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I started THR back in 1995 after recovering from two back surgeries and being dissatisfied with the physical therapy I received from other facilities. I felt disconnected as a patient when I was assigned different therapists at each appointment then had to review my history and progress with each of them. I was being treated as a number in a factory rather than an individual. It was then that I decided I wanted to create a center that would encourage trust between patient and therapist. This connection throughout the course of treatment has proven to give patients the confidence and ability they need to to return to their daily activities.
I have been married for over 30 years to my wife Dawn. She helped me with my vision and together we made THR possible. In recent years, we have employed our daughter Payton and our son Austin does odd jobs for us on occasion.
My business partner, Gregg Chodkowski, has always been the face of our company and is the main reason that our patients return. His caring and patience has always amazed me.
After two decades of running THR, what makes me most proud is hearing the success stories from our patients and being told numerous times that both the staff and the environment of our facility made them feel comfortable and important. The result of the care we give is the loyalty of our patients. Almost 40% of our new patients are either referred by former patients or are repeat patients.
We have built a family of staff and patients over the years that have given my life purpose. I am happy and grateful to have been on this journey with them all!
For my whole life, I have tried to live by the quote "Don't count the days, make the days count." This attitude has allowed me to become not only an experienced, well-educated clinician, but also focus my time on knowing my patients. Both of these components result in exceptional care. Knowledge and experience backed with compassion provides our patients with a unique physical therapy experience. This is evident with great outcomes for close to twenty years of business. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, as well as coaching my two sons, Jack and Cole, in many sports!
Jason Cantagallo graduated from Delaware Technical and Community College in 1994 from the Physical Therapist Assistant program. He also has a degree in Health Systems and Technology from Drexel University. Prior to joining Total Health and Rehabilitation he worked in Philadelphia, PA for Concentra Medical Centers. He is experienced in outpatient, inpatient, and long term care settings. Jason has over 20 years of experience, and treated a wide variety of conditions, including (but not exclusive to) post-operative, chronic pain, and sports injuries. Jason is skilled in manual therapy, and is a certified personal trainer helping patient's achieve their short & long term goals
Shirley has been working at THR since 2012. Her main jobs are scheduling and verifying health insurance. Shirley has over 28 years of experience working in customer service and enjoys working with the public.
Shirley is proud to be part of the THR team/family. In her spare time, Shirley enjoys camping and spending time with her family and friends.
Richard has driven patients to and from therapy, for Total Health, since 2007 and he makes it his goal to have everyone’s trip as pleasant as possible. Most patients find their therapy session to be more enjoyable than they first thought, in our family atmosphere. So, when you’re in need of therapy, Total Health and Rick are always here to help you through those stressful times of your life.
Michael Schmelzer graduated from Messiah College magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Exercise Science in 2010. He graduated from the University of Delaware's Doctor of Physical therapy program in 2012. For the past 5 years, he has practiced in outpatient orthopedics helping a variety of patients achieve their goals.
As a general orthopedic practitioner, Michael has had experience in the areas of pre and post-surgical care, sports injuries, repetitive overuse injury, arthritis, neurologic, vestibular, concussion, balance disorders, chronic pain, and neck and low back pain. He specializes in manual therapy and hands-on care with a focus on working towards patient independence with their care once they graduate therapy. He enjoys connecting with and listening to his patients to identify their individual limitations and working with them to achieve their specific goals in order to get them out of pain and back to the life and activities they enjoy.
Michael grew up in Wilmington, DE and was active in swimming, baseball, and soccer. He currently enjoys mountain biking and hiking with his wife, music, workouts at the gym, and traveling.
Sharon has been working as a Physical Therapist Assistant for over 20 years in Outpatient and Skilled Nursing/Long Term Care. Working at THR allows Sharon to have more one on one interaction with her patients to help them return to their prior daily lifestyle. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is a Credential Clinical Instructor that she obtained through the APTA. In addition she is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation through American Institute of Balance (AIB). She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys running, reading, and going to the beach.
Marcia graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Biological Sciences. She returned to work after raising her two sons and has been with us at THR for the past nine years. Her interest in maintaining good health makes her a great fit for our company. In her free time, Marcia enjoys spending time in the mountains with her family.
Billy has been transporting patients who can't drive themselves to therapy since 2010. He loves talking to and helping out the patients that he picks up. He believes that a job worth doing is a job worth doing right. In his spare time, Billy enjoys riding his 3 wheeler, scuba diving and traveling. He is also a fan of the 2018 Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles!!!
Dawn left the corporate world in 1995 and formed Total Health & Rehabilitation with her husband Craig Filippone 23 years ago. She has worked in all administrative areas of the company but decided to settle into managing the billing department nine years ago. Dawn has a daughter and a son with Craig and greatly enjoys quality time with her family. Her interests include skincare, music, scrapbooking, spending time in the pool or at the beach, and having fun with her friends.
Jill has worked in the billing department at Total Health & Rehabilitation since 2010. Her background is in human resources. When Jill isn't working for THR, she enjoys everything about the beach (particularly the Jersey Shore), playing Mah Jong, reading and spending time with her family.
Payton Filippone has been a part-time receptionist assistant at our Veale Road office for five years. She is responsible for setting up new patient files and various other clerical duties. Payton will be graduating this year from Penn State Brandywine with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She is looking forward to graduate school where she will continue her education earning a Master's Degree in social work. In her spare time, Payton enjoys watching the Flyers and spending time with friends.