysfunction. He enjoys treating patients on all ends of the spectrum from the high school athlete, to the elderly individual with arthritis and allowing each person to achieve their functional goals.
His interests outside of the clinic include hiking, snowshoeing, rock climbing and he is an avid hunter and fisherman. Dan lives in Lyndon with his wife, Angela, and their two children.
Kelly Wilkins, MPT
Kelly has been employed at Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates since December 2003. She graduated from the University of New England in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science and went on to complete her Master’s in Physical Therapy in 2003. She has continued her education through multiple courses geared towards women’s health, including Pregnancy & Postpartum, Beyond Kegels I and II and Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. She has also received training in various other manual therapy techniques.
Tiffany Benoit, OTR/L
Tiffany is an Occupational Therapist at Dan Wyand, PT & Associates. She joined the team in the spring of 2013 as a Physical Therapy Aide assisting clients with their workouts in the gym. She graduated from Lyndon State College in 2103 with a BS in Exercise Science with a concentration in pre-professional Physical Therapy. She recently completed the Masters in Occupational Therapy Program at Utica College and now provides inpatient Occupational Therapy for patients at NVRH, and outpatient Occupational Therapy for Dan Wyand, PT & Associates.
Tiffany enjoys staying active and spending time with her family.
Physical Therapist Assistants
Lyndsay Beattie, PTA
Lyndsay has been employed by Dan Wyand PT & Associates since 2009. Lyndsay graduated from River Valley Community College, in Claremont, NH, in May of 2013 with an Associate’s degree in Allied Health Science. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in strength and conditioning, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from Lyndon State College.
She enjoys spending time outdoors on her family farm, skiing, and running.
Megan Dyer, PTA
Megan has been employed as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates since October, 2005. She graduated from River Valley College in 2004 with an Associate’s degree in Allied Health Science. Her clinical interests include lymphedema and pulmonary rehabilitation.
Megan’s hobbies include hiking, reading and snowshoeing.
Susan Pray-Glodgett, PTA, CMT
Susan has been employed with Dan Wyand, PT & Associates since receiving her Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from New Hampshire Vocational Technical College in May of 1989. In 2005 she was certified in Cranial Sacral Therapy Techniques through the Upledger Institute, Inc. Susan also completed massage therapy training at the Wellness Massage Center and Institute in St. Albans, VT becoming a certified massage therapist in December 2013. She is also certified through the Nurturing the Mother program as a pregnancy massage therapist in 2019. Her love for the geriatric population and interest in women’s wellness issues are driving forces for her ongoing continued education.
A native of northeastern Vermont, Susan enjoys spending time with family, gardening and enjoying nature.
Renee Ignjatovic, PTA
Renee earned her Associate’s Degree from Hesser College in 1999 and is a Physical Therapy Assistant. She assists the Physical Therapists in treating various orthopedic conditions, the work conditioning program, wound care and therapeutic massage.
Renee enjoys exercising, gymnastics and spending time with her family.
Sarah Kempton, PTA
Sarah has been employed by Dan Wyand P.T. & Associates since May 2016, starting her career in the clinic as a Rehab Aide. She recently earned a promotion as a Physical Therapist Assistant, after graduating from River Valley Community College in May of 2016 with an Associate of Science in Allied Health. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and Health Sciences from Norwich University.
Sarah works as the inpatient PTA at NVRH where she specializes in orthopedics and working with the geriatric population.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, downhill skiing, and kayaking.
Ryan Farley, ATC, CEAS-1
Ryan graduated from Lyndon State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine, with a concentration on Athletic Training, in 2002. He is a certified, licensed Athletic Trainer and has been working with us since 2002. Along with treating patients, Ryan fabricates splints and orthotics and designs exercise programs for patients in the outpatient setting. He is also contracted with a local high school, providing game coverage for soccer and basketball. Ryan provides sports clinic evaluations and treatment for athletes in the surrounding communities.
One of Ryan’s greatest passions is coaching baseball. He is very active in the community, coaching youth and as the head baseball coach at LSC from 2005-2011. There is no greater satisfaction for Ryan than seeing patients and athletes with injuries overcome adversity and return to a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Ben Warstler, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, USAW-1, KBA, YFS-1
Ben, former owner of Fortitude Fitness Systems, INC (Bens Bootcamps) for 12 years is returning to his roots in rehabilitation. Ben graduated from the University of Maine at Presque Isle with a degree in Athletic Training in 2001. Expanding his Sports Medicine skill at Amherst College for 2 years working with 40 varsity athletic teams, Ben moved more into the strength and conditioning field but has always pulled on his athletic training background. He enjoys seeing his clients realize their potential and break through previously thought barriers in their movement and abilities.
Ben, originally from Maine, moved to Vermont in 2005 and lives in Lyndonville with his 4 children, and wife Nedah. In his free time Ben enjoys weightlifting, spending time with his family, and tending to his chickens.
Physical Therapy Aides
Brigitte is a Physical Therapy Aide at Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates and has been with the business since 1985. She graduated from Lyndon State College with a BS degree in Physical Education with a concentration in teaching K-12th grade.
A native of the Northeast Kingdom, Brigitte enjoys gardening, golfing, reading and spending time with her family.
Melody graduated from Fanny Allen School of Nursing in 1966. She has worked for over 16 years as a Physical Therapy Aide in our clinic. Melody received her Certification in Modalities from Lyndon State College. She assists patients in the gym and performs various functions in the clinic.
Melody enjoys singing, traveling to see her grandchildren in Washington, D.C. and shopping.
Dorene has been with Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates over 25 years! As Office Manager, her responsibilities range from scheduling patients, medical transcribing and managing the front desk staff. Because of Dorene’s extensive history with the practice, she is relied on heavily to answer billing, co-pay and patient questions. With her energetic and friendly personality, Dorene strives to make everyone’s experience at Dan Wyand, P.T. & Associates a pleasant one. You are sure to see her smiling face greet you as you enter the clinic.
Dorene is a life-long resident of St. Johnsbury and has strong ties to the community. She is active in local fundraisers such as the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and is willing to assist the community in any way she can. Dorene enjoys spending her free time with her 2 daughters and recently became a grandmother of a beautiful baby girl. When not hanging out with her family, she spends her free time going on walks, beaching it when weather permits, and spending time with her dog Gizmo.
Felicia was born in Massachusetts and moved to Peacham in 2005. After graduating from the St. Johnsbury Academy in 2008 she began working at the St. Johnsbury Animal Hospital where she remained until joining our team in 2014 as a front office secretary. Earlier in 2014, she received certification in coding and transcription.
In 2019 Felicia earned certification as a yoga instructor through HeartSpace Yoga Studio’s YTT program. Felicia lives in Walden with her husband and their dog, Jack. She has a love for animals and in her spare time she likes to run, hike, garden and study photography.
Molly is the newest member to join our team. After graduating from St. Johnsbury Academy in 2012 and moving around out of state for a few years she found her way back to the Northeast Kingdom.
Molly enjoys practicing the art of Feng Shui along with hiking, gardening and spending time with her dog, Nova.