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Dr. Peter A. Philip

Dr. Philip, PT, ScD, COMT is a two-time graduate of Quinnipiac University; in 1996 with a Bachelors in Physical Therapy and in 1999 with a Masters in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Peter has dedicated his life’s work to the eradication of pain and dysfunction. He treats both chronic and acute conditions, and bases his success on an integration of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathoanatomy.

In 2010, he was acknowledged by the International Association of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM) as a leader in the field of nonsurgical medicine, and was certified as an orthopedic manual therapist (COMT). first person in the tristate area to be recognized, and the second East of the Mississippi river. In 2011, he completed his doctorate of science in Physical Therapy from Texas Tech University on the research topic Differential Diagnostics of Pelvic Pain.

In 2014 Dr. Philip was one of sixteen in the nation to be certified as a Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner. In 2016 Dr. Philip published a textbook for medical doctors and physical therapists alike. This textbook is a culmination of years of research, and clinical experience, and includes the material that Dr. Philip presents to physicians and physical therapists nationwide.



Dr. Nicholas Vernola Jr.

Dr. Vernola, DPT is a 2013 graduate of SUNY Cortland where he earned his Bachelors in Exercise Science. Dr. Vernola continued his education at SUNY Stony Brook where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During the educational process, Dr. Vernola discovered a passion for helping individuals suffering from pelvic dysfunction. Dr. Vernola pursued a specialization in his niche by completing the Pelvic Health Level I Certification through the Section on Women's health, as well as, shadowing urologists and gynecologists in New York.

Dr. Vernola has experience at both inpatient and outpatient facilities where he worked with a patients inflicted with various ailments. At Philip Physical Therapy, Dr. Vernola uses his education, experience and passion to bring quality care to patients in our community.




MaryAnn Schinella

MaryAnn is a 2012 graduate of Norwalk Community College where she earned her Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant and is licensed in the state of Connecticut. Previously she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Suffolk University.

Her clinical experience includes acute inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, as well as, staying active and traveling.




Fabiana Mulzac

Fabiana Mulzac graduated with honors from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, CT. Specializing in Orthopedic and Sports Massage Therapy, she treats a wide range of soft tissue dysfunctions, pain and injuries, as well as musculoskeletal imbalances and overcompensations. Besides injury rehabilitation, pain relief, pre-surgical conditioning and post-surgical recovery, Fabiana also focuses on athletic performance enhancement and injury prevention. Fabiana is also a nationally Certified Personal Trainer bringing a wealth of experience in physical culture and functional training to her work. Some of her specialties include kettlebells, suspension training (TRX, Bandit Loops, AOS XT) and undulation training (Conditioning Ropes), having been directly instructed by its originator, Anthony Diluglio. She also has extensive experience in vintage training (Thick Grip and Strongman-Style) as well as Integrated Stretching. Her clientele encompasses all age groups and fitness levels, from children to seniors and from the sedentary to competitive athletes.

This testimonial from a West Point Graduate, Combat Veteran and former multi-sport intercollegiate athlete with service related orthopedic issues, is typical of her work:
"Caring excellence" is how I would describe Fabiana. It is a rare thing in any profession to find someone with that combination of technical excellence, caring for the overall and long term outcomes for a patient, and the leadership and character to bring out the best in a person. The difference in my own strength, flexibility and bearing after multiple back and other surgeries, and the attendant challenges with going from healing to health, would not have been possible without her. She sees not just what the problem is, but what is possible. My daughters think she is "simply Fabulous" and I heartily agree with them!"

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