Respiratory Therapists

Thomas (TJ) Aucello, RRT

TJ is our Clinical Director of Respiratory Therapy and primarily works at our Washington Township location. TJ enjoys the privilege to be a part of patient transformation over the course of pulmonary rehabilitation. He believes educating patients and helping them achieve their best quality of life through exercise is the most rewarding part of the job. TJ strives to reduce symptoms, increase physical and social activity, and improve patients’ overall quality of life by developing a unique and specific plan of care for each one suffering from chronic respiratory disease. Outside of work, TJ likes completing DIY projects.

Beth Anderson, RRT

Beth Anderson is a Respiratory Therapist at our Cherry Hill, Location. She has worked at Advantage Therapy Centers since 2005. She received her associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy at Hahnemann University.  She has over 30 years of experience. She enjoys helping our patients progress with therapy and perform tasks they may have thought impossible when beginning the program.

Colette Gaines, RRT-ACCS

Colette is a Respiratory Therapist at all of our Advantage locations. She has worked at Advantage Therapy Centers since 2017. She received her associate’s degree in respiratory therapy from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She loves helping our patients progress in the gym, and educating our Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients on the use of CPAP equipment to help them breathe and sleep better at night. Colette believes Advantage is a great place to work with friendly, hard-working co-workers and patients.

Ginny Oksten, CRT

Virginia (Ginny) Oksten has been in Respiratory for 28 years, earning her degree in 1992. Over the years she has worked with a variety of patients; emergency care, with pediatric and adult ventilator patients. Currently, Ginny works with Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients at Advantage Therapy Centers and with CPAP, Auto PAP, and BiPAP patients for Advantage Sleep Centers, where she educates them on OSA, equipment, and insurance guidelines. Ginny enjoys being able to help educate patients with breathing & exercise techniques that will improve their quality of life, as well as her OSA patients that will benefit from their PAP therapy. Outside of work, Ginny enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting, and crafting.

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Jennifer Etzel, RRT

Jenny is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at our Voorhees location and has been a Respiratory Therapist for almost 12 years. She is ACLS and BLS certified. Right now at Voorhees she is mostly involved in the Remote Monitoring Program. Her goal is to help ensure each and every one of our patients are successful with their PAP Therapy. Jenny also helps set up and educate OSA patients with their CPAP machines. Jenny feels thankful to Advantage Therapy for this opportunity to be working alongside a great and compassionate team.

Jessica Zaborsky, RRT

Jessica is a Respiratory Therapist at Advantage Therapy and Sleep Centers in Washington Township. She started working this year in May after moving to New Jersey. Jessica has an associates degree in Respiratory Therapy and worked for four years at Crozer, Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. She is experienced in Critical care, emergency room and floor care. Since starting to work at Advantage Therapy, she sees how much it helps our patients understand why it is so important to keep up with their machines (CPAP, APAP or BIPAP) for their sleep apneas or Obstruction and their health. Outside of work Jessica is very involved with her Church family and enjoys both planting and painting.

Physical Therapists

Rocco Gervasi, PT, DPT

Rocco is the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy at Advantage Therapy Centers. Rocco received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry. He has over 8 years of experience in PT. Rocco loves his career. He finds it rewarding to interact and connect with people. He enjoys helping people become a healthier version of themselves by utilizing physical and nutritional strategies. Rocco finds it imperative to continue to research new approaches in medical physiology in order to offer nutritional and exercise counseling, and network with other driven individuals.

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Kathy Bonsall, PT, DPT

Kathy is a physical therapist who joined the Advantage team in 2021 at our Washington Twp location. She graduated from Neumann University in PA and has 12 years of experience. She has worked in Outpatient Orthopedics, Subacute Rehab, Aquatic Rehab, Homecare and Geriatric settings. Kathy is excited about joining the team because of the comprehensive care that all patients receive at Advantage. She loves her career and feels it is a privilege to help patients achieve their optimal levels of health and function. She enjoys spending time and spoiling her niece and nephew as well as ballroom dancing.

Jastin Windell, PT, DPT

Jastin Windell is a Physical Therapist in our Mount Laurel, NJ location. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at the University of Delaware and went on to receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Drexel University in 2013. Her practice interests include working with pulmonary/respiratory, vestibular and orthopedic diagnoses. She especially enjoys working with the adult to the geriatric population and being part of their success story in reaching their functional goals. Her interests outside of work include going to concerts, traveling and living the city life in Philadelphia.

Amy White, PT

Amy is a Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience. She has worked in Acute Care, Outpatient Orthopedic, Vestibular and Geriatric Settings. She joined the Advantage Therapy Team in 2012 and loves educating patients on exercise and breathing techniques.  Amy lives in Gloucester County with her husband and two children. She enjoys watching her son play lacrosse and her daughter play soccer. When not going to her kids sporting events, Amy can be found in the kitchen, her second passion is whipping up healthy and delicious recipes for her family, friends, and patients.

Angela Budalski, PT, DPT

Angela Burdalski is one of our Physical Therapists in our Mt. Laurel location. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bloomsburg University in PA, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology. She then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Widener University in PA in 2014. Her practice interests include working with vestibular, orthopedic, and pulmonary patients of all ages to help them achieve a better quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and two young daughters.

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Samantha Shalit-Scriptunas, DPT

Samantha (Sami) Shalit-Scriptunas is a Physical Therapist at our Cherry Hill office. Sami received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in Exercise Physiology with an emphasis in Aquatic Therapy.  She continued her education at West Virginia University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She has a love for innovation, using new techniques, and research to apply the best practices in physical therapy. Sami is certified in kinesio taping and has a deep love and knowledge of the practice. Her practice interests include geriatrics, pulmonary therapy, and orthopedics, with the ultimate goal of helping all patients achieve the best outcomes possible. In her free time, she enjoys traveling the world, extreme sports, video games, and music. 

Heather McDevitt, PTA

I am a Physical Therapist assistant with 20 years of experience and have an associates degree from ACCC in applied science. I work with and under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist to carry out the patient’s plan of care. Treatments include education and proper breathing techniques to increase endurance/movement, improve oxygen intake, promote cardiovascular and pulmonary health along with increasing their quality of life. The best part of my job is to help patients to continue to live independently and to continue their roles in the home, at work, and in the community.

Sandra LeGore, PT, MS

Retired

Washington Twp 2013-2021

Sandra (Sandy) LeGore is a Physical Therapist at our Washington Township office. Sandy has been with at Advantage Therapy Centers since 2013. Sandy graduated from the University of Delaware and subsequently received an Advanced Master’s Degree from Hahnemann University in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Sandra enjoys being part of the multi-disciplinary Advantage Therapy team, for pulmonary rehab patients. She finds it rewarding witnessing the positive treatment outcomes and improved the quality of life of the patients. Outside of work, Sandra volunteers at the Gift of Life in Philadelphia. Her volunteer group is called “Four Ladies and Friends” and provides home-baked goods for patients and families undergoing organ transplants that are staying at the Gift of Life House.

Occupational Therapists

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Kaltrina Pacuku

MOT, OTR/L, C-PAM, MSCS

Kaltrina, also known as “Kat,” is the Director of our Occupational Therapy Department at Advantage Therapy Centers. She graduated with her Bachelors in Health Sciences and Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sciences in 2015. Kat has experience in both inpatient and outpatient therapy services. She is always working toward advancing her skills to provide exceptional treatment and has acquired specialties in Multiple Sclerosis, Graston, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and more. Kat knows that no single approach is right for every individual and provides quality, individualized care for all of her patients.

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Erika Hamawandi MSOT, OTR/L

Erika has been an Occupational Therapist in our Mt Laurel, NJ location since May 2021. She completed the Master’s Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA. Erika has experience in outpatient and home care settings and especially enjoys working with the older adult population. Erika loves to relate to her patients on a personal level and to help them leave therapy sessions with a positive outlook. Erika enjoys entertaining her dog in her free time, going for nature walks, ballet dancing, and watching movies.

Lisa Sheridan, OTR/L

Lisa is an Occupational Therapist who has been at Advantage Therapy Centers in Sewell, NJ since 2019. She obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware, and her graduate degree at Kean University. Lisa’s professional experience has been in settings including inpatient rehabilitation, subacute nursing, and home care. She enjoys working with a diverse population of patients, and working together with the patient to ensure optimal quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, baking, and zumba.

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Rachel Holmes MSOT, OTR/L

Rachel is an Occupational Therapist who has been with Advantage Therapy Centers since March 2021. She obtained her Master’s degree from Alvernia University in 2017. Rachel’s professional experience includes inpatient sub-acute rehabilitation, long-term care, home care, and outpatient. Rachel’s favorite part of her job is getting to know her patients on a personal level. She believes it is a privilege to work with patients to improve their quality of life. In her free time, Rachel loves the outdoors and participates in archery, fishing,  hiking, and walking her Labradoodle.

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Alexa Pritchard, OTR/L

Alexa is an Occupational Therapist at the Washington Township location. Alexa joined the Advantage Therapy team in October 2021. She attended Stockton University to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Alexa enjoys being a part of the multidisciplinary approach to provide the best therapeutic experience for her patients. In her free time, she likes spending time at the beach, walking her dog, and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams.

Alyssa Casanova, MSOT, OTR/L

Alyssa joined the Advantage Team in June 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Holistic Health, and Master’s in Occupational Therapy at Stockton University. Alyssa has experience supporting individuals throughout the lifespan, treating a range of orthopedic, developmental, and neurological conditions. She has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of others and is motivated to continuously expand her knowledge to provide the most current and optimal treatments. Alyssa values the importance of connecting with her patients to individualize their experience and improve their outcome. In her personal time, she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, listening to music and podcasts, painting, and spending time with family and friends.

 

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Angelina Welch MOT, OTR/L

Angelina joined the Advantage Therapy team in May 2022. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Immaculata University, where she also played on the softball team. She later earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Angelina enjoys working with the diverse adult and geriatric populations and learning about each patient individually as she provides treatment to improve their overall quality of life. In her free time, Angelina enjoys going to the beach, attending Philly sporting events, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.

Social Workers

Jodi Koutsovitis, CSW

Jodi is a Program Coordinator here at Advantage Therapy Centers. She has worked at Advantage Therapy centers since 2012.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and later completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. She has been supporting, encouraging, and advocating for seniors and disabled persons throughout her career. She has 25 years of experience working in the healthcare field including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Adult Medicare Day Care, and Adult Retirement Community.

As a Program Coordinator, she works with patients and family members to ensure that their needs are addressed by providing education related to coping with chronic lung disease including disease and symptom management and providing them access to community resources to meet their physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. Jodi loves the opportunity to provide compassionate support and education to enable patients to achieve the highest level of quality of life. Jodi finds it rewarding to witness patients’ increased confidence and ability to manage their breathing issues as a result of participating in the program.

Stephanie Pilson, CSW

Stephanie is one of our Program Coordinators for Advantage Therapy Centers, primarily working in our Mount Laurel and Cherry Hill offices. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Cabrini University in 1998 and has over 20 years of experience working in the healthcare industry, primarily in geriatrics. Stephanie joined our team in 2011, prior to, she was working for Assisted Living Facilities and Skilled Nursing facilities in long-term care, ventilation units and Alzheimer’s units. 

As Program Coordinator, she work with patients and families to ensure their needs are addressed by providing education on disease and symptom management by providing them with access to community resources to meet their physical, psychological, social, or spiritual needs. She addresses patient-centered issues which will restore them to their highest level of functioning possible and provide them with the self-confidence to conduct their daily activities of life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their three beautiful daughters.