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Meet Our Team

CLINICAL STAFF

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JASON ADOUR, PT, DPT

President, Founder

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

Professional Associations

  • Steering Group Member, Maine Falls Prevention Coalition

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Guest Lecturer/Lab Instructor, University of New England

Meet Doctor of Physical Therapy, Jason Adour. Jason began his physical therapy education at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His schooling culminated at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, where he completed his doctoral work in physical therapy. Jason worked in the greater Boston area before moving to Maine with his wife, Emily, in 2014. Jason and Emily welcomed their first daughter, Ava, in 2015 and their second daughter, Pearl, in July, 2017. His professional experience has included geriatric medicine, sports medicine and neurological rehabilitation after strokes or brain injuries, which have all included a focus on balance. After providing therapy in Maine for the past few years, Jason realized the need for an outpatient physical therapy clinic specializing in treating balance and has enjoyed bringing his expertise to our community.

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KATIE HELLER, PT, DPT

Clinic Supervisor - Saco

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Regis University

Guest Lecturer and Lab Instructor, University of New England

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Emory University

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Neurologic and Geriatric Section Member

  • Vestibular Disorders Association Member (VEDA)

Meet Katie Heller, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Katie joined the Balance Center team in August 2019. Katie completed her undergraduate education at the University of Delaware where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. She completed her education at Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and contributed to research publications studying spinal cord injury. Through her previous physical therapy experience, she has served orthopedic, geriatric, pediatric, and neurologic clinical populations. Katie strives to be a partner in helping each patient meet their individual goals while caring for the whole person. Outside of the clinic, you can find Katie skiing, hiking, surfing, and hanging anywhere outside with her partner, Josh, and her mastiff-mix, Callie. 

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BETHANY ALTHAUS, PT, DPT

Clinic Supervisor- South Portland 

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Nazareth College

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Emory University

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Vestibular Disorders Association Member (VEDA)

Meet Bethany Althaus, Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Bethany completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She earned a Bachelor’s in Health and Human Services with minors in psychology and gerontology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree. Bethany started her career working in inpatient rehabilitation at Braintree Rehab Hospital in Boston, MA where she gained valuable experience working on the spinal cord injury and wound care teams. During her time at Braintree rehab she had the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations including complex orthopedics, neurological, and cardiac. She has special training in amputee rehabilitation as well as wound care. In 2018 she moved to Maine with her husband, David, and started working in several skilled nursing facilities as well as a home and community program emphasizing functional training for traumatic brain injured patients to return to independence. Outside of the office you can usually find her on the top of a mountain or paddle boarding with her dog, Maya. She is passionate about making meaningful connections with people and helping them achieve their personal goals!

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MICHAEL CYR PT, DPT, NCS, CMTPT

Director of Clinical Education for the Balance Centers


Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy


Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Westbrook College of Health Professions, University of New England 


Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • APTA Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy

  • APTA Academy of Education

 

Meet Michael Cyr, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Mike completed his undergraduate degree at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut, earning a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience. He completed his graduate education at the University of New England in Portland Maine. Mike began his career working with patients with acquired brain injury in the outpatient and group home settings. He is level III dry needling certified and enjoys working with a variety of patient populations including neurologic and chronic pain. Mike was born in Maine and grew up in Scarborough. He is proud to continue to serve members of his community, helping them get back to doing the things they love. Mike serves as the Director of Clinical Education for the Maine Strong Balance Centers and is an adjunct faculty member with the University of New England’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He is passionate about teaching and facilitating service learning opportunities for students. In his free time Mike enjoys collaborating on global health projects, guiding white water rafting trips,
grappling, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

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KRISTINA JAMO, PT, DPT

Clinic Supervisor- Scarborough

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Kristina Jamo, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Kristina received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from the University of Maine Orono. Following, Kristina received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England in 2018. Kristina is originally from Northern Maine, however spent the first few years of her career as a traveling physical therapist where she treated patients from 2-102 years old! In 2021 she returned to the state and settled at the Maine Strong Balance Center. Her passion is to empower her patients to access a high level of health and well-being throughout their lifespan by working with pediatric, geriatric, orthopedic, 

vestibular, and neurologic populations alike. In her free time you will catch her practicing her faith, spending time with her family, writing, biking, hiking, or walking on the beach with her sweet pup, Theodore! 

 

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ERIN FRANCES LOVELL, PT, DPT, C/NDT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

American International College 

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Member

Meet Doctor of Physical Therapy, Erin Frances Lovell. Erin graduated from American International College in Springfield Massachusetts in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science and then her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015. Following school, Erin moved back to her home state of Maine where she began her career in inpatient acute rehabilitation. Over the next 6 years, Erin developed her knowledge base and skills working primarily with patients with neurological diagnoses. She developed a passion working with the neurological population, specifically helping post-stroke patients return home. Erin became certified in neuro-developmental treatment in 2017. In 2020, she became the Stroke Program Leader at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland and received Clinician of the Year. Erin wanted to expand her expertise as a neurological therapist, transitioning to the outpatient setting and beginning her new career adventure with the Maine Strong Balance Center. When Erin is not in the office, you can find her participating in social events with her husband or off enjoying all that Maine has to offer including hiking, fishing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, snowmobiling and building outdoor fires surrounded by family and friends.

 

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NOREEN DELOREY, PT

Physical Therapist

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Neurologic and Pediatric Subsections Member

Meet Noreen Delorey, Physical Therapist. Noreen completed her Physical Therapy degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed her research in the area of Parkinson’s disease. She has extensive experience serving neurologic, orthopedic, geriatric and pediatric clinical populations. Her neurological experience began working at a rehabilitation center focusing on stroke, amputee and spinal cord injuries. She has extensive acute care, home health and outpatient experience working with patients with multiple sclerosis, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. She has volunteer experience with Maine adaptive sports, and development of summer camp programming for children with disabilities. She has taken numerous post graduate courses focusing on neurological treatment approaches. Noreen is very excited to be a member of the Balance Center team helping all of her patients achieve their maximum potential! Noreen lives in Yarmouth with her husband and two children.

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RUTH PELLETIER, PTA

Physical Therapy Assistant

Meet Ruth Pelletier, Physical Therapist Assistant. Ruth graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College with her Associates in Applied Science in Physical Therapist Assisting in May 2020. Ruth started her career in inpatient skilled nursing rehab and is excited to bring her geriatric experience to Maine Strong Balance Center. Ruth enjoys working with people from all backgrounds and all ages but especially enjoys helping older adults regain strength and mobility. Ruth is a born and raised Mainer who lives in Westbrook with her husband and two cats. In her free time Ruth enjoys spending as much time as she possibly can outside and her favorite activities include running, hiking, and exploring new places.

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KELSEY DUMOND, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Neurologic and Oncologic Subsection Member

Meet Kelsey Dumond, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Kelsey completed her undergraduate education at Saint Joseph's College of Maine where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. She completed her education at the University of New England where she earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She began her PT career working in inpatient acute rehabilitation, where she enjoyed serving patients of the orthopedic, oncologic, neurologic, and cardiovascular populations. She became certified in care for patients with dementia, and is passionate about helping those with age-related cognitive impairments continue to enjoy the activities they love. She also has a special interest in oncology and how cancer and cancer treatment affects balance and function. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, running, and exploring the outdoors of Maine. Kelsey is very excited to be a member of the Balance Center team!

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DEB CAVANAUGH, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Shenandoah University

 

Certifications:

  • LSVT BIG

  • Revital Oncology Therapist

Adjunct Faculty Member, University of New England

Meet Deb Cavanaugh PT, DPT. Deb received her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University with a MA in Biology and completed her Masters in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 1987. She completed the transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy at Shenandoah University in 2013. She has 30 + years of experience in adult rehabilitation (both neurological and orthopedic) in a variety of settings, including outpatient orthopedics, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home health. She is certified in LSVT, evidence based therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease and she has completed the Revital Oncology Therapist Certification. She is happiest when she is active and outdoors playing tennis, pickleball, biking, running, or swimming. Because being active is so important to her, she is committed to helping others stay active and healthy. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and is a Master Gardener Volunteer through the Maine Cooperative Extension. She volunteers with the Tax-Aide program sponsored by AARP during tax season. She has enjoyed serving as an adjunct faculty member in the UNE Physical Therapy Graduate Program since 2009.

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MARTY WILLIAMS, PT, DPT, cert. DN, cert. VRS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Certifications:

  • Dry Needling

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Meet Marty Williams, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Marty completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Scranton, PA in Exercise Science. He completed his graduate education at the University of
New England, Portland ME. Marty spent the first several years of his career in outpatient clinics in Southern Maine. During this time, he worked with orthopedic, geriatric, and vestibular populations. Marty also earned a certification in dry needling and vestibular rehab (VRS). As a new member of the Maine Strong Balance team Marty is excited to utilize his manual skills and experience with a variety of diagnoses to improve the quality of life for all his patients. When Marty isn’t in the clinic, you’ll find him hiking, at the gym, playing with his cat, or working his way through all the restaurants in Portland, ME.

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DYLAN KLIEBER, PT, DPT,

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Stony Brook University

Certifications:

  • Certified Brain Injury Specialist

  • APTA Certified Clinical Instructor 

Meet Dylan Klieber, Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Dylan graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York in 2012 with a Bachelors in Psychology.  Dylan completed his education at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2015.  Dylan began his career working briefly in sports ortho, after which he spent the following 2 years working as a travel physical therapist throughout New England. Dylan found his way South and worked for 2 years in Austin, Texas, working inpatient rehab with a focus on amputee and prosthetic management, stroke, and traumatic brain injury rehab. During this time Dylan became a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and an APTA Certified Clinical Instructor. Yearning to be closer to home, Dylan moved back to Maine in 2019 and settled in Scarborough, where he worked at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland until 2022 and served as a member of the brain injury team and received employee of the quarter in 2021. Dylan is an avid soccer and music fan, and enjoys spending his time outside of the office hiking or walking Higgins and Pine Point beach with his wife, daughter, and husky Pippa.

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CASEY POIRIER, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Certifications:

  • LSVT BIG 

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Casey Poirier, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Originally from New Hampshire, Casey attended the University of New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree in Biology before moving to Portland in 2019 to obtain her professional degree. During her Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UNE, she spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center, where her love for neuro and balance-based PT blossomed. She is very excited for the opportunity to return to MSBC after graduating and passing the board exam during the summer of 2022. Casey looks forward to helping her patients gain confidence and meet their goals, no matter how big or small. In her free time, Casey enjoys being with friends and family, camping, trail running, snowboarding, and running her small business, for which she creates handmade resin jewelry and home goods using plants she finds on her outdoor adventures!

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MEGHAN BEAHAN PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Ithaca College

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

  • Geriatric Section Member

Meet Meghan Beahan, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Meghan completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. She earned her bachelors in Clinical Health Studies with a minor in Communication Disorders and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. During her graduate coursework, she served as a teaching assistant and tutor to students in the PT program and is excited for the continued opportunity to work with students in the future at Maine Strong Balance Center. During her clinical rotations, Meghan found a passion for working with patients on balance training targeted toward the goals that are most important to them and is excited to grow her balance and neurological skills with MSBC. She is also a certified running coach and enjoys coaching youth cross country and track. Outside the clinic, you can find Meghan running, hiking, biking, or checking out local cafes and shops.

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SARAH ANDREWS PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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MARCELA CRIADO PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Boston University 

Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Marcela Criado, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Marcela went to Penn State (We Are!) for her undergraduate studies where she earned her degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Nutrition. Following, Marcela received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Marcela spent her second clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center, where her interest and passion for neuro and geriatrics
started brewing. She is ecstatic to return to MSBC to work as a full-time clinician and continue learning and growing this passion of hers. Some of Marcela’s core values when it comes to patient care are wholeheartedness and compassion, and she is eager to put these into practice when treating patients at the clinic. She is extremely passionate about helping her patients return to what is meaningful for them, that being feeling safe while gardening, walking to the beach, or going to an exercise class. On her free time, you can find Marcela running, visiting different coffee shops, trying all the restaurants in the area in search of the best meal, end exploring the outdoors.

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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ALYSSA TOTZKE, PT, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Alyssa completed her undergraduate bachelors degree in exercise science from Marshall University in West Virginia, and earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of New England. During her graduate coursework, she served as a graduate assistant and tutor to students in the PT program and is excited for the continued opportunity to work with students in the future at Maine Strong Balance Center. She is also a certified strength and conditioning coach and enjoys coaching soccer. Outside the clinic, she enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, and soccer.

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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LAUREN ST. PIERRE, PT, DPT, GCS, cert. VRS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist

Quinnipiac University

Certifications:

  • Dry Needling


Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Lauren St. Pierre, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Originally from Massachusetts, Lauren attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut for both her undergraduate degree in Health Science Studies and Doctor of Physical Therapy. Lauren started her career in outpatient physical therapy in Connecticut. After gaining a year of experience, Lauren hit the road working as a travel physical therapist in multiple states and settings. During this time, Lauren discovered a passion for helping individuals achieve a high quality of life particularly in their later years. Lauren moved to Maine in 2016 and has been working with patients primarily in their homes. She worked to earn her Board Certification in Geriatrics and became a Vestibular Specialist to further support her passion to work with the older adult population. Outside the clinic, you can find Lauren spending time with her husband Jason, son Flynn and daughter Remi enjoying all the activities Maine has to offer. 

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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NICOLE MILAD PT, DPT, NCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Ithaca College 


Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member,  Academies of Neurologic and Geriatric Physical Therapy

Meet Nicole Milad, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Nicole joined the Balance Center team in October 2023. Nicole completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Ithaca College, receiving her doctorate degree in 2016. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, most recently working with multiple populations at Massachusetts General Hospital such as Stroke, Brain injury, vestibular and other neurological diagnoses. In 2023, Nicole received her Neurological Clinical Specialization from the APTA. She is excited to transition her career to the outpatient setting to help patients meet their goals and live their most fulfilling lives. Outside the clinic, Nicole can be found enjoying the beach in the summer, skiing in the winter and spending time with friends and family. 

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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CAMERON WILLETTE, PT, DPT, CLT

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Ithaca College 


Certifications:

  • Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Meet Cameron Willette, Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Cameron finished his undergraduate degree at Ithaca College in 2017, earning a Bachelors of Science in Clinical Health Studies with a Minor in Counseling. He then achieved his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College in 2019. Cameron has spent his career in outpatient physical therapy and early on developed an interest in Oncology Physical Therapy. He has received advanced training in the treatment of cancer survivors before, during, and after their cancer treatment. Cameron is also a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. Cameron has experience in orthopedics and has treated post op rehab, injured workers, low back pain, and many other orthopedic conditions. Cameron strives to serve his Maine community and to improve the quality of life of his neighbors. He has volunteered time with the Dempsey Center as well as given fall risk reduction talks with the Saco Senior Center. Cameron is a Maine native from Gorham and currently lives in Portland with his wife and their dog Chiquito. You may find him fly fishing in the Presumpscot river or exploring Portland with his family. 

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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RACHEL BERLINER, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy                                               Northeastern University 

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation, Emory University


Certifications:

  • LSVT BIG

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Rachel Berliner, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Rachel graduated valedictorian from Northeastern University Bouvé Health Science College with her Bachelors in Rehabilitation Science, Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and concentration in Spanish. She comes to Maine Strong Balance Center from NYC with over 15 years experience. She has worked across a variety of settings including outpatient sports/neurology, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, homecare, and pediatric/early intervention. In 2014 she received her certification in vestibular rehabilitation from Emory University, and in 2019 received her certification in LSVT to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Outside of work you can find Rachel spending time with her family, skiing, knitting, playing piano, cycling, and doing just about anything outdoors! 

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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MACKENZIE KOLANDA, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy                                                       

Franklin Pierce University

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet MacKenzie (Kenzie) Kolanda, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Kenzie completed her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at the University of New Hampshire and her doctorate degree at Franklin Pierce University in 2020. Her first job out of PT school was at Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital in New Hampshire where she was able to gain 2.5 years of experience working with people with neurologic injuries and diagnoses. She also took the opportunity to do travel physical therapy for a year in 2023 and was able to go out west to Washington state and enjoy the beautiful summer and fall there. Kenzie is excited to expand her career at MSBC in Scarborough and to assist her patients in meeting and exceeding their goals! Outside of work Kenzie enjoys hiking, exploring local cozy coffee shops, and going on outdoor adventures with her husband and her pup.

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

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CARA MORAN, PT, DPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy                                                       

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Cara Moran, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Cara graduated from the University of Denver with dual degrees in Biology and Psychology, with a concentration in neuroscience. After undergrad, Cara worked at the National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, coaching adaptive mountain biking, cycling and skiing. Cara moved to Maine and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from UNE in 2024, during which she spent her second clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center in Scarborough. This rotation solidified her love for neuro, and she is thrilled to return to MSBC as a clinician to provide creative, functional and heart-forward patient care. Beyond the clinic, Cara values her time outdoors on a bike, canoe, skis, or surfboard, and enjoys sharing meals and knitting with her community. 

MARCELA CRIADO

Doctor of Physical Therapy

University of New England

Professional Associations:

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Sarah Andrews, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Sarah earned both her Bachelor’s in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience and Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of New England. She spent her final clinical rotation at Maine Strong Balance Center where she solidified her passion for helping people of all ages and abilities reach their goals. She has experience working with people in the outpatient and rehab settings where she has worked with patients speaking Spanish in the greater Miami area. She is passionate about working with patients living with Parkinson Disease and helping older adults prevent falls and improve their mobility! She is excited about continuing to help people with acute and chronic neurologic conditions. Outside the clinic Sarah enjoys running, skiing, watching soccer, going to concerts, traveling, and boogie boarding at the beach!

Mentor STAFF

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Dr. JAMES CAVANAUGH, PT, Ph.D.

Balance Center Mentor

Neurological Clinical Specialist Emeritus

Duke University 1987

Professional Associations:

  • Professor, University of New England, Portland, ME

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Member

Meet Jim. Dr. Cavanaugh is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of New England in Portland. He received a BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and completed his physical therapy training with a MS degree from Duke University in 1987. In 2004, he earned a PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his doctoral work focused on detecting subtle changes in postural control among collegiate athletes with cerebral concussion. From 1996-2016, he was a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. His research and teaching at UNE focus on developing interventions for improving sustainable physical activity in individuals with balance and mobility problems. His most recent work in this area focuses on individuals with Parkinson disease.

Clerical STAFF

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EMILY ADOUR

Operations Support 

Meet Emily Adour, behind-the-scenes coordinator extraordinaire. After a 9-year career as a middle-school teacher, Emily moved on to a different type of teaching job, raising daughters, Ava and Pearl. An experienced yoga and spin instructor, Emily has a deep knowledge of the mind and body and brings positive energy and warmth to the Balance Center. After being his partner in so much else, she is excited to be Jason's partner in running their practice.

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MARGARET RUSSELL

Director of Administration

Meet Meg Russell, our receptionist and administrative manager. Meg has been with the Balance Centers since our humble beginnings and has been at the heart of what makes our clinics so special.  Meg comes to us with a background in the medical field where she worked as a Surgical Technologist as well as a Surgical Scheduler.  Meg is also a level 1 Reiki practitioner and has a strong belief in the body’s natural healing energy.  She enjoys working with people, spending time with her family, and helping all who visit have a positive experience here at the Maine Strong Balance Centers.

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LAUREN FOGG

Director of Operations 

Meet Lauren Fogg, our amazing Office Administrator. Lauren first joined our team after returning home from having spent two very rewarding years coaching all-star Cheerleading in Sydney, Australia. Coaching satisfied her passion for helping others and she is so grateful for the opportunities that she had in the land down under! She graduated from the University of Maine in December of 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education. The aspect of Lauren’s job that she loves most is being part of a hardworking team. She is excited to make sure that each of you thoroughly enjoy your experience here at the Balance Center!

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EMILY RICKERT

Receptionist Extraordinaire

Meet Emily! Emily joined us in January 2022 after working in retail, law, and insurance. She graduated cum laude from the University of New England in 2019, with a bachelor’s of arts in sociology and minor in political science. Emily’s favorite part of her job is forming relationships with patients and catching up with them each time they come in for an appointment. Outside of work, Emily is an avid equestrian, training and competing in dressage with her horse, Otto. Emily also enjoys going for walks with her boyfriend and dog, Ribeye; eating sweets; and making her colleagues laugh.

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TAMMY SCOTT

Billing Operations Coordinator 

Meet Tammy! Tammy joins the Balance Center with over 30 years experience in the healthcare industry with a main focus on billing and collections. She has earned 2 associate degrees, in Accounting as well as a Medical Assistant. Tammy has recently worked in physical therapy setting utilizing WebPT. She enjoys helping patients navigate insurance, educating on their plans as well as how they work. Tammy is a fun and fabulous presence at the Balance Centers! 

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Maraia Nason

Receptionist Extraordinaire 

Meet Maraia! 

She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine in 2022, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in exercise science. She was previously a Behavioral Health Professional (BHP) at a local elementary school. She joined the team in September 2023 and enjoys being part of a team that cares about their patients so much. As a patient of physical therapy herself, she feels passionate about helping to create an environment at Maine Strong that is fun & welcoming! 

 

Outside of work you can find her spending time with her niece and nephew, bird watching, and baking new recipes!

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