A native of Reston, Virginia, Brian obtained his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University in 2004. After several years of working in orthopedics he pursued his Certification in Functional Manual Therapy (TM) through the Institute of Physical Art, out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Brian has completed his manual therapy residency at Elite Health Services in Old Greenwich, Connecticut and he now brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience, and positive energy as the founder of Peak Performance, Therapy and Wellness.
In addition to his 10+ years of clinical experience (working with 5-year-olds to 98-years-old) he also is known throughout the area as a tennis guru, and an accomplished triathlete. Additionally, in the community, Brian volunteered for a Southington-based program called “Skiiers Unlimited.”
Brian is coming to us as a Certified Functional Manual Therapist, meaning, he treats the body as a whole, with a functional mindset.
“I will often look at somebody in their car, watch them climb stairs, or address whatever task it is that causes them pain.”
The evaluation process is integral because the real key to success is finding the root cause. Anybody can make you feel better for a few hours, or even a few days, but to keep the pain from coming back over the long run, that’s what separates a few therapists from the rest. Brian has worked with a very diverse population over the years including but not limited to patients with stroke, TMJD, cervicogenic headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and a vast array of orthopedic injuries.
Additionally, Brian offers “performance” analyses and recommendations to athletes of all levels and ages. He believes that the earlier you can intervene on habits and movements, the better at preventing injury and avoiding bad habits. Brian enjoys performing frame-by-frame, Video Motion Run Analysis, On-Court Tennis Analysis, and sport specific performance work for all other athletes.
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Tiana joined Peak PTW in Fall 2017. A native of the Boston area, she studied evolutionary biology at Harvard University, graduating in 2009. Within the next couple years, she discovered her passion for physical therapy and obtained her doctorate of physical therapy from the University of California, San Francisco in 2014. She completed her manual therapy residency at Elite Health Services in Old Greenwich, CT and achieved her certification in functional manual therapy with honors in 2016.
Tiana has spent years running competitively and recreationally and has dabbled in various martial arts, including Uechi-Ryu karate in her youth and capoeira more recently. She loves performing running and gait analyses, identifying movement patterns and determining where efficiency can be clinically addressed.
Finding the driver –or in many cases, multiple drivers – of dysfunctions in patients is an integral part of viewing the body functionally as a whole. For instance, when someone comes in with a lower body issue, she will frequently explore how the upper quarter may be connected (and it often is!) and continually delve with patients into their history beyond the initial evaluation. She uses functional movements to make observations on where the system is mechanically breaking down and where it requires retraining of neuromuscular function and motor control.
Becoming a new mom as of Spring 2017 has further fueled her interest in the women’s health realm of physical therapy. She is studying through Hermann and Wallace and aims to help women address physical issues, whether pre- or post-partum, in a holistic manner with a manual-therapy and functionally-based approach. Treatment of the regions traditionally associated with women’s health – the pelvic girdle, abdomen/trunk, and pelvic floor – commonly factor into the dysfunctions treated in males as well.
Outside of the clinic, she loves spending time with her husband, baby boy, and dog.