Graduated from Russell Sage College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. Dissatisfied with the quality of care she was witness to in her field; Kimberly created IPT in 2000 to offer one on one specialized therapy. IPT was created for the patients, as opposed to the production line PT clinics where several patients are treated simultaneously to offset diminishing reimbursement rates.
Kimberly utilizes functional biomechanics with manual therapy and is passionate to serve her patients and the community at large. To accomplish this she is endlessly pursuing cutting-edge techniques and strategies that uplift and heal. Kimberly has created different wellness programs and lectures on an integrative approach to healing, the body-mind system, and meditation. Kimberly graduated in 2011 as a Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) from the Gray Institute. Gary Gray is considered the founder of functional therapy and is famous for helping countless professional athletes and for keeping them in the game when all else failed. Functional therapy considers how the body works as a biomechanical chain from the foot to the head while considering the force of gravity, movement in 3 planes, ground reaction forces, and sport-specific demands.
Kimberly considers applied functional science, AFS, the golden key that unlocked her potential to really make a difference in patient outcomes. “I can now simply watch a person walk, run or move and see broken links in the chain or aberrant movement patterns away from the site of injury and yet the cause of the problem.” As a result of her FAFS and success with athletes who felt they exhausted all other options, IPT is becoming known for its sport-specific rehab in addition to its manual therapy. In particular, as a result of the extensive focus in AFS on the foot and lower extremity biomechanics during gait (walking and running form), Kimberly really enjoys the success she is having working with runners.
In addition to the study of biomechanics and AFS, Kimberly continues to complete training through the Jones Institute in SCS, Strain Counterstrain osteopathic, and manual fascial techniques. She has completed SCS spine and SCS lymph to date. She has taken countless myofascial release programs and cranial-sacral certification training over her 22 years as a therapist.
Most recently Kimberly is proud to have completed her Active Release Technique, ART certification in the upper extremity/neck.
Certified Graston Technique Provider
Graduated with a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Downstate Medical Center in 1981. Jill’s clinical focus over 25 years of experience has included the care of infants, children, and adults with orthopedic and neurological impairments. Jill’s clinical and administrative depth of knowledge supports her as the Clinical Coordinator of IPT.
Jill is a leader in the field of physical therapy distinguished by her extensive post-graduate training, manual therapy skills, and dedication to her patients.
Jill is Graston Certified as well as trained in Cranio Sacral Therapy, Strain /Counterstrain therapy, and Myofascial Release. Jill is not happy if she has not triumphed over dysfunction or pain and she will not stop looking until she finds her patients the necessary solutions. Jill inspires the best of everyone who enters IPT and warms the hearts of us all!
Carly Muhlhahn comes to us from Bergen County, New Jersey where she was born and raised. In school, Carly was active in sports, specifically cross country, swimming, and track. An injury in her sophomore year of high school led to her discovery of the field of Physical Therapy. She attended Seton Hall University’s dual degree program where she got her Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2016 and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. Carly began work as a travel physical therapist and gained valuable experience in New Mexico working with medically complex patients. Despite traveling the country, Carly’s love of the Adirondack’s brought her back to the Northeast and she settled in Saratoga Springs with her dog, Sirius.
Carly is an uplifting and fun-loving joy as a therapist. However, her light-heartedness does not make her any less dedicated to getting at the root of her patients’ issues. Carly wants to be the best and will not stop training, learning, and searching for solutions for the most difficult of cases. Carly is passionate about manual physical therapy techniques which brought her to join IPT. She believes in looking at the body holistically, with the idea that each body part belongs to a system and that all systems interact.
Carly enjoys working with patients of all ages, especially active adults. She has extensive personal experience in weight lifting, cross-training, and running which she enjoys sharing in the rehabilitative process when appropriate. When she isn’t at work, Carly enjoys training for upcoming races or hiking in the Adirondacks.
Alex DeRusso, PTA, PT, DPT, is an alumnus of Shenendehowa HS class of 2012 with letters in football and track. Alex writes, “Most senior HS athletes are unaware of how they want to spend the rest of their life. For me it wasn’t a question I had the liberty of asking myself, it more or less just fell into my lap, or I fell into it. My years from 17-22 were riddled with sports injuries, orthopedic surgeries and time spent training in various PT clinics. I’ve been on the other side of the coin more times than I care to admit, which garnished my love for the PT profession.”
Alex graduated from Utica College with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018. During his DPT education and post-graduate clinical, he had a great many experiences within the local community and across the nation to affect the lives of those in pain. Alex chose to become a physical therapist because of the profound way it can enhance, uplift, and improve another person’s life. “There is no better feeling than the gratitude that comes with saying goodbye to a patient who no longer needs my services.”
Alex chose IPT to offer his skills because IPT gives him the time to make a difference. We joke it was because football wide receivers with large hands make the best manual physical therapists. However, perhaps it is no joke because over the past year and a half that Alex has been at IPT, patients rave about his hands-on skills as well as his fun-loving demeanor.
Alicia Kowsky is a 2005 graduate of Shenendehowa. In HS she participated in track, cross country, and color guard. She completed her Bachelors in Communication and Conflict Studies at SUNY Geneseo in 2009, and her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University in 2012. Working in mediation for several years, Alicia taught people how to communicate their needs to reduce conflict. Dealing with increased body aches and pains, Alicia enrolled in yoga teacher training and subsequent yoga therapy training. This training created a framework to teach students how to use movement to reduce chronic pain, but she wanted to learn more. In 2019 she earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical University.
Alicia has a passion to work with patients with chronic pain issues. She integrates her education and training to provide a comprehensive toolkit for patients to feel safe in their own bodies, both physically and mentally. Besides treating orthopedic injuries, Alicia has also completed Level 1 coursework with Herman and Wallace to treat patients with pelvic floor issues.
With the shared value of empowering patients to resolve their root problem, Alicia feels right at home at IPT. She can combine her love of manual therapy alongside her patience and determination to help others live a life free from chronic pain.
Megan Puglisi earned her AAS in Physical Therapist Assistant from Maria College and BS in Biology from Grand Canyon University. Megan has worked as a physical therapist assistant since 2001. She has worked as a manual orthopedic therapist for 8 years and spent most of the last 10 years in pediatrics.
Megan approaches each treatment session by treating the dysfunction by looking at posture and how the body moves as a whole. She loves a challenge and is willing to think outside the box to find the best correction.
Megan has continuing education in Myofascial Release, Cranio Sacral Therapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, and Osteopathy. She works part-time at IPT to satisfy her love of manual therapy.
When not working, Megan enjoys spending time with her 3 kids, hiking, skiing, and traveling.
Brianne Wall is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam with her Bachelors in English and Communications. She is the office manager and has a passion to consistently provide excellence in patient care at IPT. Brianne may be one of the first people you speak with at IPT as she coordinates and schedules appointments between the doctors and therapists at IPT. She also managers your insurance needs and authorizations to ensure a wonderful experience for your visits with our therapists and staff at IPT.
Before joining IPT, Brianne gained many of the skills used in her roles at IPT while working as the Patient Care Coordinator at Burnt Hills Veterinary Hospital for over 12 years. In that role, she supported over 10 veterinary doctors in coordinating surgeries, customer interaction for financial discussions, communication of the patient’s health care status, follow-up procedures, and maintaining calmness and composure in the coordination of emergencies.
When not working Brianne enjoys spending time traveling with her husband, cooking and playing with her two dogs, a feisty Vizsla, and an ever-working Border Collie. Brianne also believes in giving back to the community and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Rensselaer County.