Meet Our Staff
Ann Dennison, PT, DPT, OCS, LAT, ATC
The best thing about owning Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness is the people: my amazing staff and the awesome patients that seek care here. The worst thing about owning the business is the constantly changing healthcare environment that doesn’t always put patients first. I am a proud Blue Hen, having graduated with my initial physical therapy degree from the University of Delaware. I am also proud to have earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from Chatham University prior to opening my office. Outside of the office, I enjoy bicycling, kayaking, pickleball, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, cooking, traveling to areas I have never been before; and reading mysteries has always been a favorite way to relax.
Education: BS in Physical Therapy, University of Delaware 1987; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Chatham University 2005
Ryan Chakir, PT, DPT
Entering the world of physical therapy amidst a pandemic has been both challenging and enlightening in the sense it has provided me with a new perspective as a new clinician. Like many other therapists, I entered this field due to my involvement in sports as a teenager and my interest in how effective mobility can be used as a source of medicine for pain and other numerous health-related problems. Through my education I was able to experience both a large BIG-10 university at Penn State and small private college for my graduate degree at Alvernia University. Outside of being a therapist, I am passionate about traveling both domestically and internationally and I thoroughly enjoy viewing a good film or series.
Education: BS in Kinesiology, Penn State University 2017; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Alvernia University 2020
Stephany Primrose, PT
I chose to pursue a career in physical therapy at the State University of New York at Buffalo because I wanted a career that involved helping others and I developed an interest in physical therapy after being involved in high school sports, interacting with athletic trainers and a family friend that happened to be a physical therapist. I thoroughly enjoy working with patients who have bone, muscle and joint injuries. Even more so, I enjoy treating those patients with post-operative conditions as I enjoy being able to be a part of their recovery and see such significant progress over the course of their post-operative physical therapy. I too enjoy the outdoors and spending the time with my sons in their sporting activities.
Education: BS in Physical Therapy, State University of New York at Buffalo 1998
Jennifer Buono, PT, DPT
My favorite thing about being a physical therapist is getting to know my patients and helping them to recover from injury or improve their function so they can do all the activities they enjoy. In addition to being a physical therapist, I am also a Pilates instructor. I earned my physical therapy degrees at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Kentucky. When not working as a physical therapist, I enjoy running and spending time with my husband and two children, including volunteering at the school and sports activities.
Education: Master of Physical Therapy, University of Maryland at Baltimore 2007; Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Kentucky 2012
Kristen Pagano, Administrator
I have worked at Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness for over 9 years. I really enjoy meeting all the people here at the office, but also across the country when I am on the telephone working on insurance issues. Discovering how we are all connected is inspiring. The one thing I would change about the current healthcare business if I had a magic wand would be to take the “business” out of it so that everyone had access to affordable healthcare and care would be managed by the providers. Outside of work you might find my doing yoga, biking, having fun outside and dabbling with making Asian cuisine!
Education: BS in Chemical Engineering, Lafayette College 1991
Affiliate Staff: Karl Bergmann, PT, ScD, OCS, COMT
I enjoy helping the patients at Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness because the people are great: not just the employees, but also the patients I treat. It is certainly a pleasure to have a full hour to spend one-on-one with my patients! I spent part of my time after receiving my physical therapy degree from Northeastern University in the Air Force. I joined the Air Force to be something greater than myself and to serve my country. One of the privileges of being a physical therapist in the military was being a first line provider for musculoskeletal problems which is how I believe physical therapists should be allowed to practice.
Education: BS Rehabilitation Science, Northeastern University 2000; MS in Physical Therapy, Northeastern University 2002; Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy, Texas Tech University 2008